Feng Shui, a term literally translated as 'wind-water', is the
Chinese art of geomancy, the
placement and location of
buildings and man-made structures to harmonize with, as well as benefit from, the surrounding physical environment.
For centuries, feng Shui has been widely practiced among the Chinese to reassure and benefit the living, although it was originally used to locate propitious sites
For the burial of the dead. Good Feng Shui
architectural design is expressed not just in space, form and structure, but essentially in harmony with nature.
The theory of Feng Shui is based on balance of the yin and yang elements and harmony of the Five Elements.
The yin quality is represented by all things feminine, negative and passive: cool
colours, darkness, night, moon, shadow, soft materials and a static disposition. Yang represented by masculine, positive and active qualities: warm colours,
brightness, day, sun, light, hard materials
and an active disposition. In addition, the Chinese believe that all things can be classified
under the Five Elements: gold, wood, water, fire and earth. To achieve harmony, the elements of all things must compatibly related in a manner that is complementary to one another. Favourable combinations are water with wood, wood with fire, fire with earth, earth with gold and gold with water.
Essential Features of Feng Shui
It is believed that the earth’s magnetic field and the constellations affect man's well-being. Therefore, it is important to consider the orientation,