Feng Shui And The Compass
Feng Shui, also called Chinese astrology, is an ancient pseudoscientific practice originating in ancient China, that claims to utilize Chi energy (also called Feng Shui) to unify people with their surroundings. The word Feng Shui literally translates into “water and wind” in English. It was developed over several centuries ago by Chinese geographer, Li Bauhin, who used the stars and the moon to map the layout of his new country. He believed that using this information he could design a better nation by determining the location and orientation of key structures and buildings. The principles of Feng Shui are still widely used today by those who wish to create a better surrounding through improving the flow of energy in their living space.
According to legend, the original practitioner of this ancient art was a cook who was traveling through the desert when he became disoriented. Instead of heading for home, he began to stare at the stars. Suddenly, he decided that a great wind-water source was to his immediate left. From that spot he drew a circle, and on its inner perimeter, a series of five points were pointed in the unique direction of the wind. The area surrounding the central point was designated the compass point and all other points were to be judged relative to it. When he returned to his home, he was amazed that all the animals that had been loose in his journey had turned back to where they originally belonged.
Today, Feng Shui is recognized not only by the Chinese people but also by many scientists who study the natural world. One of the most recognized characteristics of Feng Shui is its use of the yin compass, the compass which is based on the concept that two things are equal when placed opposite one another in space. According to the bagua, the yin compass has 12 branches which are designated with different colors: white is the north, red is the south, yellow is the east, green is the west, blue is the south east, orange is the northwest, and gray is the southeast. These branches then form a nine-line chain which ultimately results in the original point, which is known as the location of the earth. Today, the yin compass is used not only in Feng Shui but in all forms of astrology.
The symbols on the bagua are divided into three categories, which are the animals of the five elements, the earth, water, fire, and metal. The saga starts with the bagua symbol for water which is called the Tai. This represents the body of water and all its components including the climate, the waves, and all the physical factors which influence its growth and stability. The Tai is further subdivided into four categories: the male, female, dry and wet, and the semi-dry.
Next, we come to the animals that Feng Shui considers representative of different elements. The dragon is the most representative animal of water, and it rules over wood, fire, metal, and the natural world. It is also the animal that represents man since it is associated with wealth, health, and prosperity. If the earth surrounds the dragon it is called the mountain, and if it is resting on the water it is called the river. The semi-dry dragon is the most representative animal of earth, metal, and the environment, and is also the one that rule the natural world.
Last is the earth. It is considered the basic foundation and everything else follows from it. It includes everything from the mountains to the rivers, and it is the elemental core of the entire universe. To determine the appropriate direction, the bag is used since it is an old Chinese compass, believed to be around thirteen hundred years old. Today, this bag is usually placed on the inside portion of a room or office to help determine the proper location.