The feng shui bagua map is the foundation of black hat feng shui and it's easy to learn how to apply it to your space. There are two different methods to do this and they both result in great feng shui.
The bagua map is made up of a grid of nine sections which are sometimes called gua's, palaces, sections or corners.
Each of these nine sections of the bagua map correspond to nine important areas of your personal lives and have their own energy field within your dwelling. This bagau map identifies these energy fields for you.
By aligning the bagua map over your floor plan, you can locate the energy fields in your dwelling, and then learn how to enhance them thereby enlivening the corresponding areas of your life.
Each of the nine sections of the feng shui map have their own prescribed objects, colors and shapes which you will learn about on this site and apply for enhancing the qi/chi energy.
The feng shui bagua map is used the same way whether laying it over a floor plan of a house, office or a building of any size. It can also be placed over just one room at a time.
To begin the process of aligning your home or office with the feng shui bagua map, you will draw the floor plan of your home. Be sure to mark where the front door is since the front door decides which direction the bagua map is placed over your floor plan.
This floor plan will include everything that is under your roof or is a part of the foundation. This could include a garage, a patio, a porch or anything else that may be attached to your home.
Be sure to include the proper shape of your home on the paper, whether it's L-shaped, U-shaped, T-shaped, Z-shaped, square, rectangle, round or whatever it is.
When drawing your floor plan, include any bay windows, architectural extensions and any indents or nuances to the shape.
If you live in a two story or even a three story home or more, you will make a separate floor plan for each level. This includes the basement and the attic if they are walk-ins. If they are only crawl space, then it's not necessary. Although if you are not using any of these levels then there is no need to feng shui them.
You don't have to feel as if you must feng shui all the floors at the same time. Begin with the first floor, and when it's completed you can move on to the other floors.
The first floor is the most important floor since this is typically where the most amount of activity occurs. It is also where the qi/chi energy enters the dwelling via the front door and then meanders through-out the rest of the home. So focus on the first floor first.
To draw the feng shui bagua map, use the same size of paper that you drew your floor plan on and make it to the same scale as your floor plan sketch. Make the map in either a square or rectangle shape, whichever is closer to the shape of your floor plan.
The feng shui bagua map is actually an "eight sided" octagon shape. However it's converted to a square or rectangle shape, whichever is most similar to your floor plan. This makes it easier to work with.
Using a ruler, draw nine equal sections and label them section by section in the proper order. You can use any of the feng shui maps that are on this page to guide you.
The easiest home to work with is one that is square or rectangle because it won't have any missing corners, but many homes are not perfectly one of these shapes and have missing corners that must be dealt with.
Now you must determine where to place the front door when the floor plan is superimposed with the feng shui bagua map. Read more below...
The feng shui bagua map is an octagon shape.
The bagua is converted to a square or rectangle to make it easier to work with.
When you make a sketch of the bagua map to superimpose with your floor plan, draw it in the shape of a square or rectangle, whichever is closer to the shape of your dwelling. If your home is a circular, then draw it as an octagon.
A square shape
A wide rectangle shape
A tall rectangle shape
There are two different methods to discover which direction you will lay the feng shui bagua map over the floor plan. Both ways concern themselves with the proper alignment of the front door because the front door is where chi enters the dwelling and is considered the "mouth" of any dwelling.
The compass method entails using a compass to discover which direction your front door is facing. From the compass coordinates, you will place your floorplan in alignment with the corresponding directions of the feng shui map.
The other way is called Western, or Black Hat, or BTB and is a modern method of laying the bagua map. It is a simple technique to use and doesn't require the use of a compass.
Read on to learn how to apply either method.....
Using an ordinary compass, you will find which direction your front door faces. Or you can use the compass in your cell phone to get the directions of the bagua map. I have personally used my i-phone with very good results.
Compasses are sensitive to metal, and you won't get an accurate reading if you are near metal. So remove any metal, like watches etc. and don't stand near cars when using your compass.
Also most homes have metal inside the walls and especially in the door frame. Because of this you must not stand in the door frame. Instead stand either inside the home and facing the front door, or stand outside of the home with your back to the front door.
You can experiment with this by taking a few readings at different distances from the door frame to make sure that the compass isn't giving a false reading due to metal interference. I have found that about three feet away, which is about three steps, is sufficient. You'll know what distance is enough because the coordinates will remain constant, and will stop varying.
Write down all of the different readings, then add them up and divide them by the number of times that you took the reading. This number will be an average and is very accurate.
Make note of the coordinates that the compass relays to you and match them to the coordinates in the green "compass method" map above that I have provided for you.
These matched coordinates will indicate to you where you will place the front door when the floor plan is superimposed with the bagua map.
For example, if the compass coordinate reading is 60 degrees, then your front door is in the northeast section of the bagua map because the range in the northeast is 22.5 to 67.5 degrees and 60 degrees falls between the range.
So in this example, you will align your floor plan with the front door in the northeast section of the bagua map.
To use the western method, you will superimpose your floor plan with the bagua map by aligning the front door along the bottom of the bagua map.
Notice the instructions at the bottom of the map to:
"Align this side to your front door"
If your door is to the left of your home or office according to your floor plan, then the door will align with the Knowledge & Wisdom section of the bagua map. .
If your front door is center of your home or office according to your floor plan, then the door will align with the Career & Life Journey section of the bagua map.
If your front door is to the right of your home or office according to your floor plan, then the door will align with the Helpful People and Travel section of the bagua map.
Congratulations! You have accomplished a big step along the path to feng shui-ing your dwelling. At this point you probably realize that your floor plan is irregularly shaped, and has missing sections in relationship to the feng shui bagua map.
The next step will be to get a deeper understanding of how to deal with the shape of your floor plan in relationship to the bagua map. You can learn about feng shui house shapes. here.
Feng Shui Bagua Map: How to easily align your floor plan
Feng Shui House Shapes: Place the bagua map over any floor plan
Bagua Feng Shui: Missing and projecting corners and extensions
World of Feng Shui: The different schools of feng shui