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.