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All about Feng Shui

All about Feng Shui

What is Feng Shui?

Feng shui or "wind and water" is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics and essentially the study of how the energy of our environment affects us. Correctly analysing and balancing these energies allows us to retain the positive benefits and remove negative effects. Unlike modern methods, Traditional Chinese Feng Shui is not based on religion or superstition. It is an ancient art and natural science that has been tested, developed and practiced for thousands of years in China. In fact, it was not limited to the Chinese and many ancient civilisations used a form of it.

Why we need Feng Shui

Modern lifestyles are extreme, often far removed from our natural environment, and we suffer more stress and anxiety as a result. We also construct buildings that although aesthetically pleasing, have in-built stress that we very easily absorb. You do not have to "believe" in Feng Shui for it to have an effect. Our environment affects us all, impacting our lives at work and at home, either positively or negatively. However, analysing a space and balancing it correctly allows us to alleviate stress and live a less extreme, happier life.

Applying Feng Shui

Many people read about Feng Shui from books or the Internet, but are unsure how to use it in their home or office. Often it seems the more you read about Feng Shui, the more confusing it becomes, and the less likely you are to practise it! This is due in part to the different "schools" or methods of Feng Shui, some of which are simplified versions of the original teachings. Learn about the different Types of Feng Shui and the various systems used by modern Feng Shui practitioners, as well as the Feng Shui History that puts some of the methods in context.

The Basics of Feng Shui

Learn about the basic Feng Shui toolkit or the Five Elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal, including the "Sheng" or generating cycle, and the "Ke" or controlling cycle. Another very important part of feng shui is the principles Yin and Yang, the very essence of Feng Shui, as well as the Eight Trigrams; ancient symbols that hold incredible knowledge and wisdom. Once familiar with these concepts, discover the Feng Shui Bagua, a popular and useful Feng Shui method that is often a source of confusion.

Glossary of Feng Shui Terms

Some words and terms used in Feng Shui are difficult to understand. We help clarify them with our complete glossary of Feng Shui Terms.

Feng Shui Compass

If you need help determining the compass directions for your home or office, learn how to use a western compass and about the professional Feng Shui Compass or Luo Pan.

Have questions about Feng Shui?

If you need help with Feng Shui, please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Wind and Water Feng Shui
Why Wind and Water?

The science of Feng Shui or wind and water.

Feng Shui History
Feng Shui History

Important developments in Feng Shui.

Feng Shui Five Elements
Types of Feng Shui

Clearing up why Feng Shui is often confusing.

Feng Shui Five Elements
Feng Shui Five Elements

Understanding Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood.

Feng Shui Bagua
Feng Shui Ba Gua

The Eight Life Stations or Bagua Energy Map.

Feng Shui Cures and Enhancements
Traditional Feng Shui Cures

Five Elements, colour, shape, sound, and of course water.

Feng Shui compass luo pan
The Luo Pan Compass

The rings of a traditional Feng Shui compass or Lo Pan.

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