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Which pathway draw you in and peeks your curiosity?

Both these pictures are taken in South Oak Bay in Greater Victoria.

One of these pathways defines harmonious chi and other chi out of balance that is called “*sha chi.”

*Sha chi is considered to have an influence like a secret arrow and in Chinese Philosophy one would consider shifting it into a more harmonious experience.

How would you describe the pathway to your front door?


 

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Coming to a fork in the path, which pathway would you choose?

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I love sharing this fork in the road.  In particular to couples to emphasis our differences!  These pathways are located in South Oak Bay in Greater Victoria.

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Magic Squares

Another Legend similar to the I Ching origins is one where Fu-hsi was meditating by the River Lo, when a tortoise or a turtle emerged. He studied the markings on its shell, which revealed pattern on it’s back.  One with nine squares having marking inside each one.  The markings in each square that when added in a row of three in any direction equaled 15.

Bagua - Magic Squares

The Lo Shu square  is viewed as a harmonious blend of  9 archetypal principles of numbers and a cosmological plan of time and space that reflects the order of the universe. Such importance was laid on this configuration, that it was used as the ground plan for the nine palaces of the Emperor. As the intermediary between heaven and earth, he mirrored this cosmic plan by living and circulating around these palaces during the year. The plan was extended to the design of the capital city itself, with Old Peking at the centre and having eight avenues of access – symbolically the centre of the Middle Kingdom of the world. Today the square plays an intrinsic part in the geomantic art of Feng Shui.

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8 Trigrams & 64 Hexigrams became a discovery of something implicit in the cosmic order

YinYangThese 8 trigrams are the building blocks of 64 hexagrams that display every possible combination of these lines. It was the first of these sequences that led the 17th century father of calculus, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz to discover the functioning of the binary system. A Jesuit priest, who was based in China, showed the configuration to Leibniz, who investigated further and discovered that if the value of 0 were attributed to each solid line, and the value of 1 to each broken line, it would give the binary notation for the numbers 0 through to 63. The uncovering of the binary code allowed Leibniz to change the path of mathematics for all time.  The I Ching is therefore the earliest known example of binary notation, this being the smallest complete arithmetic number system as well as the language that enables computers to work.

 

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In Chinese divination philosophy, the tortoise is the foundation of  the cycle of creation – birth, life, death and rebirth

Photographer - Dianne Donnahue

Photographer – Dianne Donnahue

Legends share  that around 3000 BC, the Emperor Fu-hsi (Fu-xi) was meditating by the Yellow River, when a tortoise emerged from the water and the markings on its shell revealed to him the 8 trigrams of the I Ching.

I Ching (Yi Jing) – The Book of Changes – ancient divining system and oldest book in the world

In the Chinese Cardinal Directions symbology the tortoise protects ones back.  It can also symbolize a shield.  In Roman times warriors marching with shields up coming up from behind slowly is a reflection of a turtle’s shell!

8 Trigrams

These  8 trigrams became a more sophisticated system with 64 hexagrams.  In 1143 BC King Wen organised these hexagrams into a system and commentary  creating the structure of the I Ching that we know today.

Around 1000 BC yarrow stalks replaced  the tortoises and in 500 BC Confucius is said  to have added commentaries to the I Ching.

The I Ching  is considered to be a philosophical system based on higher mathematics. It utilises strong / solid lines that are considered to be yang, and yielding / broken lines that are considered to be yin. These lines are combined into groups of 3, which give us the trigrams that symbolically represent:

Upper line – Heaven

Middle line – Humanity

Lower line – Earth


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Symbols of Chinese Cardinal Directions

As in many cultures, the Chines have animal symbols attached to the four cardinal directions.    This existed prior to feng shui philosophies!

Cardinal Directions

Cardinal Directions

 

Applying this symbology to your land it would look something like this:Feng Shui Cardinal Directions Best House Placement

 

The tortoise is to the back of the house, the phoenix at the front, the dragon to the left and the tiger to the right as facing the entrance to the property, regardless of where the front door is.

If you go back in history this same philosophy was used as a strategy in combat. The Romans would use this as a strategic position in combat.  Their backs protected while fighting facing an open expanse where their enemies could be surrounded.

In placement of furniture the power position of a room is the point in the room that one’s back is protected.  In a business meeting notice next time where you habitually would prefer to sit.  In a meditation room, notice where the teacher sits!  

Using intention and symbology doable  concrete actions can be taken to counterbalance the effects of your land not being in the perfect position and in alignment with these cardinal directions!  Suggestions are share in our Introductory Feng (Wind)  Shui (Water)    Workshop.  Personal suggestions are part of the discussion in consults.  

Imagine this placement:

#yyj Anderson Hill

#yyj Anderson Hill

The landscape is a hill facing an open body of water, however the house is not at the base of the hill.  A park boundary is the hill overlooking the bay therefore a vantage point is directly overlooking this property.  I would imagine this would be an unsettling experience for the occupants of this home.  There is no privacy and the back of the house is not protected!  It is in a vulnerable position versus a power position.


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Feng (Wind) Shui (Water)

Feng Shui

Wind and water are the two natural elements that flow, move, and circulate everywhere on Earth. They are also the most basic elements required for human survival.   An invisible energy or ‘life force’ called Chi is considered to bind life together.  Feng Shui lets us influence chi to improve our personal experiences at home, work, plan and in the community.

Three types of chi:  Cosmic, Human and Earth Chi

Cosmic Chi or force of nature

Cosmic Chi influences our moods in the same way the pull of the sun on  the earth  and the moon on the tides.   It is considered  to be the source of abundant wealth, fortune, peace, honor and good health. Businesses with plentiful chi will prosper and continue to grow.

Human Chi in each of us

Each of us has our own unique chi  that has it’s own path that influences our personality, interactions,  and moods.

Earth Chi in the  earth

The Chi of the mountains, streams, valleys, plains, and desserts have an impact on us.

Take a moment to view each slide and notice what earth chi draws you in.  Is it the forest, ocean, park like or mountain view?  Now imagine each person you meet and interact with will have their own unique preference!  Each earth-scape reflects different qualities.  The mountain is solid and grounded and reflects honesty and values while water suggests elusiveness and flexibility of ebb and flow.  Too much water could represent lack of being grounded therefore a possibility of not being able to fully commit. Feng Shui principles supports balance and harmony.  If you are too grounded or too elusive find support through these principles.

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Symbols of Chinese Cardinal Directions


Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Founder of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations since 2010 & Greater Victoria Labyrinths since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Calendar Founder – 2014 & 2015