Listen up, Geomancers!
No, unfortunately I’m not talking about the character classes from Final Fantasy, bless them and their earthbound attacks. Fun fact I just learned- the Japanese title of this job (風水士, Fūsuishi) means “Professional Feng Shui-ist.” In other words, once again, Final Fantasy has made me unknowingly interested in something interesting since I was 13!
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Feng Shui is a system that uses heaven and earth to help the flow of qi. Qi is sort of an energy from within, and my tai qi instructor said the core of your qi is somewhere below your belly button (and no, it’s not your junk).
“Feng” means wind and “shui” means water. The belief is that your qi balances itself with the water and emits itself from wind. And you know something? I think the idea is freaking fantastic.
The problem is that a lot of the beautiful things in China were surpressed during the cultural revolution in the 1960s. I personally hate this revolution. It has to do with the removal of culture, art, tradition; essentially everything I believe in. Religion got booted out of there, too. Mao Zhedong did a lot for China, but of course from this perspective he sounds like a real tool. A wrecking ball, to be exact.
Anyway, since it all got dispersed amongst themselves, everything sort of turned into a theory. Ideas such as what color each corner should contain, and something called the “golden swallow” (swallow your spit three times after exercising or doing martial arts) are sometimes based off of astronomy, and sometimes folklore, possibly nonsense and heresay.
The main idea is that Feng Shui is a divination of where your qi is going and how it flows, what makes it flow best, things like that. So people make up whatever ideas they can, along with the original techniques remaining from the Yangshao and Hongshan cultures to retain the positive energy in their lives.
A large portion of Western Culture, entrepreneurs and hipsters have taken interest in the idea of Feng Shui. The Chinese have revived their dying tradition and now commercialize Feng Shui as a marketable resource in Western Countries. Depending on your purchases of Feng Shui products and placement, and what it means to you, Feng Shui is either a hokey scam you’ve bought into, or a divination of how this kind of Geomancy can improve the qi flow in your life.