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Feng shui
As a supernatural art of the Chinese people, feng shui is sometimes called qing wu mu and qing nang shu, and was referred to as kan yu in ancient times. "feng" refers to vigor and fields of energy and "shui" refers to flow and change. The core concept of feng shui is harmony between men and nature. Early feng shui is a subject of knowledge that considers the location, orientation, construction, and principles of palaces, residences, villages, and tombs.
What is Feng Shui?

What is feng shui? This is a simple question that can be quite difficult to answer. Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that teaches how to balance the energies in any given space - be it a home, office or garden - in order to assure good fortune for people inhabiting it. As good fortune comes in many ways - better health, successful career, fulfilling love life, etc - feng shui has detailed tips for almost any area...MORE 02 of 06 The main theories of feng shui The ancient Chinese believed that specific land's energy could either make or break the kingdom, so to speak. The theories of yin and yang, as well as the five feng shui elements, are some of the basic aspects of a feng shui analysis that come from Taoism. Read: The Yin-Yang Theory in Feng Shui 03 of 06 The main tools used in feng shui feng shui bagua (c) Rodika Tchi The main tools used in a feng shui analysis of any space are the feng shui compass and the bagua. The feng shui energy map, or bagua, is an octagonal grid containing the symbols of the I Ching, the ancient oracle on which feng shui is based. Knowing the bagua of your home will help you understand the connection of specific feng shui areas of your home to specific areas of your life. For example, you have a love and marriage area in your home, a career area, a health and family area, etc. There is...MORE 04 of 06 The feng shui compass (Luo Pan) feng shui compass school Hulton Archive/Getty Images The feng shui compass, also called Luo-Pan, is used to access deeper information about a site or a building. It consists of bands of concentric rings arranged around the magnetic needle. Luo means everything and Pan means bowl, which can be interpreted as a bowl that contains all the mysteries of the universe. In order to take an accurate reading for your feng shui work, you do not necessarily need a traditional feng shui compass, just an accurate one. If you decide to go deeper with feng shui,...MORE 05 of 06 Feng shui cures (c) Feng shui offers a variety of cures to improve your life. From the feng shui use of aquariums to attract prosperity to the feng shui use of crystals and fountains; from the right feng shui use of colours to the feng shui use of clocks, there are many ways you can improve the energy in your home or office with solid, good feng shui. Read: 25+ Popular Feng Shui Cures for Your Home 06 of 06 Different feng shui schools feng shui Laurence Dutton/Getty Images It is important to understand that there are several different schools of feng shui, as well as a strong culturally specific symbolic aspect of feng shui that you have to use intelligently. Once you master the basic level of feng shui, you will start seeing powerful results. You will also understand why feng shui is extensively used in both homes and offices all over the world. Although some levels of feng shui are easy to understand and apply, the core knowledge takes years of study. Just like the Traditional Chinese medicine, the feng shui knowledge is deep and complex. The more you know about feng shui, the more there is to explore

Your 2017 Feng Shui Tips and Cures are Here

The annual feng shui updates: what’s new in 2017? Are the 2017 feng shui updates important? Should you rush into applying them in your home as soon as we enter 2017? Will the annual 2017 feng shui updates make a big difference in your home or office? Let’s explore. The annual 2017 feng shui updates are used mostly with the classical feng shui bagua, meaning you can look into applying them in your home or office this year if the way you defined the bagua of your space is by using the classical bagua style. Note: If this is the first feng shui article you are reading and you are not sure what I mean by “2017 feng shui” or the “classical feng shui bagua”, these two short videos will help you: Watch Video 1: Feng Shui Bagua: Clear and Simple Watch Video 2: How To Define the Classical Bagua of Your Home or Office If you based your home feng shui on the BTB, or Western feng shui bagua, it is best not to apply the 2017 feng shui as mixing the two feng shui bagua schools can create a lot of confusion. However, if you are really determined to apply the 2017 feng shui updates with the Western bagua, I have all the info ready for you: Read: How To Apply the 2017 Feng Shui Updates with the Western/BTB Bagua So, the annual 2017 feng shui updates come in place as an additional layer of energy, as a way to define the yearly movement of good and bad feng shui energies called stars in the flying stars school of feng shui. In the bagua areas that have beneficial 2017 feng shui stars you can apply specific feng shui cures to benefit from good energy; and in the bagua areas with challenging feng shui stars in 2017, one will usually apply specific cures to negate the possible unwelcome effects. Are the 2017 feng shui updates superstition? Do they really work? Well, it all depends on how you look at it and how healthy and intelligent is your approach. The best way to look at the annual feng shui updates – including these 2017 feng shui updates – is to read the info and see if it makes sense and if it can work in your home or office decor. Always start with your space first, listen to it and experiment with feng shui, do not take it as the ultimate and absolutely powerful knowledge. Feng shui is not a religion, nor is it a superstitious set of beliefs; in its best application feng shui is a powerful tool to improve the energy of any space. This, in turn, improves the energy of people who live or work in the space. It’s that simple! If you feel confused about combining the annual updates with the traditional feng shui bagua requirements, these tips for applying the yearly feng shui updates will help. OK, now let’s go straight to the 2017 feng shui updates and see how you (and your home or office) can benefit from them. The 2017 Chinese New Year – the year of the Fire Rooster – starts on January 28, 2017. The 2017 feng shui cures are applied on February 4th. Why? Because feng shui cures are usually applied on the Solar New Year (February 4th, 2017), not the Lunar New Year (January 28, 2017). Of course, you can also apply them at any time in 2017! The principle of “better late than never” sure applies when it comes to creating good feng shui in your space. Start with a clean and orderly home first; do not apply the yearly feng shui cures – in fact, do not apply any feng shui cures – if your house has chaotic energy created by clutter and lack of order/cleanliness. If you plan to reuse last year’s feng shui cures, be sure to cleanse them thoroughly. However, the best way to go is to purchase new feng shui cures to use as your annual 2017 feng shui cures. You can do that in any Chinatown, as well as many online stores (we certainly recommend our online feng shui store powered by Instead of dividing the info by good and bad 2017 feng shui areas, I will guide you step by step through all bagua areas to give you a good idea as to what is happening there in 2017. Let’s start in the East feng shui bagua area and move clockwise from there. East Area in 2017 The East feng shui bagua area has beautiful energy in 2017, an auspicious energy connected to wealth and abundance, as well as some challenging energies, too. Let’s start with the good news first. The so-called Wealth Star #8, that is of the Earth element, is here in 2017. Because we have an Earth element star in a Wood element bagua area, we are restricted mostly to the use of Earth element feng shui cures in order to strengthen its energy. So, bring and abundance Earth element decor colors, shapes and items, with the emphasis being on expressing wealth in all its forms. Another beneficial influence of this star is its romantic aspect, so along with wealth, you can also emphasize with your feng shui decor the energy of love and romance. Feng shui crystals, being of the Earth element, are wonderful here in 2017; and so are various expressions of the Earth element – from pottery to images of landscapes. From the classical Chinese feng shui cures, you can choose the three legged toad facing your lucky direction for wealth. Along with this very auspicious energy of wealth, the East bagua area also hosts a negative quality of energy in 2017 (called 3 killings in traditional feng shui circles). This means that the usual cautions for an area with challenging feng shui energy apply – do your best to keep the area quiet, no renovations, no digging, no loud music, etc. The salt water cure is recommended here to neutralize the challenging energy. You can also choose to place one or both of the following cures: 6 metal coins tied with a red ribbon (in a row), as well as a 6 hollow rods metal wind chime (if you like the look of windchimes in your home). Read: How To Decorate with the Earth Element Southeast Area in 2017 The Southeast bagua area has beautiful energy in 2017, an auspicious energy connected to future wealth and abundance. This is quite unique as the Southeast area in itself carries the energy of abundance (this is your money area), so the energy of wealth and abundance is sure multiplied here in 2017! The visiting star is the so-called Future Wealth Star #9 that is of the Fire element. The presence of this auspicious star usually means you can welcome it and strengthen its energy with a variety of fiery decor items, such as red pillows, purple candles, fiery art, etc. However, because we are in a Wood element bagua area, the wisest way to multiply the positive energy of this feng shui star is to focus on decorating with lush Wood element decor. This will both strengthen the fiery energy of the visiting star, as well as keep the native element of the Southeast area strong. Even though the Water element decor items and cures such a fountains, images of water, colors blue and black, etc are usually welcomed in the Southeast, it is best to avoid a strong presence of Water element decor here in 2017. Why? Because in the destructive cycle of the 5 feng shui elements the Water element weakens the fiery energy of the visiting Wealth Star. To sum it up, focus on strong Wood element decorating with a touch of Fire element decor. Be sure to clearly express your intent for abundance with any feng shui wealth decor cures that you bring to this area. From classical feng shui cures, you can choose to work with Chinese coins, the Laughing Buddha or golden ingots. The lucky bamboo with 9 stems is excellent here in 2017, and so are fresh flowers. Read: How to Decorate with the Wood Feng Shui Element South Area in 2017 The South feng shui bagua area has the most challenging energy in 2017. Definitely do your best to keep this area quiet, as well as avoid Fire element decor completely. Yes, this can be a bit difficult as usually the Fire element is much welcomed here because it is the native element of the South bagua area. It is wise to minimize the Earth element decor, too. The reason for these precautions is the feng shui Earth element of the visiting negative star here (feng shui star #5). As Fire nourishes/creates Earth in the productive cycle of the 5 elements, it is best to minimize or completely avoid Fire element decor in the South area in 2017 because this will only strengthen the energy of the negative energy star. The salt water cure is very helpful here, as well as very strong Metal element decor, be it in traditional feng shui cures such as wind chimes, six Chinese coins or more modern and subtle feng shui approach such as good feng shui Metal element decorating. To sum it up, do your best to leave this bagua area undisturbed in 2017, and focus on Metal element decorating. From the classical feng shui cures, a six hollow rods wind chime is recommended here, and so are the six Chinese coins tied with a red ribbon or a metal Wo Lou. Do not forget about the salt water cure here.

10 Feng Shui Mistakes Everyone Makes At Home

Feng shui principles provide a road map we can use to find peace, tranquility, and positive energy at home—and it isn't a difficult one to follow. Here are the common mistakes that I see feng shui beginners often make in their homes. Rest assured that there is a quick fix for each one, and your space is not beyond repair if you've been getting things "wrong" for a while! 1. Your bed, sofa, or desk chair isn't facing the door. You may not feel this consciously, but in order to feel totally safe, you need to be in a command position where you know that no one is going to come and surprise you. Our amygdala—the part of the brain that controls fear-based survival instincts—is conditioned to be on alert when we can't see what is behind us, so make sure you're never sitting with your back to the door for long periods of time. If you cannot change your furniture position, play around with mirrors so you can always see when someone enters or leaves a room. 2. You didn't declutter properly before you installed feng shui remedies. Most of us are scared of throwing away something we'll one day miss, so we dread the idea of decluttering. However, it is absolutely necessary to create a clean slate before you work feng shui into your home since clutter completely drains your chi, or life force energy. The practice has "eyes" in every nook and cranny, so you really can't hide anything! For example, one of my client's homes was completely spotless, except for the garage, which was piled high with gigantic mountains of stuff. It was only once we cleared this space that she was able to manifest the future she wanted. 3. You have large art hanging above areas you sit or lie down. Hanging large, burdensome paintings and photos over your bed, couch, or chair is a no-no. Feng shui is all about feeling safe and secure in your space, and it's hard to feel safe with something heavy hanging directly over your head. 4. You don't prioritize comfort. It's easy to be seduced by beautiful items that aren't necessarily practical or comfortable, but sharp edges, wobbly furniture, and prickly cacti all mess with the energy of your space since we subconsciously react to threatening objects and situations. 5. You have low-vibe art. Always question what the objects, art, and photography in your space are communicating to you. Everything around you should support your intentions in some way, so consider removing imagery of people who are sick, lonely, or unhappy. 6. You design with one intention in mind. Say you really want to attract financial wealth, so you place all your attention on the wealth gua (the rear left area of the home that responds to blues, purples, and reds). This is only part of the puzzle since you also need to enhance the other guas that will help you attract this type of abundance. Are you going to get wealthy because of your impeccable reputation at work (the career gua)? Are you going to call on the help of a mentor or a boss (the helpful people gua)? Everything is connected, so take a more holistic view of your home and don't place all your attention in one place. 7. You overuse one element for the sake of creating a color palette. Some people have a very strong preference for one or two of the five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. However, balanced homes showcase all of them. Too much metal and metallic shades can cause tension while earthy homes with lots of neutral tones and ceramics can start to feel stale and stuffy. 8. You focus too much on a specific outcome. Say you want to salvage your relationship, but you activate your romance gua and it still falls apart. What happened? Feng shui works in mysterious ways, and you never know what's going to happen when you renew the energy flow of an area. Don't hold onto a specific outcome too tightly, for in doing so you might miss out on the opportunities being presented to you. After all, having that relationship fall apart could be exactly what you needed. 9. You treat your home like it's not made to be lived in. Steer clear of the desire to create a "perfect" interior. Just like you want to avoid elemental imbalance, you want to avoid decorating with materials and furniture that are so precious that you feel anxious or guilty sitting with them. Your children, pets, and guests all carry wonderful life energy of their own, so let them run around and plop down anywhere they please as well. 10. You keep broken items in need of repair. If an object is not usable, it shouldn't be in your home. Never write something off for later. If you don't care enough to repair something right now, consider donating or selling it instead.

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1 In Feng Shui, the action movie roleplaying game, you play heroes of the Chi War, protecting humankind's destiny in a titanic struggle across space and time.

2 It states that the principles of feng shui related to living harmoniously with nature are "quite rational," but does not otherwise lend credibility to the nonscientific claims

3 The term feng shui literally translates as "wind-water" in English.