Literally translated, Feng means wind and Shui means water. Feng Shui is how the “chi” (the energy of the life force) flows around us and influences our lives. The goal of Feng Shui is to achieve optimum balance and harmony through the location and orientation of your home.
The most important aspect of Feng Shui is balancing the Yin and Yang, and the five elements. The shape of the property and house are very important. The ideal house is embraced by its environment.
To understand Feng Shui, it is important to understand the theories on which Feng Shui is based. This include Yin-Yang, the five elements, Ba-Gua, Chi, the ten heavenly stems and twelve earthly branches.
The ten heavenly stems are represented by the five-elements and yin-yang. The twelve earthly branches are the twelve animals in the Chinese horoscope.
The five elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Using these elements properly and in the correct proportion is important.
Feng Shui Basics Look at the history of the home and the previous occupants. Make sure it has a good history
Check the surrounding of the property. Does it have rear support? This can be a mountain, another house, a row of trees, a building, or a fence.
Look out from the front to the left. Does it have support there?
Look out from the front to the right. Does it have support there?
Is there open ground, a road, a roundabout even a circular flower border in the front?
Are there poison arrows directed at the property? Lamp posts, telephone poles, the corner of house pointing at you, a prison, or a hospital will require a Ba Gua mirror.
The back garden should be larger than the front. A larger front yard causes an imbalance.
Avoid a long narrow path to the front door. Trees planted too close to the front door will not let Ch’i enter freely. Some potted plants will break up the line of the path.
Avoid a spiral staircase. A faceted crystal sphere at the top of the staircase might help.
Avoid any structures that dwarf the house. This goes for inside and outside.
Avoid properties with odd shaped designs. The best shape is a rectangle or square. If a few extensions stick out they can be easily rectified.
This is not a complete Feng Shui guide. It is meant only for basic reference. If you are interested in the study, we have provide several resources below.