The feng shui of you garage matters, and here’s why
After the bathrooms and the basements, garages are next in their bad feng shui reputation. All three places present considerable energetic challenges for your home until you learn how to work with their energy.
In the Western world, garages are even more of a challenge because they tend to take a lot of energetic and physical space, both in the inner and outer feng shui of a house. When you look at a typical Western house, most of the time you see the entrance to the garage way more prominent and strong than the flow to the actual front door of the house.
Energetically this speaks of our consumerist culture and the insatiable hunger for material things. The vital “mouth of Chi” that is meant to attract the joy, health, and abundance we need and deserve is shut up and overpowered by the consumerist pressure.
One of the most frequent questions I get about the garage is about its inclusion in the bagua of your home. Do I include it in my bagua? Can I leave it out of the bagua?
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Well, leave it out where? I know there are feng shui consultants who will tell you not to include the garage, but this is like a doctor telling you not to include you clogged liver in your health check because it has become too problematic. If it is part of your house, it is part of the “territory” that you are connected to and responsible for. Unless you have a detached garage, it is included in your bagua and yes, this presents additional challenges, as well as possibly tons of work to bring it all to balance.
To help you out, here are the main steps you need to go through in order to neutralize the potentially negative energy of your garage. Before we start, let me say that I also have seen meticulously taken care of garages, healthy and bright, so I know it is all possible! It is my duty to tell you that you need to take care of this energy as it is part of your house. Turning your back to it doesn’t make it disappear or magically make it better. Magical thinking does not apply in true feng shui, although I know it is often associated with it!
There are 3 steps you need to go through in order to assure the energy in your garage is not ruining your good home feng shui.
These steps are:
- Return the voice and the energetic power where it rightfully belongs — to your front door.
- Lighten up and clear your garage
- Enhance or neutralize its bagua area influence.
Step 1. Go outside and honestly assess the energetic presence of your garage. Do you have a “bossy” garage that completely silences your front door? Does it compete with the front door? Does it create visual confusion as to where the energy should flow?
You need to return the power to your front door so as to return the proper balance and harmony to the flow in your home and in your life. Remember that when you work on the feng shui of your home you are actually working on your own life in its many expressions — from health to love to money and spiritual growth. It is subtle work and the change rarely happens overnight, but it is powerful and not to be neglected.
I have many feng shui tips and suggestions for your front door in my “Bring Luck to Your Door” book which covers a multitude of scenarios. Basically, you need to visually strengthen your front door with color, proper object placements, and a stronger pathway to the front door, at the same time weakening the energy flow to your garage door.
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Step 2. Most garages present health challenges on both subtle and concrete levels. On a subtle level, they are often over-cluttered and let’s be honest, just plain ugly. Given the fact that many people use the garage entry to come into their home, this in time creates a depressive and negative quality of energy that influences those who live in the house, even if the home itself is beautiful and well taken care of.
I encourage you to pay attention to your garage and create order and beauty there. It is part of your home, part of your everyday experience and it deserves to be treated respectfully and beautifully.
On a very concrete level, garages present health challenges because of the potentially toxic fumes spreading into the house, so wise feng shui steps would be to avoid having a bedroom, home office, or living room above the garage. Ideally, a garage will have windows at the back to allow toxic fumes to escape.
You will also be wise not to have a kitchen or dining close to the garage door so as to prevent toxic air to accumulate in areas where you focus on nurturing yours and your family’s health. Having a kitchen or dining close to the garage door is considered bad feng shui for very practical reasons, as you see.
It is best to park the car head first so that the exhaust fumes are close to the outside door versus the door where you enter your home.
There are many details that can be covered here, all depending on your specific floor plan, but I trust I have given you enough info to make you aware of the importance of your garage space within the overall feng shui of the house to make you want to start implementing change.
Step 3. Either you like it or not, your garage is part of your bagua (unless it is detached from your house) so at some point when you start doing honest feng shui work you will have to accept that one of your life areas are in the garage. It is best to do this step after you have fully implemented steps 1 and 2, and when working with the bagua comes easy. If you are not familiar with the bagua, start here.
So, what can you do when one of the eight major life areas is in your garage? After thoroughly cleaning and organizing it, as well as bringing a sense of beauty, you can look into this very brief feng shui tip sheet for a garage in any bagua area.
Love area – bring the Earth feng shui element (crystals, rocks), find a way to represent togetherness (i.e emphasize number two in any of the prominent items there).
Creativity/Children Area — emphasize the Metal feng shui element (easy in the garage with all the typical metal shelving) and find a way to bring some color and creativity (art supplies, maybe frame your children’s art, etc).
Helpful People/Blessings Area — same about the Metal feng shui element (easy in the garage with all the typical metal shelving), find a way to express gratitude for all the help you have been receiving in your life.
Career Area — Metal feng shui element is good here too, as well as the Water feng shui element. An image of water (waterfall or ocean is excellent, or a mirror (kept clean!) Feng shui wise a garage in the North area is considered challenging so you need to be sure to strongly emphasize the Water feng shui element here, as well as keep it clean and tidy.
Personal Growth and Self-Cultivation — also considered challenging to have a garage in this area. Emphasize the Earth feng shui element (crystals and rocks) and focus on expressing the energy of personal growth.
Health and Family — bring the Wood feng shui element (wood shelving can help) and quite a bit of the Water feng shui element (images, color, or mirrors). For example, painting the walls in blue color can considerably help the energy here.
Wealth and Money — also a challenging area to have the garage in. Follow the same advice as in the Health and Family area and add a representation of Wealth. It is very important to keep it organized and clear.
Fame and Reputation — Wood feng shui element is good here, as well as keeping it clean and bright.
All these are very general recommendations, and of course, best implemented in a way that makes practical and visual sense.
My main focus here is to create more awareness of how important it is to take care of the challenging areas in your home instead of ignoring them or pretend that they are not part of your house. The purpose is to take care of their energy because the good feng shui of your home depends on good energy in each part of your house, just like the good health of your body depends on each organ and part of your body functioning to its best capacity.
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