What is Feng Shui?

The most basic type of Feng Shi is called Form School

Form School Feng Shui is often used for interior spaces. Arrangement of furniture, color use and textures are particularly important.

What surrounds your home? Are there trees, shrubs, a body of water? Do you feel protected and secure? Do you live on a cul-de-sac, or on the corner of a busy road? Start on the outside and work your way in to examine the forms around you and the roles they play in your everyday environment. Having a beautiful Ming Tang, or entry is vital for your health and prosperity. Choose a place for a water element, the element that brings life to all beings, such as a fountain, bird bath, or bubbling pond to encourage prosperity in your life. Bring these practices in to your home’s interior. Do you have enough space for everyday family traffic, lounging, entertainng, working on a project and preparing a healthy meal? We’ll work on problem areas in and around your home by using landscaping ideas, arranging your furniture effectively, and working out solutions that are practical and attractive. The use of Colors, Textures, Shapes, and Inspirational Objects and Artwork add a touch of creativity and meaning to this part of making your home a nourishing place, the Feng Shui Way.  

Form School relates to the surrounding landscape and entrance to a building and its basic orientation. It is used to improve the harmony of your environment by determining good positioning and orientation of objects and buildings in relation to the landscape. It also relates to interior spaces.

Ideally, a building should face the predominately sunny direction (south in the northern hemisphere and north in the southern hemisphere). This is known as the “Red Bird” direction. There should be an open view ideally consisting of a water feature to bring chi (moving energy) to the building. If there is no water feature, a street acts in the same way to bring energy into your home. A building situated on a cul-de-sac has different energy coming by it than a building on a busy road, a cliff side, a hill top, a street corner etc.

The building also needs to have a strong mountain-like feature behind it to protect it from cold winds. This is called the Black Turtle energy. This can be a row of trees, the back of a hill, a fence that feels protective etc.

Based on where the rooms are located in the building in relation to the building’s Black Turtle and Red Bird energies provides information of how each area of the building will affect the occupants.

Ideally, in a house, bathrooms, bedrooms and store rooms should be located toward the more yin energy of the Black Turtle while living rooms should be orientated towards the more yang energy of the Red Bird.

Wind Water, the English translation of Feng Shui, is a 6,000 year old Chinese philosophy regarding nature and living environments. The practice of feng shui concerns itself with understanding the relationships between Heaven, Earth, and ourselves so that we might live in harmony within our environment. Feng shui advocates living in harmony with nature for the substantial benefits both humans and our environment gain. Our lives are deeply affected by both physical and emotional factors related to our surroundings and environment.Form School, a more intuitive process, is the basis of feng shui, and practicioners are able to sense the flow of chi and re-arrange objects and decor as necessary for a more harmonious environment.

It is also sometimes identified as a form of geomancy or divination using geographic features and surrounding features.

For instance, if we are surrounded by symbols of death, contempt, and indifference toward life and nature, with noise and various forms of discord, we will become corrupt, unhealthy, and lose much of the enjoyment that can come from daily living.

If we create beauty, gentleness, kindness, sympathy, and music with various expressions of life, we nurture ourselves as well as our environment.


Other forms of feng shui include working with the philosophy of yin and yang. Yin and Yang are opposites, or different levels if the same essence if you think cyclically rather than linearly.

You may have also heard of the 5 elements theory. This practice embodies the use of the five elemental forces in nature, namely water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. The elements can be combined and added, or taken away to create more harmony and balance within a space or environment.