Feng Shui Q & A: Confused About The Different Types Of Feng Shui!

May 30, 2012 | Feng Shui 101

I have NO IDEA how to use this compass!

A reader who was watching a few of my You Tube videos sent me a very provocative and awesome question about the KINDS of feng shui out there for you to use:
“I was just wondering what your thoughts are on flying stars and also Bagua versus Compass readings. “  She had explained, “I did a compass reading on our home and have been following the flying stars for 2012, however it’s made me scared to use certain areas of the house because they have “bad energy” there this year.  Also, when applying the Bagua school of thought it’s the opposite to the compass reading I did.  Enter total confusion!”
My Answer:
Ok!  What a big question with a simple (or not so simple)  answer:

Feng Shui based on Tantric Buddhism (BTB, Black Sect) is not what I do, not at all. Even historically in the lineage of Buddhism it is a provisional (lesser) teaching and it has morphed into superstitious stuff that is not useful and has no real power except to freak people out (sound familiar?!), or if it does have “power” its totally against my personal beliefs and integrity to endorse it.    Although I was trained in Pyramid School Feng Shui to “accept” and” never discredit” any other forms of feng shui, my personal beliefs (especially the desire to help rather than harm people!) lead me to be unable to say that any of it in any sense where the mystical is involved is a good thing.  If I were to say that all feng shui is the same or good in some way, it would be like me telling you that water and antifreeze are the same to drink, just because they are both liquid.

And when I hear people living in fear because of the superstition they heard about BTB/ Flying Star/ Compass School (all different so please don’t think I’m grouping them all into one!) and their Kua  numbers as they affect their home (Flying Star) or the direction a door faces that they can’t move (Compass School), it re-doubles my sentiment. “Bad luck” should never be used- ever-  as a phrase in anyone’s language in my very decisive opinion on this subject, though the auspicious and inauspicious are regular lingo in certain other schools. Why would you want to involve yourself with anything that says you can be damned for years to “bad luck” or the like?

Also, I am not wishing to start a debate.  I do what I do and I bring it to you daily because its beautiful, helpful to many and very pragmatic.  I  apply the balancing tools of feng shui (like element theory, yin & yang, etc) to other aspects of life and in a sense you can say I diverge from the beaten feng shui path a bit or a lot.   My mission is to help you all embrace a totally creative and grounded life that works for you, specifically for you, without woo woo obstacles.

If you wish to use these other forms of feng shui, that is totally your choice!  It is not what I do. I’m not a spiritual leader, teacher or even a life coach in a true sense.  My purpose is to help people have a more fulfilling experience of their personal space and their life overall, devoid of superstitious fears and grounded in a strong sense of self and style!


So, feel free to hang out in any area of your home that you wish, if you want my opinion! No bad fortune will befall you based on a set of numbers!

Now, the bagua (one version above) is sometimes overused, which is unnecessary and leads to a home with no aesthetic unity.  This can become more problematic than good. (imagine if the color scheme of your house looked like the above, for example.  thats a hot mess!) That said, it is an excellent diagnostic tool because there is biological and psychological support to the bagua as it was created to support human survival back in the day…(see more on the bagua HERE)

Now, I ask you this: what parts of your home (flying star aside) bug you? And what parts of your life are lagging or problematic? If you check the bagua and see where this correlates to your life, you can adjust from there where the bagua is concerned!

There’s much more to Pyramid School feng shui that factors into your personal experience of your space: your connectedness to your environment, your elemental nature, your background, yin and yang, electronics, nature, your home biology… It is vast. And in personal consultations I apply tools as needed to adjust people’s experience of space to be holistic and, as such, more optimal for them.

So, if you ask me, I’d wipe the slate clean in terms of confusion and start simple! If you have real problems/a rut to tackle and ever want to do a consult, you know where to find me!  Or you can grab the Feng Shui 101 e-book guide & get to work on your own feng shui’d space today, your way!


feng shui 101And, if you want to dive in to your own personalized feng shui in a modern, practical way, Say hello to Feng Shui 101.  Its the guide I made for you to create your own personalized feng shui at home, in the office, wherever you may be… in 8 weeks.  It’s not filled with strict rules or what you “must” do.  Its filled with information, questions, exercises and even videos and classes to help you confidently create amazing spaces with killer feng shui and live with more flow.   Learn more about the 8-week feng shui adventure & grab your copy to get started right HERE…   And, as always, please let me know what happens!


  1. Carolyn

    Great explanation! Love it! Kudos to the Tao of Dana!

  2. danaclaudat

    Hi Carolyn!!! Thank you! I’d love to do another article with you soon!!! xxx


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