Fengshui Four Features Metaphor Shantung Hsu

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#19: The Metaphors of the Four Features

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As we have said, everything has three aspects: matter, Chi energy, and information. In previous posting, we discussed the quantity and quality of the Four Features, and the effects of those features on human life.

The Four Features themselves are not only physical features but also metaphors for human living.

Since form defines energy and manifests information, each of the Four Features has a certain latent intention and has a specific purpose.

Mountains, being static and stable, provide the power for stability and support. The metaphor is Support.

Guardian Hills provide protection for the Energy Spot. Its metaphor is Protection.

Energy Spot, where the Chi-Energy collects, is the nourishing ground where activities occur. It is a metaphor for Growth.

Water, which flows towards lower places, confines and shapes the energy flow, providing an open field for vision and expansion, its metaphor is Expansion.

Fengshui Land Feature Metaphor

Diagram: Metaphor of the Four Features

These Four Features, when interpreted as a metaphorical model, also provide the qualities required for any successful human endeavor. For example, a successful business venture will require the following: the financial support of a bank or investors, and the beneficial government policies (Mountain-Support), the legal protection to safeguard against any mistake in operations (Guardian Hills-Protection), a good place for growth (Energy Spot-Growth), and a vast territory for expansion (Water-Expansion).

The Four Features Model can also be applied to illustrate a holistic family model. The parents are the Mountain providing support, the grandparents are the Guardian Hills always there for protection, the children are the Energy Spot and to develop, they need to have freedom and space to grow – Water.

In fact, the Four Features Model constitutes a truly universal model. When based on the understanding of Yin-Yang interaction, it can be applied to any aspect of life, be it individual or social.

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2 thoughts on “Dr Hsu Feng Shui Talk
#19: The Metaphors of the Four Features

  1. Sophie

    Dear Dr.Hsu,

    According to a book by Master Denise Liotta, it says that in period 8 a SW3 house seems to fit my kua (born 12/31/1985) and my husband’s (7/26/1985). But to avoid mountain from the East as it’s a 8 killings formation. Well we found this house facing SW but there is a car garage on the East side at the back, does it count as a mountain? Another house faces N but has a neighborhood pond at the back, I suppose it’s a bad Feng Shui?

    My kua is the opposite group of my husband’s, is it true that married couple with such kua numbers have their luck cut by half? Because only one can fully benefit from a house and the other suffers from it?

    I also did an online analysis for my bazi and it says my bazi is too strong, I harm my family’s luck. Could it be true? I feel like my husband works so hard but luck isn’t on his side.

    Sorry for the long post. I appreciate your work and your answer.

    Best regards,

    1. Shan Tung Hsu Post author

      Dear Sophie,

      Bazai theory is a false feng shui theory. It was developed by Mi=Jiang around the end of Ming dynasty.
      It was rejected very early on by feng shui scholar.
      Basic it does not make common sense and invented by imagination. To create 4 west and 4 east house use Bagua come from no where. If husband is 4 east type and wife is 4 west type, where do you open door as auspicious?

      Best regards


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