The objective with this interpretation of Feng Shui is to position a person so that they are facing directions and living in sectors that will have a positive effect, avoiding those that will bring them bad fortune.
Eight House Feng Shui is divided into two groups known as the East House/life and West House/life. Both the East and West Houses have 4 promising directions and 4 adverse directions.
In this system, each one of the nine directions, which correspond to a trigram and an element, is given a number. Numbers 1, 3, 4 and 9 are considered to be the numbers of an East House/life person. Very simplistically, the favourable directions for such a person are North, South, East and Southeast. Numbers 2, 5, 6, 7 and 8 fall into the category of a West House/life. The favourable directions for this category are West, Northwest, Southwest and Northeast.
From this you can also determine which elements and their corresponding colours work in harmony with your life and which will bring you misfortune. To determine your favourable directions you must first perform a calculation with your year of birth and this process is different for men and women.
It is important to remember that the constant for women is plus Four. The constant for men is 11 and you must subtract the resultant number of your calculation. See example below.
- Take your year of birth and add the numbers together. For example if you were born in July 1962 then you add the numbers 1+ 9 + 6 + 2 which will result in the number 18.
- Break this down further by adding the two resultant numbers together. In this instance
1 + 8 = 9.
- Now add the number 9 together with the appropriate constant number.
For females the constant is plus Four. Therefore 9 + 4 = 13.
For males the constant is Eleven. Therefore 11 – 9 = 2.
- If you have a double number (as in the case of the female version of this exercise) then you must add the two numbers together to further reduce this to a single digit. 1 + 3 together, and the resultant number is 4. Therefore your House number (which is also known as your Kua number) if you are a female is Four.
Whereas in the exercise for a male born in the same month and year the House/Kua number is Two.
This means that the female born in July 1962 is of the East House. Therefore the most auspicious directions for her home to face are North, South, East and Southeast. The male however, even though he was born at the same time is of the West House and his most auspicious directions are the reverse, being West, Southwest, Northwest and Northeast.