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There are so many things said about how water affects a property’s Feng Shui.Some say it can bring about great riches, if used properly.  Others even purport that it can turn one’s fortunes overnight; literally from rags to riches.

Question is: What’s true, and what’s not?

Indeed, in Classical Feng Shui, it is always important to remember that the natural environmental landforms that surround a property inevitably and invariably determine the Feng Shui of a property, regardless of how we may choose to structure a property’s internal layout.

And the 2 most predominant external forms that constitute the gist of Classical Feng Shui studies are Mountains, and Water.

Guo Pu, who penned the classic treatise, the Burial Book, more than 2,000 years ago, noted that “Qi is dispersed by the Wind, and gathers at the boundaries of Water.

Put simply, Water acts as a conductor of Qi, but then again, does it conduct positive Qi towards an area, or siphon such Qi away from a property?  Or does it conduct negative Qi towards a property?

The most basic, common Water features are of course, rivers, lakes and streams.  However, this definition also includes monsoon drains (a necessary manmade feature in tropical countries such as Malaysia and Singapore) and any other significant body of water such as an open, sewerage pond.  There is also another manmade `Water’ form: Roads and highways.  In Feng Shui, roads and highways function as virtual waterways, due to the volume of traffic and activity they conduct.

And yes, water forms or features that are considered positive do play a role in determining the wealth prospects of the occupants of a particular area.  Conversely, negative water forms could affect our emotions and thoughts, as well as bring about unsavory outcomes such as scandals and extra-marital affairs, especially if applied wrongly!

But before you can actually tap into them, you need to first be able to qualify, or ascertain, Water forms!

And this can be done, by determining the location of any nearby water forms, to your property.  Generally speaking, in our current Period 8 (2004-2023), we would prefer to see positive Water formations towards the North, Southwest, Southeast and East of a property – as this makes for good Feng Shui.

Now, what is defined as `positive’ Water forms?  For starters, Water that is clear, clean and even pleasant-smelling, and meanders gently through a place, tends to produce sentimental, benevolent Qi.  The converse holds true with regard to foul-smelling, murky or rapidly gushing and noisy Water features…as they invariably conduct aggressive, negative Qi.   

Water forms can be qualified or assessed, with the use of formulas.  And there are two main approaches – or schools of thought – to do this: The San Yuan (3 Cycles & 9 Periods) approach, and the San He (3 Harmony Combinations) approach.

The San Yuan method takes into consideration the factors of Location, Direction and Time in gauging water forms, while its San He counterpart emphasizes the study of Landforms (Luan Tou) to assess the Qi affecting a place.  Of course, both approaches are equally potent and relevant in the context of today’s world.

But for now, here’s a good rule of thumb for you to commit to memory and apply: Where possible, it’s not ideal for a body of Water to be located right in the Central Palace (i.e. the middle) of a property.  The logic is simple: Water is Yang, and the Central Palace is Yin.  As such, the Qi in the Central Palace must always be allowed to remain passive and stable.  Putting a Yang feature will only upset the Qi balance in the property, resulting in discord and trouble for its occupants!

You may have heard of so-called `secret formulas’ such as the Five Ghost Carry Treasure (Wu Gui Yun Cai)…purportedly able to bring immense wealth, fairly quickly, to a household or business that applies it.  And at this point, it’s apt for you to know this all-important cue, though:

While Classical Feng Shui is all about making the most of our lives on this Earth, bear in mind that it only constitutes 33% of our total capacity in life.  Meaning, if a person isn’t destined to be fantastically wealthy in this life, then he or she simply won’t be able –or suitable - to be the next Bill Gates or Li Ka-Shing!  And attempting to alter one’s destiny (as per our BaZi or Chinese Astrology) to attain riches that are simply not within one’s capacity, can bring about dire consequences.  If you have read the short story `Of Pigtails and Eccentricity’ – which elaborates upon the life and fortunes of the late Hong Kong billionaires, Nina Wang – in Joey’s book, More Stories and Lessons on Feng Shui, you would have hopefully understood this point.

What this article seeks to emphasize, is that we should always consider our means and limitations in life, before we go about checking to see if we can harness Water forms, to our benefit.  While it’s true that good Water features can bring about immense wealth to certain individuals, it’s equally important to bear in mind that these very people, were already pre-destined to attain such riches in life…in other words, they were merely fulfilling their destiny.

Feng Shui is not a pill that you pop before you go to bed tonight, and wake up tomorrow with several more zeros in your bank accounts.  Rather, it’s a way of maximizing what our BaZi, or destiny, has already ordained for us in life.

And Water is but one of the predominant means towards attaining this goal…it’s only a matter of suitability, and how we go about using it!

To delve deeper into the role of Water in Classical Feng Shui, and how you can use this feature to benefit you and your loved ones, why not enroll for
Lesson FSP1205: Water in Classical Feng Shui?
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