School of Feng Shui
or Classical Feng Shui practice can be separated into two main groups: San He
and San Yuan. These two classical schools of traditional Feng Shui have carved
out the path to most of today's Feng Shui practices.
He (in Chinese meaning three harmony) considered the oldest form of Classical
Feng Shui has been around since the Tang Dynasty. They formulate their system
based on the surrounding environment - the mountains, rivers and landforms. They
study and analyze the formation of "Qi" in the environment; making use of landform
features (e.g. Mountains and Vegetation) to manipulate on their influences.
Yuan (in Chinese meaning 3 cycles) was later found towards the end of the reign
of the Ming Dynasty. They formulate their system basing it on the aspect of time.
In San Yuan, the flow of "Qi" is identified to be in cyclical order. They study
and calculate the pattern quality of "Qi" that changes through time, tapping into
the beneficial influences of "Qi" when they are in their optimal and avoiding
them accordingly when they are at their most harmful.
of different schools, they work around a similar core of principles and theories.
Their system revolve around the studies of the Physical Environment, 5 elements,
Time, Location and Direction. The key difference is their agreement of priority.
San He focuses more on the unchanging Physical Environment, making use of landforms
to manipulate the influences of "Qi". San Yuan focuses more on Time, to adapt
to the changing influences of "Qi" accordingly. Today, the combinations of both
classical studies are being used widely. From San He and San Yuan, we see the
development of newer systems.
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