Feng Shui pronounced Fung Schway is based on the belief that energy patterns are generated and effected by everything we do, build or create. It teaches us that our destinies and our lives are interwoven between the universal energy field and our human energy field.
Origins[ edit ] As of [update] the Yangshao and Hongshan cultures provide the earliest known evidence for the use of feng shui. Until the invention of the magnetic compassfeng shui apparently relied on astronomy to find correlations between humans and the universe.
The late Yangshao site at Dadiwan c. The building faces south and borders a large plaza. It stands on a north-south axis with another building that apparently housed communal activities. Regional communities may have used the complex.
Archaeologist Li Xueqin links the design to the liuren astrolabezhinan zhen, and luopan. During the Zhou era, the Kaogong ji simplified Chinese: The carpenter's manual Lu ban jing simplified Chinese: Graves and tombs also followed rules of feng shui, from Puyang to Mawangdui and beyond. From the earliest records, the structures of the graves and dwellings seem to have followed the same rules.
It originated in Chinese astronomy.
According to the Zhouli, the original feng shui instrument may have been a gnomon. Chinese used circumpolar stars to determine the north-south axis of settlements. In some of the cases, as Paul Wheatley observed,  they bisected the angle between the directions of the rising and setting sun to find north.
This technique provided the more precise alignments of the Shang walls at Yanshi and Zhengzhou. Rituals for using a feng shui instrument required a diviner to examine current sky phenomena to set the device and adjust their position in relation to the device.
These consist of a lacqueredtwo-sided board with astronomical sightlines.
The earliest examples of liuren astrolabes have been unearthed from tombs that date between BC and BC. Along with divination for Da Liu Ren  the boards were commonly used to chart the motion of Taiyi through the nine palaces. A feng shui ruler a later invention may also be employed.
Foundational concepts[ edit ] Definition and classification[ edit ] The goal of feng shui as practiced today is to situate the human-built environment on spots with good qi, an imagined form of "energy".
The "perfect spot" is a location and an axis in time. A traditional explanation of qi as it relates to feng shui would include the orientation of a structure, its age, and its interaction with the surrounding environment, including the local microclimatesthe slope of the land, vegetation, and soil quality.
Wu Yuanyin  Qing dynasty said that vital qi was "congealed qi", which is the state of qi that engenders life.Throughout its history Taoism has provided the basis for many Chinese secret societies; in the s, after the establishment of the Communist regime, Taoism was officially proscribed.
Taoism is still practiced to some degree in modern China, as well as in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao and in communities of Chinese who have emigrated. Enjoy millions of the latest Android apps, games, music, movies, TV, books, magazines & more.
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