- Wind and water
- familiar background to Form School feng shui
- Energy and power
- power as ‘ability to do work as expression of choice’
- Flow and movement
- flow of any energy (air, traffic, money…)
- Balance and imbalance
- qi as ‘energy in balance’, sha as ‘energy out of balance’
Form School feng shui aims to control our experience of the world through manipulating its forms – changing them to support whatever it is that we say we need. The term ‘feng shui’ translates literally as ‘wind water’: the aim at this level is to manage the ways in which these forms support each other, or change from one to another – in other words their energy and flow.
The forms or expressions of energy provide the content of the world – or worlds – which we each experience in our own subtly different ways. Energy is power: it provides us with ‘the ability to do work as an expression of choice’. Without forms – the things and energies we experience – there is no content, and hence nothing we can actually work with: this might seem a trivial point, but it’s easily misunderstood, yet fundamental to all practical geomancy.
One of the oddities of geomancy is that often we actually don’t care what form the energy takes, as long as it is energy. This is the real meaning behind that strange term ‘ch’i‘, or qi: it’s just a kind of placeholder-word to mean ‘any energy’. It’s a weird trick, and often a confusing one; but it works well, for exactly the same reasons that in algebra, for example, we might use the term ‘x‘ to mean ‘any number’.
What we’re really concerned about is balance between these ‘energies’: not too much, not too little, but just the right amount. Confusingly, the term ‘qi‘ is often also used to mean ‘energy in balance’, whilst ‘sha‘ means ‘energy out of balance’ – usually with unpleasant results.