A decade or so ago, feng shui (pronounced fung shway) was seen
at least here in the Western world as being a bit eccentric, more
a joking matter than something to be taken seriously by anyone. In just a few
short years, it has become not only popular, but fashionable. Its trendy
to consult a feng shui specialist when decorating your home, and its not
unusual to see stories about feng shui fixes and tips in traditional womens
magazines. Put a mirror by your front door to reflect bad luck away from your
home. Hang wind chimes to attract lucky chi. Place a frog near the door to attract
money. Is that really all there is to this ancient art?
While there are a lot of generalizations about using feng shui
in your home, it is most effective when it is personalized specifically for
your home. Professional feng shui consultants use a variety of methods to make
specific recommendations for each clients home based on a thorough analysis
of the geographical and structural features of the house, often combined with
the birth dates of the owners and residents of the home. Most consultants start
with an analysis of the site, and then construct a Flying Stars chart to help
determine where the fortuitous patterns are and where the house needs cures
to block or redirect the energies in the home.
What are the Principles of Feng Shui?
Feng shui is based on the belief that the land is alive and filled
with energies. Natural landforms and artificial structures can affect the flow
of those energies. In building a home, you want to place it so that the good
energies can flow into it and remain there, while the bad energies
can be directed around it, or at the very least hurried through it so that they
affect as little as possible.
Feng shui recognizes two classifications of energy visible,
which is manifested in the landscape and surroundings, and invisible, which
is the energy inside the structure. It is important to understand both landscape
and building feng shui in order to understand the feng shui of a building completely
and affect it most effectively.
The exterior of your house can have an important effect on the
energy flow inside your house. Often, those building a new house will employ
a feng shui consultant to help them decide on a fortuitous building site and
choose the orientation of their home. The landforms that should be considered
include both natural formations and man-made structures. Start your survey of
your home by looking at its surroundings from all directions. These are some
of the things that you should look for:
Hills, mountains and dragon veins
Rock formations, mountains and hills can carry energy, and the type of
energy that they carry is dependent on their shape and orientation. Generally,
rounded hills and pleasantly shaped rock formations are believed to carry
mature, stable energies, while jagged peaks and rock formations are believed
to carry wild, unpredictable and creative energies.
Water dragons are formed when flowing water eddies and pools. They may
also be invoked by patterns of fields or forests that show a dragon pattern,
as when a pasture has distinctly different colorations resembling a pool
of water. Flowing and bubbling water almost always brings beneficial energies
to a home.
Buildings and other structures
Manmade structures dont carry energies, but they can encourage, channel
or restrict their flow. In general, narrow streets with tall buildings focus
energy the same way that a steep valley does. Tall spires act like pointed
rocks, attracting energies. Streets with fast traffic are like swift flowing
rivers, and streets shaped like dragons act like water dragons.
Protective Landforms Ideally, a building should be surrounded by protective landforms.
These landforms can be simulated by other surrounding structures. In a residential
or commercial building, the ideal would be:
A low ridge or low rectangular building in front
of the house
A round-topped hill or taller building behind the
Protective ridges, hedges or buildings to
either side of the house
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