What is feng shui ?

What is feng shui ? Feng Shui has existed for over 4,000 years and has been preserved by ancient Chinese masters, who had the custom and philosophy to observe the positive and negative effects of nature when choosing the ideal space to make their crops and homes.

This knowledge has been transmitted over the years, and practiced in the most diverse regions of China.

It is worth remembering that each of them interprets and practices the art of Feng Shui in different ways and according to the culture of the region, which is why there are today many Feng Shui schools, such as: the School of Form, the  School of the Black Hat  and the School of Compass.

The word Feng Shui, whose literal translation means “Wind – Water”, considers that there are vibrations in the environments in which we live, or in its surroundings, which can act in a beneficial or harmful way to our body and mind .

Feng Shui, therefore, considers the interaction between the human being and the forces of nature.

Among the goals of Feng Shui , we can highlight:

  • the conservation of positive influences and their distribution in the environment around us;
  • the redirection of negative energies and harmful influences to the place;
  • the change or interaction between the elements present in the environment – ​​architectural alterations or alterations in the shape, color, and positioning of objects in the place – in order to attract health, money, love and prosperity , among other energies, to its practitioners.
what is feng shui, definition
what is feng shui, definition

How to Use Feng Shui Every Day ?

Feng Shui can be applied in environments or on people to achieve the following benefits:

– In homes : it is used to attract protection for the home and those who live in it, it helps to reconcile family and friends, and also to find a loving partner or improve the relationship, among other aspects.

– In companies and commercial establishments : used to increase business opportunities, balance the relationship between the work team and increase motivation, in addition to attracting profit and prosperity to the enterprise.

– For personal use : helps to  achieve mental, emotional, physical and spiritual balance, in addition to attracting prosperity in work and finances and improving personal relationships (in family, work and love).


The first information about feng shui was brought to Europe by Ernst Eitel, a famous Sinologist who worked for many years in China on a Christian mission. His book, published in 1873, is called Feng Shui, or Rudiments of the Natural Sciences in China.

Later, works on feng shui were published by Eitel’s colleagues, prominent Sinologists – the Dutchman Johann de Groot (“The Religious System of China”, 1892) and the Englishman Joseph Needham (“Science and Civilization in China”, 1954). However, the definition of feng shui formulated by Eitel remains probably the most accurate:

“Feng Shui is, simply put, a superstition system designed to teach people where and when to build burials and homes in order to provide the necessary eternal prosperity and well-being.”

The feng shui system in the form in which it appears today arose as a derivative of the teachings of the Chinese philosophers of the Song dynasty (960-1270), who regard Nature as a single living organism. This organism has, in their opinion, four sections:

– general order (whether),

– numerical proportions of the Earth and the Universe (shu),

– vital breath (qi),

– forms of manifestation of Nature (in).

The most complex calculations of many combinations within these sections, taking into account the terrain, the location of the stars, the season and much more, determined where, in fact, the Chinese peasant to go in this life.

But it is important to know that feng shui originated from the cult of the dead, which has been of great importance in China since ancient times. There has never been a tradition in China to create common cemeteries. Everyone was free to bury a deceased member of their family anywhere and in any way.

At the same time, the Chinese attached extreme importance to the funeral ritual, because they believed that the welfare of the living depends entirely on where the remains lie, whether Nature will perceive them correctly. Therefore, first of all, feng shui prescribed how and where to bury your loved ones.

As for the instructions for building houses and arranging furniture, they appeared much later, in the XI-XII centuries. n. NS. So one should not believe the modern brochures that claim that the age of the teachings is more than six thousand years.

This is simply not true, although the roots of Feng Shui really go back to the distant (although not so much) past: archaeologists have established that approximately the same principles of burial were applied already in the 9th century BC.

By the 19th century, feng shui entered the life of central China so tightly that Europeans more than once faced very serious problems, trying to implement projects for the construction of enterprises, roads, bridges and settlements.

European engineers despaired of the need to coordinate with the local authorities the installation of even telegraph poles, if the feng shui masters claimed that these poles create nodes of condensation, as they would say now, of negative energies.

And when the governor of the Portuguese colony of Macau decided to introduce the natives to the blessings of civilization and build, contrary to the canons of feng shui, a railway along the shortest distance from point A to point B, he was trapped and his head cut off.

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