Feng Shui – Geomancy – Feng Shui of Abode and Architecture
The Art of Chinese Feng Shui originates from the abstruse and profound Taoist Yi Jing. The Yang Abode is an essential part of the Chinese ancient art of Feng Shui, Wind-Water. It has been transmitted for a very long time, thereby past generations inferred and deduced its applications and formed its very complicated system. Schools are intricate; there is a division into the “Laws of Form” and the “Laws of Logic”. The laws of form belong to the topographical school, which lays stress on the natural geography, such as by examining and differentiating all the individual aspects of the eco-system, the landscape and many other factors, as well as methods that resolve issues by corresponding to the geography’s acupuncture points and the architecture of the Yang Abode. Diversely, the laws of logic and the laws of time fall under the discretion of the logic school. It emphasizes the direction and points of the compass, the orientation, the auspicious and inauspicious timing its prohibitions, however it does not attach much importance to the geographical and environmental factors. In regards to the Feng Shui of the Yang Abode, the Yang Abode refers to the place where people reside, where they return home to after going out. Therefore the environments of lodging places are not identical; there is the city’s Yang Abode, the wilderness abode, the mountain and the valley abodes. The focus of the Feng-Shui of the wilderness, mountain and valley abodes is associated with the laws of the form, attaching importance and taking advantage of the surroundings and the natural environment; whereas the Feng-Shui of the city’s abode places its attention on utilizing the laws of logic. There is a saying of ancient people that goes: “the abode regards the form as its body, regards its spring waters as its pulsing blood, regards the soil as its skin and flesh, regards the grass and trees as its hair, regards the houses and homes as its clothes, regards gates and doors as its caps and belts”. The before-mentioned talks about the important criterions in regards to vicinity and environment of the Yang Abode, such as the hillocks and ridges, water streams, ponds, forests as well as the roads and paths, and other external objective factors, such as construction and arrangements. The only way to create optimized living conditions is to correct and remodel the environment.
In order to correct Feng-Shui priority is placed on:
(1) the principles of an integral system
(2) suiting measurements to local conditions
(3) placement at the foot of a mountain and beside a stream
(4) the principles of examining the terrain
(5) the principles of inspecting the soil’s quality
(6) the principles of analysing of the water quality
(7) the principles of lighting and wind-shelter
(8) the principles of being situated well and occupying the centre
(9) the principles of following the vital qi
(10) the principles of adjusting Feng-Shui.
The purpose of Feng-Shui’s theories is to cautiously and thoroughly contemplate, to fully comprehend the environment, to assimilate to nature, to have moderation in taking advantage of and remodeling nature, to create good residences and living environments, to gain the most optimal climatic, geographical and human conditions, ultimately to attain the utmost virtuous state of unification of heaven and human. These are the basic principles of the Yang Abode. The influence of the Yang Abode on people has been taken very seriously in China for several thousand years. If there are yang influences, there must be also yin influences. The principles of the proper place for the Yin Abode are also very complex.
Feng Shui- Yi Jing– Divination Basic Theories Content:
• Yin-Yang, Five-Elements, Eight Trigrams, Nine Palaces, River Map, Luo Scroll Theories
• Origin of the Book of changes –Yi Jing–, 64 hexagrams, Divination Practical application methods
• Yang Abode (the Abode of the living), Eight Mansions, auspiscious/inauspisciousness (good and bad fortune). Essentials of selecting Mountains and Waters (landscape). Yang Abode: prohibitions for the interior overall arrangement.
• Methods for selecting good fortune and avoiding ill fate by harmonizing humans with the constellations of the universe in respect to one’s profession, journeys, relocations, weddings/celebrations and one’s business.
• Yin Abode (Abode of the dead), methods for dissolving evil spirits. Protecting the body and the applications of simple incantations (mantras), talismans and sacrificial offering practices.