of Feng Shui
There are many schools of Feng Shui, some are static requiring
exact measurements of directions while others are dynamic, incorporating
a time element to good and bad luck. The most mentioned would be the
Landscape School of Feng Shui and the Compass School of
The Landscape School of Feng Shui (also known as Form School) focuses more on the study of the physical
landscape. Auspicious and inauspicious sites are compared to highly symbolic
representations of the four celestial animals - the green dragon
(left), the white tiger (right), the red phoenix
(front) and the black tortoise (back).
Of course the Landscape school does not just solely talks about the four animals. It also cover external form and internal form.
Without referencing the compass, an expert of this field can tell a lot of things just by observing the forms and the surroundings of a site.
Compass School of Feng Shui adopts a more mathematical approach.
Theories and methods are generally derived from the Later Heaven
Arrangement of the Trigram ()
which is closely linked to the magic Lo Shu Diagram.
Two of the most popular practiced theories under the Compass School
of Feng Shui are the Eight House ()
theory and the Flying Stars ()
Both theories adopt the mathematical approach. The main
difference between these two schools is that the Eight House theory
is considered static while the Flying Star theory can be described
as dynamic as it attaches more weight to the yearly and monthly
changes of the intangible forces in Feng Shui.