Feng Shui participants in the art and science often have limited understanding of one of the greatest and most powerful of Feng Shui –indeed “The Bagua”. Just what is this Bagua and how can I and my families use it to good purpose?
Bagua provides all the guidelines necessary to carry on with work
To begin with by means of a simple yet thorough explanation – the”Bagua”is a practical means of applying the philosophical principles of I Ching ( also referred to and called “The Book of Changes”) to the science , art and practice of Feng Shui. No doubt about it to those familiar with this Chinese discipline that shape itself has an effect on the flow of energy and balance. Hence as both direct and indirect results the Bagua can be used like a map and applied to you’re your plot of land, your house, rooms and even furniture.
For many centuries the Chinese have consulted the I Ching or Book of Changes to give great insight into situations analogous in the same way that other cultures have used Tarot Cards, horoscopes and runes. The key to I Ching are trigrams which indicate degrees of yin and yan as well as the idea of constant cyclical change – the eight stages of life. The octagonal shape of the eight trigrams with unbroken lines. .
Each of these represent the eight life situations – prosperity , fame, relationships, creative energy, travel and helpful people, career, knowledge and family and lastly health – with the taiji (Tai Chi) in the middle , represented by the yin/yang symbol of complementary opposites.
Don’t be confused in the beginning of your learning and exposure to this tool of Feng Shui. You will sometimes find the Bagua represented as an octagonal shape and sometimes in the square luo-shu.
Yet the next question is how you as a budding practitioner and enthusiast use the Bagua do?
Start by placing the Bagua over a plan of your home or room so that you can identify your own particular problem area or areas of concern and then set about to take corrective steps in balancing them out. As an example you can activate the relationship corner of your home or your bedroom for example if you are single and out on the prowl for partner. In business alternatively you can relocate or place your cash register in the “wealth area” of your business premises or shop in order to increase customer traffic and profits.
Yet note and remember that to apply Bagua most effectively you will need a plan of your house, building or office drawn to scale.
This can be done in a low tech fashion with graph paper or with computer drawing and integrated Feng Shui computer programs for your home PC or Mac computer. As part of the process on the graph paper you will need to locate the “center” and the “front” areas.
The “front door’ is where the qi enters your block of land, home , office or room and its position will always help you determine how the Bagua should be placed. The front door will always fall in one of three areas depending on whether your door is placed in the center ( career) , to the right of center as you are facing it ( travel and helpful people) or to the left ( knowledge and intuition).
Improve Your Existence Using a Feng Shui Bagua Map
The feng shui bagua map can help you strengthen all the important areas of your life.
In order to identify the location of bagua zones in your home, you need a compass, a diagram of the house, and the bagua grid. First, determine where north is in the room (with the compass). Then take the diagram of the home, apply the bagua grid, and match the north to the career sector (by compass). The sector of fame should be in the south.
Now we know where each zone is. In order to improve a particular area (career, love, money), you need to locate the respective zone and activate it. Similarly, you can use the feng shui bagua map to locate the zone in a particular room and activate it.
How to activate the zone? Each zone has its own color and element. To activate the zone, clean and tidy it, and place the specific color / element in this zone.
Wealth: element is wood, colors are green and purple. It’s responsible for wealth, material status and power. Activate this zone, and money will come to you. Here, you can put a small decorative fountain, aquarium, plant with round leaves, or a painting of a beautiful waterfall.
Fame: element is fire, color is red. It’s responsible for supporting the individual; it will help to achieve success and recognition. Activate this sector, and you’ll be able to achieve fame and success much faster. Here, you can hang your diplomas, certificates, awards, or medals. You can also place a crystal pyramid, or peacock.
Love: element is earth, colors are terracotta and earth shades. It helps to find harmony in a relationship. Activate using red or pink. You can put items that symbolize the unity of the dual, for example, a photo of you and your beloved person, or figures in pairs. There are also various elements that activate love that you can find in Feng shui stores. For example, a red panel with ancient Chinese hieroglyphs meaning love, or chimes with hearts. You can also light 2 red candles and tell yourself that love will come soon.
Children and creativity: element is metal, colors are white, ash, silver and metallic. This sector is responsible for the children, creativity and new ideas. Here you can use children’s drawings, crystals and decorative flowers.
Life aides, advisers and travel: element is metal, colors are metallic, silver and gold. This sector is responsible for those who come to your aid in difficult situations. This sector is also responsible for travel. Activate by placing metal objects, such as a bell. Just ring the bell when you need help, and help will come.
Career: element is water, colors are black and blue. This sector can help to resolve career issues. Activate by placing a figurine of turtles or other items related to water: a small fountain, aquarium, or a painting of a river.
Wisdom and knowledge: element is earth, colors are beige and all shades of brown. If you want to study well or plan to go to a university, then this zone is for you. Activate it, and you will become wiser. Hang a bookshelf, or a picture of people whom you would like to follow.
Family: element is wood, color is green. This sector is responsible for the interpersonal and family relationships. Put decorative plants, family photos or a photo of a loved one.
Health: element is earth, color is terracotta. This sector is responsible for health. An excellent option would be to place a large crystal chandelier here.
The feng shui bagua map is an excellent tool. If you learn to use it, you may achieve numerous improvements in all aspects of your life.