Feng Shui 101: Everything You Need To Know About The Chinese Art To Improve Your Life

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This post will give you a brief introduction into the Chinese art of Feng Shui. Along the way, when you start reading more articles on the site, you will be loaded with lots of tips and secrets that you can use right away to improve your lifestyle. By harmonizing and changing the spaces in your home, not only will you enhance your personal energy for emotional, physical, and material well-being, but you will also bring good fortune into your life.

What is Feng Shui – The Chinese art of decorating?

Feng Shui (pronounced foong shway) is the ancient Chinese art of furniture and object placement to create positive energy flow around the home. A harmonious home means a harmonious life- style. The ancient Chinese believed that the world, humankind, and all of nature were connected by a flow of universal energy called Chi. (The Indian equivalent is prana; the Japanese, ki). This Chi was made up of two qualities, “feng” and “shui.” “Feng” means wind and “shui” means water. Feng, or wind, energy is active, dynamic, yang energy; shui, or water, energy is passive, receptive, yin energy.

It was the channeling and harmonizing of these two forces in nature that became known as Feng Shui to the ancient mystics. More than three thousand years ago, the Taoist mystics used Feng Shui to determine auspicious locations for ancestral tombs, as well as to enhance their sexual energy. According to the Taoists, the key to long life and happiness was to be found through ener- gizing the flow of Chi during lovemaking.

Many Eastern cultures have over the centuries relied on the art and science of Feng Shui to plan sites for houses, offices, gar- dens, and interiors. This practice has now become popular in the West, and we can use these basic principles and tried-and-true methods to achieve harmonious energy in the home. This pro- cess enhances our well-being and creates beneficial energy to improve our lives.

How does Feng Shui work?

Chi flows everywhere. It is a universal unseen force that flows through the environment and our bodies. Many Eastern thera- pies, such as shiatsu, acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine, are based on this energy system.

Practitioners subtly change the energy flow within the body to remove blockages or stagnant areas that could create illness. Similarly, Chi can flow through a garden, down the road, and into your home, but for you to benefit from the energy in your living space, the currents need to be free to flow throughout the home; blocked or stagnant energy spots create disharmony.

Chi energy always moves in spirals, and this movement needs to be enhanced. Negative energy, called “Sha Chi” moves in straight lines and is referred to as “secret arrows” in Feng Shui. This is why sharp corners, beams, and straight lines in the home need to be modified, changed, or given a “cure” to create a flowing environment.

There are several different schools of Feng Shui thought. One is based on a scientific and classical approach that uses astronomy, astrology, and a powerful Chinese compass called a “Lo Pan.” Another concentrates solely on cures and enhancements, and a third is a blend of intuition and spiritual awareness.

You don’t need to knock down half your home or to move your front door or your bathroom to a more auspicious area. Instead, we will show you how to use mirrors and other ornaments, which we call “Bagua cures” to encourage good Chi energies to enter your home and to remain there for good.

Must-known basic concepts in Feng Shui


Apart from yin and yang, there are two very important keys to Feng Shui. One is called the “Bagua” and the other relates to the five elements of Chinese astrology. The relationship that connects the five elements, the Bagua and the direction of your home is the key to harmony. First let’s look at the Bagua.

The Bagua is an instant map for finding out where to change things for the better in your home. This ancient grid system (usu- ally pronounced baagwa; also spelled Pa-Kua) represents the invisible patterns of energy that are contained within anything from a city block to a landscape, a house, a room, or even a bed. By using this grid, we can see which areas need attention.

The Bagua is based on an ancient Chinese magic number square, the Lo Shu. According to tradition, about four thousand years ago, a tortoise emerged from a river. On its back were spe- cial markings, which were interpreted as being the numbers 1 to 9. When these numbers are placed in the magic square in the proper formation, every row, whether horizontal, vertical, or diag- onal, adds up to 15, and this mathematical “accident” supposedly renders the magic square and its uses magical.

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The Five Elements

There are also five elements, corresponding to different ener- gies in Chinese astrology and Feng Shui. These five elements are used to figure out anything from your birth chart to the siting of a house. At this point we’ve discussed using these elements and their associated cures to boost and harmonize the energy of each aspiration of the Bagua and its corresponding area in the home.

These five elements represent the kind of Ch’i that exists throughout the environment and that works in tandem with the yin and yang qualities and the Bagua energies. 

  • Wood creates fire, fire creates earth, earth creates metal, metal creates water, and water creates wood.
  • Wood destroys earth, earth destroys water, water destroys fire, fire destroys metal, and metal destroys wood. So, for exam- ple, because metal destroys wood, metal and wood are not compatible.

Read more: What are your birth Five Elements, according to Feng Shui?

Kua number

Now that you know how the elements, Bagua, and yin and yang all work together to balance and harmonize the energy of your home, you also need to discover your own most auspicious direction; this is done by determining your kua number. This number is your lucky number in Chinese astrology. It tells you which of the eight Bagua compass points is right for you. This is the direction you should face when doing certain things, like sleeping, studying, and even eating.

See more: Discover your Kua number how to live, work and rest in the right direction

Lo Pan compass

The Lo Pan compass is a Chinese magnetic compass, also known as a Feng Shui compass. It is used by a Feng Shui practitioner to determine the precise direction of a structure or other item. Since the invention of the compass for use in Feng Shui, traditional feng shui has required its use.

The Lo Pan compass is a magnetic compass used by ancient Chinese, also known as a Feng Shui compass, to measure and structure all living buildings. A Feng Shui physician uses it to determine the accurate path of a structure or other object. Therefore, more Feng Shui principles can be applied to help enhance or recover Chi energy within the place.


It is thought that qi or ch’i is a vital force that forms part of any living entity in traditional Chinese culture. Qi translates as ‘air’ and as “material energy”, “life force”, or “energy flow”. Chi is the core underlying principle of Feng Shui, as well as traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts in China.

Chi flows everywhere. Practitioners subtly change the energy flow within the body to remove blockages or stagnant areas that could create illness. Similarly, Chi can flow through a garden, down the road, and into your home, but for you to benefit from the energy in your living space, the currents need to be free to flow throughout the home; blocked or stagnant energy spots create disharmony.

Yin Yang

Yin and yang are complementary energies in Chinese philosophy. They are the source of the Ch’i as it flows through the universe. The Taoist Tai Ch’i symbol, a circle, creates a unity between the black and white areas. Yin is dark and passive, usually associated with the feminine and receptivity, and yang is white, positive, extrovert energy and usually associated with the masculine.

Within each section, there is also the circle of its complementary energy, so in yin we find yang and in yang we find yin. The symbol reveals that nothing is ever totally yin or totally yang, but a combination of them both.

Yin’s qualities traditionally have been associated with water, the moon, stillness, cold, and darkness, whereas yang relates to the sun, fire, bright light, and movement.

Harmonizing the two qualities of yin and yang throughout the home will encourage the Ch’i to flow more easily and can cre- ate happiness and good relationships in your life. These are the basics of good Feng Shui, and they’ll get you off to a balanced start .


Polarity is another theory that is used in Feng Shui exercise. It’s articulated as the Yin and Yang Theory in Feng Shui. It is possible to compare polarity expressed through yin and yang with a bipolar magnetic field. It consists of two forces— one that creates a force and one that receives it.

Yang is the acting force and getting yin. This interaction is regarded to be Qirality’s early knowledge. The theory of Yin Yang and related to another theory called the theory of five phases or the theory of Five Elements.

Feng shui’s so-called “five components” are Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal. These components are said to be in accurate quantities consisting of Yin and Yang. The interaction between the two forces became the basis for feng shui exercise and how it is said to strive for equilibrium.

Read more: Prepare your home: How to clear away negative energy – the Feng Shui way


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