One method to determine Facing and Sitting is to first determine which sides are not the Facing. Here, with four walls, we try to first rule out at least two of them, most of the time these being the side walls. Mostly this is an easy task.
It is said in one of the ancient Feng Shui Classics, that “if we cannot find the Mountain Dragon, we look for the Water Dragon”. Then, once the Water Dragon is found, we know where the Mountain Dragon is.
This is because in its most basic definition, Facing is “the side of the built structure that receives most Yang Qi”.
The Water Dragon is active, mobile and Yang, it is linked to the side of a built structure which invites the most Yang energy. It is mostly into the direction of open space, with doors and windows allowing Qi and human traffic be transported into the house.
The Mountain Dragon is passive, accumulative and Yin, it is the side of a built structure which is most supported, most tranquil.
For a built structure that is well supported at the back and to the sides, the Water Dragon approaches the built structure from the front – where we find the architectural facade – and this then becomes the Facing Side. In case of Yang Zhai (buildings) and Xuan Kong Fei Xing Feng Shui, the Mountain Dragon then sits at the architectural back – exactly 180 degrees opposite Facing – and this then becomes the Sitting side.
This is to explain that for Xuan Kong Fei Xing, the Facing and Sitting will be always 180 degrees away to one another. All examples shown here have their Facing into the indicated direction, their Sitting side to be located at 180 degrees away from this direction.
We define the Facing as the side of a built structure where the building receives most Yang Qi. In order to determine the most Yang side, we need first examine some of the basic terminologies pertinent to Feng Shui.
More often than not, what will eventually lead you to decide on the correct Facing side and where to locate the external Ming Tang, will be a combination of many different considerations – not any one single feature. Taking all these considerations together, may help you to build up a firm understanding of Facing and Sitting.
If you approach the doctrine of Facing, just as is true for your approach of anything in Metaphysics, here is a strong suggestion:
“Take two steps back to take in no position and no preference”.
Keep this in mind as you go over the following factors in order to obtain Facing side.
More often than not you will find that the Facing was determined, not so much by any one single factor, but by your careful weighing process.