Feng Shui History: The Landscape School

Explore the ancient beginnings of feng shui

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Feng shui is an ancient body of knowledge based on the observations and analysis of ancient Chinese feng shui masters. As experienced and wise geomancers, feng shui masters knew how to read the energy as expressed in the shape of land formations. Sdigdps/Getty Images

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Are you curious to explore feng shui history? Is it even possible, though, to know the history of such an old body of knowledge as ​feng shui?

As feng shui is becoming more and more popular in countries far away from China or Chinese influence, I think it is definitely worth exploring its history.

At least in order to understand how feng shui started and why feng shui is bringing such powerful results when properly applied in your home or office.

You probably know that feng shui has a history of many thousands of years, some say 2,000 years, some go as far as 5,000 years. 

As an organized body of knowledge, feng shui was practiced since Tang Dynasty. This is where we can find early recordings about employing feng shui masters in selecting auspicious sites, as well as about feng shui texts being required reading for imperial exams (court of Emperor Hi Tsang, 888 A.D.)

One of the most famous names in the history of feng shui is Master Yang Yun Sang. He left a legacy of many classical feng shui texts and is considered the founder of the landscape school of feng shui.

Throughout his writing, Master Yang Yun Sang emphasized the importance of selecting an auspicious site that has dragon's energy, or dragon's breath. This is where the concept of careful examination of land formations - mountains, hills, valleys, as well as water formations - came from.



The vital energy, or Chi, is contained in specific earth locations and was described as finding the dragon and its lair.

Various natural formations were symbolic of animal shapes and their energies, such as green dragon, white tiger, etc.

The same knowledge is applied today when a feng shui consultant carefully looks at your surroundings to understand their energy quality and its influence on your health and well-being.

 

Read: Feng Shui Dictionary: A-Z 

This is where the firm opinion about exterior feng shui originates from; you might have heard feng shui consultants saying that if the surroundings have bad feng shui, there is little value in improving the indoor feng shui. The outside energy has to be dealt with first because it has a big influence on the quality of energy your house is absorbing.

Of course, in our modern urban environment things are a bit different, so the busy highways take on the energy of rushing rivers and tall buildings can act as mountains.

But let's get back to feng shui history!

There are three main texts that create the Master Yang's contribution to the foundation of feng shui,  particularly the Form, also called the Landscape School of Feng Shui.

These three feng shui texts are:

  • Han Lung Ching (The Art of Rousing the Dragon)
  • Ching Hang Ao Chih ( Methods of Locating the Dragon's Lair)
  • I Lung Ching (Canons Approximating Dragons)

Continue Reading:  Feng Shui History Part 2