Feng shui for cars

CarsA question I’m asked from time to time is whether the feng shui bagua can be applied to cars. Some feng shui books say it can, but I don’t agree.

The reason is that the bagua is designed to be used for buildings, which stay in one place, not for objects such as cars that move around. It can certainly be used for a residential caravan that is usually parked in one place because this is essentially a home (align the bagua to the front door of the caravan), but as soon as you start moving a vehicle around, its relationship to land energies changes to being more fluid, and the bagua no longer applies.

However, depending on how much it is driven, an energy connection does develop between a car and its owner, and it’s possible to tell a lot about a person by the type of vehicle they drive and the condition it is in. In the same way that a person’s home is a metaphor for their life, this can also be extended to their car.

A vehicle that’s knee-deep in clutter, for example, speaks of a person whose emotions are stagnant and blocked, and whose self-esteem is low. But the metaphor can be extended well beyond the realms of clutter. If you have a problem with your car battery going flat, it’s likely that you’ve run yourself down to the point of exhaustion. If your car headlamps or windscreen wipers need repairing, you may need to get clearer vision about where you are going in your life. If your brakes become faulty, are you out of control? If your radiator overheats, are your emotions boiling over? If your petrol tank leaks, where in your life is your energy leaking away? And so on. If you repair your car without changing your life, the same thing will tend to break down again.

Where the feng shui bagua does come in useful is when you use it to see where in your home or on your plot of land your garage is located, and which aspect of your life is therefore connected to this.

If you don’t have a garage then a good feng shui tip is to make sure you don’t park your car so that it blocks the entrance to your home because this also blocks the flow of energy coming into your life.

And finally, there is the classic Chinese feng shui principle that cars represent predatory tigers so should always be parked facing away from a building, not towards it. I agree with this, but for entirely different reasons. Firstly, because parking this way symbolically represents being ready and willing to engage life rather than having your back turned to it; and secondly, because it is much more welcoming for visitors to see the ‘face’ of a car than a view of its bum!

Copyright © Karen Kingston 2013

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5 Responses to Feng shui for cars

  1. Jill says:

    Whilst I take your point in principle about cars being parked facing outwards, it doesn’t take into account the many different “layouts” of driveways etc. For example, if I park my car facing outwards, it means that I have to get out of (and back into) the driver’s door into a flower bed, not a comfortable manoeuvre, whereas if I park it facing towards the garage (not the house, which is to the side of the garage) I can readily enter and exit the door, and be ready to drive off on a new adventure far more easily. Also, because of the position of my house, it can only be approached from the side towards the front door, so the only view a visitor has of my car is of its profile (which is quite elegant) whichever way round it is parked. So not a problem there. I appreciate you can’t cover all eventualities, but I think you have been a little less thoughtful than usual with your rather definite views. No offence intended!

    • It’s sometimes the case with feng shui issues that little or nothing can be done to improve the situation in the home a person currently occupies, but at least after reading this article you will be in a situation to make more informed choices if you ever decide to go in search of a new home.

  2. Carol martin says:

    It is so encouraging to read a reason for something I am drawn to do.
    I started parking face out one day because I liked the energy of driving straightforward to my work. While I can, I will. Thanks!

  3. Jennifer Redhouse says:

    My husband parks his car outwards as if always ready to go and it seems like he has the vibe that he can’t wait to leave again for work. This annoys me to no end. I don’t care what view I’m giving the neighbors when I park my car toward our house. I’m ready to stay for awhile and take a break from the world and the direction of my car is a message that I cherish my family, home, and health. And I’m not ashamed of my backside since I do believe that all sides of me are fantastic!

  4. Faye Chan says:

    In Singapore, the entire driving system is trained to park our cars facing out. We call it reverse parking here. We are all instructed at driving school to use reverse parking as the primary method and are encouraged to do so all the time. The instructors all tell you that it’ll make you ready to face whatever obstacles you encounter when you exit. It’s promoted as the safest way to park.

    If there are special situations where parking head-in is the only way, there will be signs put up to advice you to do so and an extra word of caution to tell you to exit with care!

    We locals will say to you that it is common to find non-Singaporeans who park their cars head first and often they park it all over the place making it hard for others to use adjacent lots. Land space is a precious commodity in this country and parking perfectly is an expected courtesy. If you park otherwise, don’t be surprised if you find your cars scratched when you return!

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