Building a New Home with Feng Shui
The real estate market is up and down - and many are looking to find their own space from the ground up. Does Feng Shui play a factor in how to get started or should you wait until the house is built? You aren't doomed if you already live in a structure - Feng Shui can work for you in any space you live or work.

If you are in the zone of thinking about building or have already bought your property, the articles and tips in this issue can help. Each article brings a different perspective to the full process of picking your site, designing the big picture and setting, and laying each room.

"We are creatures of our environment. We return to an environment and subconsciously fall back into pre-set behaviour patterns e.g. adults returning to their childhood home where their parents still live. When you are repeatedly in the same surroundings of home, work, social places, you absorb the energy of your surroundings, which mould you on the mental, emotional and physical levels. The same surroundings will generate the same moulds. Now you have the opportunity to choose your new options and select your new inputs."

Landform Feng Shui: Siting Your House for Construction
From Linda Ellson...
A key component to site selection with Feng Shui is to find land with good “chi.” Chi means energy and the best sites have positive life force energy. Read top tips to help you identify good chi on your site and select a suitable site for your new home.

Building Your Home with Feng Shui Principles
From Carole Hyder...
Is there value in Feng Shui if the house has not been built yet? Yes. Truthfully, it is never too early to engage a consultant. In fact, a consultant should be involved prior to any building and, if possible, prior to selecting the land on which the home will be built. 

Feng Shui Suggestions When Building a New Home
From Frankie Hickson...
If you are fortunate enough to build a new home with either a custom builder or if you are able to modify a floor plan to accommodate Feng Shui do’s and don’ts, you will be well on your way to having a healthy and harmonious life for you and your family. Eight tips and hints for your new space.

Date Selection for Breaking Ground
Date Selection can be used for personal services such as marriage, travel, signing contracts, and launching a business.

But did you know, it is also a great tool in ground-breaking, construction, and renovation as well as moving into a new house.

From Jillian Rothschild-Scholar, Feng Shui in Motion: "The value of a good date improves the chance of success in whatever endeavor or activity we undertake. It is simply about doing the right thing, at the right time, and in the right place. This optimizes our chance for success in any activities we choose to undertake."

How Architects use Feng Shui to Design Famous Buildings 
From, and featuring our own Steven Post, this article discusses how architects from around the world have made major design decisions based on feng shui.
Some of the popular buildings that were inspired by feng shui principles are the Louvre Museum, the Sydney Opera House, Columbus Circle, and more.
Spotlight Feng Shui School Interview
Katherine Metz, the founder and creator of Feng Shui Storyboard, which has now become The Storyboard ONE by ONE, studied with world-renowned H.H. Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun for 25 years.
Q: Please describe your very first coming into awareness about Feng Shui.
A: As a child, with shovel in hand and on the sly, I rearranged the flowers in neighboring gardens – much to the chagrin of my mother. As the creator and owner of Blooming Success, my interior landscaping business in the San Francisco Bay Area, mall operators asked for my assistance guiding the flow of visitors. They noticed that as I changed the plantings, people moved in ever-changing ways. We worked together to encourage movement that eased the movement of the elderly, provided teens with safe places to congregate, and opened areas of congestion.

I had not yet heard of Feng Shui.

Final Thoughts: Rituals and Building Ceremonies from Alex Stark
Building rituals and ceremonies are among the more interesting contributions of feng shui and geomancy to our building practices. They can be used to prepare the land for use, to clear out unwanted energies in existing buildings, to bless or consecrate land or buildings for a particular purpose, and even to help with serious problems such as illness or misfortune.

In general, rituals are keyed to the cycles of nature, the rotations of the sun and moon, the seasons, or other celestial events. Feng shui, in particular, has an array of tools which are used to determine ideal times for ground-breaking ceremonies, initiation of construction, grand openings, and so on. Use of these parameters provides a safe way to forestall any potentially negative consequences and to promote long-term success for the individuals or institutions involved.

Read more from Alex, about what rituals and building ceremonies can bring
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