About the Feng Shui Bagua

The Feng Shui bagua can be drawn in many forms and is an indispensable tool in most schools of Feng Shui. It is a diagram, a Chinese flowchart, to universal energies for a person’s life goals and paths. Originating from the I Ching and the Lo Shu, bagua is literally translated as “eight house.” It consists of eight external spaces or guas and a central one called the Tai Ji or center. Each of the eight houses is named by a trigram, and points to a specific direction, number, element, season, color, body organ, family member, symbol, location and other life aspects in resonance with that trigram sector. Using the bagua in conjunction with Feng Shui cures can positively influence one’s chi, finances, love life, creativity, health, environment, and other personal life issues.

Interpretations of the Feng Shui bagua vary among Feng Shui disciplines. The center of the grid is called the Tai Ji. The eight surrounding guas are:

Kan (K’an) – commonly known as Career
associated with North, element Water, colors black and dark blue, the kidney, bladder, ear, and the sense of hearing,and relates to your success and your relationship with the world outside your home

Gen (Ken) – commonly known as knowledge and self cultivation, self actualization
associated with Northeast, element yang Earth, colors brown to yellow and blue to green, the spleen, stomach, pancreas, the sense of taste, and the symbol Mountain.

Zhen (Chen) – commonly known as ancestors/family or health and family
associated with East, element of Yang Wood, color green, the sense of sight and eyes, as well as the liver, gall bladder, extremities, muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Xun (Hsun) – commonly known as wealth and prosperity
associated with Southeast, element Wood, colors green or purple, liver, gall bladder, ligaments, tendons, muscles, hips, thigh, and sense of sight.

Li (Li) – commonly known as fame and reputation
associated with South, element Fire, color red, heart, small intestine, blood, eye, and the sense of touch and feeling, symbol Fire.

Kun (K’un) – commonly known as marriage and family, love and relationships
associated with Southwest, element of yin Earth, colors brown to yellow, the spleen, pancreas, stomach (belly), and sense of taste, mouth.

Dui (Tui) – commonly known as children/creativity
associated with West, element of Metal, color white, sense of smell, mouth, large intestines, lungs, and skin.

Qian (Ch’ien) – commonly known as travel and benefactors, helpful people
associated with Northwest, element of Metal, colors grey, white, metallic gold or silver, the head, lungs, large intestines, skin and the sense of smell.

The bagua is always aligned with the wall containing the front door or main entrance to any living/working space; and the bagua and can be applied to the entire structure or to a individual room or say apartment and even a piece of furniture such as a desk. You can also apply the bagua to the main entry point of any exterior location such as the entire property, a backyard or a small garden space.

When implementing cures or enhancements using the compass method, both the environment and the inhabitant’s personal energy are important. We divide the building or space into nine different areas using the luo pan or compass for the eight different compass directions (south, southwest, west, etc) and the center. Additionally, the age of the building is important as different years have potentially different effects on those working and living there.

A few examples of the bagua

Western Bagua/Source Ken Lauer

Compass Bagua/Source Feng Shui Nexus

How Big is Your Bagua?
The space you are mapping depends on the size of the guas. While some schools of thought lay out the grid of nine squares equally, given that energy flow is fluid and uncontained, know that a bit of energy flow will ebb throughout the surrounding guas. Additionally, any extensions of a structure, due to the shape of the building itself or through additions such as decks or porches, extend the outer reaches of the bagua edges. If a shape is not rectangular or square, this may result in missing areas or guas that can be addressed and remedied through advanced techniques by an educated professional.