Feng Shui is considered a philosophy of life to the Chinese. 'Feng Shui' translates to 'wind - water' in English and has become the foundation to which cities, work places, homes and even life rites of passage, such as burials, are created around.
With the use of material, form and colours, the yin and yang principles and the five elements are incorporated to create harmonious spaces. The aim of Feng Shui is to create a positive circulation of Chi energy in a space so that the people who move in this space are healthy and positive.
There is evidence of the first use of Feng Shui dating back as far as 200AD. This is the first dictated use of using space and the elements of wind and water. It is said a site which attracts water is optimum, followed by the site which catches wind. The principle began with the theory that energy or Qi rides the wind and scatters however can be retained when encountering water.
It was then after this the study of earth and sky begun, focusing on their relationship, direction, shape and size in comparison to their surrounding environment.
Over the next hundred years the idea, use and meanings associated with Feng Shui were created, implemented and perfected across China.
Feng Shui is based on the notion there is an unlimited amount of energy or Qi around and surrounding us, what surrounds us recovers from this universal energy. The aim of implementing Feng Shui into a space is to help direct the flow of this air and energy in an optimal and healthy way.
Good circulation ensures happiness, abundance and health on all levels. Sharp angles, hidden spaces and overwhelming spaces leads to stagnant energy and blocking the natural flow.
The elements and shapes are in constant relationship and harmony with each other. There is five Phases of Transformation in Feng Shui or in correspondence the Five Elements (Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal), this theory is the main pillar and explains how Qi cycles through various stages of transformation. These five phases correspond to defined periods like the seasons (winter = water, spring = wood, summer = fire, autumn = metal, inter seasons = earth) but also time frames, years, months, days, hours.