Learn About Each of the Feng Shui Bagua Areas

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The bagua is one of the principal tools used in feng shui. The bagua is the feng shui energy map comprised of eight life areas around a center. “Ba” translates to eight, and “gua” means area, so “bagua” means eight areas in Chinese.

Each bagua area has attributes associated with it. You can activate a gua by bringing in the color, element or shape. Here’s a quick overview of each bagua area and its related qualities.

Note: Most feng shui schools use the same bagua as described here, including BTB, Flying Stars, and the Classical or Western feng shui schools. What differs from school to school is the application of the bagua on a floor plan.

Zhen: Family & New Beginnings

  • Color: Green, Blue, Teal
  • Element: Yang Wood
  • I Ching Trigram: Thunder
  • Number: Three
  • ​Season: Spring
  • Shape: Columnar, Expansive
  • Direction: East​

You can activate the Zhen position of your home to support your family life. Zhen is the active energy of spring, so it can also be used to inspire new beginnings to assist in starting new endeavors. 

You can activate this gua by bringing in the color, element or shape. You can also use living green plants for more wood energy.

green grass blade for wood element
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Xun: Wealth & Abundance

  • Color: Purple
  • Element: Yin Wood
  • I Ching Trigram:  Wind
  • Number: Four
  • Season: Spring
  • Shape: Columnar, Expansive
  • Direction: South-East

This is one of the most popular guas. If you're looking for an increase in wealth, abundance and prosperity, Xun is for you. This area also works with self-worth and generosity.

You can activate this gua by bringing in the color, element or shape. You can also use amethyst crystals in this area.

Close-Up Of Silhouette Plant Against a Deep Purple Sky At Sunset
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Tai Qi: The Center & Health

  • Colors: Earth Tones, Yellow, Orange and Brown
  • Element: Earth
  • Number: Five
  • Shape: Square, Flat
  • Direction: Center

The Tai Qi is the center space of the bagua. Therefore, it touches and affects all the areas of your life. It's related to your health and overall well-being. Making changes in the center area of your home can make a strong impact.

You can activate this gua by bringing in the color, element or shape. One example is a square earth toned rug in the center of your home.

Earthy toned folded flat knits
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Qian: Helpful People & Travel

  • Colors: Grays
  • Element: Yang Metal 
  • I Ching Trigram: Heaven
  • Number: Six
  • ​Season: Autumn
  • Shape: Round, Circular
  • Direction: North-West​

Qian position is a good one to work with if you can use more benefactors and helpful people in your life. Almost everyone needs more support! It's also relates to masculine energy and travel.

You can activate this gua by bringing in the color, element or shape. You can also use the sound of metal bells or chimes to vibrate this position of your home.

wire mesh metal gray
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Dui: Children & Completion

  • Colors: White
  • Element: Yin Metal 
  • I Ching Trigram: Lake (Marsh)
  • Number: Seven
  • Season: Autumn
  • Shape: Round, Circular
  • Direction: West

Dui area of the feng shui bagua map relates to joy and completion. It's also connected to children, but that can mean offspring of any kind, such as projects.

You can activate this gua by bringing in the color, element or shape. You can also use fragrant fresh cut white flowers in this area of your home.

White Ranunculus blossoms on white
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Gen: Knowledge & Self-Cultivation

  • Colors: Dark Blue
  • Element: Yang Earth
  • I Ching Trigram: Mountain
  • Number: Eight
  • Shape: Flat, Square
  • Direction: North-East

Gen is the knowledge and self-cultivation area of your home. It can also help you to improve your skillfulness in all that you do. 

You can activate this gua by bringing in the color, element or shape. You can also use a heavy rock from the earth to stabilize this position in your home.

Dark Blue Mountain - Fuji
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Li: Fame & Reputation

  • Colors: Red
  • Element: Fire 
  • I Ching Trigram: Fire
  • Number: Nine
  • Season: Summer
  • Shape: Triangle
  • Direction: South

The fire gua is called Li, and it works with your fame and reputation. It's also connected to passion and inspiration.

You can activate this gua by bringing in the color, element or shape. You can also use light fixtures or candles to bring in more fire element.

fire energy for feng shui
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Kan: Career & Path in Life

  • Colors: Black
  • Element: Water 
  • I Ching Trigram: Water
  • Number: One
  • Season: Winter
  • Shape: Wavy
  • Direction: North

Kan position works with your career and your path that you walk in this life. If you need more wisdom, this is the gua to activate.

You can activate this gua by bringing in the color, element or shape. You can also use images and sounds of water to invite water energy.

Rippled Water Black Ocean
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Kun: Love & Partnerships

  • Colors: Pink
  • Element: Earth 
  • I Ching Trigram: Earth
  • Number: Two 
  • Shape: Flat, Square
  • Direction: South-West

The other popular gua is Kun which is related to love, partnerships and marriage. It's also connected to relationships in general, self-love, and feminine energy.

You can activate this gua by bringing in the color, element or shape. You can also use a pair of tumbled rose quartz to work with Kun position.

Pink rose petals for the relationship area
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