Kua Number Personality Traits

Sally Painter
Contributor: Sue Lynn Carty
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

In feng shui, individual Kua numbers are 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: The earth element governs the northeast and southwest sectors and the center of your home or office.
  • Fire: The fire element rules the south sector.
  • Metal: The metal element governs west and northwest sectors.
  • Wood: The wood element rules the east and southeast sectors.
  • Water: The water element governs the north sector.

Kau Numbers and Eight Mansions

Kua numbers run from one through nine and are separated into two groups: East and West. Using the eight mansions method, each group has four auspicious directions and four inauspicious directions. These eight directions (also known as sectors) are also called the eight aspirations. Once you know your group, then you can sit, eat, work, study and perform other activities/tasks facing one of your four auspicious (best) directions.

The East Group

The kua numbers 1, 3, 4 and 9 belong to the East Group. The four auspicious directions for these numbers are South, Southeast, East, and North.

Kua 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

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

Best Colors

  • Black
  • Blue

Kua 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
  • Ability to grow beyond current limitations

Negative Traits

  • Self-absorbed
  • Stubborn
  • Inability to adapt
  • Manipulative
  • Ingrown and closed-minded

Best Colors

  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Brown

Kua 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
  • Disloyal
  • Opinionated

Best Colors

  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Brown

Kua 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
  • Persuasive

Negative Traits

  • Combative
  • Argumentative
  • Overindulgent
  • Easily excitable
  • Lackluster

Best Colors

  • Red
  • Purple
  • Pink
  • Green

The West Group

The west group is made up of the kua number, 2, 5, 6, 7 and 8. The four auspicious (best) directions include, West, Northwest, Southwest and Northeast.

Kua 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
  • Confident

Negative Traits

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

Best Colors

  • Beige
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Russet

Kua Number Five

The Kua number 5 is divided into male and female since it represents the combination of 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.

Kua 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
  • Goal-oriented

Negative Traits

  • Withdrawn
  • Defensive
  • Easily depressed
  • Emotionally unavailable
  • Ambitionless

Best Colors

  • Yellow
  • White
  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Silver

Kua 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
  • Visionary

Negative Traits

  • Picky
  • Self-absorbed
  • Defensive
  • Emotionally repressed
  • Unreasonable

Best Colors

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

Kua 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
  • Unable to advance in life

Best Colors

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

Personality and Kua Numbers

The described personality traits are generalizations for the Kua numbers. There is a great deal more that goes into forming your personality besides a number associated with your birth date, such as life experiences, philosophical beliefs, and environment. However, the basic traits that correlate with Kua numbers provide insight into those often hidden personality foundations.

Kua Number Personality Traits