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The Complete Idiot's Guide (R) to Feng Shui


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I. LET'S GET INTO FENG SHUI. 1. What Is Feng Shui? The Feng Shui IQ Test. What Feng Shui Is Not. What Feng Shui Is. Who Practices Feng Shui? Feng Shui and You. What Do I Need to Practice Feng Shui? Twenty Ways to Benefit from Feng Shui. Pinyin and Wade-Giles: Chinese Romanization. 2. Western Intellectual Heritage and the Holy Grail. Mind Power 101. In Search of the Holy Grail. United We Stand. Nature Speaks Mathematics, Too. A New World Vision for the Millennium. 3. The Great Wall of Knowledge and the Rise of Feng Shui. Made in China. China's Greater Nature. Skywatcher for Hire. Confucianism and Daoism: Change Is in the Wind. How Does Feng Shui Fit In? Feng Shui Today. 4. Qi Wiz! It's Life's Force! What Is Qi? Qi Around the World. Qi on the Move. The Three Forces of Qi Energy. Feeling Qi's Power. The Holy Trinity, Chinese Style. II. THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF FENG SHUI. 5. The Principle of Yin and Yang. The Big Bang, Chinese Style. Which Way Is Up? Yin and Yang Culture Clash. Yin and Yang and Feng Shui. 6. The Principle of the Five Phases. What Are the Five Phases? If It's Fire, It Must Be Summer. The Productive Cycle. The Controlling Cycle. The Weakening Cycle. A Spoonful of Sugar. The Five Phases of Buildings. The Five Phases Quiz. 7. The Principle of the Eight Trigrams. Motion over Matter-Qi's Pattern of Movement. Eight Is Enough. Meet the Bagua Family. The Cyclic Pattern of the Bagua. Patterns of Numbers. III. UNDERSTANDING YOUR ENVIRONMENT. 8. Turtles, Tigers, and Dragons, Oh My: Evaluating Your Environment. Here a Totem, There a Totem. In Search of the Dragon's Lair. Climb Every Mountain. 9. Home Sweet Home: Evaluating Your House and Its Surroundings. Church Bells and Power Poles. Land Sakes Alive! House of Shapes. A Grand Entrance. Room for Improvement. Moving Day. IV. FENG SHUI MECHANICS 101. 10. The Eight Houses, Part 1. About Face: The Eight House System. What's Your Trigram? The Eight Wandering Stars. Changing Your Fortune. East Meets West. Are You Compatible? 11. The Eight Houses, Part 2. Your House Has a Trigram, Too. Comparing Your Personal Trigram to a Home's Trigram. Determine Your Home's Sitting and Facing Directions. Using a Compass to Determine Your Home's Trigram. What's Your House Trigram? Assembling a Simple Floor Plan. Great Grids! 12. The Eight Houses, Part 3. Do You Know Where Your Palace Is? Do You Know Where Your Wandering Star Is? Qi-ing In on Qi. The Good, the Bad, and the Possibilities. The Rules of the Eight House Game. The Analysis. V. FENG SHUI MECHANICS 201. 13. The Flying Stars, Part 1. What Is the Flying Star System? Ancient Beginnings. The Nine Imperial Palaces. 14. The Flying Stars, Part 2. Space: The 24 Mountains. Time: Three Cycles and Nine Periods. It's All in the Numbers. A Number Is Worth a Thousand Words. 15. The Flying Stars, Part 3. Do Stars Fly? Constructing a Flying Star Chart. Charted Floor Plan. Great Charts! 16. The Flying Stars, Part 4. Yin and Yang, Mountain and Water. Fortunate Mountain Fortunate Water. Reversed Mountain and Water. The Double Facing Star Chart. The Double Sitting Star Chart. 17. The Flying Stars, Part 5. The Mountain, Water, and Time Stars. The Central Palace. It's All in the Stars: The Star Combination Chart. A Simple Analysis. 18. The Flying Stars, Part 6. The Annual Star. The Annual Star Chart. Flying the Annual Star. The Annual Star for 2002. The Annual Star for 2003. VI. PRACTICAL APPLICATION. 19. A House Hunting We Will Go. Doing Your Homework. There's No Place Like Home. Side-by-Side, Qi-by-Qi. The Analysis. 20. Does Your Office Measure Up? Labor Pains. First Things First. Let's Get Compatible. Dui Have a Match? Won't You Please Come In? Sitting Pretty. A Means to an End. VII. FATE OR FREE WILL: WHAT'S YOUR DESTINY? 21. Introducing the Twelve Animals of the Chinese Zodiac. What Is the Chinese Zodiac? Twelve Animals, Twelve Earthly Branches. What's Your Animal Sign? Who Are Your Friends? Who Are Your Foes? Good Year/Bad Year. Personality Profiles. 22. The Four Pillars of Destiny, Part 1. How Free Is Free Will? What Is the Four Pillars of Destiny? Time, Chinese Style. Calculating Your Four Pillars. 23. The Four Pillars of Destiny, Part 2. The All-Important Day-Master. Strong or Weak? What Are Your Favorable and Unfavorable Phases? The Phases of Our Lives. The Fate of Princess Diana. 24. The Four Pillars of Destiny, Part 3. The Axiom of Luck. Lucky Me. Wheel of Fortune. The Fate of Princess Diana, Part 2. 25. The Four Pillars of Destiny, Part 4. What's in a Horoscope? That Was Then, This Is Now. Oh, What a Month! Around and Around We Go: Determining a New Sixty-Day Cycle. Day by Day. VIII. APPENDIXES. Appendix A. Glossary. Appendix B. Common Questions and Practical Answers. Appendix C. Learn More About Feng Shui Appendix D. Chinese Dynasties and Periods. Appendix E.Learn More About Taking a Proper Compass Reading Using the 24 Mountains Index.

About the Author

Elizabeth Moran is a graduate of the American Feng Shui Institute and is the author of The Complete Idiot's GuideA (R) to The I-Ching. Val Biktashev founded the Beverly Hills-based American Healing Arts Institute in 1997. He has studied with a world-renowned classical feng shui master and has performed nearly 2,000 feng shui readings with successful results. @AUTHBIO - Joseph Yu has been practicing feng shui and Chinese astrology for over thirty years, and is recognized as one of the top five classical feng shui masters in the world.

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