The Chinese believe that success in life is dependant on five things: Fate, times/eras of good or bad luck, "Feng Shui" (pronounced "fung shuway"), virtue, and lastly personal factors such as our background, inheritance, family, actions, education, experience etc.
Feng Shui is the ancient practice of placement to achieve harmony and a conscious connection with the environment, so that the energy around you works for you rather than against you. "Feng Shui" in its original expression stands for wind and water, the two most powerful forces of nature. Wind that cannot be seen - invisible, and water that cannot be grasped - elusive. Thus, feng shui equates an entity that is invisible and elusive. The concept of Feng Shui is estimated to be more than 3000 years old.
Basic Feng Shui is usually practiced in Chinese homes. In fact, many people actually hire Feng Shui experts to help give advice on the placement of objects in their homes, how the tables and chairs can be placed in a certain positions and angles relevent to the flow of energy in the environment, and what directions their beds should face when sleeping. Many Chinese practice Feng Shui in their offices too, believing it would bring success to their businesses. Feng Shui is said to be able to help overcome difficulties during times of bad luck or reap maximum benefits from the good times. It is also believed to increase wealth, enhance health, improve relationships and protect the household against misfortune and harm.
Feng Shui, Fish and the Flowerhorn
Because of the its success on bringing good luck and prosperity to its owners, the Flowerhorn fish was declared by certain Feng Shui experts and enthusiasts as the Feng Shui fish of the period eight, i.e from the year 2004 to 2024. In the concept of Feng Shui, different species of fish are believed to attract or draw good or bad energy. For example, black goldfish are sometimes kept in homes, as it is believed that it is able to absorb bad energy, and should it happen to die, it means that it has absorbed the bad luck that otherwise would take up residence in the home. Similarly, the Flowerhorn is said to be able to draw and attract good energy from the environment. The rumour of the Flowerhorn being a Feng Shui Fish was a direct cause of popularity of the fish.
Animals with blood red eyes, like the Flowerhorn, are believed by the Chinese to be able to ward of "evil spirits".