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The complete idiot's guide to feng shui
Moran, Elizabeth.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Indianapolis : Alpha ; London : Pearson Education, [2002]

Physical Description:
xxii, 383 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Previous ed.: New York: Alpha, 1999.
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BF1779.F4 M67 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Irreverent in their approach, these guides include tips and advice from leading authorities, aiming to help with life's big decisions and challenges, as well as hobbies and sports. This work offers advice on the ancient Chinese art of feng shui.

Author Notes

Elizabeth Moran is a graduate of the American Feng Shui Institute and is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide® 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.

Table of Contents

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