Does Feng Shui require a Compass?

Does Feng Shui require a Compass?

Yes, Feng Shui is only Feng Shui if a compass is used. Without it, one is only practicing design and personal preference.

Let’s see how specific it is. There are eight directions; North, South, East, West, Northeast, Southeast, Northwest, and Northeast. On a Lo Pan, or Chinese Compass, these directions are divided into three different sections. On a Lo Pan then, there are 24 divisions of 15 degrees each. Each division’s orientation can result in a totally different house in terms of its prosperity. A few degrees one way or another is a completely different house type.At a basic level, Feng Shui does blend with interior design principals. These addresses the environment you live in. But at a deeper level, the true nature of Chinese Feng Shui is based on geomancy or “earth wisdom”. It looks at how Qi is influenced by time and direction. A Feng Shui analysis is very specific and requires the use of a feng shui compass.

One of the most important aspects of Feng Shui is time. To find out just how important the time factor is, we multiply the 24 divisions by the nine different time periods (A time period here is 20 years) and so we can see that there are really 216 different house types, not just 24. Multiply this times an unlimited number of floor plans and you get an infinite number of Feng Shui analyses. One size does not fit all. There is no fixed area for wealth, health, etc. These forms of Qi can be present, but it takes a qualified practitioner to uncover them.
All of this is based on calculations. Feng Shui can be very exact. It is not guesswork. What makes it confusing is that there are practitioners with varying degrees of knowledge. Some practitioners only look at the 8 house trigrams. Some look at the time cycles, but they do so without a deeper understanding of the correct calculations. For example, there was a book about Feng Shui written in the last few years. It is one of the few that explain the time calculations. It is one of the few that show the calculations. Unfortunately, the book. s calculations seem only work in the North Sitting, and South facing orientation. Turn the orientation 15 degrees and the calculations do not work.Further, there are variable Qi energies depending on the time. These are 180 years, 20 years, annually, monthly, and daily. So what does all this mean? Well, if you are in a house that was built between 1964 and 1983, then in 1984 it became weaker. And during this 20-year period, there is the possibility that a house can be “restricted” or have a difficult periods for either the people or money. This lasts for the particular time cycle. It can be a month, year, or even 20 years. This explains why a lot of times that a particular house can be very good, but for a certain year, money is a struggle, or perhaps relationships are difficult to find.

There are many different levels of Chinese Feng Shui. The commonly used teachings include:

Form – The Form method only addresses only the external or internal environments.

Eight House – (Also known as the East/West teachings) This method addresses the basic orientations and how best to align one’s self to the favorable directions.

Xuan Kong – (Also known as Flying Star Method) This is a Time specific Feng Shui which looks at orientations and time factors. This is used to map the specific qi within a building, room, or other area. This is a very detailed method and can be very accurate if performed correctly.

These methods are all are necessary and work together. You can analyze the Feng Shui on a Form level without a compass, but you are only dealing with such issues as “clearing the clutter” or how the outside environment affects the house. Eight House theory is based on orientation and requires a compass. If you use Xuan Kong, which deals with specific issues of Qi, then you also must look at Form as well as the Eight House theories to accurately analyze the Feng Shui. With this method, you must have an accurate compass reading.

To look at the Feng Shui any deeper than the Form Method, you must use a compass to determine the direction. Many times, people think their house faces a certain direction, but are incorrect when a compass is used. For example, many people in Los Angeles think that the ocean is West of Los Angeles. In actuality, most beaches in Los Angeles are South Facing. Many cities are based on grids that are North/South or East/West. But is it true North or magnetic North? Feng Shui looks at magnetic North. So remember, that is if there is no exact measurement of orientation, then there is no way to judge the Feng Shui beyond the basic environment. A complete Feng Shui analysis uses all three methods to accurately look at the environment of the building and how the people can feel their best in that building.

Feng Shui Earth Element

Feng Shui Earth Element

The Feng Shui Earth element can be both the bad guy and the good guy. It is at the center of the eight trigrams and is in the opposing directions of Southwest and Northeast. Looking at the Post-Heaven Trigram, it is also in the Center. Its colors are earth tones, yellows, or tans. This elemental qi is responsible for wealth and money. But watch out for it can also be responsible for delays, illnesses or accidents.

The earth element is unique in that, during this time period, it is not used too frequently to correct other elemental qi. Rather, it is typically the recipient the correction. This may sound confusing, but really it is very simple. After a careful Feng Shui analysis, the practitioner maps out the qi within a building. In certain areas there might be Earth qi. This qi can be favorable or unfavorable, depending on the corresponding trigram. If there is qi present from either Kun (the Southwest Trigram represented by the number 2) or the center trigram (which has no trigram but is represented by the number 5) then it can be considered unfavorable. This earth energy can create delays or even sickness. This is usually remedied by metal.

When talking about the trigrams, we mention the directions such as Southwest, but this is not always where it is found. Feng Shui is based on the I-Ching, or “book of change” which states that all things cycle and change. Nothing is fixed. So do not consider that you will always find Kun qi in only the Southwest. That is its home, but it is not always where it is found. The same is true of Ken. Northeast is its home, but it too can be found in different places in different houses.

If the qi that is mapped out results in the Ken trigram (Northeast and represented by the number 8) then it is very favorable for money. Even generally speaking, in the Chinese culture, 8 is related to money and is a sought after number. This is folklore and not necessarily Feng Shui, but they still prefer to have an 8 in their address or license plate. Because earth is strengthened by fire, there are times that the fire element is used to enhance the potential for strong income.

If the earth element is needed itself as a remedy, then possible ways of utilizing this earth element are through the use of terracotta pots, adobe sculptures, ceramics, or even actual rocks (if they fit into the environment that you are trying to create.) To give you some examples, should you need earth in your entry, then perhaps a nice ceramic statue would work. You might also use some large adobe pots with beautiful flowers growing in them. There are a lot of creative ideas on how to use the earth element.

Earth can also be used to “ground” the fire element. Electricity can be considered fire in the cycle of elements. If you should have an electrical transformer box in your yard, consider putting some decorative stones between the house and the electrical box. Place them naturally and do not put too many either. Be sure to check with your electric company first to ensure that you do not create a problem for them, such as their access to the box, infringing on their property rights etc. Remember too that anything you do should look natural and beautiful. Do not create a “sha” or unsightly influence.

The earth element is the heart of the trigrams. It is both desired and unfavorable. Many people do not think of the earth element as being attractive, but choosing carefully, you can find very attractive earth solutions. Even jade is an earth remedy. If you are working a lot at the computer, consider putting a small jade statue on the desk between the power supply and yourself. Remember too that all Feng Shui solutions need to be carefully analyzed to ensure that you are placing them in the correct area.

Feng Shui Fire Element

Feng Shui Fire Element

Fire is something that has transfixed man for as long as we have had recorded history.  Fire is what keeps us warm. Fire cooks our food. Fire in proportion can be useful.  Fire out of control is devastating. The Chinese looked at fire as being one of the primary elements.  It is the most Yang of the elements. It holds mystery in its flame.  When it comes to Feng Shui, fire is a very potent and strong elemental remedy.  It is not to be used haphazardly.  Not only because of the potential risk inherent in fire, but because fire strengthens the Earth element.   Energetically speaking, the Earth elements can be a very harmful form of qi.   Using fire can strengthen the negative aspects of the earth creating accidents or sickness.  Used correctly though, it can strengthen your wealth qi.

The first question we usually get from people when discussing the five elements is “What is the fire element?” The fire element is the actual application of fire.  A candle or even a red bed spread can be used for the fire element.  As you noticed, the color red can be used too.  Ideally, the actual element should be used.  There are many times though, that the element is too dangerous to use, so we recommend something red.  A good substitute for the actual element would be a red light bulb, or a red lampshade.  These provide a vibrant color and importantly, heat.  These are more effective than a red carpet, although as an alternative a red rug or bed spread works as well.

How does it interact with the earth element?  As mentioned above, the fire element provides strength to the earth element.  This can be negative or positive.  In the eight trigrams, there are two trigrams of earth and the center, which is also earth.  When calculating the Qi of a building or house, we look for either the number 2 (the Kun trigram) or the number 5 (the center). These two trigrams, during this time period, are less favorable and can create sickness or accidents.  The Ken trigram (8) on the other hand, can bring prosperity and wealth. It is also good for children.  This is the one case where fire can be used beneficially to strengthen earth.

Fire can also be used to reduce negative wood qi.  In some cases wood qi can bring gossip arguments, and lawsuits.  This is unlike using the element of wood as mentioned in an earlier article, but rather here we are referring to the qi within a building.  Qi is a form of energy and can take on aspects of any of the elements. When it is a wood qi, it can have the effects mentioned above, or it can bring the flowering of a new relationship.

How can it be applied?  The fire element can be used in a variety of ways.  You can use a candle.  The color of the candle does not really matter so much as long as you are burning it.  If you are not burning the candle, then try to use red or purple candles.  Here it is the color, not the candle itself that is providing the remedy.  As previously mentioned, using a red lampshade or a red nightlight is an effective solution for the fire remedy. Hurricane lamps are also effective because they are safer than exposed candles.  Lastly, anything that is vibrant red can be used.  The actual element of fire is preferred though.

Fire, as a Feng Shui remedy is very potent.  It does take some understanding though on how to properly use it. Used incorrectly and it can bring sickness and separation.  Use this element safely, as it can be dangerous in a practical sense
as well.  Kids, dogs, and candles usually do not mix.  When used correctly though, it can bring money and help with relationships.  It takes a trained Feng Shui pracitioner to determine where best to apply the fire element.  Lastly, use all of the five elements judiciously and in balance. Too much of anything is not good.

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