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What is feng shui?


What is feng shui?
Feng shui (風水) literally means "wind and water". It is the ancient art of intentionally introducing objects, colours, and other elements into an environment to create a positive space. This is a form of sympathetic magick which is accomplished by influencing the movement of qi to attract harmony and prosperity to that environment.

What is qi?

Qi (Chi: 氣) is the universal energy that surrounds us, both the energy present inside the body as well as energy outside the house and inside the house.

The main purpose of feng shui is to channel qi in the positive manner in the home so that it maintains good flow of qi inside each of us. Qi can be of two types:

What are yin and yang?

yin and yang Yin (陰) and Yang (陽) represent the contrary forces in nature. Yin is translated as the feminine, while Yang is masculine. Both are equal and opposite forces.

Chinese Tao Philosophy views them as both interconnected and interdependent:

In short, one cannot exist without the other. They are two halves of the whole of the universe.

Although most people like balance in both themselves and their surroundings, some prefer one extreme over the other. This can be seen by their choice of environment such as home decor or property. A dark, enclosed room is considered yin, while a bright room with ceiling to floor windows is considered yang.

The elements in feng shui

the five elements The practice of feng shui views all things as originating from one of five element groups: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, or Wood. These elements are collectively know as the Wu Xing ("Five Elements": 五行). When the elements are in balance, qi can flow properly. An unbalanced area collects bad qi which will affect those who enter that area.

Each element in the Creative Cycle creates or adds to the next element in the cycle:

By the same token, each element in the Destructive Cycle destroys the next element in the cycle:

This Elemental Cycle illustrates how to balance elements within a room by increasing or decreasing other elements. For example, if a room has too much Wood, add Fire elements. If a room has too little Wood, add more Water elements.

The bagua in feng shui

bagua chart The bagua ("Eight Symbols": 八卦) is a very basic feng shui tool used as a map to determine which parts of a space correlate with particular areas of life. It consists of eight trigrams which have been derived from the ancient I Ching ('Book of Changes') depicting nine life aspirations.

Bagua is used to map out rooms and buildings to define the significant areas and ensure good fortune. To use this method, first determine the overall shape of the building (L-shape, rectangle, T-shape, etc.). Then stand in the primary entrance and fit the entire building onto the map, marking the entrance. If the building is not a square, rectangle, or circle (considered 'complete'), there will be map areas that are outside the building. Indicate that on the map. Repeat for each floor of the building, and don't forget closets, bathrooms, and storage areas. This method can also be applied to a single room.

For missing areas, the preferred method is to symbolically 'build' the room outside (add a garden or deck and decorate appropriately, for example). If this is not possible, add symbolic items for the missing area along the inside of the wall adjoining that area (mirrors, crystals, plants, etc.).

The Eight Symbols of the bagua, plus Center:

Many bagua include special lines called the eight trigrams which represent Heaven, Earth, Thunder, Wind, Water, Fire, Mountain, and Lake.

To read a bagua, stand in the doorway to assess the space. Determine where you are standing on the bagua chart, then "fill in" the rest of the chart. What items are in each area? What issues need to be addressed?

Easy ways to use feng shui at home

An auspicious house is a house where all objects are in harmony with each other. Simply balancing the qi can increase the flow of good luck and fortune into the entire house.

How to cleanse a space with feng shui

When might a space require cleansing?

Any and all of these things can cause qi to stagnate. If you have a sense that the qi within an area is stagnant, take time to cleanse the space properly so qi can flow in a desirable direction. This will consecrate the space as a sacred space filled with positive, life-giving qi.

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How to cleanse a space

Further reading

You might also enjoy these books:

The practical encyclopedia of feng shui The Practical Encyclopedia of Feng Shui by Gill Hale (Hermes House, 2000): A good guide to the basics of feng shui in home and office spaces. I especially enjoyed the section on feng shui in the garden. The book covers a bit of everything briefly, so other books may prove necessary for addressing issues in a particular space.   Healing Homes Healing Homes: Feng Shui Here and Now by Dennis Fairchild (Aquarius Rising, 1996): This would have been more useful had the compass method been explained earlier in the book rather than at the end. However, it is overall a good guide to practical feng shui in the home. Includes tips for generating positive qi in each room of the home and adjoining exterior spaces.

These books can be difficult to find since many are out of print. Some great places to buy used books online include:

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