How to Use a Bagua Chart in Black Hat Feng Shui

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Place bagua over layout of your home

The bagua chart is used differently in Black Hat Sect feng shui than Traditional feng shui. Traditional feng shui relies upon the Classical principles of Compass and Shapes and Form School of feng shui, while Black Hat sect practitioners place the bagua chart the same way for each home. In Traditional or Classical feng shui, the placement of the bagua is governed by the compass readings.

Black Hat Sect of Feng Shui

Tibetan monks practiced a form of feng shui known as Black Hat sect for over 4,000 years. Classical feng shui practitioners often overlook and dismiss this school of feng shui. The political conflict that has Traditionally existed between Tibet and China is something to consider when trying to weigh the legitimacy of Black Hat Sect feng shui.

Understanding Black Hat Sect Feng Shui

Classical feng shui practitioners consider Black Hat an over-simplified and incorrect form of feng shui. It doesn't require the complex formulas and calculations found in Compass and Shapes, or Form schools of feng shui.

Black Hat Introduced to Western Culture

In 1986, H.H. Grand Master, Thomas Lin Yun Rinpoche, founded the Yun Lin Temple in Berkeley, California. Professor Lin Yun introduced the West to the Black Hat Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui. This is the most widely practiced form of feng shui in the United States.

Bagua Chart: Black Hat Feng Shui

While Black Hat feng shui doesn't use many of the techniques found in Traditional or Classical feng shui schools, it does use general feng shui theories and philosophies.

Black Hat Bagua Versus Traditional Feng Shui

Traditional and Classical feng shui use a form of astrology to determine pillars of destiny, individual charts, house charts, flying stars and much more. Special attention is placed on compass readings for compass directions. These cardinal directions are vital to Traditional feng shui, but are insignificant to Black Hat feng shui.

The method of divination is the biggest difference between these two feng shui schools. The other feng shui principles and cures are the same, except for the use of color. In Traditional feng shui, a color cannot activate an element, yet Black Hat often uses color in place of an element as a means of activating the element.

One Size Fits All

The Black Hat sect of feng shui is a simplistic, one-size-fits-all use of the bagua. This versatility of the bagua chart makes this form of feng shui more accessible to individuals. Unlike Classical feng shui that requires extensive studying and training, the Black Hat rules are simple to follow and almost anyone can quickly utilize the bagua for a home re-design.

Dissecting the Chart

The bagua chart is an octagon shape that is divided like a pie chart. Each slice is known as a trigram and contains specific information that relates to each sector of your home. The Trigrams are divided into the four main directions of North, South, East, and West. The other four trigrams are Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest.

Learning to Use Your Chart

In this school of feng shui, you simply overlay the blueprint of your home with a bagua chart. The bagua uses the same placement regardless of the home. The front door is always the anchor for the bagua, which is the North side of the bagua (feng shui mandates that South is always at the top). Don't let the compass directions confuse you. These aren't compass readings for your home, but are compass directions strictly for the makeup of the bagua. You'll repeat the use of the chart overlay for each room in your home.

Charting Your Home

The bagua chart will reveal the eight life situation areas in your home, plus the center.

Black Hat Bagua Chart
Direction Life Situation Element Color(s)
South Fame Fire Red
Southwest Marriage Fire & Metal White, Pink, Red
West Children Metal White
Northwest Helpful People Metal & Water Gray, White, Black
North Career Water Black
Northeast Knowledge Water & Wood Blue, Green, Black
East Family & Health Wood Green, Blue
Southeast Wealth Wood & Fire Red, Blue, Green, Purple
Center Balance Yin Yang Earth Yellow

Where to Start

It's very easy to start with a bagua chart. All you need to do is locate the main entrance into your home. This is typically the front door, regardless how much or how little you use it.

Black Hat Nine Basic Cures

In Black Hat feng shui there are nine basic feng shui cures available for you to use in conjunction with your bagua chart in order to correct or diminish negative feng shui elements.

  • Bamboo Flutes
  • Color - In Classical feng shui color cannot activate an element and therefore isn't considered a cure.
  • Earth objects - Pottery, stones, rocks and statues made of marble and other stone.
  • Electrical equipment - Technological equipment, computers, televisions and any home appliance or equipment that operates on electrical current.
  • Light - Objects that refract light, includes mirrors, crystals, crystal balls and artificial lighting.
  • Living plants and animals - Plants (especially lucky bamboo), flowers and fish.
  • Sounds - Wind chimes and bells.
  • Wind or water moving objects - Water fountains, mobiles, windmills, pinwheels, whirligigs and water chimes.
  • Various other cures such as replicas of animals, frogs, elephants, fish, coins, etc.

Feng Shui Principles and Elements

A bagua chart is known as a map that you can use to determine what areas of your home need adjustments to correct the flow of chi, unblock stagnant chi, cure or remedy chi and to ensure the health and well-being of all who reside in your home.

Room By Room

Once you get the general bagua layout of your home, you can also use the bagua chart in each room to determine where each life situation is located and if any feng shui remedies are needed.

How to Use a Bagua Chart in Black Hat Feng Shui