Feng Shui History: The Story of Classical Feng Shui in China and the West from 221 BC to 2012 AD

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Feng Shui History is the first English language book to track the evolution and expansion of feng shui—from 221 BC China to its presence around the world today. Discover the developments and people involved in propagating feng shui in the US, UK, Europe, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Drawing on authoritative Chinese texts and analysis of several antique lo p’ans, this meticulously researched book gives the real history of feng shui—and disproves some widely believed generalizations about the ancient ...

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Overview

Feng Shui History is the first English language book to track the evolution and expansion of feng shui—from 221 BC China to its presence around the world today. Discover the developments and people involved in propagating feng shui in the US, UK, Europe, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Drawing on authoritative Chinese texts and analysis of several antique lo p’ans, this meticulously researched book gives the real history of feng shui—and disproves some widely believed generalizations about the ancient practice. There are also details on many masters and various feng shui methods.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738737850
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/8/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 988,379
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Skinner began his career as a Geography lecturer and magazine publisher, but his long term interest has always been Western magic.

During the 1970s he was the driving force behind Askin Publishers, producing a number of classic magical works by Cornelius Agrippa, Paracelsus, Austin Osman Spare, Aleister Crowley, and others. During the 1970s he co-wrote many books with Francis King, including the still popular Techniques of High Magic. Also with Francis King he wrote Nostradamus. His interest in prophecy stimulated by this book, he went on to write the best selling Millennium Prophecies.

Stephen is credited with bringing the art of Feng Shui to the West, and in 1976 he wrote the Living Earth Manual of Feng Shui, which was the first English book on feng shui in the 20th century.

Stephen has written more than 35 books, which have been published worldwide in 28 different languages. These books have had introductions by such diverse people as Colin Wilson, HRH Charles Prince of Wales, and Jimmy Choo, shoe designer to the stars.

Stephen lives in Singapore.

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Table of Contents

Contents 7

List of Half-Tone Plates 9

List of Figures 10

Acknowledgements 12

Introduction 14

Plates 16

The Early History and Mythology of Feng Shui 33

Shang Dynasty (1557-1027 BCE) 35

Chou (Zhou) Dynasty (1027 - 221 BCE) 35

Magnetism and Magnetic North 38

Ancient Astronomical Beginnings 39

The Gnomon and Astronomic North 41

Ch'in (Qin) Dynasty (221-206 BCE) 43

Han Dynasty (206 BCE - 220 CE) 44

The Shih P'an 45

The South-Pointing Carriage 46

The Hypothetical Magnetic Spinning Spoon 48

The Pi Disk 55

The 'Dipper Dial' 56

The Three Kingdoms (220-265 CE) 59

Chin (Jin) Dynasty (265-420 CE) 61

Southern & Northern dynasties (420-589 CE) 62

The Emperor's Dwelling Classic and the Chai Ching boards 62

Sui Dynasty (589-618 CE) 63

T'ang Dynasty (618-906 CE) 65

Yang Yun Sung 68

Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period (906-960 CE) 73

Sung Dynasty (960-1271 CE) 73

Wang Chi 73

Shao Yung and the I Ching 78

Neo-Confucians 80

Hsüan K'ung School 80

Feng Shui meets the I Ching 81

Magnetising the Needle 82

Compass Mechanics and Maritime Use 82

Compass Mounting & Shen Kuo 84

Lai Pu Yi and the Outer Heaven Plate 86

The Compass in Europe 92

Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368 CE) 93

Chao P'ang 94

Ming Dynasty (1368 -1644 CE) 96

Building Beijing 98

Ch'ing Dynasty (1644 - 1911 CE) 102

Chiang Ta Hung 102

The Simplified Chiang P'an 103

Emperor Ch'ien Lung's Feng Shui Reformation 108

Chang Ping Lin 109

Eight Mansion Formula 110

Moving from 60 to 64 Hexagrams on the Lo p'an 113

From San He to San Yuan 115

Development of the San Yuan Plate 115

Chang Chung Shan and the Wu Ch'ang School 117

Shen Chu Reng 118

The End of the Imperial Era 1325

The Famous T'ai Pao Illustration 125

Manufacturing the Lo p'an late in the Ch'ing dynasty 127

The New San Yuan Rings 129

Relating the Lo P'an to the Almanac 130

Post Imperial China to the 21st century 132

From Shanghai to Malaysia 135

Serious Business in Singapore 138

Feng Shui and Scandal in Hong Kong 143

Traditional Feng Shui in Taiwan 147

Pungsu in Korea 149

Fusui in Japan 156

Feng Shui goes West to the UK 157

European Feng Shui 168

Feng Shui goes Pop in the US 170

Feng Shui Down Under in Australia 179

Feng Shui Around the World 183

Appendix I Feng Shui Chronology and Chinese Dynasties 185

Appendix II The Historical Schools of Feng Shui 189

Appendix III Chinese Literature on the Lo p'an 194

Appendix IV The Geography of Feng Shui in China 198

Bibliography 199

Index 202

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