Fung Shui Is Evil

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As someone born in Hong Kong of partly Chinese parentage, I used to proudly claim fung shui as a part of my culture. When rational people questioned how the layout of hills and water, or furniture or mirrors, could affect the energy of a place, I would smirk and give a look that meant “How little you know.” Long after I gave up other superstitions, I would come out with the odd fung shui observation—“Don’t you think your Baccarat lamps are blocking the flow of qi in your Green Dragon corner?”—as a lingering and fashionably ethnic affectation.

These days though, I despise fung shui to its rotten core, and it is Hong Kong’s Nina Wang court case that has finally made me do it. I wish to see fung shui and its professional practitioners banned forever. I don’t want to comment on who may or may not be right in the ongoing and sordid drama of Wang’s contested wills (if you need to be apprised of the details, a quick online search will do it) but the glimpses that witnesses have given of fung shui as a business make one want to round up every fung shui compass and so-called master in town, and throw them on a bonfire. Here was a lonely and unhappy woman, persuaded to part with millions upon millions of dollars as payments for fung shui rituals. At the heart of the case is a fung shui master who once asked a client to burn HK$15,000 a day—nearly US$2000—“for luck.” (The client ended up only burning HK$1,500 a day, but he did that for a year.)

The size of the fung shui industry—the amount that tycoons privately blow on nonsensical rituals when countless other deserving causes abound—is painful to guess at. The Nina Wang case reveals only a fraction of it. If we feel it reasonable to prohibit certain scams and ban certain cults, why do we tolerate fung shui masters who urge their utterly bogus and exorbitantly costed remedies upon the gullible?

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Wow, I never thought I would find an article such as yours, though I'm 6 years late. I am in the middle of a sticky situation where half my in-laws (father and sister) are trapped in a practitioner's manipulative spells. He knows how to twist words around and make him the good guy while my in-laws are being played to do what they think is right when it's totally wrong. She is now avoiding paying her credit card bills and debt collectors are looking for her. It sucks that we're in America and we can't do a thing about this.


I forgot to add that this practitioner not only practices feng shui, but also black arts of the Taoist practice.