Welcome to WOFS.com - Online Feng Shui Magazine
Demystifying the Ho Tu Numbers for Practical Feng Shui
For the more advanced practitioners of Zuan Kong Flying Star feng shui, LILLIAN TOO
discusses the attributes and practical applications of the four pairs
of Ho Tu numbers. The Ho Tu refers to the body-patterns on the mythical
dragon-horse, and is different from the Lo Shu numbers, which refer to
the shell-patterns on the mythical giant-turtle.
In classical feng shui, the four pairs of Ho Tu numbers are said to
be derived from the early heaven Pa Kua arrangement of trigrams and
they reflect the heaven and earth energy as embodied in the ten
Heavenly Stems. This means that the Ho Tu combination of numbers embody
the YIN and YANG pairings of the five elements.
In theory, the Ho Tu numbers are derived from the Map of compass
directions such that each of the primary directions, North, South, East
and West are represented by a Ho Tu pair of numbers.
- The numbers 1 and 6 signify shared genius and reside in the North
- The numbers 2 & 7 reflect brilliance of knowledge and reside in the South
- The numbers 3 & 8 are great friends and reside in the East
- The numbers 4 & 9 are close associates and reside in the West
addition to the above four pairs of numbers, 5 & 10 are said to
represent earth energy residing in the center. The odd numbers are YANG
numbers, while the even numbers are YIN numbers. The Ho Tu pattern is
illustrated in the diagram shown here. Study the way the numbers are
joined. This is another way of saying watch how the dotted lines move
from number to number. (The dots signify the numbers).
For those wanting to use the Ho Tu numbers to go deeper into the
applications of Flying Star and Eight Mansions formulas, here are some
do note that if you use
the Eight Mansions method to calculate your kua number, then all
couples whose kua numbers correspond to the Ho Tu combinations are said
to be soul mates. When properly activated, their Ho Tu pairing of
numbers has the potential to bring them enormous good fortune. But to
make the most of their Ho Tu combination, they should take note of the
element of their particular pairing and then activate that element in
Thus 1 and 6 has water as their element, so their home must have
the water element as the dominant element.The pairing of 2 and 7 has
fire as their element, so their abode should be brightly lit and have
fire element dominate.
The pairing of 3 and 8 has wood as their element, so living in
homes that are made predominantly of wood would be excellent for them.
The pairing of 4 and 9 would belong to the metal element, so a dominant
glass and chrome look would be excellent for them.
take note that to arouse
the golden and vigorous dragon, those couples that have the Ho Tu
pairing should take note of their direction and then also activate the
compatible direction in what is known as the directions meeting in
accord rather than discord.
Please note that: 1649 and 2738 will be in accord, while 1638 and
2749 will be in discord. Thus North combines in accord with west and
never with east, while South combines with east and never with west.
Wood goes with fire while water goes well with metal.
Hence there is accord and then there is good fortune. When there is
discord, there will be plenty of misfortunes. So take note that when
the numbers move as left-originating in a clockwise direction along the
Pa Kua map, it will generate growth, thus bringing prosperity, and if
there is discordance, there will be disintegration.
the Ho Tu numbers can be represented as East originating and moving in
a clockwise direction, and this is said to be an excellent symbol of
protection when the numbers are placed as shown below. Instead of
numbers, it is also possible to use dots to denote the numbers with
black dots symbolizing yin numbers and white dots signifying yang
numbers. Usually the symbol formed will resemble a right turning
swastika. This is one of the secrets of the Ho Tu that is said to offer
powerful protection and attract prosperity vibrations.
The following article is taken from the "Feng Shui World (September/October 2003)". To subscribe, please click here.