Begin by standing at the entrance to the property or home or room, facing the entrance. Lay the bagua on the space with the front edge along the furthest most front edge of the structure.
The bagua is a rectangular or square grid that extends to the edges of all sides and corners. A tic-tac-toe grid is drawn dividing the entire shape into 9 quadrants. When a floor plan or blueprint is not completely square, you are often left with missing areas, corners or guas. This can cause an imbalance in your life and space that can then be adjusted any number of ways using Feng Shui.
See examples below, where the red lines represent the layout of the bagua. The shaded areas represent missing corners or guas where added support and attention should be placed to balance the floor plan.
The nine life areas, or guas are (facing the structure):
CAREER (front center)
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
KNOWLEDGE AND SELF CULTIVATION, SELF ACTUALIZATION (front left)
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.
HEALTH AND FAMILY, ANCESTORS AND FAMILY (middle left)
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.
WEALTH AND PROSPERITY (back left)
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.
FAME AND REPUTATION (back center)
associated with South, element Fire, color red, heart, small intestine, blood, eye, and the sense of touch and feeling, symbol Fire.
LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY (back right)
associated with Southwest, element of yin Earth, colors brown to yellow, the spleen, pancreas, stomach (belly), and sense of taste, mouth.
CHILDREN AND CREATIVITY (middle right)
associated with West, element of Metal, color white, sense of smell, mouth, large intestines, lungs, and skin.
HELPFUL PEOPLE AND TRAVEL, TRAVEL AND BENEFACTORS (front right)
associated with Northwest, element of Metal, colors grey, white, metallic gold or silver, the head, lungs, large intestines, skin and the sense of smell.
CENTER, HEALTH (center)
associated with center, element of earth, color yellow.
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.