Category: Black Hat School

Unlike Classical Feng Shui’s centuries-old history, BHS was only developed around the 70s by the late Chinese Grand Master Thomas Lin Yun. Black Hat exploded in the 90s when books, mainstream TV programs, and up-and-coming Feng Shui celebrities started to openly showcase and popularize Feng Shui as a feel-good, do-it-yourself thing to do.

While Black Hat honors some of the Eastern heritage of the traditional practice, one of the key divergences is that it does not consider the use of a compass. This simplification alone essentially eliminates it from ever being considered Feng Shui—period. Instead, Black Hat uses the Eight Aspirations Map (often erroneously referred to as The Bagua Map) as its primary tool and is otherwise not a geomantic system.

The Map emphasizes dissecting the floor plan into nine equal grids, each representing an aspect of life, such as the love corner, wealth corner, health corner, and so on. This outlay makes no reference to the external environment, consideration for the property’s location, house facing direction, or time, as an absolute requisite.

Since Black Hat is a non-directional practice, the Map is laid out the same way for all types of properties. Instead of orienting the house with the Feng Shui compass, the Map is oriented to the entryway in any room every time. As you can imagine, it relies less on directional energies, landforms, and astrology than Classical Feng Shui. The internal orientation of the door is what matters here.