In Chinese, Feng Shui translates to wind and water. As a form of knowledge and mystical instruction it dates back several thousand years to ancient China. Thousands of years ago, the rulers of China needed to consider carefully the geography and layout of the country, since constructing any buildings, bridges or infrastructure depending on the land.
In particular builders needed to carefully plan their constructions around the severe winds, mountains and water masses, as well as the propensity of China to flood. Because of these earthly considerations, the word “feng shui” (meaning wind and water) came about.
In America, we became acquainted with Feng Shui back in the 1840s during the California gold rush when many families from all over the world came to the US to seek their fortunes in gold.