Complementary Subjects are those which enhance the expertise of Feng Shui consultants, but are not considered classical Feng Shui subjects. Members of the AFSC® may also practise such Complementary Subjects as Western Geomancy, Building Biology, Space Clearing/Sacred Space, or Vastu Shastra but they should primarily be a Feng Shui consultant.

Following are a list of Complementary Subjects, some of which are taught by our Corporate Member: Training Institutes (Complementary):

Ba Gua Feng Shui

The Ba Gua method divides a building into eight sectors and analyses how the building affects different aspects of life; this is a modern interpretation of Feng Shui and one that has made Feng Shui popular in the West. Some Ba Gua practitioners do not use a compass and align the Ba Gua so that the front door is in the career section of the Ba Gua. Other practitioners use a compass to determine the directions and then place the career section, for instance in the North, because this is the location of the Kan Trigram which represents the North (and career in this method).

This can be very confusing for those new to Feng Shui – which method is correct? Mostly this technique is based on the psychology of how we can achieve our goals by focussing on certain aspects of our lives. Since its introduction in the 1970-80’s it has proven very successful over the years even though it is not a traditional method.

We can say that the Ba Gua technique has helped the growth of the Feng Shui industry immensely, as many books are written on the subject which has helped spread the word about Feng Shui world wide.

There is another type of Ba Gua technique that uses the Form School together with the Trigrams of the Ba Gua to determine how and who is affected by certain environmental features surrounding a building. The Trigrams originated from the ancient Chinese book the Yi Jing (or I Ching, Yijing), the Book of Changes. This implies that the study of Feng Shui is about changes; how things change in time. Therefore the most accurate Feng Shui techniques also accommodate the dimension of time into their equations.


Geo – ‘earth’; mancy – ‘divination’

Geomancy is a method of revealing the relationship between human beings and the subtle energies of nature which can affect our health and wellbeing.  Sometimes referred to as ‘earth acupuncture’ or ‘earth healing’, Geomancy relates to the energies of the earth (as opposed to a building).  Western style Geomancy originated in Europe and involves dowsing to locate earth energies and to correct imbalances in these earth energies.  Geopathic stress can cause irritation, poor sleep, ill health and other disturbances and needs to be remedied.  It can also affect animals, insects and plants.

In some Asian countries, Feng Shui is often referred to as Geomancy because it is also a type of ‘earth divination’ to discern the subtle energies that can affect our lives.

It is interesting to note that bee hives, nests of ants, wasps and termites are often located on negative earth energies, and tree trunks will often twist in a location with a strong confluence of earth energies.

Building Biology

Originating in Germany, Building Biology is the study of the effects of chemicals, toxins, building materials and electromagnetic radiation on the health of human beings.  In this modern world it is essential to consider these building elements when constructing a home, or when purchasing products. Prudent avoidance is always best.

Space Clearing

Have you ever walked into a home and felt that things are just not right?  Maybe not the whole house but perhaps it could be a particular space or a room where you get a funny feeling.

As we live and work in a building we can leave an imprint of our energies in the environment, particularly if something negative or unpleasant has previously occurred in that space.  These subtle energies can be left by past occupants and can affect our lives.  Fortunately we can improve the energies of the space by clearing the negative energies through the application of Space Clearing.

Space clearing also deals with the removal of “ghosts”, psychic imprints, and other unwanted entities which may disrupt a household.

Professional Organising

Professional Organisers assist with clutter, productivity, time management and organising spaces and systems.  Clutter doesn’t have to be physical – you can have time clutter or mental clutter or even bad processes that qualify as clutter.

A Professional Organiser can help you declutter and streamline your home, maximise your space with creative storage solutions, organise time management, co-ordinate repairs and maintenance and much more.  Just as importantly, a Professional Organiser will develop a personalised maintenance program so that clients can preserve a clutter free and well organised home after the professional organisation consult is completed.

Professional Organisers do not tell you what to do.  Their role is to offer guidance in how to make decisions that are best for you whilst respecting the objects that are most important to you.  Getting organised is not all about throwing things away – the focus is about assisting clients to organise and manage their existing possessions and surroundings.

Vastu Shastra

The Indian “science of construction” is an ancient doctrine which consists of precepts born out of a traditional view on how the laws of nature affect human dwellings.  The designs are based on directional alignments and are applied in Hindu architecture, especially for Hindu temples, vehicles, vessels, furniture, sculpture, paintings, etc.  The doctrine of Vastu Shastra is concerned primarily with architecture – building houses, forts, temples, apartments and other buildings (refer Wikipedia)

Vastu Shastra is a complementary study to Feng Shui and there are some AFSC® members who practice Vastu Shastra, but they should also practice Feng Shui to be accepted as a member of the Association.