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The Feng Shui community converses about this subject the most. Many continue to hold the view that, when analyzing the Feng Shui facing direction, the front door is always taken into consideration. I’m sorry to break it to you, but you are mistaken if you still hold that belief. Nothing more or less; the entrance door is just one of several variables.
In classical Feng Shui, we refer to the Feng Shui sitting and facing directions. These technical terms mean nothing other than the front and back side of your house. Applying the 24 mountain directions is possible once the correct orientation has been established. To compute the correct flying star chart, the 360-degree compass is divided into 24 mountains, each representing a 15-degree portion.

Why many believe the front door is always the Feng Shui facing direction?

It is very true that in the old texts, the masters used the front door to do the compass reading. However, the old Chinese houses were completely different than today. Firstly, the front door was always facing the road. Secondly, the form of these houses was always square, with one hallway leading into the living area. Last, the sunlight only entered the house via the front door, as there were no windows otherwise.

Feng Shui Masters, in fact, used the Feng Shui Yin Yang Theory to determine where the most Yang energy was entering the home. To point out, the only source for Yang to enter these old homes was the front door. As the houses had no windows, the backside was determined to be the yin (sleeping) area. On the contrary, our homes are very different today. We have many windows and doors that let light inside the house. To conclude, we cannot apply an ancient belief that will not work in modern times anymore.

Case #1: Round Building: Which direction is this building facing?


Can you answer it easily? No, it is not that simple! It is advisable to concentrate on finding the facing side instead of the sitting direction of the round building. The same applies here; external variables have the biggest impact. If the external examination yields no results, the front door can be taken into account.

Case #2: The House is surrounded by many roads

house many roads

Once again, the question is: where is the facing and sitting orientation of this home? In the event the yin and yang characteristics alone aren’t conclusive and not point to a specific direction, the street name and number may have the final say on where the Feng Shui house facing direction is. If there is actually a complete tiebreaker for everything, the building’s longer side compared to the facing side will be the deciding factor, serving as the sitting orientation of the structure.

Case #3: The Front Door is at the Side of the House


Without doubt, we consider the front side of the house as our Feng Shui Facing direction (see green arrow). The front door is not taken into consideration (see red X)

Case #4: The Front Door is facing the Road

feng shui front house facing street

That’s Easy – As you can see, here the front door location can be used. It is important to realize that the living room and dining room are up front too. Remember, these are all Yang areas.

Case #5: Qi-Flow of Yang determines facing direction in Feng Shui


The front door is clearly facing the road. Why not use the door, you might ask? In this case, many different factors, such as the park view, river view, and grass or open space, determine the facing direction. Also, the most active part (yang energy) of the house is on the backside. Make sure to take the floor plan layout into consideration as well.

The correct sitting and facing can often be determined by looking only at the external features. The floor plan or interior layout alone is often inconclusive.

Case #6: What is Your Apartment Facing Direction?



In fact, the facing direction Feng Shui rules are different for apartments and odd-shaped buildings. One argument is whether we should take the apartment door and the main door into consideration. Or should the main focus be on the Yin Yang Theory? It all depends. In some cases, the front door might be the correct choice.

In other cases, the Yin-Yang Theory might be the answer. It is difficult to determine, but the best is to look for the quietest areas first (bedrooms, walls without windows). As these are considered Yin, the opposite areas of the home must be most likely Yang.

Case #7: Facing front with limited view

feng shui facing with limited view

The facing side of the home can lean more toward a yin environment with very little sunlight and a constrained view. This can occur, particularly in larger cities when smaller studio units are situated in small alleys.

Case #8: U-shaped structures

feng shui u shape building

With this type of building, the facing and sitting sides are completely flexible and can orient into any direction. If, for instance, the space tucked between the home’s two “U” sides is an open garden space, this could classify it as the facing side of the property.

Case #8: Triangle-shaped buildings

feng shui triangle shaped building

In this case, even if it is on the narrow side of the entire building, the front door or lobby is most usually on the facing side. Additionally, it is best practice to evaluate each apartment independently to determine its own facing orientation.

The Significance of the Feng Shui House Direction

The assessment of the proper Feng Shui facing and sitting orientations forms the basis for additional qi flow calculations of the structure employed by the Xuan Kong Flying Stars and Eight Mansion School (Pa Chai, East-West School).

Definition of Feng Shui house direction: facing vs. sitting

Facing direction of the house: This is equivalent to the human body’s mouth. To survive, we must breathe and eat in order to take in energy and oxygen. The facing side of the house influences how well chi will be absorbed for harmony and success.

Sitting direction of the house: It supports the entire structure, much like the backbone or spine of the human body. In addition, it is also possible to identify the type of dwelling once the sitting is known. For instance, a “Li house” is a south-sitting residence that benefits from a minor positive boost during Feng Shui Period 9. Generally speaking, the electromagnetic vibrations will be slightly enhanced if a structure sits in the dominant direction for a given construction period.

Why is the house sitting direction dominant to the facing side?

Both from a Feng Shui perspective and from the perspective of human anatomy, it is vital to create a well-balanced and good-qi environment. It should be noted that the facing and sitting sides of a house affect the entire family rather than just one member.

Identifying the Feng Shui sitting and facing directions of an apartment or house is without a doubt the most important task a Feng Shui consultant can face. Keep in mind that if the determination of the orientation is done improperly, all subsequent energy calculations will be inaccurate.

In most circumstances, once the facing direction is established, it is presumed that the opposite side must be the Feng Shui sitting direction of the structure. There may be exceptions to this rule, though, in cases when they are not parallel to one another. Aside from the floor plan, the environmental factor of the surrounding area plays a significant role, too.
Feng shui masters and consultants all agree that the Feng Shui house sitting direction is the most important factor to consider when evaluating various aspects of a building. A few examples of applications that take the sitting side into account rather than the facing side are as follows:

The importance of sitting direction at Eight Mansion School

The Eight Mansion, a more simplified branch of classical Feng Shui, places a strong emphasis on the significance of the home’s sitting direction in determining whether the home is a west- or east-type house.

  • Houses of the West type are sitting in the directions of southeast (Xun, faces northwest), north (Kan, faces south), east (Zhen, faces west), and south (Li, faces north).
  • Houses of the West type are sitting in the directions of northeast (Ken, faces southwest), west (Dui, faces east), northwest (Qian, faces southeast), and southwest (Kun, faces northeast).

The Eight Mansion School divides the floor plan into eight squares that are all equal in size. The house has four positive and four negative sectors based on its sitting orientation. The four positive sectors should be matched to the significant living areas, whereas the negative sectors are supposed to fall into minor areas like the bathroom or laundry room.

Correct directional placement of water and mountain

Knowing where to place outside water features and where to position actual or virtual mountains in relation to the structure are both important components of defining the proper Feng Shui house siting direction. There is a revered house type that requires water in the back and a mountain in front. When the sitting and facing aspects are mixed up, the incorrect placement of these two elements occurs. As a result, the remedies will be rendered ineffective.

How to Evaluate the Feng Shui sitting and facing direction

In order to decide the correct Feng Shui house direction of sitting and facing, the yin yang theory is particularly helpful to determine which one is which. Here are some of the key interior yang features to determine the structure’s facing side: It is best to ask yourself, “Where is the most Yang located?”

  • This can be the front window with the balcony area.
  • Where is the most beautiful view located when looking outside?
  • Which rooms in the house are the busiest?
  • Where is the house’s sunniest, brightest side?
  • In which part of the house are guests being entertained?
  • Which bigger rooms have the most frequent activities throughout the day?

After addressing the above queries, the location of the house’s facing side ought to be obvious. However, it is not always evident, though, because active and quiet spaces are frequently adjacent in modern homes. Here are some of questions to ask yourself to find the most yin (sitting side):

  • Where can I find a dimly lit hallway?
  • Where in your home is the most yin (the bedroom)?
  • Does one side of the house face a hill or a high wall?
  • Where are the smaller and darker rooms located?
  • The side of the house with no or limited view

Main yin characteristics supporting a Feng Shui house Sitting direction

  • The property’s darker side with a higher wall or fence.
  • The area around the house that is surrounded by trees, plants, and high fences.
  • The location where there is less noise and more stillness.
  • Seeing a hill or mountain when looking outside
  • Other characteristics of yin include a cemetery, garbage cans, or a little alley view.

Common yang features supporting a Feng Shui house Facing direction

  • Busy roads, highways, or the overall street view towards the neighborhood road leading to the residence
  • Active playgrounds opposite the home
  • Overlooking a lake, valley view, or river
  • Beautiful scenery in front of the house draws chi toward the home and collects it.

Once the facing and sitting direction is determined, go to the next step and do your compass reading:

How to take a Feng Shui Compass Reading


In modern homes, very often the arrangement and clear separation of yin and yang rooms are not apparent. They are combined to clear the way for architects to showcase their designs or for the builder to build even more homes for the sake of more profits. It is indeed not a good blend, as these two energies could clash and bring the qi flow out of balance.

Without even pausing to think for a second, we can easily identify the front and back of a human body, right? Why not apply the same logic to the place where we spent the majority of our time? The ideal structure should be free of confusion in order for the yin and yang attributes to fully manifest.

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