12 March 2014,
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 Feng Shui and Dato’ Joey Yap shares some insights on this issue.
A property’s structure is a container of Qi. We would ideally want the layout of this container to fit nicely into a three-by-three grid, since we evaluate the interior Feng Shui of a building based on the Nine Palaces method. So when we have an unusually shaped property with missing sections on the nine 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.
How do you evaluate if a property has missing sectors? Utilising the layout of the property, draw the Nine Palace grids 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. 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.
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 few years and then move out.
Dato’ Joey Yap is the leading Feng Shui, BaZi and Face Reading consultant in Asia. He is an international speaker, bestselling author of over 120 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.