The North-South Hemisphere Question:
The question of whether the orientation of Lo Pan, Lo Shu should be reversed or not when applied to the southern hemisphere has been thrown back for years, so consider the excellent arguments presented in Qi Concepts in the [http://www.dragonsbreath.co.uk]
Feng Shui originated in China between 3,000 and 5,000 years ago. China is a vast country, yet its location is entirely in the northern hemisphere, nowhere is closer than 18 degrees north of the equator. There are no authentic historical data, nor are there any records on the application of Feng Shui theory in the southern hemisphere. The evidence just doesn’t exist, so sadly, we have to debate the question, posit our theories, and make our own decision about what we’re comfortable with. Certainly, if you live near the equator, you should be aware of the difference between the geographic equator and the magnetic equator, as I have already pointed out in the previous section. Can the difference be quite considerable up to 12? of latitude which is 720 nautical miles or 828 statutes if you wish.
Isogonic graphs show magnetic flux. It can vary from 0 ° to 30 °. Interestingly, the vast area of China has no magnetic variation. This diagram is only to illustrate the variation in flow. To see a good example of an isogonic chart, visit the British Geological Society website.
If you look at the earth, can you see that the earth’s axis is tilted at an angle of 23.5? The plane of its orbit around the sun is called the ecliptic. It maintains this tilt by pointing rigid and parallel to the same point in space towards the Pole Star. If the angle of the Earth’s axis remained perpendicular to the plane of the Sun, then the Sun would be above the equator at all times. However, this is not the case and we are stuck as is.
The Earth orbits the sun in 365 days. The apparent motion of the sun crosses to the north side of the equator for about six months and peaks during the summer solstice on June 21, over the Tropic of Cancer, where it reaches its maximum declination * North around 23? North. It then begins to decline and crosses to the south side of the equator crossing the Libra point around September 21. It continues its loop south until it is over Capricorn around December 22, the winter solstice, where it is at its lowest west point. (Inverted for the S hemisphere) It should be clear from this now how the seasons are formed. (* the angular distance of the sun north or south of the equator)
From this model, we can see that most of the people in China lived above the 22nd parallel of north latitude. This means that your view of the sun, from Quinghai province in north-central China, for example, on June 21 would have been rising from east to northeast about 064? True (24 ° N of E).
Would the sun pass through the sky, reaching its maximum altitude of 74? at noon, when heading south, and the product crosses the sky to the west, where it lays the west northwest around 290? True (16 ° N of W)
Now if we consider the fact that the oldest school of Feng Shui was the Feng Shui school of forms, which supposedly predates the compass by at least 2000 years and cared about the topography of the landscape using the configuration of the four celestial animals, we can see that a pattern is formed. .
We have at Chinese Form School an arrangement that naturally faces the sun / south noon, our greatest source of energy and the last Yang. the source of our heat and light. This is the Phoenix at the front Red / Orange, its element is Fire like sunrise and sunset. It is natural that this is the direction in which the Yang rooms of a house face. These would be the most active and used rooms during the day.
It would be the most open rooms with the largest windows The entrance hall, the living room, the family room, the conservatory, the patio, the terrace,
The Turtle is to the north behind us providing protection. Blue / Black / Yin Cold and dark like the long northern nights. The Black Tortoise historically represents the shady side of the hill. It makes sense that this direction with the smallest and least luminous windows and being the most Yin is considered the most suitable for the Yin rooms of the house, such as bedrooms, bathrooms, bathrooms, storage rooms.
The Blue / Green Dragon, the color of the eastern plains and the China Sea, is on the left / East and the rising sun. Its wood element is expansive and represents the growth of spring and the dawn of each new morning. This area is conducive to a kitchen being yang but less yang than the south and good for a breakfast room, if there is a garden, then this is an area for an orchard or orchard, especially if they can be oriented to the south.
The white tiger to the right / west, towards the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas and the setting sun. its metallic element is representative of contraction and fall is yin, feminine, conservative and protective by nature. This is also a good area for the children’s bedrooms and nursery, especially for the youngest daughter.
It is relatively easy to see how and why the ancient Chinese configured their homes to look in these directions. This configuration is as relative to homes in the Northern Hemisphere today as it was 5,000 years ago in China. If we had the option to build our perfect house, this would be the configuration we would probably choose for sure.
The energy pattern and apparent motion qualities of the sun in the Northern Hemisphere, as viewed down at the North Pole, is clockwise. Also, major ocean currents and major air currents, trade winds and monsoons circulate in a clockwise direction.
(The July world climate chart in Admiralty NP136 navigational directions is an excellent illustration.)
In harmony with the laws of nature; and therefore balance, the Yin and Yang. The opposite exists in the southern hemisphere. Although the Sun will continue to rise in the East, the apparent movement of the Sun when viewed from the Southern Hemisphere is counterclockwise. The main currents and air currents are counterclockwise. The Sun, the main source of energy is to the north and darkness and cold shadows are to the south. The four seasons are not reversed, that is, fall, summer, spring, winter as it is often said, but rather complement their opposites spring and fall, summer and winter, fall and spring, winter and summer. Wave patterns are cyclical, alternating but equal in frequency and amplitude, providing dynamic balance and overall harmony. Common sense dictates that, by choice, you would not build a house facing the cold South Yin, the dark side of the hill in the southern hemisphere.
There are a number of other very powerful phenomena and examples in nature that reinforce the idea that orientations are reversed in the southern hemisphere and we must be attentive to our surroundings and pay attention and listen to nature and our surroundings afterwards, isn’t it So? what is Feng Shui about.
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