Feng-Shui Ch'i Flows Along the Dragon's Path

The sole purpose of feng-shui has always been to balance the ch'i of the earth. And the Chinese have long known that the earth's ch'i flows along the paths of the dragon--the lung mei.

The strength of this energy flow varies from one place to another. The study of feng-shui (or wind-water) is the life's work of Chinese geomancers. In fact, even in today's modern world, few Chinese would dare to erect a building without a geomant's approval and advice.

The Secret Arrow

If energy is allowed to flow along a straight line without obstructions it creates a Secret Arrow. This is deemed to be harmful, resulting in the creation of bad ch'i. This could result in disturbances that other cultures might describe as the work of a poltergeist or evil spirit.

Should a geFeng Shui FountaiCredit: Alton Thompson by Wikimedia Commonsomant discover that an existing location is not suitable for building, however, there are measures that can be taken to correct the situation. The landscape can be altered to change the path of the dragon. This can be done by placing deflectors such as screen walls, fountains, or pagodas to deter the flow of ch'i. This is why the study of geomancy is so important. Too little energy flow reaching the proposed building site will result in a weakened building. Also many consider that it will also affect the energy levels of those dwelling or working there. Yet if the flow is too strong, the builder risks bad ch'i. Feng-shui is truly all about balance.

The Emperor's Throne

There is only one place where a long, unobstructed flow of energy is considered favorable. That is on ceremonial routes to shrines and the Emperor's golden throne. In fact the straight roads from Beijing were designed to channel the ch'i directly to the emperor.

East meets West

Recently the western cultures have started taking an interest in feng-shui as well. In fact, here in the United States, the feng-shui movement is going strong. Designers are taking it to heart and helping families and businesses create a positive flow of ch'i in their lives. Sometimes even a small feng-shui figurine can help bring a home into balance. And what better symbol is there than the dragon, whose very breath gave birth to ch'i?

The Dragon as a Symbol in Feng-Shui

In feng-shui the dragon is seen as a strong Yang or male symbol, full of vitality and strength. A dragon figurine holding a crystal or pearl is considered to bring good fortune to a home. The color of the dragon symbolizes what type of luck is desired. A green dragon will bring good health to a house, while a golden one will bring prosperity and wealth. There are rules to follow though.

  • Never place a feng-shui dragon in a place of low energy, such as a closet or bath room.
  • Always have the dragon at or below eye level.
  • Do not have too many dragons in your home. (Remember too much ch'i energy is never good.)
  • Should you decide to place a dragon in your bedroom it would be best to pair it with a statue of a phoenix. The dragon and phoenix together are a symbol of a happy and contented marriage.
  • And above all, do not have the crystal or pearl pointing out a window or door. The gem held by the feng-shui dragon should always point toward the inside of your house to direct the good fortune in and not out.