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What is the Feng Shui Bagua Map? The ULTIMATE guide for applying it to your home!

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If you want to understand Feng Shui and how to apply it to your space, one of the first things you need to understand is the feng shui bagua map.

what is the feng shui bagua map

What is the feng shui bagua map?

The bagua is a feng shui energy map that you can place over your space so that you can accurately apply feng shui cures. 

Each part of the bagua reflects an area of your life, such as health, creativity, family, and money.  

When you use the bagua map, you can easily understand which areas of your space need to change in order to make your life better.

How does the bagua map work?

The bagua map shows you which areas of your home relate to the different areas of your life. 

Once you know where the different feng shui areas of your home are, you can then apply feng shui tips to enhance those areas. 

So if you want more abundance in your life, you’d apply feng shui money enhancing cures to that area of your home.  If you want more love in your life, you’d apply feng shui tips to your love area.

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How do I apply the bagua map to my house?

I study and practice Western feng shui, so I use the Western feng shui bagua map.  There are other schools of feng shui, so if you study one of those, you’ll use a different bagua map. 

But if you are new to feng shui or don’t really know which bagua to use, I recommend starting with the Western bagua map because it’s the easiest to understand and apply. 

Here’s a picture of the Western bagua map:

feng shui energy map

As you can see, the Western feng shui bagua map divides your space into 9 equal areas.  

To apply the feng shui energy map, you line the bottom 3 areas of the bagua to align with your front door (or the door you use to enter your home the most, which could be somewhere else!) 

This means the front door will always be in the knowledge/self-cultivation area, the career area, or the helpful people/travel area.  

For my home, we use the front door the most, so our entrance is in the career area of our home.

You then divide your home into 9 equal areas based on the map.  So when you stand at the front door, looking inside your home:

  • The front door (or other entrance) always lines up with either knowledge/self-cultivation, career, or helpful people/travel.
  • The middle sections of your home are always: family/legacy, health, and children/creativity.
  • The far back sections of your home are always: money, fame, and love/relationships.

If your home isn’t perfectly square, you still divide your home into 9 equal(ish) areas. 

My home is a wide rectangle, so my sections are rectangular. 

If your home is a narrow rectangle, your sections will be narrow rectangles.

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The feng shui  bagua map also applies to individual rooms in your home.

The bagua can apply to your whole home, but it can also apply to each individual room in your home. 

So each room has it’s own career area, money area, love area, etc.  Orient the door of the room to the bottom of the map.

Applying the bagua to individual rooms is extremely helpful when you live with others, because you can feng shui your own space and not worry as much about everyone else’s. 

Feng shui is all about intention, so if you try to feng shui your significant other’s office, for example, and they don’t care as much about what you want, the intention won’t work as well. 

Instead, use feng shui in the whole home or in your own room to strengthen your intentions!

The bagua map also applies to your whole property.

Not only does the bagua apply to your home and its individual rooms, but it applies to your whole property as well! 

To apply the bagua map to your property, orient the map in the same way – wherever you enter the property aligns with the bottom of the map. 

This means your yard has a health area, money area, love area, etc! 

When you first learn of feng shui it can be overwhelming to think of not only using tips in your whole home, but each individual room, and then the whole lot. 

Just know that wherever you start, it is good enough and a little goes a long way! 

You don’t have to feng shui everything in order to see results. 

Start with one intention and one or two feng shui cures and then take a break and see what happens! 

You can see a powerful change with just ONE intention, so don’t get overwhelmed!

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What do the colors mean on the feng shui map?

The colors on the map represent the colors most associated with that area.  So purple is associated with wealth, yellow is associated with health, etc. 

That doesn’t mean that you have to paint those areas those colors or that other colors will ruin those areas! 

The colors apply more to feng shui cures and tips for those areas, so don’t worry too much about the colors in your overall decor. 

Always have the colors that you LOVE in your home and don’t just use colors because the map tells you to!

How do you apply the bagua to an irregular space?

In Western feng shui, the bagua is applied equally,  no matter the shape of the home. 

You break the entire floor plan into 9 equal spaces.  If your home is a rectangle, for example, your “squares” might be more like rectangles.

This is okay and is exactly how it should look if you’re doing it correctly!

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Does the bagua apply to your garage?

YES! Every space, even the garage and closets, count.  Feng shui includes every area, even if you’d rather it didn’t.😉

What do you do if you apply the feng shui bagua map to your home and you are missing a space?

Let’s say your home is a “u” shape with patio area that is technically “missing” from the enclosed space of your home. 

The Western bagua would include that space, even though it’s technically outside.  And you would apply cures to that area to balance it out and include it in your home.

You might also have an area that “bumps out” and extends past the bagua squares. 

Those areas would be included as well, and would be considered an extension of whichever area is closest. 

For example, if your dining area is in your wealth area, and extends past the square of the bagua, that area would be considered the wealth area.

It just gives you extra space to boost that area!

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How do you apply the bagua to an upper level?

You apply the bagua to your upstairs spaces by again, orienting the entrance to the upper level to the bottom of the map.

BUT, a lot of times the upper levels contain mostly bedrooms and bathrooms. 

In that case, it might be more helpful to apply the bagua to individual rooms instead of treating the whole upper level as one. 

Think of the bedrooms as personal rooms containing the feng shui intentions of whoever sleeps there. 

In other words, don’t worry too much about your kids’ bedrooms being perfectly feng-shuied. 

You can definitely help them arrange their rooms according to feng shui principles, but you can’t feng shui for someone else. 

And their rooms won’t affect your over-all intentions for your home, so don’t worry!

How do you apply the feng shui map to the basement?

The same way you apply the map to an upstairs level also applies to the downstairs level. 

You would orient the map so the bottom of the map aligns to the entrance.

But again, it might be more helpful to apply the bagua map to the individual rooms.

When it comes to applying the bagua, it’s really more of an art than a science in the Western school of feng shui. 

What’s important is that you should just pick one way of applying it and stick to it. 

This means that you can’t really get it wrong, because your intention is to raise the chi of your entire home, so everything counts.

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How do you apply the bagua if you have roommates or don’t control areas of your home?

What happens if you have roommates and their bedrooms are off limits to you? How do you apply the bagua? 

These areas do count towards the chi of your living space, but since you can’t control them, just don’t count them in your bagua. 

Each person is responsible for their own chi, and it could affect you, but YOUR chi will also affect them!

You can only raise the chi of the areas you control, so don’t get too caught up in feeling responsible for their space.

What if you only live in one room? How do you apply the bagua?

Again, even though the whole home “counts” in feng shui, your feng shui cures WILL work if you apply them only to your personal space. 

Use feng shui in the rooms you control and don’t worry too much about the rest!

How do you apply the feng shui bagua map to an apartment?

The same rules apply – you orient the bagua to the entrance of your apartment. 

The same way you don’t pay rent for other people in the complex, you should treat your apartment as your home and don’t worry about the other people in the building. 

Treat your individual space as yours. Don’t worry about the shared spaces.

Can you apply the bagua wrong?

When it comes to feng shui, your intention matters more than anything else. 

And sure, the different areas of your home are IMPORTANT, but you can’t really do it wrong. 

If your home seems complicated (maybe it’s a weird shape so the bagua doesn’t seem to apply “correctly”) then start by using the map in individual rooms instead! 

Each individual area of the bagua affects every other area. 

Each area also “bleeds” into every other area. 

So look at your home as a whole and decide which areas need energetic attention. 

If you’d like more abundance, cleaning up that far left corner of your home (and each individual room) counts more than worrying about whether your feng shui money bowl is directly in the money area or if it’s technically in your home’s fame area. 

Your intention matters the most and the Universe WILL respond. 

Don’t get too hung up on the technical aspects of each individual area and just get started!

In conclusion, when it comes to applying the feng shui bagua map, it’s really more of an art than a science in the Western school of feng shui. 

What’s important is that you should just pick one way of applying it and stick to it. 

This means that you can’t really get it wrong, because your intention is to raise the chi of your entire home, so everything counts.

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Friday 16th of September 2022

Hi, thank you very much for the great information. I have a problem, my house is in an L-shape. When I enter, I face the passage wall and the lounge/dining room is to my left and my back. Should I look at the lounge/dining room with the Bagua map separate from the rest of the house?

Many thanks

marnie victoriano

Wednesday 13th of April 2022

Hi Rachel, where do I put my bowl for wealth.I have a small entry hall with the coat closet on the left.then the living room with an open divider towards the family room.I place my wealth bowl on the left side of the that the right area?Then is it ok to have 2 bracelets?I have an obsidian with the pixiu and a jade with the pixiu too.I place the obsidian inside the wealth bowl.I plan to use it that ok?


Wednesday 8th of December 2021

Is it bad to have a black marble shower and tub in love and happiness...the floor is white marble.


Wednesday 24th of February 2021

Thank you for you giving us your priceless time..please let me know hw i apply baugua on my home plan..coz my entrance is on southwest hw can i apply this for my entrance is on corner on my not middle like as bagua map.plese explain this mam.


Friday 12th of February 2021

Hi so with the bagua map how does one read it as you say just place it at the front door But I see maps where NSEW then other bagua maps are opposite I tried to feng shui my office last year ended in such a rutt I just couldn't handle it as it got soo confusing and contradictive my house is long rectangular some say about mirrors in bedrooms but others say mirrors reflect more light into a bedroom that's another thing so confusing this is why I end up just leaving things in the too hard file and too I have yellow walls through out my whole house except for my bedroom where my husband (dec'd) did an extension on it and painted the walls back to a beige/creme colour I feel okay in the bedroom with those colours same as we had before painted the walls a yellow colour when we moved back due to building another house and rented our own out but that's around 20yrs maybe it's tru that yellow on walls is bad luck I've never had so much bad luck as I have (and scammed big time too) no matter how hard I try I bought a sitting buda back in 2013?? and have moved it around the house even outside as it didn't bring luck along with a couple of others and sitting buda is now outside out the back of the house in NE area hope you can help me to understand how to read or place the correct directional points to make it easier for me thank you.