The Compasss Schools as they have become know in the west are known as the “Li Qi” Schools. This means the qi distribution or pattens or order of qi schools. These Feng Shui compass systems provide various systems to classify the qi. One of the basic foundation principals of feng shui is that the quality of qi alters when received form the various points of the compass. In other words different direction have different types or quality of qi.
Each one of the “compass schools” uses different formula to classify and map the different quality of qi coming from the compass directions.
The most well know and practised compass schools are Xuan Kong FeiXing (Flying Star) Xuan Kong DA Gua (64 Hexagrams), San He and San Yuen. These schools show how water and mountains should be positioned according to different orientations.
The modern “western schools” do not even consider the position of mountains and water courses let alone the different quality of qi coming from the 8 directions. Therefore they can not be considered to be based on authentic feng shui principals
The Xuan Kong or “Time and Space” school, both flying star and 64 Hexagrams use time as a major factor in determining the quality of qi. Everything changes with time, indeed Einstein’s theories that space and time can not be separated and is indeed one is known as “SpaceTime”. Space is time demonstrated.
The Yi Jing or “I Ching” is based on cyclic transformation on yin and yang. The Xuan Kong School provides a system of mapping and classifying qi according to direction and time, in other words different patterns of qi are determined according to space and time.
The ideal positions of mountains and water courses are determined according to the different orientations of a building or indeed a piece of land. Different orientations want the mountains and water in different positions for health and wealth.
In the modern urban environment streets and pathways become virtual water, tall buildings and structures become virtual mountains.
Originally Posted by Master George on Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 at 11:39 pm.