Did you know Feng shui is an occult art? You do now.
Hi all and welcome to Spirit's blog. Today I'm going to tell you the origins of Feng shui. Feng shui is a design movement that has become very popular these days, the basis is that with certain materials and the locations of certain pieces in a room, will improve different areas of life. Sounds calming, refreshing, rejuvenating even, not at all scary or like the occult, right? Wrong, big wrong, Feng shui is also called Chinese geomancy. Geomancy is a method of divination that interprets marks on the earth or the patterns that are made when you throw a handfull of rocks, stones, soil, sand, pebbles etc. Now it should sound right. A person in a trance like state, throws a bunch of rock.stones. pebbles, sand and then calls the associate (sometimes an illiterate young boy) to interpret it. There is also scrying where the practitioner would gaze into a crystal or stones for answers. Feng shui is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics. The other four are Chinese Astrology, Four Pillars of Destiny, Divination and Face Reading.
Feng shui is classified as physiognomy, this is the observation of appearances using formulas and calculations. Feng shui practices architecture as "invisible forces" that hold together the universe, earth and humanity, also called qi (pronounced chee). It was originally used to find a place to build religious buildings. Depending on the desired style, a site was picked by nearby water or stars.
In roughly 5000 B.C. to 3000 B.C. the Yangshao and Hongshan cultures of Northeast China performed Feng shui by observing the planets and stars and comparing that to humans. These practitioners would align their doors to a particular group of stars that they felt would bring the most sun during the winter solstice. During the Zhou era, they used star gazing as a way to tell when to build a capital city.
In 1900 to 1500 B.C. the Erlitou culture followed rules of Feng shui, all building of capital cities followed Feng shui rules. During the Zhou era, the Kaogong Ji followed the rules so much they were written into a manual, graves and tombs also exercised Feng shui.
The first documented tool for Feng shui was the gnomon, which is the part on a sundial that casts a shadow. Another document tool for Feng shui is the liuren astrolabe, this was a lacquered double sided board with Astronomical lines of sight. Then in about 206 B.C. the invention of the magnetic compass was made. Then the compass was made the primary tool for Feng shui.
Okay so the goal of Feng shui is to place objects on spots that have good qi. Qi is a movable positive or negative life force. Polarity in Feng shui is attained using the yin and yang theory. One creates exertion and the other receives exertion. This is linked to knowing the five elements, metal,fire, earth,water and wood. Earth is a buffer or what happens when polarities cancel out.So as I said before the point of Feng shui is to cause the 5 elements to balance out and the one left will hold the desired traits.
Traditional Feng shui follows heavenly time and earthly space. The Form School is the oldest practice of Feng shui, that is mostly concerned with tombs, homes and other buildings. The form in Form school is related to the shape of the environment, it also uses the 5 celestial animals (the phoenix, green dragon, white tiger, black turtle and yellow snake). They also use the yin-yang concept and the 5 traditional elements. So they use these together to find the area with the best qi.
The Compass School of Feng shui is a more recent school that finds qi using the 8 cardinal directions. These being North, South, East, Northeast, Southeast, Northwest, and Southwest.
Modern Feng shui is expensive, so China came up with a DIY Feng shui. This Feng shui DIY, uses the 5 elements to attain qi.
In conclusion Feng shui is an ancient art form to balance an area or give it qi. In the old days they used scrying, sky maps, the compass, the elements, sun dials but sum are still used today. The intention is the same today as well, to place man made objects or structures, in a way that is conducive to success and aesthetically pleasing. So when you add that extra pillow or add a plant to a room, just think, you are performing in a centuries old ritual. Blessed be.
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