Bagua map: One of the tools used in Feng Shui. This grid consists of nine sectors representing major life aspects. The Bagua map is superimposed on the floor plan of a house to determine where these areas are located in a home or business.
Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui (or BTB Feng Shui): Founded in eighties by Professor Lin Yun. It incorporates the Theory of Chi, Yin Yang philosophy, I-Ching, Taoism, Confucianism, Tibetan and Chinese Buddhism, and folk wisdom, as well as modern psychology and design principles.
Chi (or Qi): Universal life force that flows in and around all living things. Balancing this energy to allow it to move smoothly through space is essential to stay healthy. Imbalanced chi can create discomfort in the environment and lead to disease.
Classical or Traditional Feng Shui: Practiced for thousands of years in China. This school studies the environment and uses a complex compass to measure how time and space affect a building.
Compass School: The calculations of the Compass School are based on the compass directions and the I-Ching trigrams. It also calculates the most auspicious directions based on the client´s date of birth.
Five Elements: One of the main Feng Shui principles. The Five Elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Each Element is associated with specific shapes, colors, seasons, taste, etc. These Elements interact with each other in cyclical patterns and either “feed”, “weaken” or “destroy” each other. They have to be properly employed to achieve harmony in a given space.
Form School: The oldest school of Feng Shui, originally used for finding suitable orientation of tombs. They study the shapes and forms of the surrounding landscapes, structures, waterways and roadways to determine how they will affect people.
I Ching: Also know as the Book of Changes, one of the oldest Chinese texts. It contains a divination system comparable to Western geomancy.
Yin/Yang: A belief that there exist two complementary opposite forces in the universe. Everything has both yin and yang aspects but either of these aspects may manifest more strongly in particular objects. They cannot exist without each other and one is not better than the other, but they should ideally be in balance. In yang lies the seed of yin and vice-versa. Yang energy is masculine, hard, fast moving, bright, active, upward while yin energy is feminine, soft, still, dark, passive, downward.