How To Apply the Annual 2017 Feng Shui Updates with the Western Bagua of Your Home or Office

The annual feng shui updates and the BTB bagua

I am asked so often about the annual feng shui updated for the Western bagua, so here you go – the info on applying the 2017 feng shui updates when working with the Western/BTB bagua is here for you.  Let me state that applying the annual feng shui updates is usually done with the classical feng shui bagua. Trying to mix the two feng shui schools can create a lot of confusion and chaos in your home (and in your head). Still, if you feel really dedicated to good feng shui and are ready to spend more time on understanding the annual feng shui updates, as  well as how to apply them with the Western bagua style (not easy!); I will help you.

Before we go step by step, let me remind you that good feng shui is actually constant work and its foundation is mostly based on logical steps, such as keeping your home clean and clutter free, having enough natural light to nourish your space, good quality air, etc. No amount of charming Mandarin ducks or even well done, intelligent feng shui decorating will help promote good feng shui if your indoor air pollution is at alarming levels and the only lights you are using are the depressing ceiling lights. OK, I’ll stop here.

The main difficulty in applying the annual feng shui updates with the Western bagua is that one considers the compass directions (the Classical feng shui bagua), and the other one doesn’t (the Western/BTB bagua). However, looking a bit deeper in order to understand how the annual updates are calculated (and where they originated from), we come across a mystical tool called the Lo Shu Square. This ancient tool, the Lo Shu Square,  does not take directions into consideration (at least initially it did not). So then, logically we might say: “Yay, great, then what’s the big deal?”

Well, the big deal is that over the years so many specific guidelines were developed by different feng shui schools as to how to treat the bagua of a home or office (and in case of the Western/BTB bagua some are contradictory); so it gets really hard to combine both baguas. I always suggest not to combine the two schools and not to apply the annual feng shui updates with the Western bagua unless you have enough strength of commitment, have been practicing feng shui for a while, as well as know the bagua of your home by heart.

Ok, let’s proceed step by step (or more like bagua area by bagua area) and see how to apply the annual 2017 feng shui updates if you are working with the Western bagua. I will follow the same principle I wrote the annual updates for the classical bagua – instead of dividing the areas into good and bad areas we will go area by area in the clockwise motion. Notice that the traditional representation of the bagua — no matter classical or BTB — is with the South direction on top (or Fame area in case of BTB) — so I say clockwise considering the feng shui bagua dynamic.

Let’s start with your Health and Family area, placed mid left on your Western bagua.

The visiting feng shui star brings the auspicious energy of wealth and abundance to this bagua area in 2017. This feng shui star is of the Earth element, so not much work is needed in order to create auspicious 2017 feng shui in this area. The Earth feng shui element is always good in this bagua area, so hopefully you already have it expressed in your home decor.

Feel free to bring as much Earth element decor as it looks and feels right in this area; this will only strengthen the good 2017 energies here. From earthy colors to pottery, from images of landscapes to feng shui crystals – find your way to bring this element in the most beneficial way for your home. Make a point of expressing, with at least some of your feng shui decor items, the energy of wealth and abundance.

You can also bring a bit of the Wood element decor to support the energy of the present star, along with some of your personal representations of wealth. This feng shui star also has an influence on your romantic life, so feel free to add decor touches that express your desire for romantic love energy.

In 2017, there is a presence of potentially negative energy here this year (the so-called 3 killings), so it is recommended to keep the area quiet and avoid too much noise or renovation.

Read: How To Decorate with the Earth Feng Shui Element

Next we are in the Money and Abundance area with the visiting 2017 star energy of the Fire element. This feng shui star is considered the expression of your future wealth and abundance. The best way to support this energy is to focus on Wood element decor, rather than Fire. Why? Because the native energy of this bagua area is of the Wood element, and decorating with strong Fire can bring imbalance and energetically weaken the area. So, a vibrant Wood element decor with some touches of Fire is excellent 2017 feng shui for this area.

Also be sure to add personal touches (within the Wood element decorating guidelines) of your own representation of wealth and abundance. Avoid a strong presence of Water element decor (colors blue and black, mirrors or fountains) as this can weaken the auspicious fiery energy of the visiting star.

A bit of Fire element decor is Ok here, so you can bring a couple of red candles or various textiles in fiery colors (red, yellow, orange, purple or magenta). Be sure to have the focus on the Wood element decor, though, and have the Fire element presence only as accents. The lucky feng shui bamboo with either 3 or 9 stems is excellent here, and so are fresh flowers, lucky Buddha or Chinese coins.

Read: How To Decorate with the Wood Feng Shui Element

Your Fame and Reputation Area has challenging energies in 2017. Do your absolute best to keep this area quiet, avoid any Fire element decor. Minimizing the Earth element decor is also a wise way to go. This is the best area to use your feng shui salt water cure in 2017. It is also highly recommended to bring a strong presence of the Metal feng shui element with various traditional feng shui cures such as a six hollow rods wind chime, six Chinese coins tied with a red ribbon or a metal Wu Lou (Chinese gourd).

Or, choose to go for more modern and subtle feng shui Metal element decorating such as using colors white and gray, metal bowls, metal art frames, round shapes, etc. Basically, you have to do your best to have a strong presence of the Metal feng shui element in your decor, to limit Fire energy, as well as to leave this bagua area undisturbed in 2017.

Next, let’s look at your Love and Marriage area in 2017.

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CONTINUE TO: 2017 Feng Shui Updates for Western Bagua (Part 2)

Rodika Tchi

Rodika Tchi is a feng shui expert, writer, and published author. Her company, Tchi Consulting, provides feng shui services internationally. Rodika's book "The Healing Power of Smudging: Cleansing Rituals To Purify Your Home" is published by Ulysses Press and available in all major bookstores.

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