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  • Feng Shui: Who Moved My Qi?
  • Feng shui: Who moved my qi?

    In this day and age, it’s not unusual to find properties with adventurous designs and shapes as architects and designers take advantage of new innovations and ideas to construct buildings. While occupying a triangular or oval shaped structure may seem like a novel idea, you may find yourself questioning what sort of impact such an unusually shaped property has on its feng shui.

    A property’s structure is a container of qi (life energy). We would ideally want the layout of this container to fit nicely into a 3 x 3 grid, since we evaluate the interior Feng Shui of a building based on the 9 Palaces method.

    So when we have an unusually shaped property with missing sections on the 9 sectors or grids, we have what is termed as a “missing sector”.

    If you find an extra protrusion which does not fit properly, within all the sectors, we will have what is termed as a ‘protruding sector’.

    The nine sectors in a building represent the Luo Shu map. In its entirety, it represents a perfect balance of the five elements.

    Visualise the building as a living entity, with the five elements as its vital organs. Thus, a building with all five elements and nine sectors intact is considered complete with vibrant qi–making it immune to most negative influences externally and annual afflictions.

    Missing sectors are equivalent to missing organs, rendering the structure vulnerable to specific problems. A protruding sector is the direct opposite of a missing sector, where–again using the comparison to a living body–a building has a redundant protrusion like an extra organ or limb. It throws the distribution of qi in a structure off-balance.

    You may now wish to know how to evaluate if a property has missing sectors. Utilising the layout of the property, draw the 9 Palace grid over it. Once you’re done, check if any part of the layout has missing spaces amounting to more than a third of any of the horizontal or vertical grids.  If there is, then a missing sector is present. Bear in mind, if there is a small portion missing which is less than a third of a grid, it does not constitute as a missing sector.

    The more complicated process would be to determine which part of a property should be taken into account when making such an evaluation – more so if the property has extensions like patios, conservatories or garages. The rule of thumb is if it’s attached to the property or if it’s a regularly used area, then you can include it as part of your evaluation. Bear in mind however that this is subjective to the overall layout of your property so getting an expert opinion would be best when in doubt.

    Now that you know having a missing or protruding sector could lead to specific problems, should you forsake buying your dream home if such a feature happens to be there? The answer is, not necessarily. Having a missing or protruding sector in your home does not immediately imply the property is detrimental to its occupants. To know how it will impact the occupants, you must first know what sort of problems will arise from the protruding or missing sector.

    In feng shui, each directional sector is presided over by a trigram, or gua as it is known in Chinese. The trigram represents and illustrates the basic energies and attributes associated with that particular sector–so knowing what is represented by each sector will help you decipher the effects of a missing or protruding sector and whether it will a serious or minor problem. Take for example if a house has a missing sector in the South sector; the South is presided over by the Li Gua which governs the middle-aged lady, the heart, the eyes and the fire element, among other things.

    Based on this assessment, the most vulnerable person would be a middle-aged woman and she would be susceptible to ailments associated with the eyes and heart.

    If none of the occupants fit the bill, then the effects of the missing sector is negligible.  However, the fire element represents elegance, passion and mannerisms, so the occupants of the house will likely encounter problems related to their personal happiness.

    Take note that this is just a basic assessment. Knowing the precise outcome will warrant a deeper look into the personal Life Gua of each occupant, the Flying Stars and the timing of the stars. You may also want to consider how a missing or protruding sector is affected by external landforms.

    There is no simple solution to the problem of missing or protruding sectors – but if you really like the place you can always be practical. Consider performing some renovations to fill up the missing sector or remove the protruding sector – and if you are not in a rush, you can always just stay in the house for a couple of years and then move out.

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