Definition: 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;
- 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 in color, as red 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 in 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 - called the BTB, or Western bagua - does not require a compass reading.
It is important to know that by "front door" we mean 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.
Also Known As: Luo-Pan, Lo-Pan
Examples: According to the feng shui compass reading, you need to limit the feng shui element of Metal at your front door, because the presence of this feng shui element weakens the energies needed for good health & harmonious family life.