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Fundamental Feng Shui and decor features


Dongcheng District, China carved stone scholars under tree

Incised stone decoration – Dongcheng District, Beijing




Feng Shui chi flow


Traditionally, a Feng Shui master analyses a space, be it your home, office or garden, using a tool known as a Ba-qua, which is an energy map that divides your home into 8 peripheral sectors around the central sector, which is represented by the Earth element. Hence the central space of any building is ruled by the Earth element, as all other elements are created from the Earth element, hence it has the ability to balance the peripheral elements of Fire, Water, Metal and Wood. This relationship was gleaned from the 5 Element Theory, first mentioned in the Chinese Yellow Emperor’s Classic, which was written by the famous Chinese emperor, Huangdi, around 2500 BC. Usually the central courtyard was surrounded by rooms with doors that faced this middle location, so as to have an unimpeded access to the Earth element.


TRaditional Chinese courtyard, Vancouver

Moongate entrance to courtyard, Classical Garden, Vancouver

Photo–M.Cynog Evans



Traditional Chinese buildings were square and symmetrical with a large central courtyard space that was kept uncluttered and had stone features like stone benches and sculptures, plants and ceramic vessels, to support the central Earth Element. Animals and fruits that symbolize good fortune and prosperity, such as dragons, bats, pomegranates, peaches and the tortoise were featured in the building decoration. Quite often there was a sky well or open ceiling to encourage fresh chi flow. If it was a city dwelling, there was a greater chance of drawing fresh air and chi down the central shaft as opposed to air through windows near the street. The Chinese believed the bad Chi energy (Sha Chi) was rigid and tended to travel in straight lines so the doors were either round or curved, so as not to invite the Sha Chi inside. For this reason, curvy paths were encouraged in the garden leading up to the front door, with round doorways leading into the central courtyard. Preferably the rear of the building was on an elevated landscape, while water features were encouraged for the front. In the absence of any rear elevation, a wall of trees and landscaped rockeries were encouraged. Keeping the centre chi strong helped to nourish the weaker sectors, while having complementary elements together encouraged movement of chi.



Robj-Chinaman-bookends in red ,white and gold

Robj Chinaman bookends, produced by Villeroy and Boch.


Ideally an optimal location for enhanced Chi would be to have a river, lake or ocean at the front of your house with a mountain behind you. In the absence of a river, your street is regarded as a channel of chi flow firstly because it is usually an unimpeded pathway, with few objects to hinder the chi movement. Secondly, traversing vehicles, activity and wind also support the chi flow. Taller building in the rear can act as mountains. The easiest way to attract Chi into your house is having the front door facing the street and being visible, preferably connected with a winding path and having an entrance with lively, bright colours, plants and dynamic sculptures..

Water features, like fountains and waterfalls, by virtue of their inherent movement help to maintain a Chi dynamic, but can exhaust the Earth Element by virtue of the Husband/Wife relationship (5 element theory) if they are too large.This can be especially problematic in the central Earth courtyard. A high degree of intuitive judgement is needed to ascertain the right amount of water to introduce. If it doesn’t feel grounded and calming then it’s been overdone. It is better to concentrate water in the water sector or wood corner. ( see Ba Qua below for its location)


Tianmen Mountain National Park - Hunan Provence mountain path

Tianmen Mountain National Park, Zhangjiajie, in northwestern Hunan Province, China.




seated Chinese priest sculpture figure in bronze with enamel

Taoist priest bronze and enamel sculpture




Red lacquer mixed with neutrals + gold and green accents

Red lacquer mixed with neutrals + gold and green accents – ideal colours to nourish the Earth center. ( red feeds gold which is related to the Earth, green controls it from being too excessive)



Japanese rock garden

Japanese courtyard rock garden with the round window encouraging chi flow and strengthening the Earth element.





Positive feng shui (round leaves) bonsai plant




red, amber and black terracotta vessel by Galileo Chini

Footed majolica peacock vase — Galileo Chini

Ideal for Earth sector



Pa village kiln, hand painted seated female, Shanghai Museum

Pa village kiln, hand painted sitting female

Shanghai Museum




Anita-Feng-thebuddhabuilder ceramic Buddha bust

Buddha bust – Anita Feng



Wedgwood-China-Vase with fish motif

Wedgwood China Vase



Chinese Lapis-Lazuli-Sculpture of a sage with a donkey

Chinese Lapis Lazuli aesetic hermit sculpture

One of the eight Daoist Immortals Zhang Guo Lao is often depicted riding a magic donkey




Yamamoto Izuru wavy ribbed anagama vase

Yamamoto Izuru vase

Ceramics that are fired over several days become more Yang and grounded as the Yang chi increases with extended firing time. This is why the anagama fired ceramics from Japan have a very grounded feel about them, due to them being fired for a long time and the kiln quite often being built into the earth of a  mountainside. The Yang chi from a wood fired kiln has the purest quality chi as opposed to gas or electric which is why the Japanese revere their anagama kilns. Anagama ceramics have the the highest quality of the Earth Chi.



Earth drawing Chinese decor

Chinese 5 Element balanced decor – Wood (green) nourishes Fire (red) nourishes Earth (brown)




Abstract bronze sculpture 'Trevalgan',-Barbara-Hepworth,-1956

Abstract bronze sculpture ‘Trevalgan’, Barbara Hepworth





Saji China tea cup and saucer with gold trim

Saji China tea cup and saucer with gold trim, Japan



Shellden Beary bronze tortoise

‘Baby Shellden’ – Heather Johnson Beary bronze tortoise


For people of the Far East, Turtle’s shell represents Heaven and it’s underside the Earth, making the turtle the keeper of the gateway between all dimensions. A reminder of constant and steadfast progress, perseverance and patience, the turtle teaches us the consistency of Nature’s rhythm and the irrelevant perception of time. Regarded as the ancient animal symbol for Mother Earth, turtles are considered healers and protectors. As a totem, turtles grant us long life, wisdom, and the good health that comes from an honest and focused mind.



spiral wooden chair

Solid wooden chair with concentric circles. Rounded corners and edges as opposed to angular features promotes chi circulation.




China, 20th C., Jun ware glazed vase, in an elongated pear form, with four character mark on base.

Jun ware crackle glazed vase, in an elongated pear form

China, 20th Century



Chinese red and gold ceramic dragon -- Tarlo-and-Graaham-Fitzroy, Melbourne

Red and gold ceramic dragon with dynamic pose

Tarlo & Graham, Australia



carved amber vase China

Carved amber vase China and wooden base



Female musician porcelain figurine China

Female musician porcelain figurine, China. Music created chi movement.



Chinese-Yixing-Zisha-Clay-Double Happiness Teapot

Chinese Clay Double Happiness Teapot



Minimal contemporary Chinese decor

Contemporary Chinese decor




Chinese antique vase with horse motif in blue and white

Cobalt blue on Ge glaze Chinese vase — DGVAS flickr



Chinese-Yuan-Shikai-Period-Porcelain-Vase orange glaze

Chinese Yuan Shikai Period Porcelain Vase 20th Century




 Black Emperor Gong - Large brass sculptural gong From Woodstock Chimes

 ‘Black Emperor Gong’ – Large wind chime gong from Woodstock Chimes





Porcelain Chinese brushpot



pot plant mural combined with real pot plants

Expanding the indoor garden with a pot plant mural combined with real pot plants




Enerrgy-Form,-stone-sculpture on stone base

Energy Form stone sculpture




Chinese bamboo carving-in the form of a baicai with two praying mantises in reliefon-the-underside-of-one-leaf

Chinese bamboo carving leaf sculpture



Asian interior design red theme

Contemporary Asian decor. Images of mountains and the red colour enhancing the Earth element.



Blue and white dragon-plate-17th-century---Ken-CTHong-達觀-Flickr

Typically animated blue and white dragon plate 17th century. The dragon always depicts dynamic chi and creativity.

Ken CTHong-達觀 Flickr



Orange, green and yellow Falcon Ware Georgia Pitcher Jug

Falcon Ware Georgia Pitcher Jug

– bright colours and abstract style creating a vibrant presence, generally good for the kitchen.




Blue ceramic planter with violets.

Blue ceramic planter with violets. Blue and purple being good for the wealth corner.



Lo-Feng-Feng-Chien Melting - PointIII---Spain

‘Meeting point III’ – Feng-Feng Lo Chien

Museu de Ceràmica de l’Alcora




Sencha-ewer-or-export-teapot-in-the-form-of-bamboo with-painting-of-the-three-creeds-Fengan-with-tiger,-Confucius,-and-Laozi-19th-Century©-Los-Angeles-County-Museum-of-Art

Sencha ewer or export teapot in the form of bamboo

– with painting of the three creeds  —  Fengan with tiger, Confucius, and Laozi

19th Century © Los Angeles County Museum of Art




Gold foo dog on blue vase with cchrysanthemums

Gold foo dog on blue vase with chrysanthemums. Good in the money corner for protecting wealth.



Flora Gouda Elite vaseYin And Yang-Patternca-1955

Flora Gouda Elite vase Yin And Yang Patternca




Giuseppe-Lamers---abstract-head sculpture in he garden

Giuseppe Lamers abstract head sculpture




Harmony,-yin yang glass sculpture Di Tocker,-nz

‘Harmony’, yin yang glass sculpture by Di Tocker, NZ.  Glass has a connection to the Metal element.





Red Shishi Foo statue Kutani Temple Dog

16 inch tall Shishi Foo statue Kutani Temple Dog




Silk flower display on white stone table

Silk flower display. In the absence of real flowers, silk flowers are a credible feng shui substitute, provided they are kept clean.



Henri-Laurens-bronze nude female sculpture

Henri Laurens curvy, dynamic pose sculpture




Robert-Yellin-Yakimono-Gallery Kegon Waterfall Series-'Morning Mist' by Hayashi Kaku

 Kegon Waterfall Series – ‘Morning Mist’ by Hayashi Kaku

Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery



kohei hahn seed pot style vessel

Kokhei Hahn





Jean Arp




Joan-Carrillo stingray form vase

Joan Carrillo metallic lustre vase




Francoise Nugier--ceramic-vase

Francoise Nugier–ceramic vase. The lively dynamic of an abstract design with the asymmetrical lines looking for symmetrical order.



White vase with purple-flowers

Black (water) is the the Element mother of purple (wood) so this combination is useful in the wealth corner.





Shuni mudra, the ‘seal of patience’. Quanyin seated on white elephant.

Late Qing, ca. late 19th – early 20th century




Early 20th century Qing Dynasty turquoise porcelain floor vase with dragons

height 20.5 inchess



Musée-Guimet,-France--Kangxi-vase landscape mountains

Kangxi vase

Musée Guimet, France



Ceramic vase Mihara Ken

Ceramic vase Mihara Ken



reclining-Lake-Buddha stone sculpture

Reclining garden Buddha stone sculpture



Peter Cockram footed porcelain cup - British pottery

Peter Cockram footed porcelain cup



Jingdezhen porcelain bottle with bird motif

Jingdezhen porcelain bottle


Yuan-Dynasty-blue-and-white-underglaze-red-phoenix flat bottle

Yuan Dynasty blue and white underglaze red phoenix flat bottle



Using the Pa Qua


The 8 sided Pa Qua configuration is superimposed over the floor plan of the residence in consideration. The side defined by the numbers 294 (see below) is aligned up with the wall containing the front door or the main entrance. In some instances, if this entrance is too concealed and lacks a clear path to the door with obstacles to the street, then the chi will enter through a window, especially a large one if it faces the front street with a clear line of vision. Metal screen security doors will inhibit the flow of wood chi (desirable for creativity and wealth ) through the front door but plants at the entrance can support its movement. Avoid metal sculptures at the entrance.

The Chi movement is anti clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere while the direction is opposite (clockwise) in the Southern Hemisphere. From either of the polar tips (North or South Pole) the chi flows towards the equator as it  expands from a contracted point at the pole, outwards to the expanded equator. The Earth is always rotating towards the East manifesting a Chi Flow in that direction. In the Southern Hemisphere, when it meets the currents of Chi flowing from the South Pole towards the Equator. it veers upwards and into a clockwise motion. Conversely the Northern Hemisphere Chi goes Anti Clockwise. Cyclones in the Northern Hemisphere tend to follow an anti clockwise direction while are opposite in the South.



Northern hemisphere Ba Qua

Northern Hemisphere Ba Kwa (Ba Qua)




Southern hemisphere Ba Qua

Southern Hemisphere Ba Kwa