Feng Shui Home Directions & Kua: What They Mean in Eight Mansions

Most of you probably know (or heard of) your personal Life Kua number. In short, there’s the East and West group, and each person has four auspicious and inauspicious directions based on their year of birth.

This practice of using personal Life Kua number came from the Eight Mansions School of Feng Shui.

However, many people who practice this neglect that the house itself has its own Kua. 

Similar to Life Kua, the house’s Kua also has 4 auspicious and inauspicious directions and sectors. The Life Kua is calculated from a person’s year of birth, whereas the house’s Kua is derived from the house’s sitting and facing direction.

When looking at a house’s Feng Shui using Eight Mansions, the House’s Kua takes precedent over your Life Kua.

Read on to understand why.

Distinguishing House Kua from Life Kua

If you only apply the Life Kua when practicing Eight Mansions Feng Shui, you’ll find that it’s difficult when you and your family members belong to different Kua groups (East and West group). You’ll find that an auspicious location for one person would be inauspicious for another.

Traditionally, one would prioritize the needs of the husband because he’s the default bread-winner. In which case, the front door and kitchen should be in the auspicious sector of the husband. The bedroom would then be in the auspicious location of the wife because she bears the burden of pregnancy.

However, modern day living requires many families to have double income. Thus, the traditional practice wouldn’t make the most sense.

Further, is it even possible that a house can be good for one person but not the other? Is one group definitely doomed but not the other, assuming the house only favors one group? Wouldn’t there always be a loser? And shouldn’t you only marry a person that belongs to the same group just so the both of you can enjoy Feng Shui?

If you do some survey, you’ll find many happy couples and families with members belonging to different Kua groups. You’ll also RARELY find a Kua group getting singled out and receiving all the impact of negative Feng Shui.

There are still many happy couples enjoying good Feng Shui despite being in separate Kua groups.

The explanation here is the House Kua, which takes priority over the Life Kua when you look at the Feng Shui of a home.

For example, if a bedroom is located at the House Kua’s auspicious sector, the bedroom is in a good spot. It wouldn’t matter much if the bedroom is in the inauspicious sector based on the Life Kua of the occupants. (You will learn more about this later.)

To find your House Kua, you’ll need the facing direction of your house (or apartment).

Finding Your Home’s Facing Direction

You will need a compass to find your home’s direction. The compass app on your smartphone can do the job.

Once you have that ready, you’ll need to determine your home’s FACING direction. The facing direction is NOT the same as your front door direction.

For houses, the facing direction is generally the side that faces the street. For apartments, it’s generally the side where it is most “Yang”, or the side where most Qi enters the apartment. (This is another debated topic because different schools have different approaches to determine the facing direction of an apartment.)

Finding your home’s facing direction can get quite a little confusing. Use this guide to find your home’s facing direction if it’s not evident.

After you’ve determined your home’s facing direction, use the information below to determine the Kua of your house.

Your Home’s Kua Based on the Eight Cardinal Directions

LI HOUSE: Facing North 337.5˚ – 22.5˚

KUN HOUSE: Facing Northeast 22.5˚ – 67.5˚

DUI HOUSE: Facing East 67.5˚ – 112.5˚

QIAN HOUSE: Facing Southeast 112.5˚ – 157.5˚

KAN HOUSE: Facing South 157.5˚ – 202.5˚

GEN HOUSE: Facing Southwest 202.5˚ – 247.5˚

ZHEN HOUSE: Facing West 247.5˚ – 292.5˚

XUN HOUSE: Facing Northwest 292.5˚ – 337.5˚

Summary of the Eight Types of Qi in the Kua

The eight types of Qi listed here is the same as the ones you see in your Life Kua.

There are four auspicious Qi and four inauspicious Qi. Here’s a summary of their effects.

The 4 Auspicious Qi’s:

Shen Qi (生气) – Life Generating

This is the strongest Qi of all. It can be used for advancing your career, improving authority and reputation, and even increasing your chances of having children.

Tien Yi (天医) – Heavenly Doctor

This Qi is directly related to your health and vitality with an indirect effect on your wealth.

Yan Nien (延年) – Longevity

This Qi is directly related to your love, relationships, and marriage. Relationships are not limited to romantic relationships, but also include business, friends, and familial relationships.

Fu Wei (伏位) – Stability

This Qi is used for personal development, self-improvements, and leading a peaceful life.

The 4 Inauspicious Qi’s:

Jue Ming (绝命) – Life Ending

This is the worst Qi of all. It is associated with your own self-destruction. It can give you depression, anxiety, and other mental illness that can greatly affect your overall well-being.

Wu Gui (五鬼) Sh– Five Ghosts

This Qi is associated with violence, chaos, robbery, theft, and illnesses.

Liu Sha (杀) – Six Killings

This Qi is associated with a negative mind. It can damage your marriage, career, and your relationship with others because it brings unnecessary conflicts and disputes.

Huo Hai (祸害) – Mishaps

This Qi is associated with the loss of energy and motivation. It can manifest as annoying problems instead of detrimental ones, such as disharmony, fatigue, and laziness.

How the Auspicious and Inauspicious Sectors are Used

In short, the bedroom, front door, living room, and study areas should be located in the auspicious sectors. The kitchen, restrooms, and storage rooms should be located in the inauspicious sectors.

Please take note: these sectors are LOCATIONS in the house and NOT directions.

The auspicious and inauspicious sectors determined by the House Kua are locations in the house, NOT directions, as shown in the image above.

Meaning, if your home is facing South, a Kan House, it would be ideal if your bedroom is located in the Southeast SECTION of the house because Southeast is the Sheng Qi area. If not, having your front door, living room, or study area in the Southeast area would do just fine.

Having different rooms in different areas would bring you different Feng Shui results. This is when you need to consider the kind of Feng Shui results you’re looking for. Is your priority romance? Wealth? Or health?

Explaining the potential Feng Shui results from each room in a different Qi area is a long conversation. Thus, I won’t get into the details here.

When Does Life Kua Come Into Play?

Essentially, the House Kua is used to determine whether the kitchen, front door, and bedroom are in good locations (as well as other areas of less importance). After that, you can use your Life Kua to adjust or fine-tune your room’s Feng Shui with furniture placement and its directions.

This concept is based on the mini-Tai Chi, where the house has its macro Tai Chi, and each room (micro) and individual has their own mini-Tai Chi. Uncle Dixer explains this as “One item, one Taiji (Tai Chi)”.

Here’s an example taken from an earlier article about couples with opposite Life Kua groups:

Let’s say your bedroom is at the inauspicious Jue Ming sector based on the house Kua. In this case, first check the facing direction of the master bedroom door. If it matches the auspicious direction of the husband, then the bed shall be placed so it faces one of the auspicious direction of the wife (or vice versa).

Keep in mind that the first thing to look at is the location of the bedroom, kitchen, and front door relative to the House Kua. After that, you can fine-tune and adjust using the Life Kua of the individual that’s occupying that room.

Doubts on Eight Mansions from Certain Feng Shui Masters

If you’re familiar with Feng Shui, you’ll know that there are many different schools of Feng Shui. There is the Eight Mansions that you just read about here, and there’s the Black Hat, Xuan Kong Flying Stars, and many others out there.

Some masters I’ve engaged with (in Asia) have expressed their doubts on the efficacy of Eight Mansions Feng Shui. They’ve cited various reasons which did make some sense to me. These reasons include the imbalance of the number of people in East and West group and the historical context as to how Eight Mansions originated (which I have yet to confirm).

To see more details about the doubts on Eight Mansions Feng Shui practice, please go to the end of this article about couples with opposite Kua groups.


If you practice Eight Mansions Feng Shui, the first step is to find your House Kua. After that, you can then use your Life Kua to make the necessary adjustments, if needed.

What you learned here is an over-simplification of this practice. Here are some courses you can take if you’d like to get deeper into Eight Mansions Feng Shui. If you truly desire the help of Feng Shui to achieve your goals in life, I strongly suggest that you take courses & training or find a trusted and qualified Feng Shui consultant to assist you. Reading and applying a tip here and there just won’t cut it.

How’s your home’s Feng Shui based on the House Kua? What was your experience with that home? Comment below and share your story with us!

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Comments (20)

Hi Victor,
Thank you for writing all these Feng Shui articles. They are very helpful to me. I do have a question in mind, regarding all these methods to determine the best direction for your house. So if I was to buy a house, should I 1. Go with the house that has best direction for my Life Kua? (Assuming it’s South) or 2. Look at the floor plan, and make sure rooms are in good areas for the Flying stars Bagua period 9 (year 2024- 2043)
Or 3. Follow this article and just make sure the bedrooms are in the lucky sections of the Kua. (depending on what direction the house faces)

Thank you,

Hi Grace,
I see your other comment. Some masters would suggest sticking with one practice. Others would suggest that you use both schools as reference. But if I were to pick one from the two, I would pick Flying Stars.
However, even Flying Stars have its fallacies. For instance, for an apartment building, it presumes that all of the ones facing the same direction has same Feng Shui, which is not true. There is another school that I prefer, which measures how Qi is gathered. But for you, as a starter, I would suggest using Flying Stars.

I live alone and my kua is 7 meaning my love sector is NE.. but my 8 mansions shows my love sector in SW. Which do I use to enhance or remedy love and relationships? Also my total loss according to my Kua 7 is East and my 8 mansions shows E to be my family sector. So how do I enhance my family without enhancing my total loss sector?

Feng Shui is a mysterious metaphysic of Han Chineese with a long history. It is the power of the nature and the energy of the large magnetic field of the universe. The core idea of Feng Shui is the harmony between human and nature.

Hi Lisa,
The idea is to consider the house Kua first, and use your personal Kua as remedy. So if your house Kua is Southwest, just make sure you make good use of that area. Having your bedroom in that area would be best.
Hope you’ve fully read this article, including the part about “Doubts on Eight Mansions…”

Feng Shui is a mysterious metaphysic of Han Chineese with a long history. It is the power of the nature and the energy of the large magnetic field of the universe. The core idea of Feng Shui is the harmony between human and nature.

Hi Victor,
I really like your articles its all very straight forward and easy to understand. However I have a question to follow. I have applied house kua and the front door position is on the bad side of the house kua (lets say our house kua is South) but as you said the other 2 most important things to look at besides front door are bed room and kitchen both on the right place. The house is facing South. Main door currently on the side of the house (west area) and it only possible to move it to the front of the house on south west area which is equally very bad according to house kua. May I know what is your suggestion or any remedy to this? Thank you and appreciate it.

Hi Yolanda,
If both your kitchen and bedroom are in the right spot, then you don’t have much to worry about. Changing the door location is a big feat, so I wouldn’t recommend that you do that just so it’s at the right spot. Plus, there are several other methods to determine whether the front door is good or not.

Hello Victor,

Greetings from Brazil. It is with great interest that I read a few of your articles especially this one as I am about to buy a plot of land to build a house and this will help me with regards to the house kua. I am a bit curious about two things. I am an East person but have done great in West facing houses. Plus your East facing diagram put all my best directions in kill modes. I would like to know how this is possible. I have never lived in an East facing house but since East, South, South East and North are my best directions I want to know how it turned around to my worst.

Hi D’Natalie,
Your Kua and House’s Kua are two completely different things used in different scenarios. The section “WHEN DOES LIFE KUA COME INTO PLAY?” in this article explains how they are used.

I have read an article  on the west group people living an east group house.
I understood that all the inauspicious area of east house become auspicious for west people. Does this mean that the auspicious areas of the east group house become inauspicious for west group people also?
We are considering to build a house on a land facing west (west view on future house but also tree forest, and gulf further, East only neighbour and roosters/chicken of the neighbour will be on NE). 
I am kua 8, my husband 2.
So based on that, we consider to use NW and W for kitchen / living room, SW for master bedroom, NE for our meditation room, SE for bathroom / laundry (jue ming for me). How to use N, E and S that are auspicious for the house but inauspicious for us? Can we put the entrance in E? Guest room in N (jue ming for my husband)? and not sure about S…?
Where can we put our front door? East?
Thank you for your help

Hi Marie,
Based on that reasoning, yes. However, do not mix the House Kua and Life Kua together, like what you just read.
Read the section: “WHEN DOES LIFE KUA COME INTO PLAY?” in this article.

Hi, Victor,
My house Kua is Xun, sitting southeast and facing northwest. My house is a rectangle; not a square. My master bedroom is located 2/3 in the Liu Sha section and 1/3 in the Wu Gui section. 1/3 of my foyer/front door is located in the Lui Sha section and 2/3 in the Huo Hai section. My living room is located 2/3 in the Huo Hai section and 1/3 in the center. The majority of the kitchen is located in the Fu Wei section. My husband is the sole breadwinner and a Kua 4. I am a Kua 6 and have designed/situated the master bedroom based on my Kua, as a female and child-bearer. What can be done to improve the front door for my husband? What can be done to cure or improve the locations of the master bedroom, front door and living room?

Hi Mel,
The general rule is if the House Kua doesn’t favor you, then use your Life Kua to adjust. Same applies for front door. If the front door is bad for both Kua’s, then check the front door’s Five Elements using its direction and see how it matches with your husband’s Five Elements.

I am reading a book about Feng Shui, but some things are unclear to me. The most important is, if the Bagua map is more important than the favorable directions considering personal triagram? As I have Kan it was written that the best for me is a Xun house, also SE is the best area for me to study, but on the bagua map it’s the place for money. I think I would like to place study room on the NE using bagua map (for knowledge and self cultivation), but for Kan it’s one of the worst directions (Five Ghosts). I’m very confused. Is there any book or article explaining how to use the map and personal diagram at the same time?
Thank you very much,

Hi Martyna,
Are you referring to the Bagua maps on this page? If so, I wouldn’t call them as more important, just that this is used in conjunction with your personal Kua. If NE is good according to Bagua map, then use it. If bedroom or study room is in bad area in the Bagua map, then adjust the room’s setting (like desk or bed) using your personal Kua.

Hi Victor, my personal gua is 2 . And my house facing east / then main door & bedroom located at NE ..mean sheng qi also? Kitchen stove located at NW. I live at this house 3 year. But my luck of tyreshop business not so good. Shop facing SW. My D.O.B: 11 April 1980 8.30pm. Is Feng shui problem or my personal bazi problem? Hope Mr Victor can tell me. TQ

Hi Chong,
That requires a deeper audit into both Feng Shui and Bazi. I would start with Bazi then go to Feng Shui. Also, using Kua and Eight Mansions is just the tip of the iceberg when practicing Feng Shui (at least for me). Let me know if you need help.

Hi Victor,

If my apartment door,building is facing a community center and behind my house is where the sun shines in thru my living room window. Does it mean my house facing direction belongs to the East?
If yes, i put a black out curtain at my living room window and open my door(on the west) Will it solve my problem?
Also, is house kua more important than personal kua

Hi Mel,
Yes, you should consider house Kua first, then use personal Kua to mitigate if needed. As for facing direction, refer to this post: https://fengshuinexus.com/feng-shui-home/how-to-find-home-feng-shui-facing-direction/

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