We are in the 21st century, yet time and again i see houses filled “commercial feng shui” such as dragons, unicorns, “invented” annual feng shui items by self-indulgent feng shui masters. Most do not even understand the benefits of using these products nor the root of the problem. Just to illustrate i re-audited an apartment that is on the low floor situated very near to a rubbish chute; the client was told to put a dragon figurine (quite an expensive one) on the left hand side of the main door to improve family’s health because it is the green dragon position 青龙位. You see the root of the problem is the unsanitary rubbish station attracting air borne viruses/bacteria and smell. What he really need is a good air purifier that kills viruses/germs and clears the foul smell.
Geography, geology, physics, astronomy, mathematics & common sense
Let’s be objective, feng shui analyze (a) the physical terrain 地理 that we live which is “geography”, it examines (b) the structure and quality of the building 土质 which is “geology”, it tries to enhance (c) the best possible layout in view of it’s surroundings e.g. wind direction which is “physics 物理学”, it observes the “solar system 天文” and make calculations like the flying star principles which is 数理学 mathematics. One have to look at feng shui as an extension of environment study. For example, it is “common sense” not to place a mirror directly opposite the main door, it frightens you when you come back from clubbing to see your image inside the house.
Understand your Home Destiny – positive and negative energy
Everyone knows that identifying the problem, is problem half-solved. Hence feng shui audit is not about the trivials like, ceiling fan, number of light bulbs, number of burners on the stove…etc. First you have to identify whether your “Home feng shui DESTINY 宅命” is good or bad? Then you look into interaction between “FORMS 形 (visible physical attributes of the environment)” and “qi 气 (invisible energy in the house not only restricted to air)” ? whether the habitat that you live is in harmony or a total wreck that cannot be salvage?
Once you truly understand your home feng shui energies, where are the positive vibes and where are the negative ones, you make choices to (due to physical limitations of the house) to live in the positive side e.g. putting your bed in the “health” zone, placing your working desk in the “career” sector and others. And avoid feng shui taboos 风水大忌”physical forms” such as placing your bed in the middle of room or bed facing the toilet door or putting the bed behind the wall separating the stove…etc.
“Qi 气” chinese pinyin for “air”, not in the literal sense of word, because it represents not only the “air” that we breathe but more like invisible energy or aura, which is difficult to explain and somewhat abstract. The principles that calculates feng shui invisible energies or 理气派 came from many popular schools such as 三合, 八宅, 纳甲, 三元, 金锁玉关, 奇门, 八卦 and many others with the sole purpose that we “lived in” the positive side and avoid or dilute the negativities. To summarise with a classical quote: 风生处气易散，故需藏。水起处财易失，故需纳”.
Putting 理气 principles into the equation for feng shui audit one can judge accurately what happen to the house such as a. is this home or office prone to sickness? and what sicknesses? b. a discorded house plague with quarrels & conflict? c. a house that objects wear off and malfunction easily d. an unmotivated house where occupants love to gamble and many more.
The “science” & “unscience” about feng shui
Timber strip layout also bad feng shui omg.
I have recently consulted a house and was told by my client that his previous feng shui master consider vertical timber strip lay on the balcony as “poison arrows” because the short end is pointed towards the living hall. OMG. The feng shui master advice him to re-do the balcony? When i put it into this perspective it sounded crazy right? So often that i heard through my clients that their ex feng shui masters likes to “dramatise” and make it sound so precarious and if they do not buy the feng shui masters, bad things are going to happen. omg. The truth is you do not read about “feng shui items” for sale in the classical doctrines of feng shui. Most of the “products” you see today are creative inventions of today’s feng shui masters or some even call themselves grandmasters.
Since feng shui is about taking care of your internal & external environment why not use natural items that surrounds us? How about using pebbles to represent “earth” or plants to represent “wood”? bronze to represent “metal” in the 5-element chain? To some skeptics they may find the more complicated is the item the better is the solution. If one will dive into feng shui teachings one will realise that 易经-河洛思维 iChing principles is about 形shape, 意symbolism,象appearance, 数numeric 理rationale 卦gua. For e.g. you need “earth” element doesn’t mean that you have to carry the “mountain” with you isn’t it?
Singapore trending architecture designs having a “hole”
Singapore Feng shui applications needs updating with scientific proof
It is sad to say over the last 20 years of hands-on fengshui, Singapore is pretty backward in the techniques used for feng shui audit/assessments. Most still using traditional feng shui items to rectify or dilute the problem perhaps because of the “lineage” thing.
Anyway Singapore is quite trendy with some architectural design that i find interesting to share with you guys. Consider the illustration above, this condo comes with “holes” as part of aesthetic design. Is this 杀气 bad “form” energy? Well let’s approach this issue objectively. Is the wind surrounding the area strong? how about the air direction is it Northeast Southwest ? because Singapore is having this monsoon climate. How about the elevation of the building? Is there a possibility of “constricted air flow” in and out of the “gap”? Personally i feel if most of the questions are answered as “yes” then there “might” be intense air pressure affecting the perimeter of the “gap”. Do you think the wind movements will cause air pressure thus de-stabilise feng shui energies for those houses nearing to the perimeter, it might right? You see what i am trying to do here is not jumping into the conclusion that it is bad feng shui energy 杀气?
Hence feng shui is not something that we assume, imagine or make some wild guesses. We must go through an objective methodology. A process of exploration, experimentation, gather feedback from occupants that are staying inside to be to come up with a working hypothesis. Unfortunately i have only seen a few houses in this new condo and none of my clients are staying near to the perimeter…so i do not have a large enough statistical sample population to deduce whether those units enjoy good feng shui or suffer bad ones. If you happen to stay there, please tell me so that we can learn together.
“Un-Science”- feng shui cures 呼形喝象 (hu xing he xiang)
This true feng shui experience will refute what i just mentioned above using “science” to solve feng shui problems. This is to present to you the ther side of “unexplained” or difficult to explain side of feng shui. Well today’s science still unable to solve all the world’s problems right? so feng shui is no exception.
Recently i got a call from an old client of mine who mentions that for some freak reasons her family members fall sick easily over the last 3 months. I went through the house looking at the past feng shui report, thinking that they might have shifted some feng shui remedies that i did a few years ago. After going through there were nothing wrong with the feng shui and birth profile of occupants. Only over a cup coffee and some small talk then i observed that there are 2 rock lions facing my clients place. It was a pretty long corridor so i did not see it the first time. My client told me that her neighbour shifted in 3 months ago and it coincided with the bad stuff that happened to them. The feng shui cure is easy, just “feed” the lion as if they are yours.
There are many objects that seem ordinary but may pose some problems if your door or window faces them e.g. bagua mirror, 门神, sharp pointed objects, reflective mirror like items… this concept originates from the “heaven 5 songs 天元五歌” “或取喝形来点穴，此是堪舆真妙诀”. what it means is we see the shape of the object and guesstimate 形 shape, 意 symbolism,象 and administer the cure accordingly.
Controversial argument over 水火相冲 Water and Fire conflict in kitchen feng shui
There are so many different interpretations concerning “water and fire clashes 水火相冲” in the kitchen that many are bewildered not knowing which concept to adopt. Please allow me to use the illustration of a washing machine. Most masters will associate it as “water” element. Thus if the washing machine faces the stove (fire) they will consider it as sha qi or unlucky energies because of “water” and “fire” clashes? Now let me ask you this, what happen if the washing machine comes with a built-in dryer? So dryer produces heat which is fire and the washing is water, so would you consider this machine as water or fire element? If based on their interpretations one cannot buy a washing machine cum dryer because the item itself is 水火相冲. Feng shui audit is suppose to make your life better and not making it inconvenient. Many of these fallacies if you think over it, does not make any sense at all.
It is a common sight to see office or home with “hanging” overhead beams. The beam that is adjacent to the wall 90 degree is not consider as an overhead beam. Bad energy from overhead beam is only consider as sha qi without adjacent walls, see picture below.
Most of us knows that hanging overhead beams are bad but with no further explanations by feng shui masters. Please allow me to share with you why this is consider as “sha qi” which can be explain by feng shui “yang energies” principle 阳气随空而窜，遇物而止. When air flows on top of the ceiling hits the beam, it is blocked, the motion is force to deflect following the structure of the beam and forces downwards exerting air pressure accelerated by gravity. Let’s imagine that someone is sitting below this overhead beam. Our normal heart beat rate for adults ranges between 60 to 100 beats per minute. Hence a lower heart beat rate is more efficient like 40 beats per minute when resting. Imagine the air pressure exerting downwards, it will increase your heartbeat because of pressure. Hence a person sitting below the beam will feel uncomfortable. He or she will feel that his or her head is heavy. If the individual sits for many hours like an office, he will probably have headache and unable to concentrate on his work. Given enough time he will probably seek Doctor’s help because our body cannot withstand the increased blood pumping rate.
Traditional feng shui masters use bamboo flute or hulu or 6 coins dangling at both ends to solve this problem but do you think it works because the problem is not the beam but the air flow!
Junctions can be a blessing for businesses
When someone talk about junctions, most of us will shun away from staying nearby. The noise is crazy! Unlike what you think, junctions can be great for business if we know how to control the influx of energies coming from junctions. Just imagine how nice it would be that your retail shop can be reach from 2 sides of the road instead of one.
Feng Shui Science not superstitions
Why Bagua mirror when an ordinary mirror can do the same job?
Why feng shui products when other household objects can do a similar function?
Why crystals when ordinary stones are the same “earth” element?
Why unicorns and figurines when other alternatives are possible?
i reiterate bad energies are either “Forms” or “Qi” or Both. Examples of forms are glaring mirror like reflections, construction sites, toilet, mortuary, fire station, sharp angular objects and so forth. Some of these examples also consist of Qi component. Some of these are somewhat psychological in nature for instance “illumination”, how bright or dark of house depends on each individual. A person doing night shift dislike too bright a house. Another example is “sound” some do not mind the sound of expressways and enjoys rock songs, some even the slightest sound will wake them up in the middle of the night. Examples of qi are electromagnetic fields, smell, air pressure, playground “yin qi”, xuan kong fengshui flying star combo, toilets etc
This article is meant to be an eye-opener that there are some “science” into the rationale of feng shui applications, at least for my feng shui methology to do feng shui consultations.