The Feng Shui practice of using Life Kua number is based off of the Eight Mansions School of Feng Shui. Essentially, your Life Kua number tells you what your lucky and unlucky directions are, and what aspects of luck are affected by your auspicious and inauspicious directions.

Before reading this article, you should already know what your Kua number is. If not, read this article to learn how to find your Kua number.

If you know your Kua number, then this article will tell you what your unique Feng Shui requirements are, as well as what your best and worst cardinal directions are.

Kua Numbers and Your Luck

The Kua is a subset of bagua, where “ba” means eight (8), and “gua” is another spelling for “Kua.” There is a total of eight Kua, and their numbers are usually 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9 (there is no number 5). In Eight Mansions, each person belongs to one of these eight Kua numbers.

Your Kua number will tell you your auspicious and inauspicious directions and what aspects of life they affect and influence. You will have four auspicious directions balanced with four inauspicious ones. The majority of your auspicious directions will either be on the east or on the west, depending on your Kua number. Each direction will represent a different aspect of your life.

The East and West Group

Out of the eight Kua numbers, four are in the East Group, and the other four in the West Group.

The East Group has Kua numbers 1, 3, 4, and 9.

The West Group has Kua numbers 2, 6, 7, and 8.

The four auspicious directions of the East group include North, South, East, and Southeast, balanced with the other four unlucky directions. The West group is the complete opposite, with their four auspicious directions at West, Northwest, Southwest, and Northeast.

The Eight Mansions East and West groups.

Each of the eight directions governs a different aspect of your luck, perhaps influenced by the magnetic force of the Earth. The section below will provide more detail.

The Eight Kua Numbers and Their Auspicious and Inauspicious Directions

The auspicious directions are listed in the order from most important to the least. Similarly, the inauspicious directions are listed from most critical to the least.

The naming of each direction that you’re about to see doesn’t paint the full picture (due to language/translation), and each direction represents more than what it’s called. Also, do not take the names literally because they are more of a figure of speech.

Here’s what each Kua represents:

Kua 1 – “Kan”

Feng Shui Kua 1 Auspicious and Inauspicious Directions

If your Kua number is 1, you belong to the East Group. Your auspicious directions are:

  • Southeast – Prosperity (Sheng Chi)
  • East – Health (Tien Yi)
  • South – Harmony (Yan Nien)
  • North – Stability (Fu Wei)

Your inauspicious directions are:

  • Southwest – Total Loss (Jue Ming)
  • Northeast – Five Ghosts (Wu Guay)
  • Northwest – Six Killings (Liu Xa)
  • West – Obstacles (Huo Hai)

Kua 2 – “Kun”

Feng Shui Kua 2 Auspicious and Inauspicious Directions

If your Kua number is 2, you belong to the West group. Your auspicious directions are:

  • Northeast – Prosperity (Sheng Chi)
  • West – Health (Tien Yi)
  • Northwest – Harmony (Yan Nien)
  • Southwest – Stability (Fu Wei)

Your inauspicious directions are:

  • North – Total Loss (Jue Ming)
  • Southeast – Five Ghosts (Wu Guay)
  • South – Six Killings (Liu Xa)
  • East – Obstacles (Huo Hai)

Kua 3 – “Zhen”

Feng Shui Kua 3 Auspicious and Inauspicious Directions

If your Kua number is 3, you belong to the East group. Your auspicious directions are:

  • South – Prosperity (Sheng Chi)
  • North – Health (Tien Yi)
  • Southeast – Harmony (Yan Nien)
  • East – Stability (Fu Wei)

Your inauspicious directions are:

  • West – Total Loss (Jue Ming)
  • Northwest – Five Ghosts (Wu Guay)
  • Northeast – Six Killings (Liu Xa)
  • Southwest – Obstacles (Huo Hai)

Kua 4 – “Xun”

Feng Shui Kua 4 Auspicious and Inauspicious Directions

If your Kua number is 4, you belong to the East group. Your auspicious directions are:

  • North – Prosperity (Sheng Chi)
  • South – Health (Tien Yi)
  • East – Harmony (Yan Nien)
  • Southeast – Stability (Fu Wei)

Your inauspicious directions are:

  • Northeast – Total Loss (Jue Ming)
  • Southwest – Five Ghosts (Wu Guay)
  • West – Six Killings (Liu Xa)
  • Northwest – Obstacles (Huo Hai)

Kua 6 – “Chien”

Feng Shui Kua 6 Auspicious and Inauspicious Directions

If your Kua number is 6, you belong to the West group. Your auspicious directions are:

  • West – Prosperity (Sheng Chi)
  • Northeast – Health (Tien Yi)
  • Southwest – Harmony (Yan Nien)
  • Northwest – Stability (Fu Wei)

Your inauspicious directions are:

  • South – Total Loss (Jue Ming)
  • East – Five Ghosts (Wu Guay)
  • North – Six Killings (Liu Xa)
  • Southeast – Obstacles (Huo Hai)

Kua 7 – “Tui”

Feng Shui Kua 7 Auspicious and Inauspicious Directions

If your Kua number is 7, you belong to the West group. Your auspicious directions are:

  • Northwest – Prosperity (Sheng Chi)
  • Southwest – Health (Tien Yi)
  • Northeast – Harmony (Yan Nien)
  • West – Stability (Fu Wei)

Your inauspicious directions are:

  • East – Total Loss (Jue Ming)
  • South – Five Ghosts (Wu Guay)
  • Southeast – Six Killings (Liu Xa)
  • North – Obstacles (Huo Hai)

Kua 8 – “Gen”

Feng Shui Kua 8 Auspicious and Inauspicious Directions

If your Kua number is 8, you belong to the West group. Your auspicious directions are:

  • Southwest – Prosperity (Sheng Chi)
  • Northwest – Health (Tien Yi)
  • West – Harmony (Yan Nien)
  • Northeast – Stability (Fu Wei)

Your inauspicious directions are:

  • Southeast – Total Loss (Jue Ming)
  • North – Five Ghosts (Wu Guay)
  • East – Six Killings (Liu Xa)
  • South – Obstacles (Huo Hai)

Kua 9 – “Li”

Feng Shui Kua 9 Auspicious and Inauspicious Directions

If your Kua number is 9, you belong to the East group. Your auspicious directions are:

  • East – Prosperity (Sheng Chi)
  • Southeast – Health (Tien Yi)
  • North – Harmony (Yan Nien)
  • South – Stability (Fu Wei)

Your inauspicious directions are:

  • Northwest – Total Loss (Jue Ming)
  • West – Five Ghosts (Wu Guay)
  • Southwest – Six Killings (Liu Xa)
  • Northeast – Obstacles (Huo Hai)

How Each Direction Impacts You

Here, we delve deeper into the aspects of luck that are affected by each of your eight directions. After knowing these, you can better decide which directions are more important for you.

The Auspicious

Prosperity (Sheng Chi) – The Life Force 

Translated as “growth Chi” or upward moving energy, your Prosperity direction gives strong growth and advancement in life. It can be used for advancing your career, starting your own business, and even increasing your chances of having children.

If this direction is used properly, you will be more active in many aspects of your life, including increased income, aspiration, and motivation at work. The young and ambitious should take advantage of this direction, as it will help with advancements in both their life and career.

If this position is not properly used, you may experience hiccups in your career. Worse, married couples may have trouble conceiving a child.

Health (Tien Yi) – Health and Wealth

Translated as “heavenly doctor”, your Health direction is directly related to your health and vitality with an indirect effect on your wealth. This direction is especially helpful for the elders and those who have ill health.

Proper use of this direction gives you a healthy mind and body. You may also experience fewer distractions, especially unexpected events that may put a dent in your wallet.

Improper use can result in sickness, disease, and extraordinary expenses. For those who are already sick, they might experience prolonged sickness. They may find themselves in situations where they receive ineffective medicine or are unable to find a good doctor.

Harmony (Yan Nien) – Relationship and Marriage

Translated as “harmony” and “longevity”, your Harmony direction is directly related to your love, relationships, and marriage. This should be the most important direction for those seeking a significant other.

Proper use of this direction brings stability in your marriage and love life. Your relationship with friends and family will improve, and you may meet new social connections that can help you personally and professionally.

Improper use of this direction can lead to conflicts with friends and quarrels with your significant other. Professional relationships with your boss or supervisors can also be damaged too, leading to undesirable consequences at work.

Stability (Fu Wei) – Peace, Personal Growth and Stability

Your Stability direction gives you personal development and a peaceful life. Proper use of this direction will do away with the ripples that distract you from your daily life, allowing you more time and energy to seek improvements.

It is easy to misuse your Stability direction because it is the weakest lucky direction of all. Improper use can lead to small but distracting events that require your attention, such as when your dry cleaner loses or mishandles your clothes, or when your washing machine requires a minor repair.

The Inauspicious

Your four auspicious directions are balanced with four inauspicious directions. Here are how these directions impact you, starting from the worst:

Total Loss (Jue Min) – Life-Ending Force

Directly translated as “ending life”, your Total Loss direction 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. This direction is also said to negatively affect a person’s reproductive system.

If this direction is strengthened or frequently used, it can cause strong emotional instability. Additionally, the worsening of mental health creates potential for many types of accidents that either harms a person socially or physically.

Five Ghosts (Wu Guay) – Social Conflicts and Accidents

Your Five Ghosts direction is associated with violence and chaos. In some instances, this direction can do more harm than the Total Loss direction. It can bring an unhealthy competitive drive, aggressiveness, and ferociousness that creates conflicts with your family, work, and social settings. Worse, it has the potential to lead you into situations that involve lawsuits and bloody events (surgeries, accidents, and other situations that draws blood).

Six Killings (Liu Xa) – Negative and Unhealthy Mind

Your Six Killings direction is associated with a negative mind. This direction can damage your marriage, career, and your relationship with others. At the same time, it can bring you insomnia and feelings of irritation and indifference. Worse, it has the potential to lead you to chronic gambling and alcoholism.

Obstacles (Huo Hai) – Vitality Draining Force

Translated as “mishaps” and “troubles”, your Obstacles direction is associated with the loss of energy and motivation. Worse, it creates fatigue and extreme laziness, causing you to be unproductive at work and at home. The person may feel scared to take responsibilities and may feel weak and sick all the time.


Finding out what your Kua number means is just one of many steps to practice Eight Mansions Feng Shui. The next step is to find out how to actually use your auspicious and inauspicious directions. So if you don’t know what you’re doing, do NOT go about applying the above directions onto the directions of your bed, your desk, or your house’s facing direction. Your personal Kua direction is NOT the entire practice of Eight Mansions Feng Shui. Also, the directions are MORE than just “facing” direction. 

If you’re wondering whether you’re practicing Eight Mansions correctly, you can always engage an Eight Mansions expert or take the relevant classes and training to sharpen your knowledge and skills.

Although I’m writing and teaching you about Eight Mansions Feng Shui, please know that I have doubts on the efficacy of this practice. Please read the end of this article to find out why.

What do you think about your auspicious and inauspicious directions? Let us know by commenting below!

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    My KUA Number is 2.
    I would like to understand how do I use the information/knowledge given by you as above to improve my life.
    My house is facing East/North East

    1. SURINDER KUMAR Bhatia

      Well explained .
      It increases the knowledge and anxiety to learn further

      1. Yo

        Hi Victor, my kua is 7 and am sitting in command position of my office, however i am a) sitting opposite a colleague and b) facing East which is my unlucky direction (Total loss), any remedy to this pls?

        1. Victor Cheung Listing Owner

          Hi Yo,
          Don’t worry about facing your unlucky direction. Sitting opposite of a colleague is also fine and could be good in some situations.

      2. Bettina

        If my # is 8, & directions are SW, NW, W, but my bed can only face N or S, isnt south the better choice? Ive tead so much about not sleeping to the north. Indians say South is best direction. Just wondering what you thought. Im not too concerned about it. :

        1. Victor Cheung Listing Owner

          Hi Bettina,
          Yes, I’ve read about that one. There are some studies related to it, but not on humans and the specific topic you mentioned. (see:
          If you are applying your Kua, the section of the house matters more than the direction when it comes to bed placement. Make sure to read about the house Kua first:

          1. Chelsey Gallenbeck

            I am a woman 5. Why are the man and woman 5 missing from the article. I was searching what to do with the room in the Southeast of my house. Storage? Rec room?

      3. Zenaida Mamaki

        I have the same kua number with my partner which is 7. Now our new home is facing east? What Im going to do about it?

      4. Lusi

        Hi Victor
        Im sleeping with my head pointing the six killings direction for the past couple of years & have noticed a terrible negative impact on my mental health & all aspects of my life. There is no other option of changing this direction unfortunately. Is there something I can do to help counteract the negative energy?

        Kind regards

        1. Victor Cheung Listing Owner

          Hi Lusi,
          If your room is in an auspicious area relative to the house, and your bed is in an auspicious area relative to the room, it could be something else at play here. I suggest you seek professional help because I cannot comment further without taking a full audit of your place.

  2. Kamal Gill

    Hello Victor
    My Kua number is 4 & my husband is 3. Which direction house is good for us.

  3. Elki Siew

    Hi Victor,

    My Kua is 8. Can I use only my room to determine the facing? Also I realized my total loss position is where I placed most of my crystals. Will that affect my luck?

    Thank you,

    1. Victor Cheung Listing Owner

      Hi Elki,
      You should first consider the house Kua, then use your personal Kua to mitigate if your bedroom is not in the best desirable position. So in a way, it is not wrong to apply your personal kua just using your bedroom. As for your total loss position, placing crystals are ok.

  4. Margitta

    My partner (Kua number 4, XUN) and I (Kua number 9, LI) live in a KUN house.
    The face (entrance and street face NE), the seat is in the SW. I would so like to put our bed in the right position. The bedroom is in the SW seat of the house.
    Which direction is the best for our heads nde of our bed?
    Thank you very much for your answer.

  5. Megha

    Well explained, excited to learn further and get more knowledge about it.

  6. Rashmi Sanger

    Hi Victor kua is very interesting card to know and use .but it could applied best .and what about the husband and wife they have opposite direction of Thier harmony , different kua no.i would like to know further .but one thing is sure kua works