June 2010

I found that the Chinese 5-elements theory is a pretty good predictor of winners for the World Cup semi-finals based on the actual team jersey color during the match.

Chinese 5-elements theory states that the world is made up by the interactions between 5 type of energies;  metal, water, wood, fire and earth.  The relationship between these 5 types of elements are as follow:

  • Metal is represented by white color. It is controlled by fire (red), drained by water (blue or black) and nurtured by earth (yellow or brown).
  • Wood is represented by green color.  It is controlled by metal (white), drain by fire (red) and nurtured by water (blue or black).
  • Water is represented by blue or black color. It is controlled by earth (yellow or brown), drain by wood (green) and nurtured by metal (white).
  • Earth is represented by yellow or brown color. It is controlled by wood (green), drain by metal (white) and nurtured by fire (fire).
 Here are the rules for picking the winning team:
  • If that team’s jersey color controls the opponent’s jersey color (example, red will lose to blue) or
  • If that team’s jersey color drains the opponent’s jersey color (white will lose to blue)

How does it work?
Jersey color stands for part of the energy field surrounding the players.  By controlling or draining the energy field of your opponent using appropriate colored jersey, you can enhance the energy level of your own team and weakening the energy level of your opponent.  There are other Chinese metaphysical methods like Qi-Men-Dun-Jia that can increase the odds of  winning by 10- 15% through the use of directional energies.

Plugging this 5-elements theory to June 26 and 27 semi-finals, we have the follow results:

1.  URU vs KOR (blue vs white)
— blue is water and white is metal.  Water drains metal.  The theory predicts URU will win.
2.  USA vs GHA (white vs red)
— white is metal and red is fire.  Fire burns or control metal.  The theory predicts GHA will win.
3. GER vs ENG (white vs red)
— white is metal and red is fire. Fire burns or control metal. The theory predicts ENG will win.  Incorrect for this one.  But June 27th is a strong metal day according to Chinese calendar.
4. ARG vs MEX (blue/white vs green)
— blue is water and white is metal and green is wood. Metal controls or chops wood. The theory predicts ARG will win.  Besides June 27th is a strong metal day according to Chinese calendar.

Chinese 5-elements theory’s predictions are almost 75% accurate for the first two days of the World Cup semi-finals.  How about the next two days?

Assuming the teams will wear their standard team colored jerseys, here are the possible results:

1.  NED vs SVK (red vs blue)
— red is fire and blue is water.  Water extinguishes fire.  So SVK is likely to win.
2.  BRA vs CHI (yellow vs red)
— yellow is earth and red is fire.  Earth drains fire.  So BRA is likely to win.
3.  PAR vs JPN (red/white vs blue)
— red is fire and white is metal; blue is water.  Water drains metal and water extinguishes fire.  So JPN is likely to win.
4.  ESP vs POR (red vs red)
— it is unlikely that both teams wear red.  The team that wears white is likely to lose because red is fire and white is metal.  Fire burns metal.

May the best team win (Coaches:  Make sure you pick the winning color for your team jersey)!

Ken Lai

“Practical Date-Selection Methods (incl. XKDG) w/ 12 hr. video
“Practical Imperial Qi-men-Dun-Jia” w/ 12 hr. video
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“Practical Door Feng Shui for Wealth” w/ 3 hr. video
“4-Pillars Forecasting Bootcamp” with 12 hr. video

One may feel depressed because it seems the whole world is against him.  The  boss works his behind off and shows no appreciation.  Co-workers and friends back-stab or driving him nuts.  He seems to run into obstacles wherever he moves.  Nothing seems to go his way. He is neither a violent nor sports type person, so he cannot grab a gun to shot or do boxing.  There is no channel to vent his frustration and anger. 

Upon the recommendation of a good pal, this depressed person consults a psychologist.  The psychologist is happy to offer him a battery of psychological tests and customize a “therapy plan” of 6- 10+ counselling sessions.

During the sessions, the depressed dude will spill out his pet peeves.  The psychologist will sugar-coat the client’s craps and throw it back to him.  He may realize that it is either his own stupidity that he is depressed OR it is nobody’s fault to be depressed OR simple get a life and think positive.

Somehow our depressed dude feels relieved and happy again, largely due to the opportunity to find someone listening to his pet peeves.  But he becomes depressed again when he is billed a few thousand dollars by the psychologist.

In Southern China, there is a service that can offer similar or better results for the price of a MacDonald Value Meal.

The Chinese call people who backstab or obstruct you or whoever make your life miserable as “mean people” or “little people” (xiao-ren小人).  There are “beating up mean people ritual” (打小人) services for people who feel that they are being rejected, slighted, bullied and etc. by other people.  These services are mostly provided by older women or grannies.

In Hong Kong, beneath a flyover near the Times Square, there are some grannies practicing “Beating Mean People” ritual for HK$40 (US$ 5) per beating.  You do not even need to raise your finger.  The grannie will do all the “beating”.  This service include:

A.  ALL THE PAPERWORK (joss papers)
— a big yellow talisman that includes clemency orders for your bad deeds or sins.
— a red nobleman talisman to attract helpful people to you.
— joss paper money to please the deities and spirits
— a paper tiger (symbolizes “mean people“)
— a paper imprinted with a human shape (represents the mean people, for beating)
— a plea to heaven about beating the mean people
— incense and candle sticks


— you can specify the name of a person to be beaten or just a “blanket beating” of all the mean people around you (no extra charge).

— your “mean people” are represented by a piece of rectangular paper with a human shape imprinted.  It will be put on the surface of a brick.  The grannie will use a woman high heel shoe to strike the paper human from head to toes while chanting something like these:

” Hit the head of  you mean people, so you can’t breathe.
  Hit the hands of you mean people, so  you can’t hold your pen.
  Hit the feet of you mean people, so you can’t wear shoes….”

You may add your special punishment to your mean people.  But this ritual rarely curses or beats people to death.

— after a thorough beating, the paper mean person will be “engulfed” (wrapped inside) by a paper tiger and burnt.

— a quick divination will be done with the portable altar nearby by throwing two piece of wood (3 possible combinations) to see if the deity “approves” of the beating.  If the answer is “no“, grannie will throw a pinch of rice and burn some papers and redo the divination until getting deity’s approval.  Most of the time, two tries are enough.  Now you will feel great because even the deity or heaven has approved of your beating.

— all the remaining “paperwork” (joss paper) is lighted and sway around your body to “cleanse” or remove  negative energies away.  At the same time, grannie will chant, “Auspiciousness and prosperity for you!”  You feel lighter, relieved and happy.

— throw the burning paper into a red tin can to finish burning (ritual is done)

This is probably the best deal in mental health service.  For US$ 5, you get your sins forgiven, your mean people beaten with heaven’s approval, spiritual cleansing and blessed with good luck and fortune.  No wonder Hong Kong’s Tourist Association was so surprised to sell 2000 “Beating Mean People Tour” packages in Taiwan within a day or two in last May.
“Ken, does this really work?”

Two years ago, I took an Amercian Feng Shui pal to the grannie and beaten his “mean people”.  He told me later that he had no business for two months.  He was dumbfounded that most of his clients are “mean people”.  Mean people are sometimes the people who sign your paycheck, so be careful when you try to “beat” them.

In my “Daoist Talismans for Feng Shui and Blessing” course, I have a more “humane” ritual that does the same thing without beating up people.  It focuses on bringing in helpful mentors into one’s life instead.  The ritual works so well that it is reported on the TV in South America.

Ken Lai

“Practical Date-Selection Methods (incl. XKDG) w/ 12 hr. video
“Practical Imperial Qi-men-Dun-Jia” w/ 12 hr. video
“Daoist Talismans for Feng Shui & Blessing” v.2 w/ 24 hr video
“Practical Door Feng Shui for Wealth” w/ 3 hr. video
“4-Pillars Forecasting Bootcamp” with 12 hr. video

Note:  This is an updated version of the original blog written in 2010 with certain identifying info removed.

There are rotating circular house videos and pictures floating around the web like this one:


The biggest problem of doing Feng Shui for circular houses, especially rotating ones, is the determination of the sitting and facing of the house.

One way to have non-rotating door is to “hang” the donut-shaped house onto a cylindrical pillar that does not rotate– like a mushroom.

“Mushroom” design has an disadvantage of seeing a wall upon entering the house– not great for psychological well-being.  The “Form Feng Shui” implication for the residents will be “hitting obstacles wherever they go“. Besides, energy or qi does not flow well with this design.

Some Feng Shui schools use the “yang-est” (brightest) side as facing.
Determining the facing will be problematic
a circular house has “360 degree view” or windows around its perimeter.

In addition, some rotating circular houses rotates one round within an hour or two, the qi or energies entering the house will be very mixed or simply neutralized each other out.

In terms of Form Feng Shui, circle stands for metal energy.  I have seen hospitals in Mexico, Singapore and some other countries are built into circular shape–  metal energy is good for doing surgery.  Residents whose energy profile like wood or wood in nature will suffer limp injury or traffic accidents. But it is good for professionals who are surgeons or doctors.

The probability having a spiral staircase in the middle of the house for mushroom-shaped house is pretty high.  This is another “Feng Shui hazard’ in terms of Form Feng Shui.  It looks like a giant cork-screw twisting into the heart of the house.  The Feng Shui implication is certain person in the house will have higher probability of suffering heart problem or accident.

There are some positive features that one can derive from a rotating house.  For examples:

(note: all examples here require limiting rotating to 45 degrees once every 3 months or at most once a month)

  • arrange your bedroom sector or where one stays most of the time to sit on the current “timely” star of the year (eg. 8-white star) to enhance wealth luck
  • arrange your bedroom to sector that promotes health or recuperation
  • arrange your bedroom to 1-6-8 star locations to “make” a baby boy

The principle is simple– always put your ass on the sectors with auspicious star combinations.

In short, a rotating house, especially the ones with a rotating door, is Feng Shui researchers’ delight to do scientific experiments to verify various Feng Shui theories and claims.  We need someone like Bill Gates who would donate a few billions for Feng Shui enthusiasts to do experiments.

“Hi Ken, can you give some Feng Shui tips to the residents of rotating houses?”

The residents can rotate the house in such a way that the auspicious stars fall onto their bedrooms sectors and turn off the rotating motor in the evenings.  So the residents can absorb positive energies during their sleep instead of the aimless energy flows during the day.  They need to replace the spiral staircase with something non-spiral or tragedy is likely to happen within 6 years or no longer than 12 years.

You can learn more about Form Feng Shui in my “Advanced Visual Form Feng Shui” course.

Ken Lai

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“Practical Date-Selection Methods (incl. XKDG) w/ 12 hr. video
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“EZ QMDJ series: Astrology, Date/Task Selection, Annual Luck/FS”w/ 3 hr. HD
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