Spring Cleaning 2.0: Incorporating The Bagua
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Spring Cleaning 2.0: Incorporating The Bagua


Hopefully the weather has inspired your annual clearing of the house clutter, throwing out the old to prepare for the new. Perhaps this year you feel like taking your home cleansing to the next level, but don’t know how. If your ready for more advanced feng shui, it’s time to work in the Bagua.

The Bagua is a diagram consisting of eight areas or houses. The literal translation is Ba (eight) Gua (house). Sections of each home and each room correspond to different life areas, with each house named after a specific I Ching trigram representing a particular aspect of life.

The Eight houses (Guas) Are:

  1. Wealth, Abundance

  2. Fame, Reputation

  3. Romance, Relationships

  4. Family, Ancestors

  5. Children, Creativity, Future

  6. Knowledge, Spirituality

  7. Career Opportunity

  8. Helpful People, Travel

There are eight external guas and one central guas called the "Tai Chi", a symbol denoting the perfect balance of the constantly flowing energies of yin and yang - polar opposites. Each gua is assigned a specific trigram, number, element, season, color, body organ, family member, symbol, location and other life aspects in resonance with that trigram sector. Nearly everything we encounter in life can be ascribed to a particular gua. The Bagua is THE ESSENTIAL TOOL in Feng Shui work.

The center gua also represents Earth (one of the five elements of nature). These five elements and chi (energy) form the foundation theory for achieving Feng Shui balance.

The Five Elements Are:

  1. Fire

  2. Earth

  3. Metal

  4. Water

  5. Wood

The Bagua is an energetic map, used to diagnose the energy qualities of a space. Using the map, one can divide any space into nine sections, each with its own corresponding set of influences and energies (chi). By laying the Bagua over a floorplan, one divides the plan into nine areas (guas). Each one of these holds a different energy and relates to a specific area of your life. The Bagua enables you to pinpoint the areas you need or wish to work on and then proceed with knowledge and awareness.

Put the chart over your floorplan, keeping in mind where the main entrance of your home is located in relation to the bottom of the chart. Look at where your rooms land.

The far right corner is your relationship area. Is that room dark or empty? Devoid of whimsy?

The far left corner is your area of wealth. Is that room orderly or chaotic?

You may be very surprised to find that unfulfilled areas in your life are corresponding to trouble spots in your home’s interior design.


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