Do I Need a Compass for Feng Shui?

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Do I Need a Compass for Feng Shui?


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Many clients who sign up for Feng Shui consultations have previously attempted to implement Feng Shui cures themselves and gotten confused before they began. Some schools of Feng Shui recommend using a special Feng Shui compass to determine true North and base the ba gua on that direction, with the career trigram in the northern section of the house.

But Feng Shui doesn't have to be complicated. Look around your house. Can you point to your front door? In most homes, this is the “mouth of Chi,” where the energy enters.

If you can find the front door, you can apply the ba gua to any space. You can lay down the ba gua in any room, placing the career center in the middle of the front wall. Your front door may, in fact, fall in the Helpful People or Knowledge section of the ba gua if it is not centered in the front of your house. This happens more frequently in rooms, rather than houses, where a door is situated near the right or left wall.

What if I have more than one entrance?

If you have more than one entrance to your house, chances are you use one more frequently. Some people use their side door more often, and the flow of traffic through their house begins at that door. You should then lay out the ba gua with that door as the mouth of chi. Often, you can use your intuition to decide which door is your primary door.

What do you do with the ba gua?

Once you've laid down the ba gua, either physically on a two-dimensional blueprint or in your mind, you can begin to evaluate what challenges you may be facing as a result of bad Feng Shui and how you can activate the chi in certain areas of your house to fix these problems.

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I have a question-when using the Ba gua and your centering the Career section in the middle of the front wall because your front door is there, therefore if the back or side door is the main door the the Ba Gua is centered on that wall and not the front wall of the house? Then when you lay the Ba Gua for each room you do you still use the front wall even when the house uses the side or back door?
Posted @ Tuesday, March 09, 2010 7:27 PM by Theresa
You can apply the ba gua on a lot, home, room, or even a desk. It is based on how the energy enters the space. If applying it to a room. The front 3 items, knowledge, career and helpful people are on the same wall as the door. So the wealth corner will be in the back left of the room when standing in the door looking in. 
This is the same when you apply the ba gua over a floor plan. The first three sections are on the same wall as the entrance. A home is typically designed to be entered via the front door. Even if you come and go via the garage, I would place it using the front door rather than the garage door and encourage you to use the front door as much as possible.
Posted @ Tuesday, March 09, 2010 9:29 PM by Ken Lauher
I have been reseaching feng shui and I have even measured every room, bought a compass and now I am totally CONFUSED! After all the measuring and compass reading I discovered that i could just place the Bagua map over the floor plan of the house or room. But when I do this the areas are totally opposite. My house is facing SE,according to the main door, which makes this the wealth area. If I us the "non-compass" method the wealth section becomes the career section. How could this be right, this means I would applying the wrong cures to the wrong areas. Help!
Posted @ Friday, April 02, 2010 7:09 PM by Elish
Elish, Yes - Feng Shui can be confusing if you are not aware of the different schools of Feng Shui because one book may have a different approach than another. The best thing is to understand which school of Feng Shui may work best for you and you resonate with. 
When you use the Black Sect method, you align the ba gua so that the one of the front 3 rows is aligned with the front door. So the back left corner of the house is the wealth corner and back right is the relationship corner. Now you can also apply this method to a room. So when you are standing in your bedroom door looking in, your back left corner is the wealth corner, back right is the relationship corner, and the front left corner is knowledge, wisdom and self-cultivation corner.
Posted @ Saturday, April 03, 2010 8:27 AM by Ken Lauher
Thanks, Ken 
I'm happy I found your site. I will apply the Black Sect method. It feels right for me because of the additional applications of intention. Moving furniture is one thing, but finding your true center and balance is another. i believe that the process is a internal search. I find the information on your site very interesting. I too have been very fasinated with rearranging furniture from a very young age. I am enjoying the journey of finding a new path, through Feng Shui. Thanks
Posted @ Saturday, April 03, 2010 2:53 PM by Elish
Elish - You are more than welcome. So glad you found the information of value.
Posted @ Sunday, April 04, 2010 9:23 PM by Ken Lauher
hi,iam confused also about what school to use,going with compass school,iam sleeping in my worst direction,and facing my worst direction(east)(kua no 7) also in my front room,but if i lay the bagua over the front door then my worst direction becomes my relationship area along with my bedroom,so will i be better off using compass or front door fengshui,please help!thanks.
Posted @ Friday, May 07, 2010 4:49 AM by will
Hey all. 
My house is south faceing any my office is in the same buiding one groung floor where as we live on first floor. 
My office is in south west croner i am setting facing east. 
I am working very hard almost 18 hrs a day but without sucess. 
I will appricate if some one can  
help me so that i can earn for my food and can clear my debits. 
Pls help me.
Posted @ Monday, June 07, 2010 8:00 AM by JECY SAINI
Jecy, thank you for your question. It is difficult to determine what is happening or how I can be best of service to you based on the limited information that you have supplied. I would recommend considering an email or phone consultation to help you to get unstuck and start moving forward towards achieving your goals.
Posted @ Monday, June 07, 2010 10:22 PM by Ken Lauher
Hi Ken, I have a small home and acording to the bagua, laied out all wrong.What I want to know is, when I place the bagua grid down on my home the living room is in career, and my kitchen is in Relationships..ect.Now do I do my kitchen in the whites, red, pinks? All the books I've read all talk about the bedroom, but my master bedroom falls in Helpful people and Travel.If this is the case do I decorate according to the bagua grid? My master bath falls in Creativity and Children...I'm sure my husban would love a T.V. in their.. but thats not going to! HELP!
Posted @ Sunday, June 27, 2010 7:23 PM by Jennifer Byars
Our house is a small 3 bedroom cottage (75sq metres).The centre of our house is empty as it's where the walkways to everywhere in the house and out to the back yard all meet. As well it's on the dividing line between kitchen & family/dining area. What can we do to improve our "centre"?
Posted @ Tuesday, July 13, 2010 11:45 AM by Beth
Beth, The center or Tai Chi of a home should be calm, quiet and open. Sounds like you have a good set-up as it is and no need for anything additional.
Posted @ Tuesday, July 13, 2010 10:21 PM by Ken Lauher
I have the same problem as the story of Jennifer Byars and i didnt see a response she posted it on june 27th.
Posted @ Tuesday, July 20, 2010 11:15 PM by pinky
Hi there, 
I am attempting to apply the bagua map to my apartment. The front door opens from the hallway into my small kitchen (directly in front and to the right a bit) with a narrow hallway to my left that leads to my living room and then bedroom. The bathroom is located along that hallway between the kitchen and living room. It's basically a railroad style apartment with the kitchen being the smallest room and the rest of the rooms opening up and being much wider. My question is, all three quadrants on the far right of my bagua map seem to be located in my kitchen. Is that correct? Thanks for all of your help! 
Posted @ Friday, July 23, 2010 5:13 PM by Alexia
i'm really confused, when i used a compass, my front door is in NE and north east in one of the feng shui books i read is not the fame & fortune section.. help!
Posted @ Sunday, September 05, 2010 5:56 AM by olga
I am confused about directions. When i apply bagua to my floor plan aligning entrance door at bottom of bagua my top left corner becomes health & prosperity which is SW as per bagua but by compass or as actual that section is NE i.e. Helpful people & mentors. So please help
Posted @ Friday, October 01, 2010 1:17 AM by Vishwanath Jadhav
Just a question.. how/why are there two different schools of thought regarding feng shui, i.e. using the ba gua in accordance with a compass aswell as using the front door to place the ba gua.  
I have read a lot about it and prefer the logic of the front door. However, my north facing house is very irregular(think of the letter z turner 90 degrees anticlockwise, with the slant joinng the two parallel lines being straight), to add to this my front door is east facing, which means using the front door method of placing the ba gua, half the house's floorplan is situated below the ba gua.  
Please help me make sense of how energy relates to my house.
Posted @ Friday, February 18, 2011 10:17 PM by Kasia Warykowska
My front door is geographically facing South. Does this mean that in Feng shui; my front door is the North area?
Posted @ Monday, March 21, 2011 6:31 PM by Lee
Hi, I am trying to place a fire pit in my back yard and I'm confused as to where I should place it according to Feng Shui. Please help. 
Posted @ Monday, March 21, 2011 6:36 PM by Lee
Thanks for the comment. Based on BTB Feng Shui, you base the ba gua on where the door is regardless of the cardinal direction of north, south, east or west. Your door would be in one of the 3 areas on the bottom row such as the knowledge section, career section or the helpful people section.
Posted @ Monday, March 21, 2011 10:18 PM by Ken Lauher
A fire pit is appropriate to be in the back center area. This represents the fame area to increase your visibility in the world. The more you are seen, the better your career does, etc.
Posted @ Monday, March 21, 2011 10:19 PM by Ken Lauher
Hi there,  
I posted this comment months ago and never received a response. Can anyone help?? 
I am attempting to apply the bagua map to my apartment. The front door opens from the hallway into my small kitchen (directly in front and to the right a bit) with a narrow hallway to my left that leads to my living room and then bedroom. The bathroom is located along that hallway between the kitchen and living room. It's basically a railroad style apartment with the kitchen being the smallest room and the rest of the rooms opening up and being much wider. My question is, all three quadrants on the far right of my bagua map seem to be located in my kitchen. Is that correct? Thanks for all of your help!  
Posted @ Monday, March 21, 2011 11:04 PM by Alex
Based on what you described, it sounds like your door is in the knowledge section with the kitchen more in the career, helpful people area. Then the bathroom in the helpful people / creativity section potentially. 
The best thing to do is draw out a sketch of the floor plan. Then make a box around the floor plan, then divide it off into thirds. This will help you understand where the areas fit for what room. For example, the bedroom will be in the back of the ba gua map such as in the fame and relationship area. Keep in mind, you can also apply the ba gua just over the bedroom as well.
Posted @ Tuesday, March 22, 2011 6:03 AM by Ken Lauher
Hi, I have the same situation as Lee, (March 21). I am closing on a house that faces south. My layout is totally opposite of the 'front door on the bottom' method. But, if I looked at it as cardinal directions, it is perfect! I have a stream a the north, garage ie metal at the west, office is in the wealth corner, kitchen is in fire. The current owners even have some red walls in the red area. It seems like a perfect design if it was all based on cardinal. Is that acceptable to view it that way or is it only the 'front door on the bottom' method? Thanks!
Posted @ Wednesday, May 04, 2011 3:28 PM by Katherine Lent
hi,what about if i use the bagua map only in the living room is that ok also, only marriage will at the toilet area if just in case i make a box dividing by 3. what will i do? 
and as i mention my problem is my toilet is at the center of my house what will i do for that.
Posted @ Thursday, August 11, 2011 4:34 AM by CEL
Hi, I currently have my aquarium in the center of the home. I heard it's not good to have that in the center of the home, is that true?  
So if i have to relocate my aquarium, where would I put it? Do I put my aquarium in the area of my home BASE ON THE FRONT DOOR DIRECTION (looking at the whole house on the baqua map), OR BASE ON THE ENTRANCE OF A SPECIFIC ROOM in the home????? 
I'm very confuse on this issue on where to determine the direction from. My House faces NW at 315 degree. 
thanks, Jennifer
Posted @ Tuesday, November 08, 2011 1:04 AM by Jen
Hi,I am building my home office and following the door looking in is north. i have placed my aquarium in the far left corner (se). there is a large window that spans across the back wall (south). can you let me know the best location to place my desk and any cures that i need to apply if my back is facing the window? can an aquarium be placed behind my desk? thank you RP
Posted @ Tuesday, January 17, 2012 9:44 AM by RP
our ground floor is old and facing to south-east direction and now we have constructed first floor facing to east direction. So please give us the direction wise bagua with image for best future solution.
Posted @ Monday, May 20, 2013 11:17 AM by sandeep
As you may have noticed in the article above, there are many different schools of thought regarding Feng Shui. Visit to learn more. 
I base it on how the chi or energy enters a space and not on the cardinal directions of North, South, East, West, etc.  
For those that are looking for personal guidance, I recommend a 1-on-1 consultation. Visit to learn more.
Posted @ Thursday, May 23, 2013 5:12 PM by Ken Lauher
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