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Basics of the cosmos

FENG shui (literally wind and water) is a 6,000-year-old system that is said to utilize the laws of heaven and earth to improve life by increasing positive energy flow or qi.

It deals with positioning objects, especially buildings, graves and furnishings, based on the power of yin (negative energy) and yang (positive energy) and the flow of qi that can have positive or negative effects.

The goal is to achieve harmony with one's environment.

The whole cosmos is full of qi, which then forms five elements - wood, fire, metal, water and earth - and these comprise countless things in the world, including human beings. We are all supposed to be in balance.

Feng shui changes in the year due to the changing position of Jupiter, which is also called Taisui (sui meaning a year) and a god in Chinese mythology who rules the soil, the earth element.

People used to believe, and some still do, that a construction project in the direction of Taisui will cause misfortune.

The Big Dipper, which guides people north, also exerts great influence "because it has a relatively constant position with our planet," Su Baicheng, a feng shui consultant, says.

Based on the Dipper's nine stars, Chinese people created the Figure of Nine Squares, or nine directions - the east, west, north, south, northeast, northwest, southwest, northwest and the center - for feng shui location.

Human beings receive energy from Jupiter, the sun, moon, Earth, the Big Dipper and other planets.


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