Q: What attracted you to Feng Shui?
A: As a Feng Shui Practitioner, people often ask me about the symbolism of particular artefacts. In the beginning I said Chinese images of frogs, dragons or even snakes or Bagua mirrors (the fabled 'Aspro' of Feng Shui), have nothing to do with Feng Shui.
But the questions persisted, so it behoves upon me to learn more about these symbols and investigate whether or not they really are a part of Feng Shui.
What I discovered really got me thinking, as I realised that these fabled symbols are as much a part of Chinese culture as fried rice, fish tanks or I Ching coins.
Q: How do the Feng Shui symbols work?
A: I once went to visit a Feng Shui Master and discovered, after knocking on his front door, I was ushered around the back to a more auspicious entrance. As I walked off, I noticed a Chinese Luo Pan (compass) in the window next to the door, placed there to deflect sha qi. Upon entering the more auspicious side door, I was confronted by at least a dozen Qilin, the Chinese Unicorn, placed to absorb any residual negative energies.
So how could I deny it when with my own eyes I saw experts in the field using these symbols?
I concluded that these symbols are a powerful force of imagery, used to guide a person's thoughts away from negative connotations, and towards a feeling of peace and protection.
So when people disagree with me about the use of symbolic objects, I suggest they take a look at what Chinese people in their local community do, assess their effectiveness and then draw their own conclusions.
A: When people ask me what I recommend, I ask what is their intended purpose, for using the power of the correct object gives it greater strength.
Also, I advise them to ensure the item is made of the correct element that needs to be placed in a specified area of the house. Often, it's not the actual statue, but what it's made of that's important.
For instance, in Fei Xin Feng Shui (Flying Stars), we look at the mountain and water stars. If we need to provide support for a mountain star (which requires stillness, or a 'mountain') we can use a heavy statue.
The statue, of course, needs to be made of the right material to be most effective.
So if you don't necessarily want a dragon or frog in your house or business, you may choose another statue which has meaning to you, and is also the correct element as advised by your Feng Shui practitioner.
I once saw a photo of a famous businessman's office. Right near his desk, facing towards any employee or visitor to the room, was a fearsome looking Polar Bear! Now what sort of message does that imply?!