The idea of Feng Shui is appealing to most people. It seems like a simple way to create harmony in your life as well as introduce changes that you want to happen. However, most people aren’t quite sure how to use it, why it works, and the overall meaning of the word itself. In terms of answering all of these questions, the use of a Feng Shui Ba-Gua map is the best place to start.

The Feng Shui Ba-Gua map is simply a device used to determine where energy changes might need to be made. Shaped as an octagon, it is broken up into nine different areas, each typically associated with a certain life aspect that will be affected by subsequent changes. There is also a yin and yang symbol that is placed in the central section of this shape, and a part of this ninth section. When using the Ba-Gua map in your home, you can stretch the shape to fit a square as well, simply creating sides coinciding with the areas that would have been in the octagon.

The nine different areas of a Feng Shui Ba-Gua map might differ in names and phrasing, but they typically include: career, helpful people and travel, wisdom, creativity and children, health, family relationships, love and relationships, wealth, and fame. Each of these sections correlates with a section of the home or of a room in order to show where changes and adjustments might need to made. Because each of these areas is a part of your life, it’s a good idea to think about making changes in each.

The purpose of the Feng Shui Ba-Gua map is to help guide positive energy into certain areas of your home or office. There is also a way to utilize specific colors to correlate with these nine sections in order to promote that balanced and positive harmony that you wish to create. When you take into consideration all of the areas of this kind of map, you will create a life that is happy, successful, and prosperous. Take the map and try to line it up to each room of your house as well as the overall structure of your home to start making changes now.

Breaking down the Feng Shui Ba-Gua map into specific sections, you will learn how to specifically affect these areas of your life by utilizing elements and colors that are associated with each area. Starting with the fame section, you will want to place the Ba-Gua map in the area you are going to decorate, find the fame section, and then work to change things in this section. Primarily, you will want to focus on using the color red in this area as well as the elements of fire and wood. So, you might want to place some sort of red, wooden decoration in this space of your home.

Moving to the love and relationships section of a Feng Shui Ba-Gua map, you will want to keep in mind that this is related to the color pink and to the elements of fire and earth. Typical ways of representing this energy include using pink candles in the décor. In family relationships, you will want to know that green, blue, and black are all positive colors to use. And as water is the element associated with this section, a picture of a water scene might work well to add energy.

Health concerns or just maintenance are related to yellow, brown, and orange on a Feng Shui Ba-Gua map. The elements of earth and fire are also focal points that you can incorporate into this area. Creativity and children relate to the color yellow as well as earth tones, plus the element of metal. In these areas, you will want to consider metallic wall hangings for the design.

In terms of the area related to wisdom on a Feng Shui Ba-Gua map, you will want to use green and black in your décor adjustments as well as the element earth. A nice potted plant is a great way to incorporate both into these related colors and elements. It also symbolizes growth, which is a good thing when it comes to learning and education. For travel and helpful people, the Feng Shui Ba-Gua map shows that the white and black are helpful colors, while the metal element can create positive energy. Perhaps a statue in metal with a black finish can be a good way to create energy.

Keeping in mind balance at all times, the Feng Shui Ba-Gua map can be a great way to determine what areas in your home need improvement and what others are already doing good for your life. While you don’t have to make changes in every single section right away, it’s good practice to slowly incorporate these tips in order to achieve a peaceful energy flow.

Author's Bio: 

Candace Czarny, ASID, CFM, LEED AP, "Award Winning" Interior Designer, Feng Shui Expert & Author of 20 Minute Feng Shui is continually ranked "Top 10" in Google and Yahoo. Clients testify of dramatic results!