The following was written on Nov 2, 2002

Void line is an advanced topic rarely discussed in detail even in Chinese Feng Shui books. Yet it has important effects on the Feng Shui of a house. So I’ll post this on the lists that I know of.

It is damn simple and no need to mystery it– the borderline between two guas (trigrams) or mountains is the void line.

A. Big Void Lines: 8 lines total, the borders between the 8 trigrams (qian, kan, gen, zhen, xun, li, kun, dui) are the “big void lines”.

B. Small Void Lines: 24 lines total, the borders between the 24 mountains (ren, zi, gui, chou, gen, and so on).

C. Turtle Shell or Gui Jia Void lines: 8 lines total, details not disclosed here

The border line of any 2 gua or 2 mountains is like a no-man’s land– its neither yang nor yin. In one short sentence to describe why void line sucks– it has NO qi coming.

The cornerstone of Feng Shui is the qi theory. All living things need qi (wuxing) to survive and run their life cycles. Qi brings both good and bad fortune to people. When one lives on a void line and receives no or little qi, his/ her fortune will be negative.

Who can live on void lines? Spirits, ghosts and gods are not restricted by wuxing and yang-yin (do not need qi), so churches and temples can be built on void lines. Some famous Chinese temples are built on certain type of void line (metal void line).

One should avoid the big void lines at any cost– only temples and churches can handle it. Small void lines are more manageable. But avoid it nonetheless. It is not uncommon for new houses or houses that have been vacant for 2+ years to be on small void lines. When people move in and remodeling done, the angle will shift.

However, if your neighborhood has changes like the adding of new water towers, cellular tower, big signs, new roads, new big building changing the flow of qi… and the likes, the sitting of your house may shift to small void line. One should check the sitting and facing of his/her house at least once every 3 years.

Ken Lai