Feng Shui For Your Home

Jan 19th, 2009 | By | Category: Feng Shui

In a previous post (Feng Shui – Setting Up A Bagua Map for Your Home) we covered how to determine your Feng Shui House Type, and how to map your group, and your own personal Feng Shui number (Kua Number) as well as your trigram and most favorable directions. In this post we’ll delve further into setting up and aligning your personal Ba Gua Map to your home. We will cover even more details on the 9 basic directions and what they mean.

Compass and hand

In the Bagua Map for Your Home article we covered the specifics of how you can calculate your very own Kua number and how this is related to the type of house that you live in (either East, or West by defintion). It works out for the better if the house grouping (East/West) for your personal number is exactly the same as your house, however, don’t worry as we can also look up additional favorable directions and work with those even if the alignment of your Kua number does not match your home. We will be working on finding the best locations (most favorable) for the most important rooms in your home. In terms of energy the most important rooms in your house are your bedroom, kitchen, and your office (if you have one), because these rooms are where the real emotional energy is focused (romantically, sexually, and financially) . We could also add one more room, the bathroom.

Remember that the Ba Gua is an 8 section grid that you will overlay (draw) over a scale map of your home. You may have to create this yourself, but don’t worry, it’s not hard and I’ll discuss it below. Try not to get frustrated and be patient and sit down to draw a scale map of your own home using normal (standard) graph paper. You may have to make up your scale size (for example 1/4 inch on paper equals 1 foot in your house) to get it to fit on the paper properly. You may find that it’s easiest if you choose a scale that will help you count the sizes of rooms and the distances, as well as the halls, etc. If you can start with 1/4″ graph paper (that is paper with 1/4 inch squares on it) then you may find it easier to make the scale one foot = 1/4 inch. It will certainly make drawing the map a whole lot easier, and you will also be able to use the squares for counting out distances.

Now take some time to try to get your map drawn correctly. Be patient as this may take some time. You may find that you have to use several sheets of graph paper taped together to get your entire house on one large sheet of paper, but it’s important that you do that, as you will need the entire footprint of the house on one sheet to complete the next step. When you have your home drawn out, you will need to figure out the exact center of your home. There are quite a few different ways that you can do this, but I have found that it works for me to use the measurements of the home in calculating it’s center. For example, if you find the total length and total width of your home and divide by two, you can draw these corresponding lines at the center point on each axis to find the exact center. If, for example, your house is 48 feet long and 36 feet wide, the center would be at 24 feet in length, and 18 feet in width. Mark the very center of your house with a dot on the map. You may want to use a red pencil for the dots and other Feng Shui lines that we will draw as we continue because it makes them easier to see.

Now that you’ve found the center of your home, you can use a simple mapping compass (available at most stores in the sporting goods or camping department) to find absolute true north. To do this you need to make sure you’re in a room and that you are not near things that will interfere with your compass (such as magnets, etc), and then get the needle pointing in one direction, then spin the inner dial so that the N lines up with the needle, see the photo above of the type of compass that I purchased that worked quite well for this, of course you will be laying the compass down on the map of your home so that you can draw with pencils the line indicating true north on the map of your home, here’s how to do that.

Place the compass on top of your home map with the center lined up exactly with the center of the compass (make sure you get a clear plastic mapping compass so that you can see through it – look at the photo in this article above). Once you have your compass lined up on your map, mark the spot on the edge of the compass that is directly in line with N (North) and draw a line from that spot down to the very center of your home. You have now completed the magnetic alignment of your home with true north, this will work perfectly for what we need to do in the next step.

Now you will want to draw the 8 compass directions North, North-East, East, South-East, South, South-West, West, and North West (abbreviated as: N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW) using the chart of degrees (for further informration see the article Feng Shui – Setting Up A Bagua Map for Your Home). Using the numbers in the compass measurement section for that article you will draw lines to each of those directions on the map of your home. To do this accurately use a clear plastic protractor (see the photo below) which you can purchase in any office supply store, or school supply section of a department store. You may have used this type of protractor in school to draw circles and to determine the equal parts of a circle (measured in degrees such as: 30, 60, 90 degrees). A small plastic protractor with the degrees of a circle (0-360) indicated on it works best since it will fit easier into the larger map of your home that is on the drawing paper.


Using the numbers on the chart go around the circle at the degree locations indicated for each direction (for example North =337.5 – 22.5) and make a dot at each of the degree locations on the outside of the protractor (2 for each direction) where the numbers on the circle match the number for the 8 compass directions. Do this on the scale map of your home, and remember to use the very center of the map (the center of your home) as your center position. Use the degree markings that appear around the outside edge of the protractor. When you are done you can now draw lines through each of the points that you just marked to the center of your map (the center of your home) so that you have the 8 spokes of your wheel appearing on top of the scale map drawing of your home. Your actual Bagua map grid has now been drawn over the scale map of your house.

Note, that if you find your house is L shaped than you will need to spread out the 8 lines to include both sections of the house, in other words, it is your entire house that needs to appear within the Bagua map. If the house is indented more than 50% of the width or more you can than try to draw two complete 8 sided Ba Gua Maps (one for each section), rather than one. If, on the other hand, your home has an extension (that is less than 50% of the width) then make sure to include the entire house in the map as indicated earlier. Extensions may require some type of calming energy and indentations may require some enhancing energy to help balance the energy of the house properly.

I have found that it works best if you use very light colored pencils when you draw the Bagua over the top of your home. If you use different colors they will not interfere with the lines that are already on the map lines. Now that you are done with your Ba Gua overlay, you will need to have your Kua number, your personal number based on Chinese astrology (this can be calculated using the information in the first article of this series) to figure out which of these 8 directions are most fortunate and favorable for you, and which of the remaining 8 directions are unfavorable for you.

If you live with a spouse and you calculate that their Kua number is incompatible with yours, then you will need to follow these special instructions. The stove door and the main door should be positioned in the best possible direction for the male (or husband) and the bedroom should be setup so that it is positioned best for the female (or wife).

You can use the simple chart below to determine all of the favorable and unfavorable directions for every member of your household. This will also help you to determine the best rooms and locations in your home based on your individual Kua number:

The Kua Number Locations and Their Meanings

The Major Location indicates (Overall Harmony) This location is best for maintaining a good fortune and comfortable life. There will be better than average luck at this location and there will be strong protection from bad luck.

The Health Location (Doctor From Heaven) This is the overall best location for someone with a health problem or a sick family member. You can also try to position the stove and the door of the stove to face this direction if you want to increase this energy.

The Longevity Location (Longevity with Rich Descendants) Your home life and your family relationships are most active here. This is even more true when it between wives and husbands or parents and their children (and siblings). The master bedroom is best to have in this direction especially if there are any marital problems.

The Prosperity Location (Generating Breath) The very best location for finding prosperity. You can also use this direction to bring recognition or fame or to find success in scholarly studies and examinations. Also great for wealth as it pertains to business professions when this location is activated. To really enhance this location put your study, bedroom, or face the front door of your house in this direction.

The Difficulties Location = “Accidents and Mishaps”: A bad direction that may leads to losses financially and to intermittent difficulties and frustrations with others. This location is definitely not one that is fortuitous, but it is the least unlucky of the four unfavorable directions, so there is some advantage. It may be best to have your storeroom at this location.

The Loss and Scandal Location = “Six Killings”: One of the worst and most harmful energies to you and to your entire family is this location. You may notice missed opportunities, and career and business problems, including legal problems, accidents, illness and even death. The very best place to have the toilet placed here as it will act to flush away or calm (supress) the very bad chi energy. You could also locate a storeroom in this position as it works well to alleviate the energy.

The Obstacles Location = “Five Ghosts”: Very bad luck may ensue from this location. You may notice that fires, loss of income, burglary, or loss of work (employment) come up. It may cause arguments and terrible misunderstandings between you and your family and others. Mischief can arise from of all directions: home, family and work. A toilet is the best to have in this location for flushing away the problems.

The Death Location = “Total Loss of Descendants”: The very worst possible location for all matters: disaster, bad luck for the family. The very worst of all of the 8 locations/directions. Bedrooms and doors, and especially master bedrooms, should never be located at this direction. Bad luck can occur in many forms resulting in: loss of children, bankruptcy, severe illness. The ultimate location for the toilet in your home is this location so that all bad luck can be flushed away. A stove or kitchen or may also work in this spot, as long as you keep the stove/oven faced in a different (more favorable direction).

Watch for the next article as we go into even more details about the colors, objects, material and patterns which can be used throughout the home in the locations indicated to remedy and enhancers the “chi” energy of Feng Shui in your home.

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  1. I searched long and hard for information on the inauspicious directions and their meanings! And this page also tells how to draw a bagua chart to scale. Wow. Will definitely read the rest of this site. Thank you.

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