On your Feng Shui travels, you may have come across the term Bagua, or ba-gua, and wondered what it referred to.
A bagua is a traditionally a octagonal shaped grid that contains symbols of the I Ching. The I Ching, which is also referred to as the Classic of Changes or Book of Changes in English, is the oldest of Chinese ancient divination texts.
Feng Shui practitioners use the bagua to find optimum positions and understand specific areas of both their homes and lives. They can also carry out these readings for people who want to aid the energy flow in their own homes.
In basic terms, the bagua allows someone to create an energy map of your home, office or garden.
The most effective way of doing this in your own home is to create your own bagua map.
Creating your own bagua to enhance feng shui
To do this, you will need to sketch the layout of your home, in pencil so you can easily make changes. Try to keep your house roughly to scale.
While traditionally, bagua’s were created using an octagonal shape, rectangles will work as well and will be much easier for you to use.
With that being said, draw a large square around your layout and divide this into a grid of nine. Make sure all rectangles are equal sizes. Your front entrance door should be at the edge of the lower grid, representing the mouth of the chi. It may be in the bottom left, bottom centre, or bottom right rectangle depending on the layout of your house.
With this being done, you should clearly be able to see certain rooms falling into different areas of the grid. Some rooms may fall into two or more spaces and that is perfectly fine. You will be focussing on the grid that most of the room lays in.
Now you know which areas certain rooms within your house fall in, you need to know what these grids represent. They represent life areas or energy centres, and each corresponds with a different part of your life.
You can see an example below:
Understanding the areas of the feng shui bagua
Use the above bagua if you are seeking to enhance specific areas in your life. It aligns with the outline you have drawn and now you know exactly what each area represents. For example, if you were looking to promote abundance, this would correlate with the first grid on the bagua.
You would then look at your own layout and see what room that corresponds with. It might be your kitchen for example. If so, you would need to ensure that your kitchen contains the correct feng shui to promote abundance and prosperity.
This is a fire element which can be highlighted with instances of purple, green or gold. Triangular and pyramid shapes work to promote this energy also.
Ideally, you don’t only want to focus on one area as this may create an imbalance. Instead, you need to make sure that all areas of your home are aligning properly to the bagua and promoting the specific energy that they are meant to.
In this way, you can achieve total balance and harmony across all areas of your life.
What are you waiting for? Give it a go and start making the changes necessary to living a happy and harmonious life.