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Feng shui

  1. 1. 风水 fēng shuǐ
  2. 2. Feng Shui Introduction  Feng Shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure the health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.  An ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to utilize the Laws of both heaven (astronomy) and Earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive Qi. The original designation for the discipline is Kan Yu (堪舆; kānyú; literally: Tao of heaven and earth).  The words feng shui literally translate as "wind-water" in English. This is a cultural shorthand taken from the following passage of the Zhangshu (Book of Burial) by Guo Pu of the Jin Dynasty  Qi rides the wind and scatters, but is retained when encountering water.
  3. 3. A feng shui spiral at LA Chinatown's Metro station
  4. 4. Feng Shui History  In Chinese culture gentle wind and clear water have always been associated with good harvest and good health, thus "good feng shui" came to mean good livelihood and fortune, while "bad feng shui" came to mean hardship and misfortune.  Feng Shui is based on the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, particularly on the idea that the land is alive and filled with Chi, or energy.  The ancient Chinese believed that the land's energy could either make or break the kingdom, so to speak.  The theories of yin and yang, as well as the five feng shui elements, are some of the basic aspects of a feng shui analysis that come from Taoism.  Until the invention of the magnetic compass, apparently Feng Shui relied on astronomy to find correlations between humans and the Universe  Traditional Feng Shui instrumentation consists of the Luopan or the earlier south-pointing spoon (zhinan zhen)
  5. 5. Use of Feng Shui Left: A building in Hong Kong with a hollow middle hole, maximizing on fengshui benefits Below: A modern feng shui fountain at Taipei 101, Taiwan
  6. 6. Purpose & Element of Feng Shui  The goal of feng shui as practiced today is to situate the human built environment on spots with good qi. The "perfect spot" is a location and an axis in time.  From the feng shui use of aquariums to attract prosperity to the feng shui use of crystals and fountains, from the right feng shui use of colors to the feng shui use of clocks, there are many ways you can improve your home energy with feng shui.  Qi (ch'i) is a either a movable positive or negative life force which plays an essential role in Feng Shui. In martial arts Qi refers to internal or physical energy.  A traditional explanation of Qi as it relates to Feng Shui would include the orientation of a structure, its age, and its interaction with the surrounding environment including the local microclimates, the slope of the land, vegetation, and soil quality. One use for a Luopan is to detect the flow of Qi
  7. 7. Bagua (eight symbols)  Two diagrams known as bagua (or pa kua) loom large in feng shui, and both predate their mentions in the Yijing or I Ching. The Lo (River) Chart (Luoshu, or Later Heaven Sequence) was developed first  The cardinal directions are determined by the marker-stars of the mega-constellations known as the Four Celestial Animals.  East: the Green Dragon (Spring equinox) --- Niao (Bird), α Hydrae  South: the Red Phoenix (Summer solstice) --- Huo (Fire), α Scorpionis  West: the White Tiger (Autumn equinox) --- Xu (Emptiness, Void), α Aquarii, β Aquarii  North: the Dark Turtle (Winter solstice) --- Mao (Hair), η Tauri (the Pleiades) Flying Star Feng Shui Update - 2nd Month of the Ji Choh Earth Ox Year 6th March - 4th April 2009
  8. 8. Elements of Feng Shui  Polarity is expressed in feng shui as Yin and Yang Theory. Polarity expressed through yin and yang is similar to a bipolar magnetic field.  The "elements" of feng shui (water, wood, fire, earth/soil, metal) are made of yin and yang in precise amounts (Greater wood has less yin than lesser wood, but not as much yin as water, and so forth). Earth is a buffer, or an equilibrium achieved when the polarities cancel each other.  While the goal of Chinese medicine is to balance yin and yang in the body, the goal of feng shui has been described as aligning a city, site, building, or object with yin-yang force fields.  The main tools used in a feng shui analysis are the Compass and the Ba-Gua. The Ba-Gua is an octagonal grid containing the symbols of the I Ching, the ancient oracle on which Feng Shui is based. Knowing the Bagua of your home will help you understand the connection of specific feng shui areas of your home to specific areas of your life.
  9. 9. Integrating The Five Elements Into Buildings The Rising Energy of Fire Fire takes a triangular form. Its energy shoots upwards bringing fabulous Yang energy to the residents within. The Fluidity of Water This Guggenheim Museum unique building wraps itself in a fluid motion suggesting a water-like shape. Integrating Two Elements Together By understanding how the cycle of elements work, water is produced through metal energy. The exterior skin of the building, clad in metal sheeting, introduces the metallic energy needed to feed the water shape building. The yin aspect is represented by the feminine circular form sitting on the square platform of the building which takes on the yang aspect. So by playing with two basic shapes - the square and circle, this architectural masterpiece demonstrates how shapes and elements work together, bringing a spectacular yet harmonious balance to the whole building.
  10. 10. Feng Shui Plants  The jade plant attracts money and prosperity. Place near the front door in a large pot.  The money plant brings wealth and money luck. Place near the main door of your home.  The Pine Tree is often planted with the cypress tree because both can survive the harshest of winters; together they symbolize eternal, constant friendship. (also fidelity)  The Peony is a flower of riches, honor and the essence of spring. It represents feminine beauty. Red peony is lucky for families with daughters who are looking for a partner. Plant it in the Southwest corner of your garden to attract relationship, marriage, or romance luck in the home  The Lotus is the most auspicious plant to have. It is believed to inspire peace and contentment, and to symbolize the opening of opportunities. The lotus blossom is also associated with the Buddha and growing a lotus will engender a growth of spiritual consciousness  The White Magnolia is a symbol of purity and a single magnolia tree planted in the front garden is said to attract great contentment. Grown in the back garden, it is said to symbolize hidden jewels, or the gradual accumulation of great wealth.  The lily represents good feng shui throughout the year  The plum, whose blossom are regarded as pure and superior.  The bamboo, which is disciplined and upright.  The orchid, which is reclusive and strong in character.  The chrysanthemum, which is pure and honest Note: Good feng shui involves maintaining the garden: trimming, thinning,
  11. 11. Feng Shui Application  Hi Lillian, We have a south 2/3 facing house, and we have been suffering financial and health problems since 2006. In the south of the house, there is a huge lamppost. My father has faced an emergency medical situation last year and is still quite ill. Meanwhile, I am facing marriage problems, but career-wise, I'm OK. I occupy the southwest part of the home. In the west-southwest sits my room's air-conditioner and also some drainage pipes. Can you help me on this? Regards, Santanu Basu  Dear Santanu, A south-facing house should not be having severe problems this year. Your dad's problem must be due to his bedroom. The illness star is in the centre - in the heart of the home - this year, and this causes residents to be more vulnerable to illness, especially if the bedroom is also 'afflicted' or if your dad is an Ox or a Tiger. I suggest you invest in a metal wu lo and place it in the centre of the home (and inside his room as well). If he is in hospital, place one next to him.  As for your marriage problems, they are probably due to your state of mind. I am sure you are not doing badly at all, as you with be benefiting from the southwest location of your room. Maybe you are feeling the effects of the peach blossom luck, which resides in the place where your air-con is located. If so, then your 'marriage problems' are up to you to resolve. Alternatively you may want to relocate the air-cond although it hardly seems worth doing, as this affliction is only temporary.
  12. 12. Landscape Feng Shui  Integrating the 5 Elements into a Design Feature When you integrate concepts of feng shui, you have to look at the aesthetic nature and visual perception of space. Look at how the rooms are orientated.  When you have two spaces designed as one, redefine the orientation such that they are perpendicular to each other.  Understand the use of your material palette. Always balance soft (yin) with hard (yang). Over-use of any material can bring visual unbalance to overall house concept.  Be sure to use portals sensibly, and remind yourself that these architectural features offer a tool to frame the unique features around your home. The idea is to create a gallery of views. Do not put plants or water features in any of your bedrooms. Use alternative remedies or enhancers.
  13. 13. Reference    World of Feng Shui:  American Feng Shui Institute:     KISS Guide to Feng Shui (Keep It Simple Series) by Stephen Skinner (Paperback - Nov 1, 2001)  The Complete Idiot's Guide to Feng Shui, Third Edition (Paperback) by Elizabeth Moran and Master Joseph Yu  The Complete Illustrated Guide to Feng Shui: How to Apply the Secrets of Chinese Wisdom for Health, Wealth and Happiness by Lillian Too (Paperback - Oct 25, 1996)