There is a great deal of miss-conception about Feng Shui in many countries outside China, as a result of it being diluted and trivialized for western consumption. Feng Shui, along with its associated subjects is a deeply held Chinese cultural belief, still very much alive in our modern world.
Feng Shui is ancient and complex, developed over thousands of years, evolving from Dynasty to Dynasty through Masters, Academics and Nobility in China. It incorporates Geography, Geology, Astronomy, the observation of Nature and the Earth’s Magnetic forces as well as the interplay of the Five Elements. The most important instrument used is the Lo Pan (Chinese Compass).
The ultimate aim of Feng Shui is the creation of an environment that promotes Health, Human Harmony and Prosperity, for the current and future generations, through the burial sites of ancestors (Yin house) and through built environment for the living (Yang house). Feng Shui analysis starts as early as the selection of land.
Land Form’s importance is almost unknown in the West other than by Feng Shui Masters and practitioners trained in authentic traditional Feng Shui. It is the observation of mountains and rivers, analysing their influence on entire cities, burial sites or just one building and is incorporated in Form School.
Compass school is one of two schools in Feng Shui. A full Feng Shui analysis cannot be carried out without the use of a Lo Pan in the hands of a trained professional with a full understanding of this complex instrument. Using the Lo Pan’s ancient formulas, calculations are made and applied to the Feng Shui analysis.
Form School involves tangible objects, from the shape of a river influencing a site intended for construction or burial, the shape of a path leading to a front door, a large beam’s location, colours chosen or the shape of a floor plan. The sharp angle of the building in the image far left is called a Sharp Edge Shar and has a very negative affect on those it points towards. The Compass School and Form School work in conjunction with each other and both are needed for a full Feng Shui analysis.