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Certain concepts of feng shui can be explained by science, which is the reason for this article. To give you an example of a live case, i re-audited a house from an owner requesting help to resolve health issues. It is a low-floor unit situated near to the rubbish chute. The client was told 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 green dragon position 青龙位 suppose to improve health as he was told. The root of the problem is the unsanitary rubbish station that attracts air borne viruses/bacteria and smell. What he really need is a power air purifier that kills viruses/germs and clear the foul smell.
Feng Shui solutions can be logical & objective
Feng Shui is a Chinese study to understand our physical surroundings. We study geography that examines our natural environment, how organisms, climate, soil, water, and landforms produce and interact. Feng shui studies the external physical landforms call 外峦头 such as mountains, wind, rivers direction, sunlight and conclude what is the best possible location for the house to build.
Feng shui and astronomy
Feng shui also 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 of the hypothesis is the alignment of Jupiter 木星 Saturn 土星 & Mercury 水星. We are currently in period 8 2004-2023.
Misguided feng shui advice
Timber strip layout also bad feng shui omg.
I was told by my client that his previous feng shui master consider vertical timber strip laid on the balcony as “poison arrows” because the short ends are pointing towards the living hall. OMG. The feng shui master advice him to re-do the balcony. When i put it in this manner it sounds crazy. So often we heard clients complained about their feng shui masters used “scared” tactics, if you don’t buy this item – your whole family will end up in the hospital or something bad.
Feng shui to harness the energy from environment
Since feng shui is to harness energy from our natural environment why not use items such as pebbles to represent “earth” or plants to represent “wood”? The more in-depth one learn about feng shui, the simpler it gets. Feng Shui is about shape 形, symbolism 意, appearance 象, numeric 数, rationale 理 gua 卦. Anything that deviate from this principles are not legit feng shui.
Today’s Feng shui applications are backward and custom-related
Time flies, with AI today, it is sad that feng shui masters still promote the rolling of pineapples on 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.
Singapore latest architectural design is worth mentioning here because they are “forms” that will affect the energy in the house. Consider the above illustration, this condo comes with a “hollow space” as part of aesthetic design. Is this bad “form” 杀气 energy or good? Well let’s try to analyse this issue together. Is the wind surrounding the premise strong? what direction is the wind? is it NE or SW because Singapore is monsoon climate. How about the elevation of the building? Is there a possibility of “constricted air flow” entering & exit from the gap? Do you think the air pressure will unstablise feng shui energies within the houses near to the perimeter? i got no answer to this. Any relevant explanation can only be done through a sample survey for the affected units. Where i am coming from is to do an evaluation process & remain “objective” before jumping into conclusion whether is good or bad energy.
Non-scientific feng shui 呼形喝象 (hu xing he xiang) – potential energy
However feng shui is still not acceptable as “science” because certain things are hard to explain. Just like any field of study, there are still things that is challenging 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. With the past feng shui report, I went through the house first, thinking that they might have adjusted the feng shui remedies. After going through found nothing. Check through their birth profile and luck cycle also nada. Ended up with some small talk and my client talked about his opposite neighbour shifted in 3 months ago. i went over to take a look and saw 2 rock lions facing my client’s main door. It was a long corridor so i have not spotted it the first time. The sickness were caused by the ferocious lions, realising the problem, the feng shui cure is easy.
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 found under the feng shui teachings of hu xing he xiang. In physics i will attempt to call it potential energy from a motionless object.
Controversial argument over 水火相冲 Water and Fire conflict in kitchen feng shui
There are so many versions of “water and fire conflict 水火相冲” in the kitchen that many are confused. Let’s use a washing machine to illustrate. Olden days we do not have the luxury of such thing, it is the invention of today’s feng shui master interpretation. Most feng shui masters will agreed to associate it as “water” element. Thus if the washing machine faces the burner-fire, it is consider as clash between “water” and “fire”. 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 element? You go & test it out for yourself. Many of these fallacies if you think over it, does not make 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 considered as sha qi without adjacent walls, see picture below.
Most of us know that hanging overhead beams are bad but no explanations from feng shui masters. Perhaps they do not know. 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 the ceiling, it hits the beam, blocked, the motion is forced to deflect following the structure of the beam and pressure is exterted downwards 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. When the air pressure exert downwards, it will increase your heartbeat. Hence a person sitting below the beam will feel that his head is heavy. If the individual sits for 8 hours like an office, he will probably suffer from headache and lost his concentration. 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 without understanding the root of the problem. The problem is not with the beam itself but air flow & pressure!
This article is meant to be an eye-opener where one can actually explained with science on certain feng shui solutions.