Feng Shui (pronounced as Fung-shway) is a Chinese system of geomancy which uses the laws of Heaven and Earth to improve life by receiving positive Qi.
The term Feng Shui literally translates as “Wind-Water” in English. Qi rides the wind and scatters, but is retained when encountering water. Qi is a movable positive or negative life force which plays an essential role in Feng Shui.
The practice of Feng Shui is to achieve the optimum balance and harmony through the location and orientation of the living environment. The most important word in Feng Shui is ‘balance’. You need to balance the Yin and Yang and balance the five elements.
The five basic elements are METAL, WOOD, WATER, FIRE and EARTH. The Ancient Chinese believed these are the basic elements of the universe and everything in our world is a compound of the five elements. The five elements are not to be treated the same as the chemical elements we learned at school.
Any planning incorporating both the sciences of Vedic Vastu and Feng Shui in their initial planning can have a tremendous impact on the owner. Both these subjects work in parallel to each other.
In others words, like in Vastu Shastra, we divide the Compass into basic 8 directions of 45 degrees each for the basic direction of planning, in Feng Shui we divide these 45 degrees even further in to 15 degrees and use them as East 1, East 2, East 3, etc and similarly for other directions.