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There is a high chance that you have already read about many different rules of Feng Shui to follow throughout your journey. Little, however, is talked about the numerous exceptions to the rule that one has to keep in mind. Generally speaking, on the internet, mainly the common rules of Feng Shui are spilled out, but to notice an exemption, this requires experience.

In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the basic principles of Feng Shui and the exemptions that can be made in certain circumstances. Whether you’re new to Feng Shui or a seasoned practitioner, understanding these exemptions can help you create a space that is both beautiful and energetically balanced. So, let’s dive in and explore the fascinating world of Feng Shui together!

One of the most intriguing cases that I have encountered is related to our former home. It had a double sitting, a feature that is typically beneficial for health but not for wealth. However, in this particular instance, the outcome was quite the opposite. Despite bringing us substantial financial gain, my wife experienced ongoing health issues during our time there. It may seem perplexing, but there were indeed exceptions to the norm, which I will elaborate on in detail in this article.

Sitting with Back to Door

Given that many people use the same office and few love the idea of being caught off guard, I totally agree that setting up one’s desk with a view of the entryway is a highly prudent approach. Conversely, sitting with one’s back facing the door can foster feelings of vulnerability, as occupants are unable to discern who or what is entering the space, thereby generating a sense of unease and discomfort.

When you face the door, you have a “commanding” view of the whole room and can easily keep an eye on people coming in and out. This fosters a sense of safety and control, promoting calm and concentrated productivity.

Exceptions to the rule:

When working from home, it might be okay to ignore the “commanding position” rule if it gives you a chance to face your best direction. It has been proven that using this universal 15-degree energy section rather than the aforementioned guidelines has a greater impact on improving one’s professional prospects.

Additionally, an exception may be made if one can occupy an exceptional flying star section based on the principles of the small tai chi or big luo-shu grid rules of Feng Shui.  Finally, the “face the door rule” would be insignificant, if the placement of the desk affords a breathtaking view of the outside scenery.

Sleeping directly Aligned with the Bedroom Door

According to the rules of  Feng Shui, the bedroom holds great significance as it serves as a space for rest and revitalization. One crucial tenet of bedroom Feng Shui involves avoiding the alignment of one’s sleeping position with the bedroom door.

This is because in traditional Chinese culture, this position is called a “death position” because it points the feet toward the door, which is how a dead person’s body is carried out of a room. This can foster a subliminal sense of discomfort and unease. Moreover, assuming such a position may increase one’s sense of vulnerability and exposure, leading to disrupted sleep and difficulty relaxing.

Exceptions to the rule:

The above example of a small apartment serves as an excellent demonstration of why it is necessary to disregard certain rules of  Feng Shui in such a space. First of all, the positioning of the bed right next to the bathroom wall, specifically the toilet bowl location, is problematic, as the proximity of the waste pipes creates Sha Qi that can impact one’s health.

Secondly, the kitchen stove is located one meter from the bed, generating excessive “fire” energy and ups the chance that oil will spill onto the bed. All in all, this makes the current location of the bed unsuitable. Thus, it is recommended to shift the bed to the other side of the wall, even if it means it will be aligned with the door.

Additionally, there are some other advanced rules of  Feng Shui that need to be considered, such as the directional sector in terms of flying stars, whether the bed is in a favorable personal direction, and whether there are other design flaws that could affect one’s health, such as EMF exposure, overhead beams, or sloped ceilings.

Living on a Busy Road

feng shui busy road noise sha

It is commonly advised that living on a busy road should be avoided due to the high levels of sha energy caused by the constant rush of cars. Further, it should be remembered that noise pollution can interfere with sleep, car emissions can cause pollution, and living in a place where accidents could happen might not be the safest place for small children to play outside.

But is there ever a time when it would be okay to not follow these Feng Shui rules? While it is generally recommended to steer clear of such locations, there are a few potential reasons why someone may choose to live on a busy road despite the downsides.

Exceptions to the rule:

In Europe, there are numerous villages and neighborhoods located directly adjacent to highways. However, the homes in these areas are safeguarded by a tall noise protection wall and a peaceful landscape adorned with shrubs and trees. As a result, living in these homes is a serene experience, as one wouldn’t even notice the highway with its speedy cars just a stone’s throw away.

Moreover, young individuals, particularly university students, relish living in lively and bustling environments since they invigorate and stimulate them. Additionally, residing in a well-insulated apartment on a higher floor also qualifies as an exception to this guideline.

The “in”-famous T-Junction

I don’t think the Feng Shui T-junction needs any more explanation, since this flaw is almost always talked about in books and blogs for beginners on Feng Shui. You must be getting excited to learn about the rules of Feng Shui exemption for this configuration.

Exceptions to the rule:

To begin with, there are certain flying star combinations that can actually thrive off the dynamic energy of a T-junction. It may come as a surprise, but having one of these auspicious stars at the front door of a house can bring great prosperity.

Additionally, there are T-junctions situated in pedestrian-only streets where delivery vehicles have to move at a slow pace, thus creating limited traffic.

LUO-SHU GRID for Interior Purposes only

feng shui outdoor patio

The basic idea behind the Luo-Shu Grid is to focus on the internal space of a home to identify the various energy zones. That is the underlying principle set out in the classical text. However, as we are exploring exceptions in this post, let’s delve further.

Exceptions to the rule:

There are indeed some exemptions to the rules of Feng Shui for the Luo Shu Grid. The ability to apply the grid to a piece of land to identify the most auspicious regions is one example. This is often done for large commercial developments such as shopping malls or amusement parks.

Another circumstance is extending the interior energy sector outdoors to determine the best placement for water features based on the indirect and direct spirit principles.

In some cultures, such as Bali, individuals devote more time outdoors than in interior spaces. In some circumstances, we can genuinely incorporate an outside area into the Luo Shu grid. The image above showcases a prime example of how the Luo-Shu Grid can be used in an outdoor space for the kitchen and living room.

Sitting Side not always Determines the Home’s Orientation

In Feng Shui, the orientation of a home’s sitting side is very important. It can account for as much as 95% of the overall decision about the type of house and how energy flows through it. For example, a house with a northeast-sitting side is classified as a “Ken” house, which dictates the entire flying star energy chart of the structure.

Although the sitting and facing sides of a home are typically parallel, this is not always the case. In instances where there is uncertainty regarding a home’s orientation, it is advisable to rely on the sitting side to ascertain the direction of the home.

Exceptions to the rule:

There are always exceptions to the rules in Feng Shui. We give the facing side more weight when it has a superior panorama or is noticeably longer than the sitting side.

Front Doors vs Side Doors

feng shui front side doors

Nowadays, many people, especially in the USA, enter their homes through their garage or side doors, as it is more convenient once they park their car and unload their groceries.

Exceptions to the rule:

It can be concluded that when the flying star energy favors a particular side door and it is more convenient to use that one instead of the front entrance, it is highly recommended to take advantage of it. Instead of just following the rules of Feng Shui, it is essential that entering the house be simple and not cause any needless difficulties.

Negative Energy Supportive for selected Group

As we gain knowledge about Feng Shui, we understand that it is essential to mitigate negative flying star energy to neutralize its adverse impact. This holds true for typical families and situations, as we do not want such negative energies to disrupt our living environment and cause unwanted distress. However, what if I told you that these unfavorable energies could have a positive influence on others?

Exceptions to the rule:

Certainly, negative flying star energy could prove profitable for certain groups of individuals. For instance, consider star 2, which is associated with depression and eccentricity. A licensed therapist specializing in treating depression or a bar with a star 2 located in a strategic place could benefit significantly from this energy.

Another instance is the energy combination of 1-4. While a married couple is advised to avoid it, as it can lead to extramarital affairs, a single woman could use this combination to attract potential partners into her life.

Changing the Home Period

According to the standard rules of Feng Shui, for the permanent energy of a home to change into a new period, its roof and ceiling should be exposed to at least 30% of the heaven’s qi, or sunlight. Incorporating a large skylight can also qualify as a means of changing the energy.

Exceptions to the rule:

The imagine a massive glass building that lacks a ceiling, enabling the sun’s rays to penetrate through the roof and illuminate the entire structure up to the ground floor. Such a building is capable of changing its period every 20 years. There is another exception to the rule, which is when a mobile home is transported intact (not taken apart) from one location to another in a different period.

Use of Water Features with Wang Direction or Stars

feng shui outdoor fountain

Having water in the same direction as the wang star is not advisable as it could corrupt the good luck of the house.

Exceptions to the rule:

In certain cases, exceptions to the rules of Feng Shui may be made to the general rule of not placing water in the wang direction. For instance, if a water feature is required to lift a lock or help a reversed house type, then it is beneficial to override this rule. The benefits of having a water feature in these instances are considered greater than the potential drawbacks.

As we move into Feng Shui Period 9, a home facing SW2 with a wang mountain star in the east direction can actually benefit from adding earth element objects to the mountain wang star 9 in Period 9. This will nurture the mountain dragon, despite the fact that earth usually weakens fire, which is normally needed in a SW2, East section chart.

Avoid living nearby these places

There is a prevalent belief that living in close proximity to a hospital, cemetery, or prison can have negative effects on the energy of a living space, and thus it is generally advised to avoid residing near these types of locations.

Exceptions to the rule:

Similarly, there are exceptions to these rules of Feng Shui. For example, if you happen to own a bail-bond business, a funeral home, or an outpatient practice near a prison, cemetery, or hospital, it can actually prove to be very lucrative for your business.

Another example is having a recycling business situated near a landfill, where private and government trash collectors can drop off their collected materials to be recycled. While such locations may produce negative energy for some, they can prove to be highly beneficial for others.

Structural flaws

Living spaces with structural problems, such as ceiling beams, where Qi’s energy shoots downward and is unable to move around the beam, create significant problems for the occupants. Having this kind of flaw in a bedroom or living room is typically regarded as harmful because it can negatively affect the energy flow in the area.

Exceptions to the rule:

In the case of a busy restaurant where quick table turnover is desired, the previously mentioned beam-flaw can actually be beneficial in preventing customers from occupying tables for too long. As waitstaff often rely on tips as their main source of income in many countries, a high turnover rate of tables is desirable.

However, it should be noted that this feature is not appropriate for all types of restaurants. Small, local eateries where customers come to relax and enjoy the atmosphere should not utilize the “ceiling beam” feature. It is better suited for high-traffic establishments located in tourist areas.


In conclusion, it is important to note that the exceptions mentioned in this blog post should only be applied and determined by professionals with expertise in Feng Shui. It is advisable to seek guidance from a certified practitioner before making any changes or decisions related to Feng Shui in your home or business.

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  1. Adrian January 3, 2024 at 3:24 am - Reply

    I reside 0.3 miles away from a cemetery that remains unseen from my apartment unit. Moreover, the graveyard isn’t part of my usual commute route. Would it still be advisable to live in this location?

    • FengShuiBalanz Team January 3, 2024 at 3:42 am - Reply

      A cemetery is often associated with themes of death, disease, and decay, signifying the purest yin energy in Feng Shui. You have asked if residing close to a cemetery is advantageous or disadvantageous. This scenario can be evaluated in two ways:

      First, when the cemetery is prominently visible and one encounters it regularly during their daily routine to and from home, this situation is deemed highly unfavorable and best avoided altogether.

      Potential implications include the heightened possibility of the home becoming haunted, coupled with subconscious psychological effects due to frequent encounters with deeply saddened individuals. In essence, the closer one lives to and visually engages with the cemetery from their residence, the more detrimental it becomes in terms of the energy flow within the home.

      The second scenario involves a home situated in close proximity to a cemetery but not within clear sight, as in your case. Although this scenario has a somewhat lesser impact, it still does not align favorably with Feng Shui principles. Residents may still perceive a lingering sense of sorrow and somber energy emanating from the cemetery, even though to a lesser degree.

      Unfortunately, there are limited remedies available since the cemetery cannot be relocated, and its size in comparison to a home renders effective remedies unfeasible. The only practical option is to avoid residing in the vicinity from the outset.

      A widely acknowledged guideline suggests that if the cemetery is visible from any windows of the dwelling, it may be considered too close for comfort. Residing approximately 0.3 miles or 500 meters away from it, without direct visibility or encountering it during your daily commute, might place you in a safer position.

      The optimal approach would be to explore the vicinity on foot and observe if any unusual elements in the immediate surroundings draw your attention. Such occurrences might serve as an indication that the cemetery could impact the building. Perhaps consider signing a shorter-term lease initially to thoroughly assess the situation beforehand.

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