4 easy steps before apply the Bagua
The next thing to do is to line up the Bagua over a plan of your home or just the room you’re trying to improve. By following these easy steps, you can find out where the nine Bagua ener- gies are located in your home. Start by deciding which areas of your life you feel need improvement or development. Next, you can apply simple Feng Shui enhancers to promote happiness, har- mony, and well-being.
- Draw a rough plan of your home or room.
- Find the central point of the room or house. If it’s irregular, square off the missing areas to make an imaginary regular shape.
- Draw two diagonal lines from the corners. Where they cross is the center of the space and corresponds to the core area of the Bagua.
- Find out which direction your home faces so that you can align your plan with the Bagua’s north, south, east, and west.
The easiest way to link the Bagua to your home is to use a compass. Once you have found north, mark it on your drawing, and then add east, west, and south in the appropriate spots. Next, you can write in northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest.
Even if you don’t have a compass, you can figure out which direction your home faces by watching the sun and noting where it rises (east) and where it sets (west). Mark these locations on your home plan, and then you can align your Bagua to these compass points.
Next, copy or trace a Bagua illustration onto tracing paper, or photocopy it onto the kind of transparency you would use on an overhead projector, and then place it over the plan of your home. Make sure you match up the compass points on your plan with the Bagua directions. For example, if your front door is facing south, line up the south/fire/fame part of the Bagua with the front door on your house plan. Then, obviously, the north/water/career area of the Bagua corresponds to the home’s kitchen.
Missing Spaces and Projections
Some rooms and many homes don’t form simple rectangles or squares, so you may have to contract or expand the Bagua to fit unusually shaped homes or rooms, or houses with extensions. For example, a house may have a missing space due to two exten- sions; this means that the west area of the Bagua, which relates to creativity and children, falls outside the home.
Mapping Out Rooms
You can use the Bagua to map out an individual room in order to enhance specific energies relevant to that room. For example, you might want to create a more passionate or loving intimacy in the bedroom, so placing specific enhancers in the southwest corner (2) of the room (which corresponds to marriage, love, and roman- tic happiness) would be beneficial.
In the kitchen, you might want to create an atmosphere that encourages great home cooking and good family conversations, so placing specific enhancers in the east (3: family and well-being) and northeast (8: education and knowledge) corners would be beneficial.