Nine Feng Shui Life Areas
This has happened to you
while visiting different homes:
one you cannot wait to exit, exit, exit
and the other you would like
to get cozy and put your feet up.
All homes, all spaces, provide
the energetic experience of Feng Shui
either a 'clogged' feeling or ‘flow’.
Become familiar with the different
life areas Feng Shui addresses
and the Bagua Grid
will make greater sense when you use it.
The Bagua is an energy map
used to determine life area locations
when superimposed over a space --
actually, a drawing or blueprint of a space.
You can determine life-area locations
by superimposing the Bagua over
drawings or blueprints of a property,
your tabletop altar,
or any area with boundaries.
To better understand the variety of energies,
review these brief descriptions of
the nine Feng Shui life areas.
Feng Shui invites us to
view our surroundings
in an extraordinary way.
Seeing with Feng Shui eyes,
our surroundings reveal what supports
an abundant, fulfilling life and what limits it.
Have fun locating the
life areas in your home
but first peek here for life-area descriptions
in nine little nutshells.
Fame and Reputation
Start with Fame and Reputation,
the area not necessarily
about being famous
but all about YOU.
How do you love yourSelf?
How do you present yourSelf?
How do others perceive you?
This area resonates with
the Fire element,
the color red,
the number 1,
and the triangular shape
(point up, like a flame).
If there are parts of yourSelf
you would like to enhance, try this:
on white paper with a red marker
write about yourSelf
(e.g. I am grateful to feel limitless!
I love mySelf and am filled with Joy!
I am kind, clear thinking, and successful.
I enjoy people and they enjoy me.).
These written thoughts energetically support you,
especially when placed in
the Fame and Reputation Life Area.
If you love what you penned about yourSelf,
place a copy in your purse or wallet
or use it as a bookmark,
it will serve as a reminder of your essence,
the magnificent core of Who You Are.
The Relationship area is about
someone else and you.
Romantic relationships are the most interesting,
but only a part of this life area
(the largest part).
This section is also the domain of
relationships with one other person
(i.e. your physician, not the practice;
your boss, not the whole company;
your cousin, not the clan).
This area resonates with
the Earth element;
the colors red, pink, and white;
the number 2 (of course);
and the circular shape.
Your bedroom represents Relationship,
as does the Relationship Life Area of your home
(which may be two different locations on the Bagua).
If your mate is yet to appear,
leave a bedroom drawer empty,
closet space available,
and be sure their side of the bed is easily accessible
(not pushed up against a wall).
This is the place for romantic images of the two of you.
Light two candles.
Sandalwood is erotic aromatherapy.
Children and Creativity
The Children and Creativity Life Area is,
in part, about how we
express ourSelves and have fun.
How do you express yourSelf?
Do you play, how?
What would you like to create
in your life or with your life?
If you feel blocked around these answers
energize your Children and Creativity area.
Because Metal is the Feng Shui element
supporting Children and Creativity,
it is the logical location to ring
a music-making bell;
set an intention for the music to
summon your Muse.
The most energetic number here is three,
the shape a circle,
and white the color
(think blank canvas).
If it is a child you wish to create,
enhance this area with
mom, dad, and baby images,
employing the energy of ‘three’,
or two siblings and a new baby.
A silver baby rattle with
a beautiful white bow also energizes the Chi.
Remember to include your
If you have children,
display their imaginative artwork here,
If you feel stuck,
add variety to your routine;
give your creativity a little jiggle,
consciously turn something upside down
(not a human image though,
unless they are part of a circus extravaganza).
The Family Life Area holds kin energy,
of blood and choice.
These folks we share a sense of community with,
even if we do not see them
across our breakfast table.
Family is our foundation,
our springboard to the outside world.
The element resonating with Family
is Wood and the color green;
picture a family tree to remember this.
The shape here is columnar,
like a power pole;
and like chair legs, 4 is the number.
Family photos in wooden frames
activate energy here.
Where shall we place the mementos
from sweet Aunt Rose in Holland?
Here is good.
Tree images are powerful as well.
Do be sure it is a lush green image
(think spring and summer
rather than fall and winter).
Please, no cacti or bonsai.
Helpful People and Travel
Who are Helpful People
and how do they connect with Travel?
Helpful people lift us up.
They care about our well-being,
success, and happiness.
When all is well, we look beyond - to travel.
Communicating with people who look
and speak differently than we do is exciting.
Learning from other cultures broadens
our experience and encourages
our inner helpful person to reach a higher level.
The element here is also Metal
(the same as Children and Creativity)
and the colors are gray and silver.
any metal color will energize here:
gold, bronze, copper.
The number resonating with
Helpful People and Travel is five,
and the favored shape is the circle
- like tires with a spare on a traveling car.
Write your Helpful People list
for a fun and an empowering enhancement.
Your Helpful People might be a physician,
the mortgage broker,
your childcare person,
and your BFF.
put the list in your silver box
and place it in the
Helpful People and Travel Life Area.
If you do not have a metal box,
wrap the folded list in aluminum foil,
this is equally effective.
Oh, remember to
add your travel agent to the list!
Express gratitude attracting
even more Helpful People and Travel.
Review and revise your list
every few months to stay current.
The Career Life Area is
where we energize a job and
our Work (i.e. Purpose),
and frequently where the entry door,
the Mouth of Chi, is located.
If you feel called to change your job
or leap to something new,
Polish the brass.
Replace the old doormat.
Sweep the cobwebs.
Water is the element in
sync with the Career Life Area.
I love the metaphor the image of water brings to mind:
we seek our own level when we job search
or look for our Work.
We flow until we stop,
and when an opening appears,
we flow again.
The shape for this area is free form,
kidney-shaped swimming pool,
The colors are dark blue and black,
and the number six.
If you are looking for a job,
write gratitude statements
(six, why not)
and place them in the Career Life Area.
It is very important to set a clear intention.
Visualize (picture) yourSelf employed:
dressing in the morning,
taking the train into town,
arriving and having your boss say,
“Good morning. I’m glad you’re here!”
Envision whatever fits your ideal job scenario.
Let your imagination play along.
Dreaming is so rewarding!
Skills and Knowledge
The far-reaching Skills and Knowledge Life Area
addresses our thoughts, education,
spiritual practice, religion, and more.
Each cure applied,
every enhancement placed,
all the clutter we cling to
affects our entire experience.
Thoughts move around and about every thing.
Shall we think in a cluttered fog or clear blue skies?
The Feng Shui element for
the Skills and Knowledge Life Area is Earth,
Seven resonates with this section
as does the color blue.
Depending on whom you ask,
either the shape is a square,
or there is no specific shape
for Skills and Knowledge.
I believe this shape or no shape conundrum
has to do with the innately
metaphysical nature of this life area.
Shape or no shape?
Religion or spirituality?
Pray or meditate?
Celebrate on Sunday or during the New Moon?
There is not a right or wrong answer.
You decide what serves you.
It's all good.
There is a metaphysical quality to Feng Shui.
Intention holds the greatest power
in this art and science,
and complements a mundane cure or enhancement.
The mundane act
(e.g. placing a Quan Yin statue on your altar)
connects us consciously with the Earth plane
while our intention releases
the thought and desire to The Universe.
As you might imagine,
this is a great area to arrange for meditation.
Your images of Deities are happy to spend time here too.
Abundance and Prosperity
The Feng Shui Abundance and Prosperity Life Area
is not solely about money,
it is about everything
(clutter being the exception):
health and wholeness,
and sexy cars.
The element is Wood
as in grow, grow, grow,
and the shape is columnar
(yes, up and down, tree-like).
The number symbolizing Abundance is eight;
the colors are red (happiness),
(what you find in a treasure chest).
Because Abundance and Prosperity
is about more than money,
we can use this life area
to take steps affecting our planet.
Here we can lovingly place world globes
and photos of Earth.
Place souvenirs and mementos
brought from our travels
with an intention for
greater compassion globally.
Light a red candle to illumine
and water for all sentient beings.
That is Prosperity!
Health is the life area at the Bagua's center,
also central in our living spaces and our lives.
When our Health Life Area is tended to,
we more easily feel centered and whole.
When we suffer compromised health,
the other life areas suffer as well,
all life areas touch on Health.
The element supporting the
Health Life Area is Earth.
It is natural to equate health with
being centered and grounded;
the solid, square shape emphasizes this.
Colors energizing the Health area are earthy too:
yellow, golden, brown, rust and so on.
The number associated with
this important area is nine,
the most powerful Feng Shui number
symbolizing completion, having arrived.
Because laughter is the best medicine,
this is a great placement for humor.
What tickles your funny bone?
A silly photo or sculpture,
the birthday card that makes you laugh aloud
no matter how many times you read it?
Place those items in this area.
Have you had better days?
Consider writing an affirmation
on yellow paper and placing it here
(“I choose Health and Wholeness -- this is my Truth.”).
Let Feng Shui complement the
care you receive from your chosen healer, not replace it.
As you walk through your home
considering Feng Shui,
set an intention for the highest good
of everyone who might be touched
by your thoughts and actions.
Conscious intention is a powerful blessing,
use it frequently and lovingly.
How to Use The Bagua
In gratitude and with an intention to serve.
|Copyright @ 2007-2013 Feng Shui at Your Service. All rights reserved.
in the items
|Feng Shui at Your Service
Vikki Albers, Consultant
707 . 315 . 1629 / email@example.com
|Clearing clutter is
the single most important action
causing a shift toward
the Greater Good in your life.
It's that easy.
Easy, practical, and user-friendly
Feng Shui tips to keep you
energetically moving forward.
Make progress and have fun!
Subscribe to the
Feng Shui at Your Service