Guest Author - Carol M. Olmstead
I am often asked if there is any Feng Shui help for people who live in a T-junction house; that is, a house located where two streets come together and one is pointed directly at the house. The house in this position acts as a “target” for the energy rushing down the road, and the occupants often feel uncomfortable in the home and don’t know why. Just like an arrow speeding toward a target, traffic and headlights shoot directly at you when you live in a house in this location. Symbolically, you are always “at a crossroads” in your life in a T-junction house. The energy crossing between the two roads becomes so congested and confused it never reaches your door.
In classic Feng Shui this location is called "Tiger Eyes" because the headlights of an oncoming car shine in the windows of a house located at a T-junction and resemble two eyes. This situation is also called a “poison arrow” because it can make occupants feel they are in the middle of a street, sidestepping impending danger. It's difficult to feel settled in a T-junction house because of all the harsh energy directed toward it. And unless you make a few Feng Shui corrections, you may have trouble making decisions, your life may be filled with indecision, and your movements may seem to be blocked.
Not too long ago I read about a home owner near Riverside, California, who pleaded with the City Council for almost three years to prohibit a developer from creating a street that ended in front of his home, because that positioning would create a T-junction, and consequently, bad Feng Shui. The owner had objected because creating such a T-junction would bring the possibility of traffic accidents and bad luck. The homeowner finally won the battle when the developer agreed to relocate the planned street.
Not all T-junction situations are negative. If the traffic leading to the intersection is light or if the road leading to the intersection is short, then this location is considered acceptable since the energy pointed at your home is weaker and unlikely to create a serious problem. But in general, it’s best to avoid buying a house located at a T-junction. However if you already live in a T-junction house, you need to take a few simple steps to cure -- or fix -- this situation. Your primary goal is to attract a slow and gradual flow of positive energy, known as chi, to your door. Here are a few specific ways you can adjust for this situation --
• Place colorful round ceramic or clay pots with plants on both sides of the door to act as a threshold and slow the harsh energy pointed at you.
• Landscape around the front of your house with scrubs, hedges, or a fence to create a barrier between you and the street that will cushion the effect of the harsh chi.
• If possible, try repositioning the path to your front door so it turns away from the road.
• Paint your door a different color from the window trim so it becomes more prominent.
• Hang wind chimes or place garden ornaments around the front of your home to direct the chi slowly to your front door.
• Make sure you have good lighting around the front of your home, especially around the front door, to diffuse the glare from headlights coming down the road.
• Hang a convex bagua mirror above the front door to deflect the harsh energy from the road. A bagua mirror is an eight-sided mirror with a yellow painted wood frame, often used as part of a Feng Shui cure. Hanging this mirror is a personal preference, and I don’t recommend you hang a bagua mirror to deflect energy from your home unless it appeals to you. You can see what a bagua mirror looks like by clicking on this link.
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