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Bagua is also translated as eight-Gua. Each of the Gua is consists of three little Yao symbols. A Yao can be a Yin or a Yang symbol. Read from the bottom to top. This sequence represents the Change occurs from the hidden bottom location.

kun 000The image on the left is called Kun (000). It contains all female or Yin Yao, it is the first of eight Gua. It represents the extreme female, mother. It represents the direction of southwest. It has the character of earth.

zhen 001The image on the left is Zhen (001) Gua. It represents the direction of east. It has the character of wood. 

Li 101This is the Kan (010) Gua.  It represents direction of north. It has the character of water. 

dui 011The image on the left is Dui (011) Gua.  It represents direction of west. It has the character of metal.

gen 100 The image on the left is Gen (100) Gua, shows the Yang raising all the way to the top with Yin only at the hidden bottom. Like a mountain with strong Yang outside and Yin inside. It represents direction of northeast. It has the character of earth.

Li 101The images on the left is Li (101) Gua. It represents direction of south. It has the character of fire. 

xun 110The seventh of Eight Gua is called Xun (110). It has strong growth of Yang yet not completed. Although non of the Gua is better than others, many people favor this Gua and believe it is related to wealth. This Gua represents the direction of south east. It has the character of wood.

qian 111When the change from Yin to Yang is completed, we come to the last of Eight Gua that is called Qian (111). It has strongest  Yang and total opposite of Kun. It is the father, the king, the emperor, the boss,  the Alfa male. Opposite to western common belief, the Alfa male is very vulnerable. This is because it has all Yang character. There fore, it is very important for powerful people to be modest. This Gua represents the northwest. It has the character of metal.

all eight GuaNow that you understand all eight Gua and the stories behind them. Do they still just look like little short lines to you? Again, the most important concept is change. Change is the only thing that is constant is the universe, life, and everything.

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Glossary:

A:

Antidote: or Fengshui cure, it is generally used to bring back the balance when needed, such as mirrors, wind chimes, crystals, fountains, candle etc. 
Arrow: it is important to have a 'smooth' environment. The sharp pointing objects are considered as pointing arrows. It can bring disharmony. To smooth corners in the house is important for holidays
Astrology: Fengshui is NOT Chinese astrology. However, these two subjects are closely related and intertwined. A person's Chinese Zodiac animal can be calculated base on the year of birth. 

B:

Bagua: Ba Gua is the principle on which FengShui practice is based. read more about it in the theory section in our FAQ.
Balance: The most important principle of Feng Shui. Balance yin-yang and  five elements is the main task of FengShui practice. 
Beam: It needs to be avoid. Fengshui consider overhead beams are inauspicious to the residence. It is most inauspicious if it is above the office desk or bed. 
Bonsai: It is popular in Asia and getting more and more popular in the west. However, many Bonsai are made with unnatural limitation of the tree. Those are not good for the FengShui.
Book of Change: I-Ching, the great book of Change. Document the most ancient idea on which Feng Shui is developed. See it in our FAQ and history sections.

C:

Cactus: It is not recommended to be placed in the home, office or in front of the house. It can cause disharmony. 
Chi: it is often called the dragon's breath in many areas. It is the flow of energy. Although we mostly talk about the flow of positive Chi, the negative Chi do exits.
Chi Gong: A form of martial arts and meditation technique. It is generally recommended for mature adults' exercise.  
Compass school of FengShui: a practice of Feng Shui that base on the Bagua and its interaction of individual's birth date and gender to determine the directions. See basic theory in our  FAQ for more details. 
Corner: or sections. Divide the house or room into nine equal sections and arrange them base on Bagua functions.
Crystals: Natural clear crystal is frequently used Fengshui technique to enhance the earth element. However, artificially manufactured crystals are not necessarily pure earth element.  

D:

Double happiness: The traditional symbol used to celebrate and bless marriage. It is popularly used in Feng Shui to bring happiness  into marriage. It can be used with all five elements.
Dragon: The most important symbol in Chinese culture. In most cases, it has strong Yang character in Fengshui.

E:

Earth element: one of five elements. See more in theory section of our FAQ.
East window: A window open to the east allows the sun light to come into the house earliest in the morning. It is Great Fengshui practice.
Eight Gua: or Ba Gua. Ba is the pronunciation of eight in mandarin Chinese.  Ba Gua is the principle on which FengShui practice is based. read more about it in the theory section in our FAQ.

F:

Feng Shui: wind and water. Read more about it in the theory section of our FAQ.
Fire: One of five elements. See more in theory section of our FAQ.
Five elements: basic elements that used in FengShui to describe the characters of objects under study. Any object, including time, usually contains more than one elements. 
Flying start Feng Shui; a method use to determine the character of a house during its life time. 
Form school of Feng Shui: a method uses the shape of the house and its environment to determine its character and to optimize the house as a good living environment for its residence. See more in Form school of Feng Shui in our FAQ. 
Four Pillars: The theory of calculating a person's life's fortune base on Year, month, date and time of individual's birth. Certain practitioners also use it to direct people in Balancing the Chi. 
FuXi: Pronounced as /ph-She/, According to Chinese ledged, FuXi is the first person who documented Bagua. The gender of FuXi is still in debate. It was traditionally believed that FuXi was a man. In recent years, some historians argue that the time period FuXi lived was more likely to be a matriarchy society. Therefore, the head of the tribe, FuXi, should be a woman. Some even believe that FuXi actually was a goop of women that forms a counsel to the tribe or tribes.
FuXi Bagua: Also refers to as "natural" Bagua or the "Original Bagua".
Five elements and Zodiac animals: strictly speaking, the Chinese Zodiac animals are not part of FengShui. However, it is custom to refer to the 12 earthly branches using Zodiac animals. Detail

G:

H:

I:

I-Ching: the book of Change. It document the most ancient idea on which Feng Shui is developed. See it in our FAQ and history sections.

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L:

Landscape FengShui: A practice of landscaping base on the form school of FengShui.
Lotus: Lotus is one of the frequently used method to reduce the negative energy. See use of lotus cup in our FAQ and tip of week archives. 
Lo Pan. A Feng Shui practitioner's compass. It contains multiple rings on the side of a regular compass that associates with short cut calculations of Bagua.

M:

Metal: One of five elements.  See more in theory section of our FAQ. 
Mirror: A frequently used Feng Shui antidote to help balance the Chi and five elements. It is also important to use it to visually correct the missing corners of a room. 

N:

O:

P:

Pillars: four pillars are base on an individual's birth year, month, date and time to predicts the raise and fall of luck in a person's life. In a period that five elements are not balanced, significant misfortune could occur. 

Q:

R:

Red: The most auspicious color in Chinese tradition. The color itself has the character of fire element.

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V:

W:

Water: one of five elements. See more in theory section of our FAQ.
Wood: One of five elements. See more in theory section of our FAQ. 

Y:

Yang: Represented by a continuous hyphen like line. It is one of the separated, opposition and co-existing characters. Such relationship is the basic ideal of Yin-Yang philosophy, upon which FengShui is based. 
Yin: Represented by two short little hyphens with gap in between. It is one of the separated, opposition and co-existing characters. Such relationship is the basic ideal of Yin-Yang philosophy, upon which FengShui is based. 

Z:

Zodiac animals: The twelve zodiac animals used in Chinese astrology. It is based on the year of an individual's birth. Read more in Chinese Zodiac animals section in our FAQ.

 

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