OVER THE LAST 15 YEARS, FENG SHUI HAS GAINED INCREASING RECOGNITION IN THE WESTERN WORLD. In Oriental countries, Feng Shui practitioners have strived to manipulate the metaphysical forces of nature, known as Chi, to enhance their career, relationships, health, and business success.

Modern lifestyles have twisted our peaceful existence into one of chaos and extremes. Feng Shui adopts the principles of balance, yin and yang, to correct these flaws.

CLASSICAL AUTHENTIC FENG SHUI, which is what I practice, is a form of metaphysical science that can almost be fully explained by logic and by sound principles. The roots of this science can be traced to the I-Ching (the Book of Changes). Traditional, Classical or Authentic Feng Shui, as opposed to New Age Feng Shui, deals with matters of energy in our environment and is personal to each individual.

Traditionally Classical Feng Shui has been split into ideologies originated over 1500 years ago:

  • SAN HE (also known as the FORM SCHOOL) deals with landforms.

This looks at the appearance of the surrounding environment, characteristics and forms and how they could influence the lives of those living in the vicinity. Simply put, it relates to most forms or environmental features in nature, be it man-made or natural, such as roads (direction, location and design), buildings (distance, directions, shape and design), mountains (incoming or outgoing, shape, distance, size, growth of greenery, element and form), rivers or water flow (direction, distance, shape, types of water flow, inlet/outlet and form) and structures or contours of the land. San He is a system where formulae are mainly based on the environment. It is concerned with the auspicious positioning of buildings and burial sites, which require the hills to provide protection from the Wind (Feng) and for the provision of a good Water (Shui) supply, without flooding. It can also be considered the ancient Chinese version of surveying.

  • THE SAN YUAN SYSTEM, on the other hand, focuses more on the aspects of time and how it affects your Feng Shui.

The idea being that a property’s fortune changes with time. This is a dynamic view of Feng Shui, one where a person’s environment runs in 20-year cycles after which their ‘luck’ expires, unless the energies in their environment are renewed. Most of the formulae in this system focus predominantly on how the quality of Chi in a property changes in cycles. This system is widely used as predictive Feng Shui where Masters can predict events of the residents through logically deductible mathematical formulae.

  • THE COMPASS SCHOOL of Feng Shui uses the Eight Trigrams of I Ching and relates them to the eight points of the Compass.

These are laid out to form the eight-sided Bagua, which is used to interpret the Auspicious and Inauspicious locations for Buildings, House Floor Plans and Room Layouts.

  • FLYING STAR FENG SHUI (also known as Xuan Kong Feng Shui or Fei Xing Feng Shui) is the traditional style of Feng Shui that the Asian people have practiced for centuries.

Some people confuse it with astrology, and others think of it as numerology, but it is actually neither of these. Even more prevalent is the title “geomancy”, but by definition this term still falls short of an accurate explanation. Further, it is based in mathematics and logic, utilizing specific formulae to unlock the secrets of the patterns of chi.

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