Feng Shui: The Art & Science of Harnessing The Power of The Universe

Feng Shui is the art and science of living in harmony with nature. This is an ancient Chinese metaphysical science that is believed to be originated around 3000 years ago. Specifically, it seeks to harness nature’s positive forces and correct the negative ones in the surroundings, with the intention of promoting better health, wealth, and relationships in people residing in such atmospheres.

There are said to be few similarities between Feng Shui and Vastu Shastra, the ancient Indian science of architecture that also deals with harmonizing the energy field of nature with that of the human.

Even though the Vastu Shastra dates back to several thousand years there are many similarities in the basic principle governing both practices. But we have observed that although the purpose of both of these metaphysical sciences is the same, the methods and approaches may significantly vary.

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The ancient practice of Feng Shui is said to be first developed thousands of years ago by the Neolithic Chinese.

Feng Shui: The Basics

Feng Shui mainly addresses three important aspects of human life. They are the health, relationships, and overall prosperity. This science believes that the energy that exists externally and internally to the place we live in can affect one or all the aspects of our lives mentioned above.

There are three fundamental principles linked to this science. Yin and yang, the five phases, and the Eight Trigrams.

These principles along with the other Chinese sciences like acupuncture, acupressure and herbs form the basis of two classical types of feng shui. Eight House and Flying Star.

Understanding this amazing science and applying it to our lives is believed to bring in significant positive changes. According to Feng Shui, everyone and everything in this universe is a part of a large network of an interconnected energy field.

Feng Shui can Better Your Lives in the Following Ways

According to the ancient Chinese scriptures, one can improve his/her life by applying Feng Shui in the following ways.

  • Getting a job, raise, or promotion
  • Health improvements
  • Getting married
  • Curing depression and relieving stress
  • Getting pregnant
  • Preventing miscarriages
  • Preventing divorce and improving relationships
  • Developing self-esteem and increasing motivation
  • Improving concentration and study habits
  • Improving social life
  • Business growth
  • Preventing lawsuits or malicious influences
  • Preventing accidents
  • Respect and fame
  • Cure sleep disorders

Most Frequently Used Terminologies


Qi is a movable positive or negative life force. It is the all-encompassing, all-permeating, unifying force at the heart of the heavenly, earthly, and human realms. Both physical and metaphysical, qi is the fundamental, vital, nourishing force that drives life forward.

Qi is equivalent to Prana in Hindu tradition. Prana may be broadly defined as the life force behind all the elements in the universe.

Sheng Qi

This is a positive qi that can influence your well-being.

Sha Qi

This is a negative qi that can impact your health and livelihood.

Yin and Yang

This is the theory in feng shui about polarities. Again this theory is similar to the one in the Vastu Shastra which suggests that there are male and female elements in the universe. Yin is the female principle of nature and is regarded as passive and subtle. Yang is classified as the male principle of nature and is regarded as active and strong.

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Feng Shui BaGua or Trigrams –

Feng Shui Baguas or the eight trigrams represent the eight directions. These may also be called the Feng Shui energy map. In the term BaGua, ‘Ba’ means eight and ‘Gua’ means divine or the result of divinity.

These Baguas or Trigrams are the fundamental building blocks that form the 64 hexagrams of the Yijing (The Book of Changes). Each trigram expresses patterns of movement and change. The eight trigrams are symbols representing transitional phases of all possible natural and human situations.

Feng Shui Compass

Also called ‘Luopan’, the Feng Shui compass is a Chinese magnetic compass. Although it appears to be like a conventional compass on the first look, there are many obvious differences between the two.

In a Luopan compass, we can see formulas of Feng Shui embedded in up to 40 concentric rings on the surface.

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Feng Shui Compass

Also, the Luopan or Feng Shui compass consists of a wooden or a metal plate that is called ‘heaven dial’. The wooden plate that supports the heaven dial is called the ‘earth plate’.

There is also a Heaven Center Cross Line or Red Cross Grid Line which is a red wire or thread. This wire intersects both the earth plate and heaven dial at an angle of 90 degrees.

You can have a look at the classical Luopan compass from here.

Can Feng Shui really Bring Health and Happiness?

It can only increase the chances of success. For example, a Flying Star reading may indicate good fortune, but it’s up to you to make it happen. This particular science can only create an urge, increasing your motivation and likelihood of success. Feng shui is not a cure-all solution.

And finally, How to Select a Plot (Piece of land) Using Feng Shui Principles

Square plot – A square shape, be it a lot, a room, or a table, denotes stability and balance.

Rectangular plot – In this example, the dwelling is positioned at the front of the lot. Qi flows in and accumulates in the back, your wealth and health safeguarded.

Deep front yard, shallow backyard -if the space behind your house is significantly less than the space in front, you will have difficulty retaining money.

Trapezoid plot-Here, sheng qi inspiring good health and monetary gain must squeeze in. Because qi will have difficulty entering, this shape is not considered favorable.

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