Kuan Yin in Feng Shui
It is said that due to vigorous efforts she attained enlightenment in her lifetime, and just as she was about to enter Heaven’s gate she paused at the doorway. Hearing the cries of the world, Quan Yin decided to return and help humankind find the path of liberation from suffering.
The Goddess of Mercy and Compassion that is sometimes called “The Mother Mary of the East”, Kuan Yin is one of the most popular deities used in the Classical feng shui applications. Because of her vow to help relieve human suffering, Kuan Yin is approached with any concerns, be it family, career, health, or relationships.
The words “compassion and mercy” are actually not the most accurate description of Quan Yin’s energy. The essence of Quan Yin’s energy is akin to the energy a mother feels for her child—it is fiercely loving and protective, which is much stronger energy than what we usually associate with compassion.
Who is Quan Yin?
Quan Yin (Kuan Yin or Guan Yin) is the bodhisattva of great compassion. A bodhisattva is a human being that has made a vow to dedicate all of their lifetimes to the enlightenment of all humankind. Bodhisattvas continue to reincarnate and return to the world to help guide others to enlightenment.
Quan Yin is a gender-fluid symbol, as she is the feminine version of the masculine Avalokiteshvara (Chenezig in Tibetan). She has many different incarnations and is often portrayed seated or standing holding a lotus flower or a vase of water. One of the most popular beings in Buddhist iconography, Quan Yin is a figure of mercy and compassion who helps those in need.
Feng Shui Placements
The imagery of Quan Yin is used in many different Buddhist cultures and practices. Some schools of feng shui also use Quan Yin as a feng shui adjustment. If you resonate with Quan Yin, select a statue or image of her that appeals to you. Be mindful to invoke Quan Yin to support you with the utmost respect and appreciation.
You can use the image of Quan Yin to enhance areas of the Bagua, the feng shui energy map. Understanding the nuances of the Bagua through Quan Yin is a great way to learn and appreciate the subtleties in the practice of feng shui. Like each area of the Bagua map, Quan Yin has many meanings and layers of symbolism. You can use the iconography of this beautiful celestial being to strengthen an intention you have and connect it with a specific area of the Bagua. Try to choose only one Bagua area to place your Quan Yin to start—less is more when setting intentions and using the feng shui.
Quan Yin in Zhen (Family area)
The family area is about starting or creating something new, and also about family and loved ones. The compassionate Quan Yin would be well placed in the family area. You can set an intention with a focus on your family or to give yourself an extra push with a new initiative that you want to start up.
Quan Yin in Xun (Wealth area)
The wealth area is not only about cash and finances, but it connects more broadly with abundance. Add an image or small statue of Quan Yin here to shift your mindset about wealth and money. Be grateful for the blessings you have in your life.
Quan Yin and Li (Reputation area)
The reputation and fame area is about putting yourself out there and being seen. Let Quan Yin inspire you to show up in the world with compassion and grace. Set the intention to get out into the world, do good deeds, help others, and connect with your community.
Quan Yin in Kun (Partnership area)
The area of partnership is also connected to feminine energy and the mother. This is the most popular area of the Bagua to add Quan Yin. She is a mother to everyone, recognizing our struggles and helping those in need. You can also place her in the Kun area and set an intention around self-love and being more receptive to nurturing yourself.
Quan Yin in Dui (Children area)
Quan Yin is a protector and a celestial mother to all. You can use her image or likeness in the children area of your home or bedroom. If you do, set an intention for protection and joy for your children or future children.
Quan Yin in Qian (Helpful People area)
As a celestial being and bodhisattva, Quan Yin is seen by many as a guardian angel-like figure. Qian position is connected to finding helpful people in your life and having serendipitous, fortunate outcomes. Place an image or statue of Quan Yin in this area of your home and set an intention around connecting to positive energy and helpful people.
Quan Yin in Kan (Career area)
Kan is the area of the Bagua connected to finding your path and purpose. Quan Yin can inspire you when you are thinking of shifting your career to a more heart-centred endeavour. You can add her likeness to this area, and set an intention around finding a compassionate calling where you are helping others.
Quan Yin in Gen (Knowledge area)
The knowledge area of the Bagua is connected to developing skills, learning, and spiritual pursuits. Place Quan Yin in this Bagua area, using her presence to help you to cultivate loving-kindness and compassion.
Quan Yin in the Tai Qi (Health area)
The Tai Qi is about well-being and unity. The centre of the home is connected to all the areas of your life. Place an image or statue of Quan Yin in the centre of your home to bring blessings to the entire home.
Kuan Yin is called for when one is in trouble or just for the protection and well-being of one’s family and children. A great protector and benefactor, her heart is full of deep compassion and unconditional love. In the feng shui world, she is one of the most revered and powerful deities, which makes her symbol a powerful feng shui cure.
Because Kuan Yin is literally approached with any possible troubles, concerns, or desires, her energy can be used, with the right intent, in any feng shui Bagua area.
Here are the guidelines for the best placement of Kuan Yin as a feng shui cure.
The first step is to look at the attributes of your specific Kuan Yin statue or image/painting. The colour, the materials it is made of, the symbols that it is surrounded with should help you determine its best feng shui placement.
A white Quan Yin statue is a wonderful feng shui cure for the West Bagua area/ Creativity and Children because the colour white is the expression of the Metal feng shui element of the West. The same applies to a statue made from METAL.
A BROWN colour Quan Yin sculpture made of natural wood can be an excellent feng shui addition to your East/Health & Family or Southeast, Money & Abundance Bagua areas because the brown colour is an expression of the Wood feng shui element.
Quan Yin can be a powerful cure in the annual feng shui flying star applications. Find out where her energy is most needed in a specific year and then place the statue of Quan Yin in the affected feng shui Bagua area. This can help neutralize the negative energy of the challenging annual feng shui stars and strengthen the protective energy in and around your home.
Be mindful about never placing the Quan Yin statue on the floor, in the kitchen or in the bathroom. A height of at least 3 feet is recommended for the good feng shui placement of a Quan Yin statue (or any deity, for that matter).
You can also place the statue or the image of Quan Yin close to your front door, in a way that is facing the main entrance. This will not only create a protective quality of energy at your front door (called the mouth of Chi in feng shui) but also a most welcoming sight when coming home.