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What is feng shui?

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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.

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:

  • Fire melts Metal while Metal hurts Fire.
  • Metal cuts Wood while Wood dulls Metal.
  • Wood moves and breaks Earth while Earth buries Wood.
  • Earth absorbs Water while Water drowns Earth.
  • Water extinguishes Fire while Fire evaporates Water.
  • 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 a map in the shape of an octagon (or sometimes a nine-box grid) depicting nine life aspirations. The Eight Symbols, 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.

    aum Supplies for feng shui cleansing

    How to cleanse a space

    Further reading

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