How to Choose a Feng Shui Bagua Mirror

Terry Hurley
Bagua mirror

A feng shui bagua mirror is a powerful cure to protect against negative energy and create good fortune and harmony.

What is a Feng Shui Bagua Mirror?

This type of mirror protects a house or place of business from the negative energy known as shar chi or poison arrows. A standard bagua mirror, also known as pakua mirror, is octagonal in shape with a wooden back. Eight trigrams surround the round mirror in the center, one trigram on each of the octagonal sections. Outside of the trigrams, toward the outer edge of the bagua mirror, is a Luoshu diagram with one symbol on each of the octagonal areas. There is generally a hook placed on the back to ensure hanging the mirror properly. Always hang a bagua mirror with the Chien trigram, the one with the three solid lines, at the top and the Kun trigram on the bottom. This placement allows the bagua to repel negative energy.

There are three designs of the bagua mirrors:

  • Concave
  • Convex
  • Flat

Concave mirrors absorb the bad chi as their curve is inward towards the edge. Convex mirrors have an outward curve towards their edge reflecting away the negative and harmful chi. Using this type of mirror requires special care as improper placement may harm neighbors. A flat mirror is considered neutral.

The power of protection of a bagua mirror comes from the combination of everything it represents:

  • Eight trigrams and their arrangement
  • Loushu diagram, also known as Luo River Writing
  • Five feng shui elements
  • Center mirror

Where to Place a Bagua Mirror

Many feng shui experts believe the bagua mirror is the most misused tool in the practice of feng shui. They firmly believe these mirrors should never hang inside a home or office as doing so may result in disaster and harm. A bagua mirror is not a home decor item for decorative purposes.However, there are feng shui consultants and practitioners that modify this belief. They believe there are certain circumstances such as living in an apartment building where it is impossible to hang the bagua outside, that makes hanging it in a window facing out acceptable.

There are also some feng shui practitioners and consultants that say it is acceptable to hang bagua mirrors indoors. Most feng shui experts strongly disagree with this practice. Feng shui experts do agree that there may be very special circumstances, occurring less then 99% of the time, when bagua mirror placement inside is acceptable.

Hang the bagua mirror above the front door, centering it if possible. If this is not possible hanging it above the door and to the side is fine. Many practitioners hang a bagua mirrors at the front and back doors.

Three Kinds of Bagua Mirrors

The following is a brief description of the three kinds of bagua mirrors.

  • The first style mirror has an octagon shaped wood back and measures between four and six inches in diameter. In the center is a two-inch round mirror.
  • The second style mirror has an octagon shape and is on a six inch wood frame. The mirror has a plate glass covering in the shape of an octagon. The cover has the yin yang and bagua symbols painted on the inside of the glass. This style bagua mirror is used indoors by people that feel this practice is acceptable in feng shui.
  • The third style mirror adds a symbol of a door guard under the mirror. The symbol is usually a god riding a tiger. The god holds a staff in one hand, keeping away evil and a plaque in the other hand telling the people of the house of their good fortune.

Where to Find Bagua Mirrors Online

The Internet has many excellent places that offer these powerful feng shui cures. The following is a sampling of these websites.


Practitioners of feng shui must understand the power of feng shui bagua mirrors and make certain they use them correctly.

How to Choose a Feng Shui Bagua Mirror