A bagua mirror is an eight-side-framed mirror used in Feng Shui practice to serve as a protective talisman that deflects bad energy or bad luck. From the word “bagua”, this mirror holds eight symbols, each containing three lines and each line is either broken or unbroken. The eight symbols which can be seen in the frame of the mirror are also termed as the ‘eight trigrams’ that represents Yin and Yang.
Accordingly, Feng Shui practitioners use this mirror to attract wealth and good luck, ward off evil spirits, or deflects negative energies.
Do You Need a Bagua Mirror?
In traditional Feng Shui practices, Bagua mirrors are often used to address specific challenges or imbalances in a home’s energy. Here are common scenarios where people might consider using a Bagua mirror:
Sharp Corners or Sha Qi
Sharp corners or structures pointing directly at your home, such as the corners of neighboring buildings or roads, can generate what is called “Sha Qi” or negative energy. Placing a Bagua mirror on the wall facing the source can deflect this energy.
T-Junctions or Rushing Sha
If your home is located at a T-junction where roads intersect and energy rushes toward your house, a Bagua mirror might be used to redirect the energy away from your home.
These are fast-flowing energy lines, such as straight pathways leading directly to your home. Bagua mirrors can be placed to soften or redirect this energy.
Deflecting Negative Energy
If there are areas at the outside of your home that consistently feel heavy, stagnant, or negative, you might consider using a Bagua mirror to help redirect and disperse the energy.
Hospitals, Cemeteries, Hospitals or Other Negative Influences
If your home is located near places with potentially negative influences, such as cemeteries or hospitals, some people believe that using a Bagua mirror can help deflect your home from their negative energy.
Attracting Auspicious Qi
Some practitioners recommend using bagua mirrors to gather auspicious Qi, such as those that help with wealth, health, or happiness. Read on to find out what types of mirrors attract auspicious Qi.
How to Use the Different Types of Bagua Mirror
Generally speaking, bagua mirrors are used to fix the energy going inside a home, an office, or other establishments. However, each type of bagua mirror has a different function and can be used for separate needs. Here are the ways you can use the bagua mirror according to its type.
Flat Bagua Mirror has the Most Neutral Use
A flat or plane bagua mirror has a flat reflecting surface. These mirrors always project images in a virtual and erect appearance. In Feng Shui sense, the flat bagua mirror either collects or reflects thus it must be used outdoors and never indoors.
This type of bagua mirror is considered to be an all-purpose one. It can be used to cure poison arrows directing towards your home. It can also absorb good energy from the universe which is beneficial for the homeowners.
The flat mirror is said to be most neutral and popular. There are a number of Feng Shui masters out there that claim flat mirrors can protect you by deflecting bad energy away and invites positive energy. If you are not sure which type of mirror to use, some would recommend that you use the flat Bagua mirror.
Concave Bagua Mirror Absorbs and Neutralize
A concave bagua mirror has a reflecting surface that curves inwards. The image projected by a concave bagua mirror will appear erect and magnified if the object is near it and will appear inverted if the object is far. This type of bagua mirror is mainly used to absorb.
The concave bagua mirror is nowadays used in absorbing auspicious energies and wealth. Thus, this can be used to home layouts that does not allow energy to go inside the home. One example is when the gate entrance has a downward stairways leading towards the home.
When positive energy is not be able to flow inside the home, that is believed to cause financial difficulties towards the home owners. In solution, the homeowners may cure this by using a concave bague mirror in the front door to absorb the needed energy. Others have said that these types of mirrors, when used with the Early Heaven sequence, can be used to absorb good Qi.
Convex Bagua Mirror Reflects Negative Qi Away
A convex bagua mirror has a reflecting surface that is totally opposite from a concave type. It curves outward thus the images portrayed by this type of mirror are always erect and magnified. In terms of Feng Shui, the convex bagua mirror multiplies and reflects. When looking inside this mirror, you have a greater vision of your surroundings. It’s the same type of mirror some drivers use to attach onto their automobile’s side mirrors.
The convex bagua mirror works as a deflector. This means that it can be used to block-off the bad energies outside of your home. This kind of mirror can be used if there are edgy and pointy objects or building outside of your home which are considered poision arrows.
Convex mirrors are said to reflect and redirect those negative Qi away. Sometimes, it can go to other people’s house, so this method is not the most ethical way of using Bagua mirrors.
Early vs. Later Heaven Sequence
Traditionally, there are two different types of Bagua with three different types of mirrors.
The two Bagua’s are the Early Heaven Sequence and the Later Heaven Sequence. Most of the Bagua mirrors out there are of the Early Heaven Sequence.
Traditionally, Early and Later Heaven Bagua sequence matters. Most Feng Shui tips out there fail to mention the difference between Early and Later Heaven Sequence. There is a difference between the two.
The Early Heaven sequence should be used with a concave mirror. The Later Heaven sequence should be used with a convex mirror. However, today, for simplicity, most of us use the Early Heaven sequence. This is yet another example of how Feng Shui has adopted to modern times, and how traditional rules are sometimes outdated for modern living.
Aside from different Bagua, there’s also concave, convex, and flat mirrors. Each of them have different rules and uses. I have briefly outlined them here.
Bagua Mirrors Should NOT Be Placed Indoors
Bagua mirrors should be placed outdoors only and nowhere else. The Bagua Mirrors are powerful, and almost all experts agree that it shouldn’t be placed inside your home. The most common place for Bagua mirrors is right above the front door.
In general, the Bagua mirror is mainly used to block the negative energies from the outside. These are mostly energies that has ‘Form’. Meaning, if there’s a light-post right outside your front door, a Bagua mirror can be used. However, according to Feng Shui expert Rodika Tchi and many other masters, it’s best to use a Bagua mirror only when it’s recommended by a professional.
Do Bagua Mirrors Really Work?
The main reason why some bagua mirrors do not work for people is because they are using it wrong. If you think using your bagua mirror can help you solve your problems with difficult neighbors, then you are having a misconception about it. These mirrors will not let your neighbors become easier to deal with. It is also important to note that bagua mirrors should be regularly cleaned. Dusts and debris should not be present in your mirror because it can interfere with its function.
Frequently Asked Questions
The bagua mirrors are a powerful feng shui amulet. However, you should be wary of the difference between its types as there is a risk of using it wrong. Using it wrong can possibly cause harm towards you. Assess your living situation before deciding on which type you need. Lastly, always do good things towards others because it is believed that by doing so, bagua mirrors will reward you with abundance!