BAGUA BASICS

2018-08-26T04:26:22+00:00 August 26th, 2018|

WELL BEING AND HARMONY

Feng Shui is a multi-layered art that has to be studied in depth to fully understand all its implications. It can be a little daunting. Yet by applying the basic principles, anyone can improve feelings of wellbeing and bring harmony to everyday surroundings.

In simple terms, bagua literally means 8 symbols and is a map that shows which areas of your home are connected to which specific areas of your life. The ninth position is in the center of the octagon and governs the self.

Remodeling forces you to reassess your space. Once your new room or home is finished, look at it with Feng Shui eyes. Introduce items, shapes and colors that represent the five elements of Feng Shui.  The bagua map will help you decide where best to locate them, in order to maximize their influence. You can use the map as an overall plan for your whole house, or for individual rooms.  Traditional Feng Shui uses a compass to establish the exact directions that relate to your home. An alternative version is known as Western Style or Black Hat Sect Feng Shui. Despite the long name, it is a lot easier to apply.  Your starting point is your front entrance.

DRAW YOUR LAYOUT

To begin draw a large square or rectangle that is closest in shape to the outline of your home. Divide this layout into nine equal squares. Mark your front door at the bottom of the drawing in the left, center or right box. This is where energy or chi enters your home. Mark the approximate location of each room in relation to the front door and don’t worry if some rooms overlap the squares. Overlay the bagua map on your drawing to see which rooms in your home correspond to which facet of your life.

REPLACE NEGATIVITY WITH POSITIVITY

You are now ready to enhance your environment to help you achieve your goals and aspirations. Consider which areas of your life you are unhappy with. For example, if you are having money issues, you may want to amplify the wealth corner of your home. If you have been fighting with your spouse, take a good look at the marriage area of your home.  Is it empty or over cluttered or neglected?

Remedy these areas with Feng shui in order to attract auspicious chi energy and see whether these aspects of your life start to improve.  You have nothing to lose, and reassessing your living space is always beneficial. If you want your life to change, you must instigate changes and what better time than right now.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is right now.”Chinese Proverb

HOW TO ACTIVATE AN AREA

You can activate an area by introducing actual items, as well as appropriate shapes and colors. Have at look at our article BRING THE FIVE ELEMENTS OF FENG SHUI INTO YOUR HOME for a more detailed explanation. Here is a quick overview. The numbers below correspond to the sections of the bagua map.

1. CAREER & WORK SUCCESS

Activate to Get a better job, achieve promotion, reach goals
Element Water, such as water features and fountains
Shape Free form
Color Black, dark blue

2. RELATIONSHIPS, LOVE AND MARRIAGE

ACTIVATION EFFECT
Activate to Improve relationships, attract love and romance
Element Earth such as pottery, crystals, stones
Shape Square
Color Pink, white

3. FAMILY, DESCENDANTS, CHILDREN

ACTIVATION EFFECT
Activate to Strengthen family and social life
Element Wood, such as plants; family photos
Shape Rectangle
Color Green, blue

4. PROSPERITY, WEALTH & ABUNDANCE

ACTIVATION EFFECT
Activate to Generate cash flow; increase fortune
Element Wood such as plants; symbols of wealth
Shape Rectangle
Color Purple, gold

5. HEALTH & WELL BEING

ACTIVATION EFFECT
Activate to Increase vitality; overcome illness
Element Earth such as pottery, crystals, stones
Shape Square
Color Yellow, orange

6.  HELPFUL PEOPLE, TRAVEL

ACTIVATION EFFECT
Activate to   Attract mentors and helpful people; protect while traveling
Element   Metal such as silver, copper, brass
Shape    Circle, oval
Color    Gray

7. CHILDREN & CREATIVITY

ACTIVATION EFFECT
Activate to Boost creativity; enhance playful qualities
Element Metal such as silver, copper, brass
Shape Circle, oval
Color Gray

8. PERSONAL GROWTH & SPIRITUALITY

ACTIVATION EFFECT
Activate to Encourage study and self-knowledge; increase spiritual awareness
Element Earth such as pottery, crystals, stones
Shape Square
Color Blue, green

9. FAME & REPUTATION

ACTIVATION EFFECT
Activate to Establish a reputation; become recognized
Element Fire such as candles, leather, good lighting
Shape Triangle
Color Red