FENG SHUI:
WIND AND WATER

Feng Shui, which could be translated as wind and water, is an ancestral Chinese practice whose origins go back more than 4000 years. Feng Shui is a set of beliefs, traditions, common sense and divination and considers that the fluidity of energy flow brings harmony to the earthly environment. A good Feng Shui respects certain rules of habitat planning and our living space must be thought according to the energies in order to establish harmonious relations, to be in good health… The essential bases of Feng Shui are: THE CHI Chi is a difficult concept to grasp for Westerners. Chi for the Chinese, Qi for the Japanese and Prana in India, Chi is an omnipresent vital force that circulates freely between all things and beings in the universe. Chi is the universal energy of life that permeates the world: every living organism is animated by energy and generates its own Chi. Chi is multivibratory because it is charged with all the energies it encounters and its intensity and quality vary with its movements. In a house, it will be impregnated by all the elements of the house: materials, colors, architecture, plants and humans. It can be blocked by walls or furniture, absorbed by water, weakened by dying plants or aggressive because of angular shapes. Depending on the house, the Chi can have a positive or negative influence on the daily life of the occupants.
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THE FIVE ELEMENTS

The five elements are wood, fire, water, metal and earth but no element is solely itself. They are defined in relation to each other and just like Yin and Yang are interdependent. Their relationship is organized in three cycles:
  • The constructive cycle: each element nourishes the one that follows it
  • The exhaustion cycle: some elements are obstacles for others.
  • The control cycle: it channels the elements.
The five elements must be present together and distributed harmoniously and in a balanced way according to the use of the room and the atmosphere that one wants to give it.

YIN & YANG

Yin and Yang are two opposing, interconnected and complementary forces. Yin, the black part of the symbol, represents femininity, earth, moon, cold and calm. The Yang, the white part of the symbol, represents the masculine, the sky, the heat, the movement. It is the balance of these two inseparable forces that ensures a good flow of energy. The goal of Feng Shui is to harmonize the two energies in order to keep a balance according to the rooms of the house and their function. Colors are also associated with Yin and Yang. Red, orange, white and pastel colors are Yang while green, blue, purple, brown, grey and black are Yin.

THE PA KUA

The Pa Kua or Bagua is an essential tool in Feng Shui to analyze a house. It represents the eight sectors of life grouped around a center and allows to evaluate the quality of the energy circulating in each of the nine domains and to diagnose their impact on the occupants of the house:
  • recognition (fire)
  • family (wood)
  • relationship with others (wood)
  • knowledge (earth)
  • future, professional life (water)
  • friendships (metal)
  • children and creativity (metal)
  • prosperity (earth)
  • vitality (tai chi)
The Pa kua is an octagon which divides the house into sectors corresponding to each of the cardinal points and which makes it possible to check if the Chi circulates well in the house and one could compare it to a scanner which notes the strong and weak points. It allows to determine to which parts of the house correspond the sectors of life. To use it, you must have a plan of the place, take into account the furniture and objects, the color of the walls… Everything must be studied to bring stimulation, calm, warmth, conviviality or reflection. To achieve this, every detail is important. We will come back soon on the rules to apply and the mistakes not to make to have a Feng Shui interior where harmony reigns.
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