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It is used in feng shui to find out which part of your home or office correlates with a particular situation in your life. Once you understand how to use this "map of feng shui," you will be able to quickly evaluate and adjust your environment to maximize greater health and productivity while improving your quality of life. In the bagua diagram below, there are eight areas, or "guas," encircling the center. As shown, these nine different zones correspond to nine major areas of life - prosperity, fame and reputation, relationships, family, health, creativity and children, skills and knowledge, career, and helpful people. To overlay the bagua on your home or work floor plan, stand at the threshold of the door facing in and hold the diagram so that the blue, black, and gray guas are closest to you. Pretend you can draw a line straight across the front of the home where the door is: that would be the line at the bottom of this color chart.
1936. this area must be kept neat if you want happy. 1996. animal-related items Pink (love and relationships): Paired items. IN GENERAL Creative. and difficult to express their good points. problem solver. 2008. well-behaved children) Gray (helpful people. In financial matters. hardworking.. fountains Blue (skills and wisdom): Books. healthy plants Red (fame and reputation): Awards. . but spending lavishly instead of saving in times of plenty. computers Green (family): Plants. scrimping. Intuitive with ability in acquiring and holding on to things it values. imaginative. 1972. stone objects Rat Born in the year 1912. problem solver. travel): Religious items.Practitioners who use the bagua map will overlay this diagram on a room or house to determine what should be placed in each area. 1960. cutting corners and budgeting carefully when money is scarce. helpful. 1984.. aligning the bottom of the chart (black) with the entrance wall. they are erratic. 1924. travel souvenirs Yellow (health): Pottery. children's photos (according to feng shui practitioners. pictures of loved ones White (creativity and children): Artwork. 1948. hyperactive worker and respected for its resourcefulness. family photos Purple (prosperity): Sailing ships and related materials. Outward personality is certainly appealing. FIVE ELEMENT RAT TYPES Metal Self-confident. prefers to work alone.. The following would promote each area: Black (career): Mirrors. but below the surface there often abides a crafty and opportunist character.
"Control" will gain more friends. hard working. 1961. Fire Warm-hearted. FIVE ELEMENT OX TYPES Metal Honest. Introvert. they often bring prosperity . trusting and accepts others for what they are. independent. Ox Born in the year 1913.not through entrepreneurial imagination and risk. aggressive. 1985. 1949. "cool head" will lead to gaining more friends. 1997. 2009 Gentle. opinionated.Wood Water Freedom lover. They may be unromantic. inflexible. Not giving up when facing defeat will lead to success. In business. . systematic and believes in justice. adventurous until a safe haven found. conservative. possesses great physical strength that makes it dangerous if angered. Earth Materialistic. 1925. Conservative. without caring about the consequences to follow after badtempered action. relaxation will lead to success. Wood Bad-tempered. highly principled and not many close friends. but there is no lack of affection for a few select friends. without caring about consequences to follow after volcanic temper. 1973. creative. peace loving. resolute practicality and honest endurance. 1937. but as a result of logical thought. trusting others. imaginative. hard-worker and hates the routine life.
. IN GENERAL Strong. Wood Gentle. 1938. ambitious.. aggressive. 1998. 1926. self-assured. Slowing down and relaxing will lead to further advancement. relaxing and accepting changes will lead to success. Aggressive business will bring more favorable returns. energetic and observant. warm-hearted. Fire Outgoing. Also tends to be selfish and short tempered. difficult to express their own opinion. 1986. 1962. noble. 1950. expressing their talent will lead to success.Water Peace-lover. ambitious and not a good diplomat. Fire Kind-hearted. Earth Prefers stable and peaceful life. relaxation will lead to having more close friends. FIVE ELEMENT TIGER TYPES Metal Energetic. Water Hard-worker. 2010. 1974. energetic. Tigers are likely to succeed in sales. no ambition for self-advancement and unromantic. responsible. . express your talent when opportunity arises. Tiger Born in the year 1914. Tiger characteristics are considered unfeminine. personnel management and uniformed careers.. good-listener. sociable. No ambitions but hard-worker. independent and courageous. Relaxing and enjoying life will bring more enjoyment. perfect lover.
Develop the artistic field to lead to success. In personal relationships.. hard-worker. loves to help others. a little aggressiveness will lead to success. Fire Passionate. Traditionally associated with clear-sightedness and is an excellent judge of character. smile always on their faces. 1999. even the most innocent deceptions will be identified almost at the moment they are perpetrated. 1939. takes things as they come. 1987. talented and ambitious. not good planners. needs to relax to avoid nervous break down. ambitious. less ambitious.. good planner. Earth Peace loving. tends to escape from reality if matter is not according to their wishes. with an instinct for recognizing sincerity in others and an almost uncanny ability for sensing falsehood. 1927. affectionate. Wood Gentle. realistic and no ambition. 1951. 1975. Realistic about its characteristics it leaves leadership roles to the stronger. Water Lack of ambition. peace and naturalist lover. IN GENERAL Uncomplicated. not ambitious.Earth Self-indulgent. self-contented. . kind-hearted. 2011. confident. attractive to the opposite sex. Rabbit Born in the year 1915. FIVE ELEMENT RABBIT TYPES Metal Hard-worker. 1963.. sociable.
meticulous planner. frank. 1965.. 1940.. FIVE ELEMENT DRAGON TYPES Metal Brave. 1953. few close friends. lack of organization in decision-making and detailed planning. caring. bad-tempered. and is perhaps too fastidious. and uses their good-relationships to succeed when opportunities are recognized. 1977. Fire Warm hearted. arrogant. 1952. Females are noted for their brains and beauty. Earth Introvert. 2000.. 1941. prone to worry. full of vitality. elegant with a good eye for spotting the latest trends. puts work ahead of family and friends. 1988. Water Kind-hearted. loves challenge.Dragon Born in the year 1916. Wood Peace loving. IN GENERAL Powerful. Dragons could become wealthy were it not for the fact that spectacular gains are as often as not offset by money wasted elsewhere. Snake Born in the year 1917.. 1964. IN GENERAL Intellectual.. gifted. withstands pressure. passionate and sometimes feared. 1989. . ambitious.. 2001. 1976. hard-working. 1928. impetuous and lacking judgment. opinionated. quick-witted. Strong and decisively resolute in a determination to follow interesting tracks which may lead nowhere. 1929. possesses outstanding leadership capabilities. quicktempered.
and while a strict sense of propriety prevents them from telling lies. Wood Imaginative. though less quick with ready ideas. 1942. Fire Strong character with bad temper. Social or domestic activities will generally need to be tailored to allow for powerful sensuality. 1966. "patience" will lead to success. without caring about the consequences to follow after bad-tempered action. Horse Born in the year 1918. 1990. FIVE ELEMENT SNAKE TYPES Metal Self-opinionated. Water Introvert. they are not averse to double-dealing when it suits them. detection or academia. hard working. Deep-seated prejudices however are hard to dislodge. and the Horse is always keen to hear other peoples' opinions. Their ability to gather up information suggests an aptitude for research. egotistic. 2002 IN GENERAL The Horse loves life. Horse-types are good talkers. has plenty of sex appeal. The latest news is always a good opening gambit. gentle and honorable. . tenacious. all areas that should satisfy their analytical brain. but lack of ambition and enthusiasm.Snake-types are also adept at giving the impression they know far more about a subject than they intend to divulge. 1930. they are hardworking. and loyal. strong will-power and will take any measures to achieve ambition. result in being unaware of how to make the most of opportunities. never short of conversation. difficulty to accept criticism. creative. cool. smart. dreamer but has difficulty in accepting change. On the serious side. uses their relationship with others to achieve their goal. 1954. "Slow down and Rethink" will gain more friends. 1978. conservative. good-tempered. Earth Friendly. friendly. popular and moody. charming.
wide range of interests. 1979. either professionally or voluntarily. FIVE ELEMENT HORSE TYPES Metal Trustworthy. They can also be a touch too fastidious. in social work of some description.Love of social contact remains the most important force in the Horse's life. 2003. openness and communicating with others will lead to a better life. If long-term plan applied will lead to success. Water Knows how to grasp the most of opportunities. ideally it will involve close liaison with others. and whatever career is chosen. Non-judgmental of others. imaginative. confident. the sheep. IN GENERAL The Goat (Sheep) with its strong forehead and horns represents strength and fortitude. 1967.. Fire Energetic. 1931. while a sensitivity for the arts may well lead to a career in music or a craft. . good leader and able to make the most of opportunities offered. 1943. lack of confidence. Wood Introvert. it is comfortable to be with the Goat and its cousin. hard working.. will sacrifice anything to realize their ambition. Earth Down to earth. Systematic approach together with willingness to accept advice will lead to success. Goat (Sheep) Born in the year 1919. 1955. loves the good life.. 1991. It is confident. and protective of the weak. The Goat may be involved. un-ambitious. persevering. charming. which in many respects explains why their creative natures are not normally fully explored. Their nature is best seen in its artistic talent.
Monkey Born in the year 1920. 1932.. hard worker in order to achieve target..FIVE ELEMENT GOAT (Sheep) TYPES Metal Opinionated. In general. IN GENERAL The Monkey is intelligent with a sense of humor. always think of others first. difficult to accepting reality. generous. Wood Kind-hearted. FIVE ELEMENT MONKEY TYPES Metal Risk taker. will always claim credit. Water Kind-hearted. should learn to relax. systematic. 2004. Older and wiser Monkeys are able to channel their energetic and fertile imaginations into the solving of extremely complex problems. unwilling to recognize selffaults. courageous. curious. Earth Careful but suspicious and mistrustful of others' abilities. puts others first.. always looks on the bright side when crisis arises. 1944. works hard to improve material needs. carries out plans successfully. But it is rarely long before the Monkey's agreeable humor and other engaging sociable qualities win them back. values friendship. they are extremely versatile and can do well at almost anything. practical. Success however can easily go to their head. 1968. ambitious. observant. self-controlled. independent and freedom lover. 1992. never afraid to face difficulties and will always complete a task. with no ambition for self-advancement. believes in justice and will argue a case to the very end. friendly and introvert. bringing out a latent arrogance that often alienates friends. Easily upset by strangers. Fire Aggressive. self-confident. 1956. . 1980. original thinker.
FIVE ELEMENT ROOSTER TYPES Metal Self-opinionated. IN GENERAL The Rooster carries out the assignments conscientiously and when faced with an adversary it fights boldly. no initiative with opposite sex when relationships arise. 1933. relaxing will lead to success. adventurer. Fire Charming. inflexible. ambitious. not an adventurer. the less troublesome get lost in the sheer volume. aggressive. Earth Funny. 1957. inevitably. seemingly self-centered. . 1945. sensitive and attentive to its friends. popular in social circle and recognizes opportunities. warm-hearted. recognizing self-faults and accepting advice will lead to success. The problems arrive when so many projects are taken on that..1993. quick thinking. The Rooster is alert. Rooster Born in the year 1921. Always busy. Wood Kind-hearted. joining a fundamental punctiliousness with precise attention to detail. 1969. impetuous. creative. 2005. enthusiastic. In business and personal relationships the quieter more reserved members of the Rooster's social circle or family may be neglected or forgotten.. lacks in confidence. difficulties in taking up challenges. new invention lover. highly principled. if confident will lead to further success. Water Patient. 1981.Wood Talented. over consideration for consequences.
. 1982. 1946. without consideration for other consequences when achieving their own target. moody. lacks in ambition. protective. 1934. adventurous. Dog Born in the year 1922. self-confident. FIVE ELEMENT DOG TYPES Metal Loyal.. if confidence is increased will lead to success. accept advice from friends and will have numbers of close friends. frank. but sometimes a refusal to listen to warnings regarding the behavior of children or other loved ones can lead to severe domestic problems. sociable. know how to control outgoings. Intensely defensive where friends and family are concerned. and resentment only borne against those outside the intimate circle of family and friends. Fire Welcomes praise from others. . 1970. caring. not many close friends. 2006. calm will lead to success. work with their intuition.. systematic. protector and is always ready to give aid. 1994. enjoys a luxurious life. IN GENERAL Loyal. Wood Independent.Water Ambitious. seldom stays at home. They have a sympathetic ear for other people's woes and are always ready with a shoulder to cry on. creative. charming. they will not stand by while others are maligned. Rare displays of violent anger are almost always justified. 1958. hard-worker. compassionate. but wrongs are quickly forgotten. Water Active. trusted. Earth Conservative.
Otherwise the Pig's genuine concern for others will become apparent through voluntary work and being a good neighbor. quick-tempered. kind-hearted. hard-worker. 1995. calm. materialistic. patient. helps others and has lots of friends. Wood Quick-tempered. loners and have few friends that will keep for life. 1947. 1983. 1935.. hard-worker. 2007. use their relationship with friends to gain success. They possess great inner strength and fortitude. live in a world on their own. Water Kind-hearted. sociable. 1959. caring professions such as nursing or counseling.. they are the finishers who put the last necessary touches to a project. On the debit side. IN GENERAL They are courageous. . lack of ambition. In business. they are naive and trusting. hard-worker.Fire Intractable. Pig Born in the year 1923. and in this respect they may become extremely successful financially. For a career. independent. do not like to compromise. falling easy prey to the confidence trickster. FIVE ELEMENT PIG TYPES Metal Ambitious. not many close friends. controlling temper will lead to success. Earth Materialistic ambitious. uses the relationship with friends to gain success. peace-lover.. will take any measures to achieve their goals. If less aggressive will lead to having more friends. 1971.
adventurous. element designation. This qi is not you but it is that which helps protect you in your environment. The Ming Gua can be equated with its trigram counterpart. which is on or around February 4.Fire Complicated temper. physical areas (example: eyes. they have a numerical designation. difficult to accept criticism and will take any measures to achieve their goal. then your Ming Gua will be the number 8. What is a “Ming Gua”? Simply stated it is the type of qi that surrounds you. materialistic and realistic. and personalities. Earth Home loving. If you were born February 3-5 be sure to check your ephemeris for the exact date and time of 15 degrees Aquarius as it may vary. then your Ming Gua will be assigned the number 2. When you are calculating your Ming Gua consider whether your birthday is before or after February 4. This is important when assessing what areas are healthy for you. hard-working. The formula for calculating your Ming Gua is as follows: Male . hands) they are responsible for. If you are a male and your Ming Gua calculations add up to 5. If you are a female and your Ming Gua calculations add up to 5. In Feng Shui we work with 9 numbers. feet. family relationship. The Chinese Solar year uses 15 degrees Aquarius as the first day of the new year. The number that is not assigned a trigram is the number 5. hard-worker. There are eight trigrams. He is the emperor and actually resides in the center of the ba gua. The 8 trigrams are located in their corresponding “palaces” or “guas” and in addition to having names.
For example a male born in 1946 is 1 + 9 + 4 + 6 = 20 2. . West. For example a female born in 1946 is 1 + 9 + 4 + 6 = 20 2. add them until you get a single-digit number. Add 4 to the total. your Ming Gua is the type of qi that surrounds you.) (Note 2: If you get a 5 use 8 as your Ming Gua. Add the total until you get a single number 2 + 0 = 2 3. South. Add the numbers in your birth year. how each of the eight magnetic directions impact you. it will get you started in the correct manner to best utilize your space. Ming Trigram Gua 1 Kan Physical Element Color Shape Ears. Add the numbers in your birth year.) Great! Now you have your Ming Gua number. Other good directions are East. however.1. Best Personal Directions for Working is to face Southeast. Liver Best Personal Direction for Sleeping is with your head to the North. Tan Square Reproductive Organs Best Personal Directions for Sleeping is with your head to the Southwest. South or Southeast. Northwest. and help you understand interactions with others based on the five element interactions. It is not “you”. What does it mean? As I stated earlier. Belly. Blood.) Female 1. Womb. Ming Trigram Gua Physical Element Color Shape Abdomen. 2 Kun Earth Brown. or East. The Best Directions are listed from most effective to next best effective. Subtract the number from 11.) (Note 2: if the number you get is 5 then use number 2 as your Ming Gua. Your Ming Gua will tell you which trigram and its associations you relate to the best.Yellow. Water Black. Although the information below is not exhaustive. 2 + 0 = 2 3. Add the total until you get a single number. 11 – 2 = 9 (Note: if the number you get is 10 then add until you get a single digit number. Dark Blue Wavy Kidneys. or Northeast. 2 + 4 = 6 (Note: If you get a two-digit number.
Southeast. Ming Trigram Gua 6 Chien Physical Element Color Shape Head. East. Silver White. Best Personal Directions for Working is to face South. Best Personal Directions for Working are to face West. Hips Buttocks Element Wood Color Dark Green Shape Rectangle Best Personal Directions for Sleeping is with your head to the Southeast. Southeast. Northeast. Best Personal Directions for Working is to face North. or South. Metal Round Lungs Bronze Best Personal Directions for Sleeping are Northwest. Throat Wood Green Rectangle Best Personal Directions for Sleeping is with your head to the East. Gold. Silver White. Northeast. Northwest. North. or East.Best Personal Directions for Working is to face Northeast. Southwest. Ming Trigram Gua 7 Tui Physical Mouth Element Metal Color Gold. Ming Trigram Gua 4 Xun Physical Thighs. Southwest. or Southeast. or Southwest. Bronze Round Shape . Ming Trigram Gua Physical Element Color Shape 3 Chen Feet. Mind. South. North. or West. or North. South. West. or Northwest. East.
Spine. Northwest. or Southwest. North. Best Personal Directions for Working are to face Southwest. Ming Trigram Gua Physical Element Color Shape 9 Li Eyes. or East. Tan Square Small Bones Best Personal Directions for Sleeping are Northeast. Best Personal Directions for Working are to face East. Purple Triangle Best Personal Directions for Sleeping are South. West. Best Personal Directions for Working are to face Northwest. Northeast. or Northeast. or West. Earth Brown. Northeast. West. . Southeast. Northwest. Heart Fire Red. Southeast.Best Personal Directions for Sleeping are West. North. Ming Trigram Gua 8 Gen Physical Element Color Shape Hands. Southwest. or South. Southwest. Yellow. or Northwest.