In the olden days, it was common for families to have their toilets and bathrooms built as a separate structure from the house. As such, it was not really a major concern as to how the bathroom would affect the Feng Shui of their property. Fast forward to modern times when it has become a necessary convenience to have bathrooms built within the house. Most people immediately assume that toilets flush away wealth and emit negative Qi. As a matter of fact, toilets are modern amenities that are typically clean. They do not cause any problems in terms of bad Qi. Now, this is not to say that the location of bathrooms is not significant in Feng Shui for there are several aspects that one needs to observe and consider.
A bathroom above the Main Door does not mean that it is directly above the Main Door. It only indicates that the toilet is occupying the sector above the Main Door. If the former is the issue, then the house has a problem of “Wetting the Head Water Sha”. This creates excessive negative Water Qi surrounding the door area. Move the Main Door inwards, outwards or relocate the toilet bowl. Alternatively, you can avoid stirring up any problems by not using the toilet. If the ceiling at the Main Door area is high, then this is not a problem.
Occasionally, the toilet is built directly above the kitchen. The excessive Water Qi from the toilet obviously affects the Fire element of the kitchen. However, you should only be concerned if the stove is directly underneath the toilet bowl. The solution here is to move the stove to another location in the kitchen. If the height of the ceiling is high, then the toilet is not a problem.
If your bedroom is directly below the toilet, this won’t be an issue unless you are sleeping directly underneath the toilet bowl. If you are paranoid and believe that you will be subjected to fecal matter flowing down on you while you sleep, having a toilet above the bedroom isn’t bad. Unless the bedroom’s ceiling is low, the best solution is to just move the bed.
Another cause for concern is when your room door opens to the toilet door. This is a common feature in smaller homes and what happens here is that the Qi will enter the bedroom and circulates in the bathroom, instead of the room. Avoid properties with this layout. If space permits, position some furniture in between the bathroom door and the toilet door to fix this flow.
If the headboard of the bed is against the wall of the toilet or next to it, there should not be any cause for concern for the only problem you will experience is the sound of flushing noises at night. This is not an issue, Feng Shui, or otherwise. If you find that there is toilet above the dining room, do not panic for this is really more of a psychological issue than anything else. Unless you have a problem with a leaky toilet, then there is nothing to be really concerned about. You only really need to be concerned if the dining room is directly below the toilet bowl.
A main cause for concern would be having a toilet at the bottom or at the top of the stairs as this can cause Qi to be trapped in the bathroom, instead of circulating around the property. Generally, this is not an ideal situation as it is important to have a constant flow of Qi around the house.
The location of the bathroom is something that concerns many people. It is also one of the most commonly asked questions posed to any Feng Shui consultant. Once you understand how bathrooms function in the context of Feng Shui, then you can apply common sense, instead of fear and paranoia, when considering the location of your bathroom.
Dato’ Joey Yap
Dato’ Joey Yap is the leading Feng Shui, BaZi and Face Reading consultant in Asia. He is an international speaker, bestselling author of over 160 books and master trainer in Chinese Metaphysics. He is also the Chief Consultant of Joey Yap Consulting Group and founder of the Mastery Academy of Chinese Metaphysics.
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