Feng Shui is very popular, but advice and recommendations provided online and in books often conflict, creating much confusion about what is actually correct! Over millenia, different styles, approaches and "schools" of Feng Shui have evolved. There are also simplified versions of the original teachings, designed to provide modern-day quick fixes. However, it can seem that the more you read about it in magazines, books, and on the Internet, the more confusing Feng Shui becomes, and the less likely you are to actually practice it. Very often, the type of Feng Shui being discussed is not made clear, so we provide a brief summary to put it all into context, including the types of Feng Shui you may come across, how to recognise them, and how they are used.
Despite being thousands of years old, the term Feng Shui only really came to be known in the west within the last forty years or so with the introduction of "Black Hat Feng Shui", also sometimes known as "Western Feng Shui" or BTB Black Tibetan Buddhist Feng Shui. Developed in the 1970's, this practice was introduced to America by Master Lin Yun in the 1980's. Generally, this is the first type of Feng Shui that people come across and use, although many are unaware of its actual name.
When people first start with Feng Shui, this is often the chosen method purely because it is easy to understand and simple to apply. However, this system has been greatly simplified, and in some cases used incorrectly. The Bagua is also a great source of confusion because sometimes it is shown overlayed onto a floor plan and aligned to compass directions, and at other times, used in accordance with the main entrance.
Used correctly, the Bagua can bring about major positive changes. The Feng Shui Key Concepts Course teaches how to correctly align and use the Feng Shui Bagua in your home or office. This subject is also taught live via Zoom on our Feng Shui Professional Consultant Course.
The oldest documented form of Feng Shui, Form School is how Feng Shui was practiced thousands of years ago, before the invention of the magnetic compass. It is the analysis of shape, size and location of landforms. These ancient people studied the land, qi flow and the principles of yin and yang. From this, they knew how best to site their homes, ensuring plentiful harvests and healthy livestock, thereby ensuring their own prosperity. The principles originated from man's desire to reproduce heaven on earth, devised by dividing the night sky into four sections, each of which housed a constellation that resembled a mythical creature. They became known as the Black Tortoise, the Green Dragon, the White Tiger and the Red Bird. You may even have statues or ornaments of these animals in your home or office, but Form School Feng Shui has a much deeper meaning and relevance.
For a Feng Shui consultant using traditional Chinese Feng Shui, Form School means analysing natural features such as trees, hills, mountains, rivers and lakes, and how they impact the occupants of a building. In the urban environment, it also includes other buildings such as roads, walls and fences. Correcting Form School on the outside is not always possible, in which case, it is possible to cure the problem on the inside of the building.
Form School is still relevant today, and especially important when applying Flying Star Feng Shui. Form School Feng Shui is taught in the Feng Shui Key Concepts Course and the Professional Feng Shui Consultant Course.
Compass School methods require complex formulas, but many of the techniques taught in books or on the Internet are simplified versions of the original method. Schools such as Eight Mansions or Eight House (Ba Zhi in Chinese) are becoming increasingly popular but due to being greatly simplified, are very often misunderstood and incorrectly implemented. Here is an explanation and clarification on what is perhaps the most well-known and widely covered Compass School methods.
This system designates auspicious and inauspicious sectors of a building. Originally, this method used knowledge of the Five Elements, the Luo Shu, the Trigrams or Guas, various rings on the Chinese compass or Luo Pan, as well as complex Feng Shui calculations. However, more recently, this system has been greatly simplified.
So that you may recognise the simplified form of Eight House when you see it either in books or on the Internet, there are four auspicious and four inauspicious areas within a building, defined by the main entrance. In each of the eight sectors is then a portent; an indication of the type of qi in the space and what it will bring about. Half the portents will be auspicious, and half of which will be inauspicious.
Books will say that you should then compare your own auspicious directions with the direction your house faces to see whether they are compatible or not, and that your home should face one of your four auspicious directions. If your home faces one of your inauspicious directions, you only need to weaken the bad effects by introducing one of the Five Elements into that sector. You may also read that you must not use, or at least strenuously avoid, the inauspicious areas of your home.
However, as 50% of your home contains inauspicious portents, this means that you can only effectively use half your house, which clearly makes no sense.
The original Eight House Feng Shui is extemely effective when used within a home or office, and taught by the school at an Intermediate level, purely because of the level of knowledge required to understand and use it correctly. It is also taught in the Feng Shui for Business Distance Learning Course.
Flying Star Feng Shui, or Xuan Kong Feng Shui, is considered one of the most powerful and long-lasting methods of Feng Shui. However, along with many Feng Shui methods over the years, Flying Star Feng Shui is much misunderstood.
Calculating a Flying Star chart is relatively easy, and indeed, there are websites that will calculate the chart for you, even providing advice on how to rectify problems. However, this advice can only be general, as analysing a Flying Star chart on paper is not the same as analysing a space in real life. Your home is not the same as others. Your home will not only be decorated differently, using different colours, textures, and fabrics, you will probably use your space in a completely different way; some parts may be more active or more quiet, all of which have a significant bearing on the Flying Stars.
Interpreting a chart in relation to a specific space is complex, and no chart can be applied without in-depth analysis of how it specifically impacts those living and working in the space. The Distance Learning Flying Star Course is a complete step-by-step guide to Advanced Time and Space Flying Star Feng Shui. The majority of the course extensively teaches the difficult but most important aspect of this discipline; analysis, interpretation, forms, and how to correctly apply Flying Star. This subject is also taught live via Zoom on our Feng Shui Professional Consultant Course.
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