Recently I have had several queries about Feng Shui numbers, especially Feng Shui house numbers and Feng Shui "lucky" numbers. This topic is huge, so I'll give you an overview to get you started.
In my first Feng Shui training certain numbers came up in every class. Those numbers were one, three and nine. These Feng Shui numbers are "yang" numbers and considered power numbers. In exchange for the knowledge he imparted during each Feng Shui study, we were instructed to give Professor Lin Yun either one, three or nine red envelopes after each class. Each red envelope would contain a specified amount of money.
All the odd numbers - one, three, five, seven and nine - are YANG Feng Shui numbers. They cannot be divided in half and still be a whole number (verses a number with a fraction), so these Yang Feng Shui numbers are considered to have movement rather than being solid or stable. They have active, masculine energy.
The even numbers - two, four, six and eight - are YIN Feng Shui numbers. Each of these, when divided in half, will reduce to a whole number. Henceforth, these Yin Feng Shui numbers are considered to be feminine, passive and more stable in energy.
Some Feng Shui numbers have symbolic or specific meanings to various cultures. Throughout most indigenous cultures as well as with Feng Shui numbers, one symbolizes new beginnings while nine relates to endings and manifestation. Every number has multiple meanings associated with them.
There are a couple of Feng Shui numbers that tend to have universal meaning and symbology to most of the Asian cultures. They are the numbers four and eight. One of these is considered "bad" while the other is considered "good" or auspicious.
The Feng Shui number eight has many good connotations. It sounds like "money" in many Asian dialects. You will often find it in pairs , as in 88, meaning "double luck" or "good fortune".
You might even see it on license plates. In California we can purchase personalized plates for our vehicles. California has a extremely high Asian population, so it is not uncommon for me to see at least one license plate a day with 88 in it. Often it will be "88PersonalInitials88". Mine could be "88LL88". This would bring good fortune to me coming and going.
In the various Asian dialects, the word spelling for the Feng Shui number four is the same as the word for "death". The pronunciation for both these words is slightly different, often leading to confusion as to which word was actually meant.
I know as I get older, I have more difficulty distinguishing sounds and words. For a moment, picture you are giving an elderly person directions to your home. You are giving the address and the four sounds like "death". What kind of response might you have?
Even when I write, I get a little twinge down my back - a little negative or maybe more of a reluctant energy. That is why four is considered a "bad" Feng Shui house number.
Sequencing and order of the numbers also affects the meaning, importance and power of Feng Shui numbers. I once worked for a company whose telephone number contained the combination/sequence 4848. They were offered a large sum of money to sell it to another company.
You might wonder why anyone would want that telephone number, especially since it contains the number four - not just once, but twice. It's considered an auspicious sequencing.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, the topic of Feng Shui numbers - whether we are talking about Feng Shui house numbers or Feng Shui lucky numbers - would take pages and pages to write. What I have shared with you is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. The belief in power, peace and prosperity around Feng Shui numbers is diverse and widespread.
Feng Shui numbers play a major role in the lives of many cultures, not just the Asian culture. As more people are being introduced to the ancient knowledge and power behind numerology through formal educational institutes, online universities, international travel (including cruise ship presentations) and best-selling books, the interest and understanding of Feng Shui numbers are gaining momentum. As society continues to observe an increasing use of "Feng Shui lucky numbers" as a viable force in business and personal success, don't be amazed to see others adopting their use in hopes they, too, might experience their "dream" lifestyles.