"When we throw out the physical clutter, we clear our minds. When we throw out the mental clutter, we clear our souls." – Gail Blanke
Compass Schools, as the name suggest, use compass bearings and various feng shui calculations, but within this group, there are differences. Methods such as Eight Mansions or Eight House (Ba Zhi) are increasingly popular but very often misunderstood. This system uses the 8 trigrams to designate auspicious and inauspicious sections of a building, but having been greatly simplified, often causes great confusion.
Although useful when properly implemented, Eight House does not account for the effect of time on the energy within a building and is therefore not as dynamic as other methods. Flying Star Feng Shui or Xuan Kong Feng Shui is considered one of the most powerful and long lasting methods of feng shui. It uses a Luo Pan Or Chinese Compass to gain an accurate compass bearing of a building, together with complex calculations that supply specific information about the site. This degree of accuracy ensures the feng shui analysis is not only unique to that building but most importantly, that the effects of time are taken into account. The occupant's birth dates should also be used in conjunction with Flying Star to help identify the relationship between them and the energy pattern of their environment.
The feng shui compass, also called Lo-Pan, is used to define the Bagua of a home or office in order to access the following: deeper feng shui information such as the favorable and unfavorable feng shui areas; specific feng shui areas of a site connected to specific areas of people's lives and the main feng shui element needed in a specific feng shui area. The feng shui compass consists of bands of concentric rings arranged around the magnetic needle. A professional feng shui compass can have over forty rings of information.
Lo means Everything and Pan means a Bowl; this can be interpreted as the feng shui compass being a container, or, more precisely, a tool to access the mysteries of the universe. The square base of the compass is traditionally red color, as red color symbolizes auspiciousness in Chinese culture. Red is also a strong protective color that helps keep the energies clear around the feng shui compass.
In ancient times, the feng shui compass was made from tiger bones and was hand painted. Today you can buy many cheap variations of a feng shui compass in the Chinatown areas of many cities. Not all of those feng shui compasses are accurate, though, so be sure you know what you are buying.
To define the Bagua of your home you do not need a professional feng shui compass, all you need is an accurate compass. Taking the compass reading is not complicated at all, but it does require several attempts in order to have the best reading. When we say "taking the compass reading" in feng shui, we mean the compass reading of your front door. This is the first step in defining your bagua, or feng shui energy map of your space (if you are using the classical school of feng shui).
The other way of defining the bagua of your space does not require a compass reading. It is important to know that by "front door", it is the actual front door that was designed for your house, not the door that you most often use. For many people the front door of the house is not active, as they are mostly using the back door, or the garage door. Still, for feng shui purposes, the compass reading is done based on the actual front door of the house.
So, how do you take directions with feng shui compass?If you are taking the facing direction of your home. If you are taking the facing direction- stand in front of the house where you think the house is facing. .The arrow (with the words "READ BEARING HERE") should be pointing towards the direction you intend to take i.e. the main entrance into the building.
Put your feng shui compass very flat on your palm so that it doesnt tilt either ways and give you a wrong reading. Let it fiddle around for a while. Then when the needle on the compass is still simply rotate the movable dial on the compass. You dont have to turn around to do this. Simply rotate the dial so that compass needle, which points to the magnetic north is right above the red arrow on the lower face of the dial. The white mark on the fixed blue dial gives you the exact reading (in degrees) for the direction you are facing.
How to ensure the perfect compass direction: Hold your compass at waist level. Remove of all jewelry on hands and wrists. Remove metal belt buckles. Stand at least 3-5 feet from your property. Stand away from cars or large metal objects. Take at least 3 readings from different parts of the property. Position your back square to the property.
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