By Kathryn Weber
It’s become increasingly popular to use an iPhone or smart phone as a compass.
However, when you’re using it to be accurate, it’s best to use a magnetic compass to measure a magnetic field. That’s because electricity interferes with magnetic measurements.
Using an old fashioned compass is really the best way to measure directions. By using a compass to measure your home’s facing direction, for example, you can be assured that the measurement, made with a magnetic compass, will more accurately measure the magnetic direction. Otherwise, if you use a smart phone or iPhone, it’s very likely you will not get an accurate assessment — and that can keep your feng shui from working properly.
Look at this photo below. You’ll notice that both iPhones were pointed in the same direction yet their respective readings varied greatly.
If you’re a feng shui consultant, it is better to use a luo pan for the most accurate assessment — and to correctly assign the corners of the home. A second choice is to use an inexpensive $5 compass with all the directions noted. It might not look as professional, but at least the reading will be accurate and reliable.
But no matter whether you practice feng shui professionally or as a hobby, what’s vital is that your measurements of your feng shui directions are correct. Otherwise, you might not be happy with the results — or worse — have bad results.