Feng Shui 101

Feng Shui means “Wind Water” and comes from thousands of years of observation and analysis of shifting energy termed Qi (ch-ee) that when in good quality can inspire and support us in our endeavors. A lot of terms and references used in Feng Shui primarily and foremost help us to interpret the shifting and changing patterns of Qi which can take on many different qualities from auspicious to inauspicious.

Over three thousand years ago, patriarchs or as we call them emperors were notable for giving sages the job of learning all they could about the planetary alignment to develop calendars for determining when to hold important events. From their study, sages over the course of thousands of years observed not only the shifting of planetary alignment but also the shifting and changing seasons as well as noting the quality of energy within the environment during these changes. The first recollection of Feng Shui study begin with an important figure wanting to honor one of his loved ones chose an area for their burial that many thought would certainly be covered in water as time passed. However, everyone begin to notice the predicted floods did not occur but the burial site became an area of lush green foliage and uplifting energy.

Time and direction help us to determine what type of energy is influencing our space at any time in a given period even down to the minute of the day. While many do not want to delve into the technicalities of such a precision analysis, we can do so. Most enthusiasts of Feng Shui observe the changing patterns of energy each month as well as annually. We can also determine the natal energy of a space based on facing direction and time residents move into a space. Sometimes, interpreting information from various enthusiasts around the world can be confusing because there are many angles to predict various types or qualities of Qi present in one’s space. For beginners, we often advise to start learning the Five Element Theory which relates to the main types or qualities of Qi every space will incur over the course of the structures usefulness.

The bagua is a grid of 9 squares that include a number in each square which represents a certain quality of Qi while also taking into consideration various information based on 24 Mountains study. We may learn that in one of the squares is a number and that square represents the patriarch of the family, or influences a certain part of the body, or aspiration such as wealth or relationships. Each number represents a quality of Qi that is influencing that particular space. As we identify the quality of Qi, we will know how to manage or enhance that Qi to better support us in our endeavors.

The goal of Feng Shui is to help us better harmonize with the energy in our surroundings so we can enjoy a more prosperous and healthy life. We want to inspire our environment to support us while also remembering to respect the shifting and changing energy and be actively engaged with doing what we can to help our environment which in turn benefits our well being and aspirations in life.