[“氣乘風則散, 界水則止.” 古人聚之使不散, 行之使有止, 故謂之風水.] -郭璞 [葬經]
"Ch'i rides the wind and scatters, but is retained when encountering water, this is feng shui (wind/water)"
Saturday, December 28, 2013
How to Apply Ba Gua Mirror in Feng Shui
Among all the feng shui
cure, ba gua mirror is one of the most popular item that has been recommend in
many feng shui books and web sites. Primarily it is used to counteract the sha chi in feng shui.
The octagon shape
represents the eight directions (N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW). On the surface
it has engraved with the eight gua (乾,坤,震,巽,坎,離,艮,兌) of
the Early Heaven Ba Gua which represents the eight natural phenomena; namely
the sky, land, thunder, wind, water, fire, mountain and lake [天,地,雷,風,水, 火,山,澤]. Simply put, it is the combination of yin/yang, five elements and
I-Ching (Book of Changes),and it is
primarily used as feng shui cure item to counteract the sha chi.
Generally it comes in
three designs, one is plain without any mirror, one come with the convex mirror
and one come with the concave mirror. Each one has its own feng shui function:
1. Ba gua with convex
mirror - this is used to reflect and dispersed the sha chi from
the inauspicious luan tao facing the windows and doors of the
house. For example, electrical post, T-junction road, sharp corners from other
buildings and transformer tower etc., which will cause conflicts, health
problems and accidents to the household.
2. Ba gua with concave
mirror - this is used to attract and contain the chi field
which is escaping from the house. For example, if the main door of the house is
facing a staircase going downwards (referred as rolling water sha捲簾水in feng shui), this will
cause the chi inside escaping
from the house and will cause unsteady luck and money loss. Therefore, hanging
this ba gua mirror on the top frame of the door will help to draw back the
escaping chi.... :-)
3. Plain ba gua without
any mirror - this is normally used when the entrance door is facing the yearly Tai
Sui. Most of the feng shui masters will recommend using a metal ba gua
in this application.
Guidelines to follow
when hanging the ba gua mirror:
- Since the main purpose
of ba gua mirror is to counteract the sha chi coming from the outside environment
(luan tao), therefore it must only hang outside the house. If hanging
the ba gua inside the house, it will cause harm than good.
- the correct location
for hanging the ba gua mirror is at the upper middle part of either the window
or door, with the proper orientation of the chien gua
at the top and the kan gua at the bottom. It is not
necessary to face directly at the sha chi.
- do not hang the ba gua
mirror on the door itself, because this will obstruct the positive chi entering
into the house.
- if there is no
available space on top of the door to hang the ba gua mirror due to the house
construction, the ba gua mirror can install on the two top corners of the door
with one ba gua at each corner. This is referred as "arch chi
rectification method" [拱氣化沖法] in feng shui which is very effective in
counteract the sha chi. However, if there are space on top of
the door to hang the ba gua mirror, it is not recommend to use this method
together with the regular position of the ba gua mirror, as this will cause
Lastly, the ba gua
mirror shall not face directly to the door and window of your neighbor, this
will create conflicts and hostile relationship with your neighbors and also
between the members of the household.