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Feng Shui

Feng shui
Fengshui Compass.jpg
A Luopan, Feng shui compass.
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Literal meaning wind-water
Vietnamese name
Vietnamese phong thủy
Thai name
Thai ฮวงจุ้ย (Huang Jui)
Korean name
Japanese name
Hiragana ふうすい
Filipino name
Tagalog Pungsóy, Punsóy

Feng Shui (pinyin: fēng shuǐ, pronounced [fɤ́ŋ ʂwèi] FUNG shway) is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment. It is closely linked to Taoism. The term feng shui literally translates as "wind-water" in English. This is a cultural shorthand taken from the passage of the now-lost Classic of Burial recorded in Guo Pu's commentary: Feng shui is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, classified as physiognomy (observation of appearances through formulas and calculations). The feng shui practice discusses architecture in metaphoric terms of "invisible forces" that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together, known as qi.

There is no replicable scientific evidence that feng shui's mystical claims are real, and it is considered by the scientific community to be pseudoscience.

Historically, feng shui was widely used to orient buildings—often spiritually significant structures such as tombs, but also dwellings and other structures—in an auspicious manner. Depending on the particular style of feng shui being used, an auspicious site could be determined by reference to local features such as bodies of water, stars, or a compass.

Qi rides the wind and scatters, but is retained when encountering water.

Feng shui was suppressed in mainland China during the state-imposed Cultural Revolution of the 1960s but has since then regained popularity.

The Skeptic Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience briefly summarizes the history and practice of feng shui. It states that the principles of feng shui related to living harmoniously with nature are "quite rational," but does not otherwise lend credibility to the nonscientific claims. After a comprehensive 2016 evaluation of the subject by scientific skeptic author Brian Dunning, he concluded that there is nothing demonstrably real at all about the practice and stated that:

The Azure Dragon (Spring equinox)—Niao (Bird 鳥), α Scorpionis
The Vermilion Bird (Summer solstice)—Huo (Fire 火), α Hydrae
The White Tiger (Autumn equinox)—Mǎo (Hair 毛), η Tauri (the Pleiades)
The Black Tortoise (Winter solstice)— (Emptiness, Void 虛), α Aquarii, β Aquarii
  • Luan Tou Pai, 巒頭派, Pinyin: luán tóu pài, (environmental analysis without using a compass)
  • Xing Xiang Pai, 形象派 or 形像派, Pinyin: xíng xiàng pài, (Imaging forms)
  • Xingfa Pai, 形法派, Pinyin: xíng fǎ pài
  • Landscape ecologists often find traditional feng shui an interesting study. In many cases, the only remaining patches of old forest in Asia are "feng shui woods", associated with cultural heritage, historical continuity, and the preservation of various flora and fauna species. Some researchers interpret the presence of these woods as indicators that the "healthy homes", sustainability and environmental components of ancient feng shui should not be easily dismissed.
  • Environmental scientists and landscape architects have researched traditional feng shui and its methodologies.
  • Architects study feng shui as an ancient and uniquely Asian architectural tradition.
  • Geographers have analyzed the techniques and methods to help locate historical sites in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and archaeological sites in the American Southwest, concluding that ancient Native Americans also considered astronomy and landscape features.
  • The "Ba Gua" - octagon with a trigram on each side - is the cycle of the stations. In the Southern Hemisphere the seasons are reversed in relation to the Northern Hemisphere. So the Ba Gua should reflect these differences.
  • The "Luo Pan" - Chinese compass with all formulas of Feng Shui summarized in a grid disc - was created to be used in regions that lack natural elements and landforms. Method of flying stars.
  • The Coriolis effect causes the air currents and water rotate in opposite directions in the two hemispheres: counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere This effect causes a mirror in the distribution of energy on the surface of the globe..
  • A new perspective, Feng Shui course, defends the adaptation of the Ba-gua Later Heaven Sequence for the Southern Hemisphere based on trigrams (and its correlation with the seasons) and the Northern Hemisphere Stars guide and the Hemisphere South: Polaris and Alpha-Crux. Feng Shui course created the Solar Method of the Four Seasons, unprecedented and valid method in both hemispheres. This perspective understands the profound Chinese philosophical and updated in Time and Space this important tool to create harmony and prosperity.


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