Guest Blogger Valerie (DeLong) Althoff
Practitioner, a student of the Nine Harmonies School of Feng Shui under Carol Bridges. She has studied under Master Lin Yun, founder of the BTB school of feng shui, as well as other experts in the field of feng shui. You can find Val at
As we close out our series on the meaning of numbers we end with – the number 9. It’s the last of the numbers, and it represents completion. Completion means that we’ve undertaken something and have come to some sort of conclusion or ending; it may be the ending of a chapter or a whole book (meaning phases of life or the whole life itself, as an example). It’s like the ending of a play, and at the end there is usually a wrap party or some sort of celebration for having made it through to the end. Or it can represent the ending of a season as we say goodbye to old man Winter this week, and look forward to the beginning of Spring.
A successful beginning of a cycle (number 1) will hopefully have a successful conclusion (number 9). It doesn’t necessarily mean “the end” but could mean the completion of a phase, as in a growing business. In feng shui, it represents the culmination of a cycle; on the Bagua, the ninth gua is called Travel and Helpful People. The cycle begins with an idea which takes shape with the help of relationships, abundance and creativity. It is then worked through to fruition and becomes a success. Finally it’s time to morph this whole process to completion by taking it out into the world and helping others.
Then, as always happens, a new idea comes to mind and the process begins again. It’s all about cycles within cycles. Feng shui teaches that these cycles move optimally when the energy that keeps them moving is unimpeded and in balance. So look at the things you want to accomplish this year, take the first step by moving it from an idea to a possibility and move it through the cycle. Then you can celebrate your success with you’ve seen the successful results! Keep that energy flowing; you’ll know you’re on track by how it feels – always use that as your barometer. Keep that good feeling going – it’s “good feng shui!”
This will be the last of my articles, as I have moved to Denver Colorado and am happily pursuing feng shui in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Good luck to everyone, and I wish for you happy days ahead!