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Yin House Feng Shui is a form of Feng Shui that deals with the placement and arrangement of burial sites or ancestral tombs. The principles are based on the belief that the location and orientation of a tomb can affect the prosperity, health, and luck of the descendants for up to three generations linked by DNA and karmic energy. Unlike with Yang House Feng Shui, which can be remodeled or changed, the location of a Yin House is mostly fixed. Therefore, careful selection of a site is of utmost importance.

History of Yin House in Feng Shui

The history of the Yin House in Feng Shui dates back thousands of years, to the time of the ancient Chinese dynasties. The earliest records of Feng Shui principles being applied to the design and placement of yin houses can be traced back to the Han Dynasty, which ruled China from 206 BC to 220 AD.

During the Han Dynasty, Feng Shui Masters began to develop the concept of Yin and Yang, which forms the foundation of traditional Chinese philosophy. They believed that the balance and harmony between Yin and Yang energies in the environment were essential for the well-being of both the living and the deceased.

Over time, the practice became more sophisticated, and the principles of Yin and Yang were applied to the design and placement of burial sites in more specific ways. In addition to the right burial location, Feng Shui principles were also applied to the design of the tomb itself, including the shape, size, and orientation of the graveyard. The materials used in the construction of the tomb were also carefully selected based on their perceived energy properties.

Some of the key principles of Yin House Feng Shui include:

  1. Choosing the right location: The location of the burial site should be carefully chosen, taking into consideration the surrounding landscape, the flow of energy or qi, and the geomantic features of the site.
  2. Orientation of the grave: The orientation of the grave is also crucial in Yin House Feng Shui. The grave should face a favorable direction that has supportive energy for the deceased person.
  3. The shape and size of the grave: The shape and size of the grave should also be in accordance with Feng Shui principles, with square or rectangular-shaped ones being preferred. The size should also be proportional to the size of the family and should not be too big or too small.
  4. The placement of the tombstone: The tomb should be placed in a location that is protected from negative energy or sha qi, such as areas with sharp pointed objects (poison arrow), or electrical towers (EMF radiation sha qi)

Form School for Yin House

The majority of principles in the form school pertain to the immediate environment surrounding a site. Many qi concepts that are typically applied in traditional Feng Shui practices are also taken into account here. It is widely acknowledged that the environment has the ability to distribute qi, which means that any negative Feng Shui characteristics, such as poison arrows or a T-junction impacting a grave, are considered inauspicious.

Moreover, if we delve deeper into the topic, we can also observe that the fundamentals of yang houses, such as double-facing, double-sitting, Wang Shang Wang Shui, or reversed house type, play a significant role in determining the auspiciousness of a site.

Key factors to consider when searching for an ideal burial site?

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Yes, it’s almost the same as practicing Feng Shui for a home. What we consider inauspicious or negative energy for a home can also be applied to yin houses. Let’s delve deeper into what to consider:

  • When searching for the perfect burial location, it’s important to consider the aesthetics of the surrounding environment. It’s best to avoid areas with unsightly features, such as trash cans or dumpsters, as these can bring negative energy to the burial site. It’s worth noting that living next to a landfill would also be considered unfavorable in a Yang House application.
  • It’s advisable to steer clear of burial sites that are in close proximity to busy roads that see frequent traffic from maintenance crews and visitors.
  • If there are hills around the grave, make sure they are lush with vegetation and stay away from “sick mountains” that are full of rocks and stones.
  • It is advisable to prevent any fissures from appearing in the concrete or soil, as cracks that extend in specific directions can indicate a deficiency in the corresponding energy sector and potentially lead to health complications. For instance, a crack in the southern section may indicate the likelihood of eye or heart ailments for future generations.
  • Certain cemeteries enhance their ambiance by incorporating artistic sculptures, but some of these may feature sharp edges that could create poison arrow issues for neighboring graves. It is important to carefully scan the surroundings and identify any pointed objects that are visible.
  • In accordance with the principles of Yin Yang theory, it is recommended to choose a sunny location for a graveside. As the grave itself already embodies a lot of yin energy, it would be counterproductive to add further yin energy, such as through a shaded area or a location with dense tree cover.
  • When it comes to water features; it is important to adhere to the “direct-indirect spirit” water rules. For instance, in Feng Shui Period 9 (2024 onward), the south section is deemed the most inauspicious water direction that could bring misfortune to future generations. Thus, any river streams or fountains should be located in a favorable directional position.
  • It is crucial to maintain a balance of yin yang energies throughout the cemetery. This means avoiding an environment that is excessively quiet or noisy, too wet or too dry, or in which any one element overwhelms the others.

Applying Yin House: When and When not?”

The principles of Feng Shui yin house can only be applied if the entire physical body is buried underground, allowing for the earth’s qi to interact with the DNA of the deceased’s family members and thus enabling the universal energy to connect with the living descendants.

However, with the common practice of cremation in modern times, where the remains are placed in small urns buried in the ground or in a columbarium, there is little to no impact on the descendants as ashes cannot interact with the earth’s qi. Nonetheless, it remains a respectful gesture to carefully select a suitable location to place the urn as a way to honor one’s family members.

Is Yin House still practiced today?

In today’s Chinese culture, it is still very common to seek the guidance of a Feng Shui Master when selecting a burial place for a loved one, as even a slight mistake in the placement of the grave can significantly impact the energy of the site.

It is crucial to locate the most auspicious and appropriate spot, as the energy not only affects the soul’s afterlife but also has a potential impact on the DNA and karma of descendants. For example, if the site exudes artistic yet dramatic energy (3-4), it may influence the characteristics of family members.

Similar to the evaluation of Yang houses, we carefully assess the facing and sitting energies, along with the surrounding land form, to determine the optimal location in a Feng Shui Yin house. A negative energy environment could cause financial or health issues for the descendants, which we aim to avoid.

Grave Site Yin House Orientation and Flying Stars

Determining the optimal orientation for a burial site involves applying Feng Shui compass principles with a slight variation. The orientation of the tombstone is of utmost importance in this regard. For a grave with a vertical tombstone, the inscription side is considered the facing direction. However, for a flat, horizontal tombstone, the top edge is used as its facing. In cases where two stones with inscriptions are present, the upright one is given more prominence and determines the facing direction.

After establishing the facing and sitting degrees, the next step is to superimpose the flying star chart over the burial site. A thorough analysis of the land form is critical to ensuring all energy sectors are balanced and harmonized. The correct calculation of the flying star chart also depends on the burial date as a substitute for the date of construction completion and other Yang house principles.

In Yin House Feng Shui, a locked phase, lasting a month, one year, or 20 years, is determined by the burial year and tombstone orientation. Matching the deceased’s trigram with its orientation can create a tranquil resting place for the soul. Therefore, proper consideration of all these factors is vital for creating a harmonious and peaceful burial site.

For achieving a more peaceful resting place of the soul, it is considered a best practice to match the orientation of the tombstone with the trigram of the deceased.


The Yin House principles in Feng Shui are intricate, and a master should possess extensive knowledge of landform principles to determine the best suitable spot. It is imperative to note that for the concepts to work, the burial method must involve placing the entire body inside the soil. Any alternative methods, such as cremation or placing the body in a mausoleum, will nullify or reduce its effects.

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