what is Feng Shui

What is Feng Shui

Feng shui originates from imperial China 五术 (wu shu) 山医命相卜 covering 5 major aspects. Mountain, medicine, destiny, physiognomy and prediction. Feng shui is classify as physiognomy 相术. It has nothing to do with religion or spirituality. 

Authentic feng shui creates harmony between us and the physical habitat that we live or work in.

1. Vital Life Energy – Wind 生气 and Water 水

Guo Pu 郭璞 one of the major grand master of feng shui coined “Feng Shui” in Burial Classic as 乘生气也, 陰陽之气…古人聚之使不散, 行之使有止, 风水之法, 得水為上, 藏风次之.

The quote reveals 2 Key concepts, attract vital life energy 生气, entrap  藏风 and uses it. In addition it stresses on the greater importance of water as an enhancement, thus the 2 terms wind 风 water 水 – Feng Shui. Today practitioners of feng shui added a touch of class calling it metaphysics or geomancy or pseudoscience.

feng shui Form and qi

“Environment” are external and internal landforms. External landforms refer to the highs and lows of Earth’s physical surface terrain. Things like roads leading to your office or home. The lift and it’s walkway.

Internal Form refers to the structural layout like doors, kitchen, bedroom etc. The foundation concept of feng shui build upon how we manage and align the positive energy from our environment.

2. Old Stone Age feng shui

阳宅十书: 人之居处宜以大地山河为主,其来脉气势最大,关系人祸福最为切要。若大形不善,总内形得法,终不全吉。故论宅外形第一

The location where a person choose to build his house should depend on the surrounding mountains and river formation. In short feng shui examine the “external environment” first, just like old stone age where human live in caves to protect from rain, sun and wild animals. Nothing so complicated as putting lucky charms or jadeite. If external landforms are bad, there are limitations to how we could improve the energy within the house (internal environment).  

Feng Shui – Two Main disciplines 

a. “Form school 峦头派 ” observation of the external environment includes terrain 形势 symbolism 形象 and form management 形法.

b. “Energy Management school 理气派” (a) 三元玄空 (b) 八宅 (c) 三元紫白 (d) 三合 (e) 翻卦 (f) 五行 (g) 玄空大卦 (h) 八卦 (i) 九星飞泊 (j) 奇门 (k) 阳宅三要 etc.

The list is not exhaustive, just to give you an idea of the breadth and depth of feng shui teachings. Therefore different schools used different methodologies & formulas to provide solutions which could be confusing because sometime applications contradicts. For example you can resolve fire by drowning it with water (water element) OR suffocate it by soil (earth-element), both works.

3. Form management 峦头 

Origins of fengshui started with Form school studying burial ground terrain. Today we study modern landforms such as buildings, roads, MRTs, expressways, lifts, passageway etc

Forms can be interpreted as “mountain” or “water” and either found externally or internally. External are surroundings outside of your house e.g. trees, buildings, roads. Internal landform refers to the structure of the house e.g. position of bedrooms, missing sectors etc. Any higher terrain relative to your house are considered as “mountains”. E.g. John stayed on 12th floor. Any height higher is regarded as mountains. and anything lower is water.

Wide open space, swimming pool, roads are also considered as water. The shape, size, substance, colour, building height, direction of the environment surrounding your house affects home feng shui. Internal forms besides structure are locations of toilet, main door, walls etc.

4. Energy management 理气 the use of logic and reasoning

Classical feng shui wisdom believe in the existence of invisible “qi” or vital-life force that permeates the universe. This is similar to unseen bad energies like bluetooth, wifi signals, sound waves, radiation, electromagnetism etc.

There are numerous formula schools, the more popular and accurate is San Yuan principle 三元玄空风水理气. Notice the wisdom of these 2 Chinese characters 理气 implies the use of 道理 facts 管理 for management  and 论理 logic.

5.  Timing in feng shui 抢运 

One popular formula on timing & energy management is “SanYuan XuanKong flying star 三元玄空飞星”. Chinese character 玄 represents “heavenly timing 天时”,  空 refers to a given space or area 空间及方位 .

If you are in the market to invest in properties, you could consider using XuanKong earth’s timing as part of your forecasting too. Most things in life goes through a cycle. 12 years from now we are into Period 9 starting from year 2024 to 2043, South region is the booming area.


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