Magnetic Compass Reading

Instructions for taking a magnetic compass reading of your building

In order to perform a Feng Shui consulting for you, we will need a magnetic compass reading of your building. This is not exactly the same as a “True North” indication on a map. Use an army compass, standard compass used for hiking or download a magnetic compass App on your smart phone. If you are requesting a Design/Build Package for new construction (your building has not been built yet), specify a range of compass degrees for the front side of the proposed structure. This will help us narrow down the optimum favorable magnetic degrees that are compatible with the direction your structure will face on the lot. If there are no restrictions, just specify “no restrictions for building’s orientation on lot”; then we will determine the best magnetic orientation for your structure based on the range of degrees you give us.

STEP 1: Remove metal watches, jewelry, belt buckles and other metal objects from your body before taking your compass reading. Stand at least 5 ft. away from metal objects, such as parked cars and metal railings. For large commercial buildings, you may need to stand further away if there is a lot of metal used around the front entry and front side of the building (too much metal can affect the accuracy of your compass reading).

STEP 2: Determine the FACING SIDE of the building. Take your compass reading at the FACING SIDE of the structure, oriented toward the facing direction of the building. To help you understand this, think of your building as a person that pulls up a chair and sits on the lot. Then ask yourself “What direction is the front of the person’s body facing?” For Feng Shui purposes, this is the same as the “facing/front” side of your building. Then ask yourself “ What direction is the back of the person’s body oriented toward?” This is the same as the “sitting/back” side of your building? HINT: The “facing orientation” of the entire building is usually toward the main street, toward the parking lot, or the front yard (if a residence). The facing side is usually NOT the direction you face as you enter the front door to step into the interior of the floor plan.

STEP 3: Once you have determined the facing side of your building, take your compass reading at the facing side of the structure. The conventional way to take a compass reading for Feng Shui is at the front of the building, preferably at the main door, and oriented the same way the front door is oriented. The most accurate way to take your reading is with your compass placed directly on the main front door of the building. Adjust your compass to determine which magnetic degree most accurately shows the way the front door, and the building as a whole, orients. For Feng Shui purposes, we will need the degree that corresponds to the way the front door is facing (away from the interior of the floor plan). If the front door is metal, take your compass reading on a glass window or section of the building that is not metal. Be sure the alternative location is on the same parallel plane as the front door so your reading will be a close approximation of the front door’s compass orientation.

STEP 4: If your front door faces the same direction as the whole building, you can skip STEP 4. If your front door faces toward the side of the building, you will need to follow STEP 4 in order to take two separate compass readings: one for the direction the front door faces; and a separate reading for the direction the building as a whole faces. Be sure to specify on your paperwork to us, which compass degree is for the front door facing and which one is for the building orientation. If the front door is metal, take your compass reading on a glass window or section of the building that is not metal. Be sure the alternative location is on the same parallel plane as the front door so your reading will be a close approximation of the front door’s compass orientation. Place your compass on the front door and determine the magnetic degree it is facing. Place your compass on a glass window or non-metallic side of the front elevation of the building and determine which magnetic degree it is facing. Submit the two separate compass readings with your paperwork.

STEP 5: If the front door is on a diagonal to the front wall of your building, follow guidelines in STEP 4 for taking two separate compass readings. Submit one for the diagonally oriented front door; and another separate compass reading for the orientation of the front wall of the building.

If you have questions about taking a magnetic reading of your building, submit your specific questions to: info@TheBreakThroughEnvironment.com