Eight Directions Feng Shui

The practice of feng shui is founded on basic principles that stress the importance of location. The eight compass directions – North, South, East, West, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest – signify eight different kinds of luck. Eight Directions Feng Shui (also known as Eight Mansions Feng Shui) is a personalized formula that categorizes people as belonging to one of two groups, either East or West. Both groups have four good (lucky) directions and four bad (unlucky) directions. And everyone has one particular direction best for personal growth. The directions are based on your kua number. Kua numbers are a system of numerology based on two things: your year of birth and your gender. Here is how to calculate your kua number:

1 – Add the last two digits of your birth year. If the result is a double digit, add the two digits so that you end up with a single digit number.

2 – If you are female, add 5. (For those born after 2000, add 6.) Reduce to a single digit if necessary. This is your kua number.

3 – If you are male, deduct your digit from 10. (For those born after 2000, deduct from 9.) This is your kua number.

If you end up with 1, 3, 4 or 9 you are in the East group. Your lucky directions are E, SE, N, S.

If you end up with 2, 5, 6, 7, or 8 you are in the West group. (The number 5 occupies the middle of the pa kua.) Your lucky directions are W, SW, NW, NE.

The pa kua symbol is basically a feng shui compass. It is an eight-sided figure that contains a kua number and its associations. Also known as the bagua map, it is used as a tool to locate the areas of positive and negative energy in a home or office (as defined by lucky and unlucky directions). Once the different areas are defined, you can apply feng shui “cures” where needed to ensure the flow of positive energy (chi).

The pa kua is comprised of trigrams – three rows of broken and unbroken lines which symbolize the aspirations of humankind. There are also specific colors and elements that go hand-in-hand with each kua number. If you understand the attributes of the eight directions, you can use them to arrange the layout of your home or office and incorporate their associated elements to ensure that you are bringing in the right kind of luck to your environment. (Check out my earlier post about the Bagua here.) You can use the pa kua on a small scale (i.e. in each room) or on a large scale (i.e. applied to an entire house or office building).

In my next post, I will explain the trigrams (the line symbols on the pa qua). In the meantime, use a compass and the diagram to find out where the auspicious rooms (or corners of each room) are located in your own home and office!

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Good Vibrations

It’s a new year ….. hallelujah! Mind you, it has started off a bit shaky, but I am going to set my sights on the good things to come. Since 2020 drove us all indoors for much of the year, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon, I’ve been thinking about what we can do to make our immediate environment better and more conducive to harmony and self improvement.

With that in mind, the new focus of my blog is going to be feng shui. For those of you who might be unfamiliar with feng shui, it is the science of living space. The words literally translate to “wind water.” Although feng shui has been widely used in China and the Far East for centuries, it has only gained popularity in the West fairly recently. Feng shui offers an integrated set of guidelines for organizing your environment (home, office, etc) with two goals in mind:

  1. achieving balance
  2. harnessing positive energy to create well-being and help bring good fortune

Let’s talk about energy. No matter what you call it – chi, prana, vibes, – one thing is certain: all around us, there are visible and invisible light emissions that help us to define our surroundings. In Western science, these energy lines in the atmosphere are referred to as the electromagnetic spectrum. In Chinese science, they are known as chi energy lines or “earth currents.” These earth currents are believed to be dynamic forces that impact all living things. Human beings are influenced by the quality of this invisible energy; we vibrate in consonance with its rhythm.

Have you ever walked into a room and felt energized? Or been in a place that made you feel uneasy? Do you wonder why some places of business never seem to make it in a certain location? The answers may be simpler than you think! By incorporating basic feng shui principles, you can manipulate the energy of your space. You can tap into the good chi and use it to bring well-being and encourage good fortune.

If you are open-minded and willing to consider the Chinese view of the universe – including the belief in the significance of the five elements (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood) as well as the concept of the yin and yang of energy, AND you want to learn how to harness good energy to make it work for you – then come along with me on my journey!

Next up: Lucky Numbers – how to find your Kua number and determine the best directions for personal growth.

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