Missing Gua in the Bagua – A Case Study

When the bagua maps the space perfectly, making a feng shui assessment is straight forward. However, when a gua is missing, things can become more complicated. In this blog, Kristi Stangeland discusses how she worked with a client who was missing a key gua.

I was contacted by a woman who had left her corporate job to start her own company focused on bringing mindfulness and social innovation into large companies, but she was struggling to find clients.

When I met with her, I noticed that she was missing the Kan (earth) area in one part of her home since the entrance featured an inner courtyard that was surrounded by the Gen (mountains) and Qian (heaven) areas. This courtyard was not well maintained and included large pieces of driftwood, sprouts of grass and a desolate, barren area around the front door. We discussed how to enhance this area with new plantings and a fresh coat of paint on the front door. I suggested removing the driftwood and tending to the grass to improve its health and appearance. I also recommended hanging a wind chime near the door. Finally, I taught her the Black Sect tradition of blessing the items on auspicious days.

Approximately one month later she informed me that a large corporation had asked her to join their staff to integrate revenue opportunities with social innovation She was in disbelief that she would be able to do this work as an employee and not have to deal with the stress of running her own business. The outcome was even better than what she had imagined!

Kristi Stangeland, Bagua and a Missing Gua Case Study


Kristi StangelandKristi Stangeland is the founder of FSC, a company dedicated to helping corporate and private clients realize their goals using Feng Shui practices. Kristi holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, a CPA license and trained as a Feng Shui practitioner with the BTB Feng Shui Masters Training Program. She is also IFSG Board Treasurer. Read more about Kristi.


Fame and Reputation Gua – A Case Study

Thinking about how the world sees you – your reputation in the world – the growth of your business – your name and visibility? Then consider the Feng Shui gua of Fame and Reputation.  Enhance anytime you want to boost this energy and build your credentials and personal strength. Read a case study, by Feng Shui professional, Carmel Malone-Quane.

The fame and reputation sector of the ba gua is located in the back center of the home. (facing the home at the front door, laying out a tic-tac-toe grid on your building.  Click here to read more about the ba gua.)  It has to do with being your authentic self in the world. When this gua is activated, one can live with clarity and integrity and thus truly live their best life. It is associated with the element of fire, animal energy, the number 9 and triangular shapes.

The Case Study…Fame and Reputation with Windows , by Carmel Malone-Quane

Carmel Malone-Quane had a client who wanted to attract new windows and also mentioned her eyes were gritty. Carmel immediately recognized this was an issue with the Fame gua, as it relates to the eyes, and windows represent our vision.

The Fame and Reputation gua of the home included a bathroom. Fame is represented by the fire element; whereas the bathroom is a strong water element, so having a bathroom here was a bit of a challenge. The client was on a fixed income and didn’t expect any new windows anytime soon. She needed to apply for a grant and had previously received funds, so had little hope she would get new windows. Believing the money will come once the right intentions are places, Carmel suggested to her client to place intentions to get the money for the windows.

Specific recommendations included:

  • Clean her current windows as they were a little dusty.
  • Place some earth elements in the bathroom to dam the water, she liked shells and stones.
  • Add a plant in a red pot, which represents the Wood Element, to feed the fire element of this gua.
  • Bring in some red color, here we added a lovely red floral blind.
  • The client reinforced her intent and the let go of any attachment to the outcome.

All of the adjustments worked seamlessly with her design and were easy to implement.

The Results…

Approximately two months later the client received a letter, out-of-the-blue, stating she was getting new windows.

Her eyes improved almost immediately.

Fame and Reputation Case Study, Carmel Malone-Quane

This is the power of our intent and adding some feng shui adjustments to our space to attract what we want.


Carmel Malone-Quane is a feng shui consultant and wellness coach who works with women to transform their physical environment to create more time and freedom. She is an entrepreneur and mom herself with a background in nursing, so she knows how challenging it can be for women who are juggling it all.  She is also on the IFSG Board of Directors.  Read more about Carmel.  

Home Extensions – the Feng Shui Way – Part 2

‘Don’t Move – Improve’ is often suggested to property owners and extensions are an ideal solution to add more space. In part 1, we talked about how to prepare for the extension and make your home part of the solution.  In this part 2, we talk about how extensions change the bagua map and what you can do to solve the missing areas – by Jackie Notman

See also Home Extensions – the Feng Shui Way – Part 1

The missing space!

If an extension is added to the existing footprint of the building (as opposed to extending up into an attic or down into a basement) it will change the overall footprint and, invariably, create a missing sector.

In feng shui, the overall aim is to create a balanced and harmonious energetic environment. This means that when we place a bagua (or energy map) over the floor plan, all sectors should be included in the floor plan and the centre or Tai Chi should be the centre of the home as this feeds energy to all the other areas.

Here’s a typical, balanced footprint:


Now see what happens when an extension is added. Not only is a missing sector created but the centre is also shifted.

Jackie Notman, Home Extensions

So what does this mean? Firstly each sector of the bagua will represent a certain type of energy. This could be related to our finances, career relationships etc. So, if a sector is missing that particular type of energy will also be missing: our career may go into a nosedive, financial problems could pop up or our relationships fail.

The first thing is: don’t be worried about this, especially if you have already built an extension! Being aware of what is happening energetically is the first step to resolving any issues.

There are ways to bring the energy of the missing sector back into the home although the best solutions will be very individual to your home rather than generic and so it is best to consult a professional feng shui consultant.

However, a generic solution that I find useful is to bury a crystal in the outside space where the missing sector is and then place crystals in the other four corners of the ground floor. These will eventually connect with each other energetically to form an energy zone. X marks the spot on this floor plan:

Jackie Notman, Extension-X

I tend to use either clear quartz or amethyst but you may have a preferred crystal. Go with your gut feeling.

When you’ve done this, go into a calm place, connect with the spirit of your home and ask it to help bring the energy of the missing sector into the energy of the house. If you are visual, visualise the four crystals connected up and encompassing your home in an energy zone.

Keep an eye on how this works for you and, if you are still having issues with the energy of the extension, or your home in general, it is advisable to consult with a professional who can suggest tailored solutions just for you.

The practical level

Of course it makes sense to ensure that everything flows between the extension and the original house. Make sure the décor flows from one to the other and flooring especially needs to be uniform as you step from the old part of the house to the newer part.

Bring some of the furniture or artwork from the original house into the extension too as this will encourage the energy to flow from the old to the new.

I hope you find this useful and, if it all seems a little woo woo for you or you feel silly talking to your house just remember that your intention is the most important thing. Treat your house as a friend and it will become a nourishing home.

Don’t miss Part 1 of this article.


Jackie NotmanJackie Notman is an intuitive advisor, coach and energy reader who works on an energetic level with individuals and businesses using tools such as Feng Shui, Numerology, Dowsing, Astrology, the I Ching and the Tarot.


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Home Extensions – the Feng Shui Way – Part 1

‘Don’t Move – Improve’ is often suggested to property owners and extensions are an ideal solution to add more space. But such a decision can have a devastating effect on the energy of the home. Find out more in this awesome 2 part article on home extensions – what they are, how they change your energy, what you can do before or after you build – by Jackie Notman

Jackie Notman, Home ExtensionsSo what happens if you love the place you live in, the location is ideal but you just need more space? An extension is usually an ideal situation isn’t it? It’s much cheaper than moving and don’t even mention all the stress involved of trying to sell your home, find another one and then physically move!

But, what many people find after they’ve built the extension is that the character of the home changes. It feels like walking into a separate place, false or just different somehow.

From a feng shui perspective there are clear energetic reasons for this so, if you are planning an extension or have experienced this change since adding an extension to your home, here are some tips to help you integrate an extension into your home.

Seek permission first

Your home is an important part of your life providing security and shelter for you and your family. Think of it as a living organism; an energetic entity in its own right. Treat it with respect and it will continue to support you. That means keeping it maintained and clean. It also means asking permission to rip it open and add some bits on!

I call this energetic entity the Spirit of the Place and often connect with individual ones when I carry out feng shui consultations.

There is no right or wrong way to do this and, as the owner, you are easily able to make that connection because you already have it.

I suggest finding a quiet spot where you won’t be disturbed for 5 – 10 minutes. If you meditate focus one of your sessions on connecting with the spirit of your home and seeking permission for the building work to go ahead.

If you’re new to meditation just find a quiet spot to sit comfortably where you won’t be disturbed. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Don’t try to change your breathe, just follow it in and out. When you are ready ask (out loud or to yourself) to connect with the spirit of your home and notice how you feel. Do you feel content, calm and relaxed or do you feel anxious or fearful? Content is good, anxious isn’t so good so it might be best to postpone the connection until another time.

If you feel okay though go ahead and say hello to that spirit. It sometimes helps to visualise your house (if you’re a visual person) whilst you’re doing this. Remember the spirit represents the energy of your home, nothing more. Don’t confuse it with ghosties and things that go bump in the night.

Now just talk as you would to anybody. Explain that you love living here but need more space because…….. Instead of moving you would like to extend the house and go into details about what you want to do.

Then simply ask for permission. ‘Are you okay with that?’

Again, notice how you feel. This is the best indication of how the energy feels about your plans.

At this point let me tell you, from my experiences of doing this, that it is very rare that the spirit would have a problem with this. The problems come from not asking permission and being disrespectful rather than the action itself. Very much like us humans actually!

Ask the spirit to help make the work go smoothly and don’t forget to say thank you when you’ve finished your conversation.
Now, if you’ve already done the work and you are living with a problem extension, you really can’t go back and seek permission retrospectively. What you can do though is make the connection and apologise for not seeking permission before. Then ask the spirit of the place to help you with the next step.

Bless the work

When the building work has been completed, the decorating done and all the paintbrushes dried and put away it is time to give thanks for the work and really bring the extension into the energetic entity of the home.

Now, if you have an existing extension it is not too late to carry out this step although it is best done upon completion of the work.

Once again go into a calm placed and connect with the spirit of your home. Thank it for allowing the work to take place, for its smooth progress and its completion. Now ask the spirit to embrace the extension and bring its energy into the energy of the home, making it a harmonious environment for all concerned.

Again go with your feelings as this conversation is taking place. Don’t forget to say thank you and it’s a nice idea to place some flowers in both the extension and the main home.

Now, this is a very simple blessing. My personal preference is to carry out a complete space clearing of the whole home and, if possible to involve all members of the family: children especially bring a vibrant and fun energy to the proceedings. You may want to bring in a professional space clearer to do this or you can do it yourself.

Read the rest in Part 2.


Jackie NotmanJackie Notman is an intuitive advisor, coach and energy reader who works on an energetic level with individuals and businesses using tools such as Feng Shui, Numerology, Dowsing, Astrology, the I Ching and the Tarot.


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About the Feng Shui Bagua

Interpretations of the Feng Shui bagua vary among Feng Shui disciplines. This section is based on input from a variety of our IFSG Member Schools and reflects the diversity of Feng Shui we celebrate.

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“Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art of design and placement (location), uses as one of its core tools the concept of the Ba-Gua.  The Ba-Gua is an octagon shaped diagram that is derived from the “I-Ching”, the Chinese book of Divination.  In Black Sect, each side represents a different aspect of life: Career, Knowledge, Family, Wealth, Fame, Relationships, Creativity and Benefactors.  The area in the center represents Tai Chi, the ancient Chinese symbol for Balance and Harmony (yin yang).   Adjusting the energy in each corresponding area subdues negative energy or enhances beneficial chi (qi) already present in these locations. The Ba-Gua is always aligned with the wall containing the front door or main entrance to any living/working space, so you can apply the Ba-Gua to the entire house or building or to a specific room. You can also apply the Ba-Gua to the main entry point of any exterior location such as the whole property, a backyard or a small garden space. This Ba-Gua is used in conjunction with Feng Shui “cures” to positively influence one’s chi, finances, love life, creativity, health, environment, and other personal life issues.

When implementing feng shui cures using the compass method both the environment and your own personal energy are important.  The building itself has energy that needs to be looked at.  The building is divided into nine different areas determined by the use of the loupan or Chinese compass: eight different compass directions (south, south west, etc.) and the ninth area, the center of the building.  The age of the building also comes into play.  Different years have different potential effects on the inhabitants personal energy and circumstances.”

Contributed by James Jay, Feng Shui Designs Learning Center/China Studies

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