What is positive (sheng) and negative (sha) Feng Shui Qi (Chi)?

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What is positive (sheng) and negative (sha) Feng Shui Qi (Chi)


What is positive (sheng) and negative (sha) Feng Shui Qi (Chi)?

Michael Hanna

The 5th of May 2022

What is Qi in Feng ShuiWith period 9 fast approaching in February 2024, you will need to understand what sheng and sha Qi is and also, the different states of qi and how it interacts with the Xuan Kong flying stars and, in particular, the #9, #1, #2, #8 and #6 stars as these are the ones that can bring great results but even more important are the #3, #4, #5, & #7 as these can be deadly if not dealt with using the correct annual cures and enhancers

The most practical way to experience Qi, good or bad, is to contact yourself regularly with the natural forces of the elements in our environment. Practically, this could mean taking a walk when it is windy or stormy or taking a walk in the rain and provided you are up for it, allow yourself to get wet, cold or feel the wind on your face!

Go out on a freezing, windy or frosty morning or experience the mellow stillness of snow when it has settled. Get out in the sunshine, and expose your skin to the sun from time to time, albeit for a short period. Take a walk in the woods or a forest and experience the stillness and the driving Qi that sends the pine trees to pierce the canopy of woods. There is so much evidence that walking in the woods or a forest (aka forest bathing) reduces blood pressure and eases anxiety; follow this link for more details https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/90720.html.

I have wanted to buy a forest for many years, but Josephine and Daniel keep talking me out of it as in the UK to have to commit to looking after it, and that can take a lot of time up, so maybe in a few more years when I retire.

Walk on a beach and feel the Qi.


A walk on the beach, kick off the shoes and feel the sand or the pebbles between your toes—paddle or swim in the sea or a river. Take a walk in the hills or quietly read a book by a river. Begin to notice already what you feel you have an aversion to doing, as that can indicate where your Qi is at the moment. Notice, for example, the difference in Qi between a dog and a cat.

A cat is quiet, serious, stand-offish, self-contained – very affectionate when hungry, whereas the dog wears its Qi very much more on the surface. Essentially a pack animal, they wear their heart on their sleeve, expressing how they feel openly, and I love it when my grand-dogs come over as they exert so much positive sheng Qi energy.

It is easy to see the Qi of a wild young toddler within a family compared to the reflective, quieter nature of the grandparents. Look at the Qi in the faces of people who have been working hard all week and are letting their hair down on a Friday night; compare that with their Qi on a Monday morning as they frequently scuffle half-heartedly back to work!

What is Sha Qi? (negative Qi)


What is Sha Qi in feng ShuiSha Qi (sha chi), killing breath, poison or secret arrows as it is also known, is an invisible and powerful force. However, this quality of Qi can be threatening and dangerous to the well being of the occupants of a house that has this kind of Qi aimed at the front door and of course, this also applies to a business. When we looked at the examples of water in nature, many of them showed its liquid and meandering qualities.

However, imagine channelling this in a straight line and on a gradient, and you would have a completely different mountain of water to deal with. Sha Qi is somewhat like a flash flood – dangerous, volatile and unpredictable. In terms of seeing a comparison in Sha Qi with wind, it would be like opening your front door to a hurricane or living in a home at the end of a motorway; sometimes, we look at Feng Shui when assessing a house; and it is mainly common sense!

Sha Qi is generated from many different sources.


Locating and dealing with these poison arrows is the first and an essential step to take, in whatever form of Feng Shui you choose to practise with your home and forget about lucky Toads, Buddhas or other Feng Shui trinkets. Locating and dealing with Sha Qi is one of the most important aspects of Feng Shui and is so often overlooked even by Feng Shui masters.

When I carry out a Feng Shui consultation, I am constantly on the lookout for signs of these poison arrows, and if it is present, then primarily my advice is how to protect from them by deflecting them or shielding them from you.

Straight lines, straight edges and direct channels are infrequent occurrences in the natural world. There is plenty of evidence of straight lines and geometrically sharp angular edges to our internal furnishings in our modern towns and cities and in our homes. Standing in your front doorway and looking out, begin to be aware of some of the following factors that can cause poisoned arrows to be directed toward your front door.

What creates Sheng Chi and Sha Chi in our homes

The entrance to your home or business is essential to determining the quality of Qi that will enter the building.


It is where you have an opening for the opportunity, and if poison arrows compromise this, then it is possible that your hard work and effort will be undermined.

Roads – long straight roads generate plenty of Sha Qi. If this is being aimed directly at your front door, then you need to screen it or deflect it.

Paths – I believe the path leading up to your front door needs to slow down the Qi as it enters your home. A winding, meandering path is ideal; however, a solid front gate or set slightly to one side of your front door can help slow down the movement of potential Sha Qi.

Vehicles – motor vehicles are highly charged with energy. Having one of these parked directly outside your front door and facing your front door is not ideal, although this is hard to do nowadays with so many vehicles on the road and parking spaces at a premium.

Preferably keep your front doorway clear of vehicles but if this is the only place you can park, try reversing into the driveway leaving the more aggressive forward-facing part of the vehicle pointing away from your front door and property. I know this is hard to do with many homes with parking at a premium but try your best.

Trees – tall and imposing trees within 20 feet of your front door can also deflect Sha Qi in your direction.

Roof Edges – the angular corners of buildings opposite your front door can aim poison arrows at you, as can the edges of roofs and gutters pointed in your direction. Recall the images and photographs of traditional roofs in China. An upturned curve replaces the sharp angles at the roof’s edge, therefore politely deflecting any Sha Qi away from neighbours.

Telephone poles/utility poles/ electric pylons – I would not recommend anybody live close to or under an overhead pylon. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that they generate enormous amounts of negative electromagnetic energy that can disturb our sleep. In some cases, it has been linked with more severe health problems, and if you would like more information on the adverse effects of pylons, please follow this link https://cordis.europa.eu/article/id/15541-research-breakthrough-on-health-effects-of-pylons. Like trees, utility poles facing the front of your door are sending poison arrows in your direction and need to be deflected.

Tall, Sharp Structures can include a church spire, a local substation for cellular telephones or a tall radio mast from a local military base, prison, police station, or taxi firm. If visible from your front door, these generate powerful energy and need to be deflected with a Ba Gua mirror or a little-known Feng Shui countermeasure using a cannon.

Stagnant Qi – this can be just as insidious as overactive poison arrows. Examples could include a derelict site opposite your front door, a piece of wasteland or the local cemetery. Protection through screening or deflecting is also necessary in these cases.

What to do about stagnant Qi?


How does mess affect the Qi in our home

A hedge or a low wall to the front of your property will effectively deal with some of these poison arrows, but the more distant or taller sources of poison arrows need to be reflected. The most common “cure” is the Ba Gua mirror, although make sure you replace it often as a worn-out ba gua mirror can be sha Qi on its own.

These are octagonally shaped devices with the eight trigrams of the I Ching painted on the outer edge, while in the centre, there is a mirror that helps to reflect the poison arrows. These have long been used in China to protect property against poison arrows and are never used inside the home or office, although you must make sure you use the correct one; follow this link for more details on everything you need to know about ba Gua mirrors https://www.fengshuiweb.co.uk/advice/ba_gua.htm

Sha Qi is also potentially present within our homes or office. The basic principle is that ideally, we use furnishings that lack sharp edges. Rather like in nature, it is wise to mirror this within our home by having furniture and structures that “flow”.

To begin with, that is where you may be threatened by poison arrows generated from the sharp edges of a doorway, a wall, a bookcase, or a cupboard – particularly in these three areas. Have a closer look at where you sleep, work, and eat. These are three places where you are more likely to spend a lot of your time.

Sitting comfortably in your office chair, you do not need the sharp angle of a filing cabinet or shelf behind you or beside you deflecting poison arrows in your direction. Similarly, when you are asleep, it is not wise to have the sharp edges of bedside furniture or wardrobes being aimed at you while you sleep, and you can read a great article on sleeping under beams which are considered harmful sha Qi.

To bring a peaceful and harmonious vibration to where you eat and recharge yourself every day, your dining area needs to be free of potential hazards from poison arrows. Poison arrows can also be deflected down on us from beams within our property. Ideally, avoid sleeping, eating or working underneath structures. If you have a favourite chair that you like to relax in after work, then check that you are not sitting under a beam.

Qi is an energy that exists in everything that lives and influences all of creation. It is created from the interaction of Yin and Yang in the natural environment. Yin is present in mountain landforms, and Yang in Water formations. We cannot detect Qi with our normal senses, but it profoundly affects our lives. The goal of Feng Shui is to harness Qi in the environment in ways that will support us and help us reach our goals in life.

In 2022, year of the Yang Water Tiger.


It is essential to make sure you do not have any sha Qi in the north, northeast or southwest as these areas are severely affiliated in 2022, and you must place all the annual Feng Shui cures and enhancers. If you follow this link, you will find more details on the year ahead.

Sha Qi CheckList


Look around the home for potential sharp edges and see what you can do that is both imaginative and practical to soften them.

Check the position of your chair at work, your bed and your favourite chair for potential poison arrows.

I hope you have enjoyed this article on the effects of Qi, good and bad, and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them in the box below.

Best wishes


4 thoughts on “What is positive (sheng) and negative (sha) Feng Shui Qi (Chi)?

  1. Dear Yolanda,
    On the other side of the street, where our house stands, a neighbor made an entrance gate for cars from 8 terraced houses. The gate is in front of our property as well as in front of the left side of a bit of our house. On the ground floor there is a part of the kitchen with a window and on the first floor there is a bedroom (the bedroom window does not face this side). Does this have any negative significance for us? can we use the bagua mirror? if so, which one and where to hang it?

    Kind regards,

    1. Hi Magdalena,

      It doesn’t sound as though this would be a problem from what you’ve described, although if you are unsure, you can place a Ba Gua wealth protection mirror above your front door on the outside, facing away from the home.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,

  2. Thank you for the articles that you shared
    May i ask what are the fengshui cure for north, northeast and southwest for i am having a digging on the part of north and northeast for agarage expansion.
    Thank you

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