Definition of ba gua in English:

ba gua

(also pa kua)


  • 1A Chinese religious motif incorporating the eight trigrams of the I Ching, typically arranged octagonally around a symbol denoting the balance of yin and yang, or around a mirror.

    • ‘The 8 trigrams are created from the interaction of Yin and Yang, hence the ba gua.’
    • ‘Though the four-syllable line is common in t'ai chi mnemonics as well, the pattern is not nearly as regular as in the pa kua verses.’
    • ‘Bagua Zhang derives its name from Ba Gua, the mystical symbol of the eight states of transformation upon which the Chinese book of divination, the I-Ching is based.’
    • ‘The Ba-Gua, a Chinese term that translates to the “eight areas” came from ancient China, along with Taoism, and is associated with the theory of Yin and Yang.’
    1. 1.1Bagua regarded in feng shui as a pattern determining the significance and auspicious qualities of spatial relationships.
      • ‘Come see these beautiful, 3 tiered, water fountain which are shaped after the eight-side mandala known in Feng Shui as the Ba-Gua.’
      • ‘Try looking into Feng Shui for uses of the pa kua (sp).’
      • ‘Ba-Gua is one of the main tools used to analyze the feng shui of any given space.’
      • ‘The Ba Gua Ocotagon is used in feng shui to help determine preferred locations for certain functions in the home or office.’
      • ‘The Ba Gua mirror is among the most well-known and commonly used of all the Feng Shui protection spells, remedies, or magical cures for improper placements.’
    2. 1.2A Chinese martial art in which movements are focused on a circle and the defense of eight points around it.
      • ‘On the wooden dummy she went through forms for wing chun, jeet kune do, choy li fut, pa kua, shifting smoothly and tirelessly through the odd-angled protruding limbs, and when she was done the structure stood without damage.’
      • ‘While pa kua focuses on circles, its sister art, hsing yi focuses on lines and linear attacks.’
      • ‘Sifu Duncan's account not only contrasts the two styles but notably emphasizes the martial aspects of pa kua, as well as, tellingly, referring to the ‘concealment’ of its fighting applications.’
      • ‘That article linked to above is about the martial art, ba gua, based on the Eight Changes philosophy.’
      • ‘Other arts he has studied include Hopkido, aikido, shudokan karate, boxing, wrestling, tai chi chaun and pa kua chaun.’


From Chinese bā eight + guà divinatory symbols.


ba gua

/ˌbä ˈɡwä/