3 Three Basic Feng Shui Concepts
The Chinese word Qi expresses a complex natural force generated by a combination of both real and abstract sources, including sunlight, cosmic influences, color vibrations, the movement and quality of the air around us, the flow of water, the nature of our thoughts and emotions, the form of objects, and so much more., Qi influences how a place feels and how we feel in it, depending on whether it can circulate harmoniously or not.
Yin and Yang
The concept of Yin and Yang is that interconnection and continuous change is the dynamic process of nature, which is the significance expressed by the familiar yin-yang symbol. It is fundamental to Chinese cultural philosophy, as reflected in Daoist perceptions and in the Yijing. Examples are light and shade, inner and outer, movement and stillness. A balance between yin and yang creates harmony and stability in a place, as the natural equilibrium becomes disrupted whenever there is too much of one or other.
Five Elements (wu xing)
Five Elements also are known as the five phases or transformations, are water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. They are correlated to the eight feng shui trigrams. Each trigram relates to a specific compass direction, color, shape, season, family member, and body part. The five elements can be either physical objects or metaphoric representations, used in various ways to strengthen, support, enhance, weaken, manage or control one another, depending upon their relationship and placement. They are introduced to beneficially influence a living space and to support its occupants.