What are the Feng Shui numbers?
What are Feng Shui numbers?
Numbers are used in many different application of Feng Shui. When I need to enhance a specific area in a Feng Shui consultation for a client I recommend to use items with specific numbers – like a certain amount of lights to enhance the Fire Element for example.
The He Tu numbers are traditionally associated with the Five Elements. He Tu numbers is another spelling. He Tu is often translated as the “river map”; actually it should be the Heaven map. The name He Tu comes from its mythical origin: the map was originally deducted from the markings seen on a Dragon Horse emerging from the Yellow River.
The He Tu numbers are as follow:
• 1 and 6 are the Water Element
• 2 and 7 are the Fire Element
• 3 and 8 are the Wood Element
• 4 and 9 are the Metal Element
• 5 and 10 are the Earth Element
The He Tu map shows the Universe in perfect harmony, with natural forces opposed around a central axis, the same way the Early Heaven Ba Gua is a symbolic representation of the Universe in a harmonious state.
How to use the He Tu numbers in Feng Shui?
They can be used to enhance a specific area. For example, if I see that the fire Element needs to be boosted in a specific area of your house, I could recommend you to use a lamp with either three or eight bulbs: this way we have the Wood Elements (with numbers 3 or 8 feeding the Fire Element). I remember such a property that was enhanced with the Fire Element for a consultation I did in Los Angeles last year.
The He Tu numbers are also used in other parts of Chinese metaphysics like Xuan Gong Da Gua techniques, to select an auspicious date, or to enhance a place based on the main door hexagram.
Another usage of numbers in Feng Shui is the Luo Shu square that I invite you to explore in the next article.