Feng Shui is concerned on the symbiotic relationship between man and natural environment.
The philosophy of this Art of Placement is that balance in life is achieved when man and nature are co-existing harmoniously
with each other.
In Feng Shui, a Bagua Map –also called Feng Shui Energy Map- is a tool to help define the qualities of the energies in your house, office and other living spaces. In that respect, the Bagua Map serves as a guide to help you improve those areas in life that are weak.
To determine the Bagua of your house, is recommended to do a compass reading, starting with the main door or entryway to your house. The front door is considered as a very important starting point in Feng Shui because it is where the energy flows into your home or office. Using the Bagua map, the door guides the energies to bring about helpful people, personal growth or success in your business or career.
There are two schools in Feng Shui Bagua. The "Traditional School" which is based on the octagon shaped diagram and compass and the "BTB/Western School" which does not consider the North, South, East and West directions but instead uses the door to define the qualities of the energies of every area in your home.
However, both schools have the same nine areas of life and consider the same Feng Shui colors and elements. The following traditional Bagua Map was designed by Caroline Patrick BorNei, a Certified Feng Shui Practitioner and Artist, who kindly allowed me to add it here for illustration purposes.
The BTB/Western School Bagua Map is a grid divided into nine parts which represent the nine areas of life. In the Western School, you lay the Bagua Map with its bottom edge aligned with the wall where the main door or entryway to your house is. Each square is assigned to a Feng Shui area.
The lower grid (from left to right) will be your personal growth and cultivation, career and path, and the helpful people and blessings. Middle row is family and heart, health, and children and creativity. Upper Row are wealth, prosperity and abundance, fame and reputation, and love and marriage / relationships.
Meaning of Colors
The Feng Shui colors are needed to bring light into your home, which is a primary nutrient for a happy home. The choice of Feng Shui colors depends largely on the type of energy you need to bring into your living space. This need considers the walls, furniture, draperies, carpets, and everything that you bring into your home. The colors of Feng Shui are expressed or defined by the elements, as follows:
Fire - High Energy and Passion
Red denotes luxury and richness but has to be used in moderation because excessive use of red will bring negative energies such as anger and aggression. Orange is lively and energetic. Avoid using orange with the metal element because fire melts metal. Purple is the meditation color of choice and is associated with spiritual realms. Avoid purple as wall color. Soft red and pink are the colors of love. Bright Yellow enhances self-esteem, positive energy, good health and well being.
Earth - Stability and Nourishment
Light Yellow promotes positive energy. Earth or sandy colors and Beige are linked to permanence and steadiness.
Metal - Accuracy and Clarity
Gray and gold express the qualities of metal: reflective, clear and sharp which gives life and clarity in space. White heals and soothes the psyche and denotes a bright future.
Water - Abundance, Ease and Freshness
Blue denotes healing and refreshing qualities of the element. Black signifies sophistication and mystery, defines the space adding strength and depth to it.
Wood - Vitality and Health
Brown keeps the balance and provides nourishment to the energy. Green represents new life, new energy and renewal.
The Nine Areas of the Bagua Compass
East - has the life area of Family and Health.
West - has the life area of Children and Creativity.
North - has the life area of Life's Path and Career.
South - has the life area of Fame and Reputation.
Northeast - has the life area of Wisdom, Knowledge and Spiritual Growth.
Northwest - has the life area of Travel, Helpful People and Blessings.
Southeast - has the life area of Abundance and Material Wealth.
Southwest - has the life area of Relationships, Marriage and Love.
At first, it can be tricky to put all elements and colors together, but with practice and intuition it all falls into place. Besides the obvious benefits you can get, it can be a lot of fun!
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