What Is Negative Qi and How Can You Avoid It?

We want to invite all the positive energy into our lives that we can. In order to do this, we first need to know how to avoid negative Qi.
Negative Qi in Classical Feng Shui is referred to as “Sha Qi”. It can emanate from negative or “menacing” internal and external forms and can affect both the residents and the building itself.

We are usually much more concerned with external Sha Qi, whether it be natural or man-made. While natural landforms can emit Sha Qi, special training is required to be able to identify natural landforms that are considered “menacing”. It is much easier to identify man-made features that are considered to be Sha Qi:


Electrical pylons are a frequently seen feature, especially in urban or semi-urban environments. The moment you see this from your property – especially from your main door – it will have some effect on you. The question is – how bad is it?

The most devastating effects are felt when the pylon is very close. “Close” in this context means that if the pylon fell down and “touched” your house, then it is considered to be close. Living that close to an electric pylon is highly detrimental to all your life goals and the only remedy is to move away. 

However, negative effects on your health, wealth and relationship can be felt when there’s such a pylon within about 1km radius of your property. 

If there is a Water body between your property and the pylon, the negative effects of the pylon are negated. Unless the Water body and the pylon are located in the South sector. Then they create an external “Fire – Water Clash” that will result in serious heart and eye issues for the occupants of this property. 

Missing Sectors

The East and West sectors are the only sectors in a house that are allowed to be missing – unless one of the occupants have their Life Palaces there. 

North and South should never be missing because there’s only one of each in terms of elements. The Northeast sector should not be missing since this is home to the #8 Star. If the Northeast sector is missing, then a property will have very poor luck in Period 8. 

The Northwest sector should not be missing because it is the first step of the Luo Shu Path. If the first step is missing, the entire path collapses. 

Religious Buildings

If your property is located in front of a temple or church, you’ll be poor. If your property is located behind a temple or church, then you’ll be prosperous. If your property is located at the left or right of the temple or church you may become a widow or widower. 

This is because temples are usually built on Meridian Spots. If you build your house in front of a temple, then all the Meridian Spot’s energy will flow into the temple and therefore you won’t be able to benefit from it. However, if you build your property behind the temple, you will be able to benefit from the Meridian Spot’s energy since the energy will flow through the temple and out the back where you can tap into it.

Construction sites next to, or in the immediate vicinity of a property are also undesirable – but oftentimes unavoidable, especially in an urban environment.

The ground-breaking activity is the worst as it disturbs the Earth Qi of the area. This Earth Qi will only settle 6-12 months AFTER ground-breaking activities have been finished.

We also want to avoid being in direct alignment with the construction cranes, since their sharp angles are considered Sha Qi. Cranes are movable, and so they can point at various sectors of your property even within just one day and affect more than one area of your home.
It is also important to note what sector the construction site is located in as seen from your property. It should not be outside a sector with a negative Flying Star because this will trigger and activate the negative energies of this Flying Star.

Sharp and pointy roofs from neighbouring buildings should be avoided – especially if they point at your windows or at your main door at a 45- or 90-degree angle. This sharp edge will then send Sha Qi directly into your property.

You have the option to block this with the help of trees, but only if the tree is growing high enough to obscure and block the sharp roof.
In the case of a satellite dish that is attached to the side of a building, a balcony, or the roof, it is again not the dish itself that we want to avoid, but rather the installation, which can have sharp edges.

Only when these sharp edges point directly at your main door or one of your windows, does this become a problem – albeit only a minor one. The solution is decidedly simple, just block the view of the satellite dish and its installation platform, and the problem is solved.

An overly Yin main door is one that has little to no access to natural sunlight. Usually this happens only with landed property that is surrounded by tall leafy trees that can block out sunlight.

When this happens, the property itself becomes too Yin and people living here may feel lethargic, with little energy to spring into action, often they will lack ambition or drive. In extreme cases, severe depression and hallucination can ensue.

Again, the solution is fairly simple – remove some of the trees so that sunlight can reach the main door and, ideally, also some of the windows of the property.

T-Junctions, while considered problematic in Feng Shui, are not always a cause for concern. As a rule of thumb, you do not want the T-Junction to be in direct alignment with your front door in the case of a landed property.

However, take note of your property in relation to the T-Junction: If your property is lower than the T-Junction (as in the above picture), and you are able to slow down the incoming Qi with a water feature or a wall or some bushes, then this is fine. Only if your property is higher than the T-Junction do you really have to worry because in such a case the Qi will be flowing out and away from your property, regardless of how you try to block this outflow.

Now that you know a little more about how to avoid negative Qi, why not delve deeper and see how you can actively invite positive Qi into your life and your home.

Susanne Schutz holds four Master Degrees in Chinese Metaphysics, and practices in the areas of Classical Feng Shui, Bazi Astrology, Date Selection, and Qimen Dunjia. As a Chinese Metaphysics Consultant, she works closely with her clients and through detailed consultations, identifies their goals, and provides remedies and suggestions to achieve results.

If you’d like the guidance of a professional, talk to Susanne Schutz.