Online Class: Feng Shui 101

From determining whether you are yin or yang to the type of personality you have based upon your birth stars, this class will teach you how to harmonize your life and your home.

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Course Description

Introduction to Feng Shui: Unveiling the Ancient Chinese Art

Course Overview

Delve into the intricate world of Feng Shui, a time-honored Chinese discipline that harmonizes people with their surroundings. As urbanization and modernization increase, many seek a balance between contemporary life and age-old wisdom. Feng Shui, with its roots in ancient Chinese philosophy and cosmic understanding, offers a holistic solution to achieve that equilibrium.

Course Breakdown:

  1. Introduction to Feng Shui: Understand the foundational principles behind Feng Shui, exploring its origins and significance.

  2. Heaven, Earth, Man, and Chi: Discover the interconnectedness of these entities, emphasizing the vitality of chi or energy, the force that binds the universe.

  3. Yin and Yang: Delve deep into the binary forces driving the universe, highlighting their complementary nature and importance in maintaining balance.

  4. The Five Elements: Explore the critical elements - wood, fire, earth, metal, and water - that define and influence our surroundings.

5-8. The Nine Stars (Parts 1-4): Unfold the mysteries of the 'nine stars' or Jyo Hsing - an essential component of Feng Shui and its astrological connections.

  1. The Three Diagnostic Methods: Familiarize yourself with diagnostic tools that assist in evaluating energy flow and balance within spaces.

  2. Clutter and Its Effects on Your Chi: Understand the implications of clutter on energy flow and how an organized environment can enhance positivity.

  3. Placement of Doors and Windows: Discover how strategic placements can optimize energy flow and positively influence living spaces.

  4. The Shape of Your Space: Determine how varying shapes influence energy dynamics and how to best arrange spaces for optimal chi flow.

  5. Harmonizing Your Chi Through Color and Other Elements: Utilize colors and specific elements to attract and harmonize energy within spaces.

  6. Using Furniture and Decor to Harmonize: Optimize living and working areas by strategically positioning furniture and utilizing decor to enhance balance and positivity.

  7. Symbolic Decorations, Space Divining, and Purification: Integrate symbolic decor and practice space purification to cleanse and rejuvenate environments.

Course Detailing:

Feng Shui, often perceived as a mere aesthetic discipline, delves far deeper. At its core, it's a fusion of two pivotal Chinese astrological systems - Ba Tzu (the "eight words" or "four pillars") and Jyo Hsing (the "nine stars" or "study of chi"). Traditionally, implementing Feng Shui demanded familiarity with the Chinese lunar calendar and Chinese characters, barriers for those unfamiliar with the language.

This course revolutionizes traditional teaching methods, offering a pragmatic approach. It strips away linguistic and cultural complexities, making Feng Shui universally accessible. With a comprehensive and logical structure, the teachings pave the way for students to incorporate Feng Shui seamlessly into their lives.

Misconceptions abound in the realm of Feng Shui, with claims of multiple schools and methods. In reality, authentic Feng Shui is a singular school rooted in ancient Taoist traditions. By harnessing a blend of Chinese astrology, compass techniques, divining methods, and form methods, Feng Shui becomes a universal tool for harmony and balance.

Through this course, primarily focusing on the powerful nine-star astrology, students gain actionable insights into restructuring their environments for enhanced harmony and vitality. Enroll today and step into a world where ancient wisdom meets modern life, guiding you towards a balanced and harmonious existence.

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Course Motivation

Feng shui is an elaborate Chinese art that is based on two Chinese astrological systems. These are called the ba tzu, or "eight words" or "the four pillars," and jyo hsing, or "nine stars," which is also known as "the study of chi" and "the North Star method." The traditional use of feng shui typically requires the use of a Chinese lunar calendar and a large number of Chinese characters, two things that most people find impractical and difficult to understand because they do not know Chinese or how to utilize these tools. Because of this, this course is designed to teach you feng shui in practical terms that you can utilize in your life without the assistance of a feng shui expert or a Chinese translator.

The rules of feng shui are actually not difficult to grasp if it is presented in a systematic and comprehensible manner. This course is designed to take you step-by-step through feng shui, so that you can begin to apply it as soon as you have completed your study.

If you choose to explore feng shui on your own, be aware that there are several misnomers used by others. People believe that there are three different schools of feng shui: the form school, the compass school, and the intuitive school. However, there is really only one school of feng shui, and it is derived from ancient Taoist tradition. This school utilizes a full range of techniques, including Chinese astrology, compass methods, divining methods, and form methods. Throughout this course, you will mainly be working with jyo hsing, or the nine star astrology, which is a powerful technique of feng shui, and it will help you rearrange your life so that you gain the harmony you are seeking. 

Systems You Will Use
The nine star is the oldest known horoscope system and was established by Fu His, the first king of China, in the fourth millennium B.C. The nine star system is a fundamental of Taoist science and is used by all true feng shui experts. You also will use compass methods to help you align your home properly. The placement of furniture, desks, chairs and other objects will all be determined by the compass system to allow you to improve your prosperity, health, and overall well-being.

Color is also an important aspect of feng shui. You will utilize several colors, but you will do so in a system. This system has three parts, these are:

  • Your personal colors, determined by your Chinese horoscope
  • The use of colors that will help you bring you and your space into harmony
  • The use of colors to balance the energy of your space


Supplies You Will Need

There are a few supplies that you will need to effectively use feng shui in your own life. These include:

  • A few Xerox copies of your house, apartment, or office (hand-drawn will work as well)
  • A pendulum
  • A compass (can be found at most sporting goods stores)

Your floor plan does not have to be exact; but it is important that you include the location of doors and windows in it. It is best if you can use a professional layout, but you can also measure or pace out your home and draw it on graph paper. Try to keep it to a normal-size sheet of paper for your convenience.

A pendulum is a weight that is suspended from a string or light chain. You can purchase a pendulum, or you can make your own. They are easily made out of a glass bead and string or thread. Most feng shui experts prefer those that are made of brass and are perfectly symmetrical. Pendulums can be found at many New Age bookstores, as well as on the Internet. If you don't want to purchase a pendulum, you can even make one out of fishing line and a fishing weight. Pendulums used indoors can be small and lightweight, but those used outdoors should be heavier.

Once you have your compass, you will need to be certain you are reading it correctly. Begin by standing square in the direction you want to read. Hold the compass in front of you, level, and turn the whole compass until the north end of the needle points to the letter "N" on the azimuth ring. This ring is a ring of degrees, and will be printed on the plate of your compass. The north end of the needle is typically marked or coated with green phosphorous. The earth's magnetic field causes the end of the needle to point toward the magnetic North Pole. To find your bearing, read the direction and degree straight ahead of you on the azimuth ring of the compass.

As you proceed through this course, you will need to use your own personal birth data and other personal information. Use the form on the next page to gather the information that you will need. If you are not the only person in your household, you will need their information, as well, and will need a separate data sheet for each individual. Much of this information you will gather as you work through the course, so keep your sheet handy so that you can fill it in as you go.

To use this course effectively, you will need to work through it lesson by lesson, as it is designed work in a step-by-step fashion.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1. Introduction to Feng Shui

Feng shui is an elaborate Chinese art that is based on two Chinese astrological systems. 38 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Feng Shui Course; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 1. Introduction to Feng Shui

Lesson 2. Heaven, Earth, Man, and Chi

The core of feng shui is based on alignment and balance. For those who practice feng shui, both have internal and external significance. Ancient Chinese practitioners would use feng shui inwardly to spread joy and contentment. Additional lesson topics: Feng Shui Poison Arrows 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 2. Heaven, Earth, Man, & Chi

Lesson 3. Yin and Yang

Within chi are two cycles: a positive and a negative cycle. These cycles are known as "yin" and "yang." 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3. Yin & Yang

Lesson 4. The Five Elements

The Five Elements are the "moods" of chi. The five elements include Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal. Additional lesson topics: How Feng Shui Elements are Expressed in Shapes; Productive and Destructive Cycles 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Elements
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 4. The Five Elements

Lesson 5. The Nine Stars (Part 1)

To this point, you have learned how your yin and yang constitution, your occupation, and your element affect your personality and your environment. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 5. The Nine Stars (Part 1)

Lesson 6. The Nine Stars (Part 2)

This lesson explains more about the different stars. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 6. The Nine Stars (Part 2)

Lesson 7. The Nine Stars (Part 3)

The 6 Metal Star is a person that is idealistic and ambitious. They naturally have a desire to rise up above everything and everyone. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 7. The Nine Stars (Part 3)

Lesson 8. The Nine Stars (Part 4)

Your lucky stars are the key to your personal style. Once you have your birth star, you can refine your personal style by determining your lucky stars. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 8. The Nine Stars

Lesson 9. The Three Diagnostic Methods

There are three methods that are used in diagnosing the problems that exist in your home's condition. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 9. The Three Diagnostic Methods

Lesson 10. Clutter and How It Effects Your Chi

Your home can be likened to that of a living body. It has a chi, or breath, and it inhales and exhales through your home's doors and windows. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Clutter
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 10. Clutter and How It Effects Your Chi

Lesson 11. The Placement of Doors and Windows

Because your home has a chi, or a breath, the placement of your windows and doors is crucial. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 11. The Placement of Doors and Windows

Lesson 12. The Shape of Your Space

Irregularities in architecture and design can cause certain issues within a home. The good news is that these irregularities and imbalances can be fixed by certain decor items, such as mirrors, screens, plants, and colors. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 12. The Shape of Your Space

Lesson 13. Harmonize Your Chi Through Color and Other Elements

From previous lessons, you know what your personal colors are from your birth and lucky stars. You also know how to harmonize your element with your birth star and your door's compass direction. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 13. Harmonize Your Chi through Color and Other Elements

Lesson 14. Using Furniture and Decor to Harmonize

Now you are ready to begin arranging the furniture in your home. However, you should look at your space as a whole, before you begin moving sofas and beds. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 14. Using Furniture and Decor to Harmonize

Lesson 15. Symbolic Decorations, Space Divining, and Purification

Once you have arranged your home with harmonized colors and suitable furniture arrangements, you can go one step further in your home's decor with symbolic decor. 103 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Course Completion Poll: Your Thoughts; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 15. Symbolic Decorations, Space Divining and Purification
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define heaven, earth, man, and chi.
  • Describe yin & yang.
  • Describe the five elements.
  • Describe the nine stars.
  • Summarize the three diagnostic methods.
  • Describe clutter and how it effects your chi.
  • Describe the placement of doors and windows.
  • Describe the shape of your space.
  • Harmonize your chi through color and other elements.
  • Use furniture and decor to harmonize.
  • Describe symbolic decorations, space divining and purification in feng shui.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Feng Shui 101
Course Number: 7550355
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (2,343 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: November 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.4 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
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Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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