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Feng Shui 101 – What Kind of Energy do You Have?

Did you know that according to Feng Shui, the year you’re born in determines the type of energy you have?  In Feng Shui, there are five elemental energies:  wood, fire, earth, metal, and water.  Every year has a predominate type of one of these energies.  You can find out your unique energy (also called your Ming Gua) by using the formulas below.   Finding out which energy you have not only sheds light on your personality, but shows you which colors, shapes and directions support your energy.  When you’re supported, your health and well-being are strengthened. 

How to Determine Your Birth Year Energy or “Ming Gua”:

For Women:  Add all the digits of your birth year.  Add the resulting number until you get a one-digit number.  Add 4 to the result.  If the result is then a two digit number, add the numbers  to get a one-digit number.  The result should be between 1 – 9. 

Example:  If you were born in 1 9 6 2   Add 1+ 9+ 6+ 2 =  18.  Add 1 + 8 = 9.  Add 4 + 9 = 13.  Add 1 + 3 = 4

For Men:  Add all the digits of your birth year.  Add the resulting number until you get a single-digit number.  Subtract the resulting number from 11.  If the result is 10, it means you are a 1.

Example:  If you were born in 1 9 5 9   Add 1+ 9+ 5+ 9 = 24   Add 2 + 4 = 6.  Subtract 11 – 6 = 5

Here are the corresponding colors, shapes, and directions for each Ming Gua.  Knowing the type of shapes and colors that support you is particularly helpful when you are selecting décor for a bedroom or office.  Look for your supportive shapes in furniture, fabric, rugs, and accessories.  The best directions are based on which direction your face faces.  For sleeping, it is the direction that you face when you sit up in your bed.

If your ming gua is 1 – You are a Water Element

Colors: Blue, Black, White, Gold       Shapes: Wavy     Best Directions: SE, S, E, N

Associated Qualities – Flowing, liberal, running downwards, intelligent, creative


If your ming gua is 2 or 8 – You are an Earth Element

Colors: Yellow, Brown, Red and Purple, Pink     Shapes: Square, Cubic  

Best Directions: NE, NW, W, SW

Associated Qualities – Concentration, stability, stubbornness


If your ming gua is 3 or 4 – You are a Wood Element

Colors: Green, Turquoise, Dark Blue, Black   Shapes: Rectangular  

Best Directions:   SE, N, E, S

Associated Qualities – Growing upwards, endurance, will power, usefulness


If your ming gua is 6 or 7 – You are a Metal Element

Colors: White, Gold, Beige, Brown,Yellow  Shapes: Round, Spherical  

Best Directions:  W, SW, NE, NW

Associated Qualities – Sharpness, propriety, cutting, advancing


If your ming gua is 9 – You are a Fire Element

Colors: Red, Orange, Pink, Purple   Shape: Triangular  

Best Directions:  E, SE, N, S

Associated Qualities – Radiant, spreading, generosity, anger

Questions or need further information?  Contact me at e@blptexas.com, or leave a comment, below!