What is Feng Shui

What is Feng Shui

Feng Shui is not a simple term to understand. Since the inception, it has a vast existence and it is being practiced worldwide. Basically, Feng Shui consists of two words ‘Feng’ and ‘Shui’. Meaning of ‘Feng’ is wind and ‘Shui’ denotes water. According to the culture of China, both wind and water brings good health. It is all about changing your life in a positive direction.

We can also take it as a Chinese system of Aesthetics. And it is mainly used with the laws of five elements of the universe to improve our life energy. It affects different aspects of our life like wealth, health, career, family etc. Proper implementation of Feng Shui brings good fortune.


Theories of Feng Shui

There are many theories for Feng Shui but one of the main theories of Feng Shui is Yin-Yang theory. In this theory, Yin energy is showed by black color and Yang theory is represented by white color. Use of these colors has meaning. Yin energy gives you strength at night when you take rest. It relaxes and replenishes your energies. It is a passive energy. Yang energy is an active energy. You have Yang energy when you work, party or drive on a highway.

Both energies need each other. Both energies define each other. There is no importance of a new day if there is no dark night before it.

Yin Energy

When you are going to try this theory at home then you have to keep few things in mind. Such as:

  • Try first Yin energy in your home.
  • As your bedroom is a relaxing place, do not put television, exercising machines, or things related to office.
  • As the basic effect of Yin energy is relaxation so bedroom is the center point of relaxation.
  • You also need a slight effect of Yang energy then you can put dark red candles, it will decorate your bedroom as well as give active energies to you.
  • You can apply same thing in your bathroom.

Yang Energy

Now we will talk about Yang energy, an active energy. There are few guidelines that you have to follow before applying it. Such as:

  • Yang energy works best in kitchen, living room and family room.
  • Here you can use vibrant colors, music, television, and many other Feng Shui elements such as games, photo, books, and other electronics that will contribute to the active energy.

If you keep right balance between the Yin and Yang energy; your life will be relaxed and energetic and you will live a healthy and fulfilling life. The Tai chi symbol is the best example of the Ying Yang theory. This symbol consists of both white and black color. These two colors create a circle of life together and at the same time they contain the essence of opposite side inside them.

Symbolism in Yin Yang Theory

The connection between Yin and Yang is often described as the sunny place meaning Yang while shady place denote Yin.

Yin denotes soft, slow, diffuse, wet, and cold. And it is related with femininity, nighttime, moon, earth, water.

Yang denotes hard, fast, focused, dry, and hot. And it is related with masculinity, daytime, sun, sky, fire.

I Ching in Yin Yang Theory

I ching MandalaAnother popular book of Chinese Classical Texts is I Ching, which is very important for Fengshui. It is also famous as the Book of Changes, Classic of Changes; and Zhouyi. In I Ching, Yin is represented by broken lines and Yang is shown as solid lines. Depending on the positions of Solid and Broken lines, it reflects the meaning of the trigram.

BaguaBagua or originally named as pa-k'ua is nothing but the Feng Shui Map. This ancient chart or map represents the trigrams consisting of many solid and broken lines with the mirror in the center. It was created by King Wen of China, 3000 years back. It is said that Bagua has the property to describe the different changes taking place in the universe. This trigram describes each direction like any compass. Its broken line is the symbol of Yin while its solid lines denote Yang. Yin trigram is related to receptive energy and stillness, while Yang trigram is linked with expansive energy and action.
Bagua brings positive energy and good luck inside the house. Thus, it is usually placed at the main door or top of the entrance door. This chart should be framed and it is about four to six inches long. This Chinese chart of positive energy prevents evil power to affect the occupants of the house.

Five Elements of Feng Shui

Now we will talk about one more topic that is the five elements, which describes main qualities of ‘Chi’ or ‘Qi’ (i.e. life force energy) that you can use to increase, control, or maybe to balance a space, depending on your own needs. Each element works as a powerful tool. When you will begin understanding the importance of five elements they will work as a tool in your Feng Shui tool kit. Let us understand its five elements.

  • Wood (green): it gives the quality of easy growth and progressive but too much of it will make you impatient and aggressive.
  • Water (blue): it has a quality to keep flowing. But too much of it will make you indecisive.
  • Metal (silver, grey or color of metals): the main quality of it is contraction and sharpness but too much will lead you to become critical and sharp-tongued.
  • Fire (red): the main quality of it is expansion, quickness and excitement but too much of it will keep you stressed and anxious.
  • Earth (brown): repetitiveness and settling down is the quality of it but too much of it will make you depressed, weighed down.

Colors in Feng Shui

In Feng Shui, not only instruments but colors also play an important role. If you have applied the right color at the right place, you will get the good results. Here are some tips to apply Feng Shui colors for your home

  • Green color - This color is used for improving health. It is said that it is helpful in balancing family life. It should be placed in the east i.e. Feng Shui Bagua area of the home.
  • Blue color – it is good for the wealth and money.
  • Yellow color – it is used for good times and gatherings.
  • Pure white color – it is excellent for children and creativity.

Study about the color how it looks in the natural light or the artificial light.

Feng Shui Tools

Feng Shui tools are not decorative items they are made with a purpose. Thus, it is better to use when they are needed. It is very important to have knowledge of Feng Shui tools because different tools are applicable on the different purpose. One more important thing is its placement.

If you want to get benefit from Feng Shui tools, do not tell it to others. Maybe they are not in the need of it. Let them understand Feng Shui and its tool and let them do it by their own.

Arrangement of Feng Shui Tools

If you are going to put any tool of Feng Shui, do not put it without knowing in and out about it. You have to do some arrangements. First thing that should be done is to clear out the clutter from that place, and then put any Feng Shui item there.

Feng Shui Symbols

Each Fengshui symbol has different effect in our life. Fengshui symbols transform negative energy into positive energy. They can be used in various forms. They are sometimes used as the home decorative or wall hanging. Sometimes they are used as the ornaments.

Top ten Fengshui symbols are listed below:




Fu (the most popular symbol)

Fu Symbol

Blessing, Good Fortune and Good Luck.


Lu Symbol



Shou Symbol

Longevity, life, age or birthday


Xi Symbol

Happiness or wedding


Cai Symbol

Wealth or money





Ai Symbol

Love and affection


Mei Symbol

Love and affection


Ji Symbol

Good luck


De Symbol

Virtue, moral, heart, mind, and kindness


Common tips of Fengshui
  • Let “Qi” energy pass through the front door. Keep your front door of your house free of anything like plants, furniture etc.
  • Your front door should be aligned straight with the backdoor. As it can give ‘Qi’ energy a chance to escape from the backdoor as soon as it enters into the house from front door.
  • Your front door should not be placed in front of any sharp edge of the external structures like lamp post, corner of the building, T-junction etc. Because it can encourage negative energy “Sha Qi” to enter into the house straight way through the front door.
  • Front door should be not aligned with bathroom door either. If it is so, then place a wind chime in between them to stop rushing ‘Qi’ energy from front door to the bathroom door and moving out of the house.
  • Empty door, which means no actual door or just a passageway, is usually placed between the kitchen and the dining room. It can make married couple to become disloyal to each other. To stop this, you can place regular curtain, beaded curtain or three part curtain for that empty place.
  • Your bed should not be placed in front of the door. Its head rest should be located against the solid wall. It should not be placed parallel to the door either.
  • No mirror should be placed in front of the bed, so that it can reflect the bed.
  • Kitchen sink and stove/ gas should not be placed over the same slab. As water and fire element goes in conflict to each other, which in turn negates the ‘Qi’ energy.
  • You should not sit under exposed overhead beam or face the sharp edge of the wall or pillar while sitting. As it can welcome negative energy towards you.