Part 3, Here Is How To Activate Bagua Maps

Activating your Feng Shui Bagua Map locations.

To benefit from Bagua Maps, each life-aspect area needs to be activated. However, not every Feng Shui school does it the same way.

This is the 3rd 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 2 Recap

The last article explored how to calculate and create Bagua Maps as per its respective Feng Shui practice.

The Traditional School requires the usage of zodiac signs, Kua number calculations for the property and its dwellers, analyzing surrounding land masses and structures, accounting for the changing seasons, and finally locating cardinal / ordinal compass directions of the home or space. 

The Black Hat (BTB) studies fluctuate between 2 methods. The 1st borrows the cardinal / ordinal compass applications, but not the other aspects of the Traditional School. The 2nd method abandons the compass altogether and instead superimposes a static, unchanging, 9-grid map over the blueprint or sketch of the home or space.

In contrast to the Traditional and BTB studies, the New Age / Pyramid Feng Shui School is the most fluid. It relies largely on inner feeling and instinct. This approach may use a compass, a static Bagua Map, or abandon both, creating a unique map, if at all. The core of the New Age School is to rely on intuition with intention above all else.

This 3rd publication in the Bagua Map series will detail the cardinal and ordinal directions, including the activation process.

Bagua Map Activation

Feng Shui claims that by making adjustments to the corresponding areas of your environment, you improve its energy flow, thus enhancing that part of your life. Each section (gua) will have its primary direction, element, and color. 

Bagua Map Activation

Above all else, areas should remain clutter-free, with seating arranged in the command position where possible.

Applies To Traditional And Black Hat Practices, But Optional For New Age Schools

The following describes each of the 9 sections and is relevant to both the Traditional and the Black Hat Schools. New Age Feng Shui operates with fewer application boundaries and may incorporate the following as is felt appropriate. 

A Note About iChing

The iChing, also known as the Book of Changes, is deeply connected to Feng Shui and is a divination text.

Both iChing and Feng Shui share common roots in ancient Chinese philosophy and cosmology, particularly the concept of Qi. The latter is something Feng Shui identifies as the vital life force flowing through all things. 

The iChing is at times consulted to gain insights into the natural order of the universe and to understand the flow of energy. Practitioners of Feng Shui may refer to iChing hexagrams and interpretations to enhance their understanding of those energetic influences within a particular space.

You’ll find references to the iChing, and while it’s not detailed here, I decided to include the terms, in case you wanted to conduct additional research on the subject.

In my experience, knowledge and usage of iChing are not necessary to benefit from Feng Shui.

Cardinal / Ordinal Directions With Activation

Wealth / Abundance 

  • Direction: South East
  • Element: Wood
  • Colors: Purple

The Wealth section, also known as the “Xun” or “Kan” area, is associated with the energy of abundance, prosperity, and material wealth.

In the Bagua Map, the Wealth section is typically located in the South East corner. This area is said to represent the flow of energy related to financial success, opportunities, and the accumulation of resources. 

To harness the positive energies within this section, practitioners of Feng Shui often place symbols, objects, or colors that correspond to wealth and abundance. This area’s element is wood. Purple is its color representation. 

Items like a money plant, wealth crystals, wealth vases, purple artwork or items displaying the color, or anything else that evokes the concept of prosperity are recommended.

Fame / Reputation

  • Direction: South
  • Element: Fire
  • Colors: Red

Situated in the Southern part of the Bagua Map, this area is known as the “Li” or “Li Yan” area. It pertains to how you are perceived by others, your reputation, and the recognition you receive in both personal and professional spheres.

In Feng Shui philosophy, the energy in the Fame and Reputation section is linked to the element of fire. Fire symbolizes passion, enthusiasm, and visibility, all of which are essential in garnering attention and positive recognition. 

You may incorporate symbolic objects or colors that represent the fire element, such as red or vibrant shades of orange. Items like candles, artwork depicting flames or scenes of achievement, and meaningful symbols can be placed strategically in this area.

Love / Relationships

  • Direction: South West
  • Element: Earth
  • Colors: Pink, Red, White

The Love and Relationships area of the Bagua Map is associated with the southwest corner (“Kun” or “K’un” trigram), symbolizing the romantic and interpersonal aspects of one’s life.

The element associated with this area is the Earth element. Earth energy is thought to be nurturing, grounding, and stabilizing. It is connected to qualities like stability, harmony, and the foundation of relationships.

It’s been recommended to use elements and objects that symbolize love, unity, and connection. Earthy tones such as beige, sandy colors, and terracotta can be used to represent this element. You could also incorporate pairs of objects, artwork depicting harmonious scenes, or the use of colors like pink and red to evoke feelings of affection and warmth. 


  • Direction: East
  • Element: Wood
  • Color: Green

Represented by the trigram “Zhen,” the Family section is situated in the East area of the Bagua Map.

This section is often associated with the Wood element, which signifies growth, vitality, and the beginning stages of life. 

Activating and enhancing the Family section of your living space involves using design elements, colors, and objects that resonate with the Wood element. Introducing wooden furniture, plants, and vibrant green hues can also help.


  • Direction: Center
  • Element: Earth
  • Color: Yellow

This section is associated with the Wood and Earth element, symbolizing growth, vitality, and renewal. It is represented by the trigram “Ken” or “K’an”. Wood is linked to the initial stages of life, just as plants sprout and grow from the ground. In the Bagua map, the health section is often located in the Center Point.

The health section encompasses more than just physical health; it also addresses emotional and mental equilibrium. Introducing earthy tones, such as yellows and browns, can reinforce the Earth element’s attributes and create a calming atmosphere.

Additionally, placing objects or decor associated with health and wellness, like plants, or representations of balance, can further amplify this area.

Children / Creativity

  • Direction: West
  • Element: Metal
  • Color: White

The creativity/children section is typically located in the West. “Dui” is the trigram for it. 

This area is associated with the element of metal, symbolizing both structure and inspiration. Just as metal can be molded into various forms, this sector encourages the cultivation of fresh ideas and the exploration of artistic endeavors.

It is a space that encourages individuals to tap into their inner creativity, be it through art, music, writing, or any form of self-expression. 

It also symbolizes the nurturing and growth of actual children. Additionally, the section promotes youthful enthusiasm, curiosity, and playfulness in individuals of all ages. It reminds us of the importance of maintaining a childlike wonder and openness to the world around us, which can lead to unexpected breakthroughs and a more joyful existence.

To enhance the energy of this section, use decorative items made of metal. Displaying artwork or creative projects here can also stimulate the flow of innovative ideas.

Knowledge / Wisdom

  • Direction: North East
  • Element: Earth
  • Colors: Blue, Green Black

The Wisdom/Knowledge section is in the northeast of the map and symbolized by the trigram “Kan” or “Gen.”

This section represents the pursuit of wisdom, personal growth, and the accumulation of knowledge. It’s about introspection, learning, and self-cultivation. When this area of space is balanced and harmonious, it’s supposed to create an environment conducive to intellectual pursuits, clear thinking, and a deeper understanding of yourself and the world. 

Enhancing the Wisdom/Knowledge area can involve incorporating elements that promote mental clarity and personal development. Earth is also often associated with this sector. You can enhance this area by adding earthy elements like rocks, crystals, pottery, or earth-toned decorations. 

A displayed mixture of blue, green, and black colors is recommended. 

Incorporating items that symbolize knowledge, wisdom, and personal growth is also excellent. This could include books, learning materials, inspirational quotes or images, artwork depicting scholars or wisdom figures, or items associated with your own personal development goals.


  • Direction: North
  • Element: Water
  • Color: Black

The trigram associated with the Career section of the Bagua map is “Kan” (also spelled “Qian” or “K’un”), and is located in the North of the map.

This section is closely linked to your path in life, your professional aspirations, and the journey toward self-actualization through meaningful work. The career aspect is influenced by the balance of its corresponding element, water. A harmonious flow of water types within this area is believed to facilitate opportunities, personal growth, and career advancement. 

Enhancing the career section often involves incorporating elements and symbols associated with water, such as mirrors, fountains, or images of oceans or rivers. These additions are intended to symbolically enhance the movement of energy, stimulate creativity, and inspire a sense of clarity and focus in one’s professional pursuits. 

Helpful People / Travel

  • Direction: North West
  • Element: Metal
  • Colors: White, Gray, Black

In the North West of the Bagua Map, the Helpful People (trigram “Qian”) section is associated with the energy of synchronicity, assistance, and guidance in your life journey. It focuses on the individuals who provide support, opportunities, and serendipitous encounters that aid us in achieving our goals and dealing with life’s challenges.

This section is linked to mentors, friends, advisors, and even chance encounters with people who impact our lives.

Enhancing the Helpful People section involves arranging and decorating this area in a manner that encourages the flow of supportive energies. This can be done through symbolic representations, artwork, or objects that represent helpful individuals or the concept of connectivity. 

Some examples are images of famous people you admire, such as philosophers, world leaders, religious figures, and so forth.

Bagua Map Activation For New Age Feng Shui

New Age Feng Shui relies on intuition and inner feelings to guide the placement of objects for activation.

When it comes to New Age Feng Shui, traditional practices often take a back seat to a more intuitive and personalized approach.

Unlike Traditional and Black Hat Feng Shui, which heavily relies on the Bagua Map, New Age Feng Shui practitioners choose to follow their intuition and feelings when arranging and decorating rooms to manifest specific intentions. This departure from the structured guidelines of the Bagua Map represents a shift towards a more fluid and open-minded interpretation of Feng Shui principles.

In this approach, like the other 2 schools, the emphasis is placed on harnessing the energy flow, or Qi, but in a way that resonates with the individual’s unique leanings and intentions.

Practitioners believe that each person emits a particular energy. They arrange their surroundings in a manner that feels harmonious and uplifting in alignment with that energy. This is supposed to enhance their overall well-being and attract positive experiences. 

This personal connection to space often leads to a more organic and intuitive placement of objects, colors, and elements within the home, encouraging a sense of balance and alignment with the individual’s goals.

New Age Feng Shui enthusiasts argue that relying on one’s intuition fosters a deeper understanding of the energies present in a space. By tapping into their instincts, individuals can create an environment that not only looks aesthetically pleasing but also feels energetically aligned with their intentions. 

This approach is supposed to empower people to trust their inner wisdom and cultivate a space that more accurately reflects their desires and aspirations. 

If You’re Over 40 And Want Results From Feng Shui, Do This

Determine what belief and path is best for you, so long as you obtain desirable results.

Depending on who you ask, you may be given strong advice to follow one school over another, each most likely claiming their application is the most accurate, and or works the best.

I’m certainly not going to suggest or dictate any particular practice, but I can attest to this.

Whichever you may be interested in, you’ll get results, often very good to excellent ones. The question is whether you are willing to commit to the process.

Nature Magazine published the article Psychology: How We Form Our Beliefs. In brief, the author suggests that belief and subsequent actions related to, or in support of those beliefs, influence our experience of reality. 

Simply speaking, you could say it’s like what I wrote about Feng Shui bracelets.

Wearing them is supposed to magnificently enhance your prosperity and luck. Let’s say you wear one, as I have. And as you wear it, you find money on the street, or get promoted, or excel at whatever you were hoping to, all of which, incidentally, happened to me. This would then suggest that these events occurred because of the Feng Shui bracelet, though the proof is purely anecdotal. 

Thus, a belief is reinforced.

What I’m getting at is this. I’ve found it’s less about why you got to where you wanted to be, but rather that you got there, and as enjoyably as possible. 

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not advocating blind belief, but I am saying that everything begins with a deep desire to achieve or have more than you do now.

That is backed by something that suggests you can succeed, no matter how it may appear. Call it hope, intention, probabilistic opportunity, or belief.

Align with whatever you feel benefits you, so long as it’s legal, personally ethical, and moral.

“Why” can come later, and preferably when you’re in the comfort of what you wanted.

In the 4th article, I’ll share with you what I personally do in Feng Shui.

Until then, cheers!

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