Joey Yap gives tips on how to maximize chi from your house fence
Fences are the sentinels and protectors of your landed property. In Feng Shui, it helps to direct, transform or redirect Qi. T-junction roads, negative poles or sharp corners from your neighbour can be resolved through correctly placed or constructed fences.
There are a few matters to consider when considering the feng shui aspect of the fencing that surrounds your property:
Fence that Points Inwards
Other than marking the perimeter of your land, fences are also used to deter or prevent trespassers into your property. It is important to make sure that the tips of the fence do not point at your house or your neighbours'. Ideally, they should point upwards. However, these types of fences also denote a very aggressive and strong Fire Qi, so unless your personal element requires or can make use of Fire Qi, it is best not to have such fences at all.
Fence with Gap or Cracks
Gaps in the fence are usually deliberately placed there for aesthetic purposes. Cracks, however, are common due to damage or an actual crack that has appeared over the years. In landform, a gap or a crack is known as a wind-gap and it causes your property to be hit by wind in an aggressive manner. Generally, this is not good but again, it depends on which sector it hits and whether or not it actually affects any of the occupants in the property.
So how high is high? As a rule of thumb, it is not good to have a fence that is the same height as your property. Though this ensures privacy from peeping toms in your neighbourhood, it also means the Qi in that sector is suppressed. When Qi is stagnant, there is a lack of growth and development amongst the occupants of the property.
Fence close to the Property
It is best to avoid a property where the fence is very tight to the side of the house. This denotes trapped Qi and Qi that cannot circulate. The occupants of the home will experience a lack of growth or an absence or lack of advancement in life.
Too Many Trees at the Gate and Fence Area
Though a small amount of shade is fine, properties heavily shadowed by high or tall trees growing in front or on either side of the property are not good because this blocks the Qi flow to the house. Solution for this problem: Trim the trees to let in a little more light and enable the Qi to come through.
Gates to your Home
The gate to your home is the Qi Mouth to the property. It should always be located in a sector that is conducive towards Qi flow. Direction of the gate opening is not important - as in whether it opens in or out - but where it is in the context of the piece of land is very important.
Also equally important is that there should always be only one main gate to the house. A property with two equal-sized gates indicates two Qi Mouths. This will cause an influx of Qi into the property and thus, confuses it. Resolve this problem by making sure the second gate is smaller.