Place Matters! Tearing Down Castro’s House of Torture: A Feng Shui Perspective

CastroHomeAlong with being sentenced to 1,000 plus years in jail, Ariel Castro will pay for the demolition of the home that was hell on earth for the three young women he had kidnapped.

The house is so imbued with crimes too heinous to imagine or process, it is to be torn down and replaced with a park. The community’s revulsion demands it. Feng Shui tells us why.

Our physical spaces resonate and radiate the emotional energy of its occupants. Realtors talk about more easily selling a “happy” house, while a whole genre of horror movies have been spawned by homes with a history of murder or torture. You can clean up the crime scenes, paint, remodel, and bake cookies for the potential buyers, but the house often stays on the market—even without ghosts rising from the swimming pool!

Unexpected ill fortune

Recently, I walked through a neighborhood with my sister-in-law and passed a house that was a Feng Shui disaster. Both the side and back of the yard had a severe downward slope—in other words, energy would flow from the street and drop away rather than symbolically staying near the home to nurture and support the occupants.

The steep drop-off can also be a metaphor for unexpected ill fortune, while the location at the end of the cul-de-sac with no traffic going by adds an additional layer of stagnation and lost opportunities.

When I commented on the home, my sister-in-law told me a sad story. The husband had died a quick, unexpected death from a heart attack. Without his income, his wife was unable to maintain the home and had to move out almost immediately. As a result of financial complications, the house had been empty for months.

Buying a foreclosed house—the hidden cost

A recent client told me a story from the other side of the coin—her brother had bought a foreclosed house—yes, a bargain, but with a steep, hidden cost. Since buying the house, he has dealt with a litany of disasters, from being ripped off by a contractor to a costly leak that has him seeking home clearing professionals.

Of-course, not all foreclosed properties will bring disaster to the new owner, but it is good to remember that the emotional pain, sadness, and despair of the previous occupant can linger—if you choose such a home, at least hire a home clearing professional or complete your own heartfelt purifying ritual with sage or rock salt. But if you can afford it, buy a “happy” house—and swim without fear.

If a potential neighborhood has numerous empty or foreclosed properties, take some time to reflect and reconsider. Unless there is an active effort to rehab the neighborhood, the emotions of the residents who faced years of stagnation, financial ruin, or broken dreams are still resonating in the neighborhood.

And if you live in a neighborhood with a home that has truly seen the darkest side of man, Castro’s Cleveland neighbors have the right idea. By replacing this house of horrors with a beautifully landscaped garden or park that honors the victims, the dark energy is released and the neighborhood is brought back into harmony.
— Gabriele Amersbach – Lucky Path Feng Shui


  1. Beatrix Greiner says:

    Great article. I knew right away that the house I moved into was a happy one. Everyone that has entered my home feels the good energy.

  2. Gabriele Amersbach says:

    Thanks–harmony and peace is easier if the energy is good!

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