Feng Shui

 

The Feng Shui Bagua Chart


In Feng Shui, colors play an important role in affecting your surroundings. Colors correspond to the five elements in Feng Shui - fire, earth, metal, water and wood - and to the cardinal directions. Ensuring that you place elements and colors in the proper locations is vital to maintaining a living area with harmony, balance and lucky chi. On the other hand, when your objects are in improper coordinates, you’re inflicting pain (possibly both physical and mental) on yourself and others in your surroundings.

To determine if your space follows the Feng Shui color guidelines, use this chart as a sort of blueprint for your space. The chart can be applied both to a house or building overall, or to a single room. This chart is based on the “bagua” theory, which means “eight sectors” for the eight cardinal directions (plus a central space, where interpretations of the proper color vary).

Bagua Chart: Direction, Element, Color, Meaning

Northwest
Metal
Silver
Elders

North
Water
Blue
Change

Northeast
Earth
Yellow
Direction

West
Metal
Gold
Youth

Center
All
Purple
Harmony

East
Wood
Blue
Future

Southwest
Earth
Brown
Tranquility

South
Fire
Orange
Fame

Southeast
Wood
Green
Romance

 

Although the information on this chart is strict, the result of centuries of study, there are of course many ways that you could follow the bagua theory using your own personal tastes. In fact, Feng Shui teaches that you should also use personal preference when choosing colors; if you don’t like a certain color, your instincts are telling you that it is not Feng Shui for you. Also, if you want to concentrate on only one or a few areas of your life, that’s fine, too. Here is some further explanation of the bagua sectors (in clockwise order).

  • Northwest: Lucky objects in this sector include a ru yi (a dragon believed to give career success) and dragon tortoise (believed to help you harness the support of superiors at work).
  • North: If you’re looking to make a big change in your career or personal life, concentrate on placing wavy objects in this “water” sector.
  • Northeast: If you’re young and looking to establish a precise direction for your life (e.g. students, job-seekers and newlyweds), concentrate on the northeast.
  • East: In house design, studies and home offices make their inhabitants most successful in planning long-term goals when in the east sector.
  • Southeast: Because the southeast is lucky for romance, it’s no surprise that bedrooms are ideal in this sector.
  • South: Lucky objects in this fiery sector include yang objects, such as powerful horses or pointed objects symbolizing courage and perseverance for future fame.
  • Southwest: If you’re trying to improve communication in your love life, concentrate on this part of your house by using lights, lamps and crystals.
  • West: The perfect place for a family room or play area, the west increases the joys of family, children and youth.

 

Know your Feng Shui Kua Number and, more importantly, do you know what it means? Read on to find out.

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