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 modern feng shui master, designer, and founder of the blog The Tao of Dana. She is a Stanford-educated art historian with more than a decade of experience in design, feng shui, and research with thousands of clients, yet her approach to space is simple. Starting where you are, using what you have, you can create more of your dream home—and dream life—every day. Dana is a longtime mindbodygreen contributor and instructor (she may have had a hand in the hundreds of plants in mindbodygreen headquarters!), and her work has been featured in design and lifestyle publications around the world. You can work with Dana from wherever you are in the world in her online Feng Shui Camps and through her Online Feng Shui Consultations. For more art and feng shui lifestyle inspiration, you can follow Dana on Facebook and Instagram. Join in her weekly feng shui notes, including monthly New Moon Full Moon feng shui rituals, here!
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