0000fortune1In traditional China, if a fortune-teller did not charge a customer, the customer likely would cry.  It was not tears of joy.  It was tears of fear.

Practitioners in the Chinese fortune-telling circle think they are in the business of “leaking heaven’s secrets“.   They have set up some business norms or code of ethics on how to charge, who should not be charged and who should be denied service.

 

RULES FOR FEE CHARGING 算命收费行规

  1. Charge the rich and famous more 富贵者多收

— because people in these social levels have more influence on society.  “Leaking heaven’s secrets” to them will create more unintended influence on the society. 

  1. Charge the poor less 贫穷者少收

— the influence of this group of people is less than the rich.  “Leaking heaven’s secrets” to them will create much less influence on society. 

  1. Reading cannot be free 算命不能不收钱

— according to fortune-telling business norms, free reading is like giving away one’s life to the customer. The fortune-teller may pick up customer’s karma debt for “leaking heaven’s secret” without compensation. This becomes interfering with others’ destiny for no reason.  It is also inauspicious to the customer who will owe a karma debt to the reader.  This karma entanglement may cause unnecessary reincarnations to repay debts.

RULES FOR FREE READING 此类命不收费

  1. People whose life is about to end 阳寿将尽者不收

— because fortune-telling norm does not collect money from dead people (or soon-to-be-dead). 

  1. People who are facing unavoidable major disaster 大祸临身不可避者不收

— major disaster refers to major injury that may cause death or whole family may perish. 

  1. People who will not have good luck for remaining of their lives 再无好运者不收

— their lives will get worse and worse.  So no charge.

RULES FOR REFUSING READING  “四不算”

  1. No forecasting of other people’s private matter/ privacy 不测他人的隐私

— this is to avoid exploitation and prosecution of people unknown to the reader

  1. No forecasting of baby gender for pregnant women 不测孕妇怀胎性别

— with modern ultra-sound technology, this taboo is no longer relevant.  The original intention is to prevent abortion of female fetus.

  1. No forecasting for gangsters 不测凶徒

— the fortune-teller may get beaten up or killed if not careful when servicing these people.  Other than doing persuasion indirectly, it is not smart to “leak heaven’s secret” to these people.

  1. No service for insincere people 心不誠者不測

— some people treat fortune-telling as a joke or for entertainment only.  Stay away from these people and not waste your time.0000fortune2

Similar belief about fee payment also extends to Feng Shui, date-selection and other divination methods.  The practitioners believe in the exchange of energies– advice for compensation.  Without the exchange means:

  1. A karma debt is created which is negative to both parties. 
  2. The practitioner is interfering with other being’s business.

The amount of payment is not important but the flow and exchange of energies is.  Symbolic payment inside a red envelop is common if a practitioner does not want to charge a poor customer or close friend.

Some practitioners also believe that non-paying consultation will enrage customer’s karma creditors (ghosts/ spirits) for interfering with their karma debt collection (by inflicting pain and misfortune, but are stopped by the reader).  These karma creditors will collect their debts from the practitioner instead of the customer.  The practitioner will pick up customer’s the bad luck and misfortune.

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According to Wikipedia, “Chinglish refers to spoken or written English language that is influenced by the Chinese language.”  This article is about a Feng Shui master in People’s Republic of China who tries to show off his English or Chinglish.

I have stumbled onto a Chinese website advertisement for Feng Shui service in both Chinese and English from China.  It is very rare to see bilingual Feng Shui advertisement from China.  Below is his English sales pitch verbatim.

Amityville“Personal fortune predictions consultation (geomancy) feng shui, new rural construction, urban renewal, garden construction, health base, nursing homes, feng shui gas field, set the mansion, the mansion restoration, selected Amityville Horror, Amityville Horror repair, rehabilitation including detailed grant horoscopes, fortune, the cause of transportation, wedding transportation, school transportation, named renamed, check boy life, and chose, Health Wang position, defends the net house, open the treasury, treasury up further past debt, but also debt overcast, kind of raw base, dark drive problems and misfortunes, infant spirit no longer deal with his mother and other ceremonies tired brain, as well as other aspects of feng shui, the main edge if necessary, please make an appointment in advance with the assistant, the assistant will arrange a time the main edge, Wan Ling Road long, paid service, understand . (No chat)”

It is pretty obvious the writer uses a “Chinese to English” dictionary to translate the Chinese word for word.  Below are some major Chinglish translations:

  • feng shui gas field = Feng Shui qi (energy) field
  • Amityville Horror = yin residence (tomb)
  • transportation =  luck trend
  • tired brain = bothering
  • main edge = client
  • Wang Ling Road Long = Daoist Master Wang Ling

Well, as a native Chinese reader myself, I still have problem reading his Chinese version because some contents were garbled up due to translation from different file formats.  The text in green is my “reconstruction” based on his Chinglish version.

個人諮詢,(堪輿)風水、新農村建設、城市改建、園林建設、養生基地、養老院、風水氣場、定陽宅、陽宅修復、選定陰宅、陰宅修復、包括詳批八字、、學業、  宅、開財庫、補財庫、還前世債、還陰債、種生基、驅晦消災、處理嬰靈不再煩腦母親等法事,以及風水有關等方面的問題,緣主若需要請提前與助理預約,助理會給緣主安排時間, 萬靈道長,有償服務,請予理解。(不聊天)

Below is my translation based on the Chinese version:

“Personal consultation on Feng Shui (geomancy), new rural construction, urban remodeling, garden/yard construction, convalescent home, senior home, Feng Shui qi-field, yang residence selection, yang residence remodeling, yin residence (tomb) selection;  service also includes detailed Bazi reading, luck period reading, marital luck, academic luck, naming/ renaming, wealth luck, naming babies, choosing vital and prosperous positions, securing/ defending residence (from negative energies), opening “wealth storage”, replenishing “wealth storage”, repaying debt from previous lifetimes, repaying yin debt, cultivating”sheng-ji” (stimulated tomb to collect auspicious energy for the living), expelling bad vibes and neutralizing disasters, rituals to stop aborted baby-spirits from bothering their mother; all Feng Shui related problems.  Prospective clients should make appointment with my assistant.  Please be advised that these are paid service (no leisure chat). Daoist Master Wan Ling.”

Master Wan Ling seems to be able to do everything– Feng Shui, Bazi, naming, paying karma debts, refilling wealth storage, neutralizing disasters to getting rid of annoying baby souls….. and also writing Chinglish.

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