Haven't we all heard of the many amazing powers of Feng Shui and sometimes wished that we too can get to enjoy some of its benefits. But many of us find the practice too complex to grasp and difficult to incorporate into our lives. This is where the Pa Kua 8 Aspirations method of Feng Shui comes in. The Bagua 8 Life Aspirations Theory is one of the easiest yet most potent formula of the Compass School of Feng Shui for activating sheng chi (good energy) in home interior. In this practice of feng shui, the Lo Shu magic square is incorporated into the pa kua, or bagua, the 8 kua system to produce a map which can ascertain the Feng Shui of any given environment.
The Lo Shu Square is a remarkable and accurate Feng Shui method that the Chinese used to understand and analyse the energy of the universe, its connectivity and the delicate balance of everything in it. The Lo Shu grid or the magic square gives a clear picture of what life has in store for us. With this understanding, the magic square became one of the main principles and foundation of Feng Shui practice.
The Pa Kua or 8 Trigram (Kua), one of the most basic and fundamental tool of Feng Shui, is an octagonal shaped symbol that corresponds to the 4 cardinal compass points and 4 intermediate directions. It derives its significance from the trigrams of the I Ching in the 8 Kua grouped around the cosmic Yin and Yang symbol. Each trigram is made up of a combination of three solid or broken lines. The broken line represents Yin whilst the solid line represents Yang. By using the two types of lines in three different positions, eight possible trigrams are formulated.
In combination with the Lo Shu square and according to the way in which the Yin and Yang lines are combined each trigram holds the secret to a wide range of factors affecting our lives. Based on formulas extracted from ancient hand-written texts, each trigram has been assigned a direction, number, element, color, and many other characteristics. This pattern became to be known as Later Heaven or Yang Pa Kua which is the most common and widely used today. The symbols and attributes in each Kua relates to the various aspects of life - wealth, reputation, love, family and health, travel and helpful acquaintances, career, wisdom, children and creativity. It thus serves as a serves as a valuable guide for designing homes and allocating spaces for different purposes and for assigning different members of the family to different corners of the home in order to maximize auspicious Feng Shui for the entire family. For easier demarcation of space, the Lo Shu grid is used - where the 8 outer squares are each assigned the attributes of the corresponding Pa Kua trigrams with a center square for general luck.
8 ASPIRATIONS CHART (PA KUA TRIGRAM LO SHU SQUARE)
The aspirations and attributes represented by each Kua are summarized as follows:
To apply the 8 Aspirations Method of Feng Shui, you must first of all determine the compass directions of your house or space you wish to analyse. Then simply superimpose the Pa Kua map on the floor space where you wish to activate any of the 8 types of luck. The space can be the plan of the whole house (big tai chi) or a confined space of room (small tai chi). After identifying the sector with the type of luck you wish to activate, start energizing the corresponding chi to achieve you aspiration. For example, use water or symbolic items such as the Ruyi, in the north/career sector to help you clinch that promotion or business deal you have been eyeing.
1. CAREER-NORTH (Click to view Feng Shui Cures and Enhancers for Career Success)
The North sector which houses the KAN trigram, governs career success is a Water element area. This means it is the perfect sector to place water symbols such as ponds, fountains, aquarium, water feature, or the color blue which represents water. Metal energy in the form of metal items or silver, gold and white work well too here as metal produces water in the element cycle. Concentrate on this Feng Shui Pa Kua area if you are having problems at work or need pointers on your next career move is. It is also a great idea to display the Tortoise (Celestial Guardian of the North) particularly a black tortoise made from metal here as a feng shui energy enhancer for your career - it will help attract a smooth, grounding energy and stability for your business projects and promotions in your career.
2. LOVE & RELATIONSHIP-SOUTH WEST (Full range of Feng Shui Products for Romance Luck)
The South West is the place of KUN, symbolizing love, romance, relationship and the matriarch. This is the most feminine or yin of all the trigrams and is governed by the element Earth bringing essence of care, warmth, love and relationship with others. Enhance the earth energy with all types of crystals, especially the loving kind – crystal hearts, mandarin ducks, double happiness, dragon & phoenix). Remember to have everything in pairs for maximum effect. Complimentary colors here are soft beige, yellow, orange and peach. If you having marital problems or looking for a soul mate, this is an area you’ll want to work on.
3. HEALTH & FAMILY-EAST (Feng Shui Health Remedies & Cures)
The East sector is the place CHEN which denotes health and family luck. The element is Wood and is the ideal spot for sons of the family. Home to the Celestial Green Dragon, this is the direction with the most Sheng Chi (good or growth chi). Display your proud dragon figure or picture here for health and make good use of live plants to enhance the wood energy. Crystal trees as well as brown and green work great here. A lovely dragon water feature will also work wonders as water nourishes the wood element. Focus on this area if you have family squabbles or health issues.
4. WEALTH-SOUTH EAST (View our complete range of Feng Shui Wealth Enhancers)
The South East or SUN trigram is the prosperity sector of every home, room and office. Besides material wealth, it also relates to personal abundance and opportunities in life. If you wish to attract increased income and opportunities, activate this corner. The element is Wood, so the colors brown, green and blue (water energizes wood) are appropriate choices here. Live plants which magnify growth chi are ideal but avoid metal which destroys wood. Place a water feature to churn up the money luck. You’ll want to concentrate on this area if you are facing cash flow problems or are plagued by bad luck.
5. GENERAL WELLBEING–CENTER
The Center of the home or any room is very important. Being an Earth sector, the colors yellow and brown reign. It relates to health issues, spirituality and whether you feel energized with a sense of life balance and well being. If you feel unwell, overwhelmed, stressed and lacking in vitality this is the area to concentrate on. Keep clutter free and place six smooth crystal balls here for harmony.
6. MENTOR & BENEFACTOR-NORTH WEST (Feng Shui Products for Mentor Luck)
The North West, place of CHIEN, relates to the patriarch & patronage luck and represents the full force of Yang (Heaven) energy. It is a powerful sector within the home and represents your connection with the outside world including your mentors, colleagues and friends, networking, travel and business prospects. If you want help from powerful and influential people, this is the sector to activate. Similarly, if you wish your father of husband to be successful, this too is the place to work your Feng Shui magic on. Focus on enhancing this Metal energy with silver, gold and white colors. Display your wealth vase and wealth ship here and pile up with coins, ingots, gold plated statues, silver bells and singing bowls in this auspicious and important North West sector. Avoid water images as they will deplete the beneficial metal energy.
7. CHILDREN & CREATIVITY-WEST (See our wide range of Children & Fertility Enhancers)
The West sector, house of TUI, represents descendants' luck, children and creativity. For those with families, children represent true creativity as they are a manifestation of our chi, our love and our blood. Similarly, our future projects, schemes, dreams and creations can fall into the same category. New projects that we undertake as they develop and grow are indeed our 'children'. Protected by the White Tiger (Celestial Animals of the West), the west is governed by the Metal element; hence its complimentary colors are white, silver and gold. Activate the West with gold coins, ingots, metal wind chimes or crystals, if you are having problems conceiving or your children are giving problems, this is the area to attend to.
8. EDUCATION & KNOWLEDGE-NORTH EAST (Education & Scholastic Feng Shui Products)
The North East where the KEN trigram resides, is an Earth element corner and the powerful chi of this kua brings brings excellent examination luck, scholastic honors, scholarships and literary success. Ideally, this sector of your home should be a used as a study or meditation room where you can retreat to when you need to switch off and recharge. It’s also the ideal place to read and develop your inner wisdom. If this is not viable, just activate the North East of the study area or your child’s room with earth energy (crystals - round crystal balls, crystal points, crystal paperweights, crystal globes, crystal pagodas, any types of crystals) to harness education luck. If you want your children to excel in their studies or you feel harassed and short on time for yourself, try looking at this area of the Feng Shui Pa Kua for answers.
9. FAME & RECOGNITION-SOUTH (Feng Shui Products to activate Fame & Recognition Luck)
The South or LI sector of your home, office or any particular room symbolizes aspirations of fame, recognition and good reputation – acknowledgement of your achievement. This sector not only helps to inspire us internally but gets us noticed externally at the same time. Promotions and upward mobility are located in the South. The South sector belongs to the Fire element which brings wisdom, clarity, brilliance, perception and intuition, so use red and purple and bright lights to enhance the chi. Avoid blues and water symbols here as water puts out fire. Energize the South with its celestial guardian, the Phoenix as well as images of the victory horse. Shine a light on each or every one for good measure. If you feel that you are not getting your dues in work or other aspects of your life, you might want to activate this sector for recognition luck.
We can thus see that the Pa Kua 8 Aspirations method of Feng Shui combines the power of Compass Feng Shui with Symbolism Feng Shui to achieve optimum results. This when applied with a basic understanding of the 5 elements (Wu Xing) will produce wonderful results. Just remember to use the productive cycle to enhance your desired element and avoid elements which will weaken or destroy it.
Feng Shui 5 Element Cycles
For instance, the wood element of the Wealth sector (South East) is strengthened by wood as well as water but destroyed by metal or weakened by fire.
And just in case you are not into Chinese symbols or antique looking artifacts, not to worry, you don't have to be. You'll be surprised at the wide range and design of Feng Shui products available which can complement any type of decor, be it contemporary chic, minimalistic Zen or even country classic. You can choose symbols from your own culture or personal taste. Don't like Dragon & Phoenix? A pair of any love birds will do just fine. There is plenty of room for your own creativity and taste to come into play.
So no more excuses and delay. Start applying the Pa Kua 8 Aspirations Theory to feng shui your space now and be rewarded by amazing returns.
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