Ask Hipster – Compass Directions and Bagua in Southern Hemisphere
Question: I have seen different feng shui baguas display both north and south interchangeably. Does this mean that I should flip the bagua if I am in the southern hemisphere?
Answer: I can see where the confusion may come – and this is a good and very common question. Even though the needle doesn’t point North, North is North no matter what part of the globe you are in. The compass actually originated in China many many years ago for feng shui purposes. The word compass in Chinese translates to “south pointing.” North is often placed on the bottom in Chinese baguas and lo shu squares. Note sometimes you will see baguas with north displayed on the top of the bagua as this makes it easier for those more familiar with the western convention. In feng shui when North is referred, this translates to the magnetic North regardless of whether one is in the Northern or Southern hemisphere. The same case applies to the South direction. Of course, there are many different perspectives and schools of feng shui that may vary, but this is in accordance with classical or traditional feng shui. I hope this helps.
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