There's lots to think about when buying a new house, but unless you follow feng shui, the house number probably isn't one of them. But should it be?
Many believe that feng shui house numbers can add to or detract from your luck. Two Chinese lucky numbers for a house are eight and nine, but there are unlucky numbers, too (we see you, 4) — and nobody wants bad juju. Not to worry. We've got all the info you need to bring luck to your house, regardless of the house numbers.
Theory Behind Lucky Feng Shui House Numbers
Many cultures have lucky and unlucky numbers. For instance, the number 13 is unlucky in Western culture. But in the Chinese culture, it sounds like the word for a long life, so it's lucky.
In these cultures, your house number alone can determine your home's resale value.
Role of Numbers in Feng Shui
The Chinese believe certain numbers can aid you by attracting specific energies into your life. Some numbers bring good fortune, and others bring the opposite result. Feng shui is about balancing the negative and positive, so it's only natural that the philosophy should also encompass both aspects.
There are certain factors that dictate whether a number is lucky or unlucky. The main determination is its sound when spoken in Cantonese.
For example, the number four sounds like the Cantonese word for death, so it's considered bad luck. People avoid having this number in their home addresses.
Luckiest Feng Shui Numbers
The luckiest numbers based on the sound of the numbers are eight and nine.
- 8: The number eight sounds like the word for rich or wealth.
- 9: Number nine equates to a long life or eternity.
- 2: Many consider the number two as the number for a blissful marriage.
- 6: Number six will attract energies to help you have a smooth life with few obstacles and bumps.
It may seem that you are doomed to miss out on the perfect home for you and your family if the house number isn't lucky, but there are things you can do to remedy this.
Unlucky Feng Shui Numbers
We've already told you about 4, but what about other unlucky numbers?
- 4 sounds like death and is considered unlucky.
- 5 sounds like a word that means crying, so it's unlucky, as well.
- 7 may also be unlucky, depending on who you ask. Its sound represents energy, but it can also represent a word that means deception.
Feng Shui Cure for Unlucky Numbers
You've gone house hunting and found your dream home, but the house number is 444. Don't panic. There's an easy feng shui cure for this. All you need to do is change your house number sign. To neutralize the negative effects of the dreaded number four, put the number in a circle. That's it. You can do that with any unlucky numbers. Boom. Bad luck managed.
Choosing Your New House Numbers for Good Luck
In the grand scheme of things, energy is always the overall concern of feng shui assessments and re-alignments. A house number should only be a small element in the overall feng shui picture. And with such a simple cure, maybe it shouldn't be a consideration at all. So, if you buy or rent a home with an unlucky number, put it in a circle and get on with your life.