Feng Shui Q & A : How To Use The Bagua Map

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A reader got very confused when trying to use the bagua map:

“I am quite confused at conflicting advice from different feng shui web sites re: how to orient the bagua map. This seems to be split into two:
1.  Find Magnetic North through a compass (e.g. compass in iPhone) and align the “North” sector of the Bagua map with that
2.  Position the map such that the bottom part (the “North” sectors of Career, Helpful People, Knowledge) are in line with the front door
If I follow the compass rule, my front door is in the magnetic South wall of my house and so what is lined up with it are the Wealth, Fame and Love sectors. This means that I am not following the second rule (Position the map such that the bottom part (the “North” sectors of Career, Helpful People, Knowledge) are in line with the front door).
Which one is correct?

My Answer:

I don’t deal with compasses.  Compasses have no bearing on how we modern individuals experience space on a personal level in my opinion.  My opinion is not shared universally in feng shui.  What direction you face is far less meaningful to me than the host of other physical and energetic data that you process as you enter and inhabit a space.

I find compasses to be very disempowering, too. Lets say the compass says your front door is in the wrong place… and its “inauspicious” (Oh how I loathe those statements!)… what do you do? Do you remodel your home? Do you worry every day that your life is screwed because if the way your door faces on a compass?  Its lunacy and madness to deal with such condemnation.

So, in my opinion, what is “correct” is to see how your space is laid out using the bagua aligned so the bottom row of the bagua includes your front door.  That’s all! Very simple! 

Good luck! xoxo Dana

karina January 31, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Thank you for this and for your reasoning. However, I’m still not sure I understand your ultimate conclusions either. If the compass is not related to how we perceive or experience space, why is it that there is still a “map” of a space based on external concepts such as a bagua rather than on how the space is actually used. In other words, if the bedroom is where we make love and romance, then why is it not the “love & relationships” part of the house regardless of whether it’s in the back right corner of the house? If we eat junkfood in the living room, dining and/or kitchen, why is the “health” portion of the house in the center of it if those spaces are not in the center? etc….

Thank you.

danaclaudat February 1, 2013 at 2:04 am

the bagua evolved based on optimal survival for people thousands of years ago and is passed down as a sort of imprint opf how we experiewnce space. that’s why. I hope that makes a bit of sense. its a very big subject and i do understand your question, but the answer to your question is also that the area of your home where your specific bedroom is will inform the TYPES of relationships you have. (ie, different for bedroom in “wisdom” versus bedrooms in “money” vs. bedrooms in “creativity” areas of the bagua. 🙂

Lorraine February 3, 2013 at 8:34 am

So my bedroom is in the money & self-empowerment area, and my kids’ bedroom is in the love and relationships area…perhaps that’s why my marriage ended catastrophically?? Lol…I do not want to switch rooms!! Sighhhh…any other remedies? Please and thank you 🙂

danaclaudat February 4, 2013 at 6:51 am

Don;t worry about it. If you want your bedroom there, perhaps you were meant to meet someone who enhances your business or boosts your finances!? Id be remiss to tell you why your marriage ended, but this is not necessarily a bad thing at all!!! Try to put your bed centered on the wall opposide the entrance door, or thereabouts 🙂

loretta March 18, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Hi Dana, I have enjoyed reading you…I will just get to the meat of a lot what has happened to me lately. Within a year, I stayed in the state but moved to another city (beautifully spirited city) with a live-in boyfriend (older than me) to build a small 1200 sq ft home. Building this house did not work out for us anymore, living in a tiny travel trailer for a year was not good, and ultimately had to break up (which turned into “WAR OF THE ROSES”). I am staying in this beautiful little city and in the process of buying my first home (woohoo), plus job hunting! This first home for me is a new mobile home in a senior/family community- yep, 900 sq.ft., 2/2 and I am looking forward to applying your feng shui tips! I am a true believer of Feng Shui – my number is “4” and my color is “brown, dark green”. I will do my best to follow and stay in spirit.

danaclaudat March 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm

welcome Loretta!!!! And you can make all of this fengshui personal to you. This article explains a bit more & may help to empower you further on your awesome path!!! http://www.fengshuidana.com/2013/03/15/feng-shui-woo-woo-superstition/

Hannah October 6, 2013 at 4:54 am

So many of these seem to me to be different words for the same thing. How does Legacy differ from Children/Creativity? How does Power/Fame differ from Self/Career, or Self-Empowerment/Money? To me, these things have the same sort of function in my life. My career, when it is strong, increases my sense of self-empowerment, my fame (I do freelance work, so much of my success depends on name recognition and reputation), and my money. My legacy is what I send out ahead of me, namely, my children and my creative endeavors. Or is legacy where I am coming from? I would love to see an in-depth description of the function of each square–not just what color or gemstone works for that corner or wall, but how it actually relates to our day-to-day living.

danaclaudat October 7, 2013 at 6:51 pm

you are very right Hannah that these areas are all interrelated, but all with specific properties of their own. I wrote an entire book with greater depth of discussion of each area, as well as a DIY guide to creating your own feng shui’d home. http://www.fengshuidana.com/feng-shui-101-how-to-transform-the-place-where-you-live-into-a-home-that-you-love/

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