The most profound character in Chinese is “安,” pronounced “aan,” meaning peace. It is comprised of two parts — the top is a roof, and the bottom is a woman, meaning that a home makes a woman settled, and a home with a woman gives men peace. A kind and decent woman brings happiness and good fortune to the family.
A bad and indecent wife, on the other hand, brings bad luck and mishap to not only herself, but also the family.
When a woman’s appearance is clean and tidy, her home will be the same. When a woman looks sloppy, her home no doubt will look the same. A generous and understanding woman keeps the family strong and prosperous. A petty woman leaves the home quarrelsome and like a battlefield.
People say women are made of water. Clear water softens and cleanses; murky water corrodes and contaminates. A woman with a fine water nature will bring luck to the husband. By the same token, the more water-quality a woman possesses, the better her life will be.
In tune with nature, a woman should be soft and gentle like water. When she becomes overpowering and goes against her tender nature, mishap follows. Men who pay respect to women are drawn to good fortune because they are in flow with nature by integrating and balancing the yin and yang of the universe.
A woman’s goodness does not lie in her looks, but her inner qualities. The older a good-natured woman gets, the more blessed she looks, but the older a bad-natured woman gets, the uglier she becomes.
Men are described as the backbone of a home. Women no doubt are the luck source because they are the fengshui of the family.
Translated by Cecilia Kwan.