Facing of the property – tips and tricks!

When it comes to determining the direction a property facing and reading its orientation with a compass, many people become confused. This matter is not as complicated as it may appear at first glance, although you should take care and check your findings as many times as required.


How to Determine the Direction a Property Faces

Before we take out our compasses and start determining the facing coordinates of the property, we need to be sure of which side is actually the Facing Side.

There are several factors in determining the Facing Side, some of these include:

The Facing Side is the most Yang side of the property – the most active one. It is beside water, a busy street, an intersection etc… Can be the side that attracts the broadest and/or the most interesting and unobstructed view.

Or the side where the ground is on a downward slope. Facing Side can be the most open side of the property (the landscape but also buildings may determine this).

That can be the side of the property with the largest Ming Tang (open space, a park), or longest side of the property. The Facing Side can be the side which encompasses the Main Entrance, or the side which contains living room…

One thing is certain: The Facing Side is always the most Yang side of the property.

Main Entrance- deciding factor

It may be the longest side and it may encompass the Main Entrance.

The Main Entrance is unquestionably a very important part of the property and since its basic nature is Yang, it can be quite deceptive when determining the Facing Side of the property.

However, if you are doubtful and you cannot decide between two sides, then the Main Entrance side influence may be the deciding factor.

On the other hand, the longest side of the building is not always the Facing Side, although it can be and it usually is.

The most common trick when it comes to determining the Facing Side requires using your imagination

You have to imagine that the building is like an armchair. After reclining there comfortably, you should see which side are you looking at and the answer may point to the Facing Side.

The environment and surroundings 

This Side is usually the most open side; the side where the terrain slopes downward and the side that houses the largest Ming Tang.

Moreover, some architectural features may directly point to the Facing Side.

Sometimes, architects may position the building so as to face a beautiful view and they may situate the living room, kitchen and dining room at this side.

So that you may enjoy more peace sleeping on the other side.

However, you should be careful, for although it is quite easy to determine the Facing Side in the country and in suburban areas, it may be not be as easy a task in overpopulated city zones.

You should be also aware that a property can have TWO Facing Sides, and this situation is not so harmonious, because it talks of the opposing energies fighting to dominate. This may often happen with skyscrapers.

You are not supposed to determine the Facing Side of an apartment, but of the entire building itself. Sometimes, you may have to walk around the property for a while. Or, you may use terrain maps in order to determine the correct Facing Side.

How to take a reading using a magnetic compass!


In order to determine the exact coordinates of the Facing Side, you may use either a magnetic compass (including Luo-Pan) or a compass application on your cell phone or tablet.

Stand in FRONT of the Facing Side of the property, with your BACK to the property! Your compass base PARALEL to the building you are taking the reading for.

Taking care that your compass base stays parallel to building, move forward 3-5 feet. You are moving away from the influence of the metal in the building structure.

Take your reading. Move one foot further, take another reading.

Move another foot, take the third reading.

Write down the results. Just to remind you, your task is to determine the direction the energy is entering the property

Facing – more about the compass

Not every compass is good. Even digital satellite compasses and compass applications may trick you easily! They can go crazy when being influenced by a ‘distraction’. Including a huge building or cloudy weather.

You should calibrate your compass by yourself prior to the reading.

Usually by making wavy movements for a minute or two. There are instructions with every digital satellite compass or compass application regarding this.

Magnetic compasses may be also badly calibrated! Therefore you should always have at least TWO means of checking your reading: another compass and/or a situation map.

Take care of how you carry your magnetic compass. The cell phone or metal jewellery can affect the sensitive magnetic needle.

You should always protect your compass by carrying it in a separate bag. While taking a magnetic compass reading, try not to wear metal jewellery.

Read more: Feng shui 2017

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