How to Use Mirrors in Feng Shui

mirror reflectsOne of the biggest benefits of Feng Shui is that it can take a less-than-optimal environment and shift the energy to be nourishing and positive. Once you learn what to look for, and how to see through the “eyes of Energy,” you have taken the first step.

 Many people who begin to study Feng Shui become overwhelmed and concerned that their homes and offices are “all wrong” but don’t fret.  Feng Shui translates aswind waterbut I say it really means “It Depends.”  I often say that their is neither good nor bad…only: does it work for you or not?

Remember: Your spaces are NOT all wrong, they are a reflection of where you are now and with Feng Shui wisdom, we can see and make simple changes to rebalance and harmonize you and your spaces.

Mirrors

The mirror is one of those powerful objects used in Feng Shui to redirect energy. Called a Feng Shui ‘cure,’ mirrors have many different effects depending on what is around it, how close and who is viewing it. For these an many other reasons, mirrors are used very gingerly in Feng Shui.

Mirrors will, at the same time:

1. expand space 2. add ‘water’ energy to a space 3. activate a space 4. double what it reflects 5. redirect and reflect energy 6. draw boundaries 7. repel negative energy 8. more…

1. Expand Space

A mirror will expand space, calling in light and energy from other rooms or the outside view.

Take for instance an entrance to a home. Walking into a cramped entry where it’s pinched and dark will have a negative effect on us. As we walk into a space, when we have the feeling of open and expansiveness, our bodies and subconscious translate that to our phsyiology and the feeling of opportunity, welcome, and space. A mirror will easily open up a space and make it seem larger, but depending on how far from the door you place the mirror you could be pushing beneficial life force away. In an entrance, it’s recommended against placing a mirror across from the door if the wall on which the mirror is hung is less than 6 feet away. The front door is the “mouth of ch’i” and where the life force enters your home and your life. The alternative to a mirror in that position would be to expand the space by placing a beautiful ‘long view” painting or artwork in that space. (Be sure you don’t have art with a waterfall flowing toward the door, as that will do the same thing as push the energy/life force out)

To open a space, placing a mirror to the side of the door is more acceptable, but be sure you know what it reflects. For instance, reflecting the powder room, where folks forget to close the door is a negative. (A spring hinge is easily placed on the door to correct that issue.) Also, a mirror (or water feature such as a fish tank) to the right of the door is not-so-good in Feng Shui and is seen to cause day dreaming and wishy-washiness.

2. Add Water energy to a space

Balance is  key to life:  just enough and not too much of any one thing.  Water is fundamental to life and the Feng Shui element that allows us to move in harmony with our life’s purpose, brings freshness, spiritual connection, emotional depth and more.   Too much water and we can become wishy-washy, bogged down, sleep too long, see our fortunes and life force running away from us.  To little water and we can become rigid, shallow, opportunities bypass us, our life force is not fresh and nourished, our ideas seem to dry up.  Just the right amount of water or water energy is what we strive for.

In the Bagua position of Journey, Life Purpose, using a mirror to add water energy would be helpful, depending on the other factors like what it reflects and it’s proximity to the door. In a home or room where the fireplace is located in the Health or Wealth sector, using a mirror over the fireplace would help to quell the Fire energy that would be burning up the health, family relationships or wealth. In a bedroom however, a mirror is recommended against on two factors: 1) adding water energy to a space that is primarily associated with deep rest could cause excess restful energy and cause ‘sleep hangovers’ or lethargy or 2) mirrors activate a space and a space meant is best to be quiet and calm.

3. Activate a Space

Mirrors are considered active because mirrors move energy around, reflect it back and also reflect motion.

Because they reflect and capture motion, often mirrors are used to put people in the “Power Position” , where the person would otherwise be facing a wall, such as in a work cubicle or a cook who faces the wall with her back to the crowd. In this case, a mirror strategically placed to signal an approaching person would be recommended to help the body to relax from its alert status and allow more creative thinking and efficiency.

mirror behind desk powermirror behind desk power

4. Double what it reflects

Whatever the mirror reflects will be doubled.  Be careful when placing a small mirror at your desk or in a room to open it up.  If the mirror is reflecting a large stack of work, bills or the powder room you could be working against yourself again.  Allow it to reflect something beautiful and wealthy. Also, a mirror that reflects the drain of your vanity sink is a negative so place the mirror above the faucet. Remember: water flowing toward the center of the home brings beneficial energy into your life; flowing out translates as energy and money flowing out.

5. Redirect and reflect energy

As in the case above of water flowing to or from the home or office, a mirror can be used to redirect the flow. Many corporate buildings have a waterfall that flows toward the street. This position is beautiful for the community but is draining to those in the building or complex. The simple answer is to place a mirror, even a small mirror to reflect the energy back into the building. Of course scale matters, but even a simple small mirror will have a dramatic impact. This can also be used in a bedroom above a garage, for instance, as one way draw the boundary between the spaces. Place a mirror under the bed facing toward the garage (shiny side down). Mirrors can be used to deflect energy from a bedroom or bed that is located above a garage or refrigerator, near an HVAC unit or adjacent to a bathroom or any other overpowering structure. If possible, avoid having a bed/bedroom in this position, but with the use of mirrors and other feng shui cures (color, shape, placement) we can help to rebalance the space for harmonious and nourishing sleep.

6. Draw Boundaries

A mirror can also help to draw boundaries: mirrors can ‘call in’ missing areas on a floor plan or lot plan.   The mirror need only be as small as 1/2 inch diameter and can be found at craft stores.  These little mirrors become power ways to send away negative energy.   These small mirrors can be used as ‘laser points’ to call in missing areas of the bagua when it’s placed over your lot plan or floor plan or room plan.

small mirrors
Small Mirrors as found in craft stores can be used to make amazing changes.

Mirrors can be used If you are unable to ‘anchor’ the energy of the bagua with other methods such as placing landscaping, lighting or other features relative to the particular area (for instance in the wealth area, wind catchers or upward lighting can help redirect the energy).  I talk about this in my seminars and if you have questions, be sure to email me, as it would take a while to explain it here in this post.

The small mirrors can be used to send off negative energy of a crabby co-worker or neighbor as explained below.

7. Repel Negative Energy

Mirrors can be used to deflect and repel negative ch’i, whether it be from oncoming traffic, overhead power lines, unsightly neighboring environment or even cranky neighbors or co-workers. (Elinminate Negative Energy)

Feng Shui uses BaGua mirrors, placed only on the exterior of a building, to deflect negative chi and encourage positive ch’i.

Concave Bagua Mirror - Early Heaven Sequence  3 solid lines at top
Concave Bagua Mirror, Early Heaven Sequence 3 solid lines at top — only use outdoors

BaGua mirror placement is very specific: I use primarily concave mirrors (because they absorb negative ch’i rather than send it back to the person/place/thing.

I also use only what the Chinese call Early Heaven Sequence: where there are 3 solid lines at the top of the octagonal mirror. This mirror is placed above the front door or above a window, or even on the side of a building if necessary, but never inside and not in an apartment building. http://www.fengshuibestbuy.com/SL10272-Bagua.html

You don’t need to use a Bagua mirror, if that is not in line with your philosophy or decor. You can
deflect or repel energy away by using a mirror (or even a reflective surface) to reflect back the issue/person/etc. and it can be subtle and invisible. (No need to exacerbate a negative situation by engaging disdain or ridicule if having this piece above your door would do so.) You can place a mirror on the outside wall (or on the inside of your space-shiny side toward the offending issue/person-you’ll see the back of the mirror and can cover it with a piece of art). The mirror can be small (1/4 inch round available at hobby shops like JoAnn Fabrics and Michaels.) If you hang it inside your space (home,, office or work cubicle) it can be hidden from your view under a painting, at the baseboard (painted to match the color of the baseboard), behind a drapery or curtain-always facing shiny side toward the negative energy.

One of my favorite Bagua pieces, that hangs outside my own front door is the Lady of Nine Heavens Bagua. bagua not mirror

I use the company  www.fengshuibestbuy.com and recommend them if you are interested.

This part is very important: Thoughts are things…detach from the drama of any negative situation and allowthe others to have the right to be as miserable or objectionable as they want. As you are placing the mirror, say, “good luck with ‘that’ over there.” When using cures, never curse the other person or interfere with their free will to live their lives as they wish; otherwise the energy will become stronger – as though you have essentially held out the tug-of-war rope and you are now tied to them.  Release them, drop the rope and they will move on.

What usually happens: the person will calm down, get a transfer or quit to move to a different position…with your good wishes, perhaps they will open to a better place for themselves. Either way, you have stopped giving it your power and the Feng Shui has worked to assist you.

8. More…

There are many notes about mirrors and here are a few more:

  • Use large mirrors that reflect as much of the person as possible; don’t cut off the head or make them squint to use the mirror
  • Use clear and clean mirrors; faded, cracked mirrors are a negative and will inhibit clear thinking and clear vision
  • Use whole mirrors…pieces of mirrors or segments of mirrors fracture a person’s image and also fracture the person’s view of herself/himself and life.
  • Avoid placing mirrors directly across from each other as this creates what Feng Shui calls “infinity” and creates confusion and disorientation.
  • Clean mirrors often — I always do a mini space clearing when cleaning everything: “Good healthy reflections and increase of happiness and abundant love and wealth flow into my life and my home…” or something like that. What you focus on when doing any task is the energy that gets into that area…may as well do a wonderful job!
  • Esoterically speaking: in some realms it is believed that a mirror across from the bed will confuse the dream traveling part of the spirit as it attempts to return to the body after traveling through dream worlds. I cannot speak to that but want to include it as it may be relevant to some of my readers.

I have many, many stories, and personal experience with the power of mirrors used this way. As always, Feng Shui puts you in the center of your Universe and helps you look at how energy is moving through your spaces and moving YOU. Let me know if I can help! fawn@fawnchang.com

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25 responses to “How to Use Mirrors in Feng Shui

  1. dharmendra sharma

    Sir,

    I still didn’t got the answer. I have around 3 trees in front of my east facing house. I have recently placed a bagua mirror on the entrace gate ( outside the hous). is it correct.

    • Hello Dharmendra

      Nice to hear from you. Regarding your front entry, it would be necessary for me to see images in order to really tell you what to do but here are some suggestions:

      Trees in the East are beneficial Feng Shui, associated with growth and freshness, exactly the energy of the East. If the trees are blocking negative ch’i from entering your home, such as traffic from oncoming street or power towers or other negative ch’i they would be beneficial as well.

      If the trees are too close to your front door and blocking your view or imposing, they are negative only in the effect that they are blocking your ch’i because they are so close. in that case, the bagua mirror would be helpful.

      Yes, place the mirror facing the trees, outside your home and make sure that the 3 solid lines are at the top.

      If you want to send me a photo of your home from inside the front door looking out and from outside looking at the front of your home, I may be able to advise better.

      Also, be sure that when you open your door, there is a lovely view of the inside as well as of the outside (which I believe is what we are working on right now).

      Smile, laugh and know that you are bringing positive energy into your life by working with your home…Everything Matters and nothing is so serious that can’t be changed with laughter and love.

      Send photos if you’d like and have a wonderful day!

      Fawn

  2. Delores Lewis

    Wow, I had no idea that mirrors can play such a vital role in redirecting positive energy in your living environment! I am very intrigued by the Feng Shui philosophy. I will be using these tips for placing my newdecorative wall mirrors in my bedroom! Thanks!

  3. ed

    hello ms chang,

    i desperately need ur advice-

    we have a bathroom and an overhead water storage white plastic tank on the right of the main door..both these features cannot be moved…please give me some remedies to nullify the bad effects of these water features to the right of the main door.

    thanks n regards
    ed

  4. veena

    hello ms chang
    i need ur advice on my living room i have a door which opens to a balcony which we never open we have a east facing main door can i place a mirror on the inside of my balcony door which we never open as this door is on the north wall
    with due respect and looking forward for ur reply
    veena

  5. I really liked your way of placing the things. The thought that “drop the rope and drop the negative thought”…. it is indeed way of peaceful life.

  6. Dear Fawn,

    I require a support from you. The entrance of our office is a bit complicated to explain. Still I will try to furnish the detail and would like to have your say on that. I can also upload a diagram of it if you can provide me ur email for correspondence.
    From the main corridor there is an entry of another corridor approximately 2′ wide. Then we reach a “U” shaped junction with entrances to four different units. The On the dead end we have 2 main doors of others property. On the right turn we have ours and on the left we have the fourth neighbor.
    The real problem started approx. 6 months back when our fourth neighbor (bang opposite to us moved in). He has placed a round shaped mirror with slight outward curve above his entrance door. We can easily see the reflection of our entrance door and if our door is opened our entire internal corridor is seen.
    We are facing a hell of problems since then like huge increase in expenses. current projects held up, new inquiries got stuck up, loosing on competition, disturbance among office collegues.

    Can u please suggest us the remedy so everything got settled.

  7. me

    Rahul I don’t know if this will help since you have not gotten a response but what is working for me since I also had similar issues with very noisy and annoying people next door on both sides of me giving me problems well those problems have stopped.First I did some research with mirrors so I got out 3 medium sized like 3 feet by 2 feet so 36 by 24 anyhow I have three of those I spaced those in the particular room of the annoying,nosy neighbors. I spaced them away from each other the mirror facing them on the wall.What I did was prop up 1 push my bed against it,the next one spaced out behind a dresser drawer facing their wall,and another one on behind another chair anyhow their noise,banging ceased .I thought maybe it could not be possible but 2 weeks and counting and they have calmed down.I did this with the intention of goodness not evil since I was wanting them to stop the banging,fighting with each other .For the other side of my business with the other neighbors I put cactus plants outside by my outside windows and they have not been outside on my side for a month.Cactus is very good at guarding one’s space and home.On the inside to even out the cactus I have outside I have my lucky plants and one coin plant outside my door as to not get any negativity from my cactus plant.As for that neighbor that placed that mirror over to you he obviously did it because he wants to deflect negative energy but you can also place a bagua mirror above your entrance as to deflect right back and also put some stuff by your door a tall plant to block the view from offender.I have a big coin plant I place by my winding stairs to slow down any negative energy from my neighbors.Mirrors are very powerful I’am getting so much more peace and quiet since putting those mirrors I feel as if they deflected that anger coming to my area back where it came from and in turn made them stop because they don’t like the effects or feelings they are getting not knowing it’s because they don’t know those mirrors are on those adjoining walls.

  8. Dorothy Ling

    I bought a second hand condominium recently. The door opens SW and you can see right away part of the front glass sliding door. Please kindly comment. The master bedroom has a huge mirror on the wall on the left side of the bed. It shares the same wall of the bed head but it is quite a few feet away from the bed. This huge piece of mirror is facing the master bedroom’s bathroom. The vendor says it is good feng shui. I do do seem to understand. She told me to keep this piece of mirror. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you

  9. Sam

    A sea facing bedroom in a holiday home. Mirror with dressing table facing bed. But reflects amazing sea. There is other place to locate this dressing area. Is this ok.

  10. nat

    Dear Ms Chang, i rent a room in which i cannot change according to my ideal. The room consists of one bed and a mantle with attached mirror in which now I positioned behind the bed. Is that okay or should I put something in front of it (on the facing wall) to redirect the energy? At the moment,I put my ironing table and TV shelf against the wall facing the mirror. Because I really have no where else to put them. Grateful for your tips :) Thanks heaps! – Nat

  11. Marites Migraso

    hi is it ok if e put mirror at above our fauset in the kitchen? thank you…

  12. Mushrat Hussain

    hi i live in a flat and i am confused where i can place the Ba Gua mirror. It will be awkward if i put it outside the main entrance door. Please suggest….

    • Hello,
      A bagua mirror is a very powerful ‘cure’ and should really only be placed outside the front door of your home. If you live in a building with other flats, use of a bagua mirror could be not the best thing as you sense.
      What is it that you are trying to accomplish? There are other ways to protect your home space while bringing in positive energy. Let me know and I can try to offer specific suggestions to help you reach your goals.
      Fawn

  13. jason

    desperately need your advice

    I want to buy a house, but the front door is facing the master bedroom door. I hear it is very very bad. What can I do? And is it really bad in fung shui that I know about this and still am purchasing it? Thanks

  14. Ann

    Hi, Thanks for sharing these interesting info. I want to ask, is it a bad feng shui to hang a large decorating mirror in my living room facing a tv hanged on the opposite wall? I hope to hear from you. Thanks in advance.

  15. Nithya

    Dear Fawn,
    We live in a condo where the main door faces SW, I have a huge living area, in the NW, there is a wall which separates the kitchen & the living. The NE& SE have two bedrooms& adjacent to the SE is the third bedroom.
    We r living in this house for the past 2years & we r not able to find any progress in our life, in fact , we have so many mental or emotional issues going on, & people or friends who were close to us have moved away with no fault of us.
    So , I need to know what to do to change our ill effects, can I place a mirror in the living area on the wall which separates the living & the kitchen? We need some peace in the family. Please help.

  16. I recently moved into a home which is a friend of mines parents home. It is full of mirrors. Every room has them. Don’t take my words as complaining…I love them!!! When i was younger i always wanted my living room decorated with mirrors. My problem is my floors have a beautiful wooden finish. And for the life of me I CANNOT come up with a color scheme . I honestly wanted to do a rainbow theme. I see the rainbow colors in my mirrors all the time. When i think of rainbows i think of God’s covenant with his people. And the colored energies we give off. Please help…..

    • Hello,
      Choosing a color scheme can be daunting and there are afew ways to go about it. Is there a painting or a fabric design that you like? you can choose colors from that and then look at each room as to what is happening in the room and choose colors to support what you want to have happen, for instance bedrooms are best to be soft, subtle colors, if you are married the major color scheme of a bedroom is best to be warm, rich, colors that I call ‘flesh tones’ anything from pale yellow to warm rich cocoa or burgundy. Look at your house as a complete picture. Choose your inspiration piece, a rainbow may be too broad and the rainbow colors might be just a bit too vibrant for everyday life, place those colors in perhaps the kitchen and dining area, the ‘sun room’ but save softer versions of those colors for the bedrooms. Look on the website Houzz.com and look at color schemes and start an ideabook for all the colors and furnishings and items you like. after a while, you’ll start to see your own design style come together and jump right out at you. Let me know if I can help you, send photos and we’ll see if we can’t get you a color scheme that keeps you as happy as rainbows!
      Fawn

  17. kate garces

    Hi,

    My mother in law placed a mirror right across my bedroom door. Is this good or bad? Everytime i go out my bedroom door i see the big mirror right in front. Yay! scary! i need expert advise.

    Thanks,
    Kate

    • HI Kate,

      You are right: that can be uncomfortable. A mirror placed across from any door would send the energy back into the room. If you can remove the mirror, I would recommend it and place a beautiful print or painting or scene of a long-view, as though you are stepping out of your room into a wonderful meadow or expansive view…this will help you to open to new possibilities in life.

      If you need further information, just let me know!

      Good luck!

  18. Karen Gonzales

    Hi Fawn,
    My little family and I will be moving next month to our own home. It’s a very small property so that the bedrooms have limited space. I’d like to seek advice on what to do with the bedroom doors set up of the masters bedroom and the kids bedroom upstairs. Their doors are directly facing each other in perfect alignment and I was told it’s not good feng shui. Is there anything I can install to counter this? Thank you so much.

  19. Hi Fawn, I had a mirror question I’m hoping guy can answer for me. I have a family room with a wall facing opposite large glass windows and sliders to our yard. Right in front of the windows is a piece of exercise equipment. So it would reflect in the mirror as well. How would that work. I’ve had the mirror sitting on the floor for months unsure of what to do with it. I’ve just started taking more of an interest in Feng Shui and am hoping to learn more, especially since I work with energy in other ways. Thanks for any help.

  20. Valerie

    Another “I need help with a mirror” question. My son’s new home is being constructed and the master bath will have his n her vanities across the room from one another–their mirrors creating the “infinity” effect. Is there a cure for this?

  21. neeta

    hi can i put a big mirror opposite my tv

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