Here is a complete, in-depth course in the traditional Chinese art of harmonious design-including instructions for making your own geomantic compass for feng-shui readings.
The ancient art of feng-shui has guided the Chinese people for thousands of years in designing cities, building homes, and burying the dead. Deeply rooted in Taoist and shamanic origins, it is not simply a list of directives for building auspicious structures or arranging interiors for good luck-it is the art of reading the patterns of the universe and living in harmony with the environment. Today, as people become aware of the need to recover and intimate relationship with the earth and the ecosphere, feng-shui offers a set of pragmatics in choosing a home, locating a business, developing ecologically sensitive land use, and planning a harmonious neighborhood.
Eva Wong offers comprehensive instructions in the basics of
feng-shui, with step-by-step guidance in analyzing sites, buildings,
and interiors. Readers are given a glimpse into the history of
feng-shui from prehistoric to modern times through stories of shamans,
magicians, Taoist mystics, and scholars. They are introduced to the
theoretical foundations of feng-shui as they learn about Taoist
cosmology, the Chinese calendar, and the pa-k'ua, or eight-trigrams
diagram. They will learn how to make and read a geomantic compass, a
device from the tenth century that is still in use today. They will
also be drawn into a world where nature is sentient and animated by
energies. With the completion of the curriculum, readers will have a
working knowledge of how to life harmoniously with these energies of
the earth and environment.
Eva Wong's interest in feng-shui dates
from her childhood in Hong Kong. She was apprenticed to a feng-shui
master-her granduncle-around the age of fifteen. A practitioner of the
Taoist arts and a translator of Taoist texts, she now lives in
276 pages. Paperback.