# Feng Shui Principle | Best Personal Direction

You have seen how the Bagua, the elements and Yin and Yang work together to balance and harmonize the energy of your home. But to maximise the benefits of Feng Shui, you need to also know your most auspicious direction. Although the Bagua locations for your home are fixed, it is useful to know the best direction for you, as it is worthwhile for you to face this  direction when doing activities for long periods of time, like eating, working, sitting and sleeping.

Your best direction reinforces your personal energy and is highly auspicious for balancing the other energies in the environment.To determine your most auspicious direction,  you need to find out your “kua” number- your lucky number according to Chinese astrology. This number is associated with a specific direction of the eight Bagua compass points. This is the direction you should face when doing activities.

Here are the steps to find out your “kua” number:

1. Take the last two digits of your birth year and add them together. For example, if you were born in 1970, then you add 7 and 0 to get 7. If the result is greater than 9, add the two digits together to get a single digit.
2. If you are a female, then you need to add 5 to the single digit  that you produced. For example, 5 + 7 = 12
3. If you are male, subtract the single digit that you produced in step 1, from 10. For example, 10  – 7 =  3.
4. If the number that you end up with in steps 2 and 3 is greater than 9, then add the two digits together to get a single digit. This digit is your “kua” number.

The direction associated with each of the “kua” numbers is as follows:

• 1 – South-East
• 2 – North-East
• 3 – South
• 4 – North
• 5 – (Male) North-East,  (Female) South-West
• 6 – West
• 7 – North-West
• 8 – South-West
• 9 – East

NOTE:  When you look at the year of birth, remember to refer to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, to see what date the Chinese New Year fell on the year of your birth. So if you were born before the Chinese New year, then your year of birth is the previous year. For example, if you were born on 25th January, 1971, the Chinese New year in 1971 fell on 27 th January, and so you were born before the new year and hence your birth year will be 1970.

The list below gives you the dates of the Chinese New year over the years:

30 January 1930,17 February 1931, 6 February 1932, 26 January 1933,14 February 1934,
4 February 1935, 24 January 1936, 11 February 1937, 31 January 1938,19 February 1939,

8 February 1940, 27 January 1941, 15 February 1942, 5 February 1943, 25 Januuary 1944,
13 Feruary 1945, 2 February 1946, 22 January 1947, 10 February 1948, 29 January 1949,

17 February 1950, 6 February 1951, 27 January 1952, 14 February 1953, 3 February 1954,
24 January 1955, 12 February 1956, 31 January 1957, 18 February 1958, 8 February 1959,

28 January 1960,15 February 1961, 5 February 1962, 25 January 1963,13 February 1964,
2 February 1965, 21 January 1966, 9 February 1967, 30 January 1968,17 February 1969,

6 February 1970, 27 January 1971, 15 February 1972, 3 February 1973,23 January 1974,
11 February 1975,31 January 1976, 18 February 1977, 7 February 1978,28 January 1979,

16 February 1980,5 February 1981, 25 January 1982, 13 February 1983, 2 February 1984,
20 February 1985,9 February 1986, 29 January 1987, 17 February 1988,6 February 1989,

27 January 1990,15 February 1991, 4 February 1992, 23 January 1993,10 February 1994,
31 January 1995,19 February 1996, 7 February 1997, 28 January 1998,16 February 1999,

5 February 2000, 24 January 2001, 12 February 2002, 1 February 2003, 21 January 2004,
9 February 2005,29 January 2006, 18 February 2007, 7 February 2008, 26 January 2009,

17 February 2010, 3 February 2011, 23 January 2012, 10 February 2013, 31 January 2014

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