What Feng Shui Directions Are, and How You Can Make the Most of Them

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Oliver Gruener

In many ancient cultures, we see the importance of looking to the natural world and the four directions of north, south, east, and west. Similarly, the magnetic compass directions are meaningful in the practice of feng shui and are used in a variety of different applications. For instance, the directions correspond to different bagua areas. Another one of the ways we work with the directions is to use them so they are supportive and favorable for your personal feng shui kua number. In the traditional and classical schools of feng shui, practitioners will often work with the compass directions in tandem with your birth information to advise you on the adjustments and positions for you in your home. 

Your personal feng shui kua number can tell you the best magnetic directions for you to face while sleeping, when working at your desk, and even who you’re most compatible with. It can also advise you on the best directions to invite in more money and success, to improve your health, to attract love, and for your personal growth.

Your Feng Shui Kua Number

Your Feng Shui Kua Number
Kua number  Trigram name  Direction
1  Kan  North
2  Kun Southwest
3 Zhen East
4 Xun Southeast
6 Qian Northwest
7 Dui West
8 Gen Northeast
9 Li South

First, you can calculate your personal feng shui kua number. This number is formulated using your birthdate to assign a number to you that connects to a direction. Once you find your personal feng shui kua number, you can look at the chart below to locate your favorable directions.

Best Directions Chart

Your Favorable and Best Feng Shui Directions
Kua Number For Money and Success To Improve Health To Attract Love For Personal Growth
1 Southeast East South North
2 Northeast West Northwest Southwest
3 South North Southeast East
4 North South East Southeast
6 West Northeast Southwest Northwest
7 Northwest Southwest Northeast West
8 Southwest Northwest West  Northeast
9 East Southeast North South

Your Best Bed Direction

Your bed and bedroom represents you, so it’s one of the most important areas to take care of when it comes to feng shui.

After you find your personal feng shui kua number, you can use our chart to locate your best bed directions. This refers to the direction that the top of your head is pointing towards. Based on your kua number, all of the four directions listed will be favorable. The most favorable would be the directions that improve your health and support your personal growth. The others are fine, too. However if you have trouble sleeping or insomnia, the money and success direction may be too stimulating and keep you up at night.

Feng shui inspired room
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Your Best Desk Direction

In feng shui, your desk is a symbol of and affects your career, your wealth, and your path in life. You can use the insight from your personal kua number to determine a favorable and supportive direction to face while you’re at your desk working. For desks, the direction connected to money and success is obviously a lucky one to face. In addition, the improving your health direction will also invite good luck and prosperity. The least desirable at the desk may be the personal growth direction that may lead to too much relaxation and procrastination if you have trouble focusing.

Laptop on a wood desk with a plant and vase

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Keep in Mind

It’s easy to jump to a negative approach if you can’t easily identify an ideal direction. So, please keep in mind that there are other factors that affect your feng shui, such as the commanding position, the other people in your home, the annual flying star positions, and just plain common sense. The mundane aspects of your home are just as, if not more important than these energetic adjustments. For instance, don’t try to set up your bed in the kitchen so you can achieve your best direction. 

And in general, remind yourself that you can only do the best you can with what you have. It’s not good feng shui to take a negative black and white approach to this. Yin and yang describe the unity with the dualities, so find the middle way.

Did You Know?

The personal feng shui kua numbers also correspond to the eight areas of the feng shui bagua map.