A Feng Shui compass is one tool used in determining a structure's energy balance.
Feng Shui Foundations
Many people seem to feel tense or uncomfortable in certain buildings or places, but perfectly relaxed and content in other locations. A complex and ancient Chinese practice called Feng Shui (pronounced fung schwee) offers explanations and solutions to this phenomenon. Feng Shui, which literally means wind and water, is becoming increasingly popular in many areas of the Unites States, and has been called "astrology for architecture." What is this unique eastern practice really all about?
Kartar Diamond is a certified consultant and instructor from the American Feng Shui Institute. She teaches weekly classes in Southern California and owns Feng Shui Solutions, a consulting business specializing in existing and new residential and commercial property. Here she offers a primer for those seeking to understand the basic foundations of Feng Shui:
* A house's energy: Feng Shui is all about energy, and a Feng Shui consultant's job is to determine the energy characteristics of a building and the effects on the occupants. Calculations are made, and then remedies, designed to balance energy to positive effect, are recommended.
* Time of building: Since certain energies get created as soon as the foundation is poured, an essential element in Feng Shui is determining when a house or structure was built. Once the exact date is determined, this number is used in complex math formulas that also include the structure's magnetic direction, as measured by a special Feng Shui compass.
* Shape and design: Feng Shui adherents believe that a home's shape and design can determine the emotional states of the people who spend time there. Some houses need to be more yang, or lively, while others need to be more yin, or calm. According to Diamond, a home that has good Feng Shui can benefit just about anybody.
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