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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Feng Shui & External Sha (風水沖煞)
External factors affecting a building
is comprised of two Han characters: The ‘Feng’ and ‘Shui’. The word ‘Feng’ (風) refers to the
location of a building that should be facing the sea and backed by mountain
ranges; yet the main door facing south to avoid the cold North wind. While the
word ‘Shui’ (水) refers to
transportation and water supply.
As you can
see, Feng Shui is an art and also a science of choosing a location. Although
time has changed, Feng Shui remains relevant still until today. However, many
people have forgotten this ancient wisdom on choosing a location. Now days, we
tend to just walk into a house or an apartment and decide if we should make the
purchase without due consideration of the external environments.
So, how to
go about in choosing a house?
to Feng Shui, all considerations must start with the audit of external
environment before we sit down to look at the house. The elder Liao has said the
According to elder Liao’s rules of
First: It is forbidden to have underground
water; this brings down the whole family.
Second: It is forbidden to see a steep mountain/river/road;
it kills the master.
Third: It is forbidden to face with concave
wind; destined to cease all in a household.
If a house is built on top
of a large drainage, underground electrical cables or underground railways;
then this will cause the house owner to lose money, in debt or even bankruptcy.
If a house is built on a
steep mountain range, or the house is built in such a way that it faces the
mountain range in close proximity; then who ever stays in this house will not
live long. This situation also refers to busy main roads and rivers. It is said
that the seriousness is up to such an extent that even the master
himself/herself will not be spared.
This is also described by the
book ‘Precious Mirror Of Heaven’ <都天寶照經>:
“Straight waters are most inauspicious, a
straight line is as if a spear.”
On the event that a house
is facing a gap between two hills, mountains or even tall buildings; we call it
the ‘concave wind sha’ (凹風吹煞). If a house is facing with ‘concave wind’, then
no one can stay long in the house.
There are many theories
about this ‘concave wind’ but the directions from which the winds come from
affects different people in a household more than others. This is described in
Personally, after a house
is purchased and the external environment is inauspicious, there is nothing one
can do to avert the situation. I have a pal purchased a $500,000 house and
spent $500,000 to renovate it. But when I came to audit, I found both the
external and internal conditions are equally bad so I just close my compass and
walked away. To tell you the truth, it only took 10 minutes to burn a $1M
investment. Then and again, there is always a naïve taker due to property market