The 8 trigrams that you usually see in a Bagua (八卦) are a set of ancient symbols that has mystical meanings and significance behind it. Many Chinese arts has been developed based on the principles of these eight trigrams. They are namely, Feng Shui, traditional chinese medicine, martial arts, philosophy and many more.
This creation that is originated from I-Ching, also known as the Book of Changes has been used to understand the universe and the way of life. It is a system that enabled one to apprehend and decode the forces of nature.
The Concept of the 8 Trigrams
Each trigram is formulated by a combination of 3 lines. It can be defined by a broken line that represent Yin or a solid complete line, representing Yang. These 3 lines represent the trinity.
– The top line represent heaven
– The middle line represent earth
– The bottom line represent man
8 Trigrams Representation
|Trigrams||Symbol||Number||Element||Direction||Family Members||Body Parts|
|Qian 乾||6||Metal||NorthWest||Father||Head & Lungs|
|Dui 兑||7||Metal||West||Youngest Daughter||Mouth, Teeth and Chest|
|Li 離||9||Fire||South||Middle Daughter||Eyes, Heart|
|Zhen 震||3||Wood||East||Eldest Son||Legs, Feet and Throat|
|Xun 巽||4||Wood||SouthEast||Eldest Daughter||Hips, Thigh and Buttock|
|Kan 坎||1||Water||North||Middle Son||Ear, Blood and Kidney|
|Gen 艮||8||Earth||NorthEast||Youngest Son||Arms, Hand, Fingers and Spine|
|Kun 坤||2||Earth||SouthWest||Mother||Abdomen, Stomach & Reproductive Organs|
This information is often used by Feng Shui practitioners to identify the root energy source that is causing the problems. For example, if someone constantly leg problem, it can be zoomed into the situtation of the house’s east sector.
When hunting for a new house, it is always advisable to buy a house with a complete layout, typically a square or rectangular one. It is good to avoid house with missing sectors, especially NorthWest and SouthWest that is the representation of the mother and father.
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