Here you will find information about your Luopan, such as maintenance, compass needle correction (N to S) and more. This page is updated continuously. So it's worth coming back.
Most Feng Shui practitioners are using a Luopan. In this article I would like to give you some recommendation how to maintain a Feng Shui compass.
The square Earth Plate is often made of Bakelite and some Luopan have a red piano lacquer surface. For high quality Luopan, the round Heaven Plate is often covered with a Poly protection. This in most cases are actually Epoxy. To clean both surfaces from dust, always use a soft fabric or flannel. Always use a gentle touch, and dry immediately with separate cloth.
Never use terrycloth, rags or paper towels.
For transportation, we strongly recommend to lay the Luopan upside down, because the top of the needle is sharp and it needs to be sharp enough that it can move smoothly. If it is not possible, at least lay it vertically with a tilt towards the surface. Try to avoid having the Luopan and your cell phone next to each other in the same bag or briefcase. Carry your Luopan in a separate bag away from any electronic equipment like a cell phone or a laptop.
At home you can either lay it down upside down or store it upright like a book, but make sure that it doesn’t fall down and shock the compass needle.
It is also possible to hang the Luopan on the wall as a Luopan Remedy. But in this case you should make sure that the Luopan is hanging safely and can not fall down.
Keep the Luopan Compass far away from any kind of magnetic fields, like TV, Microwave, Computer and Router etc.
In very few exceptional cases, it may happen that the compass needle suddenly no longer points south, but north. This is not a problem. Just take a look at the video below and you will see how you can easily put the compass needle back into the correct position.
Some manufacturers like to put stickers on the LUOPAN. Sometimes you can remove these stickers very easily and without leaving any residue, but often a white, tough adhesive remains on the LUOPAN that is very difficult to remove.
Never use corrosive liquids.That would damage the surface of the Bakelite.
The best way to remove this residue is to use a soft eraser.
Travel is possible again and therefore some Feng Shui consultants have asked me how to best handle their Luopan on the road. I have compiled some recommendations for travel here:
Traveling by car or train
Some don't even worry about their Luopan when traveling by car or train, but there are a few things to keep in mind here as well:
Traveling by plane
If you want to fly to a congress or a Feng Shui training, you must decide before the trip whether the Luopan should be in the suitcase or in the hand luggage. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
There may be reasons to transport the Luopan in a suitcase. In this case, the Luopan should be well protected against shocks. It is recommended to wrap the Luopan in soft material, e.g. terry towels or sweaters. It may happen that a suitcase is thrown or falls off the belt. Therefore, the Luopan should always be in the middle and never on the outside of the suitcase.
I recommend putting the Luopan in a large plastic bag. Temperatures in cargo holds can drop precipitously and it has happened to me that my suitcases have been wet.
There is a risk that the Luopan's shape will catch the eye when it is screened and the suitcase will be opened.
Even though it rarely happens, there is a risk that the suitcase, along with the Luopan, will make an unwanted trip around the world. Most likely, baggage insurance will not fully cover the loss of a high-value Luopan.
But maybe nothing will happen.
In this case, you have much more control how your Luopan will survive the trip. But you should consider some things at the security check. The Luopan does not mind the x-ray machine. I recommend taking the Luopan, just like your laptop, iPad or tablet out of its case and sending it through the X-ray machine. It is possible that the security officer will ask questions. Be prepared to briefly explain what you are doing with a Luopan. If you are asked about the material: The square Earth Plate is usually made of Bakelite and the round Heaven's Plate is made of brass.
The security officers have probably never seen a Luopan before and may be curious. Keep your nerve in case someone picks up your Luopan or even turns the Heaven's Plate.
Most airlines limit the weight of carry-on luggage to a maximum of 7 kg. Depending on the size of your Luopan, it will weigh between 1 and 1.5 kg.
Air travel with a Luopan is somewhat inconvenient, but harmless to the Luopan.
A Luopan compass is a very delicate instrument, so always treat it with care and respect, otherwise it will not serve you in the way it is meant to do.
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