Question: Is there any feng shui meaning to an unusually high incidence of broken plumbing pipes in a short amount of time? I’ve got things breaking right and left in my home and I’m at my wits end trying to figure it all out.
Answer: Water running out of the pipe’s control in a house can mimic emotions running out of control with the people (or even one person) living in the house, so I would start to investigate if anything particular has happened in someone’s life that may have caused an emotional upheaval. The classic cause and effect situation for this is grief. If someone is grieving over a loss (can be a person, pet, job, marriage, friendship, etc.) it can trigger an energy that translates into “the house crying,” or, the water element “out of it’s banks.”
Perhaps an enhancement in the family and friends gua (wood element, green, photos of family and friends, etc.) with intentions of creating emotional harmony within could be helpful. If that doesn’t feel appropriate, perhaps an enhancement in the skills and knowledge gua with the intention of gaining insight as to how to harmonize your emotions and feelings may do the trick.
When my father unexpectedly died, the pipes in my mother’s house hammered and clanked violently for about two days. I remember asking my mom if this was normal (I live out of town and didn’t know if this had been going on for a while or what) and everyone else in the family said “NO!” at the same time. Perhaps that’s what happens when the plumbing is strong, but there is overwhelming grief and tears suddenly in a house. And in my mom’s case, as oddly as it started, it went away on it’s own. So I would do a little internal investigation on what feels like a loss and see if anything can be done to alleviate that mental or emotional condition.
(If you are familiar with “tapping,” or Emotional Release Techniques, that may be one way to help fears and other emotional upheaval.)
I have also seen many sudden leaks or pipe breaks as a type of “clean up” due to the introduction of a lot of feng shui intention for a revitalized and energized home. In this circumstance, the home literally breaks at the weakest links all at once. And as much as it appears to be a bad thing when it is happening, it is actually a good thing in the end because the house literally gives up its weaknesses all at once. And once they are fixed, it retains a much stronger hold on the good or vital chi that you have intended to hold for a much longer time.
So, if you have recently powered up your home with lots of good intentions or have found yourself in a grieving state of mind, your house may have had the need to “relieve itself.”