Is Number 4 A Bad Feng Shui Number?

Understand the bad feng shui reputation of number 4

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Number 4 is considered inauspicious in traditional Chinese feng shui circles because the pronounciation for number 4 sounds like "death" in Cantonese. Jill Ferry/Getty Images

Question: I have heard that the feng shui of number 4 is inauspicious. Recently I found an apartment that is great, but the address is 400 Central Park West. My question: Is 400 a bad feng shui number? The owner is renting the place because she's moving out of the country. She and her husband got into an accident causing them misery. Could you please give your opinion?

Answer: Number 4 is considered inauspicious in traditional Chinese feng shui because it sounds like "death" in Cantonese. It is not only in feng shui that the number 4 is considered unlucky, but overall in Chinese culture.

Knowing that the pronounciation of number 4 sounds like death, it is perfectly understandable why number 4 is considered unlucky in traditional Chinese feng shui circles.

After all, if "4" would sound like "death" in English (imagine counting 1,2,3, death, 1,2,3, death) we would definitely avoid it, too! In classical Chinese feng shui schools a lot of attention is paid to the specific symbology of every little detail, and many of these details are certainly culturally-specific.

However, if you are from a different culture, you might have totally different associations with number 4.

We have 4 seasons, 4 directions, we do not consider them inauspicious, do we?

4 is not a bad number. Number 4 is a number that has strong grounding energy; it will teach one the lessons that he or she needs to learn in order to move forward in life. 

I lived for a while in a place that had two 4s and I've learned some of the most important life lessons there. Number 4 has a very grounding and strong energy. It will "ground" you untill you are done with the lesson, whatever this life lesson might be for you. It will also protect you at the same time.

Unless you use Cantonese on a daily basis, I would suggest not to worry about it. If you do worry about it, you can use the traditional feng shui cure for number 4, which is to encircle the number in color red.

Being the color of the fire feng shui element, red is considered to protect from misfortune and help attract good luck. You can also apply other feng shui house protection cures that make sense to you.

However, what I would look at in your case is the luck of the previous occupants and the energy they are leaving in the space. You would have to do some strong energy clearing (feng shui space clearing and smudging, etc) if you want to move into that apartment.

There can be strong and heavy energy residues in that place that have nothing to do with number 4 and everything to do with the energy of people who lived there. These resources should help you explore further the meaning of  "energy residues" and, most importantly, how to clear them.

There can also be the possibility of undesirable - in other words, bad feng shui -  house features that promote the energy of conflict.

After you read all these feng shui resources and understand a bit better as to what might be happening in the apartment, be sure to follow your own guidance. This is always good feng shui!

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