Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. In literal translation feng means “wind” and shui means water. In Chinese culture, wind and water are associated with good health, thus good feng shui came to mean good fortune. Conversely, bad feng shui means bad luck or misfortune.
Feng shui practice dates back at least 6,000 years, and it contains elements of various branches of scholarly study, including physics, philosophy, astronomy, and astrology. It is related closely to closely to the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, particularly on the idea that the land is alive and filled with Chi, or energy. Other concepts shared between feng shui and Taoism include the polarities of yin and yang—the polar opposites that cannot exist without the other—and the theory of five elements.
Feng shui is sometimes thought to be the art of placement—understanding how the placement of yourself and objects within a space affects your life in various areas of experience. It is a complex body of knowledge that teaches us how to balance and harmonize with the energies in any given space—be it a home, office, or garden. Its aim is to assure good fortune for the people inhabiting a space. Although regarded by some in the scientific community as a pseudo-science, fen shui has had an impact on the aesthetics of interior design and the architectural layout of living and working spaces, both in its native eastern and more recently, western, cultures.
Since good fortune comes in many forms, including better health, a successful career, or a fulfilling love life, feng shui practice include detailed tips for almost every area of your life.
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