MODULE 3.2

VAASTU SHASTRA AND
THE USE OF ORIENTATION


        

 

 

 


The work of The Alchemy of space is one of alignment to the forces of the universe.
In various traditions, one of the gateways to these forces is through the awakening and activation of the elements of nature and the alignment to the compass orientations. This is a practise which is common to many different lineages such as Shamanism, Feng Shui, Vaastu Shastra and ancient temple making.

In this module we will look at how to use principles of the practise of Vaastu Shastra to best make use of orientation in a space.
The aim will be to explore how we can use orientation to achieve the following:  
 
-     To deal with specific issues using the compass orientations, in terms of the psychology of space

-    To balance, amplify and intensify the energetic frequency of a home using the compass orientations.


VAASTU SHASTRA : 5000 BC

The ancient vedic hindu art of Vaastu Shastra considers the connection to the earth's elements while analysing the relationship between the magnetic field of this planet (Earth) with those of the planets surrounding it in our universal cosmic system. 
Contrary to other traditions, Vaastu is specific in stating that the ideal alignment for a home is North and that a bed should also point North. This is because most of the Earth's energy originates from the northern magnetic pole. 

As a practitioner, the best way to use the vastu principles of orientation is to help clients resolve blocks around certain areas of their lives such as relationships, money or other.  Here is a guideline principle we will review together on how you can use orientations to resolve relationship issues. 
Below you will find a chart that summarises the different themes addressed by the various orientations in Vaastu. 

Then below, for each orientation, you will find the following: 
1- a description of the specific orientation principle
2- the associated element
3- the associated planet or cosmic element
4- a description of how we would decide if this is the correct area to address the issue at hand. 
5- examples of the appropriate remedies which can be used in this area to address the issue. 


THE 9 ALIGNMENTS OF VAASTU

NORTH WEST
STABILITY AND CLARITY

WEST: 
COMMUNICATION CREATIVITY 

SOUTH WEST
STABILITY / SECURITY

NORTH:
INTIMACY 

CENTER:
SUCCESS

SOUTH: 
BOUNDARIES

NORTH EAST
SPIRITUALITY AND PERSONAL GROWTH

EAST
HEALTH

SOUTH EAST: 
PASSION
 


North East:
SPIRITUALITY AND PERSONAL GROWTH

ELEMENT: WATER
PLANET: JUPITER

DESCRIPTION:
The northeast connects you to the element of water and the planet Jupiter.
Jupiter influences growth and expansion, both within the self and in the depth of your relationship with the divine.
Two powerful forces of nature converge in the northeast: magnetic energy from the north and ultraviolet energy from the east. These two forces merge in the northeast in a confluence of the highest vibration of energy that enters your home. This energy to be a blessing from the universe. This area is a good place to sit for meditation.

IN RELATIONSHIPS
In relationships, this area is a good focal point for those who have no trouble meeting people but generally find they lack depth and spiritual connection once they get to know them. Having clutter in this area, or any damage or abstraction of some kind could lead to you feeling off-center and off-alignment. 
Let’s take it one step further here: 
If you are finding that most people you meet are not as connected to spirit as you would like, begin by contemplating and cultivating your own connection to spirit first and see what happens. This may be the real issue which is being shown to you, reflected in people around you.
So if this is the case for you, this is the area to resolve.
have a look if anything is out of place here, if there is any clutter or other, and then bless the area by placing an object or decorating it with an appropriate object.

REMEDIES:

  • Always look for clutter in this area as well as anything damaged or missing. Tidy the clutter and fix or resolve whatever needs to be fixed.  
  • A pyramid shaped clear quartz crystal is great here to transmute energy
  • A strong spiritual element such as a Buddha, a cross or any of the other symbols we had suggested in previous articles are great too. Anything that can help you develop the spiritual aspect of your life is great here!  
  • anything relating to water is great to have here: a water fountain, a bowl of water, a vase, a fish tank
  • any artworks showing water
  • The ideal colour to use for accessories or for painting the space is blue
  • the ideal placement here is to have the entrance or a meditation room

East: HEALTH. 
ELEMENTS: WATER AND FIRE
PLANET: SUN

DESCRIPTION: As the area where the sun rises, it is all about absolute nurture, care and connection to the universal life-giving force. 
As we have seen before, the sun is a source of vitamin D which turns into Calcium in our bodies and is essential to our wellbeing.

IN RELATIONSHIPS: 
Have a look at this area if you tend to get into destructive or unhealthy relationships which are often out of balance, look into this area to find the ultimate in self love. First bring your awareness to the space, noticing if anything is out of place or needs your attention. 
Wind chimes are perfect here, or an incense burner, and it is also a great idea to meditate in this area, if you identify with this aspect, and notice what comes up. In the case of my own home, I was fascinated to find that, as this was the point I related to the least, it is also a physical area which is missing from my home.

The health of relationships is influenced by energy from the east. The east relates to water and fire and the light of the sun. The sun is associated with this direction. The life-giving force that comes from ultraviolet light emanating from the east feeds your body, mind, and spirit, and affects your health and outlook on life.

REMEDIES:

  • Always look for clutter in this area as well as anything damaged or missing. Tidy the clutter and fix or resolve whatever needs to be fixed.  
  • A pyramid shaped clear quartz crystal is great here to transmute energy
  • Any symbol or artwork which reminds you of healthiness and vitality is good here  
  • The ideal colour to use for accessories or for painting the space is GREEN
  • the ideal placement here is to have the bathroom or storage room 

South east: PASSION
ELEMENT: FIRE
PLANET: VENUS

DESCRIPTION:
As the south of your home faces the equator, the south east, tilting towards the sunrise, is where the most passion lives in your home. As well, this direction is also related to the alignment to the planet of venus, associated with passion and enthusiasm.

IN RELATIONSHIPS: 
The relationship aspect of this area relates to maintaining attraction, rekindling fire and enabling passion. 
If, for instance, you have been in a relationship for a while and fear it may be losing its fire, or if you are single but you feel like you are less attractive to dates and passionate encounters than before, this is a good area to look at. 

You can use a red candle, a red or pink decorative element, or an artwork indicating fire and heat to balance the energies of this area. 

REMEDIES:

  • Always look for clutter in this area as well as anything damaged or missing. Tidy the clutter and fix or resolve whatever needs to be fixed.  
  • A pyramid shaped clear quartz crystal is great here to transmute energy
  • Any symbol or artwork which is red, pink, indicating fire or heat is good in this area.
  • a candle, especially a red candle is good here. 
  • The ideal colour to use for accessories or for painting the space is RED, ORANGE, ORANGEY-PINK
  • the ideal placement here is to have the kitchen, boiler room or electricity room.

South: BOUNDARIES.
ELEMENTS: FIRE AND EARTH
PLANET: MARS

DESCRIPTION:
The south direction is dominated by the element of fire and earth, but also by its alignment to the planet Mars, associated to a discriminating and illuminating energy.

IN RELATIONSHIPS: 
The relationship aspect of this area refers to discernment and discrimination, as well as the ability to draw our boundaries. 
As well as evaluation, perception, the ability to recognise if a person or an opportunity is right for us or not, as well as the ability to recognise opportunities and make good choices.

This is the area to look into if you are in a relationship in which you are constantly wondering if the person is right for you or not. If you are single, you may find yourself meeting people easily, but then find yourself doubting and wondering if that person is right for you or not.
 

REMEDIES:

  • Always look for clutter in this area as well as anything damaged or missing. Tidy the clutter and fix or resolve whatever needs to be fixed.  
  • A pyramid shaped clear quartz crystal is great here to transmute energy
  • Any symbol or artwork which is red, pink, indicating fire or heat is good in this area.
  • a candle, especially a red candle is good here. 
  • The ideal colour to use for accessories or for painting the space is BLUE GREEN OR OFF-WHITE
  • the ideal placement here is to have the bedroom 

South west: STABILITY AND SECURITY
ELEMENT: EARTH
PLANET: MOON / RAHU

The southwest relates to the earth element and Rahu, a node of the moon. Rahu’s energy gives you the support you need from nature to attract and maintain a successful relationship. stability and security.

IN RELATIONSHIPS: 
In relationships, this area is ruled by instability, insecurity and self-consciousness.
 

If you are feeling off center and unstable in relationships, lacking clarity in your thoughts  and actions, this is the area to focus on.
You might say, for instance, that you want a relationship but you don't know what type you want.

REMEDIES:

  • Always look for clutter in this area as well as anything damaged or missing. Tidy the clutter and fix or resolve whatever needs to be fixed.  
  • A pyramid shaped clear quartz crystal is great here to transmute energy
  • An earth element such as a plant, a crystal, a bowl of dry rice is good here. 
  • any element which reminds you of stability is good here. anything earthy or an artwork representing something earthy is great
  • The ideal colour to use for accessories or for painting the space is LIGHT PINK
  • the ideal placement here is to have the master bedroom, store room, wardrobe 

West: COMMUNICATION / CREATIVITY
ELEMENT: AIR
PLANET: SATURN

DESCRIPTION:
Self-expression, self-confidence, and authenticity are associated with energy from the west.

The west is associated with the earth and air elements and the planet Saturn, which supports creativity and liveliness. Saturn energy helps you relax and enjoy the moment, encouraging you to express yourself creatively, to feel inspired, and to appreciate your uniqueness, relating to self-confidence; the articulation of our needs, to be yourself, to let go and shine.

IN RELATIONSHIPS:

In relationships, this area refers to our self confidence and our ability to be ourselves to express ourselves, being true to yourself And letting others see who you really are. If you are in a relationship and you feel like you can't really voice yourself, your needs or show who you truly are, this is the area you need to look into. If you are single and you feel like "no one gets you" or that you aren't able to remain yourself when meeting new people, this is an area to explore. 

Focusing on this area can unlock capability for expression, of yourself or your needs, and yield  a new appreciation for your uniqueness.
Most of all, the focus here  a is on attracting others by being ourselves rather than "despite" being ourselves.  A and also a great way to work on attracting people who are genuine and comfortable with being themselves.

The element of the west is water , this is a great place to have a water feature , images or are if water, or simply a bowl or case full of clean clear water. 


REMEDIES:

  • Always look for clutter in this area as well as anything damaged or missing. Tidy the clutter and fix or resolve whatever needs to be fixed.  
  • A pyramid shaped clear quartz crystal is great here to transmute energy
  • An air element such as incense, feathers or a wind chime is best to have here. 
  • any element which reminds you of communication and creativity is good here
  • any artworks representing something airy is great
  • The ideal colour to use for accessories or for painting the space is WHITE OR CREAM 
  • the ideal placement here is to have the

North West: STABILITY AND CLARITY
ELEMENT : AIR
PLANET : MOON

DESCRIPTION:
The northwest relates to the air element and the moon. Moon energy influences the stability and clarity of the mind, which affects the ability to communicate accurately. Feel settled and centered, Whilst all the northern orientations are about stability and grounding, north-west ties in notion of "diving inwards" and identity which we spoke about above (west).

IN RELATIONSHIPS: 
Look towards this orientation if you feel like you are perhaps not “ready” to have a relationship, or perhaps you have the feeling there is something fundamentally wrong with you.
I hear so many people say they just aren’t in the right space for a relationship, they should be addressing "this or that issue" first. 
According to this logic, people in relationships would be more enlightened than those who are single or that when your relationship has ended, you have fallen out of the light. Right?
As far as I understand it, there is always more growth for all of us, and always more to learn and uncover about ourselves.
Thus, the universe will send you exactly what you need for you to learn what you need to learn right now, including relationships. 
So use this area to ask yourself, what is it that I have to learn that a relationship can teach me? A clear quartz pyramid crystal is great here as well. 
 

REMEDIES:

  • Always look for clutter in this area as well as anything damaged or missing. Tidy the clutter and fix or resolve whatever needs to be fixed.  
  • A pyramid shaped clear quartz crystal is great here to transmute energy
  • An air element such as incense, feathers or a wind chime is best to have here. 
  • any element which reminds you of stability and clarity is good here
  • any artworks representing something airy is great or a moon. 
  • The ideal colour to use for accessories or for painting the space is LIGHT GREY 
  • the ideal placement here is to have the guest bedroom, office, toilets

 


North: INTIMACY
ELEMENTS: AIR AND WATER
PLANET: MERCURY

DESCRIPTION: 
This area aligns to the air and water elements.
The planet Mercury influences the energy of the north by creating depth and fullness in your connections with others.
This alignment generally favours the potential for growth and deepening of your relationships, finances, etc for more richness and intensity.

IN RELATIONSHIPS: 
If you are in a relationship and you feel like you aren't communicating enough about deep topics, perhaps things remain safely superficial, this is the area for you If you are single, it may manifest as you going on first dates but never going much further. 
 

REMEDIES:

  • Always look for clutter in this area as well as anything damaged or missing. Tidy the clutter and fix or resolve whatever needs to be fixed.  
  • A pyramid shaped clear quartz crystal is great here to transmute energy
  • An air element such as incense, feathers or a wind chime is best to have here.
  • Any element of water is good here as well. Fish tank, water fountain, vase with water. 
  • Any element which reminds you of stability and clarity is good here
  • Any artworks representing something airy is great or a moon. 
  • The ideal colour to use for accessories or for painting the space is BLACK 
  • The ideal placement here is to have the financial office 

Center: SUCCESS
ELEMENT: ETHER / SPACE
PLANET: ALL COSMOS

DESCRIPTION:  
The center of your home is dominated by the space element, which influences all directions.
In Vastu, the center area is considered the navel, the place from where live-giving support feeds the entire environment. Cosmic energy flows into your home to bless it through the center.

IN RELATIONSHIPS: 
This area is ideal if a person is looking for a general sense of success in relationships. Perhaps the person is good at meeting new people but not quite achieving the type of relationship they would wish for. 

REMEDIES: 

  • Always look for clutter in this area as well as anything damaged or missing. Tidy the clutter and fix or resolve whatever needs to be fixed.  
  • A spherical shaped clear quartz crystal is great here to transmute energy
  • The ideal colour to use for accessories or for painting the space is GOLD 
  • The ideal placement here is to have the courtyard or an altar space

ASSIGNMENTS
 

1-How would you use this knowledge and apply it to resolve financial issues? 
For each of the 9 orientations create one phrase to describe how the specific area could help resolve a financial issue. 


2- Building the layout based on orientation principles: 
If a client were to present you with a floorplan for an empty apartment as per the below orientation, how would you suggest that they lay out the space? Which room would you ideally use for what if the client is very open-minded and doesn't have any rigid requirements? 

NORTH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEST

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SOUTH








EAST