Turning Feng Shui Eyes to Marilyn Monroe's Home

The Los Angeles home where Marilyn Monroe passed away is back on the market for $3.6 million. She purchased the home in 1962 for $90,000. (Her mortgage payments were $320/month!) While it is being labeled as "Marilyn Monroe’s home", the curious thing about this Brentwood house is that she only lived in it for six months before her tragic, mysterious death.

It is more than curious that she chose to purchase this house -- the one and only house she ever owned --- at this time in her life.

If we can believe what is documented about Marilyn and her downward spiral, toward the end of her life she had given control over to a number of people, namely the doctors who liberally wrote her prescriptions. Is it little coincidence that this house appears to be missing vital areas of the bagua? The fastest way I can explain the bagua is to say that in feng shui, certain areas of a home can be placed within a geometric grid that encompasses every area of existence -- physically, spiritually, emotionally and even monetarily, assigning certain significance to every area. When areas are "missing" it is not the end of the world, but it certainly raises eyebrows that such a coincidence has occurred. Though I can’t see a complete floor plan, it seems that the "Self" and "Wisdom" areas are absent totally from the floor plan of the property.

Even more concerning is that this house is replete with such devastatingly powerful and aggressive beams slicing the energy through every room that I feel no holistic life stands a chance here without some real work on the space. The beams are really intense. Look at every room, nearly each one (including the living room -- the main gathering area, and the kitchen --- the area of nurture and nourishment in the home) has been bisected by really large beams. Beams in feng shui have been sited by various schools as the cause of everything from broken relationships to infertility, major heath issues and other poor life conditions. In my feng shui practice, beams focus the eye away from areas where life happens, visually slicing up spaces, distracting from the totality of life, putting an emphasis on separation and division and disconnection.

From only a few photos, the fact that something in this pretty picture is very wrong is palpably obvious. Whoever buys it should feng shui it well before moving in... and should maybe consider renting it short-term to people who love the legend.

images via HuffPo

Dana Claudat

Designer & Feng Shui Master
Dana Claudat is a designer, Pyramid School feng shui master, and founder of the holistic and artistic lifestyle blog The Tao of Dana. A Stanford-educated art historian with nearly a decade of experience in design, feng shui, research, and writing about the ways that changing spaces can change lives, Dana has fused art, science, and feng shui into her own style of expansive design. In addition to serving mindbodygreen as an expert for many years, Dana has been a guest curator for Saatchi Online, and her work has been featured in Glamour, Lonny, Huffington Post, Blake Lively's Preserve, and many more global media outlets. She is based in Los Angeles, and her design and feng shui clients include Hollywood A-list creators and vibrant entrepreneurs, as well as artists and creatives around the world seeking more creativity, clarity, love, and empowerment in their homes and their lives. You can learn more about working with Dana on your own expansive design—from anywhere you are in the world—here.For more art, design, and lifestyle inspiration, you can follow Dana on Pinterest and Facebook.
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