How To Use The Feng Shui BaGua To Analyze Your Space

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How To Use The Feng Shui BaGua To Analyze Your Space


feng shui ba gua map

The Feng Shui BaGua, an arrangement of eight trigrams and a center, serves as a map to match various components of your life with the corresponding areas in your physical world. This can be placed over the shape of a lot, the floor plan of a house or an individual room.

The main entry point is always located at the bottom of the ba gau. So you would overlay the ba gau over a room or floor plan and see that the door would either be in the knowledge and wisdom section, career section, or travel and helpful people section.

And the back left hand side of a room is always the wealth and prosperity area when standing in the doorway looking into a room. This also means that the back right area of a room is the area associated with love and relationships.

Use the diagram below to evaluate the rooms in your home. What do you have in your wealth areas? What objects do you have placed in your love and relationship areas of your bedroom?

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Great information. Just one question though - is is preferred to use the bagua on the whole house as each section represents the room or to use the bagua and treat each room individually? Just a bit confused? Thanks for any advise. Dot
Posted @ Thursday, November 12, 2009 2:31 PM by Dot
I have a question. when using the ba gua do I consider also the north, south, east, west direction? So wtht the normal compass I have to look where the north is and that is on the ba gua the fame and reputation. Please do clarify this for me. thanks.
Posted @ Saturday, January 23, 2010 1:46 AM by James
thanks for explaining the directions of the front entrance and how they will most likely belong in the wisdom or career sections. This was confusing to understand but you cleared it up :)
Posted @ Monday, March 08, 2010 10:18 PM by kashar
The ba gua map is over every space, and the garage to?
Posted @ Friday, March 26, 2010 3:02 PM by Collana
I used to use the 'entrance type' feng shui, and was wondering why things didn't work out as planned, until I read about 'directional' feng shui. Suddenly I realised why certain things happened and why certain people entered my life absolutely specific to the certain pictures I had in certain areas. I definitely recommend 'directional' feng shui, where the same bagua map applies, just that Fame is in the South. I know from experience now, that things happened identically reflecting the symbols in those directions before I even knew about feng shui.
Posted @ Saturday, July 31, 2010 10:28 AM by dorian
Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge. I do enjoy your tips in regards to the energy in the home. I think i have a BIG challenge in my home. Every room has 2 enterances. How do i decide which corner is which because each enterance is in a different direction. Please,Please help ! 
Thanks in advance. Li-Aura.
Posted @ Wednesday, September 22, 2010 10:22 AM by Li-Aura
I'm working on a 2 story residence, primarily, a guest house for the owner. 
The front left downstairs room is a bedroom that is currently planned to be utilized as an office / library space. 
(The front door is adjacent to this space to the right.) We have the option of flipping the bedroom space with the bathroom / closet space, which would place the office / library at the lower left corner. Which is preferable in your opinion? 
The back upstairs left space is the Master Bedroom.
Posted @ Wednesday, September 29, 2010 7:02 PM by Gari Sprott
hi ken. i have subscribed your feng shui tip. i have learned a lot. but i have a quesiton. i have small room. where is the best place for an acoustic guitar? 
thanks a lot!
Posted @ Sunday, October 31, 2010 4:20 PM by Deenah O
I have a question. when using the ba gua do I consider also the north, south, east, west direction? So wtht the normal compass I have to look where the north is and that is on the ba gua the fame and reputation. Please do clarify this for me. thanks.  
also tel me how will i protect my money to give under the table to other person
Posted @ Monday, November 29, 2010 4:35 AM by gayatri
Hi Ken, I find your FS advice very useful...I am planning on building a house in two months time, what would be your advice on the directions of the house itself, the doors of the rooms and the furnitures? More questions will follow later for furnitures. 
Posted @ Thursday, December 16, 2010 9:03 PM by Gray
Placing the BaGua at the entrance of my apartment, I have stairs to my left leading to the bedrooms. Upstairs, the bedrooms are to my right and are in line with the livingroom(creativity) and dining room( Love & Marriage) downstairs. Do I use the same colors on both or can I use accesories in the right colors.?
Posted @ Tuesday, January 18, 2011 9:49 AM by Susie
Hi Ken, 
Thank you for all the inspirational info and ongoing insights.I have read most of your articles, and today im writing out of desperation, i am manic depressive, and have placed the chimes over my bed, its been two weeks, genrally i have good flow and balance, but recently my property was repossesed, my car too, and my phone stolen, and the boss has given me a written warning letter, my soul is weary, i have fought to maintain my solvency, but i lost and its over, i have nothing left to live for, I am a reclusive, but ambitious guy, but it seem slike all the right feng shui and positive conciousness has only left me with delusion and a friend said it could be the bai zi that is affecting me, but im dissilusioned, i know this is not a problem for you to solve, you diont know me, and i am sorry to spill my beans here, but im out of courage, patience and resource and love, a shell of what life was, please help. 
Brian, south africa
Posted @ Thursday, April 28, 2011 3:35 AM by Brian
First, consider finding someone in your area to talk with about this. It may be a counselor, therapist or someone you trust to share you thoughts with to gain that support system around you.  
Next, I recommend that you incorporate these 5 items into your life and start taking action today! 
1. Feng Shui Your Space: A Feng Shui consultation may be the first step in getting "unstuck." A Feng Shui consultant can recommend ways to shift the energy of a person and space, creating amazing transformations. 
When I perform a Feng Shui consultation for a client who is feeling stuck or depressed, I pay close attention to the entrance of the space. The entrance should not be blocked, which prevents energy or chi from entering the area. 
I'll also take a look at the work environment, specifically under a person's desk. That part of the office should be clean, clear and permit plenty of leg room. 
I often introduce life energy into a space. You can do this in your home or office by adding living plants, fresh flowers, raw fruit or moving water. 
There are also specific Feng Shui cures and remedies you can employ. For instance, you can use Feng Shui Wind Chimes To Help With Depression. 
2. Reconnect With Nature: It's easy to lose your connection with nature and, for many people, this leads to depression. 
Don't you feel rejuvenated after spending a day at the beach or a few hours hiking in the mountains? Try to make nature a small part of your life every day. Spend more time outdoors walking, hiking, cycling or simply sitting in the park appreciating the environment. 
3. Diet & Nutrition: Chronic fatigue is an indication that the body's "batteries" have run down. Resistance drops and illness or disease may strike. 
Often, fatigue is caused by a critical deficiency of active enzymes in the diet and an overabundance of "dead" foods: processed, preserved and over-cooked foods, eaten in incompatible combinations. 
Many fad diets literally starve cells of nutrition and energy and permit toxic wastes to accumulate in the tissues. This prevents the body from generating and directing energy for work or play, since all available energy must be used to keep the body alive. 
According to The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity, denatured, processed, preserved, canned and cooked foods should compose less than 50 percent of the daily diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains to give your body the energy it needs and combat chronic fatigue. 
Sun Ssu-mo, the Tang Dynasty Taoist physician who correctly diagnosed and cured the nutritional-deficiency disease beriberi 1,300 years ago, a full millennium before European doctors did in 1642, wrote in Precious Recipes: "A truly good physician first finds out the cause of illness, and having found that, he first tries to cure it by food. Only when food fails does he prescribe medication." 
4. Proper Exercise: 
"The Tao of nurturing life requires that one keep oneself as fluid and flexible as possible. One should not stay still for too long, nor should one exhaust oneself by trying to perform impossible tasks. One should learn how to exercise from nature by observing the fact that flower water never stagnates and a busy door with active hinges never rusts or rots. Why? Because they exercise themselves perpetually and are almost always moving." (Sun Ssu-mo - Precious Recipes) 
In this passage, Sun Ssu-mo succinctly distills the essence of Taoist exercise principles. If we observe nature, we see that rhythmic movement is the foundation for cultivating essence and energy. 
Balance and moderation are also key factors. How many times have you started a difficult or time-consuming exercise regime only to abandon it after a few weeks-or a few days? Start slowly so your early success will spark your drive to continue. In addition to structured exercise, look for ways to introduce more physical activity into your everyday life. 
The Spring and Autumn Annals tells us: Essence and energy, body and breath, are indivisible: when the body does not move, essence cannot flow; when essence cannot flow, energy becomes stagnant. 
Keep your essence moving like a mountain stream by practicing controlled deep breathing balanced with rhythmic physical movement. Body and breath will harmonize and vital energy will circulate to every organ and tissue in the body. 
5. Meditation: Meditation purifies the mind and restores the spirit's primal powers by withdrawing all distracting thoughts and disturbing emotions from the mind. Meditation is to spirit what diet and nutrition are to essence - an indispensable tool for cultivating and conserving that treasure. 
Emotions are regarded as major causes of disease in Chinese medicine. When unbridled by firm intent, they can cloud our minds and vandalize our precious reserves of essence and energy. To restore conscious awareness, one must empty the mind of all thoughts and pacify all emotions in the solitary silence and peaceful serenity of meditation. 
In an article entitled "Mental Muscle" (Omni magazine, June 1992), Kathy Keeton writes: 
"When the psychologists Charles Alexander of the Maharishi International University in Fairland, Iowa, and Ellen Langer of Harvard University, taught transcendental meditation (TM) to a group of octogenarians in eight Boston-area nursing homes, 100 percent of those who practiced meditation 20 minutes a day were still alive three years later, while 38 percent of their peers who did not meditate had passed on. This is reminiscent of legends of Himalayan yogis using similar techniques to live more than a hundred years... 
Alexander is one of a growing body of scientists who believe that we can muster the power of our brains to stay healthy, to heal ourselves when we're sick, and, quite possibly, to extend our life expectancy." 
Combining Feng Shui with proper nutrition, exercise, meditation and time to reconnect with nature will put you on the path to health, happiness, longevity, peace of mind, greater drive and ultimate success. 
Posted @ Thursday, April 28, 2011 10:05 PM by Ken Lauher
Hi Ken, 
I had a question regarding windows in both my living room and bedroom. In my living room I would like to put a few pictures of my kids in the right section but I happen to have 2 windows in that area with only limited wall space above them. Should I put the pictures of the kids above the windows or to the sides, or on a table in front of the windows? I just wasn't sure the best spot.  
Also, in my bedroom, the bed is in the command position however it's not against a solid wall. It's partially against a window and partially against a wall. Is this okay? The only other solid wall without a window in the bedroom, is directly in front of the door or which I'm trying to stay away from.  
Please let me know when you can, I'm trying to improve my relationship which has not been doing very well. Thanks ~Bekah
Posted @ Friday, August 19, 2011 10:11 AM by Bekah
Thanks for the note and visiting my website here. For pictures of your kids, I would recommend placing them on table in front of the windows and not above or on the sides.  
Regarding your bedroom, yes it is ok to have it based on the way you described. This is a preferred position as compared to being directly in line with the door. However, you should have a bed with a solid headboard that is firmly attached to the bed. This is about not only protection but also about the possibility of a relationship.
Posted @ Sunday, August 21, 2011 7:59 PM by Ken Lauher
Hi Ken, 
How can I use the bagua, if the apartment where I live is not square or rectangular. According to bagua some trigrams are not in the apartment. Thanks
Posted @ Wednesday, August 24, 2011 6:14 PM by Marina
Thank you for the comment. I go into detail about this in my ebook, "Feng Shui Secrets: What Everyone Should Know About How To Be Successful With Feng Shui"
Posted @ Wednesday, August 24, 2011 10:06 PM by Ken Lauher
Dear Ken, 
Your web site is very informative and I truly thank you for sharing all these valuable information. Not all the feng shui consultants do this. I recently got divorced and I have a four year old kid. We live in Silicon Valley. These days I am looking for a rental place for me and my son and I am considering a place. I realized that the wealth section and the wisdom section are both in bathroom areas. In another word one bathroom is located in left top corner of the floor plan and the other one on the left bottom corner of the floor plan. Should I forget about this apartment?  
Also I would like to take advantage of the make over package that you are offering. When do you think would be a better time for me to do it? I am asking this because we don't have a home right now.  
Many thanks.
Posted @ Saturday, December 10, 2011 12:47 AM by Beeta
Thank you for your kind words. I'm glad that you're finding my site to be helpful and informative.  
Sounds like a new beginning for you, that can be exciting. Regarding the bathrooms, if a bathroom is in the wealth area, there is a implication that wealth will be flushed away or can leave quickly. A toilet in the wisdom position is not good either. With that said, it is not about one or two items, it is what the overall them of the floor plan indicates. If there are numerous things that lead to the difficulty with money, then it may not be a great apartment for rent. Or, if there are many positives that are good for money or your desired goals, then it may be a good option. My recommendation is to consider a 20 minute phone consult to review the apartment / floor plan to have the best understanding if this apartment would be good for the two of you to move into. Then you could consider the Ultimate Feng Shui Makeover package once you've moved in and have all of your items within the space. Keep in mind that I will be in Silicon Valley over the Christmas holiday if you would prefer an on-site consultation as an option. 
Best wishes, 
Posted @ Saturday, December 10, 2011 8:23 AM by Ken Lauher
Hey Ken! I love this blog! I've printed up my BuGua and going home today to try and see whats going on with my life. Love is not happening for me. I became depressed after my bf left me last summer 2011. I gave my heart again in October and another bf left me the week before Christmas Eve. I've been seeing someone once a week since May of this year and he doesn't want a relationship. Been texting a long distant friend I've made since May too and he too don't want a relationship. I've met a bartender that knows I like him and he keeps looking at me, tells me hi but nothing from him either, then I met a officer and he too I guess doesn't want a relationship. What's wrong with me? A friend told me that something got to be wrong with me cause I keep being single. What can I do to change all this. I am a 64' Dragon Wood. I feel sad, lonely. All I want is someone to love me faithfully. Can you teach me, Ken? Please email me, please??
Posted @ Wednesday, July 11, 2012 4:20 PM by Nyuk Moi
Thank you for your kind comments and sharing your information here. It is interesting about the current theme that is happening with your relationships and it could be as a result of the Feng Shui of your home. To help you understand the story that your space is telling about your current relationships and other factors, I recommend you consider a Feng Shui consultation so that we can dive into your space and create an action plan to help you move toward your desired goal of finding and being with someone that loves you, wants to spend time with you and is respectful of who you are and what you want in life. Visit to learn more about the options available including the 20 minute and 60 minute phone (skype) consultation options.
Posted @ Thursday, July 12, 2012 3:30 PM by Ken Lauher
Hey Ken! When i look at Bagua my door is in the knowledge area Then we have our office in the family area and in the wealth part of our house we have a corner taken right of the house. I believe they did this because of a big tuilip tree that sits there. What do i do to activate wealth part of our house. Thanks so much!!
Posted @ Thursday, September 20, 2012 10:28 AM by Diane Huiberts
Based on your description, it does sound like a missing area for the wealth section. There are a variety of ways to make up for missing areas that are listed in my ebook at You may also want to consider a review of your entire home to better understand what the theme or story of your home may be saying about your current situation and how to correct it. Visit to gain a better understanding of the options available for customized consultation for your space.
Posted @ Thursday, September 20, 2012 1:37 PM by Ken Lauher
Hi Ken.., 
Thank you for all the helpful and useful information. I hope you will be able to help me out as I'm confused about the bagua map and the directions according to my kua number which is 8. So which do I follow? According to bagua map wealth is top left hand corner of room but according to kua it's the SW which wld be bottom left hand corner. I hope you will be able to help me out... New at this...! Thanks in advance...!:) 
Posted @ Sunday, November 25, 2012 5:00 PM by Lorena
Thank you for the comment. Keep in mind that you are talking about a different school of thought for Feng Shui. Take a look at this article where I explain it further. 
When you try to combine different schools of thought, you will become more confused. It is best to choose a method and approach that works best for you and stick to that method.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 28, 2012 10:32 AM by Ken Lauher
Ken Thanks, I am new to Feng Sui but found your thoughts and website very helpful to understand the concept. I have a Q I have the in teh right position in the bedroom but have a big decorative mirror over the headboard for decoratiob purpose. Is that ok. Next my and the kids study has a fixed desk in which the desk faces the window in my case and wall in the case of kids but back to the door. The leg space is ok not too much.  
Is this ok or i need to change some things. Please suggest/ guide 
Regards Ann
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 7:35 AM by Ann
Great question. I actually have done a video episode on this very topic at  
For the desk that faces a wall, you may wish to consider adding a mirror on the wall. Ideally, you want your desk in a command position meaning that you can see the door but are not in direct line of the door. However, because your desks are fixed, focus on what you can change and not on what you can't.
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 11:35 AM by Ken Lauher
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