What Is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui first came about 4,000 years ago in China as an environmental study utilizing the power of “chi” (life force).
It might sound complicated, but Feng Shui is really about using your surroundings–your clothes, diet, home, etc–to bring you greater fortune.
“Your surroundings determine your fortune.” This is the basic philosophy behind Feng Shui.
Unfortunately, the fortune we are born with is something we can’t control. But what if I told you there was a way to greatly increase that fortune?
Feng Shui shows us how; you could even say Feng Shui is a manual, one that shows us how to achieve greater fortune using our surroundings, which have a major influence on ourselves.
Those who believe they have bad fortune should first take a look around at their surroundings.
I am confident they will find the cause of their misfortune. By using Feng Shui to remove the source(s) of misfortune and bring about better fortune, anyone can become a “lucky” person.
What is Joseon Feng Shui?
Feng Shui originated from China, and from there spread throughout Asia. It was originally developed as a military strategy, and was used to find good land on which to build tombs, houses, and large cities. Brought to Japan in about 602 AD, it was even used in building cities such as ancient Kyoto.
In Korea, which had been heavily influenced by China and had always believed in the sacredness of mountains, Feng Shui was used and developed by the government as a national discipline. Due to its smaller geographic area, Korea’s Feng Shui differed from China in that it emphasized tempering one’s fortune out of the immediate area. Practical, every-day Feng Shui became systemized particularly during the Joseon Dynasty, when Confucianism blossomed in the country. For that reason, Feng Shui focusing on “using everything from your every-day life to forge your fortune” is called “Joseon Feng Shui.”
Yin-Yang and Wu Xing
The basis of Feng Shui comes from Yin-Yang and Wu Xing (also called the Five Elements).
This philosophy states that all things in nature are divided into Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water, and all things have properties of either Yin or Yang.
Wooden objects constitute “Wood,” plastic and synthetic goods are “Fire,” pottery and ceramics are “Earth,” metals and minerals are “Metal,” and glass objects in dark places are “Water” (those found in light places are “Fire”). These elements apply not only to objects, but to people as well; women are considered “Water” while men are “Fire.”
Yin and Yang are characteristics, opposites such as light and dark, new and old, female (Yin) and male (Yang), which co-exist in support of one another.
Without Yin, Yang cannot be; likewise, without Yang, Yin cannot exist.
The philosophy behind Yin-Yang is in this balance, which holds all things together.
The Interactions of Wu Xing
Wu Xing (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water) have relationships of “creation” between them, vitalizing one another and strengthening each other’s fortune.
For example, because Metal comes from within the Earth, their relationship has a generative force and is thus called a “creative relationship.”
On the other hand, a relationship like Water and Fire is “destructive,” standing opposite one another and lowering their fortunes. Water puts out fire, taking away Fire’s force and leaving no creative energy between them. Hence, it is a “destructive” relationship.
Nurturing relationships of creation while avoiding those of destruction is the foundation of practicing Feng Shui.
In Feng Shui, Wu Xing also applies to directions, giving them each their own fortunes. Knowing this can help you take advantage of each direction’s fortune and compatible colors.
- Love / Money / Trust / Secret Keeping / Sex
- Change / Rebirth / Inheritance / Reset / Savings / Real Estate
- Development / Work / Youth / Action / Chance
- Social Encounters / Romance / Personal Relationships / Socializing / Travel
- Popularity / Beauty / Diet / Knowledge & Intuition / Entertainment / Separation
- Foundation-Creating Ability / Real Estate / Marriage / Children / Family / Health
- Romance / Money / Business / Pleasure / Food / Wealth
- Status / Eminence / Career / Jewel-Encrused Palanquin / Support / Divine Help
- Composite Growth