Classical Vs New Age Feng Shui


Do you know the difference between the age-old Chinese system of aesthetics and its newer counterpart? Hint: It’s in the Mandarin Ducks, toads, dragons, Ba Gua mirrors, and other trinkets.

There is a new wave of interest in Feng Shui, resulting in the emergence of enthusiasts and amateurs who can be seen practicing methods and applications through fresh approaches. As a master trainer, consultant and practitioner of this field, I am sometimes alarmed at the rising usage of what I call New Age Feng Shui, even if I’m glad to see an increased interest in Chinese Metaphysics.

To begin distinguishing the difference between Classical and New Age Feng Shui, I would need to start with the question, ‘What is Classical Feng Shui?’. Classical Feng Shui is a practice that originated from China which utilises theories and applications found in the ancient classics from the Tang, Sung, Ming and Qing dynasties. It is based around utilising an invisible force known as “Qi” that is mainly influenced by four factors which are the environment, building, time and people.

However, do take note that the definition above does not include or take into consideration any sort of ornament, object, clothing, or colour. Other items such as Mandarin Ducks, Ba Gua mirrors, or other lucky charms are also not a part of Classical Feng Shui. Instead, I categorize all of those concepts as New Age Feng Shui, which is more about pop psychology, superstition, and folk tales.

Mandarin Ducks are pretty to look at, but have no relevance in Classical Feng Shui.

How many people would like a simple fix in the house that could bring an improvement of Feng Shui in their property? People are always interested in discovering and implementing quick fixes to get immediate answers to the problems that they are facing. If it was that easy, wouldn’t everybody be happy millionaires?

The Harmful Influence of New Age Feng Shui

Unfortunately, not only does New Age Feng Shui not seem to work, it also tends to bring down the reputation of Chinese Metaphysics. There are probably individuals who try to practice New Age Feng Shui, obtain no positive improvements, and then get disillusioned towards Feng Shui completely. It is not helped by the presence of self-proclaimed consultants who conduct examinations on properties and follow it up by recommending an item that will turn fortunes around for the low price of only RM499, and it’s even in his car boot.

A statue of Buddha holding a gold is an expensive must-have for New Age Feng Shui, but it has no bearing on Classical Feng Shui.

In truth, Classical Feng Shui requires time, effort and a detailed understanding about the ancient theories in order to implement. However, a proper Classical Feng Shui consultant would most likely provide a proper explanation on his reasoning and theories, which is often accompanied by a detailed report for the consumers. Thus, it might allow the consumers to understand why they are performing the recommended actions while also boosting their knowledge about Classical Feng Shui, which could make follow-up consultations easier.

Do you want to find out more about Classical Feng Shui? You can take the initial steps of learning about it by reading the books from the series “Feng Shui for Homebuyers”, whether it might be for your interior, exterior or apartment needs. Alternatively, if you want a more concise evaluation, feel free to contact us at for a Feng Shui evaluation request.

Sign up and stay updated
Get the latest property news, home solution tips, interior design ideas and property guides.
By subscribing, you consent to receive direct marketing from Malaysia Sdn Bhd (iProperty), its group of companies and partners. You also accept iProperty’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy including its collection, use, disclosure, processing, storage and handling of your personal information.