Thoughts While Creating
The Yangshao and Hongshan cultures provide the earliest know evidence of its origins.
Before the invention of the magnetic compass reliance on astronomy was used to find correlations between humans and the universe. In 4000 BC, the doors of Banpo dwellings aligned with the asterism Yingshi just after the winter solstice, this sited the homes for solar gain. During the Zhou era, Yingshi was known as Ding and used to indicate the correct time to build the capital city.
Cosmography that bears a striking resemblance to modern Wind-Water Qi devices and formulas appears on a piece of jade unearthed at Hanshan and dated around 3000 BC. Originating in Chinese astronomy some current techniques can be traced to Neolithic China while others were added later.
Qi is a movable positive or negative life force which plays an essential role. Polarity is expressed as yin and yang theory with polarity expressed through yin and yang being similar to a magnetic dipole. The five elements of force are metal, earth, fire, water, and wood are mentioned in a chapter of the classic Book of History.