The Unethical Side of Feng Shui & Its ‘Masters’


Posted On Last updated Jun 13, 2020 | Published on Jul 12, 2017

First and foremost, please let me be clear that the intent and agenda of this post is purely for education and awareness. The names and numbers in the above image were blurred out for the obvious reason of not wanting to implicate anyone. I’m really just here to share my thoughts and get people aware of the pitfalls when you’re buying a new house and looking to engage a feng shui master.

Your Disadvantage As A Feng Shui Client

Most people end up engaging with a feng shui master knowing absolutely nothing about the field. There are several services that people rarely engage in, such as lawyers, and hopefully doctors, but in the list of services that one does not engage often, feng shui is most likely the one people are the most clueless about.

Many people, including readers of this blog, have absolutely no background knowledge on Chinese metaphysics or feng shui other than through some hearsay between friends or whatever they get from the media during Chinese New Year. People are in an extremely vulnerable position of being taken advantage of, because someone out there will be making use of this and turning it into a career.

My Friends And Clients Do Feed Me Information

One of the perks of having knowledge of metaphysics is knowing who you can and should keep around you and who will likely end up being good friends with you. Many of these ex-client-turned-friends have either gone to another practitioner before or is part of an industry that makes use of Chinese metaphysics a lot.

One such industry, naturally, is real estate. One of them shared something with me that, honestly, shouldn’t surprise anyone.

It’s Easy To Pass Off As A Feng Shui Master

Unethical Practice Of Feng Shui

The above is a group chat of real estate agents and I wanted to let everyone know how far Chinese metaphysics has deviated from its origins. It was a highly-regarded tool that could improve the quality of life for people, but now, it’s a tool for trickery and deceit.

You can tell just how little people think of feng shui if someone saves a contact as a “Con Artist Feng Shui Master”. ‘Feng Shui masters’ are even asked to participate in the whole sales process by saying things that will entice the person to purchase the house.

Should you be surprised that this is happening? You shouldn’t. Because this has been happening for the longest time, but for some reason, no one has spoken about it.

I’ve touched on a lot of the things I wish clients and people interested in metaphysics would know in my previous blog entries. One of the lines that I will always repeat is『七分命理不出门,三分风水走天下』。What this means is that if you’re someone who only knows 30% of feng shui, you can come out and declare yourself a Grandmaster. No one will know whether you really do know your stuff because feng shui cannot be verified on the spot. However, if you know 70% of forecasting methods like BaZi, Zi Wei Dou Shu or astrology in general, you still wouldn’t declare yourself a master because people can test you on the spot.

Anyone and I really mean ANYONE, can read a few books, set up a website, declare a lineage and mention that he or she has an “X” number of years of experience, and this person can immediately participate in this as a career.

This is the reason why there are so many of us around and also the reason why I believe that, if you want to know whether a practitioner is good, find out if he or she is proficient at BaZi or other forms of astrology. It’s the fastest and most effective litmus test for the layman. But again, most people don’t know how to test a practitioner and most practitioners will just deny that request – even myself.

Whether you are able to discern who is real and who is not is something no one can help with. You just have to pray that your life experiences have helped you develop an eye for reading people. What I can only say is that the kind of practitioner you end up going to is somewhat fated, just like who your spouse is or what kind of house you end up in.

How Do You Know If A Feng Shui Master Is A Scam?

I personally don’t feel this is that difficult. Anyone who has been betrayed or lied to before should have been taught a painful lesson that bad people exist and the signs to look out for.

Here are some things I feel would be able to guide you in your decisions:

  • Really, really focus on the intention behind the practitioner’s actions. This tells you everything. Promising you’ll strike the lottery, or buying fake social media followers to appear more popular. All these tell you something about the person.
  • Is he or she genuinely interested in Chinese history and philosophy? Because I don’t see how someone will be serious about what they do if they aren’t interested in the origins and theory.
  • Is it a business? Or is it a calling? Most feng shui practitioners just end up pushing items and selling them as cures, but is feng shui really about that?

These are just some of my thoughts and I realize not many people ask such questions. I ask myself these questions no matter who I’m engaging. I always look into the core of the person whose services I’m engaging.

If You Wish To Tap Into Feng Shui, Then Come With An Open Mind

I agree that no one likes hearing bad news, but if you engage a practitioner hoping that all you will hear is good stuff, or if you have the false impression that a practitioner can enter a house and magically remedy the flaws of the house with items and furniture arrangement and resolve all your life’s problems, don’t engage one at all.

First of all, some real feng shui remedies require shifting the main door or even combining rooms, and that’s not always possible unless you stay on landed property. Everybody likes to ask about auspicious facing directions for houses but they approach feng shui as though a practitioner can magically alter the Earth’s tilt and magnetic fields.

If feng shui is expecting someone else to butter you showering you with false hopes, then please don’t touch feng shui at all. If not, you will end up like this guy I wrote about here: What Legitimate Feng Shui Masters Unfortunately Go Through

As a practitioner in this field, I can’t help but let out a sigh whenever I know of such things happening. Not that I’m a morally perfect person, but I definitely have some sort of professional pride. The impression society has on metaphysics practitioners is more often than not dichotomous – some see us as con men and some see us as people who can bring about meaningful change. However, with the constant influx of people going into this field thinking it’s an easy way to earn a living or merely about entertaining others, society will increasingly see us, practitioners, as con men. That’s the reality – I’ve been labelled and seen as a con man myself, especially given my age.

Like I always tell my clients: take your time to really do your research and be careful. This is not a joking matter because your house will definitely have an impact on you and my blog posts will tell you how your BaZi charts and house feng shui are interconnected. I’ve done enough feng shui audits combined with BaZi readings to know that this is true. The funny thing is I sometimes find myself worrying more than the client.

I don’t wish to say too much because it feels weird being so preachy and I believe the screenshot above speaks a thousand words about what you need to be careful of. The bottom line is: there are moral hazards in every profession. Do your research, take your time to find your new home and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

– Sean

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Written by Sean Chan

Sean Chan is Asia's leading Chinese metaphysics consultant specializing in BaZi, Zi Wei Dou Shu, Qi Men Dun Jia, and Feng Shui. A thought leader in the field, Sean's been featured on Channel NewsAsia, Rice Media, 联合早报, The New York Times Style Magazine and other local media. He blogs regularly about various topics surrounding Chinese metaphysics and aims to educate the public about the field.

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  1. Mary tiu

    I would like u to tell me whether the day master is strong or weak.
    1) male,born 2/2/1992
    2) male, born 12/3/1982

    • Sean Chan

      Hi Mary,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to comment unless I have the exact birth time, birth country and city.

      Furthermore, the strength of the Daymaster alone doesn’t tell you anything about the quality of the chart. It’s a huge misconception that strong Daymasters are naturally better than weak Daymasters. BaZi analysis isn’t done like that.

      Do consider going for a professional reading should you want insights to the two charts.


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