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Form School Feng Shui

The true foundation of traditional Feng Shui is the ability to read the flow of wind and water across the landscape. In modern cities, a Feng Shui practitioner can have difficulty obtaining an accurate compass reading, so the ability to observe and correct landforms and Chi flow is essential.

Learning the principles of Feng Shui Forms is an excellent way to improve your life. This ancient Chinese practice of reading the landscape flow is truly the basis of all Feng Shui. The power of this art form can be found in its ability to bring balance and harmony into your life while also creating a sense of well-being. If you want to know a bit more about Feng Shui Forms, then read on.

Everyone knows that Feng Shui Means Wind and Water

Form School teaches that Feng Shui is not just about wind and water but also the form of the landscape that creates the flow of Wind and Water.

All of these components are naturally present, all we wish to do is create a balanced environment where Chi is carried through the Forms and is allowed to accumulate in areas that naturally attract water. Chi must also be allowed to exit otherwise the water will become stagnant.

The first key element is “Wind.” For a home, this represents air movement throughout your house, hopefully creating internal balance. The second element is “Water.” This represents regions where the air flow accumulates and holds within your house. If this area has a way for air to continue after being held for a short period, then you are able to build on the internal balance you have created with “Wind”.

The third key element is “Landscape”, which although originally related to the hills and valleys surround a building, we can now relate to how your structure supports the first two elements mentioned above. If you have a well-designed foundation for your home or office, it can easily support the other two elements.

A fourth element that is sometimes spoken of is “Fire”. This represents your own life force as catalyst for the first three elements Wind, Water and Landscape. It is your responsibility to keep everything running smoothly like a well-oiled machine. If any of the initial three components are out of balance, you can expect negative consequences in the fourth. Conversely, if you neglect your responsibilities for maintaining your property and allow stagnation, then this will also bring negative outcomes.

The Four Form School Animals

Quite simply, these animal represent directions in relation to the building –

a) Red Phoenix = front, like it to be lower but not too low. Should accumulate “Water”.
b) Black Tortoise = back, like it to be higher but not too high. Emits “Mountain Form” Chi.
c) Green Dragon = left (when you are facing towards Red Phoenix), like it to be higher but not higher than the Black Tortoise.
d) White Tiger = right, (when you are facing towards Red Phoenix), like it to be lower but not lower than the Red Phoenix.

A simple way to look at the four Form School animals is which has the biggest Form. Below is a summary, though I can say without a doubt that there is a lot more to Form School and balance between the directions is what we are seeking.

  • Green Dragon is achievement through planning and wisdom.
  • White Tiger is achievement through action and determination.
  • Red Phoenix is achievement through collaboration with others.
  • Black Tortoise is achievement through stability and consistency.

''Lung Mei" Dragon's Breath And "Lung Chi" Dragon Veins

Buildings Gather the External Dragon’s Breath and The Doors and Hallways Encourage Chi Flow Along the Dragon Veins Internally.

Forget the symbology and think of hills and valleys when you look across the landscape. Sometimes there are many hills and therefore many Lung Mei and Chi, sometimes the landscape is flat and featureless, so there is only the wind, or Dragon’s Breath. In Form school, these are important concepts to understand. This refers to how energy flows throughout your environment.

The Lung Mei is a path of energy that generally moves from the front to the back of your building, therefore representing how people will move through your home or office daily. The Lung Mei is also known as the “Dragon’s Breath” because it can be likened to an actual dragon who breathes energy in and out of your home or office. The best way to describe how Chi works within a building is that all doors and hallways become veins carrying life force (Chi) throughout your environment.

By knowing the flow of your Lung Mei (Dragon’s Breath), you can determine which areas will be more active than others. Lung Chi is like a dragon who flows in and out of buildings, constantly bringing in fresh Chi, distributed throughout the building through its doors and hallways. This is why it’s important to place the main desk and workstation in a location that receives Chi flow from the Lung Chi (Dragon Veins) via the Lung Mei (Dragon Breath).

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Form School Feng Shui Can Be Applied by Assessing Doors, Windows and Hallways

Lung Mei flows from front to back, while the Lung Chi flows from top to bottom. If you want to make your home or office more vibrant and active, then it’s essential that the flow of Chi is moving through all areas of your building and accumulating in the areas that are used for important activities such as sleeping, cooking and working.

This knowledge about the structure and the flow of Chi can be applied within a house/office by opening or closing doors, windows, even hallways to either allow air flow, slow it down or stop it entirely depending on the overall Floor Plan and your goals for work and family.

Why Study & Use Form School Feng Shui?

Form school is a unique way of looking at ways energy flows. By understanding the Dragon Breath and Dragon Veins, you can ensure that your home or office has enough Chi flow for all occupants to thrive.

This is only the tip of the learning iceberg for Form School. You can extend your knowledge by learning about Poison Arrows, water mouths/exits and Dragon’s Lairs. There are also ways to analyze external roads and buildings using Form School teachings in conjunction with Compass Schools such as 8 Mansions, Flying Stars and San He Di Li.

Feng Shui Master Edgar Lok Tin Yung has generously made a course that teaches anyone how to use land forms, you can watch part 1 here.

For a full, in-depth look at forms in modern usage, visit Ken Lai’s Advanced Visual Form Feng Shui correspondence course.

Feng Shui Form School Resources

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Dean French

With over two decades of practical Feng Shui experience, Dean is known for his down-to-earth attitude and his direct and honest communication. A writer for Wellbeing Predictions and former writer for Wellbeing Astrology magazines, he has turned to a wider audience through this website. Visit to book an Astrology reading or Feng Shui consultation.

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