Feng shui beginners need to get to know their bagua. Feng shui is an ancient Chinese system designed to influence architecture and interior design. Feng shui uses the position and composition of objects in the home to create a positive flow of energy called chi. Feng shui practitioners believe that the five basic elements (water, wood, fire, metal and earth) create a cycle that must be observed and kept in balance.
The Bagua And Feng Shui
The bagua (ba - eight; gua - area) is a feng shui map that guides the placement of objects and the décor of a space. Evolved from an octagon divided into eight sections around a central core, the bagua evolved into a grid of nine squares with the following properties:
|Family||Health & Balance||Children & Creativity|
|Self-understanding||Career||Helpful Friends & Trave|
To use the bagua, place the base of the map on the wall where the door is located. In theory, the areas of the room within each grid space can be manipulated to create positive effects in those areas of your life. For instance, the career area is influenced by water, so placing a water feature (a small fountain, a picture of the ocean) in that area can positively affect your career.
A basic principle of feng shui training holds that everything has a bagua. Your yard, home, bedroom and even your desk can all benefit from an application of the bagua map.
The Bagua Areas
Feng Shui principles associate kitchens with prosperity, nourishment and health. For this reason the kitchen is one of the most important areas in an apartment, no matter how large or small.
You can use feng shui elements and symbols to bring wealth to your home and increase the energy.
Feng shui decorating tips might just give your career a boost.