The Differences Between Vastu & Feng Shui

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Vastu and feng shui are two different ways to see and organize spaces and energy. Besides, vastu and feng shui also have very different roots and pasts. While vastu was originated by the ancient Indians between 6000 and 3000 BC, feng shui’s origins can be found in China around the year 25 AD.

Through the next few lines, we will describe some of the main aspects which differentiate vastu and feng shui. Vastu, means living and its main principle is that the earth should be seen as a living organism. Feng shui, means water and wind, and is based on the principle that everything is energy and people should be in harmony with the environment.

Vastu and feng shui also differentiate in the elements they manage. Vastu considers the element earth, fire, light, wind and ether within its principles. Feng shui manages the element wood, water, fire, earth and metal in order to achieve harmony and balance. They not only vary on the elements but in the use they do of them as well.

Besides, vastu also considers and manages the magnetic fields of the earth which are the north and south poles as well as the sun rays as basic elements. Both vastu and feng shui manage notions of energy, but in very different ways and through different elements and guidelines.

Vastu is based on three main principles which clearly make vastu and feng shui differentiate in their guidelines. The first principle vastu manages says that a premise (a building, home or any space) must be designed in a way that is useful and easy to be applied. The second premise says the premise should be aesthetically correct, and the third says the premise should make its user feel comfortable in it.

Vastu and feng shui have great divergences regarding the map of a house or a space. The way a house should be oriented and objects placed in it are very different for each one of them. According to vastu, there are general guidelines which must be always used to every house or space, telling one same position for the different rooms and objects within it, while for feng shui this aspects depend on the house orientation and the elements and objects can be distributed according to where the rooms are without needing to design them always in one same way.