Feng Shui Basics: The Importance Of Each Direction

Learn about eastern beliefs on room layout and furniture directions. A guide to incorporating feng shui into your home.

Does the way your headboard faces make a difference? Can the position of your toilet cause financial ruin? It does according to the principles of Feng shui, and it is not the same for everyone. So whether you are an East person or a West person, let's look at what directions will maximize your potential"¦and which ones to steer clear of!

Each direction corresponds to various attributes. Direction indicates which way you should, or shouldn't face (or position your head when you sleep). North stimulates personal growth, imagination, music, art, and inspiration. South promotes opportunity, ambition, fame and potential. East corresponds to health, harmony, family, transformation and new life. West aligns itself with socializing, entertainment, children, and originality. And in between the main four are more divisions and symbols. Northeast stands for insight, wisdom, spiritual and intellectual growth. Northwest signifies skills, outside interests, and supporters. Southeast epitomizes affluence, abundance, and material possessions. And Southwest embodies love, relationships, marriage and romance.

Does this mean that if you want to find true love in your life that you automatically move your headboard to the Southwest? No! First you need to determine your Kua. Kua is a number based on your sex and your birth date, and is the controlling factor over which directions are positive for you. To determine your Kua number we use the Chinese lunar calendar. (For those born before the 10th of February you must go back a year i.e. if you were born on the 4th February, 1964 you would compute your Kua number using the year 1963.

First add the last two digits of the year you were born. For example, if your date of birth is 15 June 1962 (6+2=8)

*Note: If you add the two digits from the year of your birth and they are ten or greater, add those two digits together before proceeding any further.

If you are male take the single digit and subtract it from 10. So now we would take (10-8=2) and your Kua number is 2.

If you are female take the single digit and add 5. (8+5=13). Reduce that down to one digit (1+3=4). The Kua number is 4.

Now that you know your Kua, what does it all mean? Well as I said, directions do not bring the same success and prosperity to everyone. It all depends on your Kua. So let's take a look at the different Kuas and determine which directions are ideal for you! And let me point out that if you have an entrance door to your home or office that faces your unluckiest directions"¦consider moving it. After all, destiny is powerful stuff!

Now if your Kua number is 1: You are an East person. For money and energy, southeast is your wealth direction and for overall luck, east is the way to go! If you want to find your soul mate for life, then south is the direction to put your head, but if your career is your life's focus, then keep facing north! You want to avoid west for minor accidents, and northeast will bring people working against you into your life. Kitchens and toilets need to be placed in the northwest to escape financial ruin and southwest will bring you nothing but hardship!

If your Kua number is 2 then you are a West person. Northeast is the direction to tap into for prosperity, west will bring you luck, and northwest will bring you a long life. Now if you want to expand your personal development, southwest is your enhancement direction. If you are accident prone, then look out for the east, and keep those back stabbers at bay by avoiding the southeast. But to keep destruction and treachery out of your life, you need to either steer clear of both south and north, or put toilets here - to flush the negative energies away!

For those whose Kua number is 3, you will get your luck from the north and financial help from the south. You are East people and this direction will support your personal enrichment. Southeast is your direction for longevity. For those little bumps in the road, evade the southwest and don't face the northwest if you want to keep those unlucky influences out of your life. For the worst influences of financial ruin and suffering, northeast and west are best avoided!

Definitely avoid facing west or northeast if your Kua number is 4. And to avoid those little inconveniences don't sleep with your head pointing either northwest or southwest. You are an East person and to bring yourself luck as well as financial success, north and south are your key directions. For a long life east is the answer and if you're a workaholic, face your desk toward the southeast.

If 5 is your Kua number, then you need to be aware that there are some variations in positive forces, based on whether you are male or female. In either case you are a West person, but that is where the similarity ends. For males the positive directions, in descending order of strength are northeast, west, northwest, and southwest. For females it would be southwest, northwest, west, and northeast. On the flip side, if you are male, east and southeast will be troublesome, while north and south should be circumvented in any way possible. For females, you will find irritation with north and south, and utter devastation with east and southeast.

If you are a West person with a Kua number of 6, then west and northeast are your answers to greatness and southwest and northwest will complement a long, full life nicely. You will find, however, that facing southeast or east will bring you irritation, while north and south will bring a never-ending cycle of misery.

If you are a West person with a Kua number of 7, northwest will help you bear the fruits of your labor, while southwest will shine some luck your way. To bring more love into your life, consider position your headboard to the northeast, and to enrich yourself, west is your answer. To avoid minor mishaps and bad luck, north and south are the ones to steer clear of. To keep financial ruin and ultimate betrayal out of your destiny- then it's either toilets in, or avoidance of, the southeast and the east.

The Kua number 8 symbolizes again a West person. Riches are yours if you face yourself toward the southwest. Your second most powerful direction is northwest, followed by the west, and finally the northeast. Failure and destruction will befall you if you can't avoid the east or southeast, while north and south will cause frustration.

Last, but not least, are those of you whose Kua number is 9. You East people find power and strength from the east and southeast, supplemented by the north and south. The northeast and west will bring trouble, while financial ruin will be brought by the southwest direction. For you northwest is not called the "death" direction for nothing, avoid it if at all possible!

Directions are potent forces according the principles of Feng Shui. They can bring wealth and influence, or devastation and failure. They can transport true love to your door, or the ultimate betrayal. We have looked at the directions and how they can complement different aspects of your life and maximize your potentials. With all this in mind, isn't it time for a little rearranging? You just might reap some pretty amazing benefits!

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