Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Theory Of Water (风水论水)

Without having involved too much into the study of Feng Shui, we can perhaps understand the condition of a place by just looking at the water quality of the area. Please bear in mind that there are two types of water: real water as in river, lakes and sea; and false water as in roads.

The water is just opposite to mountain ranges but water brings more rapid results.

The water quality means the colour of the water, the speed of the water flows and the shapes and sizes of water networks all affecting the fortune and social status of the community of that particular area.

The effects of water colour

If the water of river that flows through an area is milky in colour, we call this type of water as ‘Peach Blossom Water’ (桃花水) or ‘Beer Barrel Water’ (酒槽水).

Places that are passed through by milky water can still prosper but only in so-called ‘night businesses’: gambling, nightclubs, bars and other illegal ones. Also, people of that area would be more interested in worldly matters than cultural. In another words, milky water can bring wealth but not high social status.

A very good example is Macau in Hong Kong. The water of Macau is milky in colour; so the main industry there would still be the gambling business.

Many rivers in Peninsula carry large quantity of mud from upstream; so the water is milky. Hence, though people can still make a fortune; they are not very interested in intellectual things such as arts and music. Many master minds of credit card frauds, telephone frauds, human trafficking etc. are unfortunately from this place too.

If you have a chance to visit Alpine areas in Europe, then you will find the river water is pristine clear in many of the places. Naturally then, people there are healthier and like cultural matters; and many rich folks like to stay in this place too. I just quote Switzerland as an example.

Likewise, a good road should not pass through a hospital, market, police station, jail etc. The reasoning is that the aura of these places are not good and though a person can gain fortune but he/she can hardly climb up in social ladders. Provided of course, one does not want to get high social status.

The effects of water speed

The speed of water flow or traffic flow affects the behaviour of residents of that area. I don’t have to give too many examples as you would certainly notice that city folks who face with rapid traffic movements would be more aggressive and worldly than those who live in villages with slower traffic. People who live in Bayan Lepas Industrial Zone would be more impatient than those who live in Tanjung Bungah. Likewise, Penang folks would be more pleasant than those who live in KL.

Having so said, since Penang Island is having many land reclaim projects lately where coastal areas are developed for housing projects, the water flow of the sea becomes faster too. No wonder Penang folks are getting less spiritual and more worldly these days. Penang old timers can tell you the differences.

The effects of water formation and networks

A river or road should preferably be crooked than straight. Crooked rivers/roads bring more harmonious energy than straight rivers/roads. However, a straight river/road is not always bad as that would depend on the timing and location of a building.

A house should ideally be located within an open network of roads so that there are many exits instead of just one. Of course having many exits is not good for security access control, but having only one exit would make the house fall into the formation of ‘trapped dragon’ (困龙). If a person stays in a house of ‘trapped dragon’, he/she will be facing with monetary and career advancement issues.


The above theory apples to any places on earth, the northern hemisphere, on the equator and the southern hemisphere too. Of course, we will need to sit down to perform some in depth calculations to find out the exact effects and proper placement of a premise. But the above already give you 50% of practical Feng Shui knowledge concerning water element.

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