By Kathryn Weber
One of the most difficult tasks in feng shui is to divide up your house into 9 equal squares in feng shui and to reliably assign the corners of the house according to the bagua. Instead, I suggest you use a lo shu square that resembles a tic tac toe grid. Many use the bagua, or octagon, but it’s often easier to use the lo shu square. The lo shu’s purpose is to help you see where the various corners are in your house and they way they fall in your home’s particular layout more easily.
Using a lo shu grid is so helpful. Many people try to apply feng shui and wonder why it’s not working, and it often turns out that what they thought was the north corner was actually northeast! If this is your experience, give the lo shu square a try. It’s very helpful to see plainly exactly where your home’s corners are and what’s exactly in the center sector.
Now…let’s talk about how to apply the grid and what to do when a room falls in two or more sectors. This is what many people find troubling and confusing.
If you apply this grid to your home’s floor plan, though, the lines that separate one corner from another and divide up rooms, sometimes can make a particular room fall in two or more of the nine sectors. The most confusing? When a room falls into four different sectors.
But when this happens, what do you do? Do you activate and enhance your room by all four corners or just one?
This is the quandry many people have when trying to assign “corners” to their house. Here’s another way that can actually help you see assigning these corners in an easier, more natural way. In fact, it’s called “natural rooms assignment.”
In the diagram here, you can see that two rooms, the living room and the master bedroom are bisected by four corners, these are circled in yellow. Instead of leaving it this way, though, I’ve inserted green and blue boxes to show the room corners according to natural room assignment. This way makes a bit more sense, too.
Now, the living room instead of being a NW-N-NE-Center sector room, is simply a NW room.
The master bedroom is also the same way. But instead of it being the NE-E-SE-Center room, I’d say it is in the southeast. I would still pay attention to the actual corners (marked in red), but now you can just think of the living room as the “northwest room” and the master bedroom as the “southeast room.”
Also in the diagram, notice some rooms naturally don’t have that problem of being bisected by one or more corners or sectors, such as the southwest bedroom in this diagram. Occasionally, a room is cut in half – so what then? Again, using natural room assignment, you should be able to tell whether the room is more of one sector than the other.
Hopefully, this will give you some good insights into how to divide up your rooms and assign the corners more easily.