Using the Feng Shui “Bagua”

Question: Is it more important to overlay the bagua onto the home or do each room when you start applying feng shui?

Answer: First, let me describe the bagua and then I’ll get into answering the question. The bagua is “the feng shui map” that you would use to arrange your spaces for optimal energy. If you get these proper natural patterns in your spaces, your life flows along more optimally, leaving your healthier, happier, etc.

Now, let me describe what Professor Lin said about this. (Before his recent death, He was the Grand Master of the Black Hat style of feng shui.) Professor Lin said, “What is closest to you influences you the most.” In other words, start your feng shui in the place where you spend the most time. For most people that is the bedroom. In my workshops, I often tell people to start with their bed in their bedroom, since that is the “most used” piece of furniture within the most used room. Take the nine colors of the bagua (make them bagua-shaped for added intention like that bagua daisy I mention in my book on page158) and place them around the bed for a quick color fix if you want. From left to right standing at the bottom of the bed, the blue, black and gray colors are along the bottom, and the purple, red and pink colors run along the top and of course, green, yellow and white are in the middle. Now, the bed has its own level of feng shui going on despite what’s going on in the room or the home.

Color is such a quick and easy way to start creating patterns that support positive chi. I often suggest doing this type of cure if you have to spend the night in the hospital too. I added this cure to my premature son’s isolette when he was born and he was released in half the time they originally predicted. Surround yourself with the color pattern if you perhaps you rent a room and have no say over the rest of the home or space. Hey, let’s start a prison program! Just think of the power of a bagua in each prison cell! (If anyone has any pull within this system, could you do an experiment and get back with me?)

So, to recap, I’d first cure the bed, applying the color and making sure it is in a safe and powerful position, then do the bedroom, and THEN overlay the bagua over the whole house.

I also suggest applying feng shui to each room if you have any confusion as to how the bagua overlays onto your house (listen up all you split-level people!) Do this also if you have any total missing pieces in the house. That way, the many baguas in the rooms will “shore up” a weak house.


  • Deborah April 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Are you saying that you just lay the bagua (as above) on top of the bed? For how long? So, I could print out the bagua you show and then lay it on top?

  • Karen Carter April 11, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    What I’m saying is that you can use the baguag on a bed exactly like you do for a home or a room. Consider the bottom of the bed (from left to right as you stand at the bottom looking at it) the part of the bagua that has the skills and knowlwege, career and helpful people guas and the top of the bed from left to right the prosperity, fame and then relationship guas…and apply cures accordingly…usually color, because it is hard to sleep on anything 3 dimensional!

  • susan April 22, 2011 at 1:50 am

    I still dont understand, unless you are saying to make a quilt of multicolors- bagua style. Why dont you give an example or a picture of what you mean?

  • Karen Carter April 22, 2011 at 11:33 am

    OK. Yes, I’m saying print out that picture above on an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper and place it between the mattress and boxsprings or even on the floor under the bed. Orient it so the bottom of the bagua (blue, black and gray) is towards the bottom of the bed left to right as you stand at the bottom of the bed — and you’re good to go with one layer of feng shui in that room, called COLOR!

  • Sharon October 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Dear Karen, your link to ‘overlay the bagua’ leads to error 404 – is that page no longer needed?

  • PATRICIA April 11, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    hola karen me lei tu libro mueve tus cosa y cambia tu vida,es excelente, quiero saber si todos los materiales que debo decorar la casa deben estar todos o los que yo elija. quiero saber si puedo enviarte una foto como esta mi departamento para ver si me ayudas a decorarlo.

    • Karen April 18, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      My best advice is to make a change and watch for a reaction or result. Then yu will know if you have to do more to your space. You can counter balance items that have to stay but aren’t considered great in that part of the bagua. That’s what it’ all about1 I hope I understood the question! I know my book is in many languages, but i’m not fluent in them all for sure!

  • bernie May 29, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    my house is 4level backsplit i apply the bagua room by room or by level? As you enter the house you will find the living/dining room and the kitchen, then 6 steps to the upper level the 3 bedrooms and a 3piese bathroom,then in the kitchen 6 steps down to the family room,spare room and 3 piece batroom the 5 steps down the basement living room and laundry room. Please help…..

    With Gratitude,

    • Karen May 29, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      Yes, do each room. The rule you are following is, “The closest to you has the most impact on you. So if the house is weak, do each room. 🙂

  • H Lorraine September 15, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Hi Karen, I recently moved into a studio that was Bagua shaped and now has had a kitchen & bathroom added on. There is a completely missing relationship section & partial missing prosperity & skills & knowledge. My bed is in fame & rep. My q? Is this too much to cure? My relationships, job, health all seem to be tanking 🙁 also the house is on stilts. I’m trying corrections but feel overwhelmed. Any suggestions for where to focus first? Thank you so much, H Lorraine

    • Karen September 16, 2015 at 10:21 am

      Hmmm, if it were truly bagua-shaped, it would be an octagon…so I’m assuming that you are saying it was a square and now there have been modifications. (This is why I do telephone consultations where clients have to send in floor plans and photos, as a slight mix up in communications can lead to off-the-mark cures.) My suggestions on where to focus first is on your bed – making sure it is in a safe and healthy position, free from EMF’s and poison arrows. Then I’d work on the bedroom making sure there are no poor symbols (like broken things or “dead” dried flowers, etc.) While doing this I would also work the helpful people box for sure while also working on getting yourself grounded, since you live on stilts. I have added this question and answer to my November newsletter where I will insert a video of how to cure the home on stilts. If you are not on my email list, go to and type in your name and email address in the box and not only will you receive some other helpful videos, you’ll receive the newsletter that has the stilts video in it!

  • H Lorraine September 16, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Thank you so much for your reply, i signed up for your list & can’t wait for the stilts video! To clarify, it was an octagon originally. One room with tiny bathroom & outdoor shower (Hawaii). Now it has a bathroom, with a door, in the helpful people/travel section and a kitchen area in skills/knowledge w/stove in family. It’s all one room except bathroom. I noticed on the site that I could send you my floor plan and you would color the Bagua for me (for a fee). I tried the link for that, but it went nowhere. If I can do that, I think that would be the smartest approach. Thank you for your time & wisdom! H Lorraine

  • D Chhaniarar Ashit November 29, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Dear Karen,
    I am a surgeon in India. I have a 5 storey Building with 3 floors Hospital, and 2 floors residence. The size of the building is 45feet x 21feet. This is a North facing building. One entry is in North and one in East. I was advised by a consultant to place 8 Baguas on all sides. After that the Hospital stopped functioning. It is now almost 4 months. What to do? Please help me.

    • Karen November 30, 2017 at 5:44 am

      Baguas? As in Bagua mirrors? Hmmm. Not sure… Unless I see a pattern of positive change in around 6 weeks (sometimes things may get worse before they get better) I would do something else. I have no idea why that cure was suggested or what the problems were to begin with, but I would clearly make a change. Here’s what I would do. I would hire a local Vastu Shastra (sometimes spelled vaastu) consultant that comes highly recommended. You are in India! the “local” style of feng shui, vastu shastra, was born there, so why not?
      If you can’t find one for some reason, then I would consider simply removing those cures and see if things take a turn for the better. Then you will know there was something wrong with that cure, and you need to seek out a different consultant. If you are out of other ideas, here’s my link for a telephone/skype consultation:
      I ask that my clients follow up with me while the changes are being made and again 6 weeks after they are complete to make sure things are actually unfolding the way they were intended so we can fine tune if necessary. Hope that helps.