Feng Shui, a fort & call me Rani

June 13, 2016 by Scheherazade Merchant | 1 comment

It's not very often that one gets to audit a 17th century fort. It's the actual home of my clients and I was called upon for a very specific problem. For reasons of securing the family’s privacy, of course you will not see any pictures, nor will I mention any names.Just read my long story.

I was brought in by the Maharani in residence because her only son, born after many daughters was in danger as per their legend, that the son of every fourth generation dies, this was the fourth generation, so mamma was, understandably concerned. Also sons were in short supply in this family, so ever so often they had to adopt a son, from someone of the same clan's bloodline. Apparently the family was cursed, many moons ago, but that's another story.

The Feng Shui relevance hence this piece was not folk lore but the property land formations. For those who are Indian, no explanation needed, but for those who don't know about our local Feng Shui equivalent - Vaastu Shastra, there are very specific outlines for the selection of an ideal property.

While I am not at all conversant with the details of this subject, I do know some of the "Vaastu guidelines" that interfere constantly with the execution of my work. This was a "Vaastu-perfect" piece of land, hence the problem. The fort sits South. It faces north and there is a huge drop in the land in the north, table mountain present but very far away. Huge door mountain forms the total embrace starting east to south east to south to south west, oh yes, south west.  The entrance is in the East. So far, all good Feng Shui - wise. In fact, it should have been built upon the 90 degree pure east as per Vaastu requirements but the guys doing the line out during construction must have had a wild drinking bout the night before so they missed and it actually faces a very comfortable 88 degrees...

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Why do you need a Feng Shui consultant?

March 17, 2016 by Scheherazade Merchant | 1 comment

All of us got along fine before the current trend of hiring people to “look at” properties became fashionable. Despite being a Feng Shui practitioner, I often tell people that if most of the things in their life are going fine, let things be. Human beings have a fine way of balancing things instinctively and if one has found that balance, it’s great.

  • A move to a new premises after which things seem to have gone wrong: In my earlier career as an interior designer, I often dealt with those who had made it big and therefore were able to move to a new location, which was bigger and better, or an office that was so successful that it outgrew its present space and moved to a larger place. Well, guess what? That move was not for the better, but for the worse. Why? The good luck of the previous property, which gave them the prosperity,was not carried forward to their new location.......

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Levels of Analysis

March 17, 2016 by Scheherazade Merchant | 0 comments

This article is meant especially for those practitioners who think that Feng Shui begins and ends with providing the client with a “good flying star chart”, and practitioners who are under the mistaken notion that “the advanced level” of Feng Shui knowledge is knowing all about flying stars.

This could not be further from the truth. This,one believes, should put your client on his way to his next million. Right?


How much one can really change with Feng Shui?.....

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Water Dragons, Busting the Myth

March 17, 2016 by Scheherazade Merchant | 0 comments

Early into my exposure to Feng Shui, I started hearing about the mysterious “water dragon”, generally in hushed tones and it made me wonder what all the discussion was about. It appeared to be the magical formula for wealth creation in an instant.

When you are new, you soak up everything like a sponge and I was no different. So I looked for the information and I share here what I found, without naming the sources and without comment:

  • The water dragon is not a wet mythical beast, but an elaborate water formation created artificially.
  • Among its various avatars, one version clearly defines it as “a pool of water with a structured entry point at a ......

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Annual Afflictions

March 16, 2016 by Scheherazade Merchant | 0 comments

How often have you noticed that a renovation or repair has begun and with it, a host of unforeseen and uncalled for problems follow? In my 18 years as an Interior Designer, I came across this ever so often, till finally, I found the explanation when I commenced my Feng Shui studies.

Why does this happen?

Each year there are certain directions that are considered INAUSPICIOUS. If these sectors of a property are disturbed, then they will tend to exert their evil influences. For this reason, one cannot repair, use or renovate these sectors. These occurrences are referred to broadly as “shars” or “afflictions”......

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Salt Water Cure

March 16, 2016 by Scheherazade Merchant | 0 comments

What is it for?

Each year a certain direction is said to be “afflicted” and is known to bring negative energy known in Feng Shui terms as “Shar Qi”. In order to avoid the ill effects of this negative energy, a salt water cure is known to be useful to suppress this negativity. Technically, this phenomenon is called the visiting annual star #5.

The size of the salt water cure depends on the size of the area to be treated.

How do I get one?

The traditional saltwater cure can be easily made, very economically at home. You take an appropriate sized container filled with kitchen salt to the brim......

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The Taj Mahal- What went wrong with it!

March 16, 2016 by Scheherazade Merchant | 0 comments

This analysis in no way assumes that the principles of Feng Shui were applied to build the Taj Mahal. I am applying the principles of Feng Shui to ANALYSE this monument. It is what I call “Inadvertent Feng Shui”, when the rules apply without intent.

Born in 1593, Mumtaz Mahal, wife of Shah Jahan is the world’s most celebrated beauty for only she has a wonder of the world dedicated to her beauty. As the story goes, her beauty captivated her husband when she was a tender 14 years of age, when he spotted her selling bangles in a market place. They married five years later when she was 19 and he was twenty.....

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