How to Find Bagua With a Compass


Feng shui practitioners often use bagua maps to optimize the energy flow, or qi, of an area. In the compass school of feng shui, the eight bagua areas correspond to the cardinal directions -- north, south, east and west -- and the ordinal directions -- northeast, southeast, southwest and northwest. This type of bagua map resembles a pie cut into eight pieces, with each slice of the pie corresponding to a different area of your life. The center of the map forms a ninth area, the core.

Things You'll Need

  • Compass, with line of sight
  • Floor plan of your house or apartment, drawn to scale
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Bagua map, copied or traced on transparent paper
  • Take off your watch and any jewelry you are wearing. Set your cellphone aside. These objects interfere with the compass reading.

  • Take your compass and exit your house or apartment. Move at least 10 feet away from your front door. Find a spot clear of electrical or magnetic objects -- particularly cars, circuit breakers and electrical poles -- as they might interfere with the magnetic reading of the compass.

  • Turn your back to the front door of your dwelling, keeping yourself parallel with the structure. Hold your compass flat in your hand. Turn the compass housing, the dial-like ring around the compass, so that the red arrow points to the "N" on your compass. A compass' red arrow always indicates magnetic north.

  • Locate the line of sight on your compass. The line of sight points to the direction that your house is facing, measured in degrees. This number, indicated on the compass housing, is the facing bearing of your house.

  • Calculate the orientation of the other three sides of your home. First, add 90 degrees to the facing bearing to get the orientation of the right side of your building. Then, add 180 degrees to the facing bearing to get the orientation of the back of your building. Finally, add 270 degrees to the facing bearing to get the orientation of the left side of your building. If any of these sums are greater than 360, subtract 360 from the result to get the reading for that side of your home.

  • Indicate the orientation, in degrees, of each side of your house or apartment on the floor plan.

  • Convert these degrees to directions using the following conversions. North is 337.5 to 22.5 degrees. Northeast is 22.5 to 67.5 degrees. East is 67.5 to 112.5 degrees. Southeast is 112.5 to 157.5 degrees. South is 157.5 to 202.5 degrees. Southwest is 202.5 to 247.5 degrees. West is 247.5 to 292.5 degrees. Northwest is 292.5 to 337.5 degrees.

  • Find the exact center of your dwelling on your floor plan. Use your pencil and ruler to mark the diagonals of the floor plan. The point where the two diagonals intersect is the exact center of your home.

  • Align the center of the bagua map with the center of your home. Rotate the bagua map until the directions indicated on the map correspond with the directions indicated on your floor plan. Your bagua map is now correctly placed, and you can accurately determine which rooms belong to each bagua area.

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