Feng shui

Historically, the Chinese art of feng shui (often pronounced as fung schway or foong choy) was used to orient towns, tombs and palaces. Considered to be sacred, the knowledge was passed from Master to apprentice, with the indentured period often lasting decades.

Prior to the 1980s, feng shui was still a closely guarded secret; even by the early 1990s only a handful of books were available in English.

Most feng shui principles stem from a combination of observation, mathematical formulas and Taoist philosophy. Taoists believe that everything, living and innate, vibrates at a particular frequency; this vibrating energy, called chi, hovers on the brink between the material world and the spiritual realm. For optimum health, wealth and peace of mind, chi needs to circulate freely throughout a person’s environment.

Over the centuries, three main schools emerged:
Form school, the original system focuses on surrounding forms and landscapes; nearby buildings and natural structures are considered, along with internal furniture, colours, shapes and materials.
Compass school, a simplified version of feng shui that incorporates compass directions and the five elements (water, wood, fire, earth and metal) into the equation.
Flying Star school. Flying star charts factor time and mathematics into the equation, in addition to classic form and compass school principles. This is the most complex, but also the most accurate system.

As Eastern and Western cultures blend, feng shui is gaining in popularity – both with home and business owners. It’s a little known fact that companies such as Meriton, Chase, Citibank, Westpac, Virgin and Trump Enterprises use feng shui consultants.

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The Three Lucks

According to tradition there is a trinity of luck which describes the kind of life and potential that each of us has.
Heaven Luck
This is the luck that we’re born with. It encompasses our genetic make-up, our astrology chart and our karma. Heaven Luck is like the cosmic hand we’re dealt at birth.
Earth Luck
Earth Luck is influenced by the society and situation that we’re born into: disasters like war can influence this luck, but luckily, so can feng shui. By improving our surroundings and freeing up the flow of chi, we can draw balance and harmony into our homes.
Person Luck
Person Luck is determined by what we choose to do and make of our lives. Devoting time to education and self-development will improve this luck, as can charitable deeds. Good heaven luck can be squandered, so much of our success in life depends on our decisions.

The Bagua or feng shui sectors

Are feng shui sectors related to your front door or connected to a compass?
Front door orientation, also known as ‘Black Hat Sect School’ is an oversimplified version of feng shui, in fact, some would say it’s a furphy, as it’s been completely discredited.

In China, where feng shui originated, the ‘Compass school’ method is used, in conjunction with other systems like form school and flying stars (which are more complex). These methods all use an actual compass, or even Google maps, rather than orienting from your front door.

So to give you the idea, look to where the sun sets and that’s your western ‘children and creativity sector’ while the north rules career. The nine feng shui sectors are shown below.

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