Mirrors are integral to the smooth functioning and proper benefits of feng shui

The mirror is one of the key elements of Feng Shui. The application of mirrors related to Feng Shui is very important, as the improper use of mirrors will result in negative effects and even worse consequences.

There are various types of mirrors available from traditional shops selling Feng Shui products, of which the most common are concave-shaped, convex-shaped and Baqua (the eight trigrams). Each type of mirror has a different kind of expression – concave mirrors are mainly for the incorporation of Qi, which has the meaning of positive life energy. Hanging a concave mirror where there is greenery or natural water flow helps to improve the luck of your living space. On the other hand, a convex mirror is used to avoid negative energy and should be hung where there are scenes of rocky mountains or bare landscapes (without greenery), lampposts, road tracks that clash towards your home and any angularly shaped structures (a prime example is the Bank Of China tower in Central). It’s also suggested to keep curtains or blinds drawn for the long term. The function of a Baqua is similar to that of the convex mirror, as Baqua mirrors have gone through a ceremony (namely the “Open-God-Light” in Chinese) to drive out evil spirits.

So how influential and to what extent can negative energy potentially be? The rocky mountains or bare landscapes would adversely affect one’s luck. It would specifically affect the health of one’s vision when it is situated on the south side. If there’s a road that clashes towards the house, the occupant may suffer immense instability. Also, the lampposts would lead to a bumpy work life and you may find yourself easily involved in gossip. Lastly, an angular structure would increase the probability of accidents and medical operations.

In accordance with the principles of “Flying Star” (one of the disciplines in Feng Shui), the influence of negative energy will be more serious if the aforementioned views are in front of the main door or a bedroom; the distance will determine the level of negative power as well. On the other hand, it is not recommended to put a mirror inside a bedroom, as it will affect the occupant’s sleep quality. People should avoid putting an ordinary mirror where scenes of negative energy can be seen, as it provides a direct reflection and visually shortens the distance between your home and those scenes.

The origins and principles of Feng Shui are simple logic, but it is complicated and hard to master at the same time. The short version: the fewer mirrors, the better.

Information provided by Feng Shui Master, Philip Wong. www.wonglapdei.com.hk