Since I started writing for the newspapers, my email box has been inundated with questions from readers of the column and also viewers of my television program. Some people are curious to know more about Feng Shui in general, others are seeking specific answers to their Feng Shui queries, and yet there are many who are just looking for some comfort or confirmations about some superstitions, old wives tales and myths.
So this week, I thought, for a change, I should open up my mailbag and share with my readers some of the more common (and interesting) queries I’ve received and the answers to these queries. Some of these questions may be a bit technical, others are straightforward. But most of them share a common trait of being questions that most people, at some point or another, would have thought about or considered when it comes to the subject of Feng Shui.
I employed the services of a feng shui master (a friend of mine) when we shifted to our new house in June last year. According to her, our house is a Northeast facing (main door facing NE) and is an ‘earth’ house. She had told us not to use colours like red, blue, purple for our house but to use colours like beige, white, brown and light yellow. However, in the recent yearly review which we had asked her to do for the house, she told us we cannot use green. I had already bought green material for 風水擺設 my curtain and sofa set since she had not mentioned not to use green the first time. Now she says green, which is a ‘wood’ colour will destroy the earth house. I still remember her saying that colours will only affect 10% of feng shui but when I asked her if it was okay if I went ahead to have green sofa set and curtain, she said definitely not. I am now very confused. I do not want to get rid of the green materials which I had spent quite a lot of money on, but on the other hand, I’m afraid it will be bad feng shui. There are other things which she has said which seems to be contradicting but since she is a friend, it is difficult for us to question her too much. Is it true that I cannot use the green color materials? Can you please let me know what are the good colors and what are the bad colors for the house? Is it true that I can put certain colors only for certain years?
In the basic study of Feng Shui, a building may be of a certain element, based on its general shape. For example, a building with a sharp pointy roof is a Fire form. Round-shaped or designed buildings are of Metal element. In Eight Mansions Feng Shui, the element of a house is based on the Sitting direction of the house. However, the element of your house really does not impact on your personal choices when it comes to interior decoration.
Your Feng Shui consultant friend seems to have based her interior design recommendations on New Age Feng Shui rather than Classical Feng Shui. The elemental quality of a building also does not dictate your interior design choices. It simply tells us what the building is better suited for, from a functionality point of view. Just because you have a Fire form house, does not mean you cannot have blue sofas or blue curtains on the over-simplified notion that ‘Water and Fire Clash’. If you like your green curtains and green sofa, keep them. The operative word here is ‘like’. Colours quite frankly have nothing very much to do with Feng Shui and their effect or impact is largely psychological.
Defining your Feng Shui by colours, based on elemental considerations, would seem highly illogical and impractical because this means you’ve got to repaint your house and change all your furniture every year since the elemental energies keep changing. Classical Feng Shui doesn’t require anything of this sort (and anyway, in the ancient days of the Tang Dynasty, most houses looked the same and had the same colours!). There are no good colours or bad colours, only colours you like, and colours you don’t like!