The bagua is a map used in feng shui that explains what parts of homes influence specific parts of your life. There are areas in your rooms and home and just about every other space that correlate with relationships, money, family, career and even your influence in the world.
A reader asked an awesome question today about the bagua map because she tried to fit it onto her home’s floor plan and realized that it was not that easy to figure out because her house was irregularly shaped: “ Hi Dana,” she wrote, “I’m wondering if you can help? my house is a weird shape and when mapping the Bagua using my front door a whole room which is on the right of the house (Front door is on left of the room) is missing from the plan completely, not sure how to go about it, any advice is much appreciated!”
Here is my answer:
Let me start by saying that everyone’s experience of space is unique and the bagua is more of a diagnostic tool than the answer to your feng shui completely. To that point, I can tell you much about your place by looking at a floor plan, but I can’t really understand how you are interacting with the space and how it affects you until I see the furniture, your elemental profile, hear you talk about the space with you and, if possible, walk through if not look at detailed photos. The bagua is a jumping off point— it is not the main point.
Align the bottom of this map with the wall that contains the entrance door.
That said, the bagua is a powerful tool and so, lets look at the floor plan above and see what is happening. In this case, we fall into two schools of thought. Option A: Some will say that because this area that extends out from the basic floor plan is so large (the lounge room) that it should be considered that the left corner (where the door is ) is “missing” from the bagua, and that we should draw the bagua to start out at the bottom edge of the lounge room on the floorplan. Option B: Others will say that the far corner where the lounge room is happens to be EXTENDED which means that you have extra of the energy from those areas of your life in your space. Both camps of thought tend to be very certain that they are correct.
This is what I say: If you feel like you are having a hard time with relationships and/or losing your good sense (making bad decisions, etc) since you have been living there I’d be more likely to say that Option A is more likely how you are experiencing your space. If you are having a wellspring of clients and career boom since you have lived in your space (or, conversely, if you are having a total meltdown in these areas in a big way because it is poorly set up) Option B is more likely the case.
When you approach feng shui in my way, EVERY area of the house gets the attention it needs to glow & become balanced and energized, either situation can be made to work in your favor! Also, when you are stuck with the bagua and can’t figure it out, place it over each room individually. Since we experience live room by room, this can be an easier way to navigate the bagua map. Hope this helps!
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