Navigating with Vastu
Vastu divides living spaces into nine sections, each with special qualities.
Air element. Air, like wind, has the quality of indecisiveness or constant motion, making the northwest well suited for impermanent activity: guest bedroom, TV room, dining room, bathroom.
Darkness, the unknown. A front door that opens into the west will bring the calm of the night hours. Good for bedrooms, living rooms, and libraries.
Earth element. Associated with wisdom and emotional strength, the southeast corner of a room should contain the heaviest and largest pieces of furniture. This direction works well for living rooms, master bedrooms, and storage.
Health and wealth. Despite these positive associations, you should not sleep with your head to the north because the earth's magnetic energy will interfere with the body's electric fields. A good setting for bedroom, living room.
Space (ether) element. This is the heart of the structure and a space for spiritual energy, which collects here and then radiates outward in every direction. This area should be as open and spacious as possible in the house as a whole and within individual rooms.
Cycle of life and death, responsibility. This is an area of duty, responsibility, and justice overseen by Yarna, the god of death. It's a good spot for a bathroom or a bedroom.
Water element. Water is associated with serenity and depth, so this is the best spot to locate a tranquility zone, meditation center, or shrine.
Light, inspiration. This is the realm of enlightenment and renewal because it is the first to receive the sun's rays in the morning. Recommended for a front door, bedroom, studio, or dining room.
Fire element. Fire is the element of both spiritual and physical transformation. In modern times, fire relates to electrical equipment, making this a good part of the house for kitchen appliances, computers, TVs, or stereos.
This information is compiled from Vastu Living by Kathleen Cox. (Marlowe, 2000)