You’ve heard these terms before but are you sure what they mean? These are basic explanations without going into more esoteric detail. I hope you find this short list useful.
Bagua Eight trigrams In Black Sect feng shui the 8 trigrams become 8 life aspirations
Ba zhai Eight house school
Ba zi Four Pillars of Destiny, a form of astrology
Celestial Animals White Tiger, Green Dragon, Red Phoenix and Black Turtle were originally used to denote North, South, East and West. Today they are generally used to show the right side, left side, front and back of a building.
Compass School The actual magnetic compass reading of the facing and sitting of the building is used in conjunction with flying stars to determine and auspicious property.
Feng Shui translates as Wind and Water
Five Elements Earth, Water, Wood, Fire, Metal
Five Elements Cycles productive, reduction and controlling
Productive cycle – Using the 5 elements so that an element creates the next in line. Water, wood, fire, earth, metal
Reduction cycle- Using the 5 elements so that and element reduces the power of the next one in line metal, earth, fire, wood, water
Controlling- Using the 5 elements to control each other (not usually recommended) metal, wood, earth, water, fire
Flying Stars Nine different personalities of energy move through the trigrams in cycles of 20 years, yearly, monthly, and daily. How these energies interact contribute to whether a building or area is auspicious during that time period.
Four kinds of houses based on flying star theory
Wang shan wang shui=mountain star in back, water star in front, good for people, good for money
Shang shan hsia shui = mountain star in front, water star in back also known as a reversed house, against people and money
Double facing = both water star and mountain star at the front, good for money
Double sitting = both water star and mountain star at the back, good for people
Form School The lay of the land is used to determine if a property is auspicious or not. This includes the relationship to mountains, rivers, lakes, and the quality of soils and vegetation, slope or flatness etc.
Kan Yu old name for feng shui
Luo Pan Chinese compass used by traditional feng shui practitioners to determine the sitting and facing degrees of a building as well as other measurements. Its many rings provide specific information for formulas and calculations.
Ming tang The wide open space in front of your house, also your entry hall
Sheng qi Most active and strongest energy
Sha qi Negative energy
Trigram Used to denote a direction, each has a family designation and a characteristic of nature. The trigram symbol is made up of three lines, either solid or broken stacked one upon the other.
Qian= Northwest, Father, Heaven
Kun= Southwest, Mother, Earth
Zhen= East, Oldest Son, Thunder
Xun= Southeast, Oldest Daughter, Wind
Kan= North, Middle Son, Water
Li= South, Middle Daughter, Fire
Gen=Northeast, Youngest Son, Mountain
Dui= West, Youngest Daughter, Lake
Twenty-four Mountains The compass is divided into segments of 15 degrees, totaling 24 segments altogether. Each of these is called a mountain.
Zodiac The Chinese zodiac is represented by 12 animals Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Dog, and Pig