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This article hope to excite you to view feng shui as a scientific subject than superstition. Certain concepts of feng shui can be explained by science.
don’t judge things only through feng shui
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 the generic green dragon fengshui position 青龙位 supposedly improve health. Root of the problem is health was affected because of unsanitary rubbish station that attracts air borne viruses, nothing to do with guarding the door.
The solution is simple, use a powerful air purifier that kills viruses and aroma diffuser to clear the foul smell. You see one must try to rectify daily problems by using objective, scientific methods first before blaming everything on feng shui.
Feng shui and astronomy
Feng shui touches on the study of celestial objects such as stars. It states that nothing is constant. Build upon the principles of Xuan Kong flying star it divides timing into 9 period (九运) of 20 years, totalling 180 years. It divides 180 years into 3 era (三元). How this formula originates came from a few theories, one hypothesis is the alignment of Jupiter 木星 Saturn 土星 & Mercury 水星.
Feng shui evaluation should be objective
Singapore latest architectural design is worth mentioning because “forms” do affect the energy in the house. Consider the illustration below, this condo comes with a “hollow space” design in the middle. Is this bad feng shui “form” 杀气 or not?
Points to ascertain whether good or bad feng shui design should include the following:
Speed of the wind
Direction of the wind, is it the usual Singapore NE / SW monsoon.
Height of the air gap
Direction of the condo
Any constriction or openings for air flow to escape
No one knows the answer except those staying near to the perimeter of the air gap.
Some concepts of Feng Shui can be explained
Feng Shui is a Chinese study of our physical environment. We study geography that examines how organisms, climate, soil, water and landforms produce and interact. Feng shui analyse external landforms call 外峦头 such as mountains, wind direction, rivers, sunlight so that houses can be build safely.
Exaggerated feng shui advice
Manner in which timber strip is laid also bad feng shui omg.
I was told by my client that his previous feng shui master consider timber strip in the illustrated picture were “poison arrows” because the short ends are pointing towards the living hall. Such wild imagination. He was advised 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 applications are backward and chinese-custom-driven
It is sad that given today’s knowledge based economy, feng shui masters are still promoting pineapples rolling for door-opening/key collection day, deposit money on Li Chun, among other things that are not related with feng shui and not helping in luck.
some feng shui remedies 呼形喝象 impossible to explain with science
Just like any field of study, there are still things that is unable to explain with science but that doesn’t mean it does not exist.
Recently i got a call from an old client of mine who mentions that her family members fall sick one after another over the last 3 months. After going through found nothing. Check their birth profile and luck cycle also nada. Ended up with some small talk and my client talked about his recent neighbour shifted in 3 months ago. i went over to take a look and saw 2 ferocious-looking rock lions facing my client’s main door. It was a long corridor so i have not spotted it the first time. Realising the problem, the feng shui cure is easy, by “feeding” the lions as if they were pets.
There are many objects that seem ordinary but pose problems if your door or window faces them e.g. bagua mirror, guardian of door 门神, sharp pointed objects, reflective mirror. It is difficult to explain with science why these objects are considered bad but is under the feng shui teachings of hu xing he xiang. In physics i will attempt to call it potential energy from a motionless object.
Feng shui fallacies 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.
Everyone knows that sitting below an overhead beam is bad feng shui. But not many know the scientific reasons behind.
The bad energy can be explain by feng shui “yang energy” principle 阳气随空而窜，遇物而止. When air flows on top of ceiling, hits the beam, blocked, the motion is forced to deflect following the structure and pressure is exterted downwards accelerated by gravity. Let’s assume one is seated below. Our normal heart beat rate ranges between 60-100 per minute. When air pressure exert downwards, it will increase our heartbeat. Thus an individual who sits under it for 8 hours in an office, will probably suffer from headache and loss of concentration.
Traditional feng shui masters use bamboo flute or hulu or 6 coins dangling at both ends to solve this problem without understanding the root of the problem. The problem is not the beam itself but air flow & pressure!
This article is meant to be an eye-opener that one should not be overwhelmed with feng shui concepts that doesn’t make sense.