Definitions and pronunciations of terms to further your understanding.

Annual Cycle:
The annual cycle refers to the change in the nine star chart that occurs every single year. Due to these changes it is necessary to make annual adjustments in our feng shui.
Auspicious Date:
A compatible date, based on our birth charts, in which the planets are aligned in our favor.
Ba Gua (bah gwah):
Eight trigrams and eight directions arranged in the shape of the octagon. Each side includes a trigram, which is a symbol holding multiple facets of meanings and associations.  Based on your birth date and the ba gua, calculations determine which direction is most compatible with you.  
Birth Chart:
An astrology chart based on your birth information. The one we particularly use is known as zi wei do shu birth chart which is based on your year, month, day, hour and place of birth. It calculates over 116 stars and their positions when you were born. Each star has a certain energy and depending on which direction they were in when you were born, this unique energy impacts your life.
An object that has been empowered by your subconscious to bring you a specific desire or need.
Chi (chee):
The universal life force that is in everything and connects everything.  Also written as "qi".
Chi Art (chee ahrt):
Feng shui Chi Art is one of the most effective feng shui adjustments you can implement.  These special paintings by Grand Master Liu Chi Jen are exceptionally empowered and are a unique art that is a combination of mantras, symbols, colors, numerology, five elements, and the Nine Stars.  Deeply encoded with the principles of the Yi-Jing, or law of nature, these images are created to enhance our personal energies and adjust our feng shui in specific ways.  There is a great variety of Chi Art available, depending on your personal needs and desires.  Commissioned pieces can be created to match your personal energies and are particularly effective as they are synchronized with your personal energies.  To learn more about chi art, please visit
Compass Evaluation:
A special feng shui compass called luopan (loo oh pahn), is used to calculate the orientation of a house or building. This is a special compass that allows the feng shui Master to understand the sitting and facing orientation of the building as well as the surrounding environment (landscape, mountains, hills).  
Energies relating to stars, planets and the universe as a whole.
To use subconscious mind energy to inform an object, place, or person with certain powers.
Facing Direction:
When you are standing in front of the house facing the street, that is known as the facing direction. It is important to remember this is not necessarily the orientation of the front door. Facing direction of a stove is the direction the door opens out to, the direction behind the person when cooking.
The environmental influences that affect our energies including personal factors, home and office factors, the exterior environment, and the cosmic energies. Please refer to Energy Factors for a list of environmental influences.
Feng Shui (fong schway):
Please refer to Feng Shui Overview.
Five Elements:
Everything around us is categorized into the five elements of fire, wood, water, earth and metal. These five elements are simply phases of elements - different frequencies of energies. They allow us to understand basic cycles of nature.
Grand Cycle:
A 60-year cycle based on the nine star charts. There are 9 sets of charts. Each of these 9 charts indicates annual energies, as well as 20-year cycle energies. When these 9 charts are divided into 3 charts, we have 3 sets of 20-year cycles which make up a 60-year cycle. So there are 3 grand cycles each composing of 60 years.
Grand Master:
Somebody who has lived over half of their life in the area in which they teach, making them an expert in this area.  The title is given when many disciples or students under them  have achieved a Master's metal and are also experts in their area. A Grand Master also usually has expertise in multiple fields.
Grand View Approach:
A world view based on the universal laws of nature. It is to see different aspects of life from a greater perspective and to see it within the context of everything else around it.  A Grand View Approach is not only to see an aspect or topic as solely by itself, but to see how one thing is connected to everything else.  For instance, to use a grand view approach, you can not only do a feng shui analysis on a building itself, but you must also take into account the analysis of the exterior environment and the cosmic energies of each individual who lives within the house.
Karma is destiny from cause and effect.  What you did in a previous life and what you do in this life all comes back to you.  Karma is energy that is not destroyed, or that disappears.  Your energy accumulates to bring either luck or disaster.  
Mantra (mahn' trah):
A chant or frequency that channels special cosmic energies with different purposes.
Clothes that have mantras, symbols drawn on the front or back. They are often used for enhancing health, love, wealth, or protection.
In Chinese "sifu" means Master - a person who has the wisdom and knowledge to be a teacher.  The person has mastered an area of studying so that they have the ability to pass on the information to others.
Mudra (moo' drah):
Special configurations done with the hands and arms similar to yoga poses that help amplify one's energies and channel one's cosmic energies. They are usually done with mantra chanting.
Nine Star Calculation:
Based on the year a building was established, or last renovated, you can calculate its nine star chart to indicate the planetary effects on different orientations of the building.
Every number has a specific frequency and is associated with a different element, creating a unique effect. Calculations of names and addresses can be done to find out its effect and if it is compatible to a person's energy.
The orientation of a building includes the energy that is in front of it and the energy that is behind it.  The facing and sitting orientation of a building.
Qi (chee):
Chinese word representing universal life force that connects and is in everything.  Also written as "chi".
Qi Gong (chee' kung):
Exercise and meditations used to cultivate, strengthen the personal mind power and personal chi energies within our body.  The art of cultivating and harnessing personal chi to help enhance personal energies. The transfer of energy to ourselves and others for healing.
Sitting Direction:
The sitting direction is usually the opposite direction of the facing direction. It will be the direction behind you, when you are facing the street standing in front of your house for instance.
Yi-Jing Theory (yee zheeng):
Considered the bible of natural laws.
Yin-Yang Theory:
The concept of creating balance between opposite, yet complementary sources of energy.
Zi Wei Do Shu Astrology Chart (zee way doh shoo):
Calculates positions of over 116 stars at a specific time. It requires month, day, year and time of birth to do the calculation. When properly interpreted, its accuracy is about 80-90%.  None-the-less, it is viewed only as a statistical record giving us an overview, or guideline, of our life's energy. Zi Wei covers 12 aspects of our life: personality, parents/ancestors, fortune, property, career, friendships, travels, health, money, children, marriage, and siblings.