Feng Shui Institute: Traditional Chinese Feng Shui

Feng Shui with a compass

Luo Pan Chinese compassProfessional feng shui consultants and masters use a Chinese compass called a Luo Pan or sometimes, Lo Pan. A Luo Pan gives a compass bearing accurate to within one degree, enabling the practitioner to be highly accurate and also provides detailed information about the direction in question.

The Luo Pan has been developed over the last 2,000 years and as every traditional Feng Shui master of note has added to it during this time, the Luo pan contains the sum total of Feng Shui knowledge to date.

If you do not own a Luo Pan, you can still use a normal magnetic compass commonly used for orienteering to discover the direction in which your home or office faces. They can be purchased relatively cheaply from outdoor shops or on the internet. For feng shui purposes, the best type of compass is one with a square or rectangular base as shown here. This type of compass most closely resembles a traditional Luo Pan and allows you to place your compass squarely against a wall or other flat feature of the building.

feng shui compass

The first thing you will notice about the compass is that it has a free turning needle, sometimes coloured red. Whichever direction you turn the compass towards, this needle always points towards the north.

The compass housing is the ring marked either with numbers that give the exact compass bearing or North, East, South and West. Sometimes, depending on the type of compass you have, the intercardinal points of Southeast, Southwest, Northeast and Northwest will also be shown. It will also have an orienting arrow.

To find all the directions within a building, you must first find North. Simply turn the ring or housing so that the arrow is aligned perfectly with the pointer. This is where north is and now that you know where it is, you can quite easily read off the other directions from your compass. South will be in the direct opposite direction, east wil be to the right of north and west to the left of north.

One word of warning: compasses are subject to magnetic fields and metal objects can cause them to give false readings which will mean that feng shui cures or enhancements may be placed incorrectly. For this reason, when using any compass, you should always ensure there are no metal objects close by.

Learn about the professional Chinese compass or Luo Pan