to ancient traditions, Feng shui can help
you rid your home or any house of
ghosts. There are some feng shui principles
that talk about why some houses can become
haunted by a ghost and some others not. The
relationship between karma and our activities
is reciprocal. Due to the way in which the
existence of negative karma in a building
can cause many problems to those who live
in it, it might become necessary to change
it or send it away.
Feng shui, pronounced in English as ("feng
shoo-ee", it is the ancient Chinese practice
of placement and arrangement of space to achieve
harmony with the environment. The literal
translation is "wind and water".
The source of the term is purported to come
from the Burial Book written by Guo Pu in
the Jin Dynasty.
If you want to get started on the light side
of it all you can take the Feng Shui walking
ghost tour in San Francisco with lunch included.
When I took the Tour Last year I learned about
the concepts of harmony and balance and how
they affect the life energy all around us.
San Francisco Chinatown has a rich and diverse
history and has shrouded many a secret over
the years. I learned about Shars. They are
any straight lines or angles that are pointed
directly toward your home. If there is a road
running directly toward your front door, as
in the case of a cul-de-sac or dead-end street,
it is considered extremely unlucky. Many Chinese
believe that this situation beckons ghosts
or evil spirits into your home.
Hungry Ghost festival is an annual occasion
that is taken very seriously in Taoist Feng
Shui. This festival falls on the 7th month
of the lunar New Year.
During this month the gates of hell are opened
to free the hungry ghosts who then wander
to seek food on Earth. Some even think that
the ghosts would seek revenge on those who
had wronged them in their lives. The reason
why the Chinese celebrate this festival is
to remember their dead family members and
pay tribute to them. They also feel that offering
food to the deceased appeases them and wards
off bad luck.
Rituals and Prayer Celebrations:
The dead would return to visit their living
relatives during the 7th month of the Chinese
Lunar year and thus the living people would
prepare sumptuous meals for the hungry ghosts.
The Chinese feel that they have to satisfy
the ghosts in order to get good fortune and
luck in their lives. During this festival,
the Chinese offer prayers to the deceased
relatives, burn paper money, paper houses,
paper transportation, paper accessories and
joss sticks massively to their ancestors as
well as wandering spirits in front of their
homes. Giving the ghost such necessities would
enable them to live comfortably when they
go back their own world. In Hong Kong, Malaysia
and Singapore, it is a common sight to see
entertaining Chinese Opera shows performed
on outdoor stages in many neighborhoods. These
events are always held at night. Such entertainment
would please those wandering ghosts that comes
to earth once a year.
Taboos to Follow:
1. Avoid swimming during the 7th month. It
is believed that those previously drowned
evil ghost might cause you to drown in the
swimming pool. Such ghost need to find victims
in order for them to be go for rebirth.
2. Children and young adults are also advised
to return home early and not to wander around
alone at night. This belief is due to the
reason that the wandering ghosts can possess
3. Avoid moving into new homes and opening
new businesses this month as it is considered
inauspicious and bad luck on new ventures.
4. Avoid getting married during this month
because couples will have bad ending. Some
bad ghost may cast a bad spell on couples
during their wedding.
5. Avoid going for jungle trekking and going
on camping trips as chances of injuries, possession
and death are high.
6. Drive very carefully during this month
to avoid accidents, as there may be many wandering
spirits who died of accidents previously that
are searching for next victims so that they
could be reincarnated.
For those who are traveling, they may want
to be cautious when staying in hotels. The
hotel is considered as a "yin place"
and is normally a favorite settlement for
ghosts. The following are some tips that one
can follow when staying in hotels to prevent
1. Provide a respectful knock on the bedroom
door before you enter for the first time.
2. Avoid entering the room right away. Whisper
to yourself that you are renting the room
to stay temporarily, as a form of asking permission.
Let any spirit leave the bedroom first before
3. Place your pair of shoes or sandals facing
the door. The shoes must be away from the
bed. One side of the shoe points to the door
and the other side point inwards.
4. Display a glass of salt water next to your
bed. Salt is an excellent antidote for dirty
5. You are encouraged to flush the toilet
bowl first before using it.
6. You are also encouraged to avoid wearing
black or striking red colored clothing's.
7. Normally there is a bible or quran in the
drawers. Please avoid touching or moving them
from their original positions.
8. Always keep the toilet's door closed with
lights turned off when you go to sleep.
9. Try to avoid facing the mirror when you
sleep. If the mirror is designed in this manner,
try to cover it with a towel.
10. Avoid placing any shoe next to the bed
11. Watch out the mouth from mentioning anything
about ghost. Ghost story telling must be avoided
by all means.
12. Display a 7 Star Sword made from Peach
wood. It must be made from "genuine peach
wood" to be effective in chasing away
ghosts and protecting one with a good night's
1. During the Ghost Festival, feng shui practitioners
will display Chung Kwei, the ghost catcher
whose specialty is to devour the ghosts that
he catches, in many areas of their homes.
And at least one of the images must face the
main door. This act serves to scare away any
roving spirits from intruding the particular
household. As such the whole family will be
able to avoid ghost spells.
2. It is also known that Fu Dogs are potent
feng shui animals that when displayed at the
main doors or in its vicinity facing out would
scare away bad wandering spirits and ghosts.
3. Wear protective amulets to prevent bad
luck, ghost possessions and accidents due
to ghost disturbances. One such powerful type
of amulet that is currently very popular is
the Dzi Bead. They are considered to be powerful
talismans by Tibetans and Tibetan Buddhism.
4.For those who prefer crystals and natural
stones, there are two types of stones that
we will recommend that has strong energy to
ward off evil spirits and scare them away:
a. Tektite Meteorite that falls from outer
space and possess strong and pure energy.
b. Rainbow obsidian with the "third eye"
which enables you to strengthen your resistance
against evil energy. These stones normally
go out of stock during this period every year.
These are recommended especially for those
who frequently travel outdoor and for kids,
because they are whom more easily being targeted
or harmed by suicide ghosts who are looking
for chances to reincarnate.
5. Hang the 8 Auspicious Objects at chi entry
points of your house such as windows to deflect
away any evil energy. Also hang one of it
in your car to prevent accidents. For taoist
feng shui practitioners, you may opt for the
Elliptical Coin and hang on the door knobs
of all entries you want to protect. Some would
even go for higher form of protection with
the bagua hung above their main door.
6. Carry along, hang in the car or in the
house the powerful Peach Wood 7-Stars Sword.
It is the most indispensable tool for Taoist
Exorcism from ancient times till today.
Qi, the energy of the universe, is carried
in the wind and retained within water. Both
elements were used as a way of directing Qi,
thus giving feng shui its name. Wind is said
to carry energy or Qi and therefore represents
the principle of change and transformation
in nature. Water is said to hold energy and
therefore represents the principle of stability.
When applied to human affairs, wind is also
representative of action, fervor, and enthusiasm,
whereas water is representative of internal
strength, meditative qualities, and psychological
power. By relating the holding and dispersing
qualities of water and wind in nature to those
in human behavior, feng shui also seeks to
improve the human condition through the manipulation
of physical space in a way that will impact
on its corresponding qualities in humans.
If you wish to sweep the bad karma of a building,
the first thing you should pay attention to
is whether rooms and doors are facing your
positive directions or not. If they were facing
your personal negative directions this would
be an important factor of attraction for bad
karma. Besides, you should also make sure
there are no poison arrows, especially those
which you could have overlooked in your bedroom
and might harm you while you sleep.
Some practice that a Chinese Loupan (Chinese
Compass) can be used as a ghost detector.
Cecil Lee Center for Feng Shui Research believed
that during his many Feng Shui audits, his
Chinese Luopan's center needle moved round
and round it meant that it had detected a
actual real ghost. he noted that it occurs
in the North-East part of the house or building,
after this, he would fall sick and had to
quickly throw away the Luopan. http://www.geomancy.net/resources/bbs/bbs-ghostdetect.htm
The way the basic elements as well as yin
and yang are distributed in a house can make
it be appealing or inhospitable for ghosts.
Yin is a cold and dark feminine aspect while
yang is the warm and active masculine one.
The houses for the living people are yang
and the places where ghosts inhabit are yin.
Feng shui is always trying to achieve a balance
between yin and yang and make them be correct
for those who inhabit every specific place.
Since yin is what predominates where the dead
and ghosts live, such as grave sites and cemeteries,
whenever a house has too much of it ghosts
feel comfortable in it.
A house containing too much yin is a dark
house, with few sun light and few windows.
Also, houses built over grave sites or near
them are attractive for ghosts. If you use
the luopan compass in a house and its needle
vibrates, that indicates the presence of ghosts
in that space.
There are a few feng shui guidelines that
can help you eliminate a ghost from your house.
First of all, you should open the windows,
curtains and anything that might be blocking
the sun light to come in. Besides, you should
use warm colors in the house interior as well
as in its exterior. If the main entrance is
dark or has obstacles for people coming in,
you should repaint it in clear colors and
take the obstacles away.
As a general rule, a house for the living
people should always be clear, clean and allowing
as much sunlight coming in as possible. In
a cold and dark house yin would predominate
and this is a call for ghosts. Ghosts would
not like to live where they don't feel like
home, and a clear and warm house with a lot
of yang would make them very uncomfortable.
The bagua - directions and elements
The bagua (or pa kua) of the Yi Ching (Book
of Changes) is an octagonal diagram used in
feng shui analysis. Each direction on the
octagon (north, northeast, etc.) is associated
with certain significant aspects. By mapping
the bagua onto a home, village, cemetery,
etc., information about correct orientation
and placement can allegedly be gleaned. However,
there are two very different versions of the
bagua. The first is the early heaven bagua,
which represents the sacred, unchanging universe,
and is used to orient sacred spaces such as
temples and graves. The second version is
the later heaven bagua which is used for more
everyday and pratical spaces, such as homes
and offices, as it represents the changing
universe. Both have similar aspects, as they
are both comprised of the eight trigrams,
or guas. The orientation of the guas, however,
are different and represent different trigrams
The Trigrams are the foundation of the I
Ching, the seminal text of Chinese wisdom,
and represent qualities that are observable
in Nature as well as in human behavior. Each
trigram is keyed to a particular orientation
in space and to a particular phase of change
in nature. There are eight trigrams, which
when combined as double trigrams (called hexagrams),
form a set of 64 potential situations or conditions
in nature and in life. The eight trigrams
Heaven - The Creative principle which contains
the potential for all of manifestation.
Earth - The Receptive principle which contains
the potential for physical manifestation.
Fire - The Clinging principle which contains
the potential for achievement, clarity, and
Water - The Abysmal principle which contains
the potential for adaptability, mystery, and
Thunder - The Arousing principle which contains
the initial impulse for all new things.
Lake - The Joyous principle which embodies
rewards and endings.
Mountain - The Stillness principle which contains
the potential for serenity and internal power.
Wind - The Penetrating principle which contains
the power to achieve without effort.
Whereas the trigrams describe conditions in
the world, their change in time is described
by the Theory of the 5 Elements, also known
as the Theory of 5 Transformations. In this
view, each of these elements – wood,
fire, earth, metal, and water - represent
a particular state or condition in time. One
didactic tool often used to describe the elements
and their relationship to each other is to
compare them to the different seasons. Consequently,
the Theory of 5 Elements is also related to
the rotation of the sun, its particular position
at different points in time, and therefore
to the point of the compass. The practical
use of the five elements is based on the fact
that it can be employed within the household
in order to stabilize, increase or decrease
the Qi energies of the different elements.
The 5 Elements are:
Water - This is the quiet, cool, condensed
energy of winter. It represents pure potential,
such as the life force in a seed.
Wood - This is the awakening, active energy
of spring. It represents growth, such as a
Fire - This is the hot, vibrant energy of
summer. It represents achievement and clarity,
such as a fruit.
Earth - This is the settled, mature energy
of harvest time. It represents the community
partaking of the bounty of nature.
Metal - This is the condensing, hardening
energy of fall. It represents a return to
beginnings and an ordering of nature's components.
In order to understand the Bagua and its relationship
to space, it is necessary to map out the position
of these energies according to the early and
later heaven sequences. The early heaven sequence
describes the state of nature in full equilibrium,
without change or transformation. It refers
to the sacredness of reality outside of space
The eight directions of the early heaven
North - trigram earth - element earth
South - trigram heaven - element metal
East - trigram fire - element fire
West - trigram water - element water
Northwest - trigram mountain - element earth
Northeast - trigram thunder - element wood
Southwest - trigram wind - element wood
Southeast - trigram lake - element metal
The later heaven sequence refers to the transformational
quality of reality and describes change in
time. It refers to the profane world of ordinary
existence: to home, work, and human activity.
The eight directions of the later heaven
North - trigram water - element water
South - trigram fire - element fire
East - trigram thunder - element wood
West - trigram lake - element metal
Northwest - trigram heaven - element metal
Northeast - trigram mountain - element earth
Southwest - trigram earth - element earth
Southeast - trigram wind - element wood
The Qi coming from each direction has its
own quality, and these qualities vary for
the two baguas. The directions on the Early
Heaven Bagua represent the following:
The North contains the Qi of the Earth, the
Nurturing Principle, which represents the
material foundation of the cosmos. Its energy
is condensing, substantive, and feminine.
The South contains the Qi of Heaven, the
Creative Principle, which acts as a template
for all of manifestation. Its energy is vital,
righteous, and masculine.
The East contains the Qi of Fire, the Clarity
Principle, which sets in motion the patterns
of change and transformation. Its energy is
active, expansive, and inspiring.
The West contains the Qi of water, the Abysmal
Principle, which receives into itself the
patterns of resolution and decay. Its energy
is condensed, still, and dangerous.
The Center is the primordial void from which
all of existence springs forth. It is both
timely and timeless, local and universal.
It is the foundation for the Tao.
For the Later Heaven bagua, they are as follows:
From the North the qi is nurturing and mysterious.
Its symbols are the Black Tortoise, (the animal
of winter), and the moon. It is linked to
the element water , which is diplomatic, intuitive
From the South the qi is invigorating and
lucky. Its symbols are the Red Phoenix, (the
bird of summer and good fortune), and the
sun. It is linked to the element fire , which
is dynamic, restless and energetic.
From the East the qi is protective, kind
and competitive. Its symbols are the Green
(or Gold) Dragon,(the animal of spring), and
thunder. It is linked to the element wood
, which is warm, generous, and seeks to grow.
From the West the qi is unpredictable and
disruptive. Its symbols are the White Tiger
(the animal of autumn), and the lake. It is
linked to the element metal , which is unyielding,
forceful and self-reliant.
In the Center lies the element earth, which
is at home with all the directions, and seeks
to harmonise them. The element earth is patient,
stable and prudent.
Each kind of qi seeks its opposite to achieve
harmony, thus the active, hot qi of the south
seeks the cool qi of the north to balance
itself; and the wise qi of the east seeks
excitment from the qi of the west, and so
An example of use of the bagua is -- the
stove (kitchen) should not be placed in the
north part of a house, as water extinguishes
fire. This is only a rule of thumb, and there
are many other considerations in locating
Guardians of the Home
Fu dogs are a pair of ancient symbols which
are half lion and half dragon, one of them
a male and the other a female. They are intended
to be placed at houses and office doors, and
their task is to be guardians of those spaces.
They are a recurrent symbol in China and you
can see them in many Chinese buildings around
These two guardians are meant to be placed
at the front door of the building in order
to keep an eye on who enters it. They have
the ability to discover the intentions that
those who come into the house have. When people
with bad intentions enter a place which has
fu dogs at the door, they won't be able to
cause the intended damage.
The ideal place for fu dogs to be is either
outside or inside main doors, but always facing
the exterior and those who enter. If they
are placed by your house's door, they would
keep bad people from damaging you and your
family; and if they are at your office's door,
that would ensure you that bad feelings such
as jealousy or envy won't be able to enter
or affect your career. Whatever the nature
of the space they are at, they would always
protect you from people with bad intentions
and bad energy.
The proper way to place them is the male
dog at the left and the female at the right
of the person who is in the house. If you
place your fu dogs in the wrong order or the
wrong place, they wouldn't protect you as
they should. Having the fu dogs in the middle
of the room or facing inside wouldn't protect
you from people that may come in with bad
intentions but rather control those who inhabit
GINA LANIER is a New Orleans native
who has studied paranormal activities,
the occult and hauntings for nearly
thirty years. She has participated
in and conducted large-scale location
hauntings and recently has shifted
her focus to include the investigation
and study of haunted toys such as
dolls, toy furniture, games and other
hallmarks of childhood.
Gina’s paranormal studies stem
from several childhood experiences
with the unknown including witnessing
full body apparitions and clairaudient
encounters with deceased relatives.
These experiences continued beyond
childhood and this is when Gina resolved
to learn as much as possible about
psychic and paranormal phenomenon
to determine what, exactly, was making
contact with her and with others who
claimed to have been contacted from
the Other Side.
Gina owns and operates a construction
and refurbishment company in the Greater
New Orleans area and this has afforded
her exposure to many allegedly haunted
locations and people over the years;
several of these clients welcomed
Gina’s expertise and insight
when it came to documenting and investigating
their haunted homes and businesses.