About Classical/Traditional Feng Shui
Originated in China
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese discipline associated with balance, harmony, and the creation of the compass.
"The compass was invented in China during the Han Dynasty between the 2nd century BC and 1st century AD where it was called the "south-governor" (sīnán 司南). The magnetic compass was not, at first, used for navigation, but for geomancy and fortune-telling by the Chinese."
Feng shui translates directly to wind-water.
Early on feng shui was used to find sites for safe dwellings and burial grounds. Later it evolved to find auspicious locations government buildings, temples, and monuments.
It is associated with wind and water because gentle winds and clean water meant good harvest and health. "Good feng shui" means good livelihood and fortune, while "bad feng shui" means what we all want to avoid, misfortune and hardship.
Goal = Balance & Harmony
Feng shui aims to align heaven and earth--yin and yang.
Formerly called "Kan Yu" which means "between Haven and Earth." Feng shui is the integration of the visible, physical world "Yu" with the invisible, unseen vibrational world "Kan." Think of other practices like Yoga (to yoke, body, mind, spirit) or mindfulness to be at peace with all levels of existence.
Feng shui has evolved and can include studying the energy carried in landforms like mountains, valleys, and lowlands, as well as Compass Feng Shui, the Eight Trigrams, I-Ching theory, astrology like branches of feng shui for predicting harvest, and Yin and Yang.
All seek to tie humanity to nature, etheric to earthly for greater ease, balance, and success.
Five Element System
fire, earth, metal, water, wood, balance each other out