Feng Shui – Geomancy – Feng Shui of Abode and Architecture
The Art of Chinese Feng Shui originates from the Taoist Yi Jing, abstruse and profound. The Yang Abode forms one essential part of the Chinese ancient art of Feng Shui, Wind-Water. It has been passed on for a very long time, through which 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 the form belong to the topographical terrain school, laying stress on the natural geography, such as the examination and differentiation of all the individual choices of the eco-system, the landscape and a lot of other factors, as well as methods that resolve issues by corresponding to the geography’s acupuncture points and the architecture of the Yang Abode. Furthermore the laws of logic and the laws of time fall under the jurisdiction of the logic school. It emphasizes more the direction and points of the compass, the orientation, the timing of good and bad luck and its taboos, as well as not attaching importance to the geography and environmental factors. In regards to the Feng Shui of the Yang Abode, the Yang Abode refers to the place where people reside and live, 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 abode. The wilderness, mountain and valley abode’s focus is associated with the Feng Shui of the laws of the form, attaching importance and taking advantage of the surroundings and the natural environment; furthermore the city’s abode places its importance on utilizing the laws of logic,. There is a saying of ancient people: “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 criterion’s 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 terrain factors. The only way to create optimized living conditions is to correct and re-model the environment.
In order to correct Feng-Shui priority is placed on:
(1) an integral system’s principles
(2) suit measures to local conditions
(3) at the foot of a mountain and beside a stream
(4) the principles of examining the terrain
(5) the principles of inspecting the soils quality
(6) the principles of analysis 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 re-modelling nature, create good residences and living environments, to gain the most optimal climatic, geographical and human conditions, to attain the utmost virtuous state of unification of heaven and human. These are the basic principles of the Yang Abode, moreover 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 auspices-inauspices (good and bad fortune). Essentials of selecting Mountains and Waters (landscape). Yang Abode; taboos 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 and 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 (talismans and mantras) and sacrificial offering practices.