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Feng shui misconceptions got no place in today’s knowledge economy. At present we are able to print human organs or tissues with a 3D bio printer or manipulate our immune system to fight cancer. It is pathetic that authentic feng shui teachings are misrepresented intentionally or unintentionally.
Feng shui misconception No. 1 – bank in money on 立春 Li Chun day
The figment of one’s imagination to bank in money on 立春 li chun day brings good fortune for the whole year seem too good to be true. “If” attracting abundance is so simple, none of us have to “work”.
Similar to the rolling of pineapple on initial door opening (key collection), how does that bring good fortune to the house? Just the pineapple? seriously? Not that i have anything against promoting feng shui to make one stand out from the crowd but presenting misleading information is irresponsible and unprofessional.
Every year people queue up religiously to put money on the day of spring commencement either 4th or 5th February and then withdraw money sometime in the future when in need. This belief may have work during 1984 to 2003 period 7 *兑卦 where con artist are rampant. Currently we are under the influence of period 8 (after 2004) 艮卦 meaning to pause 止, to think, to rationalise and be smart.
*兑卦 dui gua comes from the chinese character (取) “悦” to please by making you happy 喜悦 through manipulation of feelings not facts.
To do this “ritual” one will have to withdraw money from other or same bank and deposit on li chun day. If common sense prevails money is exchange from left pocket to right pocket. How does this action make us richer? Let’s be practical make a resolution on li chun day to set goals, work smarter, manage your time wisely, contribute creative ideas to your company. That to me is more likely to result in attracting big fat bonuses for the year.
Feng shui Misconception No. 2 – Main door opposite to window result in wealth loss 破财 (穿堂风)
Let’s examine the keyword what “wealth loss” means by putting it in the right context. Wealth lost does not literally means you lost your wallet. It means money depleted. Thus one must have money before it gets lesser. A person with insufficient income would not have this problem of “wealth loss” because he lacks money. This is because he has not generated sufficient income.
Thus my feng shui philosophy is first you must be able to “attract” sufficient wealth into your house. Then we worry about wealth lost. Say we can invite adequate wealth through feng shui means then spending money on an expensive family holiday so called “wealth loss” is not a problem but a form of pampering your family.
Lastly if your home destiny happened to be a wealth door than blocking it, is preventing wealth from coming into your house which pose a bigger problem than money loss. One can’t generalise to say that main door faces open window is bad.
If we use 三元风水 San Yuan (one out of the many) that stresses on the importance of “timing” of energies. One should not block positive energy 旺气 from entering your house which in this era is Northeast (2004-2023) or South (2024-2043) door.
Ceiling fan is not good feng shui
The feedback to me is installation of ceiling fan is unable to entrap wealth energy. Let us hold this thought of trapping of wealth energy. Consider this, would you want to fill your entire house with with wealth energy? Placing your ceiling fan on the wealth spot can do just that. Feng shui emphasize on the importance of “motion & movement” to bring good fortune. I Ching : 吉凶悔吝，生乎动, 有变动而后有吉凶. Good or bad feng shui is dependent on things in motion e.g. doors. A motionless or non-living object e.g. cupboards does not create energy thus will not create good or bad luck. Finally in feng shui we do not use fans to retain wealth energy but distribute it.
Wearing Red undergarments if your zodiac signs clashes with the year 犯太岁
犯太岁 or clashes with the Year Zodiac (some call it Grand Duke), is not necessary bad. It means major changes in your life e.g. relocation, wedding, overseas, new assignment, retrenchment. Wearing red does not avoid the conflict, lucky colour if you believe depends on your birth profile (bazi) lucky elements 八字喜用神.
2, 3 or 5 pairing of items are inauspicious
Good imagination to associate 紫白 flying star numeric representations of 2 means sickness, 3-quarrelsome, 5-misfortune to items like light bulbs, fan blade, poles in clothes hanger…for that matter one should not put 2 pens, 3 boxes, 5 perfume bottles, 3 toothbrushes…the list can go on. Then life is really pathetic and feng shui is a waste of time because it is impractical.
Shoe rack/shoes should not be near to main door
Another feng shui myth or taboo is that shoe rack should not be place next to main door. The feng shui myth claim that by doing so, it will chase away the God of Wealth. It sets me to wonder where should we place the shoe rack then? The only concern to me is hygiene. Thus by practice of good habits such as dusting of shoes and keeping the shoe rack well ventilated.
“thank you for your questions, hopefully this clears all doubts. please feel free to share & email me if you come across any general (not specific) feng shui questions that does not make sense to you.