Many people think that certain house numbers are luckier than others based on old beliefs about numerology and feng shui. It turns out that some numbers you wouldn’t expect are considered really unlucky.
If you’ve recently moved into a new home, you may want to double-check that your house number isn’t on the list of the most unfortunate digits. We’re talking numbers that are said to attract bad luck, financial trouble, health issues, and rocky relationships.
The Significance of House Numbers In Numerology
In numerology, the numbers of your home address are believed to influence your life and destiny. The number 1, for example, signifies new beginnings, independence, and ambition. If your house number adds up to 1, it’s considered an auspicious sign that you’ll thrive being your own boss or pioneering a new venture.
On the other hand, certain numbers like 4, 13, 22, or 31 are viewed as unlucky in Western numerology. The number 4 symbolizes restriction, limitation, and confinement. A house numbered 4, 13, 22, or 31 is thought to bring misfortune to its occupants. These numbers are best avoided if possible.
According to feng shui, the energy or “qi” (pronounced “chee”) flowing in and around your home has an impact on those who live there. Numbers that add up to 4, such as 22 or 31, give off negative vibrations that disrupt the flow of qi. They are said to cause feelings of being trapped or held back.
If having an “unlucky” number concerns you, there are some things you can do. You could change your number to something you feel better about. Or you could try balancing out the energy in your home with things like plants, nice decorations, or photos.
Avoiding 4, 13, 22 And 31: The Most Unfortunate Numbers
According to numerology, 4, 13, 22, and 31 are some of the worst and unlucky house numbers. In feng shui, the number 4 is associated with death. The word for “four” in Chinese sounds very similar to the word for “death,” so feng shui considers it an unlucky number. The number 13 is seen as inauspicious in Western numerology, as there were 13 people at the Last Supper before Jesus’s death.
Steer Clear of Addresses With 4 or 13
When looking for a new home, be careful of addresses with the number 4 or multiple 4s and 13s. For example, steer clear of homes with addresses like 400, 301, 1102, or 1201. The numbers 22 and 31 are also unlucky – 22 adds up to 4 (2+2=4), and 31 adds up to 4 (3+1=4). Both of them also contain the unlucky 13 (1+3=4).
If the house you fall in love with does have one of these ominous numbers, you can ask your real estate agent if the address can be officially changed before you purchase the home. Some people have had success adding or subtracting one to make the address 3, 5, 12, or 14 instead. And if you’re planning to buy a new house, here’s how to choose a house number according to numerology.
I Can’t Change The Address, What To Do?
If you already live in house number 4 or any other number that adds up to 4, there’s no need to worry. Just because some see it as unlucky doesn’t mean you need to move. The goal is to balance the energy in your home.
It’s like making dough. If you accidentally add sugar instead of salt, you don’t throw the whole thing out. You can still make something sweet instead of salty. With house number 4, balance the energy instead of panicking.
Decorate with living things that bring nature indoors. Plants, trees, and things with water represent life. Brighten your walls with lively colors, too. Try to bring more “life” into your space. Oh, and avoid placing a mirror facing your bed or entrance!
Inauspicious House Orientations According To Feng Shui
According to feng shui, the orientation and facing direction of your house can have a significant impact on the energy and fortune of its occupants. Some directions are seen as better than others. If your front door faces one of the inauspicious orientations, don’t despair—there are remedies you can implement to counteract any negative effects.
The southwest direction is associated with the energy of the matriarch, so a house facing this way may cause issues with the female head of the household, like health or financial problems. To remedy this, place a heavy piece of furniture like a cabinet, couch, or bed in the southwest corner of your living room to help ground the energy. You can also add lighting to brighten and activate the space.
The southeast direction represents wood energy and can cause arguments, instability, and restlessness in the home. Introducing the fire element helps counteract this. Add red accents, lighting, or candles in the southeast area of your house. Round shapes, which signify harmony, are also beneficial. Consider a circular table, mirror, or rug.
The north represents water energy and governs career and life path. A house facing this direction may lead to obstacles in work or education. Remedies include adding earth elements such as tiles, bricks, or stones in the north area. Warm lighting, colors, and a fireplace can also help strengthen this space.
The orientations of your house and any remedies you put in place are highly specific to your unique situation and the people who live in your home. If you have serious concerns about your house’s facing direction, it may be worthwhile to consult a feng shui expert.
According to feng shui and numerology, the numbers 4, 13, 22, and 31 are considered the unluckiest house numbers. Makes sense why some properties with those numbers seem to stay on the market longer or sell for lower prices! If you’re in the market for a new home and come across one of those “unlucky” numbers, you may want to keep looking.
Unless, of course, you don’t believe in that kind of thing, then by all means go for it! At the end of the day, though, a house is what you make of it. Even an “unlucky” number can become your dream home if you fill it with positivity, laughter, and love.