By Kathryn Weber
If you are confused by feng shui, you’ll be happy to know that there is a secret weapon in the feng shui arsenal: the compass. Many feng shui experts recommend locating the wealth, career, health, etc., sectors of your home by orienting off the door to the room. This can often be confusing because there may be more than one entryway to a room.
However, in traditional Chinese feng shui, all home and office locations are determined by their actual directions. Using actual directions rather than just the opening to a room helps tap into the earth’s own energy or “chi.”
A compass helps you tune in to the earth’s energy
By using true compass directions, you enhance your reception of the energy from that direction, such as career help from the north. And how does that help the homeowner? Well, if a home or business, like a satellite dish, is oriented correctly, the “television picture” of our life comes in clear and crisp, making for faster and better feng shui results.
Each direction offers benefits such as health, wealth, and romance
Feng shui is tied to the eight directions of N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW. The North, for instance, benefits your career and business opportunities. The NE represents personal and educational growth.
In the East, it is health and family relationships. The Southeast governs wealth and abundance. The south stands for fame, recognition, and social standing. Relationships, marriage, and romance are governed by the Southwest, and the West is the direction of creativity and children. Lastly, the Northwest brings helpful people, mentors, and superiors in a position to assist you.
To make the easiest determinations for these locations in your space, you should first divide your house or office into 9 equal squares, or sectors. This is called the “Magic Lo Shu Square” and it unlocks the feng shui in any space.
The next step is to determine the direction that the front door faces. If it faces North, for instance, then the sector the door is in is North. Next, label each additional sector according to its direction, such as NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW. The last, or ninth sector, is the center sector.
Because most houses and buildings are irregularly shaped, that is, they are not perfect boxes, there may be some sectors that are missing.This often gives the clue to what areas of life are being impacted. For example, in an L-shaped house, there are probably one or more sectors missing. Perhaps, it is the North. If this is the case, then chances are the residents are lacking opportunities and career advancement.
Reading the Compass Correctly
Reading the compass properly is critical for determining the correct directions of a space. Bear in mind that metal from doors, lamps, etc., can affect the reading of the compass. However, what you are measuring is not the true directions of N, E, S, & W. What is being measured are the directions as they appear for this particular location. This is an important to know.
To accurately take directions, always use a compass and refrain from assessing directions based on where the sun rises and sets. To take directions, be sure to stand in the center of front door with a compass held at waist level.
If there is a bubble level on the compass, make sure it is centered so that the needle will float properly. Now, you can assess the correct directions. Be aware that if you have metal, such as jewelry, belt, etc., it will distort the reading of your compass.
Lastly, be sure to never ever sleep, sit, dine, work etc., facing a cardinal direction (N, E, S, W) exactly. So, for instance, you would not want to sit at 0 degrees north. This is too much energy. Make sure you are always at least a few degrees off the cardinal readings.
Using a compass you will be able to accurately determine the feng shui of any space. You’ll learn where your wealth, fame, or relationship sectors are and you will be able to capitalize on that by energizing each effectively, you will create a harmonious, supportive — and successful environment.
Copyright Kathryn Weber. All rights reserved.