A reader got very confused when trying to use the bagua map:
“I am quite confused at conflicting advice from different feng shui web sites re: how to orient the bagua map. This seems to be split into two:
1. Find Magnetic North through a compass (e.g. compass in iPhone) and align the “North” sector of the Bagua map with that
2. Position the map such that the bottom part (the “North” sectors of Career, Helpful People, Knowledge) are in line with the front door
If I follow the compass rule, my front door is in the magnetic South wall of my house and so what is lined up with it are the Wealth, Fame and Love sectors. This means that I am not following the second rule (Position the map such that the bottom part (the “North” sectors of Career, Helpful People, Knowledge) are in line with the front door).
Which one is correct?
I don’t deal with compasses. Compasses have no bearing on how we modern individuals experience space on a personal level in my opinion. My opinion is not shared universally in feng shui. What direction you face is far less meaningful to me than the host of other physical and energetic data that you process as you enter and inhabit a space.
I find compasses to be very disempowering, too. Lets say the compass says your front door is in the wrong place… and its “inauspicious” (Oh how I loathe those statements!)… what do you do? Do you remodel your home? Do you worry every day that your life is screwed because if the way your door faces on a compass? Its lunacy and madness to deal with such condemnation.
So, in my opinion, what is “correct” is to see how your space is laid out using the bagua aligned so the bottom row of the bagua includes your front door. That’s all! Very simple!
Good luck! xoxo Dana