Changing the world one business,
one home, one person at a time
To publicize oneís business
American Feng Shui Institute, founded by Master Larry Sang.
American Feng Shui Institute International (not affiliated
with AFSI), founded by Nancilee Wydra.
A raised structure on which celebration or faith offerings
are placed. Depending on the Feng Shui method, some say the most auspicious
placement of your altar is facing your front door, in the living room, or in
the NW quadrant.
In Luo Shu, magic square, or
flying stars the center number is called the annual star. In a flying-star
chart, the energy or quality of chi is represented by a number called a star.
The annual star moves in cycles to a different location each year.
Collecting antiques can present risks for Feng Shui since
itís difficult to learn the history of each piece and its owners. If the
previous owner of an item lived an unlucky life or was surrounded by negative
energy it is possible this energy comes with that piece and affects your home.
Inherited antiques can be quite auspicious if the owner lived a fortunate life.
Antique weapons are especially bad Feng Shui since they most likely were used
and harbor sha chi.
See Form School.
A water feature that brings good Feng Shui, especially when
it houses healthy and lively fish. Aquariums symbolizes growth and activity.
Secret arrows or poison arrows symbolize killing energy or
bad Feng Shui. The arrows may be sent by structures in the landscape or by
furniture placement in the home (such as sharp corners pointing at you or even
a T-intersection outside your front door).
The art you display in your home can cause good or bad Feng
Shui. Colors, content, and orientation of art all have Feng Shui implications.
Examples, a mountain
picture behind your desk symbolizes strength. An open field in front of your
desk symbolizes clear sailing or smooth operation with few obstructions.
Depictions of fear, sadness or sorrow may affect the health of occupants.
See Zodiac Asian.
See five areas of influence.
A Western-astrology approach to horoscope which determines
the most advantageous locations for an individual to reside.
words astro (star) and logia (science, word,
knowledge), and represents ìthe language of the stars.î It studies the movement
of the stars in the universe and their connection with humanity.
A cosmological method of divination based on the positions
of the Sun, Moon, planets, and other heavenly bodies, relative to time and
place on Earth which is drawn in a horoscope.
Law of the stars. A science involving earthís atmosphere and
beyond. It studies the origins, evolution, physical, and chemical properties of
planets, moons, stars, and observed objects.
A term frequently used in Feng Shui to denote favorable,
desirable, and beneficial influences and successful results. (Antonym,
Azure Dragon also called Green
A symbolic animal of Form School and one of four Landform
Guardians. In the ideal cradle or armchair position of Form School, it refers
to rolling hills, trees, or structures that support and protect a building on
the left side of the armchair. Before the compass was invented, it was a way to
describe the left direction.
Bachelor of Arts, a two-year college degree.
A diagram from the I Ching. The literal translation is
ìeight house.î It has eight external sections and the center one called the tai
chi. Each of the eight sections have a trigram name; and references a specific
compass direction, number, element, season, color, various body organs, family
member, symbol and life aspects. The bagua can be drawn in many different forms
and is a tool for most schools of Feng Shui.
The bagua mirror is used by some forms of Feng Shui to
deflect negative chi (example, position arrows). Consult a qualified Feng Shui consultant for
correct placement of all symbols.
Feng Shui is about balance and harmony. When we live or work
in a good atmosphere, we prosper. When we live or work in a hostile
environment, we struggle. Negative and positive energy are in every aspect of
our lives. Harnessing these and understanding the role each one plays leads to
unification (leading to harmony).
Bau-biologie advocates the use of
safe and sustainable construction materials and the mitigation of excessive
electro-magnetic fields. It encourages a holistic and healing approach to home
and work environments.
Ba Zhai, also Yigua,
Eight House, Eight Mansions, or East/West School
It is the most basic and popular method of determining and
regulating chi in Compass School Feng Shui. First sitting and facing directions
of a structure are determined. Then the four most auspicious and four least
auspicious sections for the space are calculated, each having specific
influences on chi of a space.
Refers to Four Pillars of Destiny, but literally means eight
Exposed beams can be bad Feng Shui. They represent
load-bearing weight and can affect health. Contact a Feng Shui practitioner for
assistance if these are exposed.†
The brass bell is used for clearing, protection and
activation. Hang bells from an entrance door to 'announce' anyone entering.
Their beautiful sounds also deter and distract any bad energy from entering the
Named after Anton Benker of Germany (dowser who discovered
this system). Benker lines lie on every 5th Hartmann (see definition below)
line and radiate out into space, but are stronger to a great degree. One side
of a Benker line is positively charged, and the other side is negatively
charged. They are considered to a source of potential health problems, and are
located by dowsing.
The third heavenly stem in the cycle of 10, based on the
productive cycle of the five elements as they go through their yin and yang
phases. It refers to the more active and aggressive aspects of the fire
element. It is used in Four Pillars and denoted by the number III.
Excellent water features for the garden. Best positions are
North, East and Southeast. Keep the water clean and donít allow it to become
stagnant. Water brings wealth to the occupants.
Birds symbolically imply happiness. Some birds have specific
meanings: Crane is loyalty and long life. Phoenix
represents grace. Birds bring good luck when placed in the South of the
landscape or garden or in the South side of your living room. However caged
birds are not good Feng Shui as this represents confinement and the stunting of
growth. It is especially harmful to career prospects.
Once called Black Hat, it is reported to have pre-Buddhist
roots of the Bon religion of Tibet. This is why some people think Feng Shui is
based on religion. BTB was also influenced by Indian Buddhism and later
incorporated some traditions of Chinese Feng Shui. It was brought to the West
around 1980, and its practice spread rapidly through the Americas because of
its easy application and our hectic life styles. BTB uses a modification of the
Wen Wang (later heaven) bagua known as BTB bagua. The BTB bagua is superimposed
on a site, building, room, etc. using the three-door method which aligns the
entry with any of the three trigrams Gen (knowledge), Kan (career) or Qian (helpful
people). BTB emphasizes the flow of chi, the use of transcendental remedies,
and the cultivation of the practitioners' own chi.
The symbolic animal of Form School is the most important of
the four landform guardians. In the ideal cradle (or armchair position) of Form
School, it refers to hills, mountains, trees or other structures that support
and protect a building from behind. In ancient traditions it was best located
in the North. This was based on the climatic conditions of China where the cold
winds came from the North. In modern times it can be located in any direction
as long as it provides the supportive back needed for the building. The same
principles can be applied inside the building for orienting furnishings
(especially orientation of the bed).
See Hai or Zodiac Asian.
The art of miniaturizing trees. Typically not believed to be
good Feng Shui because of manipulation and stunting growth; however, bonsai
receive a lot of care and sometimes live hundreds of years. Any beautiful
living plant is auspicious as long as it is healthy or well looked after.
Ancient people practiced forms of Feng Shui some 6000 years
ago. The first scriptures of and about Feng Shui were discovered in the pages
of a sacred Chinese text called the 'Book of Burial.' This revered manual was
written in 4th century AD detailing the nature of chi on the earth, its
effects, and beneficial enhancements.
See I Ching.
Books that are crammed together create stagnant chi. Avoid
placing bookshelves where corners are directed at anyone. Bookcases should be
free of clutter. Exposed shelves without books are symbolic blades and cause
See Ming Tang.
Bachelor of Science, a two-year college degree.
See Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui.
Cactus are bad Feng Shui when placed inside the home or at
the front door as thorns capture and contain sha within the home. However, its
an effective plant in the garden as it protects your home. Thorns or needles
counter sha chi (negative energy) headed in your direction.†
Candles only count as fire when they are burning. Use them
for attracting vital energy, to energize an area, and for reducing harsh light.
I place a mirror under candles to direct their energy up and raise the energy
of the room.
The four primary compass directions; North, South, East,
Cats symbolize protection against evil spirits since they
see in the dark and frighten away bad spirits. Some refer to the Chinese
astrology symbol of rabbit as cat.
Certified Business Continuity Professional is an
international designation awarded by the Disaster Recovery Institute. One must
be recommended for the certification, complete a rigorous exam, have two years
of verifiable experience. Recertification is required every two years.
The four celestial animals are the red phoenix, green
dragon, white tiger and black tortoise. The front of a building (typically the
smallest area of a premises) is symbolized by the phoenix. In the rear
(typically the largest area) is governed by the tortoise. Standing inside the
building facing the front the dragon needs to be to the left (and takes up the
second largest area of the premises). This leaves the tiger on the right
(second smallest area of the premises). If any of the celestial animals are
missing or not in their respective areas, there are negative consequences.
Consult a qualified Feng Shui professional.
The middle of the bagua surrounded by eight trigrams.
Symbolizes earth, overall health, balance (being centered), late summer, and
square or flat shapes on the flying-star bagua.
A Feng Shui practitioner having achieved a certain level of
expertise and/or received a certificate of achievement or completion from a
Feng Shui school (see Feng Shui practitioner). Please note: While there are
exceptional schools, there arenít national standards as to what qualifies a
practitioner and validates their level of expertise. A code of conduct,
validation process, continuing education, etc., are all best practices under
development for Feng Shui professionals. Diana Garber was former Director of
Education for The International Feng Shui Guildís Education Committee and
championed this process.
Certified Feng Shui Consultant, a designation awarded by
individual Feng Shui schools after a student completes specified requirements.
Criteria varies from school to school. The International Feng Shui Guild is
working toward a set of standards to provide consistency in this realm.
Are considered good Feng Shui when placed just inside or
outside the home as they encourage chi to enter. They can also be hung in a
corridor between facing doors to eliminate the 'confrontational effect.'
A statement of agreement of responsibilities. A formal
written strategy that a person or group has undertaken.
One of the eight trigrams (guas or quadrants) of the bagua,
associated with the East, Spring, the number three, hard wood element, the
color green, the eldest son, family, health, and other life aspects. Chen is
denoted by two yin (dashed) lines over one solid line (yang).
The fifth early branch in the cycle of 12 life energies
represents strong and active energy. It is used in Chinese Astrology and Four
Pillars and is denoted by IV. One of the mythical, celestial animals of From
School lore, the dragon is the guardian and inspiration of the East. A member
of the Asian Zodiac, the dragon is highly revered in Asian societies and is
represents good fortune, great strength, and leadership. It is not uncommon for
Asian families to plan births of their children in the year of the dragon.
The motivating life-force also called ìcosmic breath,î ìpranaî or ìdragonís breath.î It is vital energy, primordial
breath, air, breath, or energy. Existing everywhere, itís the term that refers
to all forms of energy and its flow. Feng Shui concerns itself with the
movement and utilization of chi to create the most beneficial support for
people in their environment.
Techniques (such as meditation, qi-gong, tai chi or other
rituals) such as acupuncture and Feng Shui are used to enhance or adjust
personal chi, allowing it to flow smoothly throughout the body.
This annual Chinese publication has advice about the best,
worst, and appropriate activities, locations and more, for each day of the
year. It has been widely used in China to predict everything from the size of
the yearly harvest to the electoral success of public officials. In its almanac
form it is used for the selection of auspicious and inauspicious dates for all
types of activities.
Refers to a group of divination techniques first used in China,
based on astrological (or cosmological) assessments. The most common form
assigns a person a zodiac animal based on their natal year as determined by the
Chinese lunar calendar. This term also refers to several other methods commonly
used in Feng Shui, including Four Pillars
of Destiny, Nine Star Ki,
Zhi Ping, Purple Star and flying stars.
A daily calendar with the same information as the Tung Tísu contained in 365 pages, one for each day of the year.
When the solar calendar is used, this event happens during
the first week of February (typically the 4th or 5th).
When the lunar calendar is used, this event happens during January or February
and coincides with moon cycles. Determining the start of the New Year is
essential in the calculation of several divination techniques used in Feng
The second earthly branch in the cycle of 12 life energies.
It represents nourishing energy. It is used in Chinese Astrology and four
pillars, and is denoted by II.
The severed fate or total loss location. The most
inauspicious location in Eight House Feng Shui.
Doors that hit each other when opening.††††
The most widely practiced category of Feng Shui worldwide.
Based on the two original types first used in China, classic Feng Shui consists
of Form School
School principles. Contemporary classic Feng Shui is related to, and
utilizes, a variety of modalities that include the directional use of the bagua,
method, Ba Zhai
method, Four Pillars, flying stars
What we wear affects our personal Feng Shui. Tattered and
torn clothing attracts poverty energy, which often brings about bad luck.
Unflattering clothing does this too and lowers our self-confidence and yang
energy (causing lethargy and vulnerability. The colors we choose can attract
good or bad luck. As part of your personal report, we evaluate your Feng Shui
balance (or imbalance) and provide guidance.
Symbolize heavenly blessings.
Square columns produce poison arrows which can affect the
health of occupants. Round them off for better Feng Shui.
1) The best Form School location for the interior placement
of the bed or desk placement in a room. This position is usually farthest from
the door and facing the door, with one's back to a solid wall or mountain-like
feature. This position is considered the safest and most powerful, providing
the widest view of the room with the ability to see the door without being
directly in line with it. 2) The best Form School location of a building on its
site creating the classic armchair with the black turtle in the rear, red
phoenix in front, azure dragon and white tiger to the sides.
One of the two original schools of Feng Shui, it developed
after Form School. At first a simple needle-and-bowl compass were utilized to
determine the best direction and solar orientation of a structure. Eventually
Compass School incorporated principals of the I Ching and other Taoist
modalities. The compass evolved into the Loupan
compass which reveals many layers of information in its complex ring system.
Currently Western versions of the Lopan exist that are color coded and
translated to simplify usage. In Compass School Feng Shui, the bagua is a
diagrammatic representation of the Lopan compass and is oriented using the
actual directions; example, North sits on North of the floor plan.
The legendary philosopher lived 479 BC. He is China's greatest
sage, known throughout the world as a revered teacher and philosopher. Charity
and duty towards our neighbors were his daily text, while justice and truth
were highlighted as most virtuous.
Also see Black Sect.
Also known as five-elements controlling cycle, dominating
cycle, or some refer to it as the destructive cycle (but we donít destroy
energy, it just transforms). Metal pierces wood. Water diminishes fire.
The legal right of creative artists or publishers to control
the use of and reproduction of their original works. To secure the copyright on
a creative work.
Straight lines are foreign to nature, so when two straight
lines intersect, this is a powerful manipulation of nature energy. Corners are
considered bad Feng Shui as they disrupt healthy chi flow by sending negative
energy. If corners ëcutí at people in front of them, this energy needs to be
remedied or deflected.
A legal entity monitored by the local, state, and national
Long, straight corridors act as arrows projecting sha chi
and can symbolize harm or relationships (healthy chi has nowhere to
accumulate). Creating flow is the remedy (insert distractions or lights).
Semi-precious and/or geological stones (such as amethyst or
jade) that attract and amplify energy through diffusion of light.
I donít use this term as it assumes we (man) have the
answers. Others believe cures are objects, talisman rituals, prayers, actions
or intentions used to achieve balance, harmony, and beneficial chi in a space.
Classic Feng Shui only uses the five elements to support, suppress, neutralize
or dissipate negative energies (or chi).
A global grid-network of naturally occurring,
electrically-charged lines in the earth. These run diagonally to the poles
(NE-SW AND NW-SE) and were first discovered by Dr. Manfred Curry and Dr. Wittmann. The lines themselves are not necessarily
problematic. The places where they intersect with other (North-South,
East-West) grid lines, faults, or underwater streams are thought to be possible
sources for certain health problems. They can be located by dowsing.
See poison arrow.
There are three cycles used in Feng Shui. 1) The productive
cycle works clockwise on the element chart. It represents order and balance. Fire
produces earth, earth
produces metal, metal
produces water, water
produces wood, wood
produces fire. 2) The reductive cycle reduces the power of the dominant phase
and is used to minimize negative or dominant chi. Fire burns wood, wood absorbs
water, water corrodes metal, metal moves earth and earth reduces fire. 3) The
dominating cycle is exactly that, the phases dominate each other. Fire melts
metal, metal pierces wood, wood burdens earth, earth blocks water, and water
In Four Pillars, the self element residing in the Heavenly
Stem of the day pillar.
The third heavenly stem in the cycle of 10 based on the
productive cycle of the five elements as they go through their yin and yang
phases. It refers to the more inward and recessive aspects of the fire element.
It is used in Four Pillars and denoted by the number III.
The art or practice that seeks to see or foretell future
events or discover hidden knowledge or information by means of intuitive
powers, reading omens, and/or use of a tool or interpretation of external
objects. Divination is a universal cultural phenomenon that anthropologists
have observed as being present in every religion and culture throughout history
to the present day.
Any devices of various configuration and material used for
dowsing. Some of the most commonly used are the L-rod, the Y-rod, the bobber or
tensor, and the pendulum.
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.
See Hsu or Zodiac Asian.
The size, position and number of doors of a house are
important factors in Feng Shui. The front door is especially significant as if
it is the main point of entry for chi. It should not be obstructed or too small
and should not be positioned to face hostile structures such as crosses or arrows.
Bathroom and toilet doors should remain closed and doors should not face each
other if possible.
In a flying-star chart, double stars meet in the facing
palace. Example, for a cycle-eight structure both the water eight and mountain
eight reside in the facing palace. The energies for this structure are said to
be good for wealth but not for health or relationships.
In a flying-star chart, double stars meet in the sitting
palace. Example, for cycle-eight structure both the water eight and mountain
eight reside in the sitting palace. The energies for this structure are said to
be good for people and health, but not good for money.
Geo means earth, and mancy means
the study of lines. Also see diving rods. Dowsing involves methods of locating
and diagnosing unseen energies (especially those located underground) and has
been used to locate underground water for thousands of years. It can also be
used to locate other influences at a site or on a plan or map, and can also
discover other concealed information.
Dragons bring power and influence wherever you so choose to
place them. The dragon supports the water element; best placing it facing
water, clean water such as an ocean, river, stream or a fountain. The dragon
brings the power of rain showers for abundant harvests, the principle of heaven
and male yang power. Some believe if you place a dragon inside the front entrance
door, it brings protection to the premises and occupants. See chíen azure dragon,
green dragon, Zodiac Asian
In Form School Feng Shui, the location that attracts and
retains the most benevolent chi. The most auspicious site to build a home or to
bury the dead.
Just as the human body incorporates channels whereby
life-force energy (chi) flows, so the earth contains similar channels called by
the ancient Chinese, "veins of the dragon." These channels of energy,
or chi, run through the earth.
A circular driveway is best for Feng Shui as the round shape
signifies abundance and progress. Straight driveways form poison arrows and can
direct sha chi. Never have a driveway that points directly at your door. Where
possible make the driveway curve or meander. Break up its edges with
overflowing flowerbeds to remove the hard angles.
Education with effort, one of the five aspects
of destiny. Even with the best luck, we will miss out if we do not
participate in life. We must do the work required.
One of the eight trigrams (guas or quadrants) of the bagua,
associated with the West; the number six; soft metal element; the colors white,
silver or gold; the youngest daughter; children or descendants; creativity and
other life aspects. Tui is denoted by one dashed-line (yin) over two solid
One of the five elements and represented by the Northeast,
Southwest and center of the bagua. Related numbers are two, five and eight.
Material things and earthly affairs are influenced by earth chi. Earth is also
the great transformer of chi often serving as a transition between two other
elements. Its colors are earth tones (yellow, tan, brown). Its movement is
downward and its shape is square or flat. Earth is at the center of the eight
trigrams in the Lo shu square and bagua, and represents balance, center and
In a Flying Stars
chart, the energy or quality of chi indicated by a number representing the
birth (closing of the roof) of a structure within a prescribed 20-year time
cycle, enclosing the earth energies of that time period into the structure.
Sets of grids of (electro-magnetic) energy lines in the
earth. The planetary energy grid exists in geometrical patterns that follow
specific symmetries. The grids meet at intersecting points, forming a matrix.
Some of the strongest power places on the planet are located on these grid
intersection points. Earth energies at grid intersection points can affect
human activity and health in a positive or negative way.
1) Refers to the twelve energies and twelve archetypes,
specific divisions in time and space offering information about the quality and
movement of chi. The earthly branches and the heavenly stems are the two primary
components of the Four Pillars method and appear as a ring on the luopan compass.
2) The twelve animals of the Asian zodiac.
The home of the dragon
and the wood element.
East is symbolic of growth energy. Anything requiring uplifting energy is best
placed in the east. Feng Shui practitioners may advise the eldest son live in
the East, as this was the space reserved for heirs of the dynasty in days of
Part of eight-house Feng Shui. People and buildings are
divided into two types, the East Group and the West Group, using the Later
Heaven bagua sequence. See East Life and West Life.
See four pillars.
Dividing the house into nine sections of the Lo Shu grid
determines the four most auspicious and four least auspicious directions and
activities for both the person and the building (excluding the center).
See Eight-House Feng Shui.
Whenever electric current (voltage) is running through a
wire or a conducting source, an electric field is present in space. Where
electric current flow is present, a magnetic field is produced. Over-exposure
to excessive electro-magnetic fields is harmful to health.
One of the foundations of Feng Shui theory is rooted in the
interaction and balance between the five elements, which in Chinese cosmology
are wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Each of these elements governs
specific aspects of life.
The elephant is a symbol of strength, wisdom and prudence.
The elephant symbolizes the year, and is thus a celestial animal in Buddhism.
The elephant is sacred because it was said to offer flowers to Buddha and also
carried the gem of wishes and the sacred alms bowl of Buddha. The Elephant is
regarded as an animal with high morals, and is said to understand human speech.
Elephants should be placed high on a mantel or shelf or on an altar for
Feng Shui is based on the interaction between the five
elements that are water, wood, fire, metal and earth. Finding a perfect balance
for these five through placement is the key to good Feng Shui. Too much of an
element can take over another so be sure not too use too much or too little of
An interior doorway or door frame without a door.
Ethical massage therapist. Emergency medical technician.
The practice of Feng Shui concerns itself with the movement
and quality of energy, or chi. Creating a healthy and positive flow of energy
is said to enhance physical and emotional health and quality of life. The
quality of energy is determined by its flow and the frequency of its vibration.
By raising that frequency we improve its quality and beneficial influence.
An attempt to integrate the eight-house Chinese bagua system
with the 12 Western astrology archetypes.
The direction that an individual or building faces. This
typically represents where the strongest yang energy is.
See flying star.
Translates to wind water. The study of wind and water in the
environment. The practice of Feng Shui is believed to be 6,000 years old. It is
the art and science of harmonizing the person with their environment and
This practitioner is an accredited member of the Feng Shui
Network (FSNAM). They are in a program of continuing professional
development (CPD) and are deemed suitable for the highest standards of practice
(instructor level). They are audited annually and meet specific criteria.
A trained professional who has studied and mastered the
principles and practices of Feng Shui. The modern Feng Shui practitioner is
schooled in a variety of modalities hopefully originating in traditional
practices. At a minimum, a competent practitioner is a graduate of, or
certified by, a reputable school.
One of five elements used as a remedy. It also represents
South on the compass and bagua. Colors symbolized by red, pink, and purple.
This element implies expression.
Fish represent success and when they are healthy in a pond
or aquarium is said to bring good luck. Symbols of fish (or art containing
fish) may be placed in the study or office to bring success or good fortune in
1. Ming (ming4) represents fate and destiny. We're born into
it and it cannot be changed, but can be known.
2. Yun (yun4) represents luck, which fluctuates with time
and can be predicted.
3. Feng Shui (feng1 shui3) represents our environment. We
can manipulate it to reach the higher levels of what our fate and our luck
4. Dao De (dao4 de2) represents virtue and character, and
produces good karma and good will from others.
5. Du Shu (du2 shu1) represents education and effort. We're
here to learn and grow.
1) Karma 2) fate 3) Feng Shui 4) luck, and 5) good work. The
Chinese believe these greatly affect or control the fate or destiny of
individuals. Each aspect accounts for approximately 20% of life's factors.
1) Fire 2) earth 3) metal 4) water, and 5) wood. The
foundation for Feng Shui balance. When working in harmony, they are productive
to each other (see productive cycle), reductive (see reductive cycle), or
dominating (see dominating cycle).
Once fresh flowers have passed their prime, discard them as
wilting flowers attract negative energy. Silk flowers are an alternative.
Thorns are best removed from fresh flowers when displayed as they can act as
poison arrows. Flowers provide yang energy when displayed in the bedroom of the
sick. Not as desirable in bedrooms of the healthy as they can bring too much
yang energy in a room designed for rest. Avoid pressed or dried flowers.
Flowerbeds reduce the effects of hazardous energy and absorb
negative energy. For example plant a flower bed in front of a bedroom window to
enhance your relationship or romance.
Bamboo flutes are used in some methods of Feng Shui. They
are a symbol of strength and support. It is recommended that when you hang your
flute, make sure that the mouthpiece is up. It is believed flutes create
strength and support, and deliver a message of peace and safety. Typically they
are hung over the front door for security.
(aka Xuan Kong, Fei Xing, Geomancy, or classic) was developed in Northern
China presumably 206BC. This is likely the most complex of all methods and is
based on the I Ching. A flying-star chart formulates from compass directions
and the construction date of the structure (corresponds to a 20-year cycle of
Jupiter and Saturn). The resulting chart becomes the birth chart of the
building (or energy blueprint) whereby practitioners can read the history of the
structure and its impact to occupants. In addition, based on annual and monthly
cycles, they can predict when good fortune and less-desirable circumstances
will likely occur. Remedies are based only on elements fire, wood, metal,
water, and wood.
The oldest method of Feng Shui and was developed in Southern
China several thousand years ago. This method stems from mountainous regions,
and is a study of chi flow through and over the topography (land forms). Its
basis is determining whether the tortoise, dragon, tiger, and phoenix appear in
the terrain and how they interact. Good forms are needed to activate the
elemental interaction of flying stars and to support the intentions of BTB
Four Pillars of Destiny
According to ancient Chinese philosophy, a person's life is
altered by the date and time of birth (Ba-Zi). Ancient Chinese devised a method
to "read" the life of a person from the birth year, month, day, and
hour. The information is displayed in four columns (called pillars) each consisting
of two characters; resulting in eight characters.
Month, day, year, and time. The year reveals information
resulting from genes, health, aptitude and family background. The month reveals
information resulting from parents, brothers, sisters, friends and school. The
day reveals information resulting from your personality, ambition, appearance,
interests, dreams and desires. Time reflects information about one's life
– marriage, family life, career, and successes.
These should always be spacious and well lit to attract
Frogs are said to bring auspicious luck. A family of frogs
living in your garden will benefit the home and occupants.
Feng Shui Institute of America. See AFSII. A school
practicing the pyramid method of Feng Shui.
See compass school.
The area within a building that controls overall harmony.
When in balance, it brings good fortune and peace with a comfortable life. This
location protects you against bad fortune.
One of three immortal deities that represent achievement and
happiness. Also see Luk and Sau.
The seventh heavenly stem in the cycle of ten, denoting yang
metal, based on the productive cycle of the five elements as they go through
their yin and yang phases. It refers to the more active and aggressive aspects
of the metal element and is used in Four Pillars astrology.
From the Latin geo
(earth) and mancy (study or
prophecy of lines).1) The art of creating balance and harmony between
people and the energies of the earth. The study of the energies of the earth
and earth-based divination techniques that have appeared in nearly all
cultures. In modern times it is a study of geomantic, geopathic
and environmental influences with the intention of mitigating those energies
that appear to have an adverse effect on health and well-being. 2) †Manís influence on the earth.
energy field generated underground and radiated upward by mineral deposits,
water streams, or geological faults.
An extremely potent representation of the earth element,
brings good education luck when placed in the northeast corner of a students
See Wei, Asian Zodiac.
One of the Three
Afflictions, it is an inauspicious
energy needing to be remedied that moves to a different 15 degree section of
the compass each year. It is dangerous to sit facing this direction or disturb
or renovate in this direction sector when it is present.
Comprised of nine cycles of twenty years each. The current
Great Cycle began in 1864. The current twenty year cycle began in 2004. We are
currently in cycle eight (2004-2023).
There are nine dragons in total; each controls one aspect of
the universal elements. The Green Dragon is said to be the earth Dragon. The
other dragons are wind, sea, water, sky, fire, golden, mountain, and celestial.
Translates as house or sector. In Compass
School, refers to one of the eight quadrants connected to the eight
compass directions. One of the eight outer positions in the luo shu square the bagua, and the luopan
The tenth heavenly stem in the cycle of ten, denoting yin water,
based on the productive cycle of the five elements as they go through their yin
and yang phases. It refers to the more inward and recessive aspects of the
water element and is used in Four Pillars astrology.
The twelfth earthly branch in the cycle of twelve life
energies, representative of strong and active energy. It is used in Chinese
Astrology and Four Pillars.
The Hartmann net consists of naturally occurring charged
lines, running North-South and East-West named after Dr. Ernst Hartmann who
first described it soon after the WWII. Alternate lines are usually positively
and negatively charged, so where the lines intersect it is possible to have
double positive charges and double negative charges, or one positive and one
negative charge. It is the intersections that are seen to be a source of
Note: This definition is related only to Feng Shui. One
purpose of Feng Shui is to connect (spiritually and energetically) the person
in their building with Heaven and earth. 1) Refers to the nature of the
universal order, balance, and harmony of the cosmos. 2) In
astrologically-linked Feng Shui, includes consideration of the positions of the
stars and planets at a given time, and this positional influence on earthly and
human affairs. 3) The primal and spiritual source of chi.
Refers to the cycle of ten as the five elements go through the cyclical
transformations of their yin and yang phases. The stems are one of the two
primary components of Four Pillars astrology and represent the influence of
heaven in the creation of material reality.
The central Palace of the luo shu grid. Also refers to the center point
of a structure.
A symbol from the I Ching
made up of six solid or dashed lines formed from two trigrams. There are sixty
four hexagrams in the I Ching representing all known combinations of energies
or correspondences. They are used to divine a probable course to future events,
and read for their philosophical and inspirational insights.
Represents an area within a building that causes accidents
and mishaps such as financial loss or other problems.
A chart that is drawn using the time, location and cosmology
aspects of the birth of an individual or building, to be used for the purpose
or gaining an understanding of hidden information.
The seventh earthly branch in the cycle of twelve life
energies, representative of expansive energy. It is used in Chinese astrology and Four Pillars. 2) The
horse is represented by the direction South and symbolizes endurance, courage
and speed. It can bring excessive yang energy. Artwork or pictures of horses
are best hung in the South side of the living room because of its association
with the element of fire. A figurine of a horse placed in the Southwest of the
living room will energize luck in social interaction and placed in the
Northwest for luck in examinations.
A landscape of hills forming this shape with the house in
the center looking out over flat open pasture is said to bring good luck and
fortune to a family for five generations.
These can be a number of things such as buildings,
overpasses, hills or land features, or any large structure that forms a hidden
or poison arrow. They produce and direct sha toward your home.
Time and intuition-based divination, related to Plum Blossom
The eleventh earthly branch in the cycle of twelve life
energies, it is representative of possessive, watchful and dominant energy. It
is used in Chinese astrology and Four
Space, present time and intuition-based divination.
Accidents and mishaps; the disaster location in Eight House
One of the great Chinese philosophical texts, also known as
the Book of Changes, describing all movements and developments of every event
or phenomenon in the universe. It consists of sixty four hexagram
s based on combinations of the eight trigrams.
The I Ching has been used for divination
and for philosophical guidance for thousands of years and is an important
component in the formation of Feng Shui
Chinese coins symbolize prosperity and their meaning
originates from ancient times when coins were used as amulets as protection
against disease, evil or negative energy directed at the wearer. Also used in
Feng Sui and as an ancient Chinese oracle or fortune telling. Place some I
Ching coins in a bowl of salty water for a great metal cure in the west and
northwest sector of the premises.
A Compass School
method utilizing the hexagrams of the I Ching
on the luopan.
A result or sign of bad Feng Shui. Think practically and
check for blocked drains or stagnant water (polluted Chi). Look for signs of
poison arrows around or directed at the home.
A term frequently used in
Feng Shui to denote unfavorable, undesirable, harmful influences and
Incorporated. See corporation.
Incense is used for
clearing and uplifting. Also used as a thanks giving gift to a deity when
placed on its altar.
A method used to balance
and harmonize personal chi.
Integrative Feng Shui is a
combination of different methods of Feng Shui, as determined by a particular
The four compass
directions that reside between the cardinal points: Northwest, Northeast,
Southeast, and Southwest.
To feel or know (from an
inner voice) what is needed in a space for placement and remedies. This
utilizes shamanism and also evaluates people and their lifestyle. Practitioners
may or may not have formal training. Please note the term Intuitive Feng Shui
is trademarked by William Spear and should not be confused with an intuitive
approach to Feng Shui.
The sixth heavenly stem in
the cycle of ten, denoting yin earth, based on the productive cycle of the five
elements as they go through their yin and yang phases. It refers to the more
inward and recessive aspects of the earth element and is used in Four Pillars
The first heavenly stem in
the cycle of ten, denoting yang wood, based on the productive cycle of the five
elements as they go through their yin and yang phases. It refers to the more
active and aggressive aspects of the wood element and is used in Four Pillars
Yin essence. According to
the Scholar Warrior Dictionary, Jing (yin) is combined with chi (yang) to
produce food and the body's fluid to make blood (refer to San Bao).
Used for Feng Shui
remedies. Ornate tissue-thin rice paper that is rough, feels handmade, often
contains imperfections and inconsistencies, and may contain metallic leaf. Some
Joss papers are blessed in Buddhist temples and are used in Asia in rituals,
holiday observances and in Feng Shui.
The severed fate or total
loss location. The most inauspicious, worst location in Eight House Feng Shui.
One of the eight trigrams,
or quadrants of the bagua,
associated with the North, the symbol of the tortoise, the element water, the
colors blue to black , the middle son, ears, blood (and other influences),
winter, new moon, night, asymmetrical shapes, or waves. In BTB, this section of
the bagua symbolizes career.
The study of a site with
reference to time.
One of the eight trigrams,
guas or quadrants of the bagua, associated with the Northeast, the symbol
Mountain, the element earth, the number 8, the colors brown to yellow or blue
to green, the youngest son, travel, knowledge and self-actualization, and other
life aspects. In the I Ching, Ken is denoted by one solid line over two broken
The Japanese word for chi,
Color, space, form,
One of the eight trigrams,
guas or quadrants of the bagua. Symbolizes strong earth. Southwest , head
female, abdomen (and other influences) , late summer, afternoon, and square or
flat on the flying star bagua. In BTB, this section of the bagua symbolizes
partnership and love.
Heaven Bagua, also called Later Heaven Sequence, Wen Wang Bagua
A circular or octagonal arrangement of the eight trigram directions, this is
the bagua sequence used in the Feng Shui luopan compass. Kan is placed in the
South, Li in the North, Chen in the East and Tui in the West. Unlike the
Earlier Heaven, static bagua, this is a dynamic bagua where energies and aspects
of each trigram cycle into the next.
Alignment and patterns of
powerful, invisible earth-energy believed to connect various sacred sites such
as churches, temples, stone circles, megaliths, holy wells, burial sites, and
other locations of spiritual importance.
One of the eight trigrams.
Symbolizes fire, South, the phoenix, summer, second daughter, eyes, heart (and
other influences), full moon, midday, and triangles on the flying-star bagua.
In BTB, this section of the bagua symbolizes fame.
The day the annual star
changes. The beginning of the Chinese Solar New Year, which usually begins
February 4th or 5th each year.
A hybrid between a
corporation and a partnership. It provides easy ìpass – throughî taxation
(profits and losses are added to the owner(s) personal tax returns) like a sole
proprietorship, with the liability protection of a corporation. Like a
corporation, it is a separate legal entity; unlike a corporation, there is no
stock and the duration is usually not perpetual, though it can be. The owners
of an LLC are called ìmembersî, not ìshareholdersî. So in essence, itís like a
corporation, with less complicated taxation and stock formalities.
See Limited –
A type of structure determined with flying stars. These can become
locked when they donít have the elemental remedy to prevent it. Many Chinese
refer to a locked building as an imprisoned building--it restricts movement.
People or prosperity influences can become locked, or in rare cases both can
lock at the same time. When a structure has prosperity locked the flow of money
to the occupants is restricted. This usually precedes a buyout or merger.
Occupants of a building that is locked on people will experience continuing
health and relationship problems. A business in a building with a people lock
will have difficulty keeping employees and attracting new customers.
Dragon veins or ley
lines--the paths which chi follows through the earth.
Currently Western versions
of this compass exist that have been color coded and translated to simplify its
usage. The Lopan remains one of the most effective tools for diagnosing and
diagramming the energies within a space and linking them to the eight trigrams,
five elements, yin/yang and 12 energy cycles.
Lo Shu Grid
A three by three pattern
(three columns with three rows) simulating the back of a giant tortoise shell.
Licensed Practical Nurse.
Good or bad fortune, composed in Feng Shui of heaven luck, earth luck, and
The area in a building that brings missed business opportunities, poor
health or legal problems. Itís a good place for a storage room.
One of three immortal
deities that represent achievement and wealth.
Based on the cycles of the
moon, is when the Chinese New Year is celebrated. This can be during January or
354 Days, based on twelve
cycles of the moon. The lunar month is the time interval between full moons,
approximately twenty nine and a half days.
The instrument used to
measure directions (compass, Luo Pan, or Lo Pan).
1) A magic square containing the nine stars. 2) The foundation of
all Feng Shui numerology. It is a three by three grid with a sequence of
numbers said, in myth, to have been discovered on a giant tortoise shell. It is
also called the magic square because any three sectors add up to fifteen along
any diagonal, vertical, or horizontal line.
divination compass used for Feng Shui which utilizes the Later Heaven or Wen
Wang bagua sequence, with the chi moving out from the center. From its humble
beginnings as a magnetic needle floating in a bowl of water, the luopan evolved
into a complex system of rings able to reveal advanced Feng Shui information.
In its modern form it has been translated and color coded to simplify its use as
a Feng Shui tool. The luopan is part of the rich cultural heritage of Feng
Three columns with three rows whereby the placement of the nine stars
totals 15 in every direction.
A ritualistic, spiritual, or sacred chant that is repeated either
silently or audibly, and can result in inducing an altered state of
To network with others for increased exposure. To promote oneís business
The fourth earthly branch in the cycle of twelve life energies,
representative of the energy of rapid growth and self-accomplishment. It is
used in Chinese Astrology Method of Minor Additions. Refers to the addition of
simple, natural energy (such as plants, light, water, etc.), along with intention
to affect Feng Shui changes without the need for major renovations.
A title or designation of experience. This term is meant to imply
someone that has 20 years of experience (Eastern practice), or has met specific
criteria of a school, another master, or instructor (Western practice). Ask the
person using the title what it represents. Criteria varies from school to
school. The International Feng Shui Guild is working toward a set of standards
to provide consistency in this realm.
Master of Business Administration.
Myers Briggs Type Indicator is an instrument developed by the mother and
daughter team of Myers and Briggs. It is a personality-assessment tool whose
foundation is based on Carl Jungís work. To use this designation, one must have
formal education and pass the exam.
1) Doctor of Medicine (M.D. or MD, from the Latin Medicinae Doctor)
is an academic degree for medical
doctors. It varies between countries, from being an entry-level professional
degree, to being a relatively rare higher doctoral research degree.† 2) Managing director is the term used for the chief executive of many
limited companies in the United Kingdom, Commonwealth and some other English
speaking countries. The title reflects their role as both a member of the Board
of Directors but also as the senior manager. The term Chief Executive (or its
American equivalent "Chief Executive Officer" or just
"CEO") is in general usage in the United Kingdom for the senior
executive of public limited companies, charities and Executive Agencies. At
subsidiary companies usage is more variable, with managing director often preferred.
Also see Chien or Tui. One of five elements used as a remedy or
corrective. It represents West and NW on the compass and bagua. Colors
symbolized by white, silver, gold, copper, and metal colors. This element
Ming4, life; fate, destiny, the ordinances of Heaven, order, command, or
assign. A name or title. One of the five areas of influence.
1) Life gua-station or experience 2) A personís destiny trigram with its
associated number, element, and life aspects, based on gender and year of
birth; an astrological method of divination providing information about a
subject, including the four most auspicious directions for the individual.
1) A courtyard, or entrance, especially where benevolent chi can gather
2) A defined area serving as a transition zone between one type of chi and
another, sometimes containing a vortex of energy, commonly at a main entrance.
3) A gathering place.
See Shíen, Asian Zodiac.
Direction of the compass. Eight mountains refer to N, S, E, W, NE, NW,
SE and SW. Twenty-four mountains refer to the eight directions and three
subdivisions within each.
Expressed as a number denoting the quality of chi in a sector of a
structure. The Mountain Star represents the sitting (rear) direction of a
structure in Flying Stars Feng Shui, and is associated with people (health and
Used by BTB School, Contemporary Western School and several others. It
orients the bagua with the North sector at the door and is grounded in
form-school principles. It focuses on creating a nourishing flow of chi through
the structure, and correcting intangible factors such as "predecessor
chi." It puts strong emphasis on the client's intentions for change and
A clock with a moving,
metal pendulum or moving arms; metal sculpture with perpetually moving parts;
hanging pots and pans; metal bells that ring when a door is opened; etc. A
metal fan is acceptable only if blades donít cut toward people entering,
sitting, or resting.
A hand gesture often used with a mantra to clear the energy of a person
or place, or to offer a blessing.
Mountain-time-facing order of stars.
The rich descendant's area. When in balance, it improves family
relationships, prevents arguments and solves problems. It is also good for
quality of home life.
A form of divination similar to the Ming Gua method that uses
the eight trigrams and all related information. It was made popular by the
macrobiotic movement in the West. Although it is Japanese in origin, its use
was adopted by many of the early Feng Shui practitioners in the West. It
differs from the Ming Gua method in that it uses the same calculations for both
male and female subjects.
A direction on the compass. Also see Kan and water.
A direction on the compass. Also see Ken and earth.
A direction on the compass. Also see Chien and metal.
The study of numbers and the manner in which they reflect certain
aptitudes and character tendencies.
See Chou and Zodiac Asian.
Name for each of the nine sections of the luo shu square (grid), used to
calculate a flying stars chart.
Same as a sole proprietorship,
except there is more than one person involved. The owners are personally liable
for the company and its debt, income is distributed equally and is added on
each ownerís personal tax returns.
An apparatus consisting of an object mounted so that it swings freely
under the influence of gravity.
The peony is among the
longest-used flowers in ornamental culture and is one of the national emblems
of China. In Japan, Paeonia lactiflora used to be called ebisugusuri ("foreign medicine"). In kampo (the
Japanese adaptation of Chinese medicine), its root was used as a treatment for
convulsions. It is also cultivated as garden plant. In Japan it is said that
Chinese people call Paeonia lactiflora "prime minister of flowers".
A cycle of qi, it is the primary requisite for construction of a
flying-star chart. This is the beginning process of the time factor to
determine the allocation of qi throughout the structure. Some schools utilize
the move - in date as the essential time factor. The most widely-recognized
method is to use the time of construction as the determining factor and more
specifically the time of the closing of the roof. Each age or period lasts 20
years and begins on a year ending in the number four (1944, 1964, 1984, etc.).
Doctor of Philosophy, or Ph.D.
(informally PhD), an
abbreviation for the Latin "Philosophiae Doctor"; alternatively, "Doctor
Philosophiae", D.Phil. from Greek (meaning "Teacher of
Philosophy"), is a doctoral degree granted upon completion of extensive
academic work in a field of study. In medieval times, any research outside the
fields of theology, medicine or law was calledîphilosophyî hence the Ph.D.
degree covers a wide range of subjects. Contemporary Ph.D. degrees are awarded
in nearly every field of the sciences and the humanities.
A symbolic animal of Form School representing summer, the color red, and
the compass point South. The Phoenix represents water features in front in the
Form School armchair metaphor.
Three or more doors in a row.
See Hai, Zodiac, Asian.
I Ching divination by time and space. Used to divine a current event or
any date when a present event strikes you as an omen.
A term that refers to sharp, hostile corners or objects, both indoors
and out, that can cause oppressive, destructive or disruptive energy; or sha
qi, to be directed at the inhabitants of a space.
An omen or sign of something to come manifested in accordance to a
resonance with persisting energy; from the Eight House or Eight Mansions
method. Each of the eight outer quadrants of the bagua has a portent depending
on the gua calculation for the person or building it is being related to. Each
portent has an auspicious or inauspicious association. This association is
determined by the pattern of the changing lines of the trigram contained within
One who practices an art or discipline.
The oldest arrangement of the eight trigrams. In this bagua, the
trigrams opposite each other are complimentary, symbolizing the opposite forces
of yin and yang, and representing an ideal state when everything is in balance
The residual energy left behind by the previous inhabitants of a space.
Also known as chi.
Techniques, such as meditation, qi-gong, tai ji or other (usually) Asian
techniques, rituals, acupuncture, and Feng Shui that are used to enhance or
adjust personal chi or qi, allowing it to flow smoothly throughout the body.
1) A martial art which gathers chi in the body.† 2) A series of choreographed movements based
on this martial art said to bring health benefits.
One of the eight trigrams (guas or quadrants) of the bagua, associated
with the Northwest; the number six; hard-metal element; the colors grey, white,
metallic gold, silver; father or boss; travel; benefactors; and other life
aspects. Chien is denoted by three solid (yang) lines and is the most yang
An area defined as East, SE, South, SW, West, NW, North, NE, or
center—every 45 degrees of the compass.
According to the Scholar Warrior Dictionary, [quo is] Kingdom, a term
used with Tsong quo referring to China.
See Mao, Zodiac, Asian.
See Wei, Zodiac Asian
See Zi, Zodiac, Asian.
In BTB Feng Shui, refers to an exchange of red envelopes containing some
amount of money between a client or student and a BTB Feng Shui practitioner or
teacher who has been asked for, and has provided, transcendental solutions.
This tradition was developed to ritualize, respect and honor the information
given, and to acknowledge the exchange of energy between client and
practitioner. The number of red envelopes given is relative to the significance
of the information provided.
Recorded member or student of an organization.
Remedies consist of the five elements (fire, earth, metal, water, or
wood) and are used to achieve balance, harmony, and beneficial chi in a space;
or to suppress, neutralize or dissipate negative or stagnant energies (or chi).
Ren, also called Jen
The ninth heavenly stem in the cycle of ten, denoting yang water, based
on the productive cycle of the five elements as they go through their yin and yang
phases. It refers to the more active and aggressive aspects of the water
element and is used in Four Pillars astrology.
A type of structure determined with flying stars. It means not good
people or prosperity energies. Thereís always some sort of struggle—money
and people; divorce, bankruptcy, foreclosure, business moving in and out,
residences where people move every couple years.
In a Flying Stars chart, the water Star resides in the Mountain Palace
and the Mountain Star resides in the water Palace. For cycle eight, the eight
water Star resides in the sitting direction and the eight Mountain Star resides
in the facing direction. The energies for this structure are not good for money
(wealth) or for people (health and relationships).
A door that opens to the smallest part of the room or to a wall.
See You, Zodiac, Asian.
The practice of architectural design based on observing the patterns occurring
in nature and the cosmos, then reflecting and replicating these structures to
create a resonance with nature and the divine. Temples and cathedrals were
built according to these principles. The incorporation of sacred architecture
in Feng Shui today combines aspects of sacred geometry and sacred proportions
with an intuitive and energetic understanding of the site and the client to
achieve these goals.
The study of proportion and inherent order in space, including how
shapes affect energy. It is an ancient study that has been preserved in certain
mystical traditions. Measurements, properties and relationships of points,
lines, angles, surfaces and solids are observed and related to the pure
principles existing in nature.
San Ban Gua
All palaces of the flying star chart contain the mountain-time-facing
combinations of 147, 258, and 369. Reputedly, this structure is auspicious
under all circumstances.
The three treasures; heaven, earth and humanity. An essential principle
of Daoist thought and Feng Shui, it refers to the three levels of chi and luck
that influence our lives.
Refers to three cycles of twenty years each comprising one cycle of
sixty years, and is the basis of Flying Stars Feng Shui. A particular chi is
prevalent during each twenty year cycle. These twenty year cycles are based on
the cycles of the planets Jupiter and Saturn. Every twenty years they align,
causing a major energy shift.
One of three immortal deities that represent achievement and longevity.
After a corporation has been formed, it may elect ìS Corporation statusî
by submitting a form to the Internal Revenue Service (some states require their
own version). Once this filing is complete, the corporation is taxed like a
partnership or sole proprietorship rather than a corporation. Thus, the income
is ìpassed throughî to the shareholders for purposes of computing tax returns.
One of the directional needles on a San He luopan. The seam needle reads
7.5 degrees behind the correct needle. The seam needle was originally used in
yin house feng shui as the
guideline to locate the "sands" and "water."
Cutting chi generated by a straight alignment of landform features such
as trees, poles, or nearby buildings.
See Later Heaven bagua, Pre-Heaven bagua.
Destructive, negative, harmful, inauspicious.
Also known as killing breath, sha chi refers to the negative energy that
is caused by sharp angles and hostile structures.
A spiritual or religious practice where shamans can intercede between
humanity and spirits.
Translates as mountain.
To ascend, up, above.
Above mountain, see double-facing.
Above mountain and below water, reversed house or out-of-place mountain
and water, prominent star occupies mountain in the facing and water in the
See Wei, Zodiac, Asian.
Life, growth, beneficial.
Generates breath. This area
within a building when in balance attracts prosperity, wealth and success in
examinations (lifeís journey).
Shui (mandarin)- shui 3
Translates as water; general term for river, etc.
The ninth earthly branch in the cycle of twelve life energies,
representative of restless and flexible energy. It is used in Chinese Astrology
and Four Pillars.
The sixth earthly branch in the cycle of twelve life energies,
representative of strong and active energy. It is used in Chinese Astrology and
Negative energy that is dull, and lifeless. It lessens the good positive
chi and brings a low energy to the area.
The direction that an individual or building sits. This typically
represents where the most yin energy is.
See Si, Zodiac, Asian.
Based on the sunís cycle (365 days a year), is the day the annual star
changes which usually begins February 4th or 5th each year.
A business with one owner. A business organized as a sole proprietorship
is not separate from its owner, merely a different name that the business owner
operates under. The owner is personally liable for the company and its debt,
all income is added on the ownerís personal tax returns (pass – through
A direction on the compass. Also see Li and fire.
A direction on the compass. Also see Hsun and wood.
A direction on the compass. Also see Kun and earth.
A ceremony that rids a building of existing energies. It is not
considered Feng Shui, but facilitates it. There may be residual emotional or
physical negative energies from previous land or building occupants.
A number representing an energy or quality of chi which moves cyclically
through time in a Flying Stars chart.
The star (planet) Jupiter.
One of the eight trigrams, guas or quadrants of the bagua, associated
with the Northwest, the symbol Wind, the element wood, the number 4, the colors
green or purple, the eldest daughter, wealth, prosperity and other life
aspects. In the I Ching, Sun is denoted by two solid lines over one broken
Grand, ultimate. According to the Scholar Warrior Dictionary, [Tai Chi
is] 1) (martial) several Taoist martial arts based on Taoist theory. Generally
these arts are practiced very slowly; 2) (metaphysical) the first division of
Wu Chi, it represents the primal separation into yin and yang.
Is translated into Grand Duke Jupiter. It is the direction related to
the year, i.e., tiger direction in a tiger year, part of the NE. It is
generally acknowledged that it causes harm to disturb the earth or perform
construction in these directions.
It was philosopher Lao Tze that originated
Taoism after sitting on a green buffalo where he experienced an unexplainable
magical moment. He saw the sky turning purple and then the buffalo also turned
purple. It was then he achieved his wisdom of philosophy and started writing it
into scriptures and Tao Te Ching was written (a book about moral philosophy).
According to legend passed down from the ancients, it is said that Shen Tao
wrote the first Tao in China during the sixth century B.C.
The philosophical foundation work of most major religions in Asia.
Although Taoism is not a religion but rather a way of being, Buddhism, Hinduism
and Shintoism evolved out of Taoism. Taoism professes ìnon credoî; ìdo not
believe any thing and accept all thingsî and is largely based on the
observation of the natural order.
Begins 2698 BCE on the first day of the reign of Huang Di, the ìYellow
Emperor.î Describes the movement of chi for ten thousand years and is an
essential tool in the creation of Four Pillars charts and other forms of
divination. Each volume covers 100 years of information.
Inauspicious energies that move to a different section of the compass
The BTB Feng Shui method of superimposing the bagua on a site, building,
or room relative to the entry (Mouth of Chi) by aligning the entry with one of
the three trigrams Ken (Knowledge), Kan (Career) or Qian (Helpful People). The
space is analyzed and remedied from these bagua positions.
A method using the astrological 120 degree relationship to create
harmonious relationships. There are sets of three compass positions 120 degrees
apart, represented by their corresponding set of three animals of the zodiac,
that are in harmony with each other. This system is used to determine those
with whom a person is astrologically in resonance, or harmony.
One of the Three Afflictions, it is an inauspicious energy needing to be
remedied that moves to a different 90 degree sector of the compass each year.
You can face this direction but should never have it behind you.
A transcendental and ritualized use of thought, action and speech to
imbue Feng Shui adjustments with conscious intention.
See San cai.
An area within a building known as doctor from heaven. This location
cures illness and improves health. When in balance, itís the best location for
you when ill.
A symbolic animal in form school
represented by the West, or the right side of a lot (facing as the lot faces).
A tiger in the terrain is auspicious as it balances the dragon. It should not
be larger than the dragon.
The linear conception of distance traveled by consciousness. Several of
the methods of time calculation include Local Apparent Time, Local Mean Time,
Standard Time, and Daylight-Savings Time. When determining the
"double-hour" of birth in Chinese astrology, for the hour and day
pillar use standard time.
A symbolic animal in form school
represented by the North, or back of a lot. A tortoise in the terrain is
auspicious and represents the mountain (stability).
See Classic Feng Shui.
In BTB Feng Shui, a spiritual or ritualistic solution used to complement
and reinforce the mundane, common sense solutions. BTB Feng Shui combines
transcendental (yin) solutions with mundane (yang) solutions to achieve balance
The eight possible combinations of symbols consisting of a combination
of three yin (dashed) or yang (solid) lines. Each trigram is associated with
phenomenal aspects of the world expressed as a direction, an element, a number,
body organs, a color, a family member and other life aspects, and make up the
essential components of "Eight House" or "Eight Mansions"
Feng Shui. Each trigram is a coded description of a quality of chi. The eight
trigrams are an essential component of all Baguas used in Feng Shui and can
appear in two different version; the "Early Heaven Sequence" and the
"Later Heaven Sequence." When stacked in pairs hexagrams are formed
allowing for the 64 combinations of the I Ching. Each person has a personal trigram
related to their gender and birth date, called their Ming Gua.
Also see Chinese almanac. 10,000 year calendar begins 2698 BCA on the
first day of the rein of Huang Di (Yellow Emperor). It describes the movement
of chi for this period and is an essential tool in the creation of Four Pillars
Each Chinese hour is two western hours long and is given the name of one
of the twelve animals of the Asian zodiac.
Twenty- Four Mountains
Consist of 12 earthly branches, eight heavenly stems and four corner
trigrams. There are six water houses, six fire houses, six wood houses and six
Some refer to the Twenty-Four Joints and Chi as the "Twenty-Four
Seasons". Each Joint and Chi has its own significance. The Twenty-Four
Seasons start approximately on February 4th with Li Chun and continue at
regular fifteen-day intervals throughout the year. The four seasons begin at
the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes and the Summer and Winter Solstices. The exact
time when each particular Joint or Chi starts depends on the Month Stem and
Twenty year Cycle
See San Yuan.
A method of Feng Shui founded in India and based on astrology.
Translates as prosperous,
Translates as prosperous
A type of building
determined with flying stars. It is Chinese for good mountain (people energy)
and good water (prosperity). Occupants are happy with their families and
experience prosperity. Businesses have good people energy (employees and
clients) and are affluent (donít struggle for stature and wealth).
One of five elements used
as a remedy or corrective. It also represents the North on the compass and
bagua. Colors symbolized by blue and black. This element implies flow, life
path, nourishment, and communication.
The star represented as a
number denoting the quality of chi
that represents the facing direction (front) of a structure in Flying Stars.
The water Star is associated with the energies of money.
The eighth Earthly Branch
in the cycle if twelve life energies. It is representative of friendly, calm
energy. It is used in Chinese Astrology and Four Pillars.
A direction on the compass.
Also see Tui and metal.
individuals or buildings having a gua of
two, eight, six or seven are said to belong to this group. The associated
directions are the Southwest, Northeast, Northwest and West. All members and
buildings belonging to this group share these directions as auspicious.
Implies processes and
terms founded or practiced in the Western hemisphere. In most cases it more
specifically means the United States.
Also see Black Sect and
Contemporary Western Feng Shui. A method of Feng Shui practiced widely in the
A symbolic animal of Form
School and one of the four Landform Guardians. In the ideal cradle or armchair
position of Form School, it refers to rolling hills or other support to the
right of a home.
A common Feng Shui remedy.
Considered to create very positive chi, wind chimes are appropriate in a number
of circumstances. Metal chimes are often used where moving metal or strong
metal is needed.
One of five elements used
as a remedy or corrective. It also represents East and SE directions on the compass
and bagua. Colors symbolized by green or living plants. This element implies
growth and strength.
The fifth heavenly stem in
the cycle of ten, denoting yang earth, based on the productive cycle of the
five elements as they go through their yin and yang phases. It refers to the
more active and aggressive aspects of the earth element. It is used in Four
According to the Scholar
Warrior Dictionary, [Wu Chi is] no extremity. A boundless, homogeneous state.
According to Taoist scripture, after the creation, the universe condensed into
The area within a building
that can bring fires, robbery or unemployment. It can also be the cause of
family misunderstandings and arguments.
This term has been
conveniently translated as five elements or five phases. The word
"Wu" means five. To single out the word "Xing" and try to
explain it is futile. "Wu Xing" is actually the short form of
"Wu zhong liu xing zhi chi" or the five
types of chi dominating at different times. Water dominates in winter, wood in
spring, fire in summer, metal in autumn. At the intersection between two
seasons, the transitional period is dominated by earth. Common translations are
five agents, five qualities, five properties and five courses.
To descend; down, below,
Below water, see
The eighth heavenly stem
in the cycle of ten, denoting yin metal, based on the productive cycle of the
five elements as they go through their yin and yang phases. It refers to the
more inward and recessive aspects of the metal element and is used in Four
See Double Facing.
See Double Sitting.
Dark, obscure, profound,
secret, time; progressing time; Xuan is a concept
that describes an unknown or deep sense of meaning and is often used in a
See Flying Stars.
Literally translated as time and space. A method of geomancy.
The Feng Shui spot, the
also called Hsun
One of the eight trigrams.
Symbolizes soft wood; wind, SE; the number four; soft wood element; eldest
daughter; thighs and hips; spring; late morning; and rectangles.
Harmony between people;
relationship harmony and the third best location in Eight House Feng Shui.
Yang energy is the active half of the yin-yang concept. Yang
is active, male, bright, lightweight, heat, upward/rising, noon, dry, sun,
life, summer, fire, directing, South. It should be balanced with similarly
opposite levels of yin energy.
Houses for the living.
The Feng Shui study of houses for the living.
The second heavenly stem in the cycle of ten, denoting yin
wood, based on the productive cycle of the five elements as they go through
their yin and yang phases. It refers to the more inward and recessive aspects
of the wood element and is used in Four Pillars astrology.
See Ba Zhai.
See I Ching.
Yin energy is the passive half of the yin-yang concept. Yin
is still, female, dark, heavy, cool, downward/falling, midnight, wet, moon,
death, winter, water, receptive, North.
It should be balanced by an equal presence of yang energy.
The third earthly branch in the cycle of twelve life
energies, representative of the energies of moving ahead rapidly. It is used in
Chinese Astrology and Four Pillars.
Translated as ìdark house,î meaning tomb or grave site.
The Feng Shui study of houses for the dead (burial sites).
A concept from the I Ching denoting the opposite polarities that came into
being when the universe came into manifestation; the Daoist idea that unites
all opposites as complimentary inseparable forces.
The tenth earthly branch in the cycle of twelve life
energies, representative of receptive energy. It is used in Chinese astrology
and Four Pillars.
1) Period of sixty years, San Yuan. 2) Unit of Chinese
Luck, which fluctuates with time and can be predicted.
To figure out something by meditation. To empty the space.
A perfect moment of insight and complete understanding,
One of the eight trigrams (guas or quadrants) of the bagua,
associated with the east, spring, the number three, the element wood, the color
green, the eldest son, family, health and other life aspects. Zhen is denoted
by two dashed lines over one solid line.
The first earthly branch in the cycle of 12 life energies,
representative of reproductive energy. It is used in Chinese astrology and Four
See Four Pillars of Destiny.
A diagram, consisting of twelve animal archetypes that are
metaphoric representations of twelve types of chi, which are linked to the
cyclical movements of the heavens and earthly relationships. Although the
archetypes have existed for thousands of years it is not certain when they were
given their animal names. The twelve are: Rat=Zi; Ox or Buffalo=Chou;
Tiger=Yin; Rabbit=Mao; Dragon=Chen; Snake=Si; Horse=Wu; Ram, Goat, Sheep or
Ram=Wei; Monkey=Shen; Rooster=You; Dog=Hsu; and Pig or Boar=Hai.
A diagram divided into the twelve astrological signs, each
bearing the name of a constellation. The twelve are Aries, Taurus, Gemini,
Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and
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