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Fung Shui: the Bagua Map

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By Samantha Wong

In order to successfully apply feng shui in your home, you need to determine where each room is located on the bagua map. This is simple enough to do but first you need to decide whether you are going to follow the Western (BTB) bagua or the traditional bagua. Both BTB and traditional baguas are divided into sections, connecting areas of your life with areas in your home. Each section also corresponds with one of the five elements.

You can do a BTB bagua reading in three easy steps. Step 1: Draw the BTB bagua grid (pictured) on tracing paper. Step 2: Superimpose your grid over your floor plan, aligning the bottom row of your grid with the wall of your front door. Step 3: Note down which parts of your home are governed by which sections on the bagua grid. This will allow you to work on specific areas in your life by improving the energy in the corresponding area of your home.

A traditional bagua reading works in much the same way, except it takes the points of the compass into account. You need to take the compass reading of your front door in order to line up your bagua grid and floor plan correctly.

Plotting your course

If your floor plan is not a perfect square or rectangle, sections of the bagua will be foreshortened or missed out altogether, and
you’ll have to work at filling in the energy that is lacking. Remedies include introducing potted plants to activate the area or hanging crystals, especially when there is a window. If a whole section is missing, place mirrors on both walls of the interior corner to expand the area.

Extensions, like a bay window or balcony, are a positive in feng shui even if they fall outside the bagua grid. This is because they extend the good energy that you are creating within the bagua.

But back to basics. Once you know where a room fits in the bagua grid, you’ll know which element needs to be supported in it. So, let’s say your living room is in your creativity area, you may want to introduce more of the metal element. Or go at it another way – if you’re worried about your health, pay particular attention to the feng shui in the centre of your home.

You can achieve this through colour and material use. It’s easy enough to invite more wood energy into a space by introducing some green-coloured or real-wood furnishings. But note that the bagua takes things a step further. While you can up the wood energy in the family section of your home by adding green elements, the wealth section of your home, also associated with wood, is boosted by shades of blue, purple and red.

The shapes you choose to decorate with are also important, since each shape represents a specific element. Triangles and stars are associated with fire, squares with earth, round shapes with metal, curvy shapes with water, and rectangles with wood.

In many ways, feng shui is so literal, you can work it out intuitively. Should you decorate the travel corner of your home with photos of countries you want to visit? Yes. Will placing candles and flowers in the love and marriage section of your home boost your sex life? Definitely.

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  • igor Reply

    I always liked Feng Shui, But I admit I do not have a big knowledge about that. I know there is something similar in India called Vastu, but many people say Feng Shui is much better.

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