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How to Lay the Bagua Map onto the Floor Plan of Your Home

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(Note, if you find this area falls in a room or area of your home that is not appropriate for these enhancements or that you cannot put there due to that area being closed off or in a stairwell, you can do a mini-Bagua and enhance the area of a room that represents this area. See below for how to do a mini-Bagua.)

1. Draw a sketch of the floor plan of your space. This should be the birds-eye view as if you are looking down on it. Include all built-on decks, stairways and attached garages. If you live in a condo, apartment or one room, draw the shape of this as if you are looking down from above.

2. Draw a square or rectangle over the floor plan in the shape of the Bagua map. Stretch it out into a long skinny rectangle if need be. All of the areas of the home (or space) need to be within the square or rectangle. If your home is an irregular shape, still draw the rectangle or square around it. Not all homes are square or rectangular, so you may very well be missing some areas of the Bagua. Instructions on how to deal with this are below.

3. Stand at the front door with the map parallel to the floor with the Entrance Quadrant touching your stomach. This will tell you the direction to overlay the Bagua map onto the floor plan of your home.

4. Now divide your home with the Bagua map overlaid on it in nine equal sections. This will identify for you where all of the nine key areas of your home are. The Wealth area will always be the far left quadrant of the home and the Love and Marriage the far right section, etc.

5. If your home is not a rectangle or square, you may be missing areas of the Bagua. If this is the case, you can do a mini-Bagua for each room of your home that is appropriate and enhance the Center area of each room. Treat the main entrance to the room like you would the front door of the home and lay the Bagua accordingly. This energetically brings the missing area back into the space.

6. If you have more than one floor of your home, whatever is below is above. You do not turn the Bagua differently for each floor. In which case you may have more than one Center area. The same rules of enhancement apply to all areas!

Note: I practice and write about Western Form School Feng Shui, which works with the Bagua map and is a different school than Classical Compass School Feng Shui, which uses a Chinese compass along with Chinese Astrology to determine chi or energy flow. I suggest you choose the approach that resonates the most for you and stick with it to not be confused by the different schools and practices.

Your comments are most welcome!

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Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at

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2:39PM PDT on Oct 17, 2013

I love it! Thank you!

12:28PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012


11:01PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

I have trouble figuring out the bagua for our home. The house is rectangular. The garage is attached by a breeze-way room. It is smaller than the depth of the house or garage. The center of the house, itself is taken up by stairways, one atop the other and fireplace and 2 closets. Kinda' strange set-up.

10:34PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Yes Antonia, Feng Shui brings in many common sense decorating ideas, but it is much more than that, see the Bagua information in this article. At the Foundation of Feng Shui is the belief that we should create beautiful places that inspire us and feed our souls. When we do, we are happier people. It is very simple and very obvious. That is the point I have been making in my articles, it IS simple and obvious.

7:32PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Erica, sounds like you're describing plain old interior decorating.

12:59PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012


12:52PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Thank you all for the constructive comments. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Shelley, all is not lost because your wealth area is in the bathroom. I had a house like that and my solution was to make that bathroom totally wonderful. I painted it a wonderful periwinkle blue, got beautiful berry colored new towels and bath mat, hung some beautiful crystals and had a wonderful picture incorporating these colors that reflected a feeling of plushness and abundance, and I kept the toilet lid closed at all times. I made it so that I loved that bathroom. Bathrooms were negative places because in the past they were unattractive out houses. Make your bathroom feel like a spa...see my last article on 8 steps to Feng Shui for Bathroom, link found at the top of the comments section.
Paul, regarding your comment about finding a Feng Shui book to simplify it. My book is called Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World and available in hard copy, kindle or in a pdf format that you can down load from my web site. See the link for my book at the end of this article.
Antonia, yes there are dishonest people in every profession, we all know that, and you are not the first to bring up Penn and Tellers video. That doesn't negate all of the legitimate people who are committed to helping people make their homes wonderful, nurturing and inspiring places to be. You can't dismiss an entire profession just because there are some crooks in it, if so we would have t

11:33AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012


6:22AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Thanks Erica,,must get a book on this, as I don't know much about "feng".

3:47AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012


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