Feng Shui History
Researchers have found evidence of Feng Shui in China going back more than 3,000 years. The practice purportedly began with the invention of the compass. The discovery of direction led to implications on the ancients’ knowledge of cosmology, farming, traveling and building. Numerous variations of Feng Shui have developed over the centuries, with each sect recruiting flocks of dedicated followers. The two largest traditional sects were San He (“Three Harmonies”) and San Yuan (“Three Cycles”), which were based on analyzing patterns in the stars, sun and seasons. Data from these studies could predict good or bad harvests.
Many modern sects of Feng Shui are based on the 19th century Spiritualist movement (e.g. Black Sect, Pyramid Feng Shui, Fuzion, Intuitive Feng Shui ®, etc.). These groups apply Feng Shui to more modern interests such as self-help techniques, interior design and environmental psychology.
More recently, Feng Shui has faced tough times in China. Since the mid-20th century, the People’s Republic of China has made it illegal for citizens to practice Feng Shui. One reason for this restriction is that Emperor Mao Zedong, a former student of Feng Shui, denounced the philosophy due to the propensity for fraud among practitioners. During the Cultural Revolution, the government burned many Feng Shui books, and persecuted and jailed Feng Shui practitioners.
Despite opposition, Feng Shui is still actively practiced in various forms in China as well as other Pacific countries including Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. The Hong Kong Disneyland is supposedly built using Feng Shui.
Now let's go over the Feng Shui Bagua Chart, a foundation of the Feng Shui philosophy.