Beyond Feng Shui

 
Geomancy: Beyond Feng Shui is a new book project, which I'll place on this website as each new section is developed.
  • Description and Summary - standard publisher's 'blurb' summarising the content of the book, and a brief 'publisher's summary' describing the intended purpose, scope, audience, style, size, support and schedule for the book.
  • Content and status - links to the current content of each chapter of the book, with comments on edit-status and availability.
  • Conference paper for the Feng Shui Network Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 19 September 1999, describing the overall project (web adaptation of PowerPoint presentation).

Description


Geomancy: Beyond Feng Shui extends the conceptual research in Tom Graves'
classic book Needles of Stone into a wider scope of geomancy. It shows how the ideas behind differing styles of geomancy - such as Chinese feng shui, Indian vastushastra, European megaliths, Celtic 'spirits of place', aboriginal concepts of 'the dreaming' or the Nordic concept of the wyrd - can be unified into a common set of principles, which can be used in any space, at every scale of the landscape.

Each point, each place, is uniquely different from every other - which is why fixed systems such as Form School feng shui only seem to work well in some places, and fail to work at all in others. Yet each place also shares common threads with every other: hence, despite their limitations, systems of geomancy can indeed be useful in understanding the nature and possibilities of place. Through clear theoretical models and many practical examples, this book shows how to move beyond feng shui and the like, to a new level of geomancy in which we allow ourselves to hear and see what the space itself can show us - and gain the best possible support from every place.

[Geomancy: Beyond Feng Shui has been provisionally accepted by a European publisher, for publication in late 2000. For further details, contact me (Tom Graves) direct, via mail to 'tgraves': tomgraves com aumail to 'tgraves': tomgraves com au.]

Summary


  • Purpose: to provide information on how to adapt the principles of feng shui, geomancy and 'spirit of place' to any specific environment and context. The intent is to assist readers in developing their own methods to apply these principles in practical experience.
  • Scope: a practical introduction to the underlying principles on which feng shui, geomancy and related practical disciplines are based. The book will show how these principles are expressed within variants of feng shui and related disciplines, but does not aim to provide a comprehensive reference for any particular style of interpretation.
  • Audience: readers interested in the subject, but confused by the welter of information (and misinformation) currently available, and needing tools to help them use the information in a practical way. Readers will be assumed to have some knowledge of feng shui and geomancy, if only from attempting to put into practice vague references and incomplete descriptions in other books and magazines. The expected audience will also include readers of any of the author's previous books on dowsing, geomancy and the wyrd, such as //Positively Wyrd//, Needles of Stone (see http://www.isleofavalon.co.uk/ndlstone.html and Discover Dowsing.</small>
  • Style and language: midway between textbook and tutorial, using a discursive/descriptive 'I/we' style, with occasional 'exercise'-type sections.
  • Size and format: approximately 185 text pages, including 32 half-page illustrations, in standard trade-paperback format. After the brief introduction, each chapter will average 20 pages and 6000-6500 words, giving a total of approximately 55-60,000 words.
  • Software support: the book will be supported before and after launch by its own web-site and related web-marketing. Options exist for integrating purpose-designed computer software (based on the //FengCalc// model) with specific aspects of the book.
  • Schedule: full synopsis and sample chapter by 30 September 1999; complete first draft by 31 Nov 2000.