“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” – Aristotle


What are bagua trigrams

When I first saw the feng shui bagua, I naively thought the 8 tripartite symbols or “bagua trigrams” on the bagua were just a decorative figures for each of the 8 compass directions on the bagua itself e.g. Southwest. What I did not know, was that each bagua trigram and its respective direction is also linked to a family member and a part of the human body.

☵ ☰ ☶ ☳ ☴ ☲ ☷ ☱

How to use trigrams to reduce negative chi

So why does this matter and what does it have to do with Feng Shui? By understanding the trigrams, in conjunction with the bagua itself, you can further improve your environment by reducing negative chi that may potentially impact specific members of the family and their health. For example, if the matriarch of the house is ill, one may want to check that the southwest direction of the bagua symbolized by this trigram ☷ is not afflicted and thereby causing the illness.

Because Feng Shui is too complex for me to remember every single detail, I had to create a bagua trigram cheat sheet for myself:

Trigram Family
Aspiration Element Color # Shape
Kan ☵
Middle Son Ears Career Water Black 1 Squiggly, Wavy
Chien ☰
Dad, Patriarch Head Helpful People
Metal White, Gray, Black 6.7 Round
Ken ☶
Youngest Son Fingers, Hands Knowledge Earth Black, Blue, Green 2, 5, 8 Square
Chen ☳
OldestSon Hair,Feet Health & Family Wood Green 3, 4 Rectangle
Sun ☴
Oldest Daughter Butt,Neck Wealth Wood Blue, Purple, Red 3, 4 Rectangle
Li ☲
Middle Daughter Eyes Fame Fire Red 9 Triangle
Kun ☷
Mom, Matriarch Nose Relationships Earth Red, Pink, White 2, 5, 8 Square
Tui ☱
YoungestDaughter Mouth Kids & Creativity Metal White 6, 7 Round

I have personally evaluated spaces for Feng Shui purposes by using the cheat sheet, which defines each trigram as well as the directions, elements, colors, shapes associated with it. I hope you find this cheat sheet helpful!

I don’t know about you, but I am personally really bad with directions and navigation! Throw in the complexities of Feng Shui, plus having to understand where and how to use a compass and knowing what kind of compass should be used, can be quite confusing!

Please don’t make the same mistakes I made when I first started studying Feng Shui. I tried to “eyeball” and gauge directions and got it all wrong: I thought my bedroom was in the Northwest, so I applied the wrong feng shui cures and remedies! Big mistake!

When I first started practicing Feng Shui, I was a tad lazy and thought that I could cut some corners and do without a compass. After all, I can just “eyeball” where to place certain feng shui cures or solutions based on looking at the direction the sun was at, right? Nope.

I quickly found out that if I wanted to practice authentic Classical or Traditional Feng Shui, then it’s important to understand the origins of the compass. A major principle in boosting the energy of one’s space via Feng Shui involves accurate compass readings.

As human beings, we all have life aspirations. I aspire to be successful at helping others improve their well being via Feng Shui and other lifestyle tips. I aspire to have great health, so that I can do what I love with and for the people I love.

Have life aspirations that you want to achieve? One fundamental concept in Feng Shui is that different forms of energy known as the “5 Elements” impact our environments.

I remember when my hubby Jeff and I first lived together we would have different preferences as to where we wanted to hang out in our home. When I preferred hanging out in the breakfast nook, he wanted to relax in the living room. He would jokingly say “when you say say east, I say west.” I guess he was right, turns out that he is a West person and I am an East person!