Feng Shui (風水) is the ancient Chinese art of arranging the physical environment in a way that harmonises with the daily lives of the individuals (Zheng 2011). It is working with the flow of energy in the environment to improve human health, wealth and general quality of life. Feng Shui literally translates as “wind and water” in English.
Historically, Feng Shui was widely used to orient buildings in an auspicious manner. Depending on the particular style of Feng Shui being used, an auspicious site could be determined by reference to local features such as bodies of water, stars or a compass (Wikipedia 2011).
Feng Shui is based on the analysis of five elements which are considered the basic components of the universe – metal, fire, wood, water, and earth. Feng Shui looks to create balance through harmonising the five elements. Furthermore, Feng Shui takes the invisible energies into consideration and addresses geomantic findings as well as influences through entities. Life has changed since Feng Shui was first developed 5,000 years ago, harmful influences of our modern life such as building materials, electric and electromagnetic fields and daily used chemicals are now also taken into account.