An Introduction to Feng Shui

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The Meaning of Feng Shui

Feng Shui (which is pronounced ‘Fung Shway’) is an ancient Chinese practice that has been around for thousands of years and which involves art and science. The practice relies on the laws of heaven and earth to help people balance their energies or 'Chi' within a space, help them become and stay healthy and to receive good fortune. The word ‘Feng’ means wind and ‘Shui’ means water. Local Chinese people place wind that is gentle and water that is clear in one setting to represent good health and harvest.

Feng Shui comes from the Taoist ideals in order to deal with nature. Taoism which has a strong influence in Asia, combines religious and philosophical beliefs and is also responsible for birthing yin and yang concepts. Yin and yang deal with opposite aspects of a phenomenon or the comparison of two phenomena. It represents quality with regard to correspondence, which is found in most areas of Chinese science and philosophy. An example of this would be ancient Chinese medicine.

When doing a Feng Shui analysis, the compass and BaGua, which is a grid that is created in the shape of an octagon, are used. This grid has symbols of the i-Ching and in order for you to connect the areas of your home with Feng Shui, you need to understand the concept of Ba-Gua. Ba-Gua literally means ‘8 areas’ and which works to gain additional information about a location.  

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