Major 10 Principles of Fengshui

As Fengshui is a huge and complicated subject, we are only able to discuss some of the major principles.

Take the environment as a whole

According to Fengshui, the environment we are in is an integrated system centering on human beings and includes heaven, earth, and all other things. All the things in the system are related to each other and harm to any of them may cause harm to the system. When investigating Feng Shui, all things should be taken into consideration. This is the basic rule.

In accordance with local conditions

Live a life adapted to the neighborhood, build a house in harmony with the surroundings, and make humans and architecture suitable to nature. For instance, the Mongolian nomads use the yurt as a house as it is easily moved. In southern China, villagers use bamboo to built houses, for bamboo provides ventilation to keep the air in circulation and remove moisture.

Leaning against mountains and facing water

Fengshui masters think a house leaning against the mountains and facing the rivers is auspicious and can bring good luck for people living in it. Lots of ancient architecture was built at the foot of a mountain and near water, such as the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum and the Confucius Family Mansion. There are two styles of ‘mountain leaning’: one is mountains encircling the house. That is, the house is encircled by mountains on the northern, western and eastern sides while its southern side is open and flat with water flowing by. The other is houses covering the mountain. That is, vast stretches of houses cover the mountain slope, from mountain foot all the way up the mountainside. Many villages along the middle and lower reach of the Yangtze River are built in the way of “houses covering the mountain”.

Observing Terrain

When investigating a certain place, one should also know the terrain, especially the origin and trend of the neighboring mountains and rivers, to avoid possible natural disasters.

Examining Geology

Feng Shui stresses geology. Its followers think geology dominates one’s health by four means: microelements in the soil, humidity, the magnetic field of the earth, and harmful waves.
Hongcun Ancient Village, Huangshan
Clear Water in Hongcun Ancient Village  

Analyzing Water Quality

Good water heals illnesses while bad water causes diseases. This has been proven correct by science. A place with good Feng Shui should have water of high quality. Fengshui masters advocate investigating the origin of water, analyzing water quality, measuring water flow and improving water environment.

Facing South

Most of China’s territory is located to the north of the Tropic of Cancer. A house facing south can easily absorb sunshine and avoid the cold north winds in winter. This is a benefit to people's health.

Moderate Size and Well Situated

The size of a house must be moderate, neither too big nor too small. A small house with too many people living in is not recommended; neither is a large house with only few people. Besides, Feng Shui has strict requirements on the proper positioning of the central axis of architecture. Generally speaking, the central axis should run from north to south, with its north end pointing directly to a mountain running from east to west. The mountain is regarded as the guardian of the city. A winding river around the city is believed to be an auspicious feature. The Forbidden City was built by strictly adhering to these rules.

Taking Advantage of Qi (Feng Shui Energy)

In Fengshui, Qi is a universal term for energy, either inside or around a person, a building, a tree, or any other item. It is the origin of all things. Cities and houses should be built in places with lots of energy. In this way, plants can grow profusely and humans can live longer and in good health. Although we are unable to tell what kind of energy it is, there are symbols telling what energetic places are like: luxuriant plants, clear and sweet water, fertile soil, and glossy stones. The Fengshui compass is used by its masters to look for Qi energy.

Remolding Feng Shui

In this way, people can modify bad Fengshui into good. The moat around the Forbidden City was dug out artificially, and the mountain behind it is man-made. Another successful example of remolding is the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, which protects the Chengdu plain from flooding.
- Last modified on Oct. 30, 2019 -
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Asked by mel from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 25, 2019 15:30Reply
I am born on 25 April 1996, can you tell me about my love life?
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Answered by Elsa from NETHERLANDS | Oct. 30, 2019 23:07

You are born with Chinese zodiac Rat sign. According to the Chinese zodiac prediction, the fortune in love and relationship will be pretty good for you. You may start a good relationship in 2020. Good luck!
Asked by zen from SINGAPORE | Jan. 08, 2018 08:22Reply
love life: I'm born in 8 September 1995 17:30
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Answered by Kaylee from CANADA | Jan. 08, 2018 20:59

You are born with Chinese zodiac Pig sign. You may have many chances to fall in love with the opposite sex in tourist and recreational occasions. You are suggested to be brave and express love timely. Don’t hesitate and miss the chance.
Asked by Pranav from INDIA | Feb. 05, 2017 08:52Reply
Can I place an image of waterfall with sunrise in north side of my living room
Recently I bought an image of waterfall with sunrise and placed on my northern wall of our living room. Now I am tensed if I can place both the contrasting themes in one picture? Please help
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Answered by Sharon from ITALY | Feb. 08, 2017 02:31

Pranav, it is not suggested you place an image of waterfall in your bedroom. It is said to be bad for your wealth luck. You can place it in your living room.
Asked by bless from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 26, 2017 23:29Reply
can i place refrigirator after the maindoor? and there is window behind our stove. is it ok?
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Answered by Sonya from FRANCE | Feb. 02, 2017 21:17

Bless, it may not be good for your wealth luck if you put the refrigirator after the main door. You should replace it and don't make it face any door.
It should be ok to put the stove in front of the window in Fengshui, but it may not be safe doing that. If the fire is blowed out by wind, gas will let out.
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