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Welcome to The Shui Shed….

. a new column for PaganPagesOrg that will explore the basic principles of Feng Shui. This column will share concepts that can be used to bring positive energy and enhance the vibrations within your physical environment. This edition we’ll explore the Min Gua – what it means and how understanding your Min Gua or life pattern can assist you to interact positively within your physical space.

Min literally translates to “life” and Gua means “pattern.” Enhanced clarity and focus can be achieved through a deeper understanding of your Min Gua.

The practice of Feng Shui tells us that the physical space we occupy, the places where we work and live, hold energy. The positive or negative energy of the built environment and the things within that space have a substantial impact on how we feel, behave and interact with the people around us.

Feng Shui also tells us that our bodies have the capacity to create and hold energy. By developing a deeper understanding of our Min Gua we become better able to tap into this energy. As we learn to manage the energy in our bodies we create harmony with our surroundings and better relationships with the people around us. This will open up some new and fresh opportunities in our lives.

The Feng Shui Personal Report, Min Gua or Life Gua represents your Destiny Number or Natal Trigram. Based on your birthdate, your Min Gua represents your personal trigram which protects you in your environment. Each one of us carries our own energy which is represented by our Gua Number.


Lou Shu (aka Magic Square) Number Grid


The Min Gua is divided into two groups – East and West. If you have a Gua Number of 1, 3, 4 or 9 you belong to the East Group. If you are 2, 6, 7 or 8 you belong to the West Group. The reason that there is no 5 in this grouping is that in the original Feng Shui Lou Shu (aka Magic Square) number grid the 5 falls in the centre therefore there is no direction associated with it. Each one of these groups has 4 Best Directions with the other 4 being…well not so great.

I use my Min Gua in my meditation practice to ensure that I am facing a direction where I have a more relaxed energy. I plan my office around my Power Position to be sure that I am facing a direction that will give me maximum focus. I must admit, I sometimes ensure that I am facing my best direction when in a negotiation with my husband or my children. It works…

So how does this bring us more health, wealth and prosperity?

Our external Chi supports our internal Chi. When we align our internal Chi with our external Chi we enhance our focus and clarity of thinking. It is then that some really amazing things happen!

By developing an understanding of your Min Gua you can enhance your clarity and focus. When you enhance your clarity and focus it is easier to make decisions. By making strong and sound decisions you bring more Wealth and Prosperity into your life. And who doesn’t want that?



About the Author:

Linda Bischoff

Over the past 35 years, Linda has been helping people curate elements of their physical space to influence mind, body and spirit. Her focus has always been on creating meaningful connection with our environment.

Within her practice of Feng Shui she combines the principles of Interior Design and the concepts of Biophilia to ensure positive energy flow. When we enhance the vibrations around us we become more likely to achieve our dreams and goals.

Linda lives in Halton Hills, Ontario with her husband and their cat Molley. Find out more about her and her practice at