Feng Shui Consultancy

     Classical analysis of a site or dwelling is now performed by consultants in much the same manner as it was by the ancient masters of the past. The earliest record of a consult comes in the form of a four thousand year old ode called 公刘 Gōng Liú ‘Duke Liu’ found in the 诗经 Shījīng ‘Poetry Classic’ compiled by Confucius. The six verses tell the story of Duke Liu and his efforts to locate a prosperous new land for his people, displaced from their homes by warring clans. A summary of its content parallels the contemporary site analysis undertaken by Classical Feng Shui practitioners today –

  • Maps are consulted, tools collected and then the site is approached
  • A survey of the terrain is made from above by ascending to a height
  • The site is viewed from its facing, its dimensions and potential are investigated
  • Bearings are taken, mountains, watercourses and the balance of yin and yang are observed

Feng Shui Mountain Diagram

     Whilst modern living and technology may change some aspects and techniques, the procedure for assessing the land is essentially the same. To understand buildings a second ode, called 定之方中 Dìngzhī Fāngzhōng ‘When Determining Stars Culminate’ is considered. This discusses a later noble, 公文 Gōng Wén ‘Duke Wen’, and his task of building a new palace after a similar relocation a few hundred years later. The use of astronomy for timing and orientation throughout its three verses demonstrate how Classical Feng Shui analysed dwellings –

  • The sun, moon and stars determine the time and alignment of a build
  • The auspices of specific directions and positions of key features are divined
  • The fate of the occupants is calculated by use of astrology

     These odes serve as a classical guide for later application and their lines form the structure of a consultation. When considering the physical requirements outlined above, it becomes clear that any kind of remote offsite consultation is not possible.