Chinese Numerology

Chinese Numerology

Chinese numerology dates back to thousands of years and is based on your birth date. Read on to know more about Chinese symbolism numerology.
Similar to astrology, numerology has always been a subject of interest for people all over the world. A person's nature and compatibility can be calculated according to his birth date numbers, number of characters in his name, or of both the partners in a relationship, etc. Numerology is considered equally important as astrology and alchemy. It has been followed since ancient times.

Numerology in Chinese Culture

There is a famous legend about the origin of Chinese numerology. It is believed that a Chinese emperor saw a tortoise shell with a perfect grid of 9 squares with markings on it. It was a magic square. As it was found on the Lo river, it is called the Lo Shu Grid/Square. The numbers in the grid are such that their addition in vertical, horizontal or even diagonal manner sums up to 15. The number 15 is the span of days between a full moon day and a new moon day, and vice versa.

The Lo Shu Grid/Square


Lo Shu Grid is the base of Chinese numerology. You can calculate your personality traits and strengths with the help of this grid. Although it looks very complex on first sight, it is quite simple to calculate your personality traits. You just need your birth date, month and year for calculations. Every number is symbolic of certain human traits. Therefore, a person will possess the characteristics of the numbers that are present in his birth date.

For e.g., if the birth date of a person is 14-09-1988, he will possess qualities related to numbers 1 (twice), number 4, number 8 (twice), number 9 (twice). You can look in the above chart and find out many qualities of this person. One must remember that the number zero is not used; only numbers from 1 - 9 are used.

NosOnceTwiceThriceFour times
2SensitiveBrightVery SensitiveLoners
3ExcellentCreativeOver imaginativeOver imaginative
4Orderly and stablePragmaticHardworkingMore physical activity
5CaringPersistentDeterminedInstantaneous action
6Good advisersOriginativeHigh temperedEmotional
7Learn with experienceSpiritualLearn through lossDifficulties in life
8ScrupulousAdamantMaterialisticCeaselessly in motion
9IntelligentCriticalGiversBrilliant but, loners

Chinese astrology explains 5 elements, viz, water, earth, wood, metal, and fire, that make up the universe. Each element is associated with a particular number and also its qualities. For e.g., the qualities linked to every element are as follows:

Water (1)
Earth (2,5,8)
Wood (3,4)
Metal (6,7)
Fire (9)

Feng Shui and Chinese numerology are very much related to each other. Nowadays, people not only in China, but, all around the world are found to follow Feng Shui. There are also certain superstitions about lucky and unlucky numbers. The number 4 is considered very unlucky whereas, 8 is a very lucky number. Hence, 8, 88, 888 and so on, are considered a lucky combination.

We see that one can tell a lot about another person's characteristics and qualities if you know his/her birth date. Numerology will help you to get a proper perception of yourself as well as others up to some extent.