Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese way that involves the study of both the natural and artificial environments so as to achieve a balance of the energy.
There are many different forms of Feng Shui being practiced, each influenced by the cultural and environmental backgrounds of the practitioners. Listed below are some of the predominant schools of Feng Shui:
1. The Compass School uses the 8 trigrams of the I-Ching. They are known collectively as Pa Kua, which is based on the 8 main directions of a compass. Each direction is associated with a specific Qi. For example, southern is vibrant energy.
2. The Form School, based on the landscape's shape, uses four ancient animals
(Dragon, Phoenix, White Tiger and the Tortoise) to identify the landscape. Easy to use, the FormSchool (along with the CompassSchool) increases Qi both in and out of the house.
3. The FlyingStarSchool is a common school of Feng Shui based on astrology and numerology. It is however, rather complex and difficult to master, although many Feng Shui consultants associated themselves with this method. It is also based on mathematical principles and can be used to determine a person's fate.
4. The EightMansionSchool, also known as the 8 House Feng Shui, is based on the personal Kua Number of the person living in the home. That number is used to determine the lucky and unlucky directions of the individuals. Each individual has their own Kua Number, calculated from their year and month of birth according to their gender. The Kua Number classified people into Eats and West Groups, with the west numbers being 2, 6, 7, and 8 and the east numbers being 1, 3, 4, and 9.Com
5. The Black Hat Sect uses a fixed entry point to determine the area. Although similar to the CompassSchool philosophy, the Black Hat Sect also consists of psychology, Buddhism and basic design principles.
Similar and often associated with Feng Shui is the study of the Four Pillars or Bazi. Strictly speaking, the Four Pillar is not a form of Feng Shui, but the calculation of a person’s path in life based on his date of birth right down to the hour. This study is primarily used for fortune telling.
In the pursuit of Feng Shui study, it is also important to understand the role of the Five Elements in Feng Shui. The study of Feng Shui draws heavily on the characteristics of the Five Elements. Each of the Five Elements is associated with a particular direction. (ie. Fire – South, Metals - West, Wood – East, Earth – Soutwest, Water - North).
Balance and harmony can be created in a home through the use of these elements. If used incorrectly, however, the energy can be lessened or even destroyed.
The purpose of Feng Shui is to achieve harmony through balance. Too much of any
elements is harmful.
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