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Feng Shui for the Entrance Staircase

The Staircase is one important structure of the house. In many American households, staircases face the front door. Chinese architecture frowns on this approach and considers it bad Feng Shui, a taboo in traditional Chinese architecture. This design is a bad Feng Shui not because the Qi that comes in from the front entrance quickly bypasses the main floor to go upstairs, but because the inside Qi from upstairs quickly flows out of the front door, and that leads to an unbalanced and unstable Qi field inside the house.

From the architect’s perspective, location of a staircase in the house is both a practical and an aesthetic choice. However, in Feng Shui, the balanced and stable Qi of the house is the first consideration. In order to avoid the Qi’s dispersing, the staircase in the traditional Chinese dwelling is always hidden in the corner of the house. If you have a chance to visit Yin Yu Tang, an ancient Chinese house exhibited in Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts, you will find a hidden staircase located at the corner of the courtyard. Please refer to my article “The house that feng shui built: Yin Yu Tang is a window to the ancient practice” published at website of The Salem Gazette (

If your house has a staircase that faces to the front door, you can still promote good Feng Shui as long as there is a relatively spacious area between the front door and the staircase. This foyer restricts Qi’s flow out of the house, and such a foyer in Feng Shui is called Xuan Guan (玄关). The purpose of Xuan Guan is to alleviate and balance the inflow and outflow of the Qi.

Dispersal of of Qi is a typical “Sha” (煞) in Feng Shui. Sha means bad, unbalanced, destructive Qi. How could we avoid this type of Sha?

There are some simple ways to fix the problem. For example, you can display a large green plant next to the staircase to alleviate Qi’s flow, or hang a wind chime somewhere between the staircase and the front door if the space is very narrow.

To evaluate a home’s Feng Shui, Feng Shui consultants not only need to fix any kind of Sha Qi such as the dispersing Sha we just talked about, but also need to make sure the current Qi in the house is balanced and in harmony with the occupant’s personal Qi. How do Feng Shui consultants analyze personal Qi and Qi of the house?

First, a Feng Shui consultant needs to read the occupant’s birthday to understand what particular personal Qi the occupant has. According to Feng Shui, everyone has a unique personal Qi that is created into a person’s body meridian system at the moment a person was born, and a person’s unique personal Qi can be analyzed from his/her birthday. I call it personal Feng Shui analysis.

Second, the Feng Shui consultant can gain the information about the nature of the Qi of the house by using a Feng Shui compass, and with collected information (personal Qi and the house’s Qi), the Feng Shui consultants will be able to tell if the Qi of the house is nicely harmonized with the occupant’s personal Qi. If not, the Feng Shui consultant can make some appropriate adjustments to balance the personal Qi of the occupant and the Qi of the house.

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