Dragon Lair

In Feng Shui, an auspicious land site is called a dragon lair. It is a reservoir of strong qi that bring good luck, prosperity, financial gain and social standing to the occupants.

Dragon Lair are often found at the tail of the Dragon or mountain range. A mountain range can have multiple tails and one that has run for hundreds of miles continuously brings along plenty of strong qi and is likely to host a lot of Dragon Lairs.

In the last article I mentioned Resting Dragon which is a place where qi comes to rest before continuing on its journey downhill. This is normally a valley or a relatively flat land surrounded by mountain or water. You should find Dragon Lairs here.

A Stopping Dragon is one that has come to the end of its trip like a mountain meeting a vast plain or meeting the ocean. Your should find Dragon Lairs here too.


In between is the Running Dragon which is one that is neither resting nor stopping. They carry qi but do not accumulate qi and you should not find Dragon Lairs here!

A textbook auspicious site is often described using the four animals namely Black Tortoise, Green Dragon, White Tiger and Red Phoenix. The Black Tortoise is found at the back of the auspicious site and is the tail of the mountain range or incoming dragon. The Green Dragon and White Tiger on the left and right respectively protects the site from wind.

Water in the form of rivers and lakes should be present at the facing. The waterways should embrace the site. The Red Phoenix which are smaller mountains found downstream serves to slow down the water and prevents it from rushing away. Water running quickly away from a site is inauspicious and suggest a loss of wealth.

The mountains should have lush green vegetation preferably with mist at the top. The water should be clear and slow flowing and the soil moist with abundant flora and fauna.

The Black Tortoise mountain should slope gradually to the auspicious site. This is often referred to as the Tortoise bowing to the people and indicate a willingness to transfer qi to the occupants.

The opposite is a steep drop often referred to as the Tortoise Hold its Head Up which suggest an unwillingness to transfer qi.

The Green Dragon and White Tiger should embrace the site like a crab with its pincers. This represent a merging of yin and yang and is highly auspicious. It is not auspicious if the pincers turn out. The Green Dragon which should be taller than the White Tiger should slope gradually to the site.

The quality of the site is enhanced if the Green Dragon and White Tiger is protected by another layer of mountain aptly called the Outer Green Dragon and Outer White Tiger.

In auspicious site should be closer to the Tortoise mountain. In front of the site there should be a wide and open space called the Bright Hall. A Bright Hall that is broad with a clear view symbolizes a bright future and plenty of opportunity for the occupants.

Water flowing into a site from upstream is called the Heavenly Door. It should be wide, open and unimpeded signifying wealth and good luck flowing into the site. Water existing a site is called the Earthly Door. It should be narrow and closed. It is better if you cannot see it flowing away.

Waterways should not flow directly at or away from the site. Instead it should embrace the site and if possible return to the site before flowing downstream. This is call Returning Water. If there are two waterways, they should ideally cross rather than run parallel.

The Red Phoenix mountains downstream serve to impede or slow down the water flow. The Red Phoenix mountains close to the site are called Table Mountains while the ones further downstream are called Worshiped Mountain.

These mountains located downstream serve a critical role and many ancient master would not even consider a site that do not have such water impeding mountains.

Large rocks in the river called Seal Hill are favorable too as they help to slow down water flow.

Before I end this article, I must emphasis that the mountains surrounding the site must be good looking to bring good luck. Mountains that are ugly, uneven, sharp or pointed are bad bring bad luck to the occupants.

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2 thoughts on “Dragon Lair

  1. Jayne Robbins

    I lost my 27 twin yr old son on April 23, 2016 at 610pm in Loa Angeles, Ca. He was hit by a drugged, drunk 21 yr old latino on the cross road, the truck was going backwards. My son was not alone HE WAS BORN ON MAY 12 1989..YR at 4:45 am . Cam u tell me the best place to put his ashes..We do not have a cemetery lot….

    2nd question
    I live by a small bay in Portland Me. The tide comes in and out 2x a day..Tides are about 30 ft here in Maine…What does the chi do??? The building I live in is right on the water
    3rd. question
    Best place to become feng shui certified practitioner.. Thank you Jayne Robbins ( water Rooster)

    1. Henry Post author

      Hi Jayne,

      So sorry to hear about your son. Over here we have special places called Columbarium where we can place the ashes of our dearly departed.

      It is difficult to tell where the qi is what it does from you description but from a Feng Shui perspective it is not favorable to live in a house that is right on the water.

      Every Feng Shui teacher have their own strengthen and expertise and you should seek them out if you want to acquire their knowledge and skill. However to acquire a foundation, I suggest Master Academy by Joey Yap. They are expensive but they do a good job.

      Warmest regards,

      Henry Fong


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