Kua Number

Reviewed by Feng Shui Practitioner Sally Painter
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Learning about your Kua number in feng shui helps you with many different aspects of your life. Find out about Kua numbers and what they have to do with your personality.

Kua Numbers and Elements

Your feng shui Kua is calculated by your birth date and your gender. This number dictates the most auspicious and inauspicious directions for positive and negative energy flow. Kua numbers are also associated with specific personality traits and one of the five feng shui elements of:

  • Earth
  • Fire
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Water

Kua numbers run from one through nine and are separated into two groups: East and West.

The East Group

Number One

This is the K'an Kua and its element is water. People with this number have the following traits:

Positive Traits

  • Possess great willpower
  • Are flexible
  • Self-sufficient
  • Creative
  • Helpful to those around them

Negative Traits

  • Over emotional
  • Needy
  • Temperamental
  • Critical
  • Self-indulgent

Best Colors

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Copper

Number Three

This is the Chen Kua and its element is wood. People with this number have the following personality traits:

Positive Traits

  • Patient
  • Work well under pressure
  • Make good leaders
  • Intelligent
  • Organized
  • Open minded

Negative Traits

  • Self-absorbed
  • Stubborn
  • Inability to adapt
  • Manipulative

Best Colors

  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Brown

Number Four

This is the Xun Kua and its element is also wood. People with this number have the following personality traits:

Positive Traits

  • Pragmatic
  • Organized
  • Loyal
  • Love learning new things
  • Open minded

Negative Traits

  • Demanding
  • Arrogant
  • Judgmental

Best Colors

  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Brown

Number Nine

This is the Li Kua and its element is fire. People with this number have the following personality traits:

Positive Traits

  • Charismatic
  • Passionate
  • Energetic
  • Enthusiastic

Negative Traits

  • Combative
  • Argumentative
  • Over indulgent
  • Easily excitable

Best Colors

  • Red
  • Purple
  • Pink
  • Green

The West Group

Number Two

This is the Kun Kua and its element is earth. People with this number have the following personality traits:

Positive Traits

  • Honest
  • Stable
  • Reliable
  • Hard-working

Negative Traits

  • Blunt
  • Set in ways
  • Workaholic
  • Takes on too much responsibility

Best Colors

  • Beige
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Russet

Number Five

The Kua number 5 is divided into male and female since it represents the yin and yang chi energies. To accomplish this, each gender is reassigned a different number:

  • Males will use the Kua number 2.
  • Females will use the Kua number 8.

​Number Six

This is the Qian Kua and its element is metal. People with this number have the following personality traits:

Positive Traits

  • Insightful
  • Knowledgeable
  • Analytical
  • Focused

Negative Traits

  • Withdrawn
  • Defensive
  • Easily depressed
  • Emotionally unavailable

Best Colors

  • Yellow
  • White
  • Brown
  • Gray

Number Seven

This is the Tui Kua and its element is also metal. People with this Kua number have the following personality traits:

Positive Traits

  • Optimistic
  • Artistic
  • Graceful
  • Levelheaded

Negative Traits

  • Picky
  • Self-absorbed
  • Defensive
  • Emotionally unavailable

Best Colors

  • Yellow
  • Beige
  • Brown
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Copper

Number Eight

This is the Ken Kua and is represented by the element earth. People with this Kua number have the following personality traits:

Positive Traits

  • Focused
  • Goal oriented
  • Great problem solvers
  • Visionary
  • Creative

Negative Traits

  • Manipulative
  • Greedy
  • Stubborn
  • Resistant to change

Best Colors

  • Yellow
  • Beige
  • Brown
  • Red
  • Pink
  • Purple

Personality and Kua Numbers

The above described personality traits are generalizations for the Kua numbers. There is a great deal more that goes into your personality aside from the number associated with your birth date such as life experiences, philosophical beliefs, and upbringing. Don't forget to keep these things in mind when reading about the personality traits associated with your Kua number. Though don't be surprised if the personality traits described above, both positive and negative, actually ring true with your personality.

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