There is a massive amount of information on the subject of Feng Shui, but most people are not aware that there different types of Feng Shui. There are the many traditional styles practiced in Asia for over a thousand years, and the Westernized version practiced largely in the U.S. which we have just previously discussed as being faux Feng Shui. Just having Western Feng Shui in the mix adds confusion. On top of that, there are many systems and formulas developed in the traditional or classical schools. There are two major Classical Feng Shui Schools, the San He (means Three Harmonies), and the San Yuan (means Three Cycles). Under both of these schools, there are many subsets, systems and formulae. This is a great deal of information and you may be hearing it for the first time, but these are the real secret techniques and systems used by genuine Feng Shui master around the world.

SAN YUAN (Three Cycles)
San Yuan is one of the two major “Universities” or Schools of Feng Shui and has many sub-sectors that fall under its umbrella. Xuan Kong (the “mysterious void”) is a division of the San Yuan “University”. Xuan Kong Fei Xing is one of the most recognized of the San Yuan systems, often referred to simply as Flying Stars. Flying Stars is one of the techniques used to take into account the time dimension aspect of Feng Shui. This method relates to the changing forces during different periods of time. Flying Stars is the process of extracting information from the intangible influences of the numbers and combination of numbers of the magic Lo Shu square or nine palaces.

Flying Stars explains why no structure will forever enjoy good or bad Feng Shui as it cycles through time. Each building or structure will have a Natal Flying Star Chart, and there are special Flying Star charts for buildings that can be exceptionally auspicious.

Also, under the San Yuan, are the Zi Bai (Purple-White Flying Stars), the Xuan Kong Da Gua (Big 64 Hexagrams Method, aka I Ching Feng Shui), Xuan Kong Shui Fa (Time-Space Water Method), and the San Yuan Dragon Gate Eight (Long Men Ba Da Ju) method. Formulas such as Robbery Mountain Sha (Chor San Kibb Sart), the Three Killings (Sam Sart), the Great Sun Position (Tai Yang Dou San Pan), the Tai Sui (Grand Duke) and the Sui Po (Year Breaker), the calculation of the daily, monthly and yearly “stars” are other techniques used to assess the Feng Shui, all part of the San Yuan School.

SAN HE (Three Harmonies)
San He (pronounced San Hur, aka San Hup) is the other major Classical Feng Shui Schools. This system is used for and has applications for large-scale Feng Shui projects, such as a master-planned community, city planning, high-rises, hotels, resorts, airports, hospitals, and so forth. It has the technology to consider the macro-level view of the project and the best placement of the dragon (mountain), the land (topography), and the water (real or virtual) in relation to each other, hence one of the reasons it is called “three harmonies”. These considerations are paramount before the Feng Shui “micro-engineering” is designed into the buildings.

San He Luan Tou: a system in which to assess the environment's landforms and appearance. Some mistakenly call this Form School.

The Eight Mansions (Pa Chai, aka East/West System)

Eight Mansions, or Pa Chai, falls under either the San He School or San Yuan—this is debated. It is likely a stand-alone system. There are two popular methods of Eight Mansions—one from the classic text Huang-di Ba Zhai Jing (the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Ba Zhai), and one from the classic Ba Zhai Ming Jing (“Eight House Bright Mirror”). The Eight Mansions make use the Life Gua Number to determine favorable and unfavorable directions for every person based on their birth date and gender. Other important Pa Chai (also spelled BaZhai) considerations are given to door location, door direction, stove location, toilet placement, location of staircases, and the house/building orientation. There is also advanced Pa Chai methods that assist in fine tuning the Feng Shui for people in the same household that are from different groups.

The San He School of Feng Shui has other extensive systems and formulas—several to assess formations for disaster and others to bring wealth and good luck such as the Peach Blossom Sha Formation (bad romance & illicit affairs), Eight Roads of Destruction (Pa Loo Hwang Chuen, disasters), and Eight Killing Forces (Pa Sha Hwang Chuen, adverse affect on health, money and romance). Other formulas like the Five Ghost Carry Treasure (a well-guarded secret from Taiwan), and Three Door Harmony are used to attract wealth.

The famous Water Dragon Formulas (Shan Long) fall under this School and they are used to attract multi-millionaire and billionaire energy to your site. My teacher, Grandmaster Yap Cheng Hai who taught me this powerful water method, specializes in the Water Dragon technique and learned from an old master in Taiwan. This grandmaster of Feng Shui used the Water Dragon method to create the Cotton King, Steele King, and Rice King billionaires of that prosperous country!

Today, the modern Feng Shui master will automatically blend the two schools and treat them as one practice. Classical Feng Shui always involves the use of a compass, known as a Chinese Luo Pan. There really is no school, per se, known as Compass School, as the Luo Pan is an integral part in the practice of Classical Chinese Feng Shui.

The Westernized versions of Feng Shui (Black Hat Sect) and other western versions are not part of either the San He or the San Yuan. Nor is it acknowledged in Asia as a legitimate school of Feng Shui as it does not have its roots in any of the classic texts. The study of these major schools and systems are extraordinarily rewarding and exciting to learn.

Author's Bio: 

Known as the “fast-talkin’ Texan,”—an interesting and delightful oxymoron—Denise A. Liotta-Dennis, aka DeDe Dennis, is less than 100 genuine Feng Shui Masters’ in America. She has been regularly featured on Sonoran Living Live, KNXV ABC 15 in Arizona.

Denise has studied with four noted Feng Shui Masters from China, Malaysia and Australia, including Grand Master Yap Cheng Hai and belongs to his 400- year Wu Chang Feng Shui Mastery lineage. A gifted educator and speaker, Denise offers both high energy and rich content, with a rapid-fire delivery that keeps audiences spell bound and wide-eyed at the edge of their seats, peppering her talks with a quaint southwestern humor.