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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 Hemisphere?
Both northern and southern hemispheres are in earth, their natures are the same:
Water runs from top of hill to the bottom; river runs from highland to sea or lake; trees grow from earth & etc. Sun, bright, hot, male, dry are Yang; moon, dark, cold, female and wet are Yin. They are the same in 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 hemisphere too.
However, part of the 5 Elements Theory is based on the 5 planets in solar system: Mercury (Water), Venus (Metal), Mars (Fire), Jupiter (Wood) and Saturn (Earth). These planets may have different magnitudes of the effects on southern hemisphere than northern hemisphere.
The Bagua diagram has southern part as Yang (hot) and northern part as Yin (cold). In southern hemisphere we have cold southern part and 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 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 southern hemisphere and establish another Flyer Stars Theory for southern hemisphere.
It is fair to say that the Form Stream Feng Shui should work the same way in southern hemisphere as it does in 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.
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