Know the Difference

This is the type practiced in Asia.

Traditional or Classical Feng Shui refers to the practices of Feng Shui that have survived over the centuries

Classical Feng Shui is the term used now to refer to the original practice of Feng Shui. Unlike Western or New Age Feng Shui, Classical Feng Shui is scientific in nature. It requires the use of a Luo Pan (a specialized compass) along with calculations and formulae to balance a building, such that its occupants can benefit from the positive flow of energy known as Chi or Qi. (both are pronounced "chee")


Classical Feng Shui is more about the actual energy present in both the building and it's surroundings. It is complex in that it functions regardless of the occupants’ beliefs.


A Classical Feng Shui practitioner will ask you for the dates of birth of the occupants in your home, or key people in your office. Your practitioner will also request information regarding the build and the occupation date and request a floor plan to help with the audit. This information assists the Feng Shui practitioner in investigating how the property's Feng Shui or energies are influencing each individual.

As a Stethoscope is to a Doctor

 a Luo Pan is to a

Classical Feng Shui Practitioner

Like a conventional compass, a Luo Pan is a direction finder. The center magnetic compass symbolically represents the center of the universe and is known as the heaven pool or heaven pond. It is where chi begins, where yin and yang ebb and flow into one another in all aspects of the universe.


#1 - The Physical Environment Outside Your Home or Business

70% of the energy of any space is determined by it's location. Are there any mountains, slopes, rivers and buildings in the surrounding landforms? Are there any yin locations such a graveyard close by? What shape is the road?

.... #2 - The Building



Does the building receive distribute the Qi? Does the design support Yin and Yang? What are the facing and sitting directions? Does your home or business have the specific type of Qi you want? Are you able to tap into it to harness beneficial energy?

#3 - Time


What year was the house built in? What 20 year period was the house built in? What do the formulas tell us about the quality and intensity of the Qi and its effects over time on the residents?

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#4 - People 


Feng Shui is not "one size fits all". People have energy systems too and these are different based on the year they were born. Not all areas of the building (home or business) will be the same for all occupants.

Western Feng Shui, also known as Black Hat Sect Feng Shui, has developed in the western world over the past 30 years or so.  

A western practitioner will not use a Chinese Luo Pan to physically locate the various trigrams of the home. Specific compass directions, nor the time and its influence on the building or that on it's occupants, are NOT used for this analysis. Instead, all the trigram meanings and their symbols are interpreted as fixed locations.


A Western practitioner analyzes the home by assigning 9 life aspirations based on Career, Health, Family, Children/Creativity, Prosperity and Wealth, Fame and Recognition, Helpful People, Knowledge as well as Relationships andRomance and appies them to the Bagua 9-grid square.

This approach is that the front is always north, the back left is always the wealth corner and the rear right is always the relationship/romance direction, irrespective of the actual compass directions.