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Feng Shui Kua Number & 8 Mansions

Feng Shui Life Kua Number and Eight Mansions Theory.

The Feng Shui Life Kua number (also called Gua) is an integral part of 8 Mansions (Ba Zhai or Pa Chai) Feng Shui. It contains the knowledge of auspicious and inauspicious directions for a person to attract good luck and avoid bad luck. According to Feng Shui, each person has 4 good directions and 4 bad directions which are based on one's Kua number. This information, in combination with other disciplines in Feng Shui will help you make informed decisions on remedies and enhancements of your home/life. The Kua formula is easily the most used and user-friendly of calculations in Feng Shui.

By knowing which 4 Directions are your good directions, you can maximise your luck by facing those good directions in most situations. In fact your lucky feng shui directions help you attract the feng shui energy which is most beneficial for you. It is akin to using your Life Gua as your personal radio frequency to face the best directions for best reception of auspicious chi.

To discover your auspicious directions and how to use them, you first need to know your Kua Number. You can refer to our 120 Chinese Lunar Calendar to find out your Kua number or calculate it yourself using the following formula:

Determine your Chinese year of birth. Determine your Chinese year of birth.
Add the last two digits together. Add the last two digits together.
Reduce it to a single digit number. Reduce it to a single digit number.
Subtract from 10. Add to 5.
Reduce it to a single digit number. Reduce it to a single digit number.
The final answer is your personal Kua Number. The final answer is your personal Kua Number.
Example year of birth 1963. Example year of birth 1963.
6 + 3 = 9 6 + 3 = 9
10 - 9 = 1 9 + 5 = 14
  1 + 4 = 5
So, men born in 1963 will have Kua Number 1. So, women born in 1963 will have Kua Number 5.


Once you know your lucky feng shui directions, you should try to face them at work, at home, when you sleep or anything you do for a long period of time. You can use these in placing your main door, desk, bed, sofa, and usual place at the dining table in the appropriate orientation. With your Kua number, you can empower yourself by tapping your personal energy following these auspicious directions in your homes (big tai chi), smaller rooms (small tai chi), offices or business premises. Check the table below for your four good as well as bad directions.

Eight Mansions Life Kua Chart

Kua Numbers: 1 3 4 9 2



6 7 8
Lucky Directions  
Sheng Chi - Wealth & Success South East South North East North East North East South West West North West South West
Tien Yi - Health East North South South East West West North West North East South West North West
Nien Yen - Love & Family South South East East North North West North West West South West North East West
Fu Wei - Personal Growth North East South East South South West South West North East North West West North East
Unlucky Directions  
Ho Hai - Bad Luck West South West North West North East East East South South East North South
Wu Gui / 5 Ghosts - Harmful People North East North West South West West South East South East North East South North
Liu Sha / 6 Killings - Misfortune North West North East West South West South South East North South East East
Chueh Ming - Total Loss South West West North East North West North North South East South East South East


The 4 Lucky Directions

1. Sheng Chi - Translated as “generating growth breath” this energy brings success, wealth and prosperity luck.

2. Tien Yi - Meaning "Heavenly Doctor" in Chinese, this is the energy that strengthens the body health and mind so that one is able to achieve any goal in life.

3. Nien Yen - This energy that is required to nurture love, relationship, marital bliss and family luck.

4. Fu Wei - This energy relates to personal development, pursuing knowledge and wisdom.

The 4 Unlucky Directions

1. Huo Hai - The least unlucky direction, it attracts mishaps, setbacks and disappointments.

2. Wu Gui - Meaning "Five Ghosts", this energy brings the aggravation of bad people in your life, people who gossip or plot against you.

3. Liu Shar - The "Six Killings" energy brings 6 types of bad luck in the form of accidents, wealth loss, illness, loss of reputation, loss of loved ones and death.

4. Chueh Ming - This is the most harmful energy of all as it causes bankruptcy, long term illness, injury and disaster, in fact a state of total loss.

Broadly, Feng Shui classifies people into 2 groups: East and West groups. Each person belongs to either one or the other group according to their Kua number. You belong to the East group if your number is 1, 3, 4 or 9. The West Group Kua numbers are 2, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

With your Kua number, you can find out the best way to face in your work space, while you are sleeping or even your main entry way so that you will reap the benefits of a positive flow of energy. For example, if your Kua number is 2, then you are a West group person and the best facing directions for you are Northeast, West, Northwest and Southwest. These are your lucky directions for major areas of your life. Anytime you have to face something, these are the best directions for optimal energy flow and balance.

When each person in your home has a different Kua number and opposing group, try to find a direction which best benefits the majority of people in the home. In this instance, you should not focus solely on everyone’s Kua number but also on other areas of Feng Shui. No one tool is the be-all and end-all in Feng Shui; rather, you must use the positives from all of these tools in order to create a pleasing space for everyone in the home.

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