There are many Feng Shui schools that can help you become a consultant – or at least give you the knowledge that you need to practise this in your life. There are many principles and concepts involved in the application of Feng Shui. You have to invest both time and money to learn and understand each one of them.
Different schools have varying focus when it comes to the practice and implementation of Feng Shui. The school you will choose will determine how you will practise this in your life. When you try to analyse your environment, will you use a compass or not? There are two different schools to consider once you have answered this question. It is important that you conduct adequate research to know which of the schools will give you the knowledge that you are seeking.
Different Feng Shui schools
Basically, there are two main Feng Shui schools.
Form School or Ti Li
This is actually the oldest Feng Shui school. An early description of this school can be seen in the “Book of Tomb” by Qing Wuzi (Han dynasty). There is a more thorough description of it in “The Book of Burial” by Guo Pu (Jin dynasty).
The word “form” actually refers to the environment’s shape. It is not just the shape of the area but the landscape too. It considers rivers, plateaus, mountains, and other buildings or structures in the general vicinity. The shape and flow of the wind and water are analysed to determine if it is a good location or not. In most cases, even important events and time are considered (e.g. birthday of the owner, etc).
The original focus of the Form School is the location and orientation of graveyards or tombs. This is considered as the Yin House feng shui. However, it soon progressed to involve the Yang House feng shui – which is all about homes, buildings, and other structures.
This school also considers the 5 celestial animals, the yin and yang theory, and the five elements. The popular Form methods include Luan Tou (environmental analysis that does not make use of a compass) and Xing Xiang Pai (imaging forms).
Compass School or Liiqi Pai
This is the second of the Feng Shui schools. If the Form school concentrates on the land, this focuses on the Feng Shui compass, Lo Shu square, Bagua, and various Feng Shui calculations. It is actually a collection of various techniques in Feng Shui that is derived from the 8 cardinal directions. This school teaches that each of these directions that their own specific Qi. The main instrument used is the Luopan. It is a disc that is marked with various formulas that are in concentric rings formed around a magnetic compass.
There are two important methods that are also taught here.
One is the San Yuan Method that have other schools like the Xuan Kong Fei Xing (Flying Stars method for time and direction), Xuan Kong Da Gua (64 gua relationships), and Xuan Kong Mi Zi (Mysterious Space Secret Decree).
The other is the San He Method that is after the analysis of the environment while using a compass. It has other categories like the Ba Zhai (Eight Mansions), Water Methods, and Local Embrace.
Consider all of these Feng Shui schools before you make a choice as to what area you will focus on.