The Sacred Lo Shu Grid Explained

By: Pandit Gopal Sharma

For every person, four directions are auspicious and the other four are inauspicious, since every person’s biological and chemical cycles are determined according to his birth and remain unchanged till his death.

The legend goes that one of the great emperors of China once found a tortoise shell during a flood of the river Lo. This was a highly auspicious omen as the people in those times believed that God lived inside tortoise and turtle shells. This particular tortoise shell had extraordinary markings – it contained a perfect, three-by-three square on its back. This square is known as the Lo Shu grid. This square was remarkable because every horizontal, vertical, and diagonal row added up to fifteen. Fifteen is the number of days between the new moon and the full moon. The number five was highly regarded in ancient China and this magic square contained a five in the central position.

According to the principles of Feng Shui, the Lo Shu grid formed according to the symbols found on the shell of the tortoise is an incredible approach to help you examine your life and future. The Lo Shu grid can be depicted as follows:


By minutely analyzing the grid we can understand that each number represents a particular direction, a specific element, a relation-significator, and denotes the various life aspirations as follows:

No. 1 North: Career prospects, water element, planning
No. 2 Southwest: Marriage prospects, marital bliss, earth element, happiness, initiative
No. 3 East: Family relationships, health, wood element, growth
No. 4 Southeast: Wealth, prosperity, wood element
No. 5 Center: Earth element, strength and stability.
No. 6 Northwest: Mentors, helpful people, friends, metal element, foreign contracts, new opportunities
No. 7 West: Mental peace, children, creativity, metal element
No. 8 Northeast: Knowledge, education, memory, earth element
No. 9 South: Recognition, fame, energy, fire element

The chart can be looked at in a number of different ways. The top row (numbers 4, 9 and 2) represents the head of a person. The middle row (numbers 3, 5 and 7) represents the body. Finally, the bottom row (numbers 8, 1 and 6) represents the feet.

In other words, the top row can be regarded as the Mental plane. It encompasses thinking, creating, imagining and analyzing.

The middle row is called the Emotional plane. This plane includes spirituality, intuition, feelings and emotions.

The bottom row is called the Practical plane. This encompasses physical labor, creativity, and the ability to be practical in everyday life. To use the head-legs analogy again, the feet are firmly placed on the ground in the Practical Plane.

Similarly, the vertical rows are also interpreted as follows:

The first of these vertical rows (numbers 4, 3 and 8) is the Thought plane. This reveals the person’s ability to come up with ideas, create things and carry them through to fruition.

The middle vertical row (numbers 9, 5 and 1) is the Will plane. This gives determination and persistence to succeed.

The final vertical row (numbers 2, 7 and 6) is the Action plane. This shows the person’s ability to put his thoughts into action.

The three vertical rows make a natural progression. First of all, the person has to come up with an idea (Thought plane). He (or she) has to have determination and persistence (Will plane), otherwise the idea will never be acted upon. The planning is done at this stage. Finally, the person needs to be able to put the idea and the determination into action (Action plane).

We can better understand the use of this grid through an example.

For instance, let’s take up the case of a person whose date of birth is 12.07.1965 and write out his numbers in the Lo Shu grid and analyze it.

By analyzing the birth date of this person, we find that 8, which is a symbol of the earth element and the direction of the Northeast, and the numbers 3 and 4 are absent from his grid. These numbers symbolize the elements of wood and growth respectively, as well as the two directions of East and Southeast.

The absence of these numbers shows that this person is very unsystematic and he works on new plans every day without focusing on a long-term plan. Due to the absence of numbers 3, 4 and 8 in his grid, this person hesitates to demand his rights and there are likely to be problems in the Northeast, East and Southeast directions.

To do away with these problems, he should wear crystals or put a crystal lotus in the Northeast zone of his room. Carrying a Swarovski pen with numerous tiny crystals in it is also a very effective remedy to boost confidence. Also, in the East direction, he should put up a green bulb and in the Southeast, he should keep a green plant which symbolizes the wood element and makes up for its absence in his chart.

Check out the given table showing all the numbers, their directions, their elements and the solutions in case a number is absent from your Lo Shu grid. With the help of this table, you can find your problem areas and their directions and learn how to deal with them.

In addition to the specific areas given, one can attain a long life by putting up a picture of a tortoise on the North wall of the living room; and one can achieve resoluteness and energy by putting up a picture of the Garuda (mythical giant bird) on its South wall. Thus we can use the magical Lo Shu grid to help us navigate the problem areas in our life.

Pandit Gopal Sharma: Born in a family of Vedic scholars and spiritual healers, Pandit Gopal Sharma shifted his focus to his major passion of Astrology, Vaastu and Feng Shui after an amazing career in engineering and business development. Author of 42 best-selling books, he is the founder President of Institute of Vaastu and Joyful Living, New Delhi and President of Adi Shankracharya Vedic Education Society, engaged in the mission of imparting world-class education in the field of Vedanta, Vaastu, Feng Shui, Astrology and other professional courses. He is also the Vice President of All India Federation of Astrologer’s Societies with 120 centers across the globe. Through these sciences, he has been engaged in bringing peace, prosperity and happiness in the lives of numerous people worldwide for over two decades.

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