In Feng Shui, the goal is to always be in the path of positive Qi to benefit from it. Aside from that, it is also important to be positioned away from negative Qi sources, also known as ‘Sha Qi’ (Killing Qi).
In the traditional and rural setting, rocky and patchy mountains are considered sources of aggressive, non-sentimental Qi. A narrow gap formed in between two mountains or hills is also a Sha Qi, called a ‘Wind Gap’. Wind is compressed to flow in an aggressive, forced manner, and therefore harmful. As usual, long, straight rivers are also negative features, especially when the water is fast-moving – the saying goes ‘straight water is merciless’.
In today’s modern urban setting, the narrow gap between two tall buildings would have the same negative effect as a ‘Wind Gap’ - compressed Qi that strikes any other properties facing this gap. It is best to avoid occupying these afflicted properties.
T-Junctions & Pylons
Most people know, or have heard, that T-junctions are portends of negative Feng Shui. In fact, there are two types of T-junctions – incoming and outgoing. An incoming junction means that the road is slightly higher than the property. This indicates Qi flowing (or rather, crashing) into the property. There are a few possible ways to remedy an incoming T-junction. Firstly, ensure that your main door is not directly aligned with the junction. Secondly, strategic placement of potted plants or planting bushy trees to shield the junction normally alleviates this Sha Qi problem.
The second type of T-junction, the outgoing ones, occurs when the road is lower than the property. As the word ‘outgoing’ implies, Qi is being directed away from your house – hence the Feng Shui term, ‘Leaking Qi’. Again, ensure that your main door is not directly aligned with the outgoing road. Try to physically obstruct the view of the road from the door as well.
Another common modern Sha Qi are electrical poles and pylons. These are categorized as ‘Fire Sha’ and are normally counteracted using water features. A qualified Feng Shui consultant will be able to ascertain the correct location of doors and entrances that can tame this problem.
Based on the understanding that Qi flows from higher ground to lower ground, you might be able to see why monsoon drains are considered unfavourable in Feng Shui. Large drains (lower ground) draw away all the Qi from its immediate vicinity. This detrimental effect is magnified if water constantly runs through the drain. Similarly, drains running within the immediate compound of our property can also draw out Qi from the house. The best solution is to cover all drains (at least, the exit points) with stone slabs, so that the water is not exposed.
Last but not least, highways and waterfalls are also considered as sources of Sha Qi. Both are features that are overly Yang (active and moving) which in turn does not allow Qi to settle and meander. Additionally, both are sources of constant noise – which in itself is considered as ‘Sha of Sound’.
Joey Yap is the founder of the Mastery Academy of Chinese Metaphysics, a global organization devoted to the teaching of Feng Shui, BaZi, Mian Xiang and other Chinese Metaphysics subjects. He is also the bestselling author of over 30 books on Feng Shui, Chinese Astrology, Face Reading and Yi Jing, many of which have topped the Malaysian and Singaporean MPH bookstores’ bestseller lists.