Vaastu tips for your home
Our planet sustains life because air, water, fire and space exist together in harmony. Thus, according to Vaastu science, an individual can improve upon his life by building it around these natural forces.
Here are 5 simple Vaastu tips for your home which bring about positivity
It is essential to get rid of all the unwanted stuff we tend to accumulate in our bedroom. It can be old newspapers, magazines, broken or stopped watches, unnecessary documents, empty cartons or pens etc.
Clutter is all things that are no longer useful yet they occupy space in our homes. Old and stale items carry negative energy and it is important to get rid of them if you want to lead a comfortable and trouble free life.
Plants to Avoid
One should never keep Cactus, rubber plants or milk producing plants inside the house. They act as a hindrance against the balance and harmony of the house thereby impacting your life.
The Door Bell
The sound of the door bell should neither be too low or too high pitched. In former case it leads to low energy levels inside the house and in latter case it will make family members short tempered. The sound of the bell should always be pleasant and soothing to the listener.
The Kitchen Keeping medicines inside the kitchen attracts negative energies. Ensure that all medicines and other such unwanted stuff are removed from your kitchen.
Never sleep in front of a mirror. It reflects back the negative energies during the sleep and also results in having bad dreams. A properly placed mirror can enhance the relationship between the married couple.
Vaastu principles governing a site
Vaastu has many guidelines on the shape of a residential site. It is believed that a house built on a site that has a recommended shape brings peace and prosperity to the residents.
Here are some guidelines:
- Ideally, the shape of a residential site should be square or rectangular.
- If the plot is not a perfect rectangle, at least the southwest and southeast sides should be at a 90 degree angle from each other.
- The South-west side of the quadrilateral should definitely not be extended past the southeast side, even if that means not acquiring a portion of the plot.
- A site that extends past the North-east side of the quadrilateral is believed to lead to wealth, happiness, and fame for the residents.
- An extension on any other side is inauspicious.
- An extension on the North-west side is believed to cause loss of wealth and peace.
- It is not auspicious if the land is cut in a corner. If possible, some land to fill in the missing corner should be acquired.
- It is not auspicious if the land is cut short on the North-east side.
- A round, oval, or triangular plot is not recommended.
- L-shaped plots are also inauspicious.
- It is good if a plot is narrow at the entrance and wider at its rear, but the opposite is not good.
- A house should not be built in the shape of a diamond, with the corner facing the North.
Vaastu principles for a Water Tank
A tank is a critical source of water for many homes. Many even depend entirely on the water from a water tank. Vaastu has some guidelines pertaining to digging and location of this water source.
Principles for a Water Tank
Here are some basic guidelines:
- The construction of a new house should begin with the water tank.
- It is believed to be auspicious if water from this water tank is used for the construction of the house.
- The water tank or water source should ideally be located in the north or north-east of the site.
- If you draw a line from the south-east corner to the north-east corner, the water tank should be to the right or left of the line, not on it.
- The water tank can also be in the north or east sides of the property.
- The water tank should not be in the north-west or southeast corners. This is believed to be inauspicious. It is especially inauspicious if the water tank is dug in the south-west corner. It is also inauspicious to have a water tank in the middle of a house.
- The water tank should be dug after puja has been performed on the land at an auspicious time.
Vastu tips for the interiors
Vaastu has some principles for the interiors of a home. Practitioners believe that these principles, if followed diligently, will contribute to the success and prosperity of the residents.
Few Tips -
- A tulsi or neem plant in or around the house is considered auspicious. On the other hand, cactus or such thorny plants must be avoided. They are believed to cause friction between the residents.
- A toilet or tap in the centre of the house is considered very unlucky. It is believed to drain away all the wealth. Repair any leaking tap immediately. A leaking tap is also believed to drain away all the wealth.
- The kitchen, toilet and prayer room should never be next to each other. These rooms represent energies that should be kept apart.
- The gas burner or microwave in the kitchen should not be directly in front of the main door.
- Never have a washroom or pantry under a staircase. It is believed to bring bad luck.
- In a washroom, the mirror, sink, and tap should be placed along the north or east wall.
- The toilet seat should preferably be along the North-south axis. Many worship the rising Sun facing the East. Hence, it is ideal to avoid aligning the toilet seat to the Eastwest axis.
- All electrical or heat-generating appliances should be kept in the South-east, or at least their plug point (energy source) or remote control should be in this direction.
Colour analysis of your home
Everybody knows the power of colours; colours not only change the mood but also have therapeutic powers. Feng shui practitioners believe that if colours are used according to a set prescription, they have the ability to bring positive vibes into the home.
So, paint your walls accordingly and bring luck, positive energy, and cheer into your abode.
- In feng shui, red colour denotes the fire element. One can use this colour on the walls of the living room, dining room, kitchen, gym, etc. In your child’s room, use this colour tactfully. Use this colour in the east, southeast, west and northwest areas of your home. Do not use this colour in dominant form in the bedroom, as it is a very powerful colour.
- Add red to a room if you are tired, depressed, suffering from anaemia because it is a colour of passion and high energy. One should use this colour very carefully, as it denotes the fire element in feng shui, which should be used in balance.
- Optimist orange also denotes the fire element. Use of this colour increases productivity, enthusiasm, and pleasure. Orange colour keeps you lively and playful, so it will be a great feng shui choice if you use this colour in your living room or the kids’ play zones.
- Feng shui practitioners say this colour enhances lively conversations and good times in your home. This colour is a mixture of red and yellow, so it has the quality of both the colours. That is love of red and wisdom of yellow.
- Purple colour is also associated with the fire element in feng shui, so you can paint the walls of your meditating room with this colour as it creates a perfect atmosphere for meditation. If you want to colour the walls with purple colour, go for its much lighter tone like lavender or light violet, but restrict this colour only in east, west and southeast areas.
- Use purple or violet shades in a bedroom to make your sleep soothing and restful. Another fire element in feng shui is pink colour. It creates calm environment—so if you have sleeping disorders, paint the walls of your bedroom with the lighter shade of pink. Pink brings strong positive energy into your environment.
- Mood-lifting yellow is another colour that belongs to the fire element; but the lighter shades of yellow belong to the earth element. In feng shui, yellow is the centre of everything as it is compared to the qualities of the Sun, which is the ultimate source of positive energy. You can use this colour in any room as this colour has the power of adaptability, flexibility, clarity, etc.
- The balancing and restful qualities in green colour make it popular for the living room and the bedroom. This colour is associated with the wood element; it reduces stress and has the quality of healing. So, next time, do not wonder if you see this colour in nursing homes and hospitals.
- In feng shui blue is associated with the control of negative emotions and denotes the water element. It also reduces stress and tension in life-but avoid too much blue on the walls if your mood swings a lot.
- Gray, white, and silver colours belong to the metal element, which dominate the west and northwest direction of your house.
- Avoid the use of too much gray on the walls as more use of this colour causes depression. So, use colours on the walls and bring good luck and positive energy into your home this festival season.
Finally, if you want to go white all over, you cannot possibly want anything more—white is associated with purity and cleanliness.
Vaastu principles for location and materials
Vaastu has laid down some guidelines for the location of a house. There are also guidelines regarding construction materials that should be used. It is believed to be beneficial to the residents if these are followed.
- A plot should not be within twice the distance of the height of the house to a public place – a hospital, marriage hall etc.
- A house opposite a commercial place with loud machinery is not advisable.
- A house should be at least 80 ft from the entrance of a temple. The property’s gate should not face a temple, and the shadow of a temple should not fall on the house.
- Only new bricks, wood, and other materials should be used when building a new house. Wood from thorny trees should not be used as it is believed to have a negative effect.
- Materials that have been stored for a long time should not be used.
- Iron grills should be used only when needed.
Purifying your new house
A new home heralds new beginnings, changes and challenges in various areas of life. Little wonder then, that almost every religion and culture attaches great significance to the purification ceremony of the new house. This ceremony clears negative vibrations and energy from the house.
Apart from the purification rituals prescribed by your religion, there are several types of ceremonies/rituals that you can perform. The following are some house purifying ceremonies you may opt for.
Since time immemorial, water has been revered as a powerful purifying element. Fill a bowl with ordinary tap water. Then, either leave it in the sunlight for 3-4 hours or place a clear quartz crystal in the bowl and let it remain for a day.
Your water is charged and ready for the ceremony. Hold the bowl and your hand, pray to the Almighty and set your intent for purifying the space in your new house. Walk around the house flicking the water from the bowl with a sprig of fresh leaves. Sprinkle more water in dull corners. Continue with your religious chanting as you go around the space.
Fire is a potent cleanser. Offer your prayers. Light an incense stick or burn lobhan and take it around the house, chanting mantras or verses from holy books. Wave the smoke into every corner and wish good health and happiness in your new house for your family.
Salt is widely believed to be a potent purifier. Sprinkle sea salt in piles in corners or around the room and leave it overnight; it soaks up negative energy of your home. In the morning, sweep it up and take it out of the house to get rid of the negativity.
Sound moves energy and can be used to purify your new home. After offering your prayers and setting the intent, use a sound technique you resonate with. Some prefer clapping around a room, holding a strong positive thought for the space, while others go around the new house ringing their prayer bell.
The deep rhythmic sound of a drum is upheld for creating higher energy level in a space. Other than instruments, your own voice can be a very powerful purifier. A ceremony that involves chanting, intoning or singing in your new house will surely bless it with positive vibrations.
PLANTS’ ESSENTIAL OILS
Go around each room praying and misting the space, using diluted aromatherapy oils. Pay special attention to corners where energy tends to stagnate. Plants’ essential oils are wonderful fragrant purifiers.
SPRING-CLEANING AND PAINTING
If you are moving into a house that had occupants before you, then the most effective way to clear out the old negative vibrations left behind by the previous inhabitant is to give the house a thorough spring-cleaning and a fresh coat of paint.
The ideal time to do this is while your new home is still empty. Keep the windows and doors open for sufficient time, allowing the sunshine and fresh air to bring in positive vibes.
Vaastu auspicious signs and symbols
Direction, time, structure and colour are some of the features where the principles of Vaastu are applied to achieve a positive flow of energy. Along with these, there are some other guidelines too for prosperity.
Here are some basics:
- The opening ceremony or gruhapravesha of any building – office, factory or house – is not recommended before the completion of construction.
- A welcome sign at the doorstep of a retail showroom or office carries a lot of positive energy
- The symbol of swastika has great power and is recommended at the entrance or in the main hall.
- The symbol Om visible to all in a home signifies and induces energy and strength for the family members.
- A main door with an image of Lord Ganesha in an office or factory is believed to increase wealth.
- A sitting posture of Lord Ganesha carved or painted on the main door of a house is very auspicious.
- A statue of Goddess Lakshmi or Goddess Saraswati on the main door is believed to bring positive energy and strength to a building.
- Always enter an office or house with your right foot first.
- A pot of water, covered with mango leaves, flowers and coconut (Kalasha) is recommended in a puja room or a place where you worship, preferably in the North-east corner.
- An idol of Goddess Lakshmi should be placed in the drawing room. It is believed to usher in prosperity, success and happiness
Vaastu principles for commercial complexes
Commercial complexes should adhere to certain Vaastu guidelines for maximum benefit
Here are some basics:
- The site should be square or rectangular in shape
- The four corners should be at 90 degrees to one another It is advisable to leave open space around the proposed buildings
- The open space provided in the North and East should be more than the open space provided in the West and South. It is recommended to have a ratio of 1.25 to 1, to receive maximum benefit and good results
- The lawns and open space decoration should be maintained in the Northeast side of the building
- The vacant space left behind the car park should be greater in the Northeast corner of the building or site
- The Southwest corner should be elevated compared with all the other sides as this is believed to be the fame and power centre
- The structure should lean or slope toward the Northeast side
The open passages and balcony should be in the East, North or Northeast only. This is believed to help achieve economical growth, financial stability and overall development.