Is Feng Shui science? This is a question frequently asked by people. If we consider “science” as something accurate, predictable and measurable, Feng Shui may be unale to qualify as scientific, because we cannot precisely predict the improvement some Feng Shui measures could bring. However, if we read between the lines of Feng Shui books and examine the rationales behind, there are traces of “science” behind Feng Shui.
Let us look at an example here. Below is the configuration of two parcels of farmland, A and B. With the river running in this shape, A and B receive “embracing water” (環抱水) and “sickle water” (反弓水) respectively. According to Chinese Feng Shui theories, farmland A is better than B in terms of wealth growth, why?
Let’s consider this from geographical point of view. As time goes by, sediments in the water naturally accumulate along the perimeter of A while the soil of B would gradually be washed away by the movement of water. It turns out the farm land size of A would grow and that of B would shrink. In the past farmland is the source of income, so the income generated from A would increase while that from B would drop.
If you want some proof about this natural phenomenon, the following photo downloaded from Wikipedia shows the accumulation of sand and mud on only one side of the river at Mississippi River. The soil on one side is eroded by water while the other side has a sand bar formed.
Now you know why a house with an embracing road is good according to Feng Shui! Do you think this theory makes scientific sense? Is Feng Shui science?
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