Feng Shui dates back thousands of years in China and literally means Wind and Water. It was believed that Chi energy is stored in flowing water and scattered by the wind. The flow of Chi in your house is just as important as the orientation of your door and windows.
Feng Shui is basically Chinese interior design but the emphasis is on simplicity, flow of the Chi, and remedies to bring you in harmony with Nature instead of just beautification. It is like skin care as opposed to makeup.
You can call it a science or an art but it is really a combination of both. Like love, you can write about it in the most poetic way and even decode some of the chemicals involved, but unless you experience it with your heart, it will be devoid of any feelings and the soul! Besides learning some rules of the Chi, and the concepts of Yin and Yang and how to balance them, an artistic nature with an acute sensitivity to the environment is probably your best guide for practising Feng Shui.
True Feng Shui always keeps the essence of its Eastern heritage while focusing on its practical application in the West. Feng Shui experts strive to improve your health, relationships, and increase your happiness and prosperity by making you aware of your environment and its effect of your psyche. Chinese people probably benefit from it most because it is a way of life for them. In the West, people treat any philosophy of life as a commodity which they can just purchase.
Feng Shui is synonymous to living in harmony with Divine forces. It starts with relationships at home. The role of the father, mother, eldest son and daughter are just as important as is the material you wear and its colour.
Yin and Yang (Male and Female): In Chinese, a Yin line is broken whereas the Yang line is solid.
Here is another symbol for Yin and Yang:
The symbol of father is three solid lines (Yang), evoking a feeling of creative power, will, determination, force of inspiration, leadership and strength throughout Nature.
The symbol for mother is three broken lines (Yin), indicating an energy which is fertile, tolerant, and brings with it the quality of acceptance, responsiveness, and the power to nourish, sustain and adapt.
A beautiful woman in a soft cotton flowing dress becomes a Yin symbol and projects a serene beauty to her loved ones. The same woman in black leather jeans, metal high heels, becomes a Yang symbol, getting angry very easily and disrupting the home environment.
True Feng Shui brings harmony in your life by taking simple remedies of Nature to make your place or your relationships more harmonious.
Yin and Yang are somewhat like Venus and Mars. You need both but it is better for the man to have more Yang and the woman to have more Yin, rather than the other way around.
The reason most men find feminism (not equal opportunity but equality) unnatural is because it assumes that there is no difference between Yin and Yang and they are both the same! Although the qualities of Yin and Yang cannot really be separated, there are still clear differences. The same person can be Yin and Yang e.g. a Leo person has Yang energy, but when they are sad, their energy is more Yin.
Feng Shui is basically balancing the Yin and Yang energies around you. You may have to forget about sociology to understand the true nature of Yin and Yang. One is not better than the other but they are definitely very different. In one of our future articles, we will write about the astrological co-relation with different signs, planets and Yin and Yang. For example, Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are all Yang signs. However, Aries has the most Yang spirit (daring, adventurous, impulsive, impatient and action oriented). Taurus and Cancer give the best Yin nurturing combination. Libra is Yin but can also be Yang because of its assertiveness.