FENGSHUI. Fengshui, meaning "wind water," is the basis for managing qi in the human world. It's name is first found in the 4th century Book of Burial, where it is written:

   Qi rides the feng (wind) and
   scatters, but is retained when
   encountering shui (water). The
   ancients collected it to prevent
   its dissipation and guided it to
   assure its retention. Thus it was
   called fengshui. According to the
   laws of fengshui, the site which
   attracts water is optimum,
   followed by the site which
   catches wind.

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Updated on 04/03/2017



 

The landscape is like a living blanket thrown down over a world of dragons. The art of fengshui is the art of finding the lair of the dragon. A dragon is a vessel of qi. He breathes it out at the opening of his lair and stores it in his belly.



 

Yangshao burial. The dragon and the tiger are made using shells.



 

Plan view of the fully excavated Yangshao grave, above. The small of shells and bones represents the dipper constellation. The circular part of the grave represents heaven and the square box-like extension represents the earth.



 

Chariot. In post-Neolithic times, the relationship between heaven and earth is represented by the chariot, the circular covering representing heaven and the square box in which people ride, the earth.



 

The top of a Warring States chest. This is the earliest known representation in which all 28 heavenly constellations are named. The dragon is on the left, the tiger on the right, and the dipper is encircled by the names of the 28 heavenly constellations.





 

Drawing of the heavenly constellations. Add explanation text



 

Dipper Yang-Yin. Add explanation text



 

Dipper wheel from the Han period. The upper, circular plate, which is male and heavenly, is rotated is rotated in order to discover the female, whose character is revealed on the lower, square plate. Notice how this reverses the symbolism seen in this Han period ban liang (half ounce) coin, in which the circle of heaven covers the whole of earth.

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This is a feng shui wheel that relates the nine-in-one space to all manner of things cosmological and elemental.



 

Here elements of the circle above have been turned into a circular slide rule, the inner wheel rotating against a 360 degree scale representing a full one-degree compass.



 

For any who wish to become an instant master, there are now computer programs that place all the intricate correspondences within the discipline at your fingertips, just a few mouse clicks away. This program uses the nine-in-one square as the basis for its user interface where many variables are being expressed simultaneously.



 

It even organizes text summaries in this way.



 

And provides circular versions of the expanded square.



 

And, of course, analysis of actual room layouts that can be viewed in 360 degrees of orientation and for any given time of consecration.



 

Another way of visualizing the floor plan of a house.