It is not a religion, but an ancient art and science developed between 3,000 to 5,000 years ago in China. Feng shui literally means “wind-water.” It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space, to assure the health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.
Feng shui is based on the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, particularly on the idea that the land is alive and filled with chi, or energy. The theories of yin and yang, as well as the five feng shui elements which are fire, earth, metal, water, and wood are some of the basic aspects of a feng shui analysis that come from Taoisem. Yin is considered feminine and passive energy and Yang, masculine and hot.
The main tools used in a feng shui analysis are the compass and the bagua. The bagua is an octagonal grid containing the symbols of the “I Ching”, the ancient oracle on which feng shui is based. Knowing the bagua of your home will help you understand the connection of specific feng shui areas of your home to specific areas of your life.
Feng shui suggests that we place furniture or objects in ideal position to create balance and harmony which brings us more success, happiness, and prosperity into our lives. Feng shui can be used to decide the location, construction, architectural features of buildings, the placement and style of furniture, colors, decorating schemes, location of plantings, paths, and other outside features.
If you are facing job instability, plan to move to a new home, have health problems, spouse problems, fail to sleep well, have a child doing poorly in school, lose control of your temper frequently or any other difficulties, feng shui can be a great help to you.