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You have certainly heard all about the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui, yes? But most of the time, we don’t really understand or relate how Feng Shui came to be at all. We have gleaned a vague knowledge of it as an ancient Chinese practice of space organizing for “positive energy” and leave it at that. Well, there is a lot more to it than that.
Is extremely long and complex. We could do a whole series of blog articles on it, and just cover its roots in Chinese tradition. So here is the abridged version, and what you need to know:
The earliest forms of Feng Shui are over 6000 years old and can be traced back to ancient forms of Astrology. Both Yangshao and Honsha cultures have a claim to the concept. The idea (which is still the basic idea behind Feng Shui to this day) is that men and the Universe are intertwined, and we should build our worlds accordingly. Archaeological findings all over the regions where these cultures existed have been found that have their entryways aligned with the stars. And even their funerary arrangements are organized according to ancient star charts.
Beginning with palatial structures at Erlitou, all Chinese capitals have been built according to rules of Feng Shui, that have been codified from as early as the Zhou era, about 3000 years ago.
Even before the invention of the magnetic compass, astrolabes and other devices have been used to calculate star position and other cosmographical aspects and understand how to organize in order to maximize Qi.
First of all, it is pronounced “chee”. Second of all, it is supposedly a form of energy. The belief in Qi is one of the reasons Feng Shui is considered a pseudoscience, since there is no scientific record of such a thing.
The whole point of Feng Shui is to order and organize things in such a way as to take advantage of Qi. And it was taken extremely seriously in ancient China. There are records of armies destroying enemy cemeteries so as to weaken their Qi.
Now, if we were going to go full traditional Chinese Feng Shui, maybe we would lose some time explaining the bagua, which are the cosmographical symbols that govern traditional Feng Shui. But we aren’t.
Feng Shui in the West has been enormously simplified into a general concept, or philosophy, of how to organize your space to maximize your own positive energy.
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