Feng shui myths and taboos got no place in today’s rising knowledge. At present we are able to print organs or tissues with a 3D bio printer or manipulate our immune system to fight cancer. But the sad news is feng shui teachings still lag behind.
Myth or taboo number 1 – bank in money on Li Chun brings good luck
Some believed in banking money on 立春 li chun brings good fortune for the whole year. Similar analogy to rolling of pineapple on initial door opening (key collection). Not that i have anything against feng shui creative imagination but presenting a myth like that set us back to stone age.
Every year people queue up religiously to put money on the day of spring commencement on 4th or 5th February and then withdraw within the year or next. It is a social taboo without any feng shui basis. This gimmick may have work in *Period 7 era兑卦 1984 – 2003 where con artist are rampant. Currently we are in period 8 (after 2004) 易经 艮卦symbolism is 止 to pause, to think, to rationalise and be smart.
* Period 7 兑卦 dui gua symbolic to persuade by 取悦 pleasing and make you happy 喜悦 manipulate you through feelings not facts.
One withdraw money (which is your money) and deposit on li chun day. If common sense prevails money exchange from left pocket to right pocket doesn’t increase your fortune. Let’s be realistic make a resolution (just like new year) on li chun day to work harder, smarter, horn your craft, seem more likely to attract money.
Wearing Red – 犯太岁 if our zodiac clashes with the year
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 something 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.
myth or taboo number 5 ceiling fan represent money loss
The feedback to me is ceiling fan disperse 财气 wealth energy instead of trapping it, so loss of wealth. Consider this would you prefer to disperse wealth or negative energy like sickness? Feng shui empathize on the importance of “motion” which will affect good or bad feng shui.
周易: 吉凶悔吝，生乎动, 有变动而后有吉凶 Good or bad luck depends on things in motion. Take an example of a cupboard which is motionless do you think it will create any good or bad luck?
What classical feng shui doctrines say about positive and negative energies
If we use 三元风水 San Yuan formula school, it stress on the importance of “timing” to distinguish between positive and negative energy. Positive or negative luck energy depends on the era that we live in. Today period 8 Northeast is the best energy.
The illustration below show inflow of energy from the door is North. Energy is define as air and light to put it figuratively.
North energy belongs to Period 1 which is redundant in Period 8. The other “relative” better energy is from NW because it belongs to the same era with 下元 Period 8. A better solution is to activate South sector belonging to Period 9 by ceiling fan or air condition. This is based on 1 of the many formulas disregarding 8 mansions, San He, Da Gua, Flying star, Qi Men, bazi for easy understanding. To put it in the right context is where to place the ceiling fan.
There are many ways to entrap positive energy, accurate placement of ceiling fan does not destroy it.
“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