In Feng Shui, normally when we purchase a property we would like it to be as rectangular or as squarish as possible, without any missing corners or look like a piece of irregular-shaped jigsaw puzzle.
This is to make sure that the Qi within the property is as “complete” as possible. Look at the floor plans of any old property or buildings and the palaces during the ancient times in China. Almost all the buildings are blocky and squarish with all 4 corners intact. Compare that to the modern floorplans of our current housing estates. See picture above for a typical 4 room apartment for example. Notice that the southeastern corner is missing while south, east, southwest and northeast have weaken sectors.
Why do I say that the southeast is “missing” while the south, southwest, east and northeast is only “weakened”?
As I mentioned, in Feng Shui we would like to “see” a property in the shape of a rectangle or square with all 4 corners intact. Thus the red box over the floor plan above. Within this red box we further divide the areas into 3 rows and 3 columns so we have 9 smaller boxes of equal size known as a 9-grid.
So what consitutes a missing sector or corner and what consitutes a weakened sector?
Looking at the 9-grid on our floor plan, if any one of the 9 squares has an area of 70% and over or 2/3rds “missing” or outside the boundary of the property’s walls, that area’s or sector’s Qi is deemed to be “missing”. Otherwise the sector’s Qi is deemed to be weakened. So the floor plan above has a totally missing southeast corner while the south, southwest, east and northeast, having less than 70% outside the boundary of the property’s walls, is said to have weak sectors.
And how does that affect me and mine? In Feng Shui, each sector of the 9-grid is governed by a Gua and each Gua represents a family member, among other things like body parts and job types, for instance. So a missing southeast sector means that the eldest daugther or any female, living in the property, of age between 31 to 45 will be negatively affected or may have liver or bladder problems or even flu and pulmonary problems. Likelihood of happenings are even higher if there are also negative landforms outside this sector or direction. Whereas a weak sector or area just means that the Qi in that particular area is not as supportive.
Below is a list of where affects who:
North represents the middle son or male of age between 16 to 30
South represents the middle daugther or female of age between 16 to 30
East represents the eldest son or male of age between 31 to 45
West represents the youngest daugther or female of age between 1 to 15
Northeast represents the youngest son or male of age between 1 to 15
Southeast represents the eldest daugther or female of age between 31 to 45
Northwest represents the father or male of age between 46 and above
Southwest represents the mother or female of age between 46 and above
So this means that if a property has a missing southeast sector, the first-born daugther of the house or any woman, other than the mother, above the age of 46 living in the house, will be adversely affected. But if the same daugther doesn’t live there or if the family have only sons, then there is no problem.
So what can we do to solve this? Not much. Especially if the property is a flat in an apartment building.
But according to some feng shui masters, a person can replace a missing sector or corner with mirrors. The idea is that the reflections will create imaginary walls thus creating a corner. How does a person replace something which was not there in the first place?? A person can still strengthen a weakened area “elementally” using the Five Elements Theory but short of putting up physical walls to form a corner, using mirrors is like using a placebo. Since the “walls” are imaginary, I would think any benefits bestowed from that would also be imaginary.
At least the owner of the local hardware store would be happy. :)