I don't know if I can even put into words today's show! SO MUCH information...Here goes:
Vastu (Vah-stoo) was "created" in India many thousands of years ago, pre-dating the Hindu religion. Ancient Vedic texts have described this philosophy with Vastu also becoming known as "Vedic Architecture". The Vedic texts are "records of the vibrations, or laws, of nature" and it's according to these vibrations, that the ancients built their buildings.
In Vastu, buildings are to be oriented to the EAST (i.e. the FRONT ENTRYWAY of your space should face east) to be in accordance with the path the Sun travels daily. It is off of this main directive that the placement of all other rooms is based. Now, there are other "teachings" of Vastu (like the 3 schools of Feng Shui) which are based off of different family lineages, although they are not "formal" schools as they are referred to in Feng Shui.
Front door placement:
E = enlightenment
N=happiness & prosperity
E and S is OK for the headboard to be placed
On a scientific, or "Western" note, neurologists have found that those studied who FACED EAST showed more coherence & cognitive activity! Heart disease, depression & anxiety are also being studied in terms of the affect direction has on the person and their recovery....VERY interesting!
Feng Shui vs Vastu:
Feng Shui (compass & Black Hat Sect) use a Bagua Board to "activate" Life Areas and help determine spac-plan, color, accessory. The Compass School uses the person(s) & the building's birth dates to determine good/bad directions & then orients the Bagua according to that...BHS does not. Bagua is oriented to the entryway of the space. Vastu only orients to the E, or in some cases N, cardinal direction. The "birth" dates of the space's owners only comes into play when determing dates for various construction projects. Once the space is complete, then only the cardinal directions come into play.
Feng Shui is concerned with room AND furniture placement to help increase/decrease energy. Vastu only concerned with room placement w/in the space.
Feng Shui traditions state that the person's intentions, emotions and activities play a part in their fortunes/health. Vastu takes the position that if the space is built according to Vastu principles, then good health/fortune will be had regardless of belief.
In Feng Shui, there are "cures" or "tweaks" as I call them, that you can apply to your space to create positive energy flow & make your space work for you. Vastu does not-it is either built accordingly or it's not. Vastu is of the mind that it is better to tear down & begin again instead of "tweak".
In BOTH traditions, proportion is important. Your own space, surrounding buildings/landscaping...all come into play to ensure proper energy flow.
BOTH are also concerned with the surrounding influences of the neighborhood-neighboring homes, noise, landscaping, water features...
You CANNOT use BOTH traditions in the same space. Although it has been done, you must be sure that the schools are compatible! Meaning, you could use the Black Hat Sect school of thought as long as the home lined up with the E for the front door. You could NOT use together if using the Compass School & you're a "W" oriented person...Confusing, YES! Research, find a philosophy that corresponds to you, your lifestyle & values.
Here's more info on Jon Lipman, our guest, and his company Fortune Creating Buildings:
The website has portfolio pictures (beautiful!), articles and more information about Vastu.
Until next time...DeAnna