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Balancing Tigers & Dragons

By Jenny T. Liu, M.A.


One of the basic principles of feng shui is that each house contains feminine and masculine, or yin yang energies. Ideally, these two energies should be balanced in a house to bring prosperity and allow the family living within to flourish. Ancient Chinese texts use “tiger” and “dragon” as metaphors for the feminine and masculine energies, respectively.

To determine the tiger and dragon areas in your home, stand at the main door facing the street. The area to your left represents masculine dragon (yang) energy and relates to making money and cultivating outside relationships. The area to your right represents feminine tiger (yin) energy and relates to saving income and the family’s health and well-being.

The right (female) and left (male) areas apply to both the exterior and interior of your house. How the land lays outside of your house affects the overall house energies. For instance, if your house is on a hillside and the left side slopes upward or there are hills to the left, then the land garners the dragon energy for the house. This factor supports the man of the house and his ability to generate income. Because the energy of the right side slopes downward in this case, the tiger energy is more easily dispersed, which can weaken the female’s ability to maintain savings and good health.

In the above situation, if it is acceptable between a husband and wife that the male is the dominant financial support and the female spends money to run the household, their relationship may be fine. But in most cases when the tiger energy is not supported, the female can develop health problems and expenses can become an issue. This affects everyone in the house.

On the reverse, when the right side slopes up and the left side slopes down, then the female energy is dominant and the male energy is weaker. The male will tend to have unstable jobs or not get paid enough for his work. The female may feel the burden of financial responsibility, while the male suffers from poor self-esteem.

An exterior imbalance isn’t only created by sloping land. A high-voltage tower, tall building, large tree, drain, ditch, cul-de-sac, construction site, or something negative can also influence the stability of the dragon and tiger energies.

When you are inside the house, ideally both the right (female) and left (male) sides are balanced with positive open spaces, such as a living room and den. Similar to the exterior, when the right or left side is open and the other side is blocked or contains a negative element, it can create associated repercussions and imbalance.

A toilet, stove, staircase, laundry room, fireplace, wall, diseased plant, broken item, clutter, trash, and negative art are elements that can weak-en the dragon or tiger energy. The weakened energy sets off a chain reaction in the males or females of the household, depending on which side of the door the negative element resides.

Often there is a powder room with a toilet immediately to one side of the main door. The sewage line drains energy away from the area and the negative energy of human waste can cause ailments. The type of ailment that might ensue can be determined based on the organs and body parts associated with that practical orientation.

For example, if the toilet is to the left of the main door and in the northwest direction, and the husband belongs to the Western Direction Pattern, then the weakened dragon energy can negatively affect his respiratory system, neck, or shoulders, which are associated with the Northwest. It can also impact his authority and ability to generate income. If a negative element cannot be avoided, it is important to adjust this energy before the effect becomes a chronic health problem.

When a negative element is on the right side of the house or property, the females of the household can experience money loss and weaker health. The specific problems that can occur depend on the birth date of the female, her energy pattern, and the direction in which the immediate left side of the main door is located.

Making adjustments to create yin yang balance in the environment neutralizes setbacks. This way, your family can focus their efforts on moving forward rather than constantly solving problems.

Master Jenny Liu holds a BA in Environmental Design from UC Berkeley and an MA in Architecture from UCLA. She is an expert in feng shui who shares her knowledge through seminars, periodicals, and the internet. For more information please see, or call Jenny at (626) 272-4901.