Feng shui (traditional Chinese: 風水; simplified Chinese: 风水; pinyin: fēng shuǐ; pronounced /ˈfəŋˌʃueɪ/ foong-shoy in Chinese Mandarin, "fheng-schway" in American English) is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to utilize the Laws of both heaven (astronomy) and Earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive Qi. The original designation for the discipline is Kan Yu (traditional Chinese: 堪輿; simplified Chinese: 堪舆; pinyin: kānyú; literally: Tao of heaven and earth).

The words feng shui literally translate as "wind-water" in English. This is a cultural shorthand taken from the following passage of the Zhangshu (Book of Burial) by Guo Pu of the Jin Dynasty:

Qi rides the wind and scatters, but is retained when encountering water.

Traditional Feng Shui practice always requires an extremely accurate Chinese compass, or Luo Pan, in order to determine the directions in finding any auspicious sector in a desired location.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Energising Your Career

To create opportunities for career advancement, first carefully analyse the external influences impinging on te Northern side of your home. Check all windows pointing in this direction for visible 'secret arrows'. Any invisible 'sicret arrows' which are screened off so you cannot see them do not have an effect.

Stimulating your career sector
If career is your priority, ahead of say family or education, then plan to stimulate this Northern sector. Look again at the Pa Kua and identify its Element, which is Water. Now think laterally about appropriate symbols. One that comes to mind is the horseshoe, a traditional Western symbol of luck, and made of Metal. Remember however, if you use this, position it so that its 'horns' point upwards so that the 'luck does no un out'. Don't think of this chain of associations as thinking superstitously, but as thinking symbolically. Another suitable Metal ch'i enhances a metal wind-chime. Make sure however that the wind-chimes are of the hollow sort, not solid metal. Make sure that you don't over-emphasize the Element Earth in the Northern quarter by displaying crystals or other Earth-oriented objects. This I because Earth destroys Water and that is the reverse of what you wish to happen in the Northerly career sector. As the colour of Water in the North is either dark blue or black, another symbolic addition to this corner is a blue light. A fish tank directly symbolizing Water is good, but you should choose black or dark blue fish, rather than too many gold or red fish. Thinking through the Production Cycle of the Elements, it should be obvious that as Wood is produced by Water, Wood must therefore exhaust Water in this production. Placing indoor plants in the Northern sector of the house is not a good idea as they will sap or reduce the vitality of Water in this particular sector. Another career related consideration is the direction in which the windows open. Inward-opening windows are considered harmful to careers.

Feng Shui in the office
At your place of work, when you have meetings that are important to your business, try to position yourself at the conference table so that you do not have your back to the doorway. If possible you should try to sit facing one of your best Directions. Find our best position of furniture in your office and boardrooms in http://www.fengshuifurniture.net.

Autor: Chris Dimitrova

Added: January 11, 2010
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