Feng Shui Interprets
the Haunted House
When we think of a classic haunted house,
images from the movies come up. Sometimes the haunted house is depicted as a
dark, dingy, old, dilapidated house, secluded and covered with cobwebs. Oddly
enough, these really are some of the "yin" attributes which can
contribute to a house attracting a ghost.
In feng shui theory, all environments can be
described as "yin" or "yang." Yang aspects are lively,
bright, airy, cheerful and warm. But "yin" aspects include still,
dark, cluttered, stuffy, cold, or damp. Houses that have several of these yin
aspects on a chronic basis are more likely to attract or harbor spirits
There are also exterior circumstances which
can attract a ghost to a house. This includes a house that is within view of a
cemetery. There is a Chinese slang term, where a cemetery is called a
"night club," because at night the cemetary gets very lively.
Even bright, cheery, brand new houses can
harbor a ghost if they happen to have been built on top of old burial sites or
battlefields. As an example, the Chumash Indians spent a lot of time in many
areas of Southern California. I have been to a number of homes throughout
Southern California where the presence of a Chumash Indian spirit seemed
likely. One client even told me that after everyone went upstairs to go to bed
each night, she'd smell the smoke of a "peace pipe" from downstairs
wafting its way upstairs!
Houses that were built right into a
mountainside can also be considered too yin. And sometimes a house will
attract a ghost simply because a past occupant may be very attached to the
property even though they have died. One client of mine, who lives in the Mt.
Washington area of Los Angeles, had an interaction with a ghost on her
property shortly after the 1994 earthquake. When she described the physical
appearance of the ghost to a long-time neighbor, the neighbor confirmed that
it was the man who had built the house many years previous. Perhaps he was
just checking on the status of the house.
Is there a remedy to eliminate a ghost? By
eliminating all the yin characteristics of a house, sometimes the ghost will
leave of its own accord.
Sometimes it takes a willful, meditative
dialogue with the spirit before it departs. And there are also some special
feng shui remedies which involve opening up a certain door in the house. This
is based on a little-known calculation derived from the age of the house and
its compass orientation.
Kartar Diamond is a feng shui expert and
full-time consultant. She is also the author of Feng Shui for Skeptics: Real
Solutions Without Superstition as well as The Feng Shui Matrix: Another Way to
Inherit the Earth. http://www.FengShuiSolutions.net