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Feng Shui and the Sacred Ground: The Importance of the Dead Resting Beneath the Earth

Feng Shui

The ancient practice of Feng Shui, revered for its principles of harmony and balance, offers profound insights into the cyclical nature of existence, emphasising the interconnection between life, death, and the environment. A pivotal element in this intricate system is the importance of the deceased being laid to rest beneath the earth. This article dives into this aspect of Feng Shui, shedding light on why the subterranean realm holds profound significance.

1. Returning to the Origin

In many cultures, the earth symbolises the genesis of life. Being 'dust to dust' resonates with the idea of life coming full circle. Feng Shui echoes this belief.

Completing the Cycle: Laying the deceased beneath the ground represents the completion of life's cycle — a return to the foundational element, preparing the spirit for its next journey.

2. The Earth’s Embrace: Stability and Protection

Natural Shield: The earth acts as a protective barrier, guarding the deceased from external disturbances or negative energies. Feng Shui emphasises the importance of shielding spirits to ensure they transition peacefully.

Yin Energy: Burial grounds possess Yin energy, signifying stillness, rest, and rejuvenation. They're enveloped in this calming energy by laying the dead underground, promoting eternal rest.

3. Feng Shui Principles in Burial Sites

The location, orientation, and design of burial sites play a crucial role in Feng Shui, ensuring the deceased are at peace and bringing their descendants prosperity and well-being.

Dragon’s Cosmic Breath: Traditional Feng Shui speaks of the ‘dragon’s cosmic breath’ that brings life force or ‘chi’ to burial sites. This energy flow, emerging from underground, ensures the spirit's harmony with the cosmos.

Harmonising Elements: The positioning of elements like water (streams or lakes) and mountains concerning burial sites can influence the 'chi' and, consequently, the fortune of the living relatives.

4. Energetic Continuity: Ancestral Blessings

Harmonious Resting: When ancestors are laid to rest in a location harmonised with Feng Shui principles, their positive energies can be channelled more efficiently, blessing and guarding their descendants.

Disrupted Energies: Improper burial, on the other hand, can lead to disrupted energies. Feng Shui warns of potential repercussions for the living, emphasising the importance of seeking expert guidance for burial practices.

5. Environmental Respect and Feng Shui

Symbiotic Relationship: Respecting the environment, especially burial grounds, isn't just about tradition. It emphasises the symbiotic relationship between humans and nature, acknowledging that disturbances to resting places can disrupt environmental energies.

Sustainable Practices: With concerns about land use, Feng Shui experts are also exploring sustainable burial practices that honour the deceased and the environment, ensuring positive energy flow.


With its deep-rooted principles of balance and harmony, Feng Shui underscores the importance of honouring the dead by letting them rest beneath the earth. Doing so creates a bridge between the physical and spiritual realms, fostering respect for life cycles and ensuring blessings and protection for future generations.

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At my practice, I use Ba Zi and Feng Shui to provide my clients with a comprehensive assessment of their lives. I take into account the unique energies of a person’s home and surroundings, as well as the energies of the environment and the person’s own destiny. With these insights, I am able to offer my clients assistance to help them reach their goals, and improve their lives.

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