© 1997 -
by Master Thomas Coxon
Authentic Feng Shui
Urban Feng Shui -
Published in I Magazine in Spring 2005
The restored capital of Germany has undergone vast changes over its many years. Developing on sandy swampland since the 13th century, the city has been the capital of Prussia, a key metropolis in the industrial revolution and a centre for arts and culture. The Third Reich even had plans to transform it into an übercity called Germania in the 1930s, but after its devastation during World War II, Berlin was separated into four sectors by the victorious Allies and divided by the now infamous Berlin Wall from 1961 to 1989. Since its unification, Berlin has made efforts to move into the future, experiencing a boom in investment and construction between 1990 and its reinstatement as the German capital in 1999.
In terms of feng shui, “the planners of Berlin didn’t really take landforms into
consideration,” says Coxon. The Spree River narrows after passing through the newly
built administrative offices of the federal government in Berlin Mitte, shown here,
constricting money flow through the city (Berlin is currently bankrupt). Its configuration
of governmental buildings is also less than ideal. Berlin would benefit from moving
the seat of government from the Reichstag to the Palast der Republik, the former
site of the East German parliament and, even longer ago, the Hohenzollern Palace.
The Palast would in turn be relocated to align with the Fernsehturm (TV tower) on