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What is Feng Shui

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Feng (=wind) Shui (=water) is an ancient Chinese scientific study (Wu Shu) based on observation and calculation which reaches back over 2000 years. Initially, it was used for burial purposes to decide of which is the best and most auspicious place to have a grave site for the family’s ancestors.

It is believed in regards to the concept of heaven & earth, that the ancestor’s energy is still affecting the living members of the family. Therefore, an auspicious grave was a must to gain good family fortunate and avoid bad luck.

At some point in age, Grandmaster Guo Pu, started to develop an in-depth guide of how this energy can be used by the living. It was observed that the surrounding energy has a huge influence on people’s life. Therefore, a relaxed and balanced home surrounded by positive energies was important for Chinese people. Any negative producing energies from natural land-forms needed to be neutralized at all cost.

Indeed, many astrological formulas had been created that are still in use by today’s scientists to discover the secrets of our universe. Feng Shui was one of the discoveries of how individual stars move around in periods to change the energy pattern on earth. As these are very complex mathematical formulas, the ancients were masters in creating myths. As a farmer was not that educated, it was effortless for them to tell the”Hidden Messages” to their kids.

How Energy influences our lives

The energy in Feng Shui we mainly worry about is the Geocentrism or Earth Energy from the planet’s magnetic north. Magnetism is everywhere, regardless of where one goes. This is one of the reasons why Feng Shui can be applied anywhere on our planet. If you are in London, the same magnetic north directions apply as if you are in New York.

Now that you have a basic understanding of where the energy comes from, let me explain further. There are 9 Stars with their unique energy patterns that we have to worry about in Feng Shui. Some of these stars can have a negative attitude at times when they are untimely, and the other part is considered very auspicious once timely.

Of cause, I do not have to tell you that we should take advantage of the good stars to enhance our lives. On the other hand, we need to take action to eliminate the influence of the negative energies around us.

The 3-Different Kind of Lucks

The 3 Pillar of Luck Theory is based on the believe that our destiny relies on three different kinds of lucks: Earth-luck, Mankind-Luck, and Heaven-Luck. Feng Shui is the Earth-Luck, our personal decision making and free will is our Mankind-Luck, and Heaven-Luck is based on your soul destiny and your birth chart (Bazi).

Each luck affects your life by 33%. To conclude, even if one luck of yours is not as favorable (for example Heaven-Luck), you still can neutralize the bad influence with the other lucks.

Main Principle of Feng Shui

The main principle is based on natural star energies affecting our life on earth. Just take for example the low and high tides of the ocean which are caused by the moon and sun’s gravity force. The Chinese discovered that different landscape forms and elements (Feng Shui 5 Element Theory) affect a person’s life destiny to some part.

Yin Yang Principle in Feng Shui

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Everything on our planet is built on opposites like day follows night. Ever wonder why “opposite attracts” is so widely acknowledged in relationship situations. We have to face this reality as without Yin there is no Yang, and without Yang, there is no Yin.

In Feng Shui studies the Qi (commonly known as Shi) needs to be always in balance with the opposite. This concept is the crucial foundation of Classical Feng Shui where everything is built on. All the enhancement and cure techniques are based on it. Furhtermore, the Bagua Map, 8-Trigram and everything else follows the Yin Yang concept. In our “Classical Concept of Yin & Yang in Feng Shui” article a more in-depth look was taken on this subject.

Learn More: The concept of Yin & Yang in Feng Shui

Dynamic Energy that always moves (Time-Based)

In classical Feng Shui, we differentiate between three different kinds of energies: the permanent home energy, the yearly- and the monthly energy. As the cosmic stars always move in certain time frames, none of the energies are stagnant and fixed forever.

Therefore, each home has its own unique energy layout which needs to be calculated in detail. All three types of energy do affect your daily life. First, permanent energy changes every 20 years in a 180-year solar cycle (Yun). In 2024 we are entering Period 9, the last of the nine cycles.

Both, the other yearly and monthly star energies are quite quick moving. Therefore the effects are felt much sooner. As the position of stars changes, some will turn auspicious in a certain time period. Some stars always are inauspicious all the time as some stars change their properties.

Western (Black Hat) vs. Classical Feng Shui Practice

The Western Version of Feng Shui was made public in the beginning of the 70’s. It is a very simplified version which just scratches the surface of real classical Feng Shui. Here some example of what the simplified Western Feng Shui Practice is about:

  • In Western Feng Shui you use lucky enhancers for placements. Surely, in the Classical version, the existing home decor is arranged. Consequently, you can either buy suitable decor items at the local department stores or if you like also buy lucky enhancers for placements.
  • The Black Hat school advises that the South is Fire and your Fame Area, or that the South-East corner is your wealth area! Unquestionable, beware as this is totally WRONG and you should always take a compass reading regardless of what Bagua Map you do apply to your home.
  • No Feng Shui Compass reading is used to determine the house facing, Black Hat Practitioner point out that your front door is always at the South area of the Bagua Map. Regardless of what the actual compass direction of your house facing is displaying. In summary, the New Age Feng Shui might be very easy to apply, but does it help? What do you believe more, a study that is over 2000 years old or some form of Feng Shui that was just developed and marketed beginning of the ’70s?


San Yuan School of Flying Star (Time Based)

The Flying Star school concentrates mainly with the home’s interior energy. In addition, it is dynamic as time changes over time. Mostly, the practice worries about the different qualities of Qi (Shi) residing in each sector (eight Mansion Bagua Map) of the house.

There are 8 Mansion or sections inside the house. In each of these sections, a specific Energy is present. Once you know what exact energy is present (81 Combination), you can adjust these for more prosperity in life.

Let’s take a look further: A deeper look into Flying Star Feng Shui

San He School of Landscape Formation

The San He school practice is based on external land-forms and how it influences the house energy. It worries only about the natural impact without taking interior features into consideration. To illustrate better, a practitioner will look at how shapes of a mountain or a river impact the energy flows. However, simply focusing on natural landscapes will not work anymore, today. With our current lifestyle, a closer look at building structures and features are necessary, too.

How to Feng Shui my home?

Without a doubt, Feng Shui has thousands of rules which one needs to study a lifetime or at least for 2-3 years to learn everything about it. As there is no universal one fit for all rules, each house needs to be looked at individually. To illustrate better, it is the same when you go to the doctor about a health issue that is bothersome; every case is different.

The doctor needs to examine the body to see what is wrong with you. The same conclusion, in your case, can not apply for the next patient with the same symptoms. It is like the unique fingerprint that you only carry and nobody else.

I am sure you like to hear more about useful Feng Shui Tips, right? If you are really interested, I would suggest taking some time to read more about the Feng Shui topic on a professionally written site, like here, that applies only the “Classical Feng Shui” Version.

Unfortunately, there is so much misinformation out on the internet that makes you even more confused. Besides, it can also be dangerous for your health and finances to getting mislead by wrong techniques.


Besides the earlier mentioned thousands of rules for the entire home, three major rooms are the utmost importance for everyone’s home:

1/ The Front Door in Feng Shui

The Front Door is by far the most important element in Feng Shui. It is the so-called “Energy-Mouth” where the majority of energy enters the home. Other doors or windows are also important, but do not have such importance as the main door.

  • The front yard leading to the Front Door should be a free and open space with nothing blocking it. Avoid any clutter or and pole-like shaped objects such as a tree, street pole facing the door. The reason we do not like these objects are that they cut the energy literally in half and bring bad luck into the home.
  • On the interior side, the entrance hall should be wide and open. Avoid any staircase leading to the basement or the second floor facing the main door.
  • The door color does NOT play any significant role but chooses a neutral color such as black or wood tones.
  • Avoid that the main door and window/door on the backside are in a straight line. This layout causes the energy to enter the home but rushes out right away. It has a “Money In, Money out effect” on the residents of the house. A simple solution is to block the path with a screen or piece of tall furniture.

2/ The Kitchen in Feng Shui

The kitchen is also one of the three main areas of the home, which has a very high priority. The health of the entire family depends on the kitchen. Here, we cook and prepare all the food which we eat.

  • The kitchen should never be in the North-West Corner of the home. This is the so-called Devil’s Gate and brings very bad luck to the oldest father figure of the home. The primary income earner will struggle in his job, in his private life, and will have many health issues. Unfortunately, there is no cure as of moving the kitchen to a different section.
  • The kitchen (Fire Element) should also never be in the center of the home. Too much of the Fire Element in the home’s center creates bad luck and health for ALL family members. Again, no cure can be implemented as to move the kitchen out of the center
  • The location of the kitchen should be preferably on the backside of the home

3/ The Bedroom in Feng Shui

Lastly, the bedroom is a place to relax and have a good night’s sleep for at least 8 hours per night. If we sleep less, the body feels edgy and not relaxed to function the next day properly.

  • The bedroom’s location should be toward the quieter side of the home. Avoid any room that faces a busy and noisy road
  • Inside the bedroom, the bed should never ever be located underneath a beam.
  • Also, the bed should not face the bedroom door right away, as too much energy rushes right into the bed area. This energy rush creates restless nights and health issues
  • No mirror/TV should face the bed. If you cannot avoid or remove it, hang a towel or sheet over it while sleeping
  • The Toilet bowl should not be facing the bed as this creates health issues as well.

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