"In it’s highest and purest form, good feng shui signifies perfect alignment between inner and outer worlds." Lada Ray
The oldest documented form of feng shui, Form School is how feng shui was practiced thousands of years ago before the invention of the magnetic compass. These ancient people studied the land, qi flow and the principles of yin and yang. From this, they learned how best to site their homes, ensuring plentiful harvests and healthy livestock, thereby ensuring their own prosperity.
Today using Form School means analyzing natural features such as trees, hills, mountains, rivers and lakes. In the urban environment, this also includes other buildings, walls and fences. Form School is still relevant today, and particularly important in Flying Star Feng Shui.
The aspect of the Flying Stars school of feng shui that sets it apart from other feng shui schools is that it takes into consideration a time factor to create a chart of the present energies. The Flying Stars chart can be done on an annual, monthly, daily or even hourly basis, and it shows the movement of both positive and negative energies in any given space. The dynamic of the movement of feng shui stars is based on the pattern of numbers in the Lo Shu Square, an ancient divination tool.
The nine feng shui stars are the nine numbers in the Lo Shu Square. Each number is connected to a specific set of energies, as expressed in a feng shui element, feng shui direction, color, the meaning as pertaining to one's life, and even the potential influence on specific body parts.
The Flying Stars school of feng shui divides time into periods of 20 years, with nine periods creating a complete cycle of 180 years. For example, until 2024, we are in period 8 with its predominant characteristics as defined by the earth feng shui element and the energies of the Northeast direction. You do not need to understand the complex ways of the Flying Stars school of feng shui in order to apply its wisdom. For easy reference, you can consult yearly feng shui updates based on the Flying Star chart to help you balance the feng shui of your home every year. The yearly updates help you with the practical application of specific feng shui cures to deal with present energies, both positive and negative.
Some of the terms used in the Flying Stars school of feng shui are the following: Base Star, Sitting Star, Facing Star, Central Palace, 24 Mountains and other. Each of the nine feng shui stars has specific characteristics that define the energy created by its movement within the bagua areas. The main challenge in people trying to apply the Flying Stars school wisdom is the tendency toward rigidity. The ancient knowledge as revealed by this school is deep and complex, thus the danger of its rigid translation and misinterpretation.