by Rev. Vikki Anderson
This is the simplest part of the ba gua to find. If the architectural front door is in the middle of your home, as soon as you open the door, you have arrived. It is the Life’s Journey, Career and Business Success area. This gua is controlled by the water element. It requires unusual shapes, abstract, wavy lines or any shape that has not been mentioned in the other guas. Its color is black or dark tones. It correlates to the ears, blood or kidneys in the human body and refers to the quality of gentility.
This area is where you should have everything in order to attract positive opportunities for your business, your life journeys and your success. The first thing I recommend is a round black rug as soon as you walk into the door. If you cannot find one, at least get a half moon rug. These shapes pool the energy for your business in this area. This area could also use abstract art, black metal furniture or a water fountain. Live plants or bamboo shoots in water would also be auspicious.
When you walk into this space, you should have a clear view of your home or office. If there is a wall directly in front of you, you will be blocked in everything you try to accomplish in business. You should get a lovely mirror (as large as you can for the space) to bring in the outdoors or to allow you to see a beautiful scene as you walk into your space.
Be sure to have a blessed bell on the door to move the chi around every time you enter your home. You should use your front entrance way each day, even if you come in through the garage into your home. Get your mail or water your plants, etc., through this entrance/exit way.
Chimes or whirligigs are very appropriate here too. The chimes will move the energy outside of your door and allow it to come in once you enter or exit your space. Also, an outdoor water fountain, bird bath or perhaps even a lovely metal pair of cranes could adorn your front yard right outside your front door.
The outside of this area should be clear and neat. Be sure there are plenty of flowers outside of this area, especially if your walkway is a straight one. This would send poison arrows towards your home which brings negative energy or leaves positive opportunities outside of your home. If your walkway is a straight one from your front door to the street or sidewalk, then break up the poison arrows with potted plants in an irregular pattern on the sidewalk or place them in a zigzag pattern on your front steps. Geraniums are the best potted plants for this area. Marigolds and roses are the worst. Marigolds kill insects (or opportunities) and roses have thorns which will also hurt your chances at accomplishing something positive.
Make this a light and enjoyable area where people will feel comfortable and safe. You may also have a Quan Yin or Buddha statue facing the front door for protection, chimes inside of the front door area and a money toad with its back towards the front door facing to the extreme back left of your space. This would encourage wealth or continued prosperity from your business.
It’s easy to make this area of the ba gua a positive one. What other ideas do you have for this area?
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