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What ancient feng shui says about arranging a space

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A store owner shows off a large Chinese lucky charm with dog engravings for sale at Chinatown in Manila on the eve of the celebration of the Chinese New Year. The Chinese zodiac has switched into the Year of the Dog. -- PHILSTAR/EDD GUMBAN

THE Chinese zodiac has switched into the Year of the Dog — it’s that time of the year in ancient Chinese when believers of feng shui rearrange spaces to maximize harmony and attract good luck.

Riding that wave of traditional interest in feng shui, Federal Land, in a statement issued over the weekend, has some advice on feng shui which literally means “wind-water”:

Mind the site. For Feng Shui practitioners, one of the most auspicious sites for a residential building is within the belly of the dragon, a place that’s higher than plains but below strong winds, striking a balance between wind and water. Symbolically, the belly is considered the center of the dragon — a place of sustenance and nourishment. People living in the area are in the good position to prosper, accumulate wealth and attract luck.

Check the unit. A unit located in the higher floors is greatly associated with good fortune because you get a lighter energy when there are fewer condo units encumbering your space. Also, natural light is more available in top floors, bringing more positive energy. Ideally, go for units that are shaped regularly and evoke balance. Hallways and elevators should be wide enough and obstruction-free as they are considered an internal gateway of energy.

Feel the flow. Feng Shui stresses the importance of organizing spaces so that positive energy flows and circulates. Space should be properly divided but sans barriers that restrict the stream of energy. Open, uncluttered areas are endorsed because cramped corners trap stagnant energy which begets negativity and malaise as it prevents life to flow freely.