Feng Shui in Southern Hemisphere -
Does Feng Shui Work in Southern Hemisphere?
China is in the northern hemisphere
of the earth. When the framework of Feng Shui was developed, it was
based on the characteristics of the northern hemisphere. The
question we naturally have is: Does Feng Shui Work in Southern
Both northern and southern
hemispheres are on earth, their natures are the same:
Water runs from the top of the hill
to the bottom; rivers run from high land to the sea or lake; trees
grow from the soil to the air & etc. The sun, brightness, hotness,
male, dryness are Yang; the moon, darkness, coldness, female and
wetness are Yin. They are the same in the southern hemisphere, so
Qi and Ying Yang theories are the same in both hemispheres.
The 5 elements have the same natures
in the southern hemisphere too. That is, Water controls Fire, Fire
controls Metal, Metal controls Wood, Wood controls Earth, Earth
controls Water; Water nurtures Wood, Wood nurtures Fire, Fire
nurtures Earth, Earth nurtures Metal, Metal nurtures Water.
Therefore, the Five Element Theory should apply to southern
However, part of the 5 Elements
Theory is based on the 5 planets in the solar system: Mercury
(Water), Venus (Metal), Mars (Fire), Jupiter (Wood) and Saturn
(Earth). These planets may have different magnitudes of the effects
on the southern hemisphere than the northern hemisphere.
The Bagua diagram has the southern
part as Yang (hot) and the northern part as Yin (cold). In the
southern hemisphere, we have the cold southern part and a hot
northern part, which is the opposite of the Bagua diagram.
The Flying Stars Theory is based on
the 9 stars of the constellation Ursa Major (the Big Dipper). It is
a constellation that only people in the northern hemisphere can
see. As a result, its effects on southern hemisphere are in doubt.
In other words, the Flying Stars Theory in Feng Shui may not be
applicable to the southern hemisphere.
The 'only' constellation that
southern hemisphere can see is the Crux (commonly known as the
Southern Cross). Maybe we have to spend another thousand of years
to study the effect of Crux on the southern hemisphere and establish
another Flyer Stars Theory for the southern hemisphere.
It is fair to say that the Form
Stream Feng Shui should work the same way in the southern hemisphere
as it does in the northern hemisphere. For the Compass Stream,
which is mainly based on Bagua and Flying Stars, the effect is
uncertain and we may have to rely on other constellations and
planets to study the Feng Shui there.
If interested, you can have a
detailed explanation by consulting an authenticated Feng Shui
practitioner. Good Luck!