One of the most frequently asked feng shui questions is, “What are the best numbers for a home?” In reality, most feng shui practitioners across all schools rarely look at numerology when it concerns a house number. However, you can still look at the numerological connection to the bagua to glean more information about your home.
When looking at house numbers and bagua numerology, keep in mind that it’s not that some numbers are good and others are bad. More importantly, it really doesn’t make or break the feng shui; rather, look at it as a way to learn more about the energetic potential of your home and how you can harness the qi in your environment to benefit your life.
Before we jump into each number and its bagua meaning, let’s review some numerology basics. First, there are many different numerology traditions. With each school of approach, the meanings and interpretations of numbers may vary considerably. Sometimes, there are feng shui practitioners with expertise in numerology as a separate modality, who layer those methods into their practice. If you’re curious about using bagua numbers (see below) to learn about your house number, consider using the common practice of reduction. With this practice, you simply reduce your house and/or apartment number to a single digit.
For example, if your house number is 1986:
- Add: 1+9+8+6 = 24
- Reduce to a single digit: 2+4 = 6
In another example, if your house number is 36019:
- Add: 3+6+0+1+9 = 19
- Reduce to a single digit: 1+9 = 10
- Reduce to a single digit: 1+0 = 1
Bagua for House Numbers
The bagua is the feng shui energy map. There are eight areas, or guas, around a center. Each area connects to a life aspect as well as an array of other characteristics including a number. We’ll walk through each gua with their corresponding number so you can get some insight into the feng shui energy of your house number. Note: this also connects to the numerology of the Nine Star Ki as well as the I Ching.
- Connected to the Kan / Career area of the bagua map
- Characteristics: Intuition, independence, wisdom
- Water element
- Connected to the Kun / Partnership area of the bagua map
- Characteristics: Feminine, sensitive, nurturing
- Yin earth element
- Connected to the Zhen / Family area of the bagua map
- Characteristics: New beginnings, growth, vitality
- Yang wood element
- Connected to the Xun / Wealth area of the bagua map
- Characteristics: Abundance, stability, deep roots
- Yin wood element
- Connected to the Tai Qi / Health area of the bagua map
- Characteristics: Connection, protection, gathering
- Earth element
- Connected to the Qian / Helpful People area of the bagua map
- Characteristics: Leadership, precision, loyalty
- Yang metal element
- Connected to the Dui / Children area of the bagua map
- Characteristics: Joy, relaxation, ease
- Yin metal element
- Connected to the Gen / Knowledge area of the bagua map
- Characteristics: Individuality, fortitude, contemplation
- Yang Earth element
- Connected to the Li / Fame area of the bagua map
- Characteristics: Inspiration, brilliance, visibility
- Fire element
Finally, there are cultural references often connected to language that are sometimes mistaken for feng shui rules when it comes to house numbers.
The word for “four” in Chinese and Japanese languages sounds the same as the word for “death”. Therefore, in East Asian countries like China, Japan, and Korea, there is an aversion to the number four showing up anywhere in a house or apartment number. It’s similar to living on a street called “Dead Man’s Alley”—that wouldn't sound auspicious to anyone who speaks English!
Another example that we’re familiar with in the global west is the number thirteen. While "four" sounds just fine to us, we avoid number thirteen because it is connected to bad luck. Many buildings in the United States avoid naming a 13th floor. So, in the elevator, you'll see buttons go from floor 12 to floor 14.
This is useful to know depending on your situation. If you’re buying a home and looking to resell it in the future in an area with many Asian immigrants, then maybe a house number that contains four is not the best investment. However, if you’re already living there, or apartment #4 on the fourth floor is perfect for you to move into—go for it! It’s not bad feng shui.