Asian culture is growing more and more popular throughout the world and the ancient Chinese art of creating harmonious environments is growing with it. This art is called feng shui.
WIND AND WATER
Feng shui, pronounced fung shway, means wind and water if you translate it directly and this term originated some 5000 years ago.
By promoting good energy flow, or chi, throughout a house, room, office, bulding, etc, you are practising the ancient art of feng shui which is believed to promote good health, prosperity and general wellbeing.
YIN AND YANG
Feng shui considers many elements such as yin and yang (passive, feminine energy and hot and masculine energy) and the 5 elements, earth, fire, water, wood, and fire.
The 8 main directional points are also of great importance, they are N, S, E, W, NW, SE, SW, NE.
An expert in feng shui is called a geomancer. They will look at a person’s Chinese horoscope in order to determine what is best for that person. They will even use complex mathematical calculations, using the ancient Chinese book of changes or I Ching. This will determine which parts of their home are off balance.
Feng shui can and has been used to determine the location of a new building, how it is built as well as the architectural features of the building. It is also used on the inside of the building in the form of the colour scheme, decorating, pot plants, where paths will go, etc. Feng shui creates a more pleasant atmosphere and it has been reported that it can increase productivity, boost sales or even restore family communication.
Feng shui doesn’t have to be applied to Asian buildings only, it can be used on any building or any style of decorating.
A ROYAL SECRET
China was once under imperial rule. Feng shui was then kept as a secret for many years and it was only entrusted to a few astronomers and other scientists whose job it was to maintain the power, wealth and health of the court.
Feng shui was used to plan imperial palaces as well as cities and it is a principle of Chinese architecture still to this day. The Forbidden City in Beijing is a prime example.
COMMERCIAL FENG SHUI
Feng shui is still heavily practised today and it is available to anyone from hotels, houses, banks and office buildings. Many Chinese people will use feng shui if business is a little slow.