Classical vs. Western Feng Shui

There are 3 types of people when it comes to discussions of Feng Shui:

  • Believers
  • Non-Believers
  • The In-Betweeners

The problem may lie in the fact that there is so much “mystery” or woo-woo in the field that one can’t help but feel a sense of charlatanism, thus shrouding the practice in misconception and therefore negative perceptions.

Classical Feng Shui can be categorized into many different schools which at times rival each other!  It is important to understand that Classical Feng Shui was not developed based on psychology, superstition, or the power of positive thinking.  It is a serious study of how unseen energy in our environment affects the people living or working in the area.  Most of the formulas I use are grounded in mathematical calculations based on science.

Classical Feng Shui, as practiced by Amy Theisen, is not:

The Art of Placement of Objects

My work is nearly invisible and you will not be asked to purchase icons, statues, crystals or chimes.  Although in the old days, Chinese good luck objects were used by the wealthy, they were not used in the context of Feng Shui.  This was a concept introduced in the Western World in the 90’s and passed off as Feng Shui.

Interior Design

I am not a certified interior designer!  I work with interior designers who understand the direction I give them.  They can help you pick furniture and colors. My work is to determine the best use of each room of the house to create the best success for the occupants.  Feng Shui and Interior Design are two separate studies.

Since Qi is a natural phenomenon occurring in nature, it is rarely generated by man-made objects or decorative items or designs.  However, decorative items and objects can help in the “Human Luck” aspect of the Cosmic Trinity as they can serve as positive reinforcement and reminders of certain traits and strengths.  Please note however, these items are not “Feng Shui.”

Eight Life Aspirations

Although I started my study of Feng Shui learning about the Life Aspirations and their directional components, I soon learned that this is not part of any Classical School of Feng Shui.  Rather, this is a Western modality that has no foundation in the San He or San Yuan methodologies nor does it have any principles derived from the Yi Jing—which all Classical Feng Shui schools adhere to.  If you have read books describing North as career, South as fame, and Southwest as marriage or the mother, you have chosen a book that is not grounded in Classical Feng Shui.   This is not the type of Feng Shui I practice.

The type of Feng Shui Amy practices:

My studies are grounded in the principles of Yin and Yang and the concept of the 5 Elements.  Every formula I use is grounded in authentic Feng Shui and can be regarded as:


Used to remedy an issue or existing problem


Used to enhance or create results


Explain the past, present, and future

BaZi/Destiny Analysis is used to discover the problem and Feng Shui is used as the treatment of the problem along with Date Selection to achieve optimal and quick results.

To find out more about my studies, please read  Meet Amy.

Amy Theisen | 612-968-6691 | [email protected]