Feng Shui an art, a science or mere superstition?

Today, Feng Shui has become a popular practice.

 

It is employed to locate an Auspicious Site for a new building or house, its orientation, its interaction with the surrounding environment including the climates, the slope of the land, greenery, and soil quality.

According to the book, A Biblical Approach to Feng Shui and Divination by Daniel Tong, he observed that Feng Shui captures much of what the Western world has placed under the study of geography and architecture.

 

The ancient Chinese had made their own observations on the forces of natures (winds, rain, etc) and landscapes (mountains, rivers, etc).

The book had identified a fair numbers of similarity between Feng Shui, ancient observations, geography and architecture.

​Is Feng Shui an art, a science or mere superstition?

ANCIENT
OBSERVATIONS

Houses were built with the back portion to the mountains up north and facing south, "from where the sun would shine in the northern hemisphere".
 

Ensured an open plain to the south so sunshine will not be blocked.

A household digs a well in the house for common use.

Ancient Chinese tend to settle near water sources such as rivers, lakes, etc. for food, water, etc.

Meandering watercourse is the most ideal water source for ancient Chinese.

Straight watercourse is not preferred by the ancient Chinese.

Believed that all rivers in China flow from the west to the east (left to right as you look on a map).

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Houses won't be built perpendicular to river flow as such houses are exposed more to flooding.

WHAT DOES FENG SHUI SAYS?

Auspicious site will be slightly elevated and has an U shaped formation from the surrounding hills. All entrances must face south.

The front of houses, tombs, etc., must not be blocked by tall objects.

Water (a fountain, etc) in the home brings blessings.

Importance of water for the retention of Qi. The water must be in direct contact with the air and in motion.

Meandering watercourse with vegetation is essential to an auspicious site.

Straight watercourse means that Qi is being swept away from the site.


It is important that there is water at the front of businesses, house, etc., running from left to right.

Main entrance must be constructed at an angle to the road. It is best if the road curves around it.

WHAT DOES ARCHITECTURE OR GEOGRAPHY SAYS?

Elevated site / hill offer the best shelter for winds, typhoons, storms, floods, etc. Vegetation is a form of protection from strong winds, landslides and floods.

Open or unblock frontage allow optimal ventilation and offers convenient access.

Water (a fountain, etc) in the home brings blessings.

Water sources will create a natural cooling effect for the buildings. Close proximity to water sources offers great convenience.

Meandering watercourse deposits fertile soil for people to plant.

Straight and fast flowing watercourse sweeps fertile soil in its path.

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The headlight from the moving cars tend to shine into the house, which will in turn affect one's concentration.

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