The heart of Feng Shui practice
is not just to arrange space, but to arrange your personal space
in a manner that harmonizes your personal nature with Natural
Laws. So it is important, whether you call on a Feng
Shui Master, or are interested
as a casual student, that you know yourself, and know
what you want to accomplish.
as all Chinese esoteric
practices, uses Qi Theory, Yin
and 5 Elements
to diagnose and design treatments ( or 'cures' as they are called).
There are two basic schools of
Feng Shui, The
Compass School and the Form School.
Compass School theories are derived
from a rather complex set of calculations based
on the movement of the planets and stars (Astrology), numerology
and other factors. A Feng Shui practitioner is often called
A Geomancer's compass, called
a Loupan, was developed to help with these calculations. This
is a rather complex approach requiring many years of study
to master and not recommended for the casual student.
The Compass school begins with calculating your personal
A Geomancer's Compass (Loupan)
A more modern approach is the
Form School. This school is somewhat easier and one that the
casual student with a little practice can make use of. Feng
still powerful medicine though, and should be approached with
a clear perspective and conscious intent.
A careless approach is as likely
to result in chaos as it is to result in positive changes.
In this school, it is still recommended
to hire a qualified practitioner for important things like
building a home or establishing a business.
For the Taoist, change is the
one constant in the Universe. Concepts of good and bad are
foreign to the practice. According to the theory of Yin/Yang,
opposing forces are constantly flowing and transforming into
As surely as night follows day
and summer follows winter the flow of Nature is a cyclical
This is a fundamental Law of Nature.
The point of conscious change
is to bring the student more into alignment with Natural Laws.
The more the student conforms to Natural Laws, the more he/she
will experience success, good luck, prosperity, good health,
and mastery over his/her own life and surroundings.
is the specific practice
that concerns itself with one's environment.
Determining Your Kua Number
In the Compass school it is important to know
your Kua Number. With your Kua Number you can determine the
most auspicious direction for your front door, your bedroom
or the bed within, as well as the placement of the various
rooms and people in the home.
Below is a directional chart showing the associated
Kua Number. For example, if your Kua Number is 4, then it
is most auspicious to locate your front door facing this direction,
if you are the owner of the house. If you are a resident,
this might be the best place to locate your bedroom, or workroom.
While the table below looks very much like the
Ba Gua, It is not. A sophisticated Compass analysis will have
each quadrant subdivided into several sections, each with
qualities of its own, so that one room may have a number of
different 'energies' flowing through it.
Still there is no rule that says you can't mix
the schools, especially if you are building or renovating.
Kua # 4
Kua # 9
Kua # 5
Kua # 7
Kua # 8
Kua # 1
Calculating your Kua Number
Year of birth ... eg. 1953
Reduce the last two digits to a single number.. eg 5 + 3 =
Add 5 to this number .. eg 8 + 5 + 13
Reduce this number to a single digit .. eg. 1 + 3 + 4
4 is your Kua Number
Remember to always reduce double digits to a single number
Year of birth .. eg. 1963
reduce the last two digits to a single number .. eg. 6 + 3
Subtract the resulting number from 10 .. eg. 10 - 9 + 1
Your Kua number is 1
Remember to always reduce double digits to a single number.
Note; The Chinese New Year begins in early February according
to the Lunar Calendar, so if your birthday is in January (up
to around February 03), use the previous year... eg. If you
were born in January 1981, use 1980.