last couple of decades there has been an increasing interest in
Fengshui in the West. Fengshui is often translated into English as
Chinese geomancy, which means something like "earth divination."
The Chinese word consists of two characters, meaning "wind and
water." It is a form of science or magic that is concerned with
the layout of the terrain and archicture, and its influences on
The parallel between the human body and
landscape is an old metaphor in Chinese history. The human body
has channels, also called meridians, that transport the vital
energy necessary for the healthy functioning of the body. On the
ground, these channels are the rivers and canals, along which the
energy necessary for happiness and good luck travels. The
obstruction of the pathways causes disease in the body and
disaster in the house.
Constellation charts from a fengshui compass
thinks in terms of mountains and rivers. The perfect position is
to have a mountain behind you a river flowing towards the right
hand side in front of you. If you live in a city, the rivers are
streets and avenues, while the mountains are high buildings. If a
high building is built right in front of your house, it will block
the flow of energy and prevent good luck from entering your house.
However, there is no need to move to a new place because there are
solutions. In fact, Fengshui is all about solutions. You can hang
up mirrors, plant trees, strategically position pieces of
furniture to aid the flow of qi in the house.
You might call it superstition but in Chinese
culture Fengshui is an existing phenomenon to this very day.
Companies would often spend extra millions of dollars just to
ensure that the Fengshui is right for their new headquarters,
rather than going with the cheaper but Fengshui-wise inauspicious
solution. And, after all, many Western hotels skip the thirteenth
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