Choosing Land Shapes for Your Home – Feng Shui Tips
When clients approach me for advice on building new houses, one of the first aspects of the plans I look at is the shape of the land. Land shapes and Slopes (or angles of the land) can significantly impact the flow of energy and need much consideration to assess the positive and negative consequences properly.
In this article, I will be discussing the following:
- favorable and unfavorable land shapes according to Feng Shui principles,
- tips and aspects to avoid when choosing pieces of land for your future home, and
- position of land with respect to different forms immediately surrounding your land.
Feng Shui Lot Shape – How it Affects Your Energy
Many Feng Shui tips you read about online and receive from friends and family focus on the internals of the house. Such as placing particular plants in the corridor or moving your bed against the wall. However, I consider these adjustments to be the micro Feng Shui adaptations.
To properly assess the quality of energy flow in a space, you must also factor in the macro Feng Shui elements. Such as Feng Shui shapes and forms external to the house, including the shape of the land and how it slopes.
Let’s take a closer look at various shapes of plots of land.
What are the Ideal Land Feng Shui Shapes?
If Feng Shui had any say in how property land is divided, it would all be rectangular.
In fact, the ideal ratio of the land should be 2:3 for width to length respectively.
Here is a quick reference image for favorable versus unfavorable land shapes
Note: A tick inside is a good Feng Shui land shape. A cross X inside should be avoided.
As you can see, most of the shapes of the land that are rectangular (or closely resemble a rectangle) are favorable.
This is because rectangular shapes allow access to all sectors versus unusual shapes, such as circles or triangles, which may have missing sectors.
Missing sectors present hurdles or challenges that are difficult to overcome when applying Feng Shui principles.
Feng Shui Square Land
A square-shaped plot of land is similar to rectangular pieces of land.
Even though it doesn’t fit the 2:3 ratio in dimension, square plots of land can be divided evenly into the different Feng Shui sectors that require analysis.
This makes them a favorable land shape for your home.
Feng Shui Triangle Land
Whenever possible, I try to advise my clients to stay away from triangular land shapes.
Land shapes that have a wider frontage in the shape of a triangle with a point at the back of the land represent poor or a lack of support.
Feng Shui Circle Land
Circles are a difficult shape to analyze for Feng Shui purposes.
The circle shape concentrates the energy in the middle, which can cause issues with the flow of Qi.
That said, circle-shaped land is not common, especially for residential purposes.
Feng Shui L-Shaped Land
Unfortunately, like the other irregular shaped land plots, an L-shaped piece of land has missing sectors.
Usually, L shapes begin as rectangular pieces of land that have been subdivided to section off the main house from a big piece of land and sold.
As a result, the new piece of land has a big piece of the original shape missing, making it difficult to manage the flow of energy in the space.
Other Land Elements to Consider in Feng Shui
The land shape isn’t the only element to look at when considering the purchase of land for a home or business. Other elements will impact the flow of Qi in your space.
Let’s take a look at some of the important ones.
Look Out for Feng Shui Forms
As I mentioned earlier, aside from the shape of your land, there are other elements to consider externally to your home.
This includes natural forms in the landscape, such as hills, mountains, and city landmarks.
A good way to observe this is to walk around the house. In apartments, walk to your windows and observe the scenery from each window.
Are there any forms affecting the Feng Shui of your home?
Land Slopes and Feng Shui
Not all pieces of land are on flat surfaces.
Many will have a slant or slope in the land, which can sometimes be significant.
Land positioned on the low side of the road will cause a lack of support. Try to avoid the valleys or the lowest points in the landscape or at the lowest point of two roads.
And at the same time, avoid land that is positioned at the hilltops. It leaves your space exposed and vulnerable to natural forms in the surrounding area.
Avoid house at the lowest point of two roads.
Avoid house at the hill tops.