In ancient times, Feng Shui was closely guarded by those in power in China. The concepts, theories, and formulas were kept by a select few. In fact, until very recently, grand masters and masters only taught one student at a time. Joey Yap of Mastery Academy, still hears how he is going against the tradition by teaching those that attend his courses.
Once Feng Shui made its way to the masses, some practitioners began to take liberty with the formulas and theories. This caused watering down of the meanings to make it easier for the uneducated to understand. This trend accelerated with the recent explosion of interest in Feng Shui in the West. An example of this watering down would be with the term “Dragon.” Uneducated practitioners will instruct clients to purchase a large dragon and place it on their property to symbolize the Green Dragon. In reality, a Dragon is a mountain and in Feng Shui, we look at the movement of the Dragon/Mountain to discover how Qi moves through an area as Mountains create the Qi, wind moves the Qi, and water collects the Qi. Indeed, it can be confusing to choose from the wide array of practices now available in North America.
With the application of accurate formulas and calculations based on the ancient, classical time-tested wisdom passed carefully down through the ages, Feng Shui can be a very powerful ally.