Various Schools of Feng Shui

August 12, 2018

Feng shui has been around for about 5,000 years, which when we think about the fact that the Western world's calendar is at 2018, is a very long time. Asian cultures in general have been concerned about harmony and taking advantage of nature's gifts in a much more holistic way than our Western world.  Westerners have been more concerned about scientic proof and biology.  It's one way, but not the only way.  If you want to learn more about this ancient philosophy, there are many "roads" you can take.  It helps us understand why randomly picking out two books on feng shui can provide different if not opposing answers to your life challenges.  Keep reading, as you will gain a clearer understanding of the various schools within feng shui.  I like to tell clients feng shui has been passed down from generation to generation like a good recipe.  Just because your family's recipe is delicious doesn't mean another might be equally delicious and different than yours.

Form School

This is the oldest form of feng shui. Its focus is on understanding the energy of land forms and waterways. Based on their shape, size and relative positions, this school determines how the buildings and their inhabitants will be affected. The orientation of homes and burial sites is a part of this school. This is a more visual approach, relying on analysis of the specific energies of the land, buildings, waterways, and roadways. The results are recommendations for proper placement of buildings and burial sites in relation to the physical surroundings. 

Compass School or Traditional Feng Shui School

This school is based on the eight directions of a special compass, called a lou pan. Every person has four good directions and four bad directions, as does every building. People belong to either the West Group or the East Group, which is determined by the year one was born. (This fact helps Westerners understand one reason for arranged marriages in Asian countries: partners must share the same group to be compatible in a home.) Buildings also belong to either the West Group or the East Group, depending on their siting. By knowing and using the best directions for sleeping, working, studying, and negotiating, one will be more supported in life. 

Flying Star School

This school uses the Eight Trigrams of the I Ching, and the lo shu magic square, which is used to divide a house, building or room into nine sectors. Each trigram is related to compass directions, an element, a season, various body parts, members in the family, a color, and specific shapes. This school uses yin yang theory, five element theory, Chinese astrology and numerology. It is very computational, relying more on the use of scientific formula to understand the energy of an environment. 

A special compass, called a lou pan, is used to take a directional reading of the home or building, as in the Compass School. A person's date of birth and the construction date of the building are also important factors in Flying Star calculations, as these relate to the unique time factor in this school's mathematical calculations. 

Eight House or Ba Zhai School

This school studies the relationship of a person and a building to the Eight Trigrams and the qualities they embody. The facing and siting of the building and a person’s birth information both come into play in the calculations. 


Life Aspiration School

This school is a very simplified form of feng shui and easy to learn. The pa kua (or ba-gua) is used as an energy map and is broken down into eight directions. The different directions can be activated by different types of cures. When these cures are put into place, they increase the luck associated with the aspiration of the direction. The pa kua is placed over the home or building based on the direction the front door faces, therefore true directions are being used. Another important aspect of this school is determining a person’s best and worst directions. By knowing and using your best directions for sleeping, studying, working, etc., you will be more supported in your environment. 


BTB Feng Shui or Modern Feng Shui School

Black (Sect) Tantric Buddhism Feng Shui is a multi-disciplined school, incorporating yin yang theory, eight trigram theory, five element theory, the I Ching, Form School, and inspiration. In part, it is also drawn from Tibetan Tantric Buddhism, as taught by Grandmaster Rinpoche Professor Thomas Lin Yun of Taiwan.

He brought his teachings to the United States in 1986, and continued to share his teachings as well as new insights throughout the world until his passing in 2010. BTB is sometimes referred to as Western Feng Shui or Modern Feng Shui.

In its purest form, this approach is taught as a spiritual practice. One does not need to be a Buddhist, however, to apply this school's principles. Its focus is on working with Spirit, the Universe or God, using the mind as a positive and constructive vessel to create our reality by working with ch’i/energy. Each building or room is evaluated from the position of the main entrance by using the ba-gua. The nine sections of the ba-gua have various characteristics. Cures (adjustments) are suggested depending on a combination of client needs, aspirations, and consultant inspiration, and take into account modern developments. BTB feng shui uses ancient mantras (chanting), mudras (special hand positions), and intention to strengthen the adjustments made by the consultant. To learn more, check out

In conclusion:

I am trained in BTB Feng Shui, although I have been given an understanding of the lo shu magic square, Chinese Astrology, 9 Star Ki, and numerology. I have also studied Chinese Face Reading and clearing as a part of my training. I am happy to answer questions or make clarifications on any of these schools, but am best equipped to answer BTB Feng Shui questions. If you’d like to learn more about this ancient and amazing world from me directly, give me a call (253-693-8227) and we’ll set up an appointment for a consultation at your home or place of business.

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