“How can I calculate my own personal element?” It’s a question I’m often asked. You may have heard that in Feng Shui you have your own personal element and corresponding best directions. You are right. Everything, including you, has a main element that is one of the Five elements; Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. It’s the interaction between these that creates energy and experiences.
Your own personal element is also called your Ming Gua or personal Trigram. This can determine parts of your personality, the way you relate to others, the way you relate to your home and your four best directions. I’m going to give you the formula for calculating your own personal element also called Ming Gua. But before I do, have a look a the 5 elements I’ve just listed and see which one calls to you. It will quite possibly be your Ming Gua.
Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood.
Now let’s calculate. The calculation is slightly different for each gender.
1. Add the digits of the year of your birth. If you were born before the 4th February, use the previous year. So for 1969 1+9+6+ 9 = 25
Add the resulting number until you get a single digit. 2+5= 7
Add 4 to the resulting number. 7 + 4=11
Add the resulting number until you get a single digit. 1+1= 2.
Each number is associated with an element. In this case 2 is associated with Earth.
If your Ming Gua number is 5, use the number 8 as your Ming Gua.
Add the digits of your birth year. As for females, if you were born before the 4th February, use the previous year. Let’s say you were born in 1972.
1+9+7+2 = 19
Add the digits together till you get a single digit.
Now subtract this number from 11. Keep adding the numbers till you get a single digit.
In this case 11-1= 10
If your Ming Gua is 5 use the number 2 as your Ming Gua.
Now find your number of this table. Underneath your number is your element. So if you are a 1 you have Water as your Ming Gua.
You can check to discover your own best directions by reading the directions in the column underneath your number and element. The top two directions in your list are best to face when you are working productively. The bottom two are best to face when relaxing or sleeping.
So, for those with Ming Gua Water, the top two are Southeast and South and they are best for productive work. Then East and North are best for sleeping.
To check what we mean by ‘facing’ for working and sleeping, have a look at the diagrams below the table.
Your Own Personal Element and Best Directions
You will either belong to an East Group or a West Group. There are four numbers and elements in each group. If your home faces one of your best directions you will feel ‘at home’. But if your home does not face one of your best directions, you may have to take extra precautions to feel more supported.
When you are in bed the ‘facing’ is determined by drawing an imaginary line from your head as you lie in bed, through the wall. What ever direction the line is heading in, is your facing direction.
When you sit at your desk, the facing direction is directly ahead of you.