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Traditional or classical Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese belief system that addresses the layout of cities, villages, dwellings, and buildings. Fengshui has been identified as a kind of geomancy by 19th-century Christian missionaries but they differ widely in their scope, aims and means.

Traditional or classical Feng Shui involves the use of a Luopan compass and a systematic method involving iterated steps. The New Age versions — Black Sect, Pyramid, Fusion, Intuitive, etc. — typically do not. The Black Hat Sect school of Feng Shui, which began in the 1960s, heavily influenced by the New Age movement, explains Feng Shui as the arrangement of objects within a home to obtain an optimum flow of qi; however this qi has never been observed and many believe that certain, corrupt interior designers have abused this concept to profit from naïve consumers. During the same time, Pyramid Feng Shui began a western adaptation of classical Feng Shui to assess how an individual experiences his or her environment.

In its original expression:

Wind that which cannot be seen — invisible.
Water that which cannot be grasped — elusive.
Fēng Shuǐ = (A life-force/entity that is) Invisible & Elusive

Feng Shui has its roots in the Chinese reverence for nature and belief in the oneness of all things. The assumption is that the key to living a harmonious life is to reflect the balance of nature in their daily lives. This is most easily understood by the following concepts: Yin and Yang, qi, and the Five Elements — Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. In rural China, however, according to recent fieldwork by Ole Bruun, qi flow is rarely mentioned. Nevertheless, Feng Shui is used to increase wealth, health, and harmonious relationships.

Classical Feng Shui began as an interplay of construction and astronomy. Early Yangshao houses at Banpo were oriented to catch the mid-afternoon winter sun at its warmest, just after the solstice. (Some tribes in southern China still refer to this month as "House-building Month.") Professor David Pankenier and his associates performed retrospective computation on the Chinese sky at the time of the Banpo dwellings (4000 BC) to show that the asterism Yingshi (Lay out the Hall, in the Warring States period and early Han era) corresponded to the sun's location at this time. Several hundred years earlier the asterism Yingshi was known as Ding. It was used to indicate the appropriate time to build a capital city, according to the Shijing.

The grave at Puyang (4,000 BC) that contains mosaics of the Dragon and Tiger constellations and Beidou (Big Dipper) is similarly oriented with cosmological accuracy along a north-south axis.

The tombs of Shang kings and their consorts at Xiaotun lie on a north-south axis, ten degrees east of due north. The Shang palaces at Erlitou are also on a north-south axis, slightly west of true north. These orientations were obtained by astronomy, not by magnetic compass.

All capital cities of China followed rules of Feng Shui for their design and layout. These rules were codified during the Zhou era in the Kaogong ji (Manual of Crafts). Rules for builders were codified in the Lu ban jing (Carpenter's Manual). Graves and tombs also followed rules of Feng Shui. From the earliest records, it seems that the rules for these structures were developed from rules for dwellings.

The oldest known Feng Shui device consists of a two-sided board with astronomical sightlines. Liuren astrolabes have been unearthed from Qin-era tombs at Wangjiatai and Zhoujiatai. These devices date between 278 BC and 209 BC. Today Feng Shui practitioners can select from three types of Luopan or Feng Shui compasses: San He (the so-called "form school", although the compass name means "Triple Combination"), San Yuan (the so-called "compass school", although the compass name actually refers to time), and the Zong He that combines the other two.

Feng Shui (also known as "geomancy") is an ancient Chinese art used to promote such things as health, happiness and prosperity. The words literally mean 'wind' and 'water'.

Feng Shui, also called the Chinese Art of Placement, is a technique that is thousands of years old for bringing balance to one's home, business and the land that surrounds them. It looks at many areas of one's life (health, wealth, family, relationships, career, friends, fame, children, and knowledge) to determine blockages within the home or business, that might cause some type of problem, and then at the different types of "cures" that can be used to alleviate the problem. The methods for analyzing a space and the "cures" to correct the problems can vary from esoteric modalities used for centuries to technological solutions of our current timeline. Both must blend in harmony to created balance in one's life.

The purpose of life is to create balance in all things allowing your consciousness to evlove beyond time and emotion - the duality of the illusion. Healing and working on yourself - is part of the equation - as all things are created by mathematica' design / the blueprint or architetcure of our consciousness program in third dimension - Sacred Geometry. When you are in a space where feng shui has been used to create balance - you will experience it in all levels of your soul's awareness ... then you will understand.

Feng Shui is an old Chinese art and science which is now becoming recognised by Western Cultures. It's an art similar to Interior Design in that it requires skill and knowledge but also a science in that Feng Shui requires calculations and positioning of objects.

Feng Shui is all about the way that we live in harmonize with the nature, benefiting from the 'positive' energies in our living environment. By enhancing the relationship between people and their environment we find that the correct combination will create an ability to absorb the 'Ch'i' or cosmic energy.

Good Feng Shui can be achieved by positioning furniture, fixtures etc at the appropriate places based on careful calculations done by the Feng Shui practitioner. Never the less, it still boils down to the skills of the practitioner, and his ability to read the different aspect and elements in the environment and the people, achieving the prefect overall balance of 'Yin' and 'Yang'.

Pronunciation and Meaning

There are different ways of pronouncing the words, depending upon where you are in the world. Cantonese people pronounce it "Fung Soy" or on the China mainland they call it "Foong schway", we recommend sticking to which one you feel comfortable with pronouncing!

The words translate from 'Feng' meaning wind and 'Shui' meaning water. However, the real explanation of what it really means is based around the invisible Ch'is energy which is carried along by the wind and water.

Ch'i Energy

If you want to understand how Feng Shui works, you need to learn about Ch'i energy - invisible energy. This energy flows through the air, similar to the way radio waves or satellite transmissions work.

Ch'i is a source of prosperity, harmony, health and honour. To allow for it's full effect it should be accumulated gently, but it must never be trapped otherwise it will stagnate and turn into "bad ch'i" which brings bad luck. Since Ch'I is energy, places where it gathers become rich, full of opportunities and luckier. Places where this energy is absent, life is barren and unproductive. Much of the practice of Feng Shui is to allow the Ch'i to flow throughout your living space.

Yin and Yang

Yin and Yang symbolise energy also, where Yin is symbolised by a broken line represented as a female passive energy whilst Yang is symbolised by an unbroken line, the opposite of Yin and is represented as a male active energy. This will be explained in detail at a later stage.

The Pa Kua (bagua)
One important Feng Shui formula concerns the eight main life Aspirations, corresponding to the four cardinal Directions and the four inter-cardinal Directions of the compass (Lo Pan).

Each of these Aspirations is symbolized in the octagonal shaped Pa Kua, one of the most basic Feng Shui tools, which identifies where the particular Aspirational locations lie in your home or workplace, allowing you to energize them as required.

This will stimulate positive chi (life force) flow and create good Feng Shui for you.

A Bagua Map is a tool used in Feng Shui to map a room or location and see how the different sections correspond to different aspects in one's life. The Bagua Map is based on the I Ching, the Chinese Book of Changes. 'Bagua' is translated directly as 'eight trigram', which describes the eight basic blocks surrounding the center of a room or location. The map is intended to be used to map one's home or office and find areas lacking good chi, and to demonstrate how those physical areas are reflected in one's life 

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Feng Shui & Mirrors
For some "Mirrors are known to be the aspirin of Feng Shui" , so what do these mirrors do and how do they affect the Feng Shui in a house or business?
Feng Shui & Money
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Clearing Clutter
In feng shui terms, before you can put into practice the principles it is essential that you rid yourself of all clutter that is blocking the natural flow of chi in your home and make way for some space for new opportunities to enter your life.
Feng Shui & Love
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Classical Feng Shui
The true essence of Feng Shui has unfortunately often been misrepresented since its introduction to the Western world some 10 to 15 years ago. It has been a time when the clever marketing of lucky charms that promise everything from health to wealth to the perfect relationship has gone relatively unchallenged. Pick up any two books or magazines and try to make sense of the information and you will understand that Feng Shui just isn't that simple.
Advanced Pa Kua (Bagua)
The Pa Kua is an ancient and powerful Chinese symbol, made up of Eight Triagrams which are said to contain the mysteries of the universe and interpretations. Each of the Eight Triagrams on the Pa Kua relate to a separate Aspiration, which is associated with a part of your life in a specific location in your home.
Many Chinese believe in lucky numbers. Mostly base on the pronunciation of number itself. These numbers can be anything, day of the year, house or apartment numbers. Phone or license plate even serial numbers on money bills. This is way beyond the fact most of the price tags end with 98 or 88. Such number are not FengShui based but people just love them.
Chinese Lucky Numbers
In China, six, eight and nine are considered lucky numbers, since their homophones have auspicious meanings. Six, pronounced 'Liu' in Chinese, implies that everything about you will go smoothly. Eight was originally deemed auspicious by the Cantonese, since in Cantonese, eight reads as 'Fa', which means to make a great fortune in the near future.
Buildings & Environment
The Feng Shui of all buildings, no matter what they are used for, is very much the same--as is the Feng Shui of gardens, parks, and seating areas outside offices. So, overall and looked at in very simple terms, there are two basic types of Feng Shui, indoor and outdoor. Workplaces tend to be rather more difficult than homes because of the mixture of people who work there and because of the eclectic blend of their styles and personalities with the building.
Feng Shui & Style
Are you a Pack Rat drowning in clutter, a Free Spirit who hates to clean up, or a Whirlwind in need of priorities or focus? Learn how to create a feng shui strategy that meets your unique needs, based on five basic feng shui styles.
Five Elements
In traditional Chinese philosophy, natural phenomena can be classified into the Five Elements : wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. These elements were used for describing interactions and relationships between phenomena. Five phases is another way of translating wǔxíng — literally, "five goings". Traditional Taijiquan schools relate them to footwork and refer to them as five "steps".
General Home Tips
According to the principles of Feng shui the effects of Ch'i (energy) flowing through our homes and surroundings can affect our balance and harmony in day to day life, by using certain techniques and principles of Feng Shui in your home you can begin to live in a more harmonious way.
Indoor Water Features
Water is used to activate or slow down Ch'i in a room, being highly beneficial for health, wealth and relationships. Indoor fountains copy the natural flow of water in a harmonious way creating the energy of Ch'i.
Mapping Bagua (Pa Kua)
The Bagua Map is a tool for determining which aspects of your life are represented by different areas of your home or office.
Office Environment
The Feng Shui of your workplace is important as it's a place where you'll spend a lot of your working life. If you own your own business then it's important you get the Feng Shui right in order for the business to be successful. If the Feng Shui is of the overall office is good, then the Feng Shui of the individual works will be enhanced.
Yin & Yang
Yin and Yang is at the heart of Feng Shui and Chinese philosophy and are used to compare everything that exists in our lives. The terms are often described as complementary but opposite states. Balancing Yin and Yang encourages the flow of Ch'i around the living spaces.
Three Feng Shui Keys
Love is hard to find and even harder to keep alive. As Feng Shui consultants we have come across many Feng Shui design faux pas concerning relationships. Basically, there are three major Feng Shui keys in finding that special someone and holding on to them.
Stress in Office
As a leading feng shui practitioner and meditation teacher, privately, for celebrities, on TV and in magazines, the subject of stress in the workplace is one that I come across on almost a daily basis. Stress in the office can be caused by a seemingly endless cocktail of problems, which build up the 'pressure', and allow no release!
Post-Modern Revival
With the opening up of China to the west, principally first from Hong Kong and Macau, Feng Shui became increasingly known and also practiced by western "hongs" or trading companies to satisfy local business communities, and also to encourage luck in business.
Origins of Feng Shui
The particularly strong characteristics of the earth science known as Feng Shui lie deeply within the ancient Chinese philosophy known as Taoism, but it also has certain connections with Confucianism as well as Buddhism and Japanese Shinto.
Qi (Chi)
Property Face Way
Along with an accurate compass direction, determining your sitting and facing direction is critical to performing a precise Feng Shui consultation. We would estimate that 70% of people get this wrong. This area causes so much confusion, we have been to so many consultations and told beforehand that a property faces a certain direction and when we get there the direction of the front door is totally different to the facing direction.
Personal Direction
It's important to find out which directions are auspicious for you and this can be achieved by finding out your Kua number. Your Kua number determines your Best Directions and the Eight Aspirational locations always remain the same.

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