When traveling, whether for business or for pleasure, you can still enjoy the benefits of feng shui. You might have even noticed that you enjoy your travel more (or less) when you travel to certain places that are in one direction. Maybe you find that you enjoy travel equally well, but more so to some places than others. For some, Asia might hold greater attraction, and for others, it might be Europe. Here are some ideas to enhance your travel feng shui — including how to tell which is the right “shui” for you!
Determining Feng Shui Travel Directions
Unlike sitting and sleeping directions, determining travel feng shui directions that are auspicious or inauspicious is based on where you are traveling from, rather than where you are traveling to. Say for instance that you are an east group person living in Dallas and you are traveling to Los Angeles. You would say that looking from Los Angeles you will be coming from the east. This is a good direction for an east-group person, but not for a west group person.
Ideally, East group people want to travel from the EAST and West group people want to travel from the WEST. (Are you an east or west person? East people have kua numbers 1, 3, 4, & 9. West group people have kua numbers 5, 2, 6, 7, & 8). Find out your kua number here.
When Feng Shui Directions Matter
Feng Shui travel matters most when you are moving to a new residence, state, or country. It also matters when traveling as a family and you are from different groups. In this case, the east group person travels first. It also is a consideration when you are traveling for work. When you travel as a family, the children would fly or travel according to the mother’s good directions, if possible.
In the case of the west group person flying to Los Angeles, some practitioners recommend making detours, such as flying from Dallas to Miami and then to Los Angeles for the west group person. However, this just isn’t practical. Instead, concentrate on facing your good directions in meetings, etc., once you have arrived at your destination. If a detour is possible, such as when you are driving somewhere, then take it if you can.
The following are “rituals” that you may want to try the next time you are traveling. These are part of symbolic feng shui and are not rituals that conflict with religious beliefs. The rituals are designed to correspond to the elements of the particular direction you are traveling in.
Pleasure Travel Going TOWARD the following directions
For travel to the South: Drink one glass of water or wash your hands before leaving the house.
For travel to the SW or NE: Swipe the air with a branch from a tree or bush in the direction of travel. Do this three times.
For travel in the W or NW: Light a candle (red is best) or some incense, pointing them in the direction of your travel.
For travel in the E or SE: Ring a bell six or seven times in the direction you are traveling just before you leave.
For travel in the N: Put dirt in a small cup and throw it in the direction of north. You can also point a quartz crystal in this direction.
Business Travel Rituals for Going TOWARD the following directions For travel to the South: Wave a branch with leaves and that has been tied with red thread in the air three times before starting out. This is to ensure good travel luck and good business relations.
For travel to the SW or NE: Light a candle or some incense and hold it up in the direction you are heading as you are packing and about to leave.
For travel in the W or NW: Throw dirt or sand in the direction of travel as you leave the house.
For travel in the E or SE: Throw water in these directions as you leave the house.
For travel in the N: Ring a bell three times as you are leaving. Ring it in the north direction.
Protective Travel Rituals for Going Toward the following directions
Sometimes even the best-planned trip goes awry. For that reason, you may wish to employ a protective ritual when you travel to help safeguard you are your family and to help remove problems and keep them from occurring while you are on your journey.
For travel to the South: Throw water in the south direction three times.
For travel to the E: Wave a knife in the air three times.
For travel in the W: Light three pieces of incense or candles while you are packing.
For travel in the N: Throw earth or sand in the direction you will be traveling.
Kathryn Weber is the publisher of the Red Lotus Letter Feng Shui E-zine an