Feng Shui Glossary Of Terms – Definition & Meaning

Feng Shui Terms – From A to Z

There are many Feng Shui terms used throughout this website. Included are the basic terms you will encounter as you begin studying any school of Feng Shui. This glossary of Feng Shui terms will not only assist during the study of Feng Shui, but it will help when it is time to use the principles of Feng Shui in your everyday life.

Astrology: From Greek words astro star and logia science, word, knowledge, and represents “the language of the stars.”

Auspicious: A term frequently used in Feng Shui to describe favorable, desirable, or beneficial.

Bagua: An octagon that contains the 8 trigrams featuring all areas of life.

Bau-biologie: From the German translation as building biology: A movement that has made a study of how buildings impact life and the living environment.

Black Sect Tantric Buddhism (BTB): Once called Black Hat, has its roots in the pre-Buddhist era.

Cardinal points: The four primary compass directions; North, South, East, West

Chai: House

Chi: Energy or the breath of life.

Chinese Almanac: An annual Chinese publication with advice on the best, worst, and appropriate activities, locations and more, for each day of the year

Compass School: An analytical school of Feng Shui based on orientation and time

Crystals: Stones that are semi-precious and/or geological in nature that attract and amplify energy through diffusion of light. Man-made crystals are used as well.

Cutting Chi: A term that refers to sharp corners or objects, both indoors and out, that can cause oppressive and destructive

Divination: The art or practice that seeks to see or foretell future events

Dowsing: Geomantic divination, or methods of locating and diagnosing unseen energies; especially those located underground.

Earth-energy grids: Sets of grids of (electro-magnetic) energy lines in the earth.

Eight Trigrams: The eight possible combinations of symbols consisting of a combination of three yin (dashed) or yang (solid) lines. Used in I Ching

Elements: A theory is rooted in the interaction and balance between the five elements, which in China are wood, fire, metal, water and earth. Each of these elements governs specific aspects of life.

Feng Shui: The ancient Chinese art of placement

Five Aspects of Destiny: 1) Karma; 2) fate; 3) Feng Shui; 4) luck; and 5) good work. The Chinese believe these greatly affect or control the fate or destiny of individuals

Geomancy: From the Latin geo (earth) and mancy (study or prophecy of lines).

I Ching: The Book of Changes or a Chinese method of divination

Numerology: The study of numbers and the manner in which they reflect certain personalities and character tendencies

Pakua: An eight sided amulet reflecting areas of life

Pendulum: An apparatus consisting of an object mounted so that it swings freely under the influence of gravity

Qi: also known as chi

Space Clearing: is a ceremony that rids a building of existing energies.

Vedic: A method of Feng Shui founded in India. Based on astrology.

Yin/Yang: A Chinese concept symbolizing the moon “Yin” and the sun “Yang”

Zen: To figure out something by meditation

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act upon them? – The Dhammapada