I was asked this week on the significance of house numbers in Feng Shui. Numbers play a huge part in our life, we are often drawn to certain numbers because they hold a special resonance to us or they play a central role in our lives. The study of numbers is called numerology and is well worth looking at in more detail as it can tell us a huge amount about ourselves. For example my date of birth, my name, my kua number all add up to the number 3. In numerology 3’s are creative, excellent communicators, have a message to tell, make good teachers, trainers, coaches. I guess it is therefore no surprise that I make a living training and coaching as it is what I love to do. But in addition to this because I am such a strong 3 I am constantly drawn to the number 3 in life. I have lived in three houses that were the number 3, a fourth house had two 3s in the number. Our current house doesn’t have a number, but the postal code adds up to 3. The number 3 constantly focuses in my life and when it does I am naturally drawn to it.
When looking at house numbers in the context of Feng Shui though we should not confuse it with numerology. Numbers in Feng Shui have a different focus and are linked to the vibrations in the energy around us, not to our internal energies. Just because my internal energies are represented by the number 3 it doesn’t mean that I am going to be even more creative if I live in a house with the number 3. As a 3 I would be creative and a good communicator even if I lived in a cave. No, in Feng Shui we need to focus on the external areas of our life that are supported by the number of our home. The number 1 for example supports our career fortunes which is associated with the energy in the north of our home. If you live in a house where the front door faces north and your house is number 1, then you may find that good luck in your career comes naturally to you whatever that career may be as controlled by your internal energy.
Below I have highlighted how the different house numbers affect the external energy in your home. When looking at your house number you need to add the numbers together and then reduce to one digit to find the primary number. For example house number 1715 would add up to 5 ( 1 + 7 + 1 + 5 = 14, 1 + 4 = 5 ). You then look at all the numbers contained within the number, in this case 1, 7 and 5 to find the secondary numbers that provide support.
Houses which add up to or contain the number 1 are very good for career or business fortune. If it is the primary number watch that you do not focus so much energy on your business or career that it detracts from other areas of your life.
Houses which add up to or contain the number 2 are very good for love. If you are looking for love you are sure to find it if your house number adds up to the number 2.
Houses which add up to or contain the number 3 are excellent for harmonious family relationships. If 3 is the primary number be careful that you do not focus all your energy on your family and neglect other areas of your life. People who live in houses whose numbers add up to 3 can have a tendency to pass up on other opportunities for the sake of their family.
Contrary to popular belief, house numbers that add up to or contain the number 4 are very auspicious for financial success. My first ever home was number 22 which when added together made 4. Moving in to this house coincided with a meteoric rise in my corporate career which resulted in me earning a very comfortable income. Interestingly it was a new build and was designated on the plans as plot 11 demonstrating that the original number of the home (see house number 1) can have a significant impact on your life as well (and yes I was lucky in love in this home too!)
Seen as the most balanced of all numbers, the central number 5 supports the health of the home. Energy circulates very freely in homes that add up to or contain the number 5
House numbers which add up to the number 6 are social houses. You are likely to make friends easily if you live in a house with a 6 as the primary number. Be careful that you do not neglect other areas of your life as your social life takes off.
Houses which add up to or contain the number 7 are excellent if you want to personally grow or develop new skills and knowledge. This is especially true if the house faces north east, the direction that supports the development and attainment of knowledge. The chinese see self development as one of the five factors to a fortunate life and so living in a house which adds up to the number 7 can be seen as very auspicious.
Houses which have the number 8 as the primary number are good houses to bring up children in. 8 is also the number of creativity so people who live in houses which contain or add up to 8 can develop creatively or artistically. If you want children you have a high chance of success if you live in a house with the number 8 in it. Take care if you have children and you live in a house with the primary number 8 that your children don’t rule the roost.
The number 9 promotes self confidence and self esteem. If you live in a house which adds up to 9 then you are likely to achieve great success if you focus on yourself. Be careful if 9 is the primary number that you do not focus on yourself and neglect other people, some people who live in houses with the number 9 can be viewed as selfish and self centred.
Finally we come to the number 0. 0 will never be a primary number but your house can contain one of more zeros in the number. If you have a 0 in the number of your house then you are open to unlimited possibilities and opportunities and your home will attract a constant flow of positive energy. Be careful though that you harness this energy to your own inner desires to ensure it is helpful to you in the attainment of your dreams.