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Traditional Feng Shui

Traditional Feng Shui

Traditional Feng Shui is an ancient system based on heavenly time and earthly space. Early Chinese literature and archaeological evidence suggest that Feng Shui originated from the Yangshao and Hongshan culture. Prior to the creation of the compass which can be seen used in today’s Feng Shui, astronomy was used to find a correlation between the stars and humans. There are several techniques used while conducting Feng Shui and they are as follows: 

Form School

The Form School is the oldest school of Feng Shui. Qing Wuzi in the Han dynasty describes it in the "Book of the Tomb" and Guo Pu of the Jin dynasty follows up with a more complete description in The Book of Burial.

The Form School was originally concerned with the location and orientation of tombs, which was really important. The school then progressed to the consideration of homes and other buildings.

The Form School analyses the shape of the land and flow of the wind and water to find a place with ideal qi. It also considers the time of important events such as the birth of the resident and the building of the structure.


Compass School
The Compass School is a collection of more recent Feng Shui techniques based on the eight cardinal directions, each of which is said to have unique qi. It uses the Lou Pan, a disc marked with formulas in concentric rings around a magnetic compass.

The Compass School includes techniques such as Flying Star and Eight Mansions.

Transmission of traditional Feng Shui techniques
Aside from the books written throughout history by Feng Shui masters and students, there is also a strong oral history. In several cases, masters have passed on their techniques only to selected students or relatives.

Current usage of traditional schools
There is no contemporary agreement that one of the traditional schools is most correct. Therefore, modern practitioners of Feng Shui generally draw from multiple schools in their own practices.