What’s Your Personal Feng Shui Number?

What’s your Feng Shui number?

As I outlined in my post about Feng Shui numerology, the numbers 1 – 9 are associated with specific areas of the Bagua in the Lo Shu, or “Magic Square.”


Your birthdate gives you a unique number that says a lot about who you are and how you can best nourish yourself in your space.

Knowing your Feng Shui number gives you another way to bring balance and harmony into your life.

Calculate your personal Feng Shui number.

The process is simple, just add up the numbers in your birth year and subtract from 11, as follows.  The key is to keep reducing the numbers until you get to a single digit each time.

{Important note: The Chinese calendar begins on February 4 each year.  If you were born before February 4 in any year, use the year before that as your birth year.}

Example #1:

  • You were born in April 1972 -> 1 +  9 + 7 + 2 = 19 -> reduce again, 1 + 9 = 10 -> reduce again, 1 + 0 = 1
  • Subtract the resulting single digit number from 11: 11 – 1 = 10, reduce again, 1 + 0 = 1 .  Your number is 1, located in the bottom center of the Lo Shu square.

Example #2

  • You were born in January 1985 (because this is before Feb 4, you use the year before as your birthdate) -> 1 + 9 + 8 + 4 = 22 -> reduce again, 2 + 2 = 4.
  • Subtract this number from 11: 11 – 4 = 7.  Your number is 7, located in the middle right of the Lo Shu square.

Using Your Feng Shui Number
To use your number, look at its Feng Shui meaning and find out about what it means for your personality and those of your friends and family.

For example if your number is 1, you have a Water element personality and will want to nourish yourself with Water symbolism in your space.

You may also want to boost its power by adding Metal, the element that supports Water, as shown in the Five Elements Creative Cycle.

Numbers hold a lot of power in Feng Shui.  Use yours to your advantage!

(illustration by ABG)

5 Responses to What’s Your Personal Feng Shui Number?

  1. Joebedford30 says:

    Am I missing something? I’m negative three.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi, Great question ->> happy to clear things up.

    8 + 2 = 10. 1 + 0 = 1.
    10 – 1 = 9. You are a 9, Fire.

    8 + 5 = 13. 1+ 3 = 4.
    10 – 4 = 6. You are a 6, Hard Metal.

    Keep reducing the numbers until you get a single digit, and subtract that from 10. Sorry it wasn’t clear in the first place — I’m really glad you asked!

  3. Toraa says:

    Please, I need your help. My date of birth is 1/18/1961. Some website shows me 3 some says 2. I am confused. I read on one website,” If you borne,between Jan 1st and Feb 20th, you have to use Lunar year.” I have no idea how to convert it and which rule to follow.

    Best regards,

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