Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Feng Shui books

Over the last few months, we’ve seen a noticeable increase in the number of internet orders for Feng Shui-related books, particularly from Europe. And not just for basic introductory volumes, either, but manuals on advanced techniques. Here are a few of our popular books on Feng Shui:
  • Feng Shui in Chinese Architecture by Evelyn Lip. Feng shui, literally "wind" and "water", is an ancient Chinese art of placement that was faithfully practised 3000 years ago for the orientation of tombs, palaces, and dwellings. It aims at finding the most harmonious and auspicious siting plans for built structures through careful consideration of the earth's energy flow (qi), the influence of the Five Elements and a complex calculation of time cycles. This book is one of the few that deal with intangible aspects of traditional Chinese architecture and landscape design. It examines the functional qualities as well as the metaphysical aspects of some of the most classical buildings and landscape gardens in China, such as the austere palaces in the Forbidden City, the temple of the Tiantan (Temple of Heaven), the stunning gardens of the Summer Palace, and many more.
  • Xuan Kong Flying Stars Feng Shui by Joey Yap. Many books have been written on the subject of Flying Stars, a Classical Feng Shui sub-system popular amongst Feng Shui practitioners in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia. In this first book in the Xuan Kong Feng Shui series, Joey Yap explains Flying Stars in the course of eight chapters. The reader can expect to learn techniques and tips on not just how to interpret a chart, but how to solve problems relating to negative stars. He will also learn how to unlock the potential of the Flying Stars in a property using methods and techniques practised in the field by professional Feng Shui consultants and how this can be done without the use of any symbolic object or without the placement of any 'good luck' cure.
  • The Imperial Guide to Feng Shui & Chinese Astrology: The Only Authentic Translation from the Original Chinese by Thomas Aylward. The Chinese state had adopted the Art of Scheduling and Positioning as Imperial orthodoxy for centuries before the 1911 collapse of imperial China. It was believed that the universe communicated its assessment of the Emperor's performance through astral and terrestrial portents - portents that only masters in the Art of Scheduling and Positioning could interpret. Today, Feng Shui (the art of positioning) and Chinese astrology (the science of auspicious scheduling) have captured the popular imagination, but in the process those classical disciplines have been diluted sometimes beyond recognition. Now an accomplished scholar of Chinese language, literature and philosophy restores them in this first and only authentic translation of the original Chinese treatise on the Art of Scheduling and Positioning. This Imperial Guide reveals the organic connection between Feng Shui and astrology; illuminates the most complex aspects of Feng Shui and astrology theory in accessible language and lucid imagery; introduces essential concepts of Chinese cosmology and explains how they relate to the whole of traditional Chinese thought, and what they mean for the modern world.
  • Essentials of Four Pillars of Destiny by Tan Khoon Yong and Goh Guan Leong. In this foundation course in the study of the Four Pillars of Destiny, the authors explain in individual chapters elementary theories such as Yin and Yang, the Five Elements, the Heavenly Stems, the Earthly Branches, the Ten Deities and others. Each chapter ends with some revision questions. Case studies are provided, as is a general revision paper at the end of the book.
  • Total Feng Shui: Bring Health, Wealth, And Happiness into Your Life by Lillian Too. Feng Shui expert Lillian Too writes yet another illuminating book on this ancient Chinese art. The author shares the secret formulas, empowerment techniques and the use of symbols of protection to improve and enrich your life. The chapters are laid out clearly and simply and illustrated by diagrams so that even the layman can follow the general principles and practical techniques of Feng Shui.

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