A Brief History of Feng Shui

One of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, fen shui, or wind-water, is a ancient traditional belief system that guides and governs the energy forces within architectural structures.

Closely linked to Taoism, feng shui practice discusses the arrangement within architecture in terms of  the “invisible forces that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together, known as qi. In traditional Chinese culture, qi is believed to be the vital force, life force, energy flow, or material energy forming part of every living entity. Qi, in relation to feng shui, includes the orientation of a structure, its age, and its interaction with the surrounding environment, including the local microclimates, the slope of the land, vegetation, and soil quality.

The use of feng shui is dated back as far as 5000 BC to the Yangshao people that lived along the Yangtze River in China. Between 4700 BC and 2900 BC, the Hongshan people in Northeast China, who interacted with the Yangshao, adopted feng shui into their culture. Before the magnetic compass, feng shui relied on cosmography to set the orientation of structures. Early Chinese astronomers utilized a gnomon, or the part of a sundial that casts the shadow, as the first instrument to use circumpolar stars to determine the north-south axis of settlements. Rituals for using a feng shui instrument required a diviner to examine current sky phenomena to set the device and adjust their position in relation to the device. The magnetic compass was in fact originally invented by the Han Dynasty for the purpose of divination and feng shui.

In Western civilization, feng shui has become widespread, and is commonly utilized in interior design and architecture.

Bagua

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In Yaodian, the cardinal directions are determined by the marker-stars of the mega-constellations known as the Four Celestial Animals:

East: The Azure Dragon (Spring equinox)—Niao (Bird 鳥), α Scorpionis
South: The Vermilion Bird (Summer solstice)—Huo (Fire 火), α Hydrae
West: The White Tiger (Autumn equinox)—Mǎo (Hair 毛), η Tauri (the Pleiades)
North: The Black Tortoise (Winter solstice)—Xū (Emptiness, Void 虛), α Aquarii, β Aquarii

You can use the bagua diagram in your own home, by using a compass, or the compass app on your phone, to check how you have intuitively placed things around your home, and re-arrange accordingly. Using the bagua diagram can, if anything, be an excellent way to decorate and arrange parts your home with intention!

 

Quick Tips for Feng Shui in a Modern Home

15 Minutes to Better Feng Shui

Image Courtesy of Gates Interior Design

 

 

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Feng Shui Your Bedroom and Infuse Zen into Your Space with 5 Simple Steps

The bedroom is a place to unwind and relax after a long day – so why not make sure it’s full of peace and harmony? All it takes is adding a few modern home accessories into your space to transform it into a calming haven.

Keep clutter out of the bedroom – Cellphones, computers and televisions create distractions and bring stressful energy into the space. Instead, use just a few colorful accents that promote relaxation and peace — no clutter allowedQuartz Salt Lamp

Create a clutter-free zone.

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Add Peaceful Patterns: Olviedo Pillows

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Open windows allow for proper feng shui in the bedroom – Stale air is never a good idea. In a modern home, bring in plenty of sunlight and fresh oxygen to enhance the flow and energy. Essential oils, incense and candles are an amazing option for creating a cozy atmosphere.

Incense and oils

Incense and essential oils create a positive energy in the bedroom.

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Set the mood: Shaman Modern Candles 

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Balance neutrals with colorful patterns — Modern patterns and colors help create a balanced bedroom by adding harmonious energy to the space. Choose pillows and bedding that feature vibrant hues to complement neutral room tones.

Sunlight

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Luxury Cotton: SHORE Sheets 

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Add color to your bedroom through thoughtfully-chosen modern décor and natural plants — Bring nature inside and pair it with soothing artwork to really create a zen retreat in your home.

Natural plants and Art

Create a modern oasis and with soothing art.

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Get the Look: Chefchouen Art Print

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Muted, neutral colors embody the idea of feng shui in the bedroom  Balance is key to create a flowing energy that encourages sleep and healing. Modern home tones ranging from creamy white to earthy chocolate create an ideal palette.

Muted Neutrals

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Feng Shui is simple to implement into any bedroom — what are your favorite pieces?