The Bagua

Bagua is one of the main feng shui tools used to analyze the feng shui energy in any given space. Translated from Chinese, Bagua literally means "8 areas." In order to define the Classical or Traditional feng shui bagua of your home or office, you need to first take the compass reading of your front door.





In order to successfully apply feng shui in your home or 
office, you need to define the bagua, or the feng shui energy map of your space. There are two different ways of defining the feng shui bagua, which creates a lot of confusion in many feng shui applications.

This feng shui bagua guide will help you choose the bagua that is right for you, define it in 
your home or office, as well as help you deal with such bagua specifics as missing areas or extensions. 

How To Define the Classical Bagua

Bagua is one of the main feng shui tools used to analyze the feng shui energy in any given space. Translated from Chinese, Bagua literally means "8 areas." In order to define the Classical or Traditional feng shui bagua of your home or office, you need to first take the compass reading of your front door.


How To Apply the BTB/Western Bagua

The Western feng shui school bagua consists of the same nine areas as the classical feng shui school bagua. However, the compass directions are not taken into consideration in this feng shui school. The way you define the Western bagua is by aligning the lower end of the basic bagua grid with the wall of the front door of your home or office.


Understand Bagua Missing Areas

Bagua missing areas are the areas of your house or apartment that are mostly missing in the shape of your home bagua. You can also say that bagua missing areas are the areas of your home bagua with incomplete or weak energy. 


Feng Shui Tips for Bagua Missing Areas

Finding feng shui solutions for specific missing bagua areas will imply a basic understanding of the five feng shui elements, as your feng shui cures will have to be in harmony with the element each bagua area needs for good balance. 

How To Define the Feng Shui Bagua of a Two Level House

To define the feng shui bagua , or the energy map of a house with several levels, you have to work with the floor plan of each level separately. This does not necessarily mean that there will be a big difference between the location of various bagua areas on each floor.


Depending on your floor plan, they might even be identical!

However, it is always best to work with each level separately because this allows for a more accurate feng shui work. Of course, it also goes without saying that you will be working with the same bagua style on both levels. Meaning, if you work with the classical feng shui bagua, you will apply it on both levels, and if you work with the Western, or BTB bagua, you will do the same.

Mixing the two bagua styles in the same home is never a good idea, unless you are very experienced with feng shui and know exactly what you are doing.

Now let's go back to your question. More often than not, each level of your housewill have a different flow of energy as defined by its specific floor plan. The best way to start is to define the bagua of the main level as this is the bagua that holds most power, or energetic importance in a home.

Next, proceed to defining the bagua of the second level.


The feng shui energy flow in the whole house is greatly influenced by the energy of the main floor, so it is always wise to first do your best with the bagua of the main floor.

It is also important to know that the center - the yin yang point, or the heart of the home - can be different on each level.


However, the center with the most power, again, is the center of the main floor. 

I know that finding the center of some floor plans can be quite difficult, so I made a video that shows how to find the center of any floor plan, no matter how challenging.

If you are working with the BTB bagua, there will be a bigger variance between the bagua of the first floor and the bagua of the second floor. Why? Because in the BTB school, the bagua is determined by the location of the main door, which means that once you are working with the bagua of the second level, your main door location (which is the entry point to the second level) is almost always in a different location than the front door of the house (which determines the bagua of the first floor).

If you are working with the classical bagua, you are taking into consideration the compass directions, and because they are the same no matter which floor you are working on, your two classical baguas will be quite similar.

So, to define the classical bagua of the second floor, you are working with the same direction of the front door (you can even superimpose the second floor bagua over the first floor bagua according to the house layout; just to make it easier for yourself.)


Note that you will only use this shortcut if the two level floor plans are fairly identical.

And, if you are reading this article and find yourself confused about the two feng shui baguas, I have help for you, too!


How Do I Define the Bagua for My Garden? Is It the Same As My House Bagua?

Is your house bagua, or energy map, the same as your yard, or your garden bagua? When you are defining the bagua of your house, do you include your garden in the house bagua? All good questions. And the answer is: Yes, you absolutely do! Your garden is always included in the bagua of your home.

However, there is one important feng shui factor to consider.



You do include your garden in your house bagua، This means you will not have any of your home bagua areas outside your home just because you have a lawn or a garden surrounding it.

No matter a small garden in the front of the home, in the back, or a big garden surrounding your whole home, it is an extension of your home bagua for the purpose of working with the feng shui design of your garden.

After you have defined the bagua of your garden, you will focus on the needed 
feng shui elements to bring the desired balance of all five feng shui elements in your garden bagua.

For example, if you plan to have an outdoor 
fountain, you know that best feng shui areas for a water feature are East (feng shui health and family); Southeast (feng shui wealth) and North (feng shui career)

If you would like to create a Zen rock garden, then the best feng shui bagua areas are Southwest, West, Northwest and Northeast.


Why? Because these feng shui areas benefit from a strong earth element.

It is also good to know that your garden can help you balance, or complete the missing areas in your home bagua. Having a garden surrounding your house is a lucky thing, indeed, because the energy of your house can get a lot of support from it.


So, if your North bagua area is partially missing in your home bagua, installing an outdoor fountain in this bagua area of your garden will greatly help and balance the bagua of your house.

You cannot always have it perfect, but you can always make it better by using some smart feng shui tips to strengthen you garden bagua. When your garden has good feng shui, all the good energy is flowing into your home. Definitely worth the effort.