You will have a lot of fun with this colourful production! Practical Feng Shui: Feng shui, pronounced “foong swee” (Cantonese) or “fong shway” (Mandarin) is the Chinese art of arranging buildings, objects, and space in the environment in order to achieve energy, harmony, and balance. The English translation of Feng shui is “the way of Wind (feng) and Water (shui)” or “the natural forces of the Universe.” Feng shui, derived from the Chinese concept of yin and yang, has been practised for thousands of years.
A version of feng shui was also known in prehistoric Europe, where arranging objects and structures so as to bring them into harmony with the Universe was commonly practised. As a design philosophy, good Feng Shui promotes health, prosperity, creativity, positive social relationships, self-confidence, and respect for others. The Feng Shui section of this guide provides an enjoyable introduction and enables immediate participation.
Chinese Astrology: The Chinese horoscope is based on the movement of the moon. The moon takes 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 2 seconds to orbit the earth. A lunar month lasts 29 or 30, but never 31, days. Thus the Chinese New Year never falls on the same day from one year to the next. Chinese astrology has a cycle of twelve years, each year being represented by an animal. According to legend, the Buddha invited all the animals in the world to come to a meeting. Only twelve animals turned up. The Buddha decided to honour these animals by awarding each a year in its name. Chinese astrology plays an important part in the daily lives of Asian people. Finding a partner with a compatible astrological sign is a serious matter. Use the Chinese Astrology section of this guide to discover many details about your own or your friend s Chinese astrology sign characteristics. Chinese Face Reading: Physiognomy (face reading) is the study of the systematic correspondence of psychological characteristics with facial features. In China, face reading is the art of predicting a person’s fortunes by analyzing the different elements of his or her face. Many factors are taken into account, including ears, forehead, eyebrows, eyes, cheeks, nose, mouth and chin. Traditionally there is a relationship between these features and particular organs, and the emotions associated with these organs. The first written work on Chinese face reading is thought to be the Yellow Emperor s Classic of Internal Medicine which is dated to approximately 2600 BCE. Later, during the Confucius era, face reading became popular throughout China and spread to Japan, India.
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