Ask Melynda


In our regular feature ‘Ask Melynda’ we’ll take your most puzzling questions or persistant problems and ask our resident Feng Shui ‘expert’ Melynda Munro to advise and guide you.  So if you have any Feng Shui or Chinese Astrology questions email them to us at [email protected] and we’ll publish her response in our next edition.

Hi Melynda, I own a small two story townhouse which has the stove located directly below the toilet. I am told that this is not good Feng Shui and was wondering if you could please advise me – Mrs. J from Queensland

The stove belongs to the fire element and the toilet to the water element and of course water and fire clash.  There are many formulas involving fire and stove placement, but one thing they all agree on is the proximity of the fire to the water and the WC above the stove is not desirable.  If the stove is in a good position for itself, ie if its in a strong fire mountain in the South then I would still use the stove as it will support itself quite well. However if it is in a strong water mountain in the North then the WC above will only make things worse.  

In this case ideally you would consider moving the stove or cooking on another portable stove in a more suitable location, either inside or on a BBQ outside. Last of all I would recommend to keep a plant beside the stove as the plant is wood element which will help to reduce the water and support the fire. I do stress though that this would be my last option. The best situation is to start with a good design when building, or when renovating and have a Feng Shui consultant to help you work out the best stove placement before you commence the renovations. Happy Cooking!

Dear Melynda, I am planning to renovate my home and would like to put a powder room on the ground floor in the space underneath the staircase.  Is this good Feng Shui as I read somewhere that bathrooms under staircases drain away energy and hurt the home’s occupants –  Mrs. L from  Melbourne 

A bathroom under the staircase is a great way to save space in small homes or apartments and would only be a problem if the WC itself was in the very center of the building as the centre is a very important place. It is the Tai Chi or the place where the chi of heaven and earth meet and flow to the rest of the house. We don’t want this chi to be trapped, locked in a wall or going down the drain. This is hard to remedy and really needs a consultant to assess the situation. If this is not the case then congratulate your designers for their space saving idea and enjoy your powder room!

About The Author

Melynda Munro

The journey to Feng Shui started from an early age when Melynda often accompanied her father on building sites where she developed a practical sense of the placement of building, rooms and services. With a professional background in natural medicine, Melynda felt a strong inclination to understand how our living and work environments impact on people’s health and this intention lead her to meet 4th generation Feng Shui Master Henry Liu from Fujian China in 1993. As his personal understudy for the next seventeen years Melynda embraced the traditional studies, embarking on many intensive study tours in China with later trips involving further tuterage with Master Henry Liu’s senior Master Liu, concurrently assisting with the teaching of students. Other studies have been undertaken with Grand Master Yap Cheng Hai, Grand Master Raymond Lo, Professor Cheng Jian Jun, Prof Wang Yude, Kim Lai and Siou-Foon Lee. Melynda currently consults and lectures in Feng Shui in Australia, as well as seeing patients in the clinic she owns and runs with her husband Gregory in country Victoria. Melynda is also a Professional Member and part of the Management Committee of the International Feng Shui Association (IFSA) – Australia Chapter.

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