Reminder: Do not Sit with your Back towards the 3 Killings

Reminder: Do not Sit with your Back towards the 3 Killings

(updated Feb 2018)

As I sit here, facing South, as I am today,  I thought hey I should send out a reminder to everyone…so here it is..  Every Year, the 3 Killings can cause bad luck in the forms of accidents, financial loss, and illness.

Scary Right?

Don’t be, although it is important to know where the annual afflictions are located for each New year. If you are wondering where it is this year, it is located in the North. You don’t have to be afraid just be cautious and mindful of the energies located in your home.
For 2018, The North is plagued by #5 Misfortune Star & 3 Killings,  Double Wammy!
 Warning: in 2018, the Three Killings (San Sha) are in Northwest (322.5 ° – 337.5 °) and Grand Duke Jupiter (Tai Sui) is in Northwest (292.5 ° – 307.5)
Just so you know the Three Killings is always located in the sector of your compass that is opposite the cardinal direction, (spanning 90 degrees) of the phase represented by the earthly branch.
3 Killings SAN SHA.png

Let me explain the Concept of the 3 Killings…

What is the 3 Killings, is it a murderer?

I did some more digging and this is what I found.

3 Killings San Sha (三煞)(source- Buy feng shui)

The Three Killings (San Sha in Mandarin or Sarm Saat in Cantonese) is one of the major afflictions that need to be updated before the start of each New Year based on the Chinese Solar calendar. That day is referred to as Li Chun or Lap Chun meaning “beginning of spring” and usually falls on 4th February. Hence, it is good Feng Shui practice to update yourself on the incoming year’s energies (especially the hostile ones) and have all your cures and enhancers in place by the 3rd February every year.

Although the concept of the Three Killings is associated with 3 Earthly Branches (that’s the Zodiac animals to you and me), its annual position is defined according to one of the four cardinal compass directions, namely North (Water), East (Wood), South (Fire) and West (Metal). The 12 animals are grouped into 4 teams of harmonious alliances. Each team of 3 animals, also known collectively as horoscope allies or trinity of allies, belongs to a specific element or phase Water, Wood, Fire or Metal, which then determines the primary direction of the Trinity.

In any given year, the facing position of the San Sha corresponds to the direction of the trinity of allies.

For instance, in the Southern Trinity year of Tiger, Horse and Dog (as in 2018), South is considered to be facing San Sha which is thus located directly opposite – North. In short, the San Sha always occupies or sits in the direction diametrically opposite to the current year’s Trinity direction and its center is always located in the North, South, East, or West. 

Are you even more confused?  Use this chart.



Zodiac/ earthly Branch

Dog (Xu)

Angle Afflicted


Sector Afflicted


Direct Afflicted Animal & Sector


Side Affliction 

Boar, Ox


Boar (Hai)




Monkey, Dog


Rat (Zi)




Snake, Sheep

I always have to double check which direction  I am facing or sitting, and this one always trips me up.. if I face the 3 killings, which is south for this year or should I  have my back to the south, ie the 3 Killings. So here is a note just to clarify…
 When you are doing anything, working or studying, do NOT  sit with your back facing where the 3 Killings are.
Also, do not perform any renovation or construction in this area as this will activate this energy. An excellent Feng Shui remedy for 3 Killings is the 3 Celestial Divine Guardians (see image below).
I personally use the Salt Water Cure recipe and I try to keep the afflicted area quiet.

3 Celestial Divine Guardians Plaque for Flying Stars Feng Shui for Chinese New Year of Fire Monkey 2016

3 Celestial Divine Guardians Plaque – img src:

Do Consider this your Friendly Reminder: Do not Sit with your Back towards the 3 Killings

Stay safe and healthy and enjoy the Dog Year of 2018!
I wish you Good Luck, Prosperity, Good Health, Love, Joy, and Abundance!
Just to clarify it’s the Tai Sui or Grand Duke you want to have at your back… to face your enemy or perhaps just for support and not to offend.
 How TO Feng Shui Your Home for 2018

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