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 bagua map.
What is the bagua? 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 map reflects an area of your life, such as health, creativity, family, and money.
When you use the bagua, you can easily understand which areas of your space need to change in order to make your life better.
How do you apply the bagua to your space?
First, you have to decide which version of the bagua you’d like to use. There are a few schools of feng shui, but the one I use is the Western school. It is the simplest version to apply, and since I believe your intention is one of the most powerful components of changing your space, I like simple. 🙂
Here’s what the western bagua map looks like:
As you can see, the western bagua divides your space into 9 equal areas.
To apply the 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.
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!
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 the bagua has a missing space?
Let’s say your home has a 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!
How do you apply the bagua to an upper level or basement?
There are two ways to apply the bagua to other areas of your home. You can either treat each level as it’s own space, and apply the bagua from the entrance, just like you did with the main level.
OR you could treat each area as an extension of the lower level (this is what I do). One example of this is a bedroom that is above the family room and it falls in your children/creativity area – you would consider that bedroom as an extension of the children/creativity area, giving that area extra chi.
What happens if you have roommates or children 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.
In conclusion, 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.
Now that you know how to use the bagua, you might want to try these feng shui tips:
- simple feng shui tips for creating a home you love (7 basic feng shui tips that work for anyone!)
- feng shui tips for good luck (9 ways to attract luck to your door with feng shui)
- creating a feng shui wealth bowl – must use tips to manifest more money and abundance!
- feng shui tips for good energy – 8 ways to increase the happiness in your home with feng shui!