It’s fair to say that the integrity of Feng Shui has been put through its paces recently. In the late nineties, there was a sudden ‘gold rush’ of sorts as new age or ‘pop’ Feng Shui took off. Suddenly, it seemed that a Feng Shui makeover consisted of little more than placing specific objects, trinkets and ornaments in the home. This watered down, erroneous version of Feng Shui soon died a death, however, as Classical Feng Shui became widely studied once again. In true, Classical Feng Shui, time and the environment are what really matter. I can understand why ‘pop’ Feng Shui was popular for a period of time – it is, after all, a lot easier to sell someone an ornamental toad and promise Feng Shui benefits than it is to teach them about formulas, charts and sophisticated interpretation methods!
None the less, Classical Feng Shui delivers genuine results and people are waking up to this fact. I have made it my mission to continue educating people about Classical Feng Shui and the very real benefits of studying it.
Marlyna, like so many others, has long been fascinated by Feng Shui and had already been taught by many well respected masters before she made the decision to join my class. I immediately noticed her passion for the art. Picking up Classical Feng Shui can be a daunting process for anyone but she tackled it head on; her determination was all the more impressive to me because western students often struggle to simply get their head around the technical terms in Chinese. Very quickly, she came to display a deep understanding of the subject during her time in class. I normally only observe this level of understanding in students who had spent many, many years at study. To put it simply, she was a natural, and it was clear that she could share her take on the subject for the benefit of others.
When Marlyna asked me to write a foreword to her book I was delighted because I knew her book was of an excellent standard; both technically accurate and well researched and written. I am proud to endorse this book and hope it will allow even more people to enhance their knowledge of the art and science of Classical Feng Shui.
Let’s speak about Feng Shui itself. There are two components in Feng Shui: forms and formulas. Marlyna addresses urban Form Feng Shui in this comprehensive book.
When we speak about formulas, we refer to techniques such as San Yuan, Xuan Kong, 8 Mansions and San He where often, sophisticated calculations are required to determine outcomes.
Forms are also known as ‘Luan Tou Feng Shui’ in Classical Feng Shui which translates loosely into ‘Faces of the Mountain ‘. When we talk about forms we refer to environmental features such as mountains and rivers which determine the interaction of Qi and the stars. Good forms can enhance the quality of a positive star and smooth out the negative energies while bad forms, conversely, can aggravate negative stars and nullify the good energies. To correctly evaluate the Feng Shui of a property, you must have the ability to see a kind of invisible life force that influences the environment. Marlyna can do this and this is the truly difficult part of Classical Feng Shui.
In this exciting title, Marlyna will open your eyes to urban forms so that you can eventually come to determine their Feng Shui value in an instant. You will be able to see what she sees.
Understandably, most people think that formulas are the hard part of Feng Shui at first. The truth is, learning formulas is easy. Assessing Forms is the tricky part. A seasoned Feng Shui practitioner can assess forms at a glance. They have what might be described as an “eye” for Feng Shui in much the same way that a photographer has an eye for a great photo opportunity. It takes time and practice to develop this intuitive ability to assess the Feng Shui of a given location based on its form. The good news is that there are things you can do to build up your appreciation of Form Feng Shui and reading this book is one of them.
This book is an essential addition to the collection of any Feng Shui enthusiast, regardless of their level of expertise. If you’re new to the subject then this has been written in a way that doesn’t exclude beginners. If you’re a novice or even if you fancy yourself as a pro, this book still deserves a place on your bookshelf because each time you read it you will learn more. Pick it up and read it cover to cover. Read it again. And again. Each time you invest your time in this book I guarantee you will pick up something new and take a step closer to becoming a Feng Shui master yourself, honing and sharpening your ability to assess Feng Shui more accurately in a quicker time.
Finally, I’d like to congratulate Marlyna Los for her completion of this excellent new book and wish you, the reader, the best of luck in your Feng Shui endeavors.
Founder of Mastery Academy of Chinese Metaphysics