Wednesday 23 October 2013


Feng Shui: The Shape of Your House

When you are purchasing a house or building a new one from scratch, there is a need to take into consideration the overall design of the property.

Property design does play a vital role because a property is thought as a container of qi. Thus, the shape of the property plays an important part in the ability of the property to harness the qi in the environment.

Below explains several common property designs to look out for:

Pyramid-shaped properties

Properties with such shapes denote strong “fire qi”, and are usually preferred for spiritual purposes. This sort of property shape is only suitable for occupants who can use fire qi or for certain businesses – and only if the internal usage of the water element is correct and the interior layout is correctly aligned.

An example of a U-shaped house

U-Shaped Houses

In general, a U-shaped house is not good if it is very small as this indicates a missing sector. But if it is a large house with many rooms, it is acceptable because the U shape becomes like the equivalent of a left and right embrace.

All it needs is to internally divide the property into three wings using internal doors and thus ensuring the Qi is intact and balanced. A U-shaped house with no internal demarcation has a missing body of ai in the house, which could bring calamities.

L-Shaped Houses

As you can see, the centre of the house is located outside this L-shaped house which creates bad Feng Shui.

An L-shaped house is where the centre of the property ends up being outside of the property. The centre of a property is known as the “heavenly heart” or the core of the house’s qi, which is an extremely important sector. Once the core has been shifted to the outside of the house, it is no longer protected and the feng shui of the home instantly becomes unfavourable. Occupants here will feel extremely agitated and unhappy.

To remedy this situation, demarcate the property into two sections – building an internal wall to divide the L-shaped house into two individual rectangular or square blocks.

Square-or rectangular houses

This is generally the ideal shape for properties. However, this doesn’t mean the property must be an absolute square or rectangular shape. Some chipped off sectors are fine as long as the missing sector does not constitute more than one-third of the property. Then it is not actually considered missing.

So, how does one tell if more than one-third of a sector is missing? It’s simple. Just divide the property – on its floor plan, that is – into sections according to the “9 grid” or “9 palaces” method.

This interior feng shui method requires you to demarcate the eight cardinal directions (north, northwest, northeast, west, south, southwest, southeast and east) on your house plan. If more than one-third of any of the sections is missing, then there is a serious missing sector problem there.

The above property designs should be able to guide you on what to take note of when you view a potential property next. Best to avoid any odd shapes as it may result in much hassle fixing the problem.

Joey Yap is a leading feng shui, BaZi and face reading consultant in Asia. He is also chief consultant of Joey Yap Consulting Group and founder of the Mastery Academy of Chinese Metaphysics. More information or a personal property consultation from, +603 2284 1213 or

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