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Feng shui, the Chinese art of placement, is cross-referenced in the card catalog under interior decorating and Eastern philosophy. Unlikely as it seems, the technique uses ancient Chinese principles to explain how a house’s furniture may be arranged in accordance with the harmony of the natural world. If you live at the bottom of a descending staircase, sleep with the head of your bed in an alcove, or have more than one front entrance to your house, you may be in violation of feng shui wisdom. Proper feng shui, it is believed, will not only increase your chance of appearing in House Beautiful, but boost your health and happiness as well. Kirsten Lagatree, author of Feng Shui: Arranging Your Home to Change Your Life, lectures at 7:30 p.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $12. For reservations call (202) 272-2448. CP