So what is the Feng Shui Bagua? The Bagua, also called a “Pa kua” in some schools of Feng Shui, is a fundamental philosophical concept from ancient China, which represents a map of the energetic world. Compass School Feng Shui, Classical School Feng Shui, Black Hat Feng Shui, and Pyramid Feng Shui all use the principles and ancient teachings of the Bagua. The Bagua also corresponds to the Lo Shu, which is also referred to as the magic square, used in Flying Star Feng Shui.
The Bagua is traditionally shown as an octagon shape as above, but it can also be displayed as a nine grid layout. The Bagua map will show you where certain areas of your home, room or plot of land are in relations to certain aspects of life. The layout can also identify areas that may be missing. The Bagua can locate areas easily that you may want to enhance or improve such as wealth and love. The Bagua has been used for thousands of years and is one of the methods used to ascertain the Feng Shui of any given environment.
The Bagua divides any space into nine areas. Each area corresponds to different aspects of your life. These nine areas of life are divided into such categories as: future/ fame, relationships/marriage, children/creativity, helpful people/travel, career/self, wisdom/knowledge, family/descendants, health/unity and wealth/prosperity. Whatever you find that is going on energetically (good or bad) in that part of your space can affect certain aspects of your life.
When using the Western Bagua you will align the bottom edge of the Bagua on the wall where the door is located. The Bagua should cover the entire space. Bagua placements vary depending upon the school of Feng Shui being followed. Many Feng Shui schools state the door to a home or room will either fall into the wisdom, career, or helpful people area of the Bagua. The door can also overlap in more than one area depending on the door placement in the floor plan or individual room. In Pyramid Feng Shui the door is always in the career / self-area. If there is more than one way to enter a space, orient the Bagua to your main door entrance. For example, many people enter their homes through a garage. You will still want to align the Bagua with the main front door of your home. Compass School Feng Shui will align the Bagua over the entire floor plan in accordance with the compass directions regardless of where the front door may be.
The Bagua Mirror is often seen in Feng Shui Stores. Bagua means “‘Eight Trigram”. On a Bagua mirror the Trigrams are arranged to show the cosmic order of total harmony. The Bagua mirrors are used often to remedy negative energy and/or surrounding influences. A (Sha chi line or poisonous arrow) maybe present at your home’s main entrance due to a T-junction, a large tree or a lamp post might be inline with your space’s front door which can create problems. A Feng Shui Bagua mirror is ALWAYS to be placed OUTSIDE never inside the home. For those that do not like to use Chinese looking items a plain convex or concave mirror can be hung outside depending on what your remedy is being used for.