[ecis2016.org] To construct and design a house as per Vastu, one needs to figure out the accurate directions with the help of the Vastu compass. Here is all the information that you need regarding buying and using a Vastu compass.
What is the Vastu compass and how does it help in Vastu?
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In the earlier days, Vastu experts figured out the correct direction with the help of the sun’s shadow. Today, thanks to technology, the Vastu compass is a simple device to learn about directions. The Earth is a huge magnet that has two centres of force – the North and the South poles. The core of the planet, which is mainly molten iron, creates a magnetic field as it spins around. This is what makes the north and south poles magnetic, based on which compasses can work. A compass is a device with a magnetic needle that aids in determining the direction of the Earth’s magnetic poles. It is a self-pointing tool that helps to check the directions. The Vastu compass is an instrument that has the main Vastu directions marked on it – north, south, east, west, northeast, southwest, northwest and southeast. Some compasses may also have pointers for directions in-between. Vastu is a science of direction that considers the five elements of nature and space that balance everything. The Vastu Shastra gives immense importance to the correct directions for construction of the house, placement of each room and the arrangement of the furniture. For the ideal flow of energies, every room needs to be located in a particular direction as per Vastu. A Vastu compass can help you build or convert your home to attract positive energies.
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Different types of Vastu compass
There are two types of Vastu compass – the pivotal compass and the floating compass.
The pivotal compass is one of the most commonly used devices for Vastu. The magnetic needle is balanced on a pivot point so one has to place the pivotal compass on the ground, or a level surface, in the centre of the house. Once on a level surface, the compass aligns itself automatically. The red arrow or a needle with a black or white end will point to the north and every other direction will be properly aligned.
The floating compass does not need to be placed on the ground. One just needs to stand in the centre of the house or plot while holding the compass. Wait till the needle with the red tip stops moving and check if the needle aligns with the N mark. When using a floating compass, ensure that there are no magnetic or electromagnetic objects nearby.
How are directions marked in a compass?
In a compass, a magnetic needle (pointed by red, black, green, or the letter N) is used to find out the north direction, based on the earth’s magnetic field, and is considered the 0-degree or the 360-degree. Following this pattern, east is 90-degree, west is 270-degree and south is 180-degree.
Four cardinal directions: north (N), east (E), south (S) and west (W); at 90-degree angles on the compass.
Four intercardinal (or ordinal) directions: northeast (NE), southeast (SE), southwest (SW) and northwest (NW).
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Importance of directions in Vastu
To apply all the Vastu principles, you need to find out the accurate directions of your house. Each direction, based on its elements and deity, is apt for certain activities and unsuitable for others. If a specific direction does not adhere to a specific activity as per Vastu, one can feel the negative effects of the imbalanced energies. Hence, it is important to understand each direction and its significance to create an environment of happiness, peace, prosperity and overall well-being.
How to use your smartphone as a compass?
Compasses today can be found on smartphones. Compass functionality in phones and tablets is enabled by a sensor called a magnetometer, which is used to measure the direction of the magnetic fields. The sensor allows a phone to determine its orientation accurately. Phones that do not have a compass app can download Digital Field Compass for Android or Gaia GPS for iPhone and Android. However, when using a compass on your phone, ensure that it is properly calibrated. The compass will rotate before coming into position with the direction you face. Check that the dial and the needle are in sync.
Tips to use Vastu compass
- While checking the directions, stand in the centre of the plot.
- Hold the base of the compass flat in front of your chest.
- The compass needle will float freely and point to the magnetic north.
- Ensure that you are away from structures that could affect the magnetic needle and hence, the reading, of the compass.
- Avoid proximity with a mobile phone, laptop or any iron object when using a compass.
- Use your compass away from your car, metallic objects or high-voltage power lines.
- Do not wear jewellery or hold a metal pen as it may interfere with the reading.
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Where to buy a Vastu compass and its cost
Vastu compass is available online, in stationery stores and in various stores that keep Vastu accessories. Vastu compass is priced between Rs 150 and Rs 1,000 (approximatley), depending on the size and material of the compass.
Ways to store Vastu compass at home
Always keep your compass away from direct heat sources. Do not store a compass near a magnet or electronic field. Over time, exposure can demagnetise the needle. Do not place your compass in your pocket next to your cell phone.
How many readings should I take on the compass to know the correct Vastu direction?
The most important part of Vastu analysis is taking an accurate compass reading. Most Vastu experts suggest that a layman takes three readings. The first reading should be taken from the main gate facing towards the property. The second reading should be taken from the centre of the premise. The last reading must be taken from the far corner of the location. If you have inconsistent readings there may be some metallic or electrical interference or you may be standing close to metal objects.
Can I use the compass in the wristwatch for Vastu?
There are currently two types of compass watches – digital and analogue. The digital watch is also known as the electronic compass since it uses electronic sensors to measure the magnetic fields. Vastu experts feel that the watch compass is not very accurate but ideal for hikers and campers. Nevertheless, a lot may depend on the model of the watch and its compass features.
Can the Vastu compass be used for Feng Shui at home?
Vastu and Feng Shui both believe that the centre of the home is where all the energies combine, making it the most important part of the house. Vastu Shastra and Feng Shui use the eight compass directions to determine placement and architecture and the five elements to attract positive energies. So, yes, a Vastu compass can also be used for Feng Shui.
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