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Getting to the “Heart” of the Matter

The kitchen is considered the “heart” of the house as far as Feng Shui is concerned.

Posted on 24-Jun-2014
By: Joey Yap Research International & Mastery Academy of Chinese Metaphysics

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Getting to the “Heart” of the Matter

The kitchen is considered the “heart” of the house as far as Feng Shui is concerned. As a Fire element, unfavorable kitchen Feng Shui can affect the harmony and health of the occupants in that household, especially if it concerns the stove. Why the stove? Because the stove receives good Qi during the cooking process and this Qi is then transferred to the food you consume after. This is how good Qi is absorbed and affects people.

The placement of the stove is a crucial factor. A wrongly placed stove may activate negative Qi that can affect the entire household, and brings about health issues related to the digestive system, emotions and temperaments to its occupants. So, where should you place it in your kitchen?

Kitchen islands are common in a number of spacious modern kitchens today. Installing a stove there – though it may look fancy as what you see in cooking shows – is an absolute no-no in Feng Shui. An island stove looks suspended in the middle of the kitchen with no solid support – like a heart exposed, unprotected. Ideally, the stove should be installed against solid walls.

The stove is a Yin feature, which complements the Yang element of the Main Door. The key word here is “stability”, as in the stove is not exposed to Qi coming from all directions, and thus, its reason for being located against a solid wall. The same concept applies to portable stoves as well.

Another common feature in most modern kitchens today is the kitchen exhaust fan, which sits overhead the stove. Although it serves the purpose of capturing smoke and oil mist in the air when you cook, it is not complementary, Feng Shui-wise. If this feature is unavoidable, you may need to have it reinstalled a bit to the side instead.

The stove should not be placed directly across from the sink, a Water element. This is a case of Fire and Water elements clashing, which causes disharmony in the household when they do. However, this only applies if the stove is opposite the sink in a straight line. Otherwise, it is fine. And wherever possible, ensure the sink and the stove are not placed side-by-side with each other. There should at least be a two-foot gap in between if such is the case. Similarly, the stove should not be aligned with the kitchen door as well.

Other than stove placement, you must also pay attention to where the stove knobs are facing or pointing. These should be aligned with the owner’s or the breadwinner’s favorable direction according to his or her Life Gua.

Keep in mind that if you want to harness the best Feng Shui for the stove, ensure you make way for a small, spacious Bright Hall in front of it. Better yet, the most ideal kitchen Feng Shui situation is to have a mountain or hill right outside the kitchen.

Get in touch with Joey Yap Consulting Group at +603 – 2284 1213 or email to for a personal property consultation. Make changes and invite harmony and well-balanced outlook to your property today!


About Dato Joey Yap

Dato’ Joey Yap is the leading Feng Shui, BaZi and Face Reading consultant in Asia. He is an international speaker, bestselling author of over 120 books and master trainer in Chinese Metaphysics. He is also the Chief Consultant of Joey Yap Consulting Group and founder of the Mastery Academy of Chinese Metaphysics.


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