Bagua, or the feng shui energy map, is the foundation of all feng shui work. There are two baguas used in feng shui and one of them, the Classical bagua, assigns different energies to different compass directions. For example, the North bagua area has the energy of the Water feng shui element and is related to your career success. South area has strong Fire feng shui element energy and supports your efforts in expressing your inner fire, your inner light, and is connected to your fame and reputation.
As feng shui originated in China, this bagua is based on the energy of directions as experienced in the Northern hemisphere. However, if you live in the Southern Hemisphere, should you apply the Classical bagua the same way or should you reverse it?
The short answer to this essential question is that you do apply the Classical bagua differently in the Northern and Southern hemispheres. The long answer is based on the fact that feng shui evolved as a study of earth energies, not as a body of rigid rules. The cycles in the Southern Hemisphere are opposite to the cycles in the Northern Hemisphere, and you cannot practice feng shui in any place without actually listening to the natural rhythms, understanding the cycles, and following the basic movement of natural energies.
If you live in the Northern Hemisphere (where, as mentioned, feng shui was developed thousands of years ago in China), you receive the Fire element/Strong Sun/Yang energy while facing the South direction. However, if you live in the Southern Hemisphere, the Fire element/Strong Sun/Yang energy is coming from the North, not from the South.
This means that it is wise to reverse the Classical feng shui bagua so that it correctly reflects the energies of your land. We know that no matter where on earth one is located, the sun always rises in the East and sets in the West. However, in the Southern Hemisphere, the sun moves through the northern skies to set in the West, while in the Northern Hemisphere, the sun’s route is through the Southern skies.
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In the Southern hemisphere the strongest, most fiery energy of the sun—the midday sun—is in the Northern skies, opposite to the strongest sun energy being in the Southern skies in the Northern hemisphere. It is a reverse, mirror-like expression. If you are in the Southern hemisphere, the strongest, Yang/Sun/Fire element energy comes to you from the North, not from the South, as compared to China where feng shui originated from.
It is wise—and excellent feng shui—to always respect and listen to your immediate environment. A house that is not in harmony with its immediate environment cannot possibly nourish you or create good feng shui energy. So, if you know that the strongest Fire feng shui element energy comes to you from the North direction, and not from the South, then, of course, it is wise to reverse the feng shui bagua.
There is so much feng shui information out there that uses intimidating notions and Chinese terms that add very little to a successful, practical application of feng shui. Trust yourself, listen to the natural rhythms in your surroundings, and experiment to discover what truly feels right to you and your home. Feng shui evolved as a study of one’s immediate environment, a study of man’s place and connection to universal energies—the land, the sea, the sky, and the whole cosmos. The immediate environment, though, the energy of the land, will always come first, because it has the strongest influence on you.
Your environment, the Southern hemisphere environment, obviously has different rhythms as compared to the Northern hemisphere; honor them and adjust any general info accordingly. After all, feng shui is based on the ancient wisdom of honoring nature and nature’s rhythms.
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