The Best Books About Feng Shui

Read About the Ancient Practice to Gain Expertise

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If you're interested in learning about the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui, books are an easy way to learn about the practice of spatial arrangement. This goes double if you live in an area where Feng Shui (pronounced "fung sway") experts are few and far between.

Consulting some of the wide range of books available on the topic will not only help you better your understanding of Feng Shui, which literally means wind and water, but also give you a better idea of the origins and purpose of the art of placement. By the time you finish reading the books below, you may have gained the expertise needed to practice the art on your own.

Reading the books may give you some ideas about how to practice Feng Shui in your home or office. The five selections below should be good enough for you to make some changes in your life. Then, if you want to know more about Feng Shui, you may either read more or find out where to get formal training in the art.

Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui

This book by Karen Kingston was revised and updated in 2016 after its initial debut in 1998 when feng shui first began to enter the U.S. mainstream. Although this book teaches relatively little about feng shui as an art and ancient practice, it offers practical tips to help you live without clutter. In essence, it's a space-clearing guide, and the author draws upon her own experiences to tell readers how getting rid of the junk in her life had transformative effects. 

Understanding the Principles of Feng Shui for Dummies

Like all the books in the "Dummies" series, this book is designed to teach those unfamiliar with a subject the nuts and bolts of it. In other words, don't pick up this book, if you're looking for an elaborate history and breakdown of what feng shui is. This is a concise feng shui book with many practical tips and pictures.

The Principles of Feng Shui

If you are really serious about mastering the art of feng shui, you should get this book. Unlike the first two books on this list, "The Principles of Feng Shui" is the result of Master Larry Sang's 10 years of intensive research and teaching of the centuries-old practice. It is designed to teach people about traditional feng shui.

Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life

This book is said to provide direction to those who are lost in life. It hit the shelves in January 2000 and became a national bestseller. Karen Rauch Carter, a landscape architect, wrote the book, so she definitely has a take on feng shui that you might not see elsewhere. If you want to make sure it's your cup of tea before taking the plunge and buying it, you can read the first chapter online.

Feng Shui Design

This title offers an easy to understand look at the origins of feng shui. This includes its key principles and how to use the ancient tradition practically in your life today.