Are Toilets Bad Feng Shui?

Question: How do I activate my wealth corner if a toilet is there? I do keep the toilet lid closed at all times but what should I place in that corner so that wealth is retained?

Answer: Good feng shui, bad feng shui, I know I scared half the world to death when I declared that toilets are a serious no-no in the prosperity gua (AKA, the back left-hand area of a room or building,) so let me at least try to rectify the situation with a little discussion about balancing toilets ANYWHERE, and then we’ll talk about the prosperity gua:

As you know, I don’t fix anything that “ain’t broken” so reflect on how long you’ve lived in the house and what has happened in your prosperity life while there. I say this because you may have counterbalancing measures in place and you don’t even know it! If you feel you could still use some enhancements, think about this:

Toilets take things away from the house. Try to prevent the good from going out with the bad.

My advice here when I do telephone and on-site feng shui consultations with my clients is to intend that the good chi of your home stay, and the negative chi go – Intend this while performing a ritual like: Use traditional feng shui cures by possibly placing red tape or ribbon around the toilet and the out-going pipes of the sink. You can also hang a crystal over a toilet with the intention of dispersing the chi horizontally so it doesn’t collectively go vertically down the drain. You can also use a small mirror on top of the toilet tank (or even inside the tank under the water, mirror side facing up) with the intention of reflecting the chi upward in this “downward pull zone.”

Toilets, as well as sinks and showers have a specific downward pulling energetic pattern – so they equal “water element” from feng shui’s five element point of view – so try to balance the overabundance of water element in these rooms.

My advice here is to not add more water element in the room or area. Stay away from decorating the bathroom with seashells, fish, ocean scenes, nautical themes, blues, black, etc. that symbolize more water element.  Decorate with items that depict earth energies (remember earth muddies the water in the destructive cycle) by using yellows, and earth tones, ceramic accessories, actual stones or rocks, mountains and earthy scenes in the art, etc. You can also decorate in fire element and “up stuff” as it exhibits an upward energetic vibrating pattern. This will start to counterbalance all the “down” that is currently going on in the bathroom. Use red tones and candles to add fire. The Sanseveria plant is a good choice to help keep the chi up. Have art that depicts “up stuff” like airplanes, hot air balloons, clouds, birds, helium-filled balloons, or the sun or stars (both fiery and up!). I think you get the picture here.

For most people, the perceptions of toilets are “dirty,” and “unsanitary,” and seen with our subconscious thought patterns as a “negative” item. Try to balance this negative symbol.

Use clean and fresh symbols like fresh flowers, fresh-scented candles, and for goodness sake, keep the bathroom clean. No mold growing on the curtain or windowsill, no toothpaste splatters on the mirror, no dirty laundry on the floor, etc.

If you make sure your bathrooms (no matter where they are in the house) are balanced, your prosperity, no doubt, will benefit.

Now, let’s talk about the fact that we want to actually enhance the prosperity gua and not simply counterbalance the bathroom.

My first thought is to check out the prosperity gua of EACH ROOM in the house. The bagua of the room is actually more powerful than the bagua of the house (I know, this is not in my book – I apologize! There’s a lot of stuff that’s not in there – it’s a small book! so check for weaknesses and strengths in these other areas. My second thought is to remind you that a gua is the entire one-ninth of a room or home, so try not to get caught up in the exact corner where the two walls meet, or along the wall of the guas that don’t have house corners in them. Say there’s a toilet there. I’ll bet your home is bigger than a grid of nine toilets. You’ve probably got a whole bunch of other space to work with. And remember the rule that it doesn’t have to be seen to work! Hide purple (the prosperity color) if it doesn’t fit into your design scheme. Place a powerful prosperity symbol in a drawer. It’s still there even if your eyeballs don’t see it!

And finally, I’d suggest checking your thoughts on prosperity.

Thoughts of prosperity include gratitude, giving, freedom, love, and joy just to name a few. Thoughts that drive prosperity away include fear, an “I want” or a “what’s in it for me” or an “It’s mine” mentality. A great first step to receiving is giving – and giving freely – without depressing “I can’t afford this” or “ I don’t trust the universe” attitude. If you need help unwinding your negative thoughts, just let me know and I’ll be glad to coach you out of them and into positive ones.

I hope I helped. Be sure to check out the feng shui product links and feng shui consulting option links if you need that kind of help.

43 Comments

  • Melissa M. May 26, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Will painting the room a color like green (sort of like money green, but prettier) help?

    We have the bathroom in our prosperity gua and I was planning on changing the color from mental institution green (previous owners) to a sagey-grayey green and using purple and beige/tan accents. The sanseveria plant and rocks will be a great addition to the spa like theme (makes me feel prosperous to sit in a spa!).

  • Lil B. June 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    That sounds lovely Melissa! Spas do have a way of making you feel pampered. Super fluffy purple or cream towels (even if they are just for show) and rich silver accents may add to the luxuriant feel. Even just a box of fancy soaps that smell delicious in a pretty dish may help.

    I painted mine a soft purple (very similar to the purple of the submit comments button on this site) and put a bunch of pots of ivy (in dark gray and purple pots) and a couple of Lucky Bamboo with a feather butterfly perched on it (one dark mirrored “warped” silver and one deep purple vase)… Not sure if it’s working well or not but since I finished it, things at work seem to have been a little calmer. My powder room is in the travel and helpful people corner.

    A big chunk of my romance corner is in my laundry room. REALLY need to attack and clean that since it feels like my love life is just a bunch of dirty laundry with time going down the drain.

    The upstairs “master bath” is going to get a couple of the cures suggested here since its half-way to the spa feel already! Would someplace like Meijers or walmart have the Sanseveria plant?

  • S.S. July 29, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    My bathroom is in my apt career gua and without realizing it, I had black accents and mats and blue walls and a plant in there. I will be adding the ribbon to the pipe and a mirror on the floor behind the toilet, but is the room okay since it’s in the career area, a water element? I keep the lid down and close the door at night. My living room career gua is very strong, lots of black and metal.

    I love the spa idea and I need to actually add more spa like elements in there. :-) You may be able to get that plant from a nursery or Home Depot/Lowe’s?

  • Lil B. August 1, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Found the Sanseveria at Lowes .. it’s a bit beat up looking but not too bad.

    Was VERY tempted to pick up a super tall (like 3.5 feet!) Money Tree at Ikea yesterday but looked in the pot and once again all the earth was infested with the spider eggs like last time (they are a weird sort of brownish grey and could be mistaken for the polystyrofoam “water retention beads” you find in Miracle Grow at first glance, but are actual spider eggs … (and those are not the kind of “energy” I want in my house! YUCK!)

    Not sure how to safely “transplant” the plant without sending it into shock to avoid the nasty spider egg infested soil. Anyone have advice on transplanting houseplants – doing a TOTAL soil “transfusion” ;) ??? Thank you!

  • Sue September 18, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Been reading your toilet section lol,found it interesting.if I bagua my whole house it means my loo is my fame section of the whole house. which has red tiles a wooden floor & white door I have red artificial flowers in there-Must change my piccies though to something more earthy(my loo is seperate from my bathroom which is next door my relationship area)
    sometimes a bagua the rooms themselves too,I don’t know if I am doing the right thing though,I know I can’t change the decor though.

  • Sue October 2, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    you say here to use actual stones or rocks,I wondered would pictures with stones or rocks do the same job?

  • Karen October 2, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Try it and see – doing that is considered using a “symbol” – which is one of the nine traditional cures. :)

  • Sue October 3, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Great,I will try it & let you know how I get on with it,thanks for giving me the go ahead I am onto it :)
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  • sue October 5, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Well Karen,I have now changed & hung 3 pictures. 2 pictures have some pebbles & 1 with pebbles & bamboo & flowers ,looks quite nice really. no water scenes or anything nautical.also I have added a ceramic white square vase with some artificial red roses now lets see what occurs!!

  • Len October 12, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Our bathroom is in the Fame area, along with our washer & dryer,& water heater. Plus, the theme is ocean-y. I read your book-”Yikes!!”
    Any ideas on cures?
    We thought of painting the walls red, but aren’t sure about towels and such to match.

  • Karen October 12, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Wood element supports fire, and reduces water, so you can go the wood and green route as well….just a thought.

  • Len October 16, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Oh, yes. That sounds better than red. I think we’ll stick with green instead. Thanks!!

  • CobyLyn October 18, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Every bit of this post was helpful Karen. Thank you for ‘clearing’ up a lot of questions I had on bathrooms, toilets and thoughts on prosperity.

  • Adelixa November 13, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Hi Karen, my bathroom is predominantly PINK. It has a pink bathtub and toilet. The floor is made of pink tiles.. How can I use feng shui to bring some type of balance to it?

  • Karen November 16, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    You would use all the typical items that enhance the prosperity gua — Simple as that! Color is only one of the MANY things that effect a space.

  • donna November 19, 2011 at 12:34 am

    i have a heater in my wealth corner-not sure what cure to use-any suggestions?

  • Karen November 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Remember, I don’t fix what isn’t broken…so is there a prosperity problem? THAT would be where I’d start…I don’t fix homes… I fix lives using the home environment…
    With that said, IF you are having a problem, like say, your money “burns up” fast (see the correlation with the heater?) then temper it with the coolness of water as it can both cool and feed the wood element that is supposed to thrive there. If a real water feature is not aesthetically viable, then use things that energetically equal water, like glass, black and very dark colors, morphy,free-form shaped items etc. Even a picture that has water in it or a mirror can do the trick (but I would not reflect the heater in the mirror.)

  • jessielyn November 19, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    thank you Karen, i thought just a fireplace is not good for wealth area, now i know heater is also included…

  • Lil Xaos November 21, 2011 at 9:13 am

    My WEALTH corner is completely CUT OUT of the footprint of the house (wish I had read this before buying the dang place) and the “opposite” gua (kitty corner from it) its the powder room. The house is a money pit and the finances feel perpetually in the toilet. HELP!! I have made the curtains to the doorwall (leading to the cutout that is the wealth area which is the patio) PURPLE, same with the wall that door is on, same with the powder room .. but to no avail. :(

  • Karen November 21, 2011 at 10:01 am

    This is when it is a good time to call the professionals! Here are the live and telephone consultations hta tI offer if that helps! http://www.karenrauchcarter.com/consulting/

  • Josephine Cruz November 22, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I put almost all the cures in my prosperity area – purple amethyst, jade plant, african violet, violet throw, laminated 9 consecutively numbered singles, etc. but I have a fireplace and a TV on top of my mantle. I put a bagua mirror on top of the mantle facing down – that should cure the fireplace but how do I cure the TV? Would placing a square box made of mirrors next to it will do the trick?

    On my career gua is a powder room. I wrapped the sink drain with a red tape, I changed the curtains from red to black and white, added 2 white round wood wall decors, a ceramic vase with yellow, orange and blue colors, a glass vase and a red candlestick. My husband wanted to get a new and a better job with a huge local construction company. Karen, please help me with this area of my house.

  • Wendy February 10, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    The helpful/Travel in my home Bagua locates in our Toilet… the floor painted in pink-red. How would I put on cures here?

  • Karen February 11, 2013 at 8:10 am

    You can make sure there is a fair representation of the other elements besides the fiery floor and water element to make up the difference. Add wood and earth and especially metal element in that area to balance them all out. I call it the “cover your butt” cure in my book on page 61-62. :)

  • jennifer March 11, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Hi,
    I just read the above article as my loo is in my prosperity section of the house.
    My bathroom is painted white but has pale green floor tiles. I will put a mirror in the tank and red ribbon on the pipes too!

    is there an issue if my kitchen (OVEN) is directly behind the toilet wall?

    I thought plants were a big No-No in the bathroom??

  • Karen March 12, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Yes, the toilet and the stove should not be close at all (makes sense, right?) The cure is to place a mirror behind the stove facing the toilet wall with strong intentions of pushing the toilet and plumbing in the walls away from the stove.
    I don’t have a problem with plants in the bathroom – they can reduce the amount of water element, and considering yous is in the prosperity gua that is governed by wood element, I actually think it might be helpful for you.

  • Beata April 3, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Hello Karen, I have a water heater and the electric fuse box in the Prosperity gua of my home, that is in part of our master bedroom. It is right near the closet, and there are walls around it, and the door to get to it is on the outside of the house. Do I need any cure for it? I put purple fabric on the window and I have an Amethyst cluster on a golden scarf in the Prosperity gua.
    We have moved here 1 month ago. My husband started to work about 2,5 months ago, and all the money he gets goes away fast. I am very concerned about money.

    Also my bathroom is in the Family gua, and the toilet is in the family gua of the bathroom and the house also. My washing machine and dryer are partially in the Family gua (bigger part) and also in the prosperity gua (smaller part of dryer). Do I need cure for those? ( I put a yellow can of detergent on the washer where it is in the Fame to dam the water). And also the little part of the washer goes into Fame and Health. . I put red ribbon around all the toilet and all the drains in the house, also cover them all the time.I have a mirror on the toilet tank . The sink, the bathtub and walls are green. The bath tub is in the Skills and Knowledge gua of the house. (It’s a single wide mobile home). Does it look very bad?

  • Karen April 3, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    It sounds like you did some cures. My advice is to observe hat changes now that they are done…and if you need to do more, then do more. Be very clear on your intentions as you are making the changes as that helps the energies shift more rapidly. On the fuse box front, I would find a consultant who has a gauss meter to test it to know if you need to mitigate the situation or not…placing color nearby is usually not going to handle stopping EMF fields unfortunately. If you need help finding a consultant let me know. I’ve trained people all over the place.

  • Beata April 3, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Thank you so much! I will check on the fuse box issue. I’ve been using your book that is literally falling apart from using it so much since 2005…

  • Lim April 19, 2013 at 2:45 am

    Hi there.

    I’m considering to buy a new apartment soon. I just noticed that the guest toilet is in the North side of the unit (career gua) which is located on the 6th floor (facing north east). The toilet is also in close proximity (on the right side, not front) to the front entrance of the unit.

    What can I do to cure this bad fengshui? Thanks.

  • Karen April 22, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Use the regular typical feng shui cures of a mirror facing out either on the front or back side of the door with intentions of keeping vital chi from entering the bathroom and escaping.

  • Kristy May 14, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Hi Karen, we have a bathroom in the career gua. My husband is trying to get a new job, what is best to use in this situation? I read on one of your blogs someone used 2 white elephants. I have the read tape on drains and mirror on top of tank. 2 metal candle holder above toilet. Thank you so much for your help.

    We also have a black wind chime outside entry opposite door hinge & we have a wall fountain but it hangs on same side as hinge as that is where electric happens to be. Is it ok to have the fountain here?

  • Karen May 20, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Sounds like you’ve got it going on in career…time to look in helpful people gua (front right) perhaps! That is a metal element driven area if you are unaware (not spelled out in my book.)

  • Hannah June 9, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Hi my bathroom upstairs is in the prosperity corner, can you please give me some tips on how to rectify this? I’m thinking of painting the walls purple.

    Thanks in advance

  • Karen June 10, 2013 at 10:43 am

    That’s what my book is all about! Wood is the element for prosperity gua so perhaps a plant or picture of one might work to hold or grow income…but I make specific adjustments based on what is going on in your life more than yo house…so I hope this helps.

  • radhikasaraf July 28, 2013 at 7:24 am

    the toilet is in northeast area so please suggest me what i can keep or any other solution for it

  • mel September 10, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Hi. Our bathroom floor is a little bit higher than the rest in the house, higher by around 1/4 inch. What do i need to do. Thanks.

  • Karen September 11, 2013 at 8:47 am

    When I see questions like this and the last post I think that somewhere along the lines people have missed the basic premise of feng shui. If you understand that what is going on in your house is going on in your life. then you can literally ask yourself, “can I make a connection between this situation and some unwanted aspect of my life?” Then, if yes, make a change. as a feng shui consultant, I’d ask a bunch of questions to see if this might be doing something negative in your life (“is it ‘an uphill battle’ to go to the bathroom?” might be such a question that I might ask to see if the raised floor in a bathroom is affecting you…make sense? So, the reason I do a full on feng shui consultation and not answer top-of-my-head-with-no-background questions quite often, is because I am either guessing, assuming, or just relaying what I THINK might be it….and I prefer to give quality, custom answers…
    The mundane answer is – lower it and make it even with the rest of the floors…will that do something huge in your life? I don’t know…I’d have to see it in context…maybe you’ve got so much clutter or other problems that you won’t notice anything…I hope this is helpful!

  • Julie-Ann December 7, 2013 at 2:56 am

    Hello Karen, I have been following your book, thank you! Love all the fun little jokes you have in there, keeps it all light hearted as this feng shui business can be serious stuff.
    I do have one question you might be kind enough to help with.
    I think i am lucky enough to have bathroom in career area only i am a ‘soft wood’ element person…should i then strengthen the metal of this bagu area or should i use another element like earth or wood? When i am not sure on something i use a pendulum to decide only Im a little unsure on this…please help…ps i moved my stuff and my life is changing, feel better already! :) Thank you x

  • Karen December 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    We’re mixing feng shui styles here, so I’m gong to remind you of the “cover-your-butt” cure of evenly having all 5 in one zone to balance it self out is always a way to go. but For you specifically, I’d add metal in career gua to support the water there.

  • Sue December 16, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    My NE is missing and its a driveway from the car garage located at N. How do I cure the missing sector when I can anything on the driveway as its a shared road with another house at the back.

    The kitchen in NW which I heard is bad.. I m a single mom but I am the sile breadwinner.. Losing income or job is the last thing I want.

    Please help!

  • Karen December 25, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Choose one style of feng shui and go with it for one…I normally do not use cardinal directions with the style that I practice. Here’s one tip that might help: the invisible part of the cure (your intentions) are about 70% of the power of the cure. So INTEND that it is complete by sprinkling a red substance like paprika along where the building should be if it wasn’t missing. Imagine that it is complete and that part of you life is holding energy for you well.
    Good luck!

  • Marsha February 18, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Hi Karen… If you could help with the following…I have a small business in a very limited environment in terms of space… Unfortunately my Wealth and Abundance are falls in the toilet region this year and that has me a little worried… As it is an office, its just a small toilet area with a sink and a makeshift shelf for miscellaneous items… What can I do to improve the chi of the number 8 or cut out the negativity from this area? Thank you in advance, your advice would be highly appreciated

  • Karen February 18, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I’m going to refer you to someone who is better versed in the style of feng shui that you are speaking of…it’s been a while since I’ve sorted all that out. Look up Matthew Chapman, Janet Woods, or Elliot Tanzer — all three friends of mine who can jump all over this type of question that deals with cardinal directions and time, OK? If I posted something here, it might confuse others who follow the black hat style that I speak about. :)

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