Traditional Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art and science of using the natural environment and forces of nature to enhance our lives so we may thrive using the benefits of harnessing positive "Chi" (vital energy force) in our homes and places of business. The 5 elements of water, fire, metal, earth and wood are utilized to enhance positive energy or to neutralize less beneficial energy by
bringing balance to a space where we live and spend much of our time living.
"Chi" is the vital energy force in all things alive and inanimate. We are all connected and the world is always in flux. Classical Feng Shui predicts where the auspicious and less auspicious energies will be annually. Every home or business is unique. The Bagua (The energy map) is used as a tool to measure and calculate where the energy will be annually. The Bagua is placed over a floor-plan so we can determine areas of a space that are beneficial to use for sleeping, studying and lounging. Some Masters of Feng shui have called Feng shui "Acupuncture for the Home".
In Traditional Feng Shui we use the directions of the earth and its magnetic forces to analyze where these energies are every year.(known as "Flying Stars") "It is a complex, systematic & mathematical body of knowledge that has been used for thousands of years." (quote-Master Larry Sang).
The philosophy of Yin and Yang (Tai Chi symbol) is also used to maintain a balance as in nature. In Feng Shui, we use this study also as a part of an overall
measurement for good Feng Shui. Yin/Yang and the 8 Trigrams that represent each Direction is used with the Bagua Map (Energy Map divided into 9 equal areas in a pie-shape or square over a floor-plan) to calculate the energy patterns
in our buildings. Trigrams symbols are represented by 3 lines running parallel. A solid line represents Yang and a broken line represents Yin. The top line symbolizes Heaven; The Middle line represents Man and the bottom line represents Earth. This is known as a "Trigram". This theory originated from the "I-Ching" an ancient Chinese Oracle of text known as "The Book of Changes".
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Feng is literally translated into "wind" and Shui means "water"......Wind and Water. The winds can be described as the "directions" and the water represents "energy" in Classical Feng Shui. Feng Shui has a history of more than 1000 years in Ancient China.
In Classical Feng Shui, in order for a Consultant to do an effective Feng Shui audit for a home/business 4 factors must be taken into consideration :
1. *Time and space* (calculations and formulas using a compass or Luo Pan
analyze directions of auspicious and non auspicious energies )
2. *The Environment* (around the perimeter of the structure including all landform, mountains, hills, highways and road patterns, industry, other structures, trees, cell towers,rivers, oceans, lakes, sky scrapers, churches etc.)
3. *The Building or structure* (time and period of construction when the building was built, the shape of the building and property and the use of building whether residential or commercial space.
4. *Residents* ( a history of the people that dwell in the building including dates of birth and more personal information)