What is a Wu Lou and where should it placed each year?

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What is a Wu Lou?
(Written by Michael Hanna)
Updated 2022

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Many people have mailed me over the months asking, “What is a Wu Lou”? and how do you use one? A Wu Lou which also goes by the name of a Calabash, Gourd or “giver of life” is traditionally used to cure the #5 sickness and bad luck star in Feng Shui or enhance the #1 and #6 stars and this year (2024) you would place them in the west, east and northeast. We have around 4 – 5 Wu Lou’s in our home at any one time as we sometimes use them with the monthly stars depending on where they are located. We also place one on each side of our bed and this is something we have done for as long as I can remember in order to promote and enhance good health.

brass-feng-shui-wu-louThe Wu Lou (Calabash) in its original form is a fruit and when dried was traditionally used to store medicine or water which is is how it got its name “giver of life”. The shape of the Calabash was replicated into brass (metal weakens earth) by Feng Shui masters many years ago in order to absorb the negative energy of the 5 bad luck star.

We recently introduced a Wu Lou that we had adapted so that the top can be screwed off, allowing the inside to be filled with 8 carefully chosen assorted semi-precious quartz crystals that protect and enhance every different aspect of your life to further strengthen the cure. The trigrams that you will see on the bottom of the Wu Lou below are also present on the inside of the Wu Lou and if you look with a flashlight, you will be able to see this; we had this created as this helps radiate the energy of this cure; there is much more than meets the eye when it comes to Feng Shui cures and enhancers and we have implemented this into the majority of our cures since we started back in 1999.

In 2024, year of the Dragon, you should place a brass Wu Lou in the west along with a salt water cure and six Chinese coins tied with red ribbon; these are so important in 2024.

Gourd Wu LouThe Wu Lou, when used correctly, is also used as a very powerful manifestation wish enhancer, so it is good to place a list of all your wishes inside the chest that represents everything you want to achieve in life, an example to some would be a beautiful home that you desire, a man or female that you may admire, a car like a Ferrari or Mini, a mentor, the number of children you would like, I hope you are getting the picture by now, just create a dream list with all that you desire rolled up inside the Wu Lou. The size allowance for the paper that you can write on is 35mm high and as long as you need providing you can roll it tightly and fit it inside.

The brass Wu Lou is an extremely powerful and much-needed cure in 2024, as we have the #5 yellow star visiting the west. The Wu Lou or Hu Lu is said to have the ability to absorb bad chi energy and the reason that Taoist monks use the calabash to imprison evil spirits. According to Chinese mythology, Monks and Deities of the Taoist belief made use of the calabash Wu Lou by imprisoning evil spirits inside to stop them from causing more problems. This is where Wu Lou got the ideology of being able to absorb negative chi in your surroundings.

The Wu Lou was originally used as a Feng Shui cure as a health enhancer and protector as the calabash was used to store medicine although traditional medicine would usually be a wine or spirit which is how the Wu Lou was adapted in to a wealth cure as alcohol became a symbol of wealth. It can also be beneficial to place a vase in the shape of a Wu Lou although this is something that can only be used with specialist Feng Shui knowledge as there are many contributing factors such as land formations.

Now that you have read about Wu Lou’s, you will notice just how prominent they are in different Feng Shui cures and enhancers; you will start to notice their use in Buddha statues, Kwan Yin statues and many other Deities. The Wu Lou really is a fantastic cure for wealth, health and protection for your home or office.

The brass Wu Lou is a very powerful metal cure and can be used to cure and enhance the following stars:

1 star – You can place a Wu Lou where the #1 star is located to enhance the good water from this star. In 2024, this is located in the east.

5 star – You can place a Wu Lou where the #5 star is located to weaken the bad earth from this star. In 2024, this is located in the west.

6 star – You can place a Wu Lou where the #6 star is located to feed the earth from this star. In 2024, this is located in the northeast.

The primary uses for a brass Wu Lou

  • It is important to place the Wu Lou where the current annual and monthly #5 Flying Star is to counter the sickness qi brought by these aggressive stars.
  • You should place a Wu Lou each on each side of your bed to improve your health luck and ward off illness energies, hence preventing you from any health problems. It can also be placed beside the bed of someone who is ill to speed up recovery or the elderly.
  • Display the Wu Lou in the Tien Yi or Health corner in the bedroom based on your Gua number (8 Mansions Formula) to enhance your personal health luck.
  • If you follow the Ba Gua aspirations theory you should have a Wu Lou in the east of your home or living or bedroom as it is considered beneficial to the health of the whole family as the east sector is the Health luck corner based on the Ba Gua life aspirations theory.
  • Carry a Wu Lou in your bag, hang one in your car or place on a work/study desk to absorb negative qi and prevent bad luck and accidents.

82 thoughts on “What is a Wu Lou and where should it placed each year?

    1. Hi Pam,

      The #2 star has become auspicious during period 9 and would not need to be weakened with metal cures.

      For 2024, this can be placed in the west, northeast or east 🙂

      Kind regards,

    1. Hi April,

      Metal Wu Lou’s can be placed in the west, northeast and east for 2024.

      I’ll get this page updated with the placement instructions for 2024 🙂

      Kind regards,

  1. My front door and entryway area is in the north section and the previous owners had the walls painted red. What else can I do here against 5 yellow other than adding metal ?

    1. Hi Claire,

      We have the annual #9 star located in the north this year and the red colour will feed the inherent energy for the annual star.

      I hope this helps 🙂

      Kind regards,

  2. Hi, I have place 2 wu lo in the toilet downstairs which is near my front door, it is also at the east sector of the house. Is this ok?
    As I feel like I have been having bad luck since.

    1. Hi Denny,

      That will be absolutely fine as long as the downstairs bathroom is kept clean and tidy. I would try to place this as far from the toilet as you can in the room.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,

  3. Sorry got confused.Is it centre or east corner that this amulet should be placed in 2023?I have got a brass wu lou and wonder where should be placed this year? Many thanks

    1. Hi,

      If it is a metal one, yes, no problem to reuse it after cleansing.

      If it is a real wu lou, I would not reuse it.

      Best wishes

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