The 1 thing you need to know before moving house.

As the golden rays of the morning sun gently spill into the dark sky, I sit on my porch  watching the earth wake up.  

The dark shades slowly fade into the beautiful rich orange hues and the blue sky emerges. The fresh air is mesmerizing, the energy invigorating. I feel restfully alert as I listen to the sounds of the birds, ready to take on the day. 

I didn't know much about spaces, energies, or structures when we were looking to buy a house. We had moved a few times and  I had  figured out the morning sun is something I wanted to feel all the way through the house. 

The stress of buying a new house
The home buying process is certainly not an easy one. Way high up on the stress and anxiety scale, when buying a  home, there are a gazillion things to consider - budget, school district, neighbors, resale, location, style. The list goes on and on.

But wait...

The stress and anxiety of the home buying process will be over and  done with in a few weeks.  Your health, happiness, and entire living experience depend on certain factors of the home. There are a few things worth knowing. 

Significant architecture research conducted by several Universities on the architecture of homes has shown that the orientation of a building dramatically influences health, happiness, and fortune. 

The strongest positive influence comes from the rising sun. The sun generates different qualities of energy on its path from East to West.

So what's the one thing you need to know before you move?

The house should be aligned to the cardinal directions. That means the building is directly facing one of the four points of the compass with respect to TRUE NORTH. In simple terms it must face either East, North, West, or South (in that order of preference) .  

If a building is rotated more than 10 degrees away from the cardinal direction, then it is NOT facing the cardinals. Ideally it is less than 3 degrees rotated.

Why should the building be aligned to the cardinal directions? 
The Earth, a living organism, and supporter of life on Earth, contains and emits life giving energy.

Ancient texts describe that this energy expresses itself up on the surface of the Earth along orthogonal lines (similar to latitude and longitude lines) aligned with TRUE North. As the energy is expressed along orthogonal lines, the square/rectangle aligned with the cardinals becomes the primary shape that gets the maximum energy. 

The energy is vibrant and active for 8 months in a year and dormant for 4 months. It also rotates clockwise throughout the year. During the yearly rotation the energy is active when facing the cardinals and dormant when along the diagonals. 

Inside a built space, concentric belts of energy follow the same dormant and active cycles as the earth. This allows for concentration/collection of the life energy at the corners of the square, therefore, important rooms and living spaces should be provided at the corners. 

Recent Scientific Discovery Supports the Theory
The concepts described in the ancient texts correlate with the recent discovery by Swedish scientists in 2008. 

The Swedish researchers have found that the center of the Earth is a solid cube of iron (and not a sphere like we earlier believed) aligned with True North. 

How do I check which way the house is facing?

The quick and easy way ... get a free smart phone compass app and make sure to set it to TRUE North versus magnetic North.

Don't have a smart phone? You can use a regular magnetic compass (the kind that campers use) to determine magnetic North and then look up the declination for your longitude and latitude to apply the correction to determine the direction. 

But what if I already own a house and it is not aligned?
Maharishi Vastu Architecture has released data based on significant research showing a strong correlation between the quality of life and 8 directions a structure can face.

They encourage you to look at your current house and see if you find shades of the qualities they have documented through extensive  research. Their research shows that only two directions are auspicious. 

  1. East : Positive- Enlightenment, affluence, fulfillment
  2. North East: Less outer success
  3. North: Positive - Prosperity and happiness
  4. North West : Mental inconsistency, instability
  5. West: Lack of creativity, Lack of vitality, poverty
  6. South West: Quarreling
  7. South: Destructive influences, problems, suffering
  8. South East: Constant fear
They also found that 75% of the people living in homes the world over struggle on a daily basis (spend way too much life energy to live their lives). When the house is backed up by nature's laws, life flows smoothly, if it isn't, then its an upstream struggle. 

So can nothing be done to change the experience in these other homes?
A true vaastu architect will also tell you that a property can be considered for rectification only if it is aligned. That means the structure faces one of the cardinal points E, N, W, or S. All other structures do not receive sufficient life giving earth energy.  

For other structures certain measures can be taken to clean up the energy but they will lack the vedic or life supporting effect.

The Sun, Our Source of Life
When the warm rays of the morning sunshine fill every single room of the house/office, the quality of the whole space changes, it fills up with a vibrant life supporting energy. 

"The house should be so designed that the different energies of the Sun correspond to the specific function and activity of each room. Then Natural Law supports every aspect of our daily life." 
Maharishi Vastu 

Follow Oprah on a short tour of a Vaastu House 

Many homes in Fairfield, Iowa, are built in a style of architecture inspired by nature. Take a tour of one family's home and learn about the theory behind its layout.

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