Feng Shui Analysis – How to Do Ba Gua Feng Shui? [Feng Shui Master Class 11]

This is a lesson in which I’ll show you how to do a complete Feng Shui analysis using the Feng Shui knowledge you learnt in the last 10 lessons.  In the first lesson I have shown you what the different Feng Shui systems are.  Since then, we have learnt how to examine the external and internal environments.  We dealt with the interpretation of Feng Shui problems in different directions.  We also spent three lessons in learning the essentials of Ba Gua Feng Shui.

With all the things you learnt, you should by now have a fairly good knowledge in Feng Shui.  You should be capable to do a basic Feng Shui analysis.  What you do not have may be practical experience.  This is why I would like to use this lesson to demonstrate the correct procedures of a Feng Shui analysis.  We will do Ba Gua Feng Shui because it is the basic system that you easily master.  When we finished learning more advanced Feng Shui systems such as Flying Star Feng Shui, we will do a similar demonstration here.

Here is today’s rundown.  I’ll first explain step by step what needs to be checked.  Then, I’ll use a real life case to explain what could be achieved during a Feng Shui analysis.  We would also learn the methods to cure Feng Shui problems.

 

Feng Shui Analysis (1) – Read the Map

The first step to take in a Feng Shui analysis is to read the map.  If you have been expecting to go all the way to the site, no, sorry, this is not what a Feng Shui master would do.  We always do background research before going to the site.

In the past this could be quite difficult because most required information is not publicly available.  Nowadays, with the advancement of technology we could easily retrieve the required information via the internet.  The first tool you are going to use is Google Maps.

The use of Google Maps is to check the surrounding environment of the site.  You could certainly walk around the site, but nothing beats the satellite view Google Maps provides that shows everything around the site.

What you need to check are the location of everything that projects from the ground level, such as hills and buildings, and the source of water such as rivers, streams, lakes, water ponds (even artificial ones count) and fountain.  We also need to mark down the location and routing of roads, highways and flyovers.  If there are any special objects outside, such as street light pole, you should also take note of them.

Then, you compare the external environment with the house according to the principles outlined in Lesson 3 (natural objects) and Lesson 4 (artificial objects).

 

Feng Shui Analysis (2) – Find the Layout Plan

In the past, Feng Shui masters had to draw out the layout plan after actually measuring the dimensions on site.  Nowadays, you can easy get the layout plan of your house through your real estate agent.  Even if you have to measure and draw by yourself, the tools available to you are much more than the ancient times.

No matter you get the floor plan from the agent or you draw it out, the next step is to find out the center point of your house.  We need to do this because we’ll find out the different directions by standing right in the center of the house and use a compass to measure.  Without knowing the center point you cannot find out the correct directions.

One extra thing you could do in this step is to check the floor number and building shape.  In Lesson 7 we had discussed what are the lucky floor numbers and building shapes for different kinds of people.

 

Feng Shui Analysis (3) – Check the Interior Design

If you are examining the Feng Shui of an existing occupied house, you need to check and mark down the interior design.  You need to record the whereabouts of the main entrance, kitchen (and the stove), bathroom, bedrooms, bed, desk, couch, flower vase, aquarium, clock, mirror, etc.

If the flat is completely new (and vacant), you have greater flexibility to design.  I recently helped a guy to re-design his house.  I found that the master bedroom his wife and him occupy was not good.  The bad Feng Shui affects their health (and the couple really had a bad time in the recent months).  The problem was that if they do not sleep in the master bedroom, they could only choose to sleep in a much smaller bedroom.  And they have to remove everything in the smaller bedroom and tailor made a double bed.  This caused a lot of troubles.  So if you have a choice, please carefully design the Feng Shui of your house before you move-in.

The principles of interior Feng Shui design are explained in Lesson 5 (door, bedroom and kitchen) and Lesson 6 (study room, toilet and living room).

 

Feng Shui Analysis (4) – Check the Gua of Occupants

In Lesson 9 we have learnt how to find out the Gua of a person according to the year of birth.  We could base on a person’s Gua to find out the lucky and unlucky directions of him/her.  This is a critical step because we must do Feng Shui according to the actual “likes” and “dislikes” of his/her fate.  If we know that having a bedroom in East is good for a person we should definitely do so.  Go and re-read Lesson 9 if you forgot how to find out the personal Gua.

 

Feng Shui Analysis (5) – Check the Gua of the House 

Similarly, we should also find out the Gua of a house, and subsequently the lucky and unlucky directions inside.  The method is explained in Lesson 10.  Of the eight directions, which are lucky and which are unlucky?  I have a detailed explanation in Lesson 8 about the meanings of the eight Xing-yaos.

 

Feng Shui Analysis (6) – Combining Everything Together

The last step of the Ba Gua Feng Shui analysis is to combine everything mentioned above.  After knowing where we should put the bedrooms, kitchen, toilet, entrance door etc in a house according to the personal Gua and the house’s Gua, we could design the interior following the form Feng Shui principles.

On the other hand, if there is bad Feng Shui in a particular direction, you could follow the method explained in Lesson 2 to find out who in the family may be affected and the nature of the effect.  Each of the eight directions represent one family member and particular parts of the body.  Simply refer to the list in Lesson 2 you could easily figure out the impact of the Feng Shui problem.

 

Example

This is a real life case where I have actually gone there and inspected the Feng Shui.  The location of this apartment is in Tai Po, Hong Kong, the city where I live.

Ba Gua Feng Shui Example - Location Plan

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Ba Gua Feng Shui Essentials (3) – Ba Gua House [Feng Shui Master Class 10]

Welcome back to the last lesson of the Ba Gua Feng Shui essentials series.  In the last two lessons we have learnt the nature of the eight Xing-yaos (星曜) and how to find out the directions of your personal Xing-yaos.  We also knew how to maximize the use of the lucky Xing-yaos.  This time we shall look at the Xing-yao locations in different houses.

Ba Gua Feng Shui, and most other Feng Shui theories, examine the relationship between people and the living space.  If there are eight Xing-yaos belonging to you personally, there should also be eight Xing-yaos in different directions of the house.  Our aim is not only to find out your lucky directions and make use of them (which we learnt in last week’s lesson), but also to match your own Xing-yao locations with those of your house.  It is just like buying a car, if you enjoy the excitement of speed, you would look for a racing car.  If we put you in a family car, you won’t feel like driving it.

Once again, let me clarify the difference between the Ba Gua Feng Shui being taught here and what most other Feng Shui web sites tell you.  The authentic Chinese Ba Gua Feng Shui theory classify people and houses in eight types.  The reason is simple, there are only eight Guas (卦) in the universe (Ba Gua means eight Guas in Chinese, Ba means eight).  If you have read I-ching (易經), the Chinese philosophy book which is also the origin of most Feng Shui and Chinese astrology systems, you would know that there are only eight Guas and we categorize everything in the universe into eight types.

 

Ba Gua Feng Shui House

Now let’s begin our last lesson of the Ba Gua Feng Shui essentials.  To refresh your memory, here are the eight Xing-yaos you need to know and memorize:

The four lucky Xing-yaos are:

  • Sheng-chi (生氣)
  • Yien-nian (延年)
  • Tien-yi (天醫)
  • Fu-wei (伏位)

The four unlucky Xing-yaos are:

  • Jue-ming (絕命)
  • Wu-guei (五鬼)
  • Liu-sha (六煞)
  • Wuo-hai (禍害)

You may refer to the first Ba Gua Feng Shui lesson for detailed explanation of each Xing-yao and how to use them.  They are not universal in their disposition, in fact each person has his/her own Xing-yao map which has the eight Xing-yaos in eight different directions.  In the second Ba Gua Feng Shui lesson we have seen there whereabouts for eight different types of people.  Some students said that it is not easy to remember them, so this time I reproduced the information in graphical form:

Qian Xing-yao map

Gen Xing-yao map

Kun Xing-yao mapDui Xing-yao mapKan Xing-yao mapZhen Xing-yao mapXun Xing-yao mapLi Xing-yao map

In the last lesson we learnt that the Western group Guas are Qian, Gen, Kun and Dui while the Eastern group Guas are Kan, Zhen, Xun and Li.  Do you know why they are grouped in this way, and how we could use this Eastern/Western distinction to create good Ba Gua Feng Shui?

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Ba Gua Feng Shui Essentials (2) – Personal Lucky Directions [Feng Shui Master Class 9]

Welcome back!  In our second lesson of Ba Gua Feng Shui, we shall learn how to find out your true personal Gua and the lucky directions of yours accordingly.  After this lesson you would be able to tell which direction is good for you so as to maximize the use of these directions in daily life.

Actually according to authentic Chinese Ba Gua Feng Shui, people born in different years could be categorized into 8 types, each with a matching Ming Gua (命卦).  In the image below you can see eight Guas surrounding the Tai Chi (太極) logo.  These are the Ming Guas I have been talking about.

Feng Shui Ba Gua

If you have read other Ba Gua Feng Shui books before, you may have came across a term “Gua Number” or “Kua Number”.  What does it mean?  The 1 to 9 Gua Number that you are used to see in other Feng Shui books are a modified version that originated from the Chinese Ba Gua Feng Shui theories.  I would not say the 1 to 9 Gua Number system is incorrect but it is certainly not the authentic Ba Gua Feng Shui practised by Chinese Feng Shui masters.  If you have chance to ask any Feng Shui master in China, Taiwan or Hong Kong, he/she would tell you that there are only 8 Ming Guas.

At the end of this article, I shall also tell you how to choose the luckiest couch for you.  Do you know the color and shape of a couch affects the Feng Shui of your flat?  Read on to know more!

 

Interpretation of Eight Directions for Eight Ming Guas

We shall see the dispositions of the eight Xing-yaos (星曜) in eight directions for people of the eight different types of Ming Guas.

 

Qian (乾) Ming Qua

The four lucky Xing-yaos:

  • Sheng-chi (生氣) – West
  • Yien-nian (延年) – Southwest
  • Tien-yi (天醫) – Northeast
  • Fu-wei (伏位) – Northwest

The four unlucky Xing-yaos:

  • Jue-ming (絕命) – South
  • Wu-guei (五鬼) – East
  • Liu-sha (六煞) – Southeast
  • Wuo-hai (禍害) – North

 

Gen (艮) Ming Qua

The four lucky Xing-yaos:

  • Sheng-chi (生氣) – Southwest
  • Yien-nian (延年) – West
  • Tien-yi (天醫) – Northwest
  • Fu-wei (伏位) – Northeast

The four unlucky Xing-yaos:

  • Jue-ming (絕命) – Southeast
  • Wu-guei (五鬼) – North
  • Liu-sha (六煞) – East
  • Wuo-hai (禍害) – South

 

Kun (坤) Ming Qua

The four lucky Xing-yaos:

  • Sheng-chi (生氣) – Northeast
  • Yien-nian (延年) – Northwest
  • Tien-yi (天醫) – West
  • Fu-wei (伏位) – Southwest

The four unlucky Xing-yaos:

  • Jue-ming (絕命) – North
  • Wu-guei (五鬼) – Southeast
  • Liu-sha (六煞) – South
  • Wuo-hai (禍害) – East

 

Dui (兌) Ming Qua

The four lucky Xing-yaos:

  • Sheng-chi (生氣) – Northwest
  • Yien-nian (延年) – Northeast
  • Tien-yi (天醫) – Southwest
  • Fu-wei (伏位) – West

The four unlucky Xing-yaos:

  • Jue-ming (絕命) – East
  • Wu-guei (五鬼) – South
  • Liu-sha (六煞) – Southeast
  • Wuo-hai (禍害) – North

 

Kan (坎) Ming Qua

The four lucky Xing-yaos:

  • Sheng-chi (生氣) – Southeast
  • Yien-nian (延年) – South
  • Tien-yi (天醫) – East
  • Fu-wei (伏位) – North

The four unlucky Xing-yaos:

  • Jue-ming (絕命) – Southwest
  • Wu-guei (五鬼) – Northeast
  • Liu-sha (六煞) – Northwest
  • Wuo-hai (禍害) – West

 

Zhen (震) Ming Qua

The four lucky Xing-yaos:

  • Sheng-chi (生氣) – South
  • Yien-nian (延年) – Southeast
  • Tien-yi (天醫) – North
  • Fu-wei (伏位) – East

The four unlucky Xing-yaos:

  • Jue-ming (絕命) – West
  • Wu-guei (五鬼) – Northwest
  • Liu-sha (六煞) – Northeast
  • Wuo-hai (禍害) – Southwest

 

Xun (巽) Ming Qua

The four lucky Xing-yaos:

  • Sheng-chi (生氣) – North
  • Yien-nian (延年) – East
  • Tien-yi (天醫) – South
  • Fu-wei (伏位) – Southeast

The four unlucky Xing-yaos:

  • Jue-ming (絕命) – Northeast
  • Wu-guei (五鬼) – Southwest
  • Liu-sha (六煞) – West
  • Wuo-hai (禍害) – Northwest

 

Li (離) Ming Qua

The four lucky Xing-yaos:

  • Sheng-chi (生氣) – East
  • Yien-nian (延年) – North
  • Tien-yi (天醫) – Southeast
  • Fu-wei (伏位) – South

The four unlucky Xing-yaos:

  • Jue-ming (絕命) – Northwest
  • Wu-guei (五鬼) – West
  • Liu-sha (六煞) – Southwest
  • Wuo-hai (禍害) – Northeast

 

If you map out the eight directions of the eight Ming Guas and superimpose one another , you would find out an interesting fact.  There are four Ming Guas that always have Northeast, Southwest, West and Northwest as lucky directions, while the remaining four Ming Guas always have these directions as unlucky ones.  Why so?

We call the former four Ming Guas as the four “Western Ming Guas” (東四命) and the latter four Ming Guas as the four “Eastern Ming Guas” (西四命).  For Western Ming Guas, Northeast, Southwest, West and Northwest are always good directions.  For Eastern Ming Guas, Northeast, Southwest, West and Northwest are always bad directions.  In other words, Qian, Gen, Kun and Dui are Western Ming Guas while Kan, Zhen, Xun and Li are Eastern Ming Guas.

Western Group Ming Guas:

  • Qian
  • Gen
  • Kun
  • Dui

Eastern Group Ming Guas:

  • Kan
  • Zhen
  • Xun
  • Li

By utilizing the similarity of the lucky and unlucky directions in the same group (Eastern or Western), we could plan the interior Feng Shui and maximize the good effects.  You will learn this useful strategy below.

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Ba Gua Feng Shui Essentials (1) – Eight Xing-yaos and Choosing Ceiling Light [Feng Shui Master Class 8]

We’ll start learning Ba Gua Feng Shui in this lesson.

If we have to classify Chi calculation Feng Shui systems, Ba Gua Feng Shui should be belong entry level.  According to this system, houses are categorized into 8 types.  All people are divided into 8 groups as well.  The basic requirement of Ba Gua Feng Shui is to match the house type with the type that the occupiers belong to.

Ba Gua means eight different Guas.  A Gua is a symbol consisting of three lines, either broken or complete.  Eight Guas represent eight directions.  To have a serious study of Ba Gua requires knowledge of Chinese Taoism and the concepts of Taiji (太極), Yin (陰) and Yang (陽).  But for this Master Class, we’ll skip these difficult concepts and let you know only those necessary ideas.

Ba Gua Feng Shui

 

Not only do the eight Guas represent eight members in a family, they also represent virtually everything on earth, such as colors, body parts, shapes, stages of a process, etc.  We have already seen the meaning of the eight directions, which is in fact originated from the Ba Gua theories.  We shall see more about the meaning of the Ba Guas in the coming lessons.

 

What is Ba Gua Feng Shui

Ba Gua Feng Shui examines the qualities of different directions according to what Xing-yao falls on different directions in a house.  There are four good and four bad Xing-yaos.  The location of these Xing-yaos depends on the orientation of a house.

 

The Best Ba Gua Feng Shui

But only knowing the disposition of the Xing-yaos in your house is not enough.  The second level of Ba Gua Feng Shui is to find out the whereabouts of your own Xing-yaos.  In fact, you personally also have the Xing-yaos in eight directions.  The most desirable situation we want to achieve is to have the Xing-yaos of your house matching exactly your own Xing-yaos.  For example, if the Tien-yi (天醫) direction of your house is the same as the Tien-yi direction of your own, this is the best Feng Shui, because by using your house’s good direction your own good direction is also triggered, thus doubling the lucky effects.

 

The Second Best Ba Gua Feng Shui

The second best situation is to have the four good Xing-yaos of your house the same as your personal four good Xing-yaos in a collective way.  For example, if the four good Xing-yaos of your house is in North, East, South and West, even if the exact four Xing-yaos of yours are not in exactly the same four corners (e.g. the house’s Tien-yi in North while your personal Tien-yi is also in North), as long as they also occupy North, East, South and West (e.g. the house’s Tien-yi in North while your another personal good Xing-yao such as Yien-nian is in North), this is good Ba Gua Feng Shui too.

 

The Worst Ba Gua Feng Shui

The worst scenario is certainly the total mismatch of the house’s Xing-yaos and your own.  Why?  For example, if according to the house’s Xing-yaos the bed room should be located in South, but South is your bad direction according to your own Xing-yao, no matter you put the bedroom in South or not there is one set of Xing-yaos that could not be satisfied.  In this case you should consider relocating.

 

The Eight Xing-yaos of Ba Gua Feng Shui

Let us first learn what the eight Xing-yaos are and what meanings/effects they carry.

 

Sheng-chi (生氣)

It means success.  It is the best Xing-yao among all, which brings good health, wealth and luck.  It would be very best if the critical elements in your house are located here, such as entrance door and bedroom.

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