Part 2, How To Create Bagua Maps Now

Making your own Bagua Map

Traditional, Black Hat and New Age Feng Shui each calculate and use Bagua Maps differently. Some of those differences contradict one another.

This is the 2nd publication of a 5-part series related to Bagua Maps. If you would like to jump to another article in the series, the links are below.

Part 1 Recap

The previous article provided a basic overview of Bagua Maps and how each of the 3 major Feng Shui schools (Traditional, Black Hat (BTB) and New Age) utilize them.

The Traditional School involves the study of Form (landscapes) and Compass (cardinal / ordinal directions). The Black Hat School borrows some of the Traditional concepts but focuses more on intention. New Age, however, takes core aspects of both Traditional and BTB, but basing everything on an inner knowing or feeling, abandoning structure and format.

Part 2 will cover how each school calculates and uses a Bagua Map relative to their Feng Shui approach.

Traditional Feng Shui Practices

Traditional Feng Shui uses the Zodiac

As a preface, the Traditional School of Feng Shui incorporates Chinese calendar zodiac signs to calculate your Kua Number, also referred to as a Mansion or House Number. The Kua number is supposed to reveal your ideal directions, including ones that do not work in your favor.

Gender is also an influencing factor.

Kua Numbers Are Everything 

In this article, we’re not going to delve too deeply into Kua numbers, what each means, and how they are applied. It’s an enormous study with many variables. Volumes have been written on this subject alone. 

Generally, Traditional Feng Shui uses Kua numbers to determine a person’s auspicious and inauspicious directions. It’s believed that these are part of what can be used for improving health, relationships, and overall well-being.

To calculate your Kua number, you need to know your date of birth and gender. 

A. If Male

  1. Add the last two digits of your year of birth.
  2. If the result is a double-digit number, add the digits together to get a single-digit number.
  3. Subtract the single-digit number from 10.
  4. This resulting number is your Kua number.

For example, if a male was born in 1985: 8 + 5 = 13. 1 + 3 = 4. 10 – 4 = 6. 

The male’s Kua number would be 6.

B. If Female

  1. Add 5 to the last two digits of your year of birth.
  2. If the result is a double-digit number, add the digits together to get a single-digit number.
  3. Subtract the single-digit number from 10.
  4. This resulting number is your Kua number.

For example, if a female was born in 1985: 5 + (8 + 5) = 18. 1 + 8 = 9. 10 – 9 = 1. 

The female’s Kua number would be 1.

Your Map Will Constantly Change Because The Constellations Do

The map created through this philosophy comes from the interpretation that energy is constantly moving. As such, the practice perceives the constellations are changing. Accordingly, to determine your most accurate, permanent energies, knowing what year your home or space was built is crucial.

The building would then undergo a reading using the Flying Star Natal Chart. Wikipedia does a great job providing the details of what that is if you’re interested. In summary, think of it as a zodiac or astrological view of the property, much like one would do for a person. 

That information is then examined as to how it would interact with the Kua of those living in or using the space.  

Start With The Front Facing Side 

Next, you determine where the front-facing side of the house is (typically toward the road). According to Traditional school practices, the front-facing side of the home or space is not always the entrance door. Some enter their homes from the garage or the side.

Finally, using the front-facing side, you perform a compass reading, pointing the compass away from the house. This should be done at least 3 times for accuracy.

All of this data is then put together and interpreted, resulting in a circular, compass-like map.

This would then be overlaid on the blueprint of the home or property. From there, the center is determined, where all 8 cardinal / ordinal lines are separated by compass degree. (For example, South (S): 157.5° – 202.5°, Southwest (SW): 202.5° – 247.5°, West (W): 247.5°- 292.5°, and so forth.)

Each section is activated according to its directional meaning, while simultaneously addressing the Kua and Flying Star Natal numbers.

Black Hat (BTB) Feng Shui Practices

Using a compass is part of many Black Hat Feng Shui practices

Black Hat practices take a lot from Traditional Feng Shui, minus the zodiac aspects and Kua numbers. In contrast, however, BTB finds Bagua Maps and directions to be static, and not subject to the seasons.

There are 2 methods in determining and using a Bagua Map when it comes to the Black Hat school.

Method #1: Compass Directions

This approach is closest to Traditional Feng Shui. This method determines where your home or space is located relative to the directions on a compass. Here is how to calculate the map.

Ideally, you’ll need the following items:

  1. Compass (phone apps are fine)
  2. Something to write notes on (again, a phone app for note-taking is fine)
  3. Blank sheet of paper (or some kind of drawing app)
  4. Pencil, or digital pen if using an app

First Step: Measurement

Take a compass reading from your front door or wherever the main entrance to the property is. Write down the degree of that direction and where you measured it. Something like this…

Front Door, West, 257°

You’ll want to figure out the entire direction’s scope and write down what falls in that degree. 

For example, the Front Door is West, 257°. Full West is 247.5°- 292.5°. Look to see what rooms are in that directional scope. It may be the front port, a foyer, a closet, and so on.

Second Step: Determine All 8 Directions

This next part will take a little time.

After calculating your front door compass location and everything that falls in it, walk around your home and find the remaining directions. Write down every room, or partial room, that settles in those measurements. 

If you discover a room falls in several directions, make a note of it. Then, see which direction is dominant. If it happens to be evenly divided, see how much of that direction is measured in the next room. Should that adjacent space have very little of that direction, assign it to the room with the most direction it falls in.

For example, your bathroom may share equally the East and South East directions. Now let’s say there is a hallway next to the bathroom. It has a bit of the South East, but not as much. Perhaps next to the bathroom is also a bedroom which is notably sharing the East. Most practitioners suggest assigning the bathroom to the southeast direction, as it is considered the most prevalent, or takes up the largest portion of the direction. 

Mind you, this is only a suggestion. Feel free to handle it however you feel most comfortable, assigning it in whatever way you like. 

Here are the directional scopes you’ll want to discover rooms and spaces for.

South (S): 157.5° – 202.5°

Southwest (SW): 202.5° – 247.5°

West (W): 247.5°- 292.5°

Northwest (NW): 292.5° to 337.5°

North (N): 337.5°- 22.5°

Northeast (NE): 22.5° – 67.5°

East (E): 67.5°- 112.5°

Southeast (SE): 112.5° – 157.5°

Third Step: Overlay the Directions

Take your blank sheet of paper or drawing app, and create 8 evenly divided lines, mimicking a compass. You’ll have all 8 cardinal and ordinal directions (North, North West, West, South West, South, South East, East and North East) drawn. 

Next, write the rooms that fall into their measured directions. Feel free to create shapes and other representations for those rooms and spaces. 

This will create a visual map of how to decorate and arrange the room’s respective furniture and objects.

Final Step: Activation

This is where you spruce up the measured rooms and spaces according to their associated emphasis. Allow yourself to get creative and really enjoy the experience.

Here is an example. 

Let’s say the Career portion of your measured Bagua Map mostly falls where the living room is located. That room would be adorned with black and blue colors, including water-based elements. You could acquire a black leather couch and hang a picture or painting of a serene beach that focuses on the water.

Several practitioners have said that as long the directional aspect is represented enough to where it catches your eye, you’ve properly activated the room. A painting, some kind of artwork, or a piece of furniture representative of that life aspect, is usually enough by most Feng Shui standards.

Method #2: Map Overlay

This approach, by far, is the one used most often, and remains the simplest to implement. The map is static and not subject to cardinal/ordinal directions. It acts as an overlay to your home, never changing. Here is how to use this kind of Bagua Map.

Ideally, you’ll need the following items:

  1. A copy of a BTB Bagua Map, or you can draw one 
  2. Your home’s blueprint, or
  3. Blank sheet of paper (or some kind of drawing app) and
  4. Pencil, or digital pen if using an app

First Step: Your Home or Space’s Floor Plan

Most people do not have access to their blueprints. It’s OK if you don’t. You will, however, need to sketch a basic floor plan of your home. A general idea of how it is laid out is fine, it doesn’t need to be to scale.

Do this on a blank sheet of paper, or drawing app, and create a general floor plan.

Second Step: Bagua Map

You’ll want to get a copy of a Black Hat Bagua Map. You can use the one I put here as a reference, or find another to your liking.

Third Step: Overlay The Bagua Map

Take your Bagua Map and your home or space’s floor plan. Align the bottom of the map with the main entrance to your space. In most instances, you’ll be using a best-judgment perception on how precisely your floor plan and the Bagua Map match up. 

This means your entrance will always be one of the 3 areas. Knowledge / Wisdom, Career, or Helpful People / Travel. Which area your entrance falls into depends on where the door is located on your blueprint or sketch of your home. 

You’ll next need to figure out where the remainder of the home/space falls on the map. 

Some rooms will most likely overlap, and that’s OK. Try to determine how much of the Bagua Map falls into that room or space. It’s your call on how you assign that location to the corresponding life aspect of the Bagua Map.

On rare occasions, some aspects of the Bagua Map may fall outside of your home, as in a garden or backyard. This is often referred to as missing or extension sections. According to Feng Shui practices, the use of a mirror, its back attached to the wall of the missing section is often recommended.

Practitioners often advise adding a representation of that missing section to the next closest area. 

For example, let’s say you’re missing the Wealth / Abundance section of the Bagua Map. The closest sections may be Fame / Reputation and Family. Let’s now say you select the Fame / Reputation area, and add something that represents the missing section (Wealth / Abundance). This is supposed to resolve the Bagua Map gap.

Final Step: Activation

Much like Method #1, you’ll be arranging and adjusting the location’s objects according to the Bagua Map’s emphasized qualities. 

Extra Note: Individual Room Activations

Using a static grid of instructions for a Bagua Map can be reduced down to smaller spaces and individual rooms. 

If you’re renting a room or living in a studio, something along those lines, you can apply the Bagua Map to it. Instead of arranging and activating rooms, you would do so for portions of the room or space.

In other words, as the Bagua Map is laid out, you would adjust your room to match it, thus having all 9 grids represented. 

For example, the furthest left of the room would have something like a purple sash or artwork on the wall for wealth. The furthest part of the room from the entrance could have a fire-red pillow for fame and reputation. The far right of the room may have a few pink hearts for relationships.

You get the idea.

New Age Feng Shui Practices

New Age Feng Shui relies on intuition.

This approach to Feng Shui is the least bound to rules and form but still retains the goal of creating harmony in your environment. Intuition and feelings are the dominant factors in this school, and as such, applications like maps and directions are less important, if at all.

The New Age school implements a very loose and relaxed, internally guided application of Feng Shui to property.

Generally, the areas of the home are arranged and activated according to intention and desired outcome. Color schemes and furniture arrangements are tied to your goal and not so much to categorical descriptions.

Here is an example.

In the Black Hat Bagua Map, the South East direction and the color purple are where the energies are focused to generate wealth. That would be the top left corner of the map if using the static BTB Bagua Map method. As such, the room that lies in that direction or grid would be activated accordingly. The color purple should be used, including depictions of wealth, abundance, money, etc.

While the New Age school may use a Black Hat Bagua Map to determine the wealth area, upon inspection the room may be felt better suited for family, or health. That reasoning is justified by an “inner knowing”.

Conversely, let’s say that the New Age practitioner does find that area of the home to be good for activating wealth. The color purple, however, may not feel right. Instead gold, light green, or whatever feels like abundance would decorate the space. 

Methodically, there is still a general way to implement this school’s mapping of the home.

You’ll need the following:

  1. Something to take notes with (phone app is fine)
  2. A time of day that is quiet (to give your feelings greater focus)
  3. If you like, a copy of a Black Hat Bagua Map, without directions
  4. A clear understanding of what goal or intention you would like to manifest
  5. Blank sheet of paper (or some kind of drawing app) and
  6. Pencil, or digital pen if using an app

First Step: Walk The Property With Intention

Many New Age followers suggest walking the home or space with an intention or goal. Take note of what you feel and how you react to each area while thinking about what you would like to manifest.

If you feel a sense of abundance in a certain room, write it down. If you feel a closeness to family in another, write that down.

Keep track of everything and anything you feel, while never forgetting your goal.

Second Step: Map Your Feelings

Here, you’re going to create a basic floor plan for your home. If you have blueprints, even better. Use the blank sheet of paper or drawing app. None of these have to be scaled, but detailed enough so you know where everything is.

Then, going back to your notes, write the areas you walked and the feelings you experienced onto the floor plan or blueprint.

Third Step: Reference A Bagua Map And Go Back

Use a copy of a Black Hat Bagua Map, and overlay it on your floor plan. The entrance to your property will always start from the bottom of the Bagua Map. From there, determine where your rooms fall accordingly.

Then, re-walk your property with the same intention and goals as you did at the start. Make note of how you feel. Is it the same? Is it different? If it’s different, then why? 

Fourth Step: Adjust Your Map Based On Intention

A Bagua Map is based on harmoniously addressing all aspects of life that Feng Shui considers important. With the New Age approach, the focus is manifesting what you desire.

That means not all aspects of the Black Hat Bagua Map may be felt. 

You may not feel a part of your home is for helpful people, or fame, or career, or whatever. You may instead intuitively be impressed that the entire home is for wealth or health. It’s about trusting your inner instincts and leanings.

Conclude your map by filling out what each room should be focused on.

Fifth Step: Activate With Sensitivity

After deciding on your floor plan map, go to each room and activate as outlined. You can follow the color and arrangement advice for each life aspect outlined in Feng Shui, or go in a completely different direction.

However you choose to work your space, be sure to do it from an inner receptivity. 

The New Age approach places significance on a deeper knowledge. The idea is that each of us has a personal, internal guidance. So long as we each tap into it and effectively listen, it’s believed our desires will be born in accordance with our arranged environment.

Therefore, regardless if a certain color or object type is recommended by Feng Shui texts, should it not align with how you feel, New Age Feng Shui says to avoid it.

Construct every room in a way that agrees with your feelings. 

For example. Let’s say you desire to get promoted at work. You find that the middle of your home is meant for activating fame and reputation. However, the color red gives you a sense of discomfort. Instead, if you happen to find that a blue-green gives you positive impressions, go with that.

Sixth Step: Set Your Next Intention, Re-Arrange Your Property

Once your desired outcome has manifested to your liking, you can then set another intention. As you did the first time, repeat Steps 1 – 4 and re-arrange your home in alignment with your new goals. 

Each time your want is fulfilled, you continue to alter your home per a new intention, thus always harnessing the best energies according to New Age Feng Shui.

Is One School Better Than Another For Those Over 40?

There is no best Feng Shui School

The short answer is, no. 

I briefly touched on this in another article you can read here.

It comes down to personal preferences and how much guidance is needed. What might be considered beneficial or harmonious for one person may not be for another. Factors like career goals, relationships, health, and personal development vary greatly among individuals and thus influence the manner in which a Bagua Map, if at all, is created and used.

Ultimately, the beauty of Feng Shui lies in its adaptability, allowing individuals to tailor their practices to suit their ever-changing lives.

Each School Brings A Perspective 

Each school offers a unique perspective on how to apply Feng Shui principles to homes and spaces, resulting in distinct approaches to creating harmony.

These schools of Feng Shui – Traditional, Black Hat, and New Age – offer diverse perspectives on enhancing the energy of a space. Traditional Feng Shui relies on precise calculations and compass readings, while the Black Hat School provides simplified methods accessible to a wider audience. The New Age School, on the other hand, embraces a more intuitive and personalized approach, emphasizing individual feelings and intentions. 

Much like any offshoot or sub-division of a study, there can be advantages to each perspective, whether it be a different way of looking at the world or the enjoyment that comes from dedication to discipline.

In the next article, Part 3, we’ll go more in-depth on the directions of a Bagua Map, including the activation process. 

Until the next time, cheers!

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