Fengshui in Chinese Culture
Fengshui in Chinese culture originated around 2,200 to 2,500 years ago; it was used in two aspects: buildings for living people and graveyards for the dead.
The central concept of Fengshui in Chinese astrology is that nature is powerful and influential. Hence people should respect and make the best use of it.
All things in nature, like mountains, earth, star and sun, climate, trees, roads, air flow, rivers, and wind, have their aura and can positively or negatively affect people.
Human beings are elements of the whole natural system and should try to harmonize with everything inside.
In Chinese culture, it is believed that good Fengshui could bring people good luck, while bad ones might bring certain damages.
Today, many concepts of Fengshui are still respected and followed by many Chinese.
Some Important Concepts of Fengshui
The concept of whole and balance is essential. But while the natural resource is limited, reasonable adjustments are acceptable.
All elements of a system influence each other.
Fengshui can be observed and considered using different scales. A city, a town, a village, a house, and a single room can be seen as a Fengshui system.
Good Fengshui only brings fortune to decent people with excellent morals, qualities, or achievements.
Good people are believed to be influential because they have the aura to positively influence the surroundings, nearby people, and the environment, and vice versa. People’s efforts are essential as well.
There is no absolute right or wrong. Every situation is different and should be considered from critical and specific perspectives.
Some Fengshui Ideas of Living Apartment
1 The best shape of a whole house is square or rectangular.
2 Always face the south.
Based on Chinese geology and climate, keeping warm and having better daylight is good.
3 It's not good to see the toilet door while opening the front door because the airflow in the toilet is considered filthy.
A door curtain or folding screen could be a way to ease the situation if it's impossible to change.
4 It's not good to face the corner of a road or a viaduct; directly facing the road is even worse.
Technically, while cars pass through, the flow of the surrounding air will be changed easily; the noise and lights of cars might also be annoying at night.
In addition, it's easier to see accidents near corners and intersections.
5 It's not good if the front door or windows face others' wall corners. It looks like a knife pointing at your place.
Facing a gap between two tall buildings is not pleasant either; because the wind and airflow in the gap is considered harmful.
If it's unavoidable, try to use plants or curtains to shelter the house from them.
6 It's good to have natural light as much as possible. The light of the sun and moon through the windows are positive and pleasant.
7 It's not good for a bed to face the door or a mirror.
Facing the door feels less private; facing a mirror sometimes might be scary when seeing someone in the mirror at night.
8 It's not good to have a beam above the bed, which may stress people.
9 It's not good to hang big pictures or have a big window on the wall of the head of the bed for safety reasons.
10 Buildings shaped like U, H, T, or a square are not comfortable for people to live in.
They are considered too windy and with an insufficient flow of air and light.
11 It's good to hold a party after moving into a new place, especially in places that have been empty for a long time.
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