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Feng Shui DragonWhen studying Feng Shui you will also know more about the ecosystem of humans and the environment. It is because the understanding of Feng Shui also includes the value elaboration of interrelationship effects of creatures with the environment.

Unfortunately, this is rarely stated explicitly, while people prefer to connect Feng Shui with prosperity and good fortune. This problem is actually not necessary to be elaborated excessively because anyone who would care for the nature is good. They will receive abundant blessings from the motherland.

Actually Feng Shui is the knowledge of logic, but expressed through the breath of ancient Chinese culture which is loaded with philosophy, such as symbolic imagery: Green Dragon, White Tiger, Dragon Nest, Metal, Fire, and so on. The symbols are used to indicate the nature of Earth’s magnetic fields which are invisible.

For example, the Qi energy (often written as Chi) is often termed as the Dragon’s Breath Long, because Qi comes from the top of the mountain and comes down to the beach through the valleys and streams. When a location has an optimum level of Qi, this place is believed to bring good luck for a good life (in a modern research, Qi is related to ozone present in the air). Mountain peak is known as dragon nest, while the curve of the hill is identified as the body of the dragon, and the ozone/clear air that comes down from the mountaintop is called dragon breath/Qi.

A location will be called the “Dragon Head” when the place is at the head of the hill, and the rear part is a solid mountain. Meanwhile, the front part is in the form of fertile valleys in which there is winding river with clear water flowing quietly.

Note: In China, the animal mythology of Long/Liong/Dragon is considered as a Chinise unifying symbol.

Feng and Shui
In Mandarin, Feng means wind or moving air, while Shui means water. However, the combination of the words Feng Shui no longer have the word meaning literally, but rather refers to the study of the arrangement of buildings and spatial layout with human subjects as occupants. In the future, this knowledge is known as the science of Chinese architecture. These two elements are natural elements of life (that can move on their own without any supporting factors) that are beneficial to human life.

Feng as the air means that a healthy home requires good air circulation. The fresh air will flow through windows, doors, and parks/open space. Here applies the laws of physics that explains that the air will flow from a cold environment to a warmer place (Yin/negative to Yang/positive). Therefore, sunlight must be  present in a house.

Before there is cooling device, old houses were not built close together as they are now. On both sides of the building were given a hall which function was not only to pass on, but also to provide a healthful coolness.

Shui as water is often denoted as the energy that brings sustenance for life, because humans need water and they will not stay in a home without any water sources.  Clear water is a means to support the Qi/energy of life. Instead, clogged and dirty water is called Sha Qi /energy killer because water which is not moving will be damaged and not useful.

Feng/wind can also be denoted as Yang/positive elements because it is at ground level; while Shui/water is denoted as elements of Yin/negative. Both of these elements must be measured by, for all to be harmonious. Therefore, any building design calculated with Feng Shui always refers to the harmony values of humans​​, buildings, and natural environment.

If any of these three factors is more dominant, then the value of harmony would be disrupted and disrupt the life ecosystem. Conversely, when the building is in accordance to the Feng Shui principles, it will have a beneficial impact to the occipants and preserve the ecology.

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