Windows are also extremely important in determining the Facing side of a building. The side with most square area of windows overrides the side with lesser square area of windows. Windows that can be opened override windows that cannot be opened.
The Determination of Facing and Sitting
Draw a scaled floorplan of the building, property, and environment including all:
~interior and exterior walls
~all windows, accentuating windows that can be opened
~all other openings
~rooms, including furniture, appliances, and functions
~the immediate landscape and environment
~visible environmental features
Wang Shan, Wang Shui
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The ultimate Facing and Sitting or "Wang Shan, Wang Shui" (beneficial Water, beneficial Mountain, or good for people, good for money) includes:
~a clearly defined Facing side at your architectural front including the main entrance, windows, road, river, landscaping, open, and active space
~a clearly defined Sitting side at your architectural back including elevated ground, hill, walls, trees, and is closed and calm
~a Noble Water Dragon in the Facing palace
~a Noble Mountain Dragon in the Sitting palace
~both architectural sides are locked in by other buildings or Mountains
Main Entrance Inside a Residential Building
For residential and apartment style buildings, Facing most likely is not where the main entrance is when this main entrance is inside the building. The Facing side is usually where most of the windows are located because this is where most of the Qi is activated into the home. Also, when you share a building with other people, with you living on one of the floors, it may very well be that different floors have different facings.
The first aspect of reading a compass is to understand the compass.
A compass basically consists of three parts:
the magnetic needle
the pivot bearing
The magnetic material rests on a pivot bearing. The pivot bearing is anchored into a base for stability. The magnetic material pivots on the bearing and aligns itself with the Earths magnetic field.
The perimeter of the compass housing contains directional data. The compass directional data consists of a 360� circumference. These 360 degree markings are indicated in 1� increments.
There are eight directions indicated by the compass. The four cardinal directions include South, West, North, and East. The four secondary directions include Southwest, Northwest, Northeast, and Southeast. Each of these directions delineates 45� of arc on the circumference.
The explanation is simple because the compass is in reality a very simple tool. However, reading of the compass in Feng Shui applications becomes more complex because of all of the information generated by the determination of degree.
Any ordinary compass may be used in Feng Shui. However, there are specially designed geomantic compasses termed Luo Jing or Luo Pan which are available. These Luo Jing and Luo Pan contain additional outer rings outside of the normal degree markings. These outer rings contain information pertinent to the geomancer including the 24 Mountains, Trigram Directions, and various other information as necessary.
The 24 Mountains delineate the compass directions into further sections. Each of the eight directions delineates 45� of arc and also contains 3 of the Mountains. Each of the Mountains delineates 15� of arc on the circumference.
The accuracy of the compass reading is absolutely critical in Feng Shui applications.