How To Use A Feng Shui Bagua Map In Your House Or Apartment

Certified Feng Shui Consultant By Marianne Gordon
Certified Feng Shui Consultant
Marianne Gordon is a certified feng shui consultant from the Western School of Feng Shui. She has been learning about feng shui for more than 20 years and practices, teaches, and writes about feng shui on her website Feng Shui With Me.
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Applying feng shui principles to high-traffic areas like your bedroom, living space, or home office can have positive and reverberating effects throughout your life. Feng shui is all about balancing different elements such as wood, fire, earth, metal, and water, and ying with yang. The bagua map (which translates to "eight trigrams" in Chinese) is an important tool for creating this kind of harmony and balance throughout a space.

What is a bagua map, and how can I use it in my space?

A bagua map is used to divide your space into nine separate areas—each one relating to a certain theme. The center square of the bagua is considered the heart of the home, where the energy is distributed to all the different sectors. 

Feng Shui Bagua Map

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There are two different approaches to using a bagua map: The traditional (or compass) bagua map uses a compass to determine the different areas of the home. The front door method, on the other hand, aligns the bottom of the bagua map with a home's front door. I like to use this method in apartments since they generally are not exposed to the elements like houses are. Chances are that when you're looking straight across your apartment from the front door, you're looking at a sunny spot—so it would make sense that that's where the reputation gua, which is ruled by fire (more on that below), would fall. I prefer to use the compass method for houses that are surrounded by land and have more access to the elements.

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If you live in an apartment:

Align the bottom of the bagua map with your front entrance wall. Your front door will most likely be in the knowledge and self-cultivation area, career area, or helpful people area. 

If you live in a house: 

Grab a physical compass or download a compass app to your smartphone. Place the career area of your home where your compass indicates north. The south will be your reputation area, the east will be your ancestors and health area, and so on. 

Alternatively, you can also calculate your bagua map (and some associated tips for each area) online.

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What each section of the bagua map represents.

Once you organize your space into a bagua map, you can tackle the sections that relate to your goals outside of the home. For example, if you're hoping to bring more financial abundance into your life, you can add some plants to your wealth and prosperity area. Here's what you need to know about every section of the bagua map and how to bring more of its energy into your life:

1. Wealth & Prosperity:

Theme:

Abundance

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Location:

The southeast area of your house or the rear left corner if you're using the front door method.

Associated element:

Wood

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What to use to enhance it:

Healthy plants, the colors blue and green.

2. Fame & Reputation:

Theme:

Acclaim

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Location:

The southern area of your house or the rear middle section if you're using the front door method.

Associated element:

Fire

What to add to enhance it:

Candles, fiery colors like red or burgundy, fireplaces, triangular shapes, summery décor.

3. Love & Marriage

Theme:

Passion

Location:

The southwest area of your house or rear right corner if you're using the front door method. 

Associated elements:

Earth and Fire

What to add to enhance it:

Red, pink, orange, burgundy, and yellow tones. Accessories and small furniture should be in pairs.

4. Children & Creativity

Theme:

Play and the creative process.

Location:

The western area of your house or middle right section if you're using the front door method.

Associated elements:

Metal

What to add to enhance it:

Playful, pastel kid-friendly decor. The colors white, metal, and gold.

5. Ancestors & Health

Theme:

Nourishment and support.

Location:

The eastern area of your house or middle left section if you're using the front door method.

Associated elements:

Wood

What to add to enhance it:

Wood furniture and objects. Healthy plants and flowers. Green and blue tones and tall, thick stripe patterns. 

6. Knowledge & Self-Cultivation

Theme:

Wisdom

Location:

The northeast area of your home or the bottom left corner if you're using the front door method.

Element:

Earth and Water

What to add to enhance it:

An altar and calming features like floor pillows, candles, crystals, and photos of people that inspire you (dead or alive, famous or not—people who have your best interest in mind). The colors dark blue, black, cream, taupe, yellow, beige. 

7. Career & Life Path

Theme:

Work

Location:

The northern section of your home or the bottom area if you're using the front door method.

Element:

Water

What to add to enhance it:

Dark colors, mirrors, asymmetrical shapes, paintings of water, a water feature.

8. Helpful People & Travels

Theme:

Mentorship and networks.

Location:

The northwest corner of your home or the bottom right corner if you're using the front door method.

Element:

Metal

What to add to enhance it:

Round, metallic objects, globes, maps, and electronics. 

9. Health & Center

Theme:

Foundation

Location:

The very center of your space.

Element:

Earth

What to add to enhance it:

The center really plays a supporting role to all the other guas in your home. You can decorate it with earth tones and calming decor.

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