Louis Wong Is a Third-Generation Chinese Astrology Master
He opened Toronto’s first feng shui school in 1987 before returning to Hong Kong in 1992 to open several more.
So you’re a feng shui master who studied mechanical engineering and law. Why? I like math. Chinese astrology is very mathematical. All fortune telling and face reading is based on statistics: No matter if it’s feng shui or astrology, it’s all math-based. If your foundation in math is good, you’ll understand it better. I liked law because it trains your logic, and it serves the community. My current work is also a service to the people, but from a different angle.
How do you explain feng shui to skeptics? Feng shui is all about living in harmony. Why is it feng [wind/air] and shui [water]? These are two elements that influence our lives. Feng is about air, especially air pollution in its modern application. Shui is something that has recently come into the spotlight, especially with the lead water scandal. It’s something everybody uses. Choosing feng shui is choosing a location, a place to live. We plan the layout of a house to make it comfortable to live in, and place items in the house to enhance positive properties and reduce destructive ones.
Do you put all of your faith into feng shui? No—it is meant to be taken as a second opinion. We must use our logic to make decisions, and feng shui is used to enhance our energy levels for good health and smarter thinking. I tell clients not to make feng shui a priority—it can help us, but it isn’t everything.
Have you had any troublesome clients? One time, a client came to me and said to me, most sincerely, “I want to be Li Ka-shing.” So I had to tell him the truth—there’s no way he could be Li Ka-shing, because to be him your character, your background, your social environment all have to be right. Other than that, the most difficult clients are the ones who call and say they are feeling suicidal—I make them promise to see a doctor before I talk to them. Every year I get maybe 10 of these cases, sometimes really late at night. I try to give them sincere advice and reasonable hope.
Does your feng shui knowledge help you get girls? Actually, yes it does! Back at university, I had zero difficulty meeting girls because all the girls would ask me for love advice. It helped me communicate with girls more—and since it was free advice, I ended up with a lot of girlfriends. Even now, a lot of clients ask me for love advice.
What about your wife? She’s Christian. When I met her at university, she was very against feng shui. We both have a background in law, and that is a field that requires a person to explain the reasoning behind every action or statement. Most feng shui masters don’t talk about the reasoning, but my habit of explaining comes from my law studies. My wife has listened to me explain feng shui for so long, she’s started to understand it too. All good feng shui masters will explain their reasoning. If they can’t tell you, don’t believe them.
So, what’s the best place in Hong Kong to live? Traditionally, Sai Kung is great because the winds come from the southeast, and those winds have clean air. The Mid-Levels are great too. Young people who want good careers would do well to live in Kowloon Station and Olympic as the buildings are very new, while up-and-coming districts include Yuen Long, Tsuen Wan West, Western District and the Southside. But living on Lantau island is not so great because in the winter, the winds come from the north, blowing air from industrial cities like Shenzhen.
Go on, give us some advice. People don’t need to get their fortunes checked all the time. Many think they need to every year, but your life is mostly made of a few big decisions, like choosing a life partner, which will affect your whole life. You should get some advice for it—but you don’t need it for every little thing.