What is the Kua number?
Before any analysis, the Feng Shui expert will have you fill in questionnaires… One dedicated to the house (year of construction, work already done, possible problems of leaks, cracks, etc), and one for each inhabitant of the house. In the latter, the expert asks for the date of birth. This is indeed what will enable the Kua figure to be calculated.
The Kua number or Ming Gua is a number derived from the year of birth (following the Chinese calendar).
Ming means “life”.
Gua means “trigram”.
The Ming Gua is therefore the Ba Gua trigram of an individual’s life. It is expressed as a number.
In Feng Shui, the human being is at the heart of the practice. He is the one who receives the vital breath, the chi. Even when applying the school of form and studying the landscape, the person remains at the centre of the subject: the expert does so with the sole aim of improving the life of the inhabitants of the place, of helping them to solve a problem, of enabling them to be prosperous.
Each person has his or her own energy. It depends on several parameters, one of which is the chi received at birth. It is said in the I Ching, the book of transformations, that everything can be represented by one of the 8 trigrams. Each person can therefore be associated with a trigram, which is their Kua number.
One could say that the Ming Gua is the guardian angel star. It determines the best directions for sleeping and working. It also gives the personal element as each star has its own element.
How to calculate the Kua number?
In Ming Gua, men and women move in opposite directions: a man’s Kua number goes in descending order, a woman’s in ascending order.
The formula for calculating the Kua number is therefore different for men and women. Furthermore, it also differs if the person was born before or after the year 2000, as the formula changes with each century.
Ming Gua calculation formula for people born until the year 2000:
Male: 10 – last 2 digits of year of birth
Female: last 2 digits of year of birth + 5
Example with the year 1974
–> 74 –> 7+4 =11–>1 +1 = 2
Man born in 1974: 10-2=8
Woman born in 1974: 2+5 = 7
Calculation formula for persons born after 2000 :
Male: 9 – last 2 digits of year of birth
Female: last 2 digits of year of birth + 6
Example with the year 2003
–> 0+3= 3
Man born in 2003: 9-3=6
Woman born in 2003: 3+6 = 9
What if you were born in early February?
Be careful, feng shui takes into consideration the Chinese solar calendar for which the first day of the year starts on February 3rd, 4th or 5th. So refer to the official calendar if the date of birth falls on these days.
For example, if a person was born on February 1st 1962, you will have to consider 1961 as the year of birth because the solar year 1962 started on February 4th.
What if the result of the calculation is 5?
The number 5 is a bit special because it is associated with the energy centre, the central palace (earth element). There is no trigram 5, so there is no Kua number equal to 5.
If the calculated Kua of a man is 5, take the 2.
If a woman’s calculated Kua is 5, take the 8.
The 2 and 8 are, like the 5, related to the EARTH element.
Now you know how to calculate the Kua.
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The elements of the Kua numbers
The Kua numbers that belong to the Western group are
The Kua numbers that belong to the Eastern group are
Each Kua Number being linked to an element and a trigram, it has a personality, characteristics… but all people of the same sex born in the same year share them. Also, the Kua Number is not enough for a “divinatory” practice, it is necessary to go much further, with in particular the study of the Four Pillars of Destiny (Bazi).
The favourable direction of the Kua numbers
Thus, Feng Shui expertise determines, in view of the different Kua numbers, which rooms to assign to whom, according to the cardinal orientations of each room, but also the best place for the desk of the teenager or the mother working from home, the most optimal way to position the sofa, etc.
The 4 favourable orientations according to the Kua number
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The Kua number also gives unfavourable orientations. In my practice, I never analyse them. By definition, the 4 orientations which are not favourable to a person, will be unfavourable to him. This information is sufficient. I do not wish to crystallize it in the mind.
To receive the right energy, the ideal is to turn to the right orientations. Has it ever happened to you, especially in the first days of spring, to turn expressly towards the sun, eyes closed, to receive the soft warmth of the sun on your face? Well, for me, that’s the idea.
So, the Feng Shui expert will try to allocate rooms, position beds and desks so that each person in the home receives the chi that is most conducive to their development. It is not always so simple: what to do, for example, when the two members of the couple do not belong to the same group? In traditional China, the ancient experts always favoured the father because he was the breadwinner of the family. His health and prosperity had to be preserved in order to ensure that of the rest of the family. Today, I believe, this is not so true. We have to respect the balance even more. The expert will have to determine who is most affected by an unfavourable orientation. Some people are less sensitive to energy than others.