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Geomancy (or Fengshui)

An ancient Chinese system of aesthetics.

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What's my fortune? or rather, where lies my fortune?

  • May 6, 2010
Fengshui, imho, is at best an art. For believers, it's a science. Although who truly knows what it is? Fact is people believe it and in Hong Kong, enough to pay large sums of money for a good consultation with its practitioners! No matter how high unemployment is, Fengshui master earns top dollar in this former British colony. Mind you, if HSBC & Disney are willing to pay for consultations of which direction their main doors are supposed to face and how to place what where, then you've enough masses who believe in this subject matter to begin with! Oh, before I forget, fengshui is a combo of two singular words in Chinese which translates to wind-water in English.

Frankly, I don't know enough about Fengshui or proficient in it to write a review about it. I do know that one visit by the master can cost thousands if not hundred of thousands of dollars, depending on how big your "project" is. Afterall, I've a friend who paid a 'master' some HK$30000 to simply change her Chinese name! To be fair, I don't think it is necessary. What I think don't quite matter in this case. What I'm trying to tell you about this subject matter may sound quite ridiculous but to people in Hong Kong and Taiwan, they are not.

Below I shall try to outline a few cases. Fengshui is not quite fortune telling. It is based on the elements and also some logical thinking.
  1. Homes that faces the sea with mountains as its back is considered of good fengshui.
  2. In an office, do not place your seat with your back facing a door. Rather, place your front facing the door from the side way. If you sit facing the wall while your back is in the direction of the door, you're liable to be back-stabbed!
  3. In the bedroom, do not place your bed pointing out to the door. That's the Chinese dreaded "coffin" position. Also avoid putting office furniture, book cases & electronics in the bedroom. These objects may have drastic consequences for the quality of your sleep.
  4. In the kitchen, the sink (water element) and the stove (fire element) should not be next to one another. Kitchen should also not be facing north.
  5. Colors significance: Yellow - authority, White - purity, Red - happiness, Purple - wealth.

As you can see, Fengshui really involves the placement of a furniture or some objects in a way to facilitate the flow of the energy or life force (chi). It's a rearrangement, declutter and improving the way energy flows. Personally I'm not sure how true or how workable these things are. Regardless, when we chose a seat in the office, we all make sure we're facing the right direction. For some, north facing is advantages. For others, south. While for some others, it's either west or east!

If you like to find out more, here are some websites which might interest you on this matter:
Lilian Too
World of Fengshui
About.com: Fengshui

Well, if you learn something new and exciting, do make sure to remember to write a review here on Lunch & advise us about it! Good luck!

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May 12, 2010
I kind of believe in feng shui, not so much for spiritual reasons, but moreso for aesthetic ones.  I haven't heard of some of the ones that you've listed, but they're interesting!  Ones I've heard are don't sleep with your head facing the door, don't let the front door see directly to the back door as that's good luck escaping, and don't buy a house where you can look ahead and see through the street.  This is interesting stuff.  I'll have to look into it more.  Thanks for sharing! :)
May 08, 2010
Hm. I did know about # 4. I remember someone telling me also that shoes should point the same direction when being stocked for good health. Nice one, Sharrie!
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Feng shui is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to use the laws of both Heaven (astronomy) and Earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive qi.  The original designation for the discipline is Kan Yu (simplified Chinese: 堪舆; traditional Chinese: 堪輿; pinyin: kānyú; literally: Tao of heaven and earth).

Historically, feng shui was widely used to orient buildings—often spiritually significant structures such as tombs, but also dwellings and other structures—in an auspicious manner. Depending on the particular style of feng shui being used, an auspicious site could be determined by reference to local features such as bodies of water, stars, or a compass. Feng shui was suppressed in China during the cultural revolution in the 1960s, but has since seen an increase in popularity, particularly in the United States.
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