Now that you have determined your own Gua trigram, you have to find out your home’s trigram. The home’s trigram is also divided into two groups; East Group and West Group. They believe, if your own trigram belongs to the East Group it is best to live in an East Group house while a West Group person should live in a West Group House.
We will now find how to determine the group your house belongs to.
The home is divided into eight directions and you must find which direction your home faces and which way it sits. Basically, it sits in the opposite direction it faces. In general, the front door is considered the face of the house and if you are standing in the doorway looking outside, this is the direction we are looking for. The eight directions are: N, S, E, W, NE, SE, NW and SW.
- East Group: North- LI house, South- KAN house, West-ZHEN house and Northwest-XUN house
- West Group: East-DUI house, Southeast-QIAN house, Southwest-GEN house and Northeast-KUN house.
Since our example from yesterday belonged to the West Group, it would be best for him/her to live in a West Group house, meaning their house is most favorable if facing one of these four directions: E, SW, SE or NE.
Once you have both your personal trigram and your house trigram, your home is then divided into either eight or nine compartments. I say either number because it depends on which book you read. The trigram of your house has four auspicious directions and four inauspicious directions and is predetermined by a chart that is placed over the floor plan of your house. The four auspicious directions are; healing, stability, energy and longevity while the inauspicious directions are misfortune, fatal, six energy and five ghosts. I don’t know how they decided on these names but the negative ones are rather harsh in my opinion! Today, I don’t see these translations in many books because I think this would scare many westerners.
One problem that seems to arise is if husband and wife belong to different groups. The usual response is: compromise. It is a little difficult to compromise when they tell you exactly which directions are auspicious or inauspicious! How can you ask your loved one to sleep in a position knowing that it is auspicious for you and not for them??? Okay, that’s just my two cents.
I hope this simple, condensed introduction to the East-West school of feng shui, helped you understand that each school of feng shui uses very different methods to achieve harmony in a home. By learning how each school arrives at their analysis helps determine which school of feng shui is for you. If you have further questions please feel free to ask me.