The Bagua Map is one of the most amazing tools of Feng Shui. I just love working with it as there is so much about your life and home that can be revealed in its wisdom. It reinforces where we are at present and helps us foretell and shift the energy toward what we would like to attract in the future. Understanding a few basics and working with the Feng Shui Bagua Map in your own home can improve the energy of your life immensely.
Historically, the Bagua originates from the I’ Ching, an ancient Chinese book of divination. The I’ Ching describes eight Trigrams, or basic characters, each representing one of eight Forces of Nature such as Heaven, Earth, Thunder and Wind. Once arranged to portray opposing pairs of forces they became the Pa Kua, or Bagua.
Literally, the Feng Shui Bagua is a nine square grid, similar to a tic-tac-toe board, that is placed over your home, office, business or other space’s floor plan. The grid maps out and defines energies, or “treasures” in your home representing eight specific life areas. Going clockwise around the Bagua, the areas, or guas, (pronounced gwahs) are:
- Health & Family
- Wealth & Prosperity
- Creativity & Children
- Helpful People & Travel
- Knowledge & Self-Cultivation
The Center rounds out the list at nine. It does not hold any particular energy as it acts as both the source and completion of the other guas. Often, however, the Center is associated with Health. I have found, through experience, imbalances in the Center often do manifest in health issues.
Trained at the Western School of Feng Shui, I work with a square Bagua. I have designed my own rendition and offer it to you in the form of a FREE DOWNLOAD: Feng Shui Bagua Map.
As you study Feng Shui, other shapes and renditions of Baguas may be offered. Some are more of an octagon shape with slightly different names to the guas. Others have the directions of the compass dominate the various guas. These are associated with the Compass School of Feng Shui and have similar meanings but the map is applied to the structure differently. This school of Feng Shui works more directly deciphering the energetic profile of a space by utilizing the clients’ personal compass directions and that of the home into their analysis. All approaches have their value and work. For my purposes, I have found utilizing the square Bagua has resonated with me best.
The Bagua mirrors life. Just as we are a system within a system, so too is the Bagua. You may place the Bagua over your plot of land, any structures on the land, rooms within the structures, pieces of furniture within the rooms, your car, etc.
The Bagua is nicknamed both a road map and a treasure map. As a road map, it can reveal current as well as potential pitfalls and provide direct feedback on improvements that can be made to rectify the concern. For example, repairing leaky pipes in my Wealth & Prosperity Gua produced rapid and lucrative results.
As a treasure map, the Bagua – and therefore, your home – “holds the treasure” of good Feng Shui. The focus of your clear intention coupled with the power of the eight guas, combine to create energetic support that can manifest in ways that can astonish. By placing a symbolic item, called an enhancement, in a specific gua, I have seen clients’ Bagua adjustments bring cars, relationships, money and more into their lives. What treasure do you want to uncover?
Ready to start bringing the riches of the Feng Shui Bagua Map into your life? Start by downloading your own copy of my FREE Bagua Map. The next step will be to draw your home’s floorplan then place the Bagua Map. Be aware that your particular circumstance, such as an extremely irregular house shape or challenging life situation, may require professional assistance. I am happy to help, and you may contact me any time. But, I encourage all of you to begin the grand adventure of working with your home’s Bagua Map today. Please let me know how it goes for you!
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I have agonized for years over all the dos and don’ts, rights and wrongs of directions for specific rooms, colors, furniture, stove, bed, etc. placements. I’ve tried basing Feng Shui specifics on my birthday, directional, and non-directional. Eventually, they all seem to be in contradiction with one another. My house seems to have some horrible and unfixable problem in everything I read, according to the above mentioned based methods.
I need to talk with someone. I cannot find the answers to my specific questions on line. I do, however, believe there is something very wrong with this house. I just do not understand what to do to remedy it, aside from tearing it down and building something new. Even with that being done, my home would still face a very bad direction. (According to my birth date.)
After 17 years, I’m now questioning if moving isn’t the best answer?
H-e-l-p M-e, P-L-E-A-S-E!!
Thank you, for taking time to read this.
Barbara, Feng Shui information can be so confusing – I’ve spent the past 18 years investigating many different facets of it and understand your dilemma. In general, it is my belief that some Feng Shui practitioners and teachers can be very rigid in their interpretation of this ancient wisdom. Do not despair and keep in mind that Feng Shui has developed over thousands of years and continues to evolve. Perhaps my post Feng Shui Confusion may be useful in the near term. I will email you directly to discuss your individual needs.
I would like to know what entrance of my house should I consider the “front door” to map out my house if I have two entrances, the main front door but hardly use?, or a side door that we always use because it’s more practical?, please help
Lidia, I practice Essential Feng Shui. This approach advises to use the architectural front door. My post on the Feng Shui Front Door will give you detailed information on how to determine yours, which I would assume is what you call the “main” front door, the one you hardly use. This is very common but my approach still uses that door as the home’s entrance point for Ch’i energy.