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Feng Shui Introduction

The name of the Traditional Chinese Science Feng Shui literally means “wind and water”. The name originates from the 4th century C.E. and is probably based on the notion that wind and water are direct expressions of the life force qi in nature.

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Feng Shui grew out of the necessity for man to find a kind of arrangement with nature in a settlement area that allows him to survive as long and as healthy as possible. Because all things directly or indirectly come from the earth or depend on its productivity (food respectively objects, living forms), Feng Shui is the Traditional Chinese Science of the soil and, in a more comprehensive sense, the Traditional Chinese Science of the habitat. The latter does not only consist of the soil, but also of vegetation, climate, and the seasons, as well as other known natural phenomena.

Further traditional terms for Feng Shui are “earth structure” (dili), “chariot with pavilion” (kanyu), or “terrestrial physiognomy”(dixiang).

In the course of history, Feng Shui has developed from a settlement technique to a highly stylized method of environmental engineering which unites geographical, climatic, architectural, and cosmic considerations.

Therefore, classical Feng Shui comprehends as well scientific as design and esthetical elements. One branch of Feng Shui is mainly concerned with the forms of landscapes and of objects and with their effects on man, and is called “School of Form-Force” (xingshi pai), while another one investigates the immaterial forces in nature and is known as “Compass School”, in Chinese professional terminology however the term “School of Structure-Qi” (liqi pai) is preferred.

All together, classical Feng Shui consists of very many different systems and theories, among them “Flying Stars” (feixing), “The Trigrams of the Mysterious Void” (xuankong dagua), or the “Eight Positionings” (bazhai) which complement each other, but also can contradict each other.