Feng Shui uses an essential tool called the bagua or energy map of a home or business to asses the chi flow. This energy map consists of eight trigrams or life aspects derived from the I Ching.
Each gua corresponds with different life areas, with the center representing health and balance. The major areas are career and life path, knowledge and cultivation, health and family, wealth and good luck, fame and reputation, love and relationships, children and creativity, and helpful people and travel. Standing at the front entrance, the bagua is then superimposed onto your floor plan, aligning the entrance along either the knowledge, career, or helpful people gua. The center front will then be located in the career and life path, the front left will be located in the knowledge and spirituality area , the middle left will be located in the health and family area, and so on. By placing the bagua over your floor plan, it is easy to determine what part of your house represents which part of your life.
The Major Life Aspects of the Bagua
Located at the front center, this gua area represents career and life path. When this area is in balance, life seems to flow smoothly and freely, opportunities present themselves easily and our life purpose is clear and visible. This area is represented by the element of water, the colors black and navy blue, and wavy or odd shapes. Enhance this area with the water element by placing a fountain, an aquarium, picture of a waterfall or use the appropriate color or shape.
Knowledge and Cultivation
Located at the bottom left, this gua area represents our ability to aquire and retain knowledge, our ability to make good decisions and also our spirituality and self-cultivation. This area also represents our self-esteem and inner well being. It is represented by the element of earth, earth tone colors such as beige and brown, and rectangular and square shapes. Enhance this area with the earth element by placing objects such as statues, rocks, crystals, art depicting desert landscape or use the appropriate color or shape.
Health and Family
Located at the center left of the bagua, this life area represents our ability to maintain good health, our family, and our ancestors. It is represented by the element of wood, the color green and turquoise, and upward growth. Enhance this area using the wood element by adding plants, real or artificial, wood furniture, art depicting gardens, plants, trees or use the appropriate color and shape. This area is also appropriate to add religious items and family photos.
Wealth and Prosperity
Located at the far left hand side of the bagua, this life area governs our wealth, prosperity, good luck, and our ability to be receptive. When this area is in balance, money and wealth flow easily in our lives and business and luck are prosperous. It is represented by the element of wood, the colors green and turquoise, and upward growth. Enhance your money and good fortune by adding a large upward growing plant, wooden furniture, or art depicting luscious landscape. Avoid anything that represents the element of fire or metal.
Fame and Reputation
Located at the top middle of the bagua, this life area governs our fame, reputation, and recognition. When this area is in balance, we enjoy a good reputation among friends, family, and work. We are also recognized and appreciated for all we do, and our businesses sustain a good reputation. It is represented by the element of fire, the color red, and shapes such as triangular, pyramid, and star. Enhance this area with the fire element by adding candles, lamps, and decor associated with the element shape or color. This area is also good to place diplomas, certifications, or simply a family photograph to enjoy recognition and respect.
Love and Relationships
Located at the top right area of the bagua, this life area governs our romantic relationships as well as personal, business, or family relationships. When this area is in balance, we enjoy good relationships with loved ones, friends, coworkers. It is represented by the element of earth, the earth tones such as beige and brown, square and rectangular shapes. Enhance your romantic life by adding pairs of items which represent love such as candles, red roses, or pictures of a couple. Enhance further by adding the fire element.
Children and Creativity
Located at the middle left area of the bagua, this life area governs our creative nature, our children and pets, as well as our joy and happiness. When this area is in balance, we enhance our creative nature, enjoy good relationships with our children, and experience joy and happiness. It is represented by the element of metal, shapes such as circular and dome, and the colors gold, white, and grey. Enhance your joy and creativity by placing round or metal objects, add pictures of your children, or keep your creative projects here.
Helpful People and Travel
Located at the bottom right area of the bagua, this life area governs travel and our ability to recieve help from the outside. When this area is in balance, we enjoy travel to places we desire and also recieve help from people when we need it. It is represented by the element of metal, circular and dome shapes, and the colors gold, white, and grey. Enhance this area by adding metal and circular objects, and pictures of the places you desire to travel to.
The most auspacious homes are those that are either square or rectangular in shape, which consist of all eight trigrams. Unfortunately our homes are usually not built that way and are missing part of the map especially here in Arizona. When a part of the bagua is missing in your home or business, that aspect of your life may be lacking. For example, if your money corner is missing, money and abundance might be hard to come by or difficult to hang on to. Curing missing corners is necessary to complete that energy so wealth and prosperity can begin to flow.
When assesing the bagua map, determine what areas of life needs improvement, and simply locate that area in your home or business. Is the area cluttered or dark? Does it represent the appropriate element or is it being weakened? Is this the room that is used for storage and constantly ignored? Is there anything broken in this space? This alone could very well cause disturbances in that part of your life. Cleaning and decluttering will allow for accumelated and stangant chi to flow, in turn shifting the energy created in your life and allow for abundance and improvement.