Chinese Feng Shui
Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is closely linked to Taoism and the word itself literally translates as “wind-water” in English. It is a complex body of knowledge that teaches us how to balance the energies in any given space—be it a home, office, or garden–in order to assure good fortune for the people inhabiting it. Since good fortune comes in many ways, such as better health, a successful career, or a fulfilling love life, feng shui has detailed tips for almost any area of your life.
Fengshui (geomantic omen) has its core in the concept of the Bagua (Eight Diagrams) -- an eight-sided diagram derived from The Classic of Changes (I-Ching).Eight Diagrams includes Qian(Sky), Kun(Earth), Zhen(Thunder),Xun(Wind), Kan(Water), Li(Fire),Gen (Mountain) and Dui(Lake). Each side represents a different aspect of life, such as wealth, career, marriage, etc. Adjusting energy levels in each corresponding area subdues negative energy or enhances beneficial energy already present.
In the Bagua diagram, there are eight areas, or "guas," encircling the center. As shown on the left, these nine different zones correspond to nine major areas of life - prosperity and abundance, fame and reputation, relationships, family, health, creativity and children, skills and knowledge, career and helpful people.
Bagua is used in Fengshui to find out which part of your home or office correlates to a particular situation in your life. Once you understand how to use this "map of Fengshui ," you will be able to quickly evaluate and adjust your environment accordingly to maximize on better health and productivity while improving your own quality of life.
To overlay the Bagua on your home or work floor plan, stand at the threshold of the door facing inside and hold the diagram so that the blue, black, and gray guas are closest to you. Pretend you are drawing a line straight across the front of the home from the door: That would be the line at the bottom of this color chart.
The Eight Diagrams is still being studied by some Western scholars as a source of ancient science. It is certainly an important heritage of Chinese science and culture, though, at times, it was used for divination and other superstitious activities.