External Feng Shui – from the ground, the Earth Qi is penetrating our buildings, supplying us with life-supporting energy. Main task of every Classical Feng Shui practitioner is examining the Qi energy of Mountains and Dragons (the range of Mountains), in order to find superior location.
The energy of the ground – External Feng Shui
From the ground, the Earth Qi is penetrating our buildings, supplying us with life-supporting energy.
Though we are not aware of that subtle influence, as we are usually not aware of our bowels moving, hormones secretion, etc. We do have constant interchange with the Earth energy.
That is why is it so important, to get the best of the Earth Qi during the short period of our life span – for ours as well as for the sake of our offspring.
Feng Shui (External Feng Shui) practitioners do not have ambition to change the landscape or to cure the regions, for it would be the long-lasting process.
They want to evaluate the quality of the Earth Qi and find the best ways to use it.
Earth Qi varies in quality and quantity
Some regions are surrounded with `merciless` landscape: bold and skinny or odd-shaped Mountains.
The other ones are too high or depressed, or the topography of the area is too sloping.
Sometimes, the site is bad, for the quality of Water is not good. It can run in straightforward manner towards site, or can be too close, too fast or too noisy.
Bad locations either lack the energy (Qi), or create destructive and life threatening environment.
Some areas lack Waters – Location can be good without Water, but it is not complete.
For, only when Mountains and Waters join together, the balance is created, and the region prospers.
Some regions do have more Qi than the others
Special sites, containing abundant Qi and surrounded by special mountain formations (Dragon, Tiger, Phoenix, and Turtle) are called Dragon lairs.
Even the Qi of those sites varies in quality and quantity, depending, for instance, whether they are positioned at the Trunk or the Branch of the Dragon.
Though the Earth Qi is stable and persistent comparing to human lives, it is getting worn-out, as well.
In some Feng Shui Classics is stated that the energy of some locations can be easily absorbed by constructing just one house or grave.
The other ones have so much Qi, providing good life even for large cities and/or several generations.
It is said that a generation of dignitaries born in one area causes the reduction of precious Qi energy in that region.
General principle is as follows: greater the personality or the achievement, more energy will be consumed in the area!
After the birth of the founding Emperor of the Dynasty, the Qi energy was believed to be so drained, that the whole area had suffered from heavy disasters, famine or floods.
In such cases, it may take a long time for Qi to replenish.
Mountains and Dragons
Main task of every Classical Feng Shui practitioner is examining the Qi energy of Mountains and Dragons (the range of Mountains), in order to find superior location.
Qi travels the ground and forms the Mountains
The most of Qi can be found in the Mountain ranges which ‚‚travels‚‚ for the long time, i.e. at the sections far away of the area of their origin.
Mountains provide two vital functions
First, they carry Qi underground; longer they travel, more Qi and good luck for the people.
Second, they protect land sites from the evil influence of harsh winds, enabling Qi to accumulate in the area.
Mountains offer protection and govern the health and ‚‚people luck‚‚ in the area.
Both Mountain functions depend of their looks, height, continuity and closeness to the landsite.
When they are lush, nicely shaped and good looking, and encircle the site in embracing manner, the chances are high that it hosts auspicious sites.
An ideal site should be embraced with special Mountain formations
The Mountain at the left of the site is called Green Dragon and it should be covered in lush, green forestation, symbol of strong life energy.
At the right side of the site there should be another Mountain, called White Tiger, and it should be lower than Green Dragon.
Basically, they should act at the friendly manner towards each other, looking to each other -as their shake hands-, and with their heads down in submissive manner.
At the rear, there should be Black Tortoise, gradually slopping toward the back of a landsite.
Some masters claims that Tortoise is the most important and that it should be closest to the residence.
From the shape of Black Tortoise depends whether the Green Dragon is ’’willing’’ to transmit the Qi to the site.
At the front, no matter how far away from the site, there should be Red Phoenix, basically large hills, best if shoulder high.
There are two types of Red Phoenix: Table Hills and Worshipping Hills.
Table Hills lies close in front of a site, and Worshipping Hills are bigger hills or mountains farther back in front of the site, still within sight.
A site should not be to close to the Red Phoenix, for there should be some free space for the energy, Qi, to gather (Ming Tang, Bright Hall).
Basically, Qi is delivered in the area at certain points, known as the main meridian points or Spots.
The Vein should be dynamic, in order to release a lot of Qi at certain points.
Meridian points vary in their quality
Not every Meridian point is of the good quality. For External Feng Shui Compass is necessary instrument for assessing the quality of the Spots.
Dragon Lairs is at the main Meridian points in the area.
The Shape of the Mountains – Tan Lang Mountains
Feng Shui San He practitioners are able to recognize various shapes of the surrounding Mountains.
The presence of the Huge Door Mountains in the vicinity of the site, in certain favorable directions, denotes the strong Earth energy.
This is favorable for business activities and financial success
Some Mountains support achievement in government and military professions.
The others favor literary and intellectual achievements and the third ones ’’reward’’ just for the hard labor…
In order to release their own Qi reserve, these undulations should be positioned in certain favorable directions, in relation to the site.
Some Mountains were good once – look nice, be well-shaped and lush- before the damage, by natural causes or by human acts.
External Feng Shui-The significance of Waters
Mountains are the Yin part of the landscape, the Waters are Yang. In External Feng Shui, Mountains stands for people luck and health in the area, Waters govern intelligence and wealth.
As the Yin part of the location, the Mountains are link to good relationship and long life of the people in their vicinity.
Mountains are also checking the Qi quantity in the area; they are helping in Qi accumulation, for not allowing the winds to disperse the Qi.
Waters are carrying Qi and protecting it from dispersing.
Longer it travels, more Qi it holds; so the downstream area is generally more beneficial for the residence, than the upstream.
Water – to be auspicious, downstream nedd to be preferably by the mountains, hills or even huge rocks.
The quality and quantity of waters do matter
We do not want water to run against the site or residence; we do not want it to be fast, noisy, straightforward and shallow, too.
General rule is: The deeper the water, the better.
Also, another rule is: Big Rivers need big Mountains for support and balance; and vice versa.
Water does not have to be visible from the residence, in order to influence the inhabitants.
So, the next step in evaluating water is determining its position in relation to site. In current period, there are four auspicious positions of water, in relation to site: E, SE, N and SW.