BaGua Diagram  -   8 Trigrams


The 8 basic symbols of trigrams are:

    1      2      3       4       5       6       7       8

 ch'ien  chen  k'an  ken  k'un  sun  li  tui


qian2  dui1   li2   zhen  sun4   kan3   gen4   kun1

These are placed around a circle to form a BaGua Diagram. There are two different arrangements as shown below.


: Earlier Heaven, or Primal Arrangement [Fu Xi]

Summer
South

East (Spring)    West (Autumn)

North
Winter


See Reference

:Later Heaven, or Inner World Arrangement [King Wen]

Summer
South
East (Spring)West(Autumn)
North
Winter

See Reference


Note 1: Traditionally all Chinese maps are drawn with the direction South at the top of page. This differs from the modern practice of placing the direction North at the top of page. See this for example.

Note 2: Symbol 2 and Symbol 4 are similar, but one is upside down of the other.
Symbol 6 and Symbol 8 are similar, but one is upside down of the other.
To use Bagua properly, rotate Bagua until the Symbol come to the topmost position. For example, rotate the Later Bagua clockwise 45 degrees, Symbol 6 should come to the top. If this does not occur, then the Bagua is incorrectly constructed.
Many Internet sites show incorrect Bagua diagrams. So beware.


There are many sites on astrology that refer to bagua. Much information are bogus and incorrect. Beware.

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