How do Garages fit into the Bagua?

Question: How to garages play into the bagua? Mine is full of junk and appears to be taking up my whole skills and knowledge gua. My sister’s totally sticks out in the front of her house, and my dad’s house has a detached one. Is there one answer for all these garages?


Answer: Let’s answer one thing at a time here. First of all, everything that you own, or are surrounded by over a vast period of time affects you somehow. So, to start the conversation, I’d first want to address the junk, and then talk about the bagua. “Full of junk” indicated “issues” with in the household, and/or lack of health or opportunity in life. My teacher once said, “Put the issues in the tissues and get on with it.” He noted that getting rid of (or through) the tears or emotions that go along with the removal of junk piles and clutter certainly aids in bettering the chi in the person doing the de-cluttering.

Where your garage is within the bagua of your home or lot makes a difference just like anything else in your home or on your lot. If the garage sticks out in front of the front door, it is not within the yang bagua of the house – but it is within the sphere of influence of the lot (and possibly within the yin bagua – which is the bagua that overlays onto the whole shape of the house. – This is not in my book, by the way.) It may not affect you as strongly, but it is affecting you. I had one gal who unlocked her whole world by eliminating the inherited things in her detached garage, so I don’t take a cluttered distant garage lightly just because it is not in the house’s bagua zone.

Now, because yours is stuck with junk and clogging up your skills and knowledge energy, I would suggest possibly enhancing the skills and knowledge area of all the other main rooms in your house where you spend a lot of time – at least until you clean up your garage. The room guas can help support the weak house gua – but I’m not suggesting enhancing them and forgetting the clutter because the garage clutter is still affecting you on some level and should probably be dealt with.

I have heard from one feng shui practitioner that he does not count the garage, because he only counts “livable space,” but I disagree. I don’t “live” in the attic, the cupboards, or up on the closet shelves if you go by this logic.

I did decide once, that an attached garage with no direct access into the house, where you did not “feel” the presence of the garage from anywhere within the house, was not a part of that home’s bagua – but that was once. I have not seen/felt that particular arrangement before or since. I’m saying this to show you that indeed, for just about every rule in feng shui, there is some example of where you could break that rule.

You may not like this answer, but I’m sure that if you took the time to think about this and write it, you probably have a gut feeling that it is indeed, something that needs to be addressed within your home and your life. Good luck.


  • Michelle January 20, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I have a question about my garage it is not attach to my house, it is a seperate mini house adjacent to my house is this included in my bagua map?

    • Karen January 22, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      It is a part of the bagua of the property, but would have its own bagua for that particular building.

  • Julie September 6, 2014 at 1:25 pm


    I did not completely understand your above answer, I am not that proficient in feng shui yet. My garage is attached and has a door leading into the kitchen as well as a door leading into the back yard. We have a tri-level in which the entryway in front of the actual front door, that is basically enclosed- has iron gates and is under the roof before guests reach the door to knock. That area lines up with the garage.
    Is that area included in the house bagua?
    That also effects if I should consider the garage lining up with the front door, or if that means the garage extends further than the front door?
    My initial question, was to see if the garage was part of my house bagua?
    Which makes the house shape either L if so, or rectange if not. That said, if it is a L shape, the “missing area” located behind the garage is a paved concrete patio… just wondering about the relevance?

    I am just trying to figure this out so I can get started on the lot shape and house shape.
    Thank you!

    • Karen September 6, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      Then I would put it in the bagua…and as a fallback I would simply overlay the bagua onto each room using the main door into that room to orient that room’s bagua. Read Move Your Stuff Change Your Life if you need more help – there’s PICTURES in it!!!

  • Laura March 3, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Hi Karen,
    All four of my house’s bedrooms (two upstairs, two downstairs) stick out in front of my front door, and the garage is on level with the front door. What should I do for this? The entire garage is as deep as the rest of the house (sans bedrooms). Also, the house a split level. What do you recommend?

    • Karen March 3, 2015 at 9:20 am

      OK Laura, here’s my best guess without seeing the place. I would overlay the bagua onto each room individually so that they hold their own energy…that way, whatever else is happening with the house, you’ve got that covered. As for the split level, do your best to attract the eyes and energies towards the public spaces floor…and be sure to have that garage as clean and decluttered as possible as it sounds like it covers a majority of your main house’s bagua. Check out page 209 of my book Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life for the tip on how to bring in those bedroom s if you have not done so by now…and I think you’ve be OK for the overall energies as best you can given the situation. :) Good luck,

  • Shelly March 12, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Hello Karen, my garage is detached.. patio in between. Do I include garage and patio?

    • Karen March 12, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      not usually. :)

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