There are many schools of feng shui, and each Asian country has several, including the currently popular Tibetan Black Hat Sect/Western feng shui (a hybrid of traditional feng shui and Tibetan Buddhism.) However, the more ancient and more widely practiced Chinese compass feng shui is a pure form of traditional feng shui which deepens our relationship to the earth while extending our understanding of energy principles and processes of energy transformation. Unfortunately, other feng shui methods like black hat and western feng shui simply base the life aspects/areas on where the door to a room or house is located, which doesn’t make a lot of sense because a doorway can be on any wall depending on who designed the building. Following that theory, any Life Area (e.g. Career) could be in a different place from one building to the next, or one room to the next. Pure feng shui aligns with the earth and magnetic north.
Compass feng shui is based on the five elements of nature and how the chi energies of these five elements interact with each other in either an increasing or decreasing way. Each point on a compass is associated with an element and a life aspect and each element posses a variety of qualities. The chart below lists the compass points and associated elements, qualities and life aspects.
*For most of the elements, different shades of the color work fine; the exception is Fire and Earth; Fire is associated with Bright and Light color reds while the Earth element is associated with dark, brick colored reds.
** Life Aspects: The southeast is not just monetary wealth. Children & Creativity in the west includes inventions, ideas, “child” projects, etc.