Many readers may already know that there are two main schools of Feng Shui, one is the Form school or Landscape school, and another one is the Compass school. The Form school focuses on the geographic environment. Different kinds of environments are associated different kinds of Qi (life energy). The Compass school focuses on the aspect of Qi derived not only from the earth but also from the universe. When a Feng Shui consultant examines any environment, he or she should always apply techniques of both schools because both schools provides us different information.
Here is an example to show you how the techniques of these two schools are applied together. Recently a home buyer called me to check out a house’s Feng Shui.
Step one: I applied techniques of the Form school to check out the environment of the house. The house is in a nice neighborhood and not far from the subway and bus stations. The house looks nice, and it was just renovated; there are no tall buildings around to block the sun, and the streets are tidy and neat.
However, I found that the front door of the house directly faces to the backyard of a restaurant across the street. In Feng Shui, the open space in front of a building is called “Ming Tang” (明堂). “Ming Tang” is an important area for the house. It is where positive energy gathers for the family, and represents family’s wealth source. It should be always be neat and clean. The dirty and messy Ming Tang is considered as bad in the Feng Shui Form school.
In this case, the Ming Tang was dirty and messy, and it implied that the previous inhalants might have had financial problem.
Step two: after checking the house’s environment by applying Form school skills, I used my Feng Shui compass to measure the nature of Qi of the house, that is, from perspective of the Compass school, to figure out if the Qi of the house is stable or unstable.
When I turned the inner ring of my compass, one unexpected event occurred: the measuring line of the compass fell on the dividing line between two “mountains” on the compass. The “Mountain” is a Feng Shui term that indicates a particular Qi in one direction. There are 24 mountains on the compass (see the picture). Each mountain on the compass is named by a unique Chinese character that tells us some characteristics of Qi.
In Compass school, we like the measuring line only falls right on one mountain. When the measuring line falls on a dividing line between two mountains, in other words, the measuring line falls on midst between two Chinese characters, it indicates that the Qi of the building is neither pure nor stable, it is considered as very bad Feng Shui.
Unfortunately that was I got in this case.
This unstable Qi often causes inhabitants illnesses, divorced, or financial troubles. In this case, not only the house sits on the land that has an unstable Qi field, but also its Ming Tang is dirty and messy. Based on the combination of negative information from the Form school and the Compass school, I could tell that previous inhabitants had to be in some sort of troubles, and my thoughts got confirmed from the agent.
I called my client to tell him not buy this house.