8 Feng Shui Myths Debunked and Verified

Let’s debunk or verify some of these myths that may have been confusing you!

Updated on December 17, 2017 14:12 pm

Joey Yap

Feng shui is typically portrayed or seen as a mystical, mysterious practice reserved for the ancients or exceptionally traditional. Misconceptions continue to shroud the practice’s true nature, and skeptics have argued that feng shui is nothing more than far-fetched myths and old wives’ tales.

Due to shrouding myths, most people put into practice the wrong kind of feng shui and claim it does not work. Let’s debunk or verify some of these myths that may have been confusing you!

1. Objects can enhance luck

Myth:
Some objects are believed to exude negative or positive Qi. Placing art objects that have an arbitrarily derived “Oriental” look and feel can activate the power of feng shui.

Fact:
Objects, however aesthetically pleasing, cannot do much to the overall feng shui of a property. Its purposes are entirely decorative.

2. The underwater taboo

Myth: Having an object with water features such as a fish tank, water tank, or jacuzzi above you is a sign of suffocation and danger.

Fact:
Water in Feng Shui can help gather auspicious Qi. If a certain area in a property as having beneficial Qi, water would be well suited for that area of the house. There is no policy on whether the water should be above you.


3. Strength in numbers

Myth: Numbers can be lucky or unlucky. An unlucky example is the number "4," which in Chinese languages is a homonym of death. Other numbers like 1, 6, or 8, on the other hand, are homonyms of positive words.

Fact: Numbers do not have any feng Sshui effects. The concept of unlucky or lucky numbers are stemmed in simple superstition.

4. The elusive love sector

Myth: Enhancing the Love Corner of a house will immediately boost one’s love life and improve the chances of getting married sooner.

Fact: Feng shui cannot create love; it can only create opportunities. There are types of Qi that can help you become a more pleasant, likeable, and attractive person to others.


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5. The mirror of abundance

Myth: Placing a large mirror over the dinner room table will bring an abundance of food as it is doubled by the reflection in the mirror.

Fact: A reflection in the mirror means nothing because when the food is finished in the real world, it also disappears in the mirrored world. Mirrors cannot do more than just reflect what is present.

6. The auspicious "feng shui" fish

Myth: Keeping fish in a pond or tank will help divert bad luck and rearing exotic fish with "special" markings and colours will help enhance wealth and business.

Fact: A fish is just a fish. While rearing exotic fish is no doubt a worthy pastime, fishes do not have any effect on feng shui.

7. Combating "back-stabbing" at the office

Myth: Sitting with your back to a window in the office signifies a lack of support at work and sticking a mirror to your computer and placing a tortoise figurine behind you can help divert Sha Qi away from you.

Fact: Mirrors and object placement are not considered primary feng shui prescriptions. If there are actual negative feng shui features such as sharp angles pointing directly into your window, simply keep the blinds of the window closed.

8. The case of auspicious colours

Myth: Painting your kitchen, bedroom, or living room in bright colours that represent the elements can enhance the room’s Qi.

Fact: Painting your rooms a particular colour has no feng shui effect. What matters more is where your stove is located in the kitchen or what shape your rooms are in.

Mr Joey Yap is a voice of authority on all things related to Chinese metaphysics.


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