Feng Shui – Improve Health, Love, Abundance, Career & Other Areas of Your Life

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement. It incorporates the elements: of wind/air, fire, water, wood, earth and metal. It also considers the four directions (N, S, E, W) in building recommendations.

One of Feng Shui’s main tools is called a ‘Bagua’. Feng Shui Bagua is a map, consisting of nine areas, called ‘gua’. With the Bagua, you can make improvements in your life in love, abundance, career success and other aspects.

A bagua offers easy, yet powerful ways to enhance Feng Shui in your home. In essence what you do, is overlay the bagua on the floor plan of your home . The Bagua now indicates what each area in your home (or office) represents. It tells you how best to decorate it to realize the improvements you want. Each gua has its own associated direction and natural element. Related to these are prescriptions for the colors and type of decorations that work best in that area. Let me discuss each area in turn.

I. Fortunate Blessings or Abundance Area

The direction of this area is Southeast. The natural element to represent in this area for a favorable effect on your life is Wind. Colors that will have a favorable effect on your life when placed in this area include the rich colors of Royal purple, Cobalt blue and Chinese red. Decorative items that will have a favorable effect on your life when placed in this area include fountains, crystals, mobiles, and expensive objects.

II. Area Relating to Fame, Reputation and How You are Know in The World

The direction associated with this area is South. The natural element to represent in this area for a favorable effect on your life is Fire. The colors that will have the most favorable effect on your life when placed in this area is the brightest red. Decorating ideas that will have a favorable effect on your life when implemented in this area include anything that indicate flames, such as fire place, candles, incense, and wild animals.

III. Area Belonging to Relationships, Love Relationship

The direction of this area is Southwest. The natural elements to represent in this area for a favorable effect on your life: Earth & Fire. The best color for this area is Pink. Other reds & earth tones are good too. Decorative items that will have a favorable effect on your life when placed in this area entail groups or pairs of things such as bookends, matching statues, symbols of love.

IV. Area for Family & Ancestors

The direction of this area is East. The natural element to represent in this area for a favorable effect on your life is Wood. Favorable colors for your life when placed in this area are Greens. Decorating ideas that will have a favorable effect on your life when implemented in this area include placing living things such as flowers & plants, tree images.

V. Area for Health, where All Other Areas of Life Connect

Direction is Center. The natural element to represent in this area for a favorable effect on your life is Earth. Colors that will have a favorable effect on your life when placed in this area: Yellow and earth tones. Keeping this area open and uncluttered will have a favorable effect on your life. Also place objects made of Earth, such as a ceramic vase in this area for good health.

VI. Area Related to Your Creativity & Children

Direction is West. The natural element to represent in this area for a favorable effect on your life is Metal. Colors that will have a favorable effect on your life when placed in this area are white and pastels, metals (gold, silver, etc). Decorating ideas that will have a favorable effect on your life when implemented in this area include placing whimsical objects, crafts, children’s drawing, round things.

VII. Area Related to (Self-) Knowledge & Skills; being Wise

The direction is Northeast. The natural elements to represent in this area for a favorable effect on your life: Water & Earth. Colors that will have a favorable effect on your life when placed in this area are dark blue, dark green, black. Decorating ideas that will have a favorable effect on your life when implemented include placing books, computer and/or your altar in this area.

VIII. Area Related to Career, or rather Life Path

The direction is North. The natural element to represent in this area for a favorable effect on your life is Water. The colors that will have a favorable effect on your life when placed in this area: black and dark blue. Decorating ideas that will have a favorable effect on your life when implemented in this area include placing an image with flowing water, fountain, glass, mirrors, crystals.

IX: Area Related to Helpful People (include spiritual guides, deities & friends) and Travel

Direction is Northwest. Natural element to represent in this area for a favorable effect on your life: Metal. Colors that will have a favorable effect on your life when placed in this area: Grey, black and white. Placing affirmations, statues of Deities (ideally of metal) are decorating ideas that will have a favorable effect on your life when implemented in this area.

How To Use The Feng Shui Map – Steps to Make the Bague Work for You

1. Draw your home floor plan to scale. Turn it so that your main home entrance is at the bottom of your drawing, and the back of your house is at the top of your drawing. Note: the main entrance is the door that guests use, even if you just use your back door yourself.

2. Make a bagua, i.e. a grid of 9 equal squares to the same scale as your home. You can draw the 3×3 areas on tracing paper and overlay this bagua map over your home. Alternatively, draw the 9 squares directly on your home floor plan.

3. Assign the numbers and areas to each of the squares.

Top left is I, top middle is II, top right is III.

Middle left is IV; center is V; middle right is VI.

Bottom left is VII, bottom middle is VIII; and bottom right is IX.

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good visual map of the bagua, which makes doing step 1-3 really easy.

4. Read the details relating to each area in the bagua and compare it with your home’s actual situation.
Adjust your home to suit the bagua’s indications and your desired changes in your life. Note: if your home is missing corners in the bagua, then ‘claim’ their energy by hanging wind chimes or geraniums (or similar) outside. Try it for yourself. You can easily identify what little or big changes you need to create a happier home.

5. Tip: have just little time? Spend 10 minutes de-cluttering the area of your home that relates to that part of your life where you want to realize immediate improvements.

Expect the corresponding changes to manifest in your life!
Copyright A. Lee, 2007 – All rights reserved.