Many people call to ask me ‘how bad is it to live at a T-intersection’? Well, let’s put it this way. I wouldn’t do it! And I would never recommend that someone buy a house at a T-intersection. But, maybe it’s too late – you already live there, and you’ve just discovered it’s a issue. What can you do?
First of all, why is it considered bad Feng Shui? Well, the chi (qi, or energy) of the cars coming down the street straight towards your house is too fast, and actually dangerous. In fact, there’s a different name for this type of bad energy in Chinese: “sha chi”. In Feng Shui, it’s all about harnessing and cultivating chi. We definitely want to encourage chi to come to your house, just not straight at it, and not so quickly.
A quick peruse of Google shows that people living at a T-intersection, especially with quickly-moving oncoming traffic, have experienced as many as 3 cars crashing into their homes every 6 months!
In Feng Shui, we compare the flow of traffic to the flow of a river. If your home was positioned across from a huge waterfall, that would be too much energy heading your way all the time. It’s the same with roads. If the traffic is going very quickly towards your home, we call it “killing chi”. It’s not supporting you, it’s hitting you – head on.
As for the oncoming road, is it curvy, or straight? What is the speed limit on the road? Do the oncoming headlights at night bother you? Does the noise of people stopping at the stop sign bother you? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then it’s a problem.
Is there a solution? In short, yes. However, there is no “one size fits all” cure. A Feng Shui Master has to take into account the home, the architecture, the neighborhood, and the neighbors. And, contrary to popular belief, a convex Bagua mirror is not a panacea for this problem! What is usually required is a much larger, substantial barricade — such as a hedge, a fence, trees, boulders, etc. However, each situation is different.
Let’s look at an example. Susie lives in a house at a T-intersection. Her front yard is in the North portion of her property. In Feng Shui, that’s the Career/Kan area. The element here is Water. Therefore, if were were designing a solution for Susie, introducing a Water element such as a large fountain would be very wise. This way, we’d be mitigating the T-intersection, and pumping up Susie’s career at the same time. If however Susie’s front yard was in the South, this is the Fame & Reputation/Li area, and the element is Fire. We would never want to use a Water cure here, as that would symbolically douse Susie’s reputation. There are many, many factors to consider when addressing this problem.
Even if you don’t believe in Feng Shui, having a home at a T-intersection is notoriously hard to sell, and even rent out. Feng Shui is largely in line with common sense, and many people just don’t feel right in this type of house — even if they can’t put their fingers on why.
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