What is my Kua (or Gua) Number?

In the Eight House Feng shui System your Kua number (or Gua number) is used to determine your favourable and unfavourable direction and sector. Therefore it is crucial to know how to calculate your Kua number (or Gua number) correctly.

Chinese Coin
Chinese Coin

I am going to use the example of a Mary who was born on the 25th of January 1965.

The Kua number is essentially derived from the year of birth. More accurately it is the year of birth based on the Chinese Solar or Yang or Xia Calendar’s year of birth.

In the Gregorian calendar, the year starts on the 1st of January. In the Chinese Solar Calendar the years starts between the 3rd and 5th of February. This is often called “Li Cun” or “Spring Arrives” and you can determine the exact date for each year by referring to the Ten Thousand Year Calendar.

Please note that the Chinese Solar Calendar is different from the Chinese Lunar Calendar whose first day of the year varies between late January and late February every year. The first day of the Chinese Lunar Calendar is also the much celebrated Chinese New Year day.

In 1965 the first day of the solar year falls on the 4th Feb. Since the birth day is before the 4th of February 1965, Mary is deemed to be born in the previous year which is 1964. If Mary was born on or after the 4th Feb, then she is deemed to be born in 1965.

Here is how you calculate the Kua number for Mary, a female.

Take the last two digit of the year which is 64 and add them together

6 + 4 = 10

Reduce the result to a single digit by adding them together

1 + 0 = 1

Add 5 to the result gives 6 which is Mary’s Kua Number.

5 + 1 = 6

The steps to calculate the Kua Number for a guy, say called John, differs slightly.

As before, you take the last two digits and add them together. Then add the result to reduce it to a single digit (if the result is 10 or more).

But instead of adding 5, you subtract from 10.
In this example it is

10 – 1 = 9

Thus John’s – a male – Kua Number is 9.

This method works for anyone born before the year 2000. If you do not like mathematical calculation you can simply read your Kua number of my Kua Chart.

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