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Sad to say today’s feng shui practice is not moving forward with increased knowledge. Some still believed in rolling of pineapples and deposit money on Li Chun. Here i attempt to explain certain concepts of feng shui by science & objective reasonings than hearsay.
don’t confine problem-solving only through feng shui optics
A real-live case that i re-audited from an owner using a different feng shui master asked me for help on health issues. This is a low-floor unit situated next to the rubbish chute. The client was instructed to put a dragon figurine (琉璃 an expensive one) by his previous master, on the left hand side of the main door. This is generic green dragon fengshui position 青龙位 supposedly improve family’s health. But the root of the problem is unsanitary rubbish station that attracts air borne viruses, nothing to do with the door.
The problem is half-solved once we have identified the cause. Recommended my client to use an air purifier that kills viruses and aroma diffuser to clear the foul smell. It seems to me, when something bad happen, most believed feng shui causes it (fengshui masters included). Instead of looking through feng shui optics why not keep an open mind.
Part of Feng shui is derived from astronomy
Feng shui touches on the study of stars. Xuan Kong flying star formula is derived from the study of stars. The 9 planet is synonymous to the 9 flying stars. Through the rotation and revolution period of planets, xuan kong feng shui formulate Earth’s timing into 9 periods (九运) of 20 years, totalling 180 years. It then sub-divide 180 years into 3 eras (三元). One of the close explanation for this hypothesis is the alignment of Jupiter 木星 Saturn 土星 & Mercury 水星.
Feng shui evaluation should be objective
Singapore latest architectural design deserves our attention because “physical forms” do affect energy in the house. Consider this condo design that comes with a “hollow space” in the middle. It arouses my curiosity whether this is “bad form” feng shui.
In order to determine whether this is bad feng shui design, one would require to analyse the following:
Speed and direction of the wind, in Singapore NE / SW monsoon
Dimensions of the hollow space
Building direction & height whether it increases or decreases or deflect the air fluidity
Any blockage or openings that allows air to escape
or any others
No one knows the answer except those staying near to the perimeter of the air gap. What i am trying to do here is don’t judge until we gather all the facts.
Some feng shui can explain with science
Feng Shui is a Chinese study of the physical environment that we live in. We study geography that examines how organisms, climate, soil, water and landforms produce and interact. Feng shui analyse these external landforms call 外峦头 such as mountains, wind direction, rivers, sunlight so that houses can be build safely.
Exaggerated feng shui advice
The direction of timber strip laid also considered as bad feng shui. How creative.
I was told by my client that his previous feng shui master consider timber strip in the illustrated layout were “poison arrows” because the short ends are pointing towards the living hall. Such wild imagination. He advised my client to re-do the balcony. When i put it in this manner it sounds crazy.
Feng shui master using scare tactics
So often i heard clients complained about other masters that “if you don’t buy certain item” your whole family will end badly.
Since feng shui is to harness energy from our natural environment why not use items that are already existed in the universe. Things such as pebbles, plants, jade, fishes etc.
Feng Shui remedies are representations in shape 形 or symbolism 意 or appearance 象 or numeric 数 or rationale by IChing / 5 elements 易经卦理/五行 or combinations. Anything that deviate from these principles are not legit feng shui.
Today’s feng shui practice does not move with the times
Even with today’s rising intellect, some young generations still believed in rolling of pineapples on key collection day (door opening ceremony), deposit money on Li Chun, among other things not related with feng shui and nor helping in luck.
Feng Shui symbolism 呼形喝象 difficult to explain with science
Just like any field of study, there are subjects that science cannot explain but that doesn’t mean it’s non-existent.
Recently i got a call from an old client of mine who mentions that her family members fall sick one after another. After checking house feng shui found nothing. Recheck their birth profiles’ luck period came back empty. Ended up having coffee and small talk. My client talked about his recent neighbour shifted in 3 months ago. Curious i went over to take a look and saw 2 ferocious rock lions facing my client’s main door. It was a long corridor so i did not see it the first time. Realising the problem are the 2 lions, the feng shui cure is easy, by feeding the lions as if they were pets.
There are objects that seem innocent but do pose problems if your door or window faces it e.g. bagua mirror, door guardian 门神, sharp objects, reflective metal gates. Feng shui symbolism 意象are difficult to explain because these are experiences that we audited before.
Feng shui dramatization 水火相冲 water and fire conflict
There are many versions of “water and fire conflict 水火相冲” in the kitchen. Let’s use a washing machine to illustrate. Most feng shui masters will associate it as “water” element, which i agreed to disagree. So say if washing machine faces the burner-fire, it constitute “water” and “fire” clashes.
Now let me throw a spanner in the works, what happen if the washing machine comes with a built-in dryer? So dryer produces heat which is fire element and the washing is water, so would you consider the washing machine cum dryer as water or fire or both? Test it out yourself and you will discover many of these feng shui fallacies.
Bad feng shui form – overhead beam
Everyone knows that sitting below an overhead beam is bad feng shui. But not many know the science behind it.
When air flows on top of ceiling, hits the beam, it is blocked, the motion is forced to deflect following the structure. The pressure is exterted downwards accelerated by gravity. Imagine someone is sitting below the overhead beam. Without realising it, air pressue is exerted on him. Our normal heart beat rate range between 60-100 per minute. With the air pressure exerted downwards, it will increase our heartbeat. Thus whoever sits under it for 8 hours in an office scenario will probably suffer from headache and loss of concentration.
In the olden days, my feng shui teacher instructed me to use bamboo flute or hulu or 6 coins dangling at both ends to solve this problem. Experimenting proves that it doesn’t work. Over the years with hands-on experience, through objectivity and science i realised the problem is not the beam itself but air pressure exerting on the beam.