Bagua History reveals a powerful Feng Shui tool or template used to locate the energetic patterns supporting and surrounding important
that are represented by "Guas" on the Map.
Depending on the type of Feng Shui Bagua Map you use, you can use the map with 9 squares called or an 8-sided map called the Feng Shui Octagon.
We will use the 9 Magic Squares Map (looks like a tick-tack toe board) in working with the energetic layout of your home or office.
Each of the 9 squares represents a Life Area of importance that can have a major impact on your life.
Bagua history includes the Legend that Chinese Emperor Fu Hsi in about 3000 B.C. was meditating on the banks of the river when a giant tortoise emerged with the patterns on his shell that inspired The 9-square bagua layout. The way that the markings on the tortoise shell became the inspiration for the ancient trigrams of The Book of Changes, the I Ching. The I Ching is said to contain answer to all the profound questions of Life.
From there, the tortoise shell and trigram marks developed into the Magic Square that through the unique arrangement of the numbers 1 through 9 became the basis for Chinese numerology, astrology and Feng Shui.
Notice that the numbers 1 through 9 are aligned so that when added in any direction - by rows, by columns or diagonally - the number add up to the number 15.
The Lo Shu is known as The Magic Square
Interestingly, in Bagua history, each of the 9 squares within the Map became to represent one of the 9 aspects of man's life. And from Bagua history, we learn that these all-encompassing Life Areas were communicated through the wisdom of the I-Ching, the Chinese Book of Changes, and are represented on the Bagua as:
Career or Life Journey located in the lower center square
Knowledge and Self-Cultivation located in the lower left square
Family & Health located in the left center square
Wealth & Prosperity located in the upper left square
Fame & Reputation located in the upper center square
Marriage & Relationships located in the upper right square
Creativity & Children located in the right center square
Travel & Helpful People located in the lower right square
Unity in the center square, bringing all the 8 energy areas together
According to Bagua history, Feng Shui is a philosophy that began earlier than 4000 years ago. As people began to inhabit land, they observed correlations between their ability to exist in certain locations and their well-being.
An early quest involved locating the most supportive burial grounds for dead ancestors. The locals observed that if their ancestors' bones were buried on top of a mountain, the remains tended to be unsettled and could be blown about by the winds. As the wind does blow over the mountains, it appeared to the ancients that there might be a better place to honor their dead family members.
If the burial ground was located near a waterway like a river or in a valley where the spring thaw might flood the flat bottom land, the sacred ancestral remains risked being swept away by rising waters.
As royalty became aware of the power of reading energies from the earth and sky, observations from nature were incorporated into the best ways to use the land for sustenance, food and protected housing. The first Feng Shui was known as Form or Landform Feng shui, and its purpose was to assist with optimal placement to nurture crops and support those who tended the land.
Building sites that were considered to be the best location to live and work in harmony with the environment were supported by mountains in the back, hills and forests on either side and faced a waterway to the front of the property. A river could be used to irrigate the land and transport crops to market.
This photo represents the present-day "Belly of the Dragon" with the foothills in the background protecting the homes against the wind and water coming over the Rocky Mountains. Notice that the streets in front of the mountains and homes symbolically represent rivers of Chi Flow.
As geomancers studied earth and waterway forms and observed the energy or Chi flow of the earth and heavens, their findings were recorded on the luo pan. The luo pan is a compass that enables the Feng Shui master to interpret the energies associated with directional flow. The Luo Pan (or Lo Pan) is used in Compass Feng Shui, as a Feng Shui Map focusing on the importance of Directional placement
Large Traditional Feng Shui Compass with Travel Pouch
Intuitive Feng Shui developed based on sensing energy flows and the effects that changes in energies had on people.
An Ancient Feng Shui History Story - Back in the Day
In Bagua history, in ancient China as the story goes, a common peasant was at home eating dinner with his family when a neighboring warlord crashed though the front door.
Now this peasant who had the benefit of Feng Shui training that had been passed down from his ancestors, always sat with his back against the wall so that he could face the door. His grandfather taught his grandson that this was how he could stay in control of his property, so he called this position of power, "the command position".
When the warlord and his crew broke through the door, they grabbed the peasant's wife and then his children, giving him time to bale out the back window.
The Point is
This is an example of why it's important to position your bed, office desk or dining room chair in the "command" position - the position that places your back against the wall, and gives you a good view of who is coming through the front door. You just never know.......