4 Negative Feng Shui Features to Avoid on the Exterior of a Home

4 Negative Feng Shui Features to Avoid

In Feng Shui, negative Qi (Sha Qi) is sharp, fierce, merciless Qi. Sha Qi translates to “Killing Qi.” It is produced by the energies of sharp corners, pointed objects and straight lines or narrow gaps between buildings. This can be a roof-edge or point, pylons, sharp mountain peaks or straight roads aimed into the front door. These features create energy that moves aggressively and quickly. Occupants will suffer in years there is negative Qi at the location of the Sha Qi. Avoid these formations where possible.

4 Common Negative Feng Shui Features to Avoid – External Formations:


A T-Junction is a straight road aimed at your front door. It is often misunderstood that this feature is unfavourable because it is ‘sharp’. The real reason a T-junction is unfavorable has to do with the way Qi should and should not flow around a property. The focus is on the Qi movement. In Feng Shui, aggressive and fast-moving Qi can cause it to crash into the property in a volatile manner. Gentle meandering Qi is preferred.

The T-junction is not bad in itself. It is negative when the T-junction is a high traffic area versus a relatively quiet one. It is a greater concern if it is aimed at the Main Door sector or crashes right into the Main Door. There is less concern if it is aimed at another sector of the property without a door.

Sharp Roofs 

Roof corners from a neighboring property can result in Qi being angled at yours. This feature is a concern if a sharp roof corner is visible from your Main Door. It will not affect your property if the corner is on the second floor and your Main Door is out of alignment with the object. Or, if the sharp edge is located across a fairly wide street.

Lamp-Post or Tree at Front Door

  This tree when it grows to adult size will become an affliction at the front door. Avoid and object that splits the door.

A tree, lamp-post or a linear object directly in front of the Main Door is a definite problem. This is called Piercing Heart Sha in Feng Shui. This is only applicable if the object is within the boundaries of the Main Door. Extend two imaginary lines from the door out towards the street. Is the object within these lines? If the object is within the door frame, try to remove it as this feature will exacerbate tensions, arguing and division in the home. Especially if the occupants have challenging relationship issues in their BaZi birth charts.


In Feng Shui, pylons are one of the most difficult environmental features. If a pylon it is located within 500 meters of the property, it is a problem. It is a misconception that a pylon is negative because it is ‘sharp.’ Sharp is one criterion. Pylons emit heavy electo-magnectic fields. Pylons are regarded as a Fire Element feature. If it is located in a sector suitable for a Fire element (South or Southwest), it is not dangerous or negative. If it is in a location clashes with Fire, there will be a problem. This is the Northwest, North, Southeast, South.

The sector the pylon is located determines who is most affected. If it is located in the Northwest 1 Sector, 293-315 degrees measured from the front door, it will impact all occupants of the home, especially the head of the household.

NW 1 is the Qian Gua (Heaven Sector). It affects the brain, head, the patriarch and brings helpful people. In the year of the Dog, occupants will experience difficulties related to the  the Qian Gua. Best to use an alternative door. If this is not possible, a tree between the pylon and home will modify it a bit. Or, a large body of water (although likely impractical) will mitigate the effects.

Be practical. Understand what Sha Qi is and how it works, and you’ll be able to deal with it accordingly.

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Patricia Lee, Certified Feng Shui Consultant
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Feng Shui Bedroom Tips

It is optimum when the condition of your bedroom Feng Shui is primarily receptive Yin vs active Yang. The bedroom is the most important room of the home as 1/3 of your life is spent there. The bedroom supports health, longevity, daily recuperation and rejuvenation. It’s purpose is to build strong, nurturing marital relationships.

A Yin (quiet/receptive) bedroom requires less windows and doors. Too many of either means more movement and traveling. Yang should dominate most of the other rooms in the home.

The bedroom’s exterior view is important. Mountains and hills are natural Yin features that lend stability to the residents, although not easily available. Trees, a fence or another house are acceptable alternatives. You do not want features creating merciless Qi like highways, busy streets, moving water, pylons, power towers or dead trees.

The bed location and head pointing direction has a big impact on the sleeper, a subject to be covered in another blog.

8 Dos in the Bedroom

  • Bed placement is best the furthest spot from the door and you can see the door while lying down
  • Have a solid wall behind the headboard for support
  • Use a solid headboard vs one with open slates.
  • Most energy should be on your left Yang side while lying down. This is the side with the most energy.
  • For couples, when lying down, have the male on the active Yang left side, female on the receptive Yin right side.
  • Furniture with soft round edges vs. sharp
  • Use pairs of things, nightstands, lamps, pillows, love symbols to connote coupling.
  • Use soft linen and warm colors. To stimulate romance, use hot colors from the red and pink family.

10  Bedroom Tips to Avoid:
 Bed Placement and Sleeping Positions – Avoid:

  • A bedroom where, if laying on a bed, the feet are pointed at a bathroom or bedroom door.
  • Placing the bed on the same wall as the entrance door.
  • A bed should not be placed on a wall opposite a toilet or at the bottom of a stairway. You will see health issues.
  • The bed sitting under, or on top of a stove, on a floor below or above. Too much fire element and can cause tension, arguing and illness.
  • Computers, desks, work, TVs in bedrooms. All too Yang. These are distractions to building a relationship and some emit EMFs (electro magnetic fields) and are unhealthy. Watching violent or sad TV stories and news are not conducive to good sleep and relationship building. If you insist on having a TV in your bedroom, cover it while sleeping.
  • The bed under a window. If you must, then use a solid headboard. Close the curtains at night.
  • Placing your bed between a mirror and a window or between two windows. This brings restless sleep. Use window coverings such as blinds or draperies.
  • Over hanging shelves above a bed or any other sharp or heavy object.
  • Too many plants are too yang. Bedrooms need to be yin, quiet and calming.
  • Clutter
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What is a Bright Hall in Feng Shui?

Bright Hall or Ming Tang

A Bright Hall in Feng Shui is called a “Ming Tang” in Chinese. We want to see open space in front of every home or building. This applies to main doors also. This is an essential factor for good Feng Shui.

The purpose is to capture Qi (Chi) and make it available to the occupants of a home or building. Qi is harnessed in open spaces. So much so, that we like to see a Bright Hall on BOTH sides of a door.

Lack of open space equates to blockages and obstacles. We like to see a good-sized Bright Hall, not an easy task in apartment buildings and condos. The minimum size is a 5×5 space.

The front door is the Mouth of the Qi. The quality of Qi at the front door influences the Qi that enters.

5 Feng Shui Tip you can immediately do to create your Bright Hall

  • Remove any overgrowth of plants or trees at the main door.
  • Clear out clutter around your doors. No garbage cans, recycling or composting bins!
  • Don’t let this be your dumping ground for shoes, newspapers, magazines, etc.
  • Put in bright lights. Replace burnt out bulbs.
  • Have cheerful and happy images.
  • Have a Feng Shui consultant evaluate if water is good at your front door.

Enjoy the Qi that the Bright Hall you create for the Feng Shui of your home or office.


White Lotus Feng Shui
Patricia Lee, Certified Feng Shui Consultant
San Francisco Bay Area, California, Washington DC Metro Area, Maryland, Virginia, United States
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The Power of Clutter

Clutter of your space reflects clutter of your mind. Your environment is a creation and reflection of your internal self. It makes a statement about you and what you represent. Qi (Chi) cannot flow when clutter takes over. In contemporary times, clutter is a Feng Shui home nightmare.

Clutter equates to dark corners, dust gathering, stagnation, blockages, and obstacles. As clutter expands, you shrink into smaller spaces to live and work. It is as if you have one lung. You must work harder at breathing. Precious time is lost for experiencing the vastness of life’s wonders. Clutter-Free is like having both lungs in the home, operating at full capacity.

The goal of de-cluttering is to create a functional living and work space and bring order. Organized space instills mental clarity, productivity and vision. As you toss out the junk, you will be amazed at how you feel and the opportunities that will magically appear. Being Clutter-Free will expand your thinking, give clarity of purpose and the ability to see and capture opportunities. It’s guaranteed!

5 Things you can do immediately to De-Clutter:
  • Toss what is not working, broken or chipped. They create mental images of poverty.
  • Toss anything you haven’t used in a year. Hold onto the past, stay in the past.
  • Clothes that no longer fit or you haven’t worn in a year. Is it the old you or new you?
  • Old magazines, newspapers, books you haven’t read in years. It’s holding onto old energy.
  • Items in dark corners. It’s very likely you haven’t and won’t use what’s there.

Have your internal environment mirror good exterior Feng Shui. Create Pathways for Qi to flow and your mind will follow, as well as your opportunities for success.


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Patricia Lee, Certified Feng Shui Consultant
San Francisco Bay Area, California, Washington DC Metro Area, Maryland, Virginia, United States
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A Missing East Corner in a Home

A Missing East Corner in a Home

In Feng Shui, East is Yang Wood, the energy of the sun rising, giving birth to the day and the season of spring. Spring embodies the qualities of new life after winter, the seed to the growth of living things, your endeavors and ideas. Like a tall oak tree, East is about longevity  and expansion and providing shelter from the rain or sun, thus making you good with responsibility. Like its roots, it penetrates, researches, delves into details. It affects the eldest son.

Yang Wood is the capacity for competitiveness, turning bad things into good and knows how to make use of every situation and every person, sprouting of ideas. While tolerant, it does not lend itself to forgiveness and is the emotion of anger.

A missing E corner will make it difficult to fulfill the qualities above and to turn ideas into reality, to support others, to sustain growth of your endeavors and ideas. The eldest son may not feel supported in the household and have health issues.

If your BaZi birth chart is also missing Yang Wood, the challenges in these areas are pronounced. Health issues are likely related to the legs, liver, gall bladder and nerve related ailments, a tendency to fevers.

What can be done? The best option is to build out to add a E sector, although costly. Alternatively, you can use the E sector of other rooms to strengthen the Yang Wood element. Place heavy objects, beds and desks there. If Yang Wood is intact in the BaZi, it helps counter-balance a missing E sector. Live in the Eastern part of a city or around trees.

If E is missing in the home and birth chart, you have to decisively put Yang Wood energy into your life with your actions and attitude. Put effort into one idea at a time, see each to fruition. Take classes or get a life coach to help you in areas that make you grow. Take care of your health in areas related to Yang Wood. Eating a healthy diet is key. Yoga and meditation are helpful. Find ways to support the eldest son in his development. We can review your birth chart for additional actions to take.

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Patricia Lee, Certified Feng Shui Consultant
San Francisco Bay Area, California, Washington DC Metro Area, Maryland, Virginia, United States
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