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The summer has the character of fire element. The strong fire will
consume wood element, heavily dominate metal element and make water element lose control.
The fire element generates earth element. This means that in the summer, there is a strong
possibility of fire and earth elements domination. This unbalance in five elements
will be harmful to our body and mind. To keep the harmony with our living environment and
balance of the five elements, all other three elements needs to be adjusted during the
One general advice from our physician to most
of us is to drink sufficient amount of water. This is tough to do if you are out on the
beach, in a park or hiking. The best strategy is to plan ahead. Make sure you bring a lots
of water and check if the destination has good accessibility to restroom facilities ahead
of time. Before you leave, prepare a huge jar of slightly salted water. The salty taste
has the character of water element. If you prefer not to bring it with you, leave it in
the fridge so it is nice and cool when you get home. Some times, we are losing great
amount of water in activities and we do not even realize we were sweating or feel thirsty.
Therefore, it is necessary to count your water consumption consciously and drink regularly
even if you do not feel thirsty.
If you like herbs, you can find chrysanthemum in your local
Chinese food store or local natural food store. This autumn flower has character of metal
element and is widely used by Chinese as summer drinks. Add one or two flower to about 1
gallon of any drink. It is important to understand that the chrysanthemum used for
drinking is specially grown and processed. Please do not use random flowers. Stop using it
and consult your physician immediately if you developed any discomfort. What about the
wood element? The best are fruits and fresh vegetables. If you prefer, there are plenty of
fruit juice and vegetable juice in the grocery store.
Drink to Your Health!
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Antidote: or Fengshui cure, it is
generally used to bring back the balance when needed, such as mirrors, wind
chimes, crystals, fountains, candle etc.
Arrow: it is important to have a 'smooth' environment. The sharp pointing
objects are considered as pointing arrows. It can bring disharmony. To smooth corners in
the house is important for holidays.
Astrology: Fengshui is NOT Chinese astrology. However, these two subjects are
closely related and intertwined. A person's Chinese Zodiac animal can be calculated base on the year
Ba Gua is the principle on which FengShui practice is based. read more about it
in the theory section in our FAQ.
Balance: The most important principle of Feng Shui. Balance yin-yang and
five elements is the main task of FengShui practice.
Beam: It needs to be avoid. Fengshui consider overhead beams are inauspicious to
the residence. It is most inauspicious if it is above the office desk or
Bonsai: It is popular in Asia and getting more and more popular in the west.
However, many Bonsai are made with unnatural limitation of the tree. Those are
not good for the FengShui.
Book of Change: I-Ching, the great book of Change. Document the most ancient
idea on which Feng Shui is developed. See it in our FAQ and history sections.
Cactus: It is not recommended to be
placed in the home, office or in front of the house. It can cause
Chi: it is often called the dragon's breath in many areas. It is the flow of
energy. Although we mostly talk about the flow of positive Chi, the negative Chi
Chi Gong: A form of martial arts and meditation technique. It is generally recommended
for mature adults' exercise.
Compass school of FengShui: a practice of Feng Shui that base on the Bagua and
its interaction of individual's birth date and gender to determine the
directions. See basic theory in our FAQ for more details.
Corner: or sections. Divide the house or room into nine equal sections and
arrange them base on Bagua functions.
Crystals: Natural clear crystal is frequently used Fengshui technique to enhance
the earth element. However, artificially manufactured crystals are not
necessarily pure earth element.
Double happiness: The traditional
symbol used to celebrate and bless marriage. It is popularly used in Feng Shui
to bring happiness into marriage. It can be used with all five elements.
Dragon: The most important symbol in Chinese culture. In most cases, it has
strong Yang character in Fengshui.
Earth element: one of five elements.
See more in theory section of our FAQ.
East window: A window open to the east allows the sun light to come into the
house earliest in the morning. It is Great Fengshui practice.
Eight Gua: or Ba Gua. Ba is the pronunciation of eight in mandarin
Chinese. Ba Gua is the principle on which FengShui practice is based. read
more about it in the theory section in our FAQ.
Feng Shui: wind and water. Read more
about it in the theory section of our FAQ.
Fire: One of five elements. See more in theory section of our FAQ.
Five elements: basic elements that used in FengShui to describe the characters
of objects under study. Any object, including time, usually contains more than
Flying start Feng Shui; a method use to determine the character of a house
during its life time.
Form school of Feng Shui: a method uses the shape of the house and its environment
to determine its character and to optimize the house as a good living environment
for its residence. See more in Form school of Feng Shui in our FAQ.
Four Pillars: The theory of calculating a person's life's fortune base on Year,
month, date and time of individual's birth. Certain practitioners also use it to
direct people in Balancing the Chi.
FuXi: Pronounced as /ph-She/, According to Chinese ledged, FuXi is the first
person who documented Bagua. The gender of FuXi is still in debate. It was
traditionally believed that FuXi was a man. In recent years, some historians argue
that the time period FuXi lived was more likely to be a matriarchy society.
Therefore, the head of the tribe, FuXi, should be a woman. Some even believe
that FuXi actually was a goop of women that forms a counsel to the tribe or tribes.
FuXi Bagua: Also refers to as "natural" Bagua or the "Original
Five elements and Zodiac animals: strictly speaking, the Chinese Zodiac animals
are not part of FengShui. However, it is custom to refer to the 12 earthly
branches using Zodiac animals. Detail.
I-Ching: the book of Change. It document
the most ancient idea on which Feng Shui is developed. See it in our FAQ and
Landscape FengShui: A practice of
landscaping base on the form school of FengShui.
Lotus: Lotus is one of the frequently used method to reduce the negative energy.
See use of lotus cup in our FAQ and tip of week archives.
Lo Pan. A Feng Shui practitioner's compass. It contains multiple rings on the
side of a regular compass that associates with short cut calculations of Bagua.
Metal: One of five elements. See
more in theory section of our FAQ.
Mirror: A frequently used Feng Shui antidote to help balance the Chi and five
elements. It is also important to use it to visually correct the missing corners
of a room.
Pillars: four pillars are base on an
individual's birth year, month, date and time to predicts the raise and fall of
luck in a person's life. In a period that five elements are not balanced,
significant misfortune could occur.
Red: The most auspicious color in
Chinese tradition. The color itself has the character of fire element.
Water: one of five elements. See
more in theory section of our FAQ.
Wood: One of five elements. See more in theory section of our FAQ.
Yang: Represented by a continuous hyphen
like line. It is one of the separated,
co-existing characters. Such relationship is the basic ideal of Yin-Yang philosophy, upon
which FengShui is based.
Yin: Represented by two short
little hyphens with gap in between. It is one of the separated, opposition and co-existing characters.
Such relationship is the basic ideal of Yin-Yang philosophy, upon
which FengShui is based.
Zodiac animals: The twelve zodiac
animals used in Chinese astrology. It is based on the year of an individual's
birth. Read more in Chinese Zodiac animals section in our FAQ.
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