These are a collection of rules that have
been observed over many hundreds of years by Feng Shui Masters. These
may not be the worst case, but they are not necessarily good either.
Where possible, solutions have been provided.
A staircase should not face the main entrance
This creates a rush of qi that can be too strong and the Chinese
believe this drains the money from the house. Further, it is a visual
sha when you enter. If possible, use a different door. If it is not
possible to use a different door, then use a large, bushy plant on, or
at the bottom of the stairs. This will help to slow down and create a
meandering flow of qi.
Avoid having the main door constructed at an angle to the rest of
A lot of people would have you believe that you need to face your front
door to a certain direction, even if it is different than the front of
the house. This is not true. It actually creates a sha in the sense
that it breaks the architectural lines of the house. The actual
application of the directions is the section of the house that the door
is found on. Angling the door to a direction is not the solution.
One should not see the stove from the entrance
This is another visual sha. Where the food is prepared should not be
The toilet should not be seen from the entry of the house
This is obviously a visual sha. Perhaps a smell sha too? The solution
is to keep the door closed. Some authors write that the toilet drains
the qi away. In the old days this was true when the toilet was nothing
more than a cesspool a major sha. Today, modem appliances and plumbing
have minimized this. Many times things that were true in the Middle
Ages are taken out of context today. If you are still concerned, keep
the door closed or the lid closed to minimize your own sha (worry).
The main door of the house should not be below street level
Yin qi, as well as dirty rainwater, etc. runs downhill. Having your
house below the street level is not good as it can collect debris and
negative qi. This is a situation that should be avoided.
The main entrance should not directly face any bedroom door
Mainly this is for privacy. If your door looked in at your bedroom, you
would feel a sha from having no privacy. The correction for this is to
put up a partition or keep the door to the bedroom closed.
A straight path through the house from the front door to the back
door is not favorable
This is like a “shotgun effect” of qi. Remember that qi should meander,
not rush!! Again, the solution is to not have the doors open at the
same time. Try to avoid having the qi run in the front door and out
from the back door. This situation does not let the qi accumulate.
Two bedroom or office doors facing each other directly tend to cause
arguments between the occupants
Again, this is the problem of qi being directed straight at another
door. This leads to disagreements. It is a clash of qi as well as
Two or more doorways lined up in a row tend to funnel qi
It is a straight flow of qi. This can be too strong. The solution is to
use a bushy tree or plant to slow down the flow of the qi.
A bed should not be positioned in front of a doorway
This is to avoid the onrush of qi directly at you. Use a wall that is
off of the door, but still allows you to see the doorway from your bed.
Think of this example as similar to sleeping under an air conditioning
vent. There is too much of a draft.
A master bedroom with many odd angles may lead to marital and/or
Avoid angle sha. Square rooms are best as the qi has four corners in
which to rest. Think of qi as circulating around the room. If it has
odd angles, then it is directed towards the center or even at you. It
helps to think of qi as fluid. Think about what water currents would do
in the shape of a square. Think about how a sharp inward pointing wall
would then change that flow.
Avoid placing a desk or bed under a large exposed beam
Beams are not good. Think of them as a force that directs the qi down
on top of you. The solution is to avoid them. If you are unable to
avoid them, use a false ceiling or even draped fabric can slow down the
qi. Beams create downward pressure and can be difficult on health or
relationships. Try to place yourself between beams if there is no other
Odd shaped houses tend to promote instability of the occupants
Again, qi that is meandering is favored to sharp qi. Dome shaped houses
have nowhere for the qi to settle. Angular houses have unstable qi
flow. In Feng Shui, we prefer square or rectangular houses and rooms.
The main floor should not be broken into varying levels
The qi tends to get stagnant at the lower levels if there are split
level floors. This also tends to drain the energy from the occupants.
Also, it might be psychologically confusing. Sometimes split-levels are
deceiving and subconsciously uncomfortable.
A public sewage line passing under the house is unfavorable
Obviously, this is a sha from the perspective that if it breaks, you
will have a major sha!