Form School (Xingshi Pai 形勢派)
(Also known as Xing Fa, Luan Tou Pai or Kanchow Method)
The Form School is the first and oldest school of Feng Shui. It is concerned with locating the best “Feng Shui Spot” (Long Xue 龍穴); it involves a study of the natural terrain, watercourses and the “dragon veins 龍脈” or energy lines of the earth. It concentrates on soil quality, vegetation, geological formations, shapes, sizes and contours of the landscape.
In modern times it also analyzes exterior man-made structures and interior architectural features such as property and building shapes, roads, room layouts, furniture arrangement, door and window alignment, interior design, etc.
The From School is concerned with the flow of energy (Qi 氣) within the landscape and relates to ours five senses along with a high degree of intuitive insight; it is considered to be the "art" aspect of Feng Shui.
Compass School (Liqi Pai 理氣派)
(Also known as the Patterns of Qi School or Fukien School)
The Compass School is concerned with interpreting and analyzing the energies of Heaven (Time) & Earth (Space) and how it impacts the lives of the inhabitants. It is based on the concept that each of the eight cardinal directions exerts a specic type of energy (Qi 氣).
The main tool used in the Compass School is the Lo Pan 羅盤 (Chinese geomantic compass), which enables a Feng Shui expert to map the unseen energy (Qi 氣) matrix within the time & space continuum and balance the inhabitants' astrology to the dwelling.
Astrology and numerology are used extensively to measure the auspiciousness of a site. The Compass School approach is very analytical and relies profoundly on precise mathematical computations and formulas; it is considered to be the "science" aspect of Feng Shui.