Feng shui, also known as Chinese geomancy, is a traditional practice originating from ancient China, which use energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment. The term feng shui literally translates as “wind-water” in English. This is a cultural shorthand taken from the passage of the now-lost Book of Burial recorded in Guo Pu’s commentary.
Feng shui is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, classified as physiognomy (observation of appearances through formulas and calculations). The feng shui practice discusses architecture in terms of “invisible forces” that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together, known as qi.
Historically, feng shui was widely used to orient buildings, often spiritually significant structures such as tombs, but also dwellings and other structures, in an auspicious manner. Depending on the particular style of feng shui being used, an auspicious site could be determined by reference to local features such as bodies of water, stars, or the compass.
The goal of feng shui as practiced today is to situate the human-built environment on spots with good qi, an imagined form of “energy”. The “perfect spot” is a location and an axis in time.
Polarity is expressed in feng shui as yin and yang theory. Polarity expressed through yin and yang is similar to a magnetic dipole. That is, it is of two parts: one creating an exertion and one receiving the exertion. Yang acting and yin receiving could be considered an early understanding of chirality. The development of this theory and its corollary, five phase theory (five element theory), have also been linked with astronomical observations of sunspots.
The Five Elements or Forces (wu xing) which, according to the Chinese, are metal, earth, fire, water, and wood , are first mentioned in Chinese literature in a chapter of the classic Book of History. They play a very important part in Chinese thought: ‘elements’ meaning generally not so much the actual substances as the forces essential to human life. Earth is a buffer, or an equilibrium achieved when the polarities cancel each other. While the goal of Chinese medicine is to balance yin and yang in the body, the goal of feng shui has been described as aligning a city, site, building, or object with yin-yang force fields.
This display in our Manse represent three elements in one, the stand is in metal, the rock represent the earth and the well the water. We do have a lots of woods in the house including the frame behind the display with picture of a tree and two baby red foxes. Rt. Rev. Marie care for six plants. The Buddha has fire candles and more candles in many rooms of the house. We do have candles in the Shrine but we do not light them due to the soot, we use a sanctuary electric light.
In bias of the display we have the Shrine
Contemporary uses of traditional feng shui
Landscape ecologists often find traditional feng shui an interesting study. In many cases, the only remaining patches of old forest in Asia are “feng shui woods”, associated with cultural heritage, historical continuity, and the preservation of various flora and fauna species. Some researchers interpret the presence of these woods as indicators that the “healthy homes”, sustainability and environmental components of ancient feng shui should not be easily dismissed.
Environmental scientists and landscape architects have researched traditional feng shui and its methodologies.
Architects study feng shui as an ancient and uniquely Asian architectural tradition.
Geographers have analyzed the techniques and methods to help locate historical sites in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and archaeological sites in the American Southwest, concluding that ancient Native Americans also considered astronomy and landscape features.
Courant tellurique / Telluric current
A telluric current (from Latin tellūs, “earth”), or Earth current, is an electric current which moves underground or through the sea. Telluric currents result from both natural causes and human activity, and the discrete currents interact in a complex pattern. The currents are extremely low frequency and travel over large areas at or near the surface of the Earth.
Telluric currents are phenomena observed in the Earth’s crust and mantle. In September 1862, an experiment to specifically address Earth currents was carried out in the Munich Alps (Lamont, 1862). Including minor processes, there are at least 32 different mechanisms which cause telluric currents. The strongest are primarily geomagnetically induced currents, which are induced by changes in the outer part of the Earth’s magnetic field, which are usually caused by interactions between the solar wind and the magnetosphere or solar radiation effects on the ionosphere. Telluric currents flow in the surface layers of the earth. The electric potential on the Earth’s surface can be measured at different points, enabling the calculation of the magnitudes and directions of the telluric currents and hence the Earth’s conductance. These currents are known to have diurnal characteristics wherein the general direction of flow is towards the sun. Telluric currents continuously move between the sunlit and shadowed sides of the earth, toward the equator on the side of the earth facing the sun (that is, during the day), and toward the poles on the night side of the planet.
Both telluric and magnetotelluric methods are used for exploring the structure beneath the Earth’s surface (such as in industrial prospecting). For mineral exploration the targets are any subsurface structure with a distinguishable resistance in comparison to its surroundings. Uses include geothermal exploration, mining exploration, petroleum exploration, mapping of fault zones, ground water exploration and monitoring, investigation of magma chambers, and investigation of boundaries of tectonic plates. Earth batteries tap a useful low voltage current from telluric currents, and were used for telegraph systems as far back as the 1840s.
In industrial prospecting activity that uses the telluric current method, electrodes are properly located on the ground to sense the voltage difference between locations caused by the oscillatory telluric currents. It is recognized that a low frequency window (LFW) exists when telluric currents pass through the earth’s substrata. In the frequencies of the LFW, the earth acts as a conductor.
Birds use the Telluric current to travel, as the Canadian Geeses go south in autum and back north in spring. we found this by observing and analyzing Homing pigeons. Research has been performed with the intention of discovering how pigeons, after being transported, can find their way back from distant places they have never visited before. Most researchers believe that homing ability is based on a “map and compass” model, with the compass feature allowing birds to orient and the map feature allowing birds to determine their location relative to a goal site (home loft). A prominent theory is that the birds are able to detect a magnetic field to help them find their way home. Scientific research suggested that on top of a pigeon’s beak large number of iron particles are found which remain aligned to north like a man-made compass, thus it acts as compass which helps pigeon in determining its home.
Author B.P. Photo perso
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The homing pigeon is a variety of domesticated Rock Dove (Columba livia) that has been selectively bred to be able to find its way home over extremely long distances. Because any pigeon generally returns to its own nest and its own mate, it was relatively easy to selectively breed the birds that repeatedly found their way home over long distances. The birds can carry messages (frequently written on cigarette paper) in a small tube attached to one leg. Flights as long as 2,718 km have been recorded by exceptional birds in competition pigeon racing. Their average flying speed over moderate distances is around 50 km/h, but they can achieve bursts of speed up to 100 km/h.
Author Patrick Edwin Moran
This work has been released into the public domain by its author, BenTheWikiMan at the Dutch Wikipedia project.