Bagua or Pakua
is again a famous Chinese jargon, used by experts and in
books. ‘Ba’ means eight and ‘gua’ means sectors
or sections. Thus ba gua means the eight directions. A
‘pakua’ is depicted as an octagon with a mirror
inside and lines denoting the eight different
directions. A bagua in a compass indicates the eight
main directions that make up our surroundings.
ba gua is derived from I-ching-the book of changes. A
bagua is like a map that we superimpose on a house or
cemetery to find which section of the place occupies
which direction. For eg: by superimposing the model of a
ba gua, we can determine if the bedroom is in the North
the bagua, we can also say that there are four
directions are supposed to be good for the house and
four that are bad. There are four good directions used
for a person and four not so good ones used personally.
Directions for the house and for a person may or may not
match. Thus, a practitioner will be able to gauge
whether a hill outside is to the south or the southwest!
while placing cures like a water fountain etc, with the
help of the ba gua, a practitioner will tell you where
exactly it has to be placed. If he says, place your fish
tank in the south, you will not know exactly which 45
degrees is occupied by south, as you will only know
vaguely where South of your house is. But, with the help
of a ba gua, you will be able to point a finger at exact
South! Besides, the ba gua can also tell which sector in
the house is missing, thus giving a clue to the shape of
section represents a relation like northwest is the
father. It also represents an organ in the human body
like the head. It can mean a person born in a year
dominated by the northwest qi, it can mean the main
bread winner, head of state, etc. Thus, the ba gua is an
imperative tool in the study of feng shui.
bagua (8 directions) depicted in eight directions forms
an octagon. A ba gua (8 directions) depicted in a box,
forms a square, with the centre also forming a square!