The feng shui compass is an instrument that was invented by the Chinese thousands of years ago to make measurements and complex analysis of the direction of a home. This important data is then calculated to make a very detailed map bagua on the layout of the home. A detailed bagua leads to understanding the precise location of problem areas of the home which then leads to remedies that can be used on those areas to fix the problem. So if you want to improve the 'qi' or energy of your home and do it with precision, you must first rely on the details of the compass.
This ancient Chinese compass is also known by the names 'lo pan' or 'luo pan', and is commonly used in all parts of the world by professional feng shui practitioners. Only someone with advanced knowledge of the inner workings of the art of placement is able to understand all the complexities of this instrument. It is composed of a normal looking compass in the center using magnetic needles and comes with the marking of all the degrees of a circle. What sets this apart from a normal compass however, is the series of concentric rings that surround the center. Each ring has specific marks that are all important for completing a detailed and accurate reading.
The reading is supposed to be made a few steps outside of the home. The person doing the reading must remove all things made of metal which includes jewelry, watches and keys. This is important, because metal objects will likely interfere with the movement of the magnetic needle. He or she must also beware of any cars in close proximate as that can also cause problems. Lastly, this person should step away from the front door, because most doors come with metal hinges. The 'lo pan' is held in front of the person at waist level and the needle will then move towards the exact degree, giving a measurement of the direction of the house.
After the direction of the house is measured, the surrounding rings of the feng shui compass goes to work to calculate a series of other details that will all affect the final reading. If this is done by a professional practitioner, he or she should then create a floor plan of the entire house based on the measurements and use a bagua map on the layout. The final result then becomes a tailor made analysis of your home and appropriate feng shui tools and techniques can be used specifically for you.