Feng Shui Basics

Before we can begin to use Feng Shui to cure situations in our lives we need to understand the basics of Feng Shui.

Feng Shui is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics. The Feng Shui practice discusses architecture in terms of the invisible force that binds the universe, earth, and humanity together. This force is known as Qi, Chi or Ki.

The history of Feng Shui covers over 3,500 years. It originated in Chinese astronomy.  The art of Feng Shui was essential in the orientation of new buildings in China. Eventually Feng Shui was developed to orient the contents of the buildings, too. It is now a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the proper flow of Qi.

Applying the art of Feng Shui to your dwelling, whether it be your home or place of work, begins with laying a grid over a scaled drawing or blueprint of the building that shows the boundaries of  each room as well as all of the doors that lead out to the exterior of the structure. This grid is known as a Bagua.

The Chinese Feng Shui Bagua consists of 8 sections. Each section of the Baqua represents a singular energy. They are the energies of Heaven/Sky, Lake/Marsh, Fire, Thunder ,Wind, Water, Mountain and Earth. In Western Feng Shui we use a Bagua that consists of 9 sections. Here is an example of the Western Bagua that covers all of the important areas of our lives:

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Feng Shui Bagua


I will discuss each of these 9 areas of the Bagua in my next post.

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