Feng Shui Practice

  • Michael R. Matthews
Part of the Science: Philosophy, History and Education book series (SPHE)


Feng shui was never just a speculative or metaphysical worldview, from the beginning, it was connected to practice; it impinged on all features of life. In China, for at least 3000 years, feng shui in one form or another has dictated major commercial and domestic siting and construction decisions as well as the proper internal arrangement of offices, homes, kitchens, gardens, furniture, and decorations. For the same period, countless millions have relied on feng shui astrological guides to make business decisions and for the timing for significant personal and family events. Traditionally, feng shui was linked to geomancy or fortune telling. Feng shui has an enormous presence in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Advent of the World Wide Web has dramatically expanded feng shui influence and business. Manipulation of internal chi is the basis of qigong exercise and of Traditional Chinese Medicine. A foundational text is the Confucian classic Book of Changes (or I Ching) whose impact has extended over 3000 years and has now spread well beyond China, being embraced in the countercultural, multicultural, and postmodernist West over the past 50 years.


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  • Michael R. Matthews
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  1. 1.University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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