In Feng Shui, the move-in date and time is very important as it is believed to enhance the auspiciousness of the house. A practitioner will usually use a combination of date selection methods to find an auspicious date for the move-in while ensuring that the date do not clash with the animal sign of members of the family.
But what are the move-in procedures?
The moving procedure can differs between practitioners and you should not be surprised if other practitioner’s procedures are slightly different from mine.
For me, there are three things that a home owner should do to signify the start and completion of the move-in. First, he should start the move-in at the selected auspicious date and time. Second, he must cook a meal – a simple one will do – and prepare some beverages. And third he must sleep over at the new house. This is all he needs to do to complete a successful move in.
In the past, the house owner may be instructed to declaring loudly that they are the new occupants and letting off fire crackers (which are banned in most places) to signify the occasion. Nowadays hardly any owner do so for fear of being branded crazy or a pest by their neighbors!
Using the stove to cook a meal as a special significance as it signifies operating in the new house. Some practitioners may want to emphasis this switch over by making the stove work overtime, usually by cooking a dessert that requires simmering over a low fire for many hours!
Some practitioners may want you to energize the house and would advise you to switch on all the lights and power appliances such as air conditioners, radio and TV for a few hours. There is nothing wrong with it. At least you will know if your electrical system is overloaded or not. In fact I also advise my clients to let the tap water run long enough to clear the water tank. In a previously vacated house, the water in the tank may be dirty having collected water and left stagnant for a long while. The last think you want is food poisoning while you may wrongly blame it on bad Feng Shui!
There are also many pre-moving rules that were popular in the past but rarely observed nowadays. Here are some of them.
For example, the house should be left vacant for a few days prior to the move. No one including animals (though I suspect it will be difficult to stop the rats) is allowed. All vents should be sealed and natural lighting blocked from entering by pasting dark colored paper on windows and other openings.
They should only be removed when you move in on the auspicious day and time to signify a rebirth of sort and an infusion of new energies into the house.
It is also a popular belief that negative “yin” energies can accumulate in the corners of a vacant house. The last thing you want to do is share the house with them. To overcome or neutralize these negative “yin” energies you can scattered the inside corners of your house with a mixture of items with strong “yang” energies in the days prior to moving in. They include a mix of salt, rice, tea leaf and dried chilies.
Also popular in the past is jumping over a charcoal fire. This is to ensure that unseen negative energies do not inadvertently follow you into the new house.
While on the subject of moving, I would like to clarify a misconception on the moving time. An auspicious time is usually a span of two or more hours in a given day, for example between 9 am and 11 am. It means that you must arrive and first occupy the house anytime between 9 am and 11 am. It does not mean that you have to arrive and complete the move within the two hours! After you have move the first item into the house, you can continue to move the other items later in the day, the next day or anytime after that.
Another best practice is to only move in existing items such as you computer and clothing on the move-date or later. However new items such as your new stove and hood or new room can be safely moved-in before the move date.
Have a good move.