Bathrooms Create Missing Areas

In recent articles I have shared with you that:

  • The first and most important thing to do for the Feng Shui of your home is to make sure your floor plan is complete. 
  • complete floor plan is square or rectangular
  • An incomplete floor plan is L-shapedC-shaped or has an irregular shape
  • An incomplete floor plan is a problem even if only a very small part is missing.

Bathrooms Create Missing Areas

Here’s something that a lot of people don’t know, though: even a square or rectangular floor plan can be incomplete if you have a bathroom right in one of the corners of your home or right in the middle of the exterior walls, or (much worse) right in the center of the home. 

A bathroom located in any of the shaded areas can create a missing area.

The Life Areas in Feng Shui

In Feng Shui, we apply a tic-tac-toe-like grid to a floor plan to see where the life areas go. This grid is called the Feng Shui Bagua Map. To learn more about the bagua map go here:

These are the life areas:

  1. Career, Life Mission and Individuality
  2. Marriage, Relationships and Partnerships
  3. Health, Family and Community
  4. Wealth, Prosperity and Self Worth
  5. Center of Good Fortune and Gratitude
  6. Helpful People, Spiritual Life and Travel
  7. Children, Creativity and Fun
  8. Wisdom, Self-Knowledge and Rest
  9. Fame, Reputation and Social Life

To learn more about the Feng Shui Nine Life Areas go here:

Example of a Bathroom Creating a Missing Area

In the image above you see the bird’s eye view of a one bedroom apartment that is square in shape. When you apply the grid of the bagua map to the apartment it seems to be complete.

However, if you look closely you notice that there is a bathroom occupying most of life area 8 (Wisdom, Self-Knowledge and Rest). For all practical purposes, this home is missing life area 8 because the bathroom is not considered an active living area. It’s a yin (or inactive) area. In addition, it contains drains and a toilet, which can deplete the energy of the spot due to the physical pull of the drains and the symbolic meaning of the terms “drains” and “toilets.” People say things like “the marriage went down the toilet,” or “this is a drain on our finances.”

Treat bathrooms located in corners and on midpoints of the bagua map grid as if they were missing areas.

Not Just Bathrooms

Missing areas are not just created by bathrooms, but also by garages, laundry rooms and other spaces in the home considered “yin” and inactive.

So don’t think, just because your home is a rectangle or a square, that you have all the life areas accounted for in the bagua map. Treat negative, yin spaces as missing areas.

Completing your floor plan is step 1 in the Nine Steps to Feng Shui® System

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