A Brief Discussion on Feng Shui

Geomancy (Feng Shui) is a stand-alone philosophy which has its unique theories, guidelines, and parameters on geographic domains such as mountains, peaks, water current, and the position of the Sun. It is an ancient philosophy from which was first-mentioned in the Book of Songs.


The philosophy matured as time goes, and was enriched by other theories such as Yin Yang, Confucianism, Taoism, and Chen Wei. Due to the complexity of this melting it subsequently became religionization and worshipization.


In Song Dynasty, Master Yeung Yun Song has further developed twenty-four mountains theory (directions) on the compass to assist with Feng Shui inspection, and Feng Shui has then been divided into two categories:


  • The theory of Visible
  • The theory of Direction & Position


However the focus was mainly on graveyard or tomb at that period of time.


In Ming Dynasty, Master Jiang Tai Hung, has written “Human Habitation is where the living person breathes, eats, and lives, thus should be concerned”, human habitation started to receive its attention when studying Feng Shui thereafter.


During the end of Ming Dynasty and early Qing Dynasty, Feng Shui researchers employed Western concepts such as Physical Optics, Acoustics, and Chromatics, to assist the development of Feng Shui in human habitation. Feng Shui in human habitation has developed its own theories and it could be explained unambiguously. Actually, Feng Shui isn’t mysterious and isn’t the by-products of religion. May this brief introduction to Feng Shui could bring more interests in studying this subject and gradually uncover more truth.


David Lung (June 2009)