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Debunking the Sha Qi Myths
Source : Renonation(September Issue)
Date : 1 Sep 2014
by Dato Joey Yap

These days, people have become fearful of the Sha Qi bogey man. In fact, some people even go to the extent of being fearful about sharp objects of any kind within their home and outside of their home. Shelves are banded, cactus is forbidden and objects with pointy ends are relegated to the drawer.

This is simply not a practical way to live your life and certainly, not what Feng Shui is all about. So, once and for all, I am going debunk the Sha Qi myths by explaining the few types of Sha Qi that you should be concerned about and why you should be concerned about these types of Sha Qi.

At the same time, I want you to also remember one very important pointer when it comes to Feng Shui and that is the question of bias and prejudice. In Feng Shui, nothing is permanently good, or permanently bad.

Similarly, something that is negative in one instance may not be negative in another. Even features in the environment that is most definitively Sha Qi does not necessarily exert a negative influence on the properties around them. It all depends on the circumstances and situation.

When it comes to dealing with Sha Qi, always be practical. Ask yourself these questions.

  • Is the object in question really Sha Qi?
  • Is it of a size and proportion to affect my property?
  • Is it far or near? Does it affect me or any of the residents in my home?
  • How does it affect me or any of the residents in my home?

Sun Tzu once said, "know your enemy and know yourself and you will always be victorious". Understand what Sha Qi is and how it works and you will be able to deal with it accordingly. So, let's look at a few common "Sha Qi" bad guys in the Feng Shui world.


The corners of roofs can sometimes be result in Qi being focused and angled at your property. Hence, a neighbour's sharp roof corner pointing at your house is certainly something you want to look for.

However, let's be practical. The only way you can entirely remove this possibility is if you are the only house on the street and that's practically not possible unless you live in a cowboy town.

So in what instances should your neighbor's sharp roof corner be a case for real concern?

If the sharp roof is not visible from the main door, then you are quite safe. If the sharp roof is on the second floor, and your door is on the ground floor, then the sharp roof does not affect your property. If the sharp roof is located on a neighboring house across the street and it is a fairly wide street, you don't really have a problem either.

In all these instances, the problem appears to be present but upon closer examination, is not at a proximity that is close enough to affect you. So something that seems scary, when qualified, turns out to be not so scary after all.

Sharp is not always had, especially if it's not pointing at you in the first place!


The T-junction is often regarded as an unfavorable Feng Shui feature because it is "sharp". Many people usually avoid living near T-junction because they have hears that it is bad. This is again, a misunderstanding of Feng Shui fundamentals.

In Feng Shui, we like Qi to meander. It should be peaceful and benevolent. Gentle curves, which make Qi move gently along, are preferred over a straight line - which fixes Qi, making it aggressive and volatile. Aggressive and volatile Qi is no longer Sheng Qi or positive Qi, it becomes Sha Qi or negative Qi. Remember how the goal of harnessing Sheng Qi and minimising Sha Qi is at the core and root of Feng Shui?

The reason a T-junction is considered an unfavorable feature to have near a house is due to the way Qi should and should not move or flow in Feng Shui. T-junctions are considered an unfavorable Feng Shui feature because it focuses the Qi, making it aggressive, fast-moving and causes it to crash into the property in a volatile manner.

But by itself, the T-junction is not bad per so. A T-junction is negative in certain instances only. For example, if it is a busy junction with lots of traffic, it is definitely a bigger problem than a quiet T-junction in a residential area where there is low and minimal traffic due to the relatively low number of cars using the junction.

Similarly, a T-junction is a greater cause for concern if it is focused at the sector where the main door is located or crashes right into the main door - more so than if it is hitting another sector of your property. In fact, there could be some instances when a T-junction is a positive and not negative feature.

If the T-junction is located in a prosperous Qi direction and the Qi is flowing in the right direction according to certain formulas and calculations, it may even be ushering in positive Qi for the property and the occupants.


A lamp post directly in front of the main door is definitely a problem in Feng Shui, we call it Piercing Heart Sha. Now, do not get needlessly upset and decide you need to remove the lamp post outside your house because you think you will have bad luck otherwise. It is only a case of Piercing Heart Sha if the lamp post (or pole of any kind) is right in front of your door.

How do you determine if it is right outside your door? From your main door, extend two imaginary lines out towards the road, as in the diagram. If the lamp post of the pole falls within the boundary of these two lines, then you might have a problem. You then need to see how close this lamp post is to your main door.

If it is across the street, it's not that bad. But if it is, say, within 1 to 2 meters of your main door, then you have a problem. If it is not outside the boundary, then you don't have a problem of Piercing Heart Sha.

The main door is one of the three important factors that a Feng Shui consultant will always examine. So, when it comes to Sha Qi, it's important to always check to see if the main door is affected.


Many people, even those who are not into Feng Shui, will refuse to buy a house near a pylon. Now, the common fallacy is that pylons are a sharp object and thus constitute bad Feng Shui.

Like I have said earlier, sharpness is not the sole criteria to determine good or bad Feng Shui. Generally, pylons are not a favorable feature to have near your home but we cannot take it as a blanket rule that a pylon is always bad. So when does it pose a problem to have a pylon near your house?

Firstly, if the pylon is very near your property - within immediate proximity (around 500m) of your house - then a pylon is a problem. Next, look at which sector it is located in. If it is in the East Sector, for example, then the pylon is affecting Zhen Gua.

The Zhen Gua trigram relates to the eldest son, among other things. If your family consists entirely of girls, then this pylon is not a major case for concern. See how sneeringly scary Sha Qi can turn out to be not scary after all?

A Sha Qi feature like a pylon is only a cause for concern if the Gua of the sector tells you that someone in that house is likely to be affected by the negative feature in that sector. If someone who lives in the house is affected, then you have a problem.

If the Sha Qi affects a non-existent resident (like a family with only female children but no eldest son), then the problem is not major. Last but not least, pylons are regarded as a Fire element so if it is located in a sector that is suitable for a Fire element, the pylon is not dangerous or negative.

In Feng Shui, besides the forms in the environment and the dynamic nature of Qi, we must also consider the residents of the property or the people using the house. It's just like how there is a flu bug going around but you probably don't need to be scared because you have had the flu shot. Similarly if a type of Sha Qi is present but it doesn't affect any of the residents, it's not a big deal.

I hope that I have helped to slay a few Sha Qi demons and debunked some of the fear factors behind Sha Qi in my article. Remember, Feng Shui is not about paranoia. When you cease to be afraid, then Feng Shui can truly be harnessed and used to bring positive benefits to your life.

Get in touch with the Joey Yap Consulting Group at (603) 22841213 or email for a personal property consultation. Make changes and invite harmony and a well-balanced outlook to your property today.

About Dato' Joey Yap

Dato' Joey Yap is the leading Feng Shui, BaZi and Face Reading consultant in Asia. He is an international speaker, bestselling author of over 140 books and master trainer in Chinese Metaphysics. He is also the Chief Consultant of Joey Yap Consulting Group and founder of the Mastery Academy of Chinese Metaphysics.

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Dato' Joey Yap is the leading Feng Shui, BaZi and Qi Men Dun Jia consultant in Asia. He is an international speaker, bestselling author of over 160 books and master trainer in Chinese Metaphysics. He is also the founder of the Mastery Academy of Chinese Metaphysics and the Chief Consultant of Joey Yap Consulting Group.


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