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Which door do I use for the bagua?

Today we’re answering a question from our Facebook group about how to place the bagua when your home has multiple entrances:

Our living room door is on the north, but we come in through our garage door/dining room entrance on the south side, so which threshold should we use as the base?

First, we have a free kit to help you lay the bagua on your home. You can download it here.


This is a very common question. In the U.S., a lot of people have attached garages, so they often come in through that entrance instead of the front door. At Mindful Design Feng Shui School, we practice BTB feng shui. In this particular school of feng shui, it’s irrelevant what’s on the north side and what’s on the south side. Instead, what we look at in BTB is where the energy is coming from, and it comes through your front door (or main door of a room). Because the bagua is a conceptual energy map, it isn’t dependent on the directions, and it can also be adapted and used for smaller spaces (like a bedroom or desk), or for bigger spaces (like a whole property).

This leads us to the next part of the question: whether to align the bottom of the bagua to the garage door or the front door. You would use the formal front door: the one that guests usually use, and the one that likely has your house number on it.

To summarize, when laying the bagua directions are not relevant in BTB feng shui, and in BTB feng shui, we align the bottom of the bagua with the formal front door.

Tip: Mixing guidance from two feng shui schools is like using two different brownie recipes; if you’re a beginner, start with just one.