to appreciate a really good feng shui compass
Luo Pan has become part of a Feng Shui master. People will associate that in order for a Feng Shui master to read Feng Shui, He/She must have a Luo Pan with him/her, specifically a good one. If not, people might not believe that the Feng Shui master can really write a Luo Pan.Therefore it is very important that a Feng Shui master carry a good Luo Pan with him/her.
An authentic Chinese Luo Pan has got to be one of the most beautifully crafted tools in the world. These are extraordinarily precise compasses that contain a treasure trove of feng shui formulas and secrets. In the past, most of the Luo Pan was made in the way that every layers of the Luo Pan are able to rotate. This type of Luo Pan has very high accuracy. However it is rare to find this type of Luo Pan now. Nowadays, most of the Luo Pans are designed in the way that all the layers in the Luo Pan are fixed. According to our interview with Master Wang, he mentioned that the ancient type of Luo Pan is hard to produce and require a lot of workmanship. Therefore it is rare for us to find this type of Luo Pan now. The ancient type of Luo Pan is also very expensive. Master Wang also mentioned that one needs to be very good Feng Shui master in order to read the ancient type of Luo Pan, as the Feng Shui master has to make sure that all the different layers of element in the Luo Pan are turned to the right elements in order to be accurate in reading. Therefore A Feng Shui Master who is able to read the ancient Luo Pan accurately is very highly skilled.
Theoretically, an amateur feng shui practitioner does not require the feng shui Luo pan. They can just use any western style of compass will be able to measure placement orientations of houses and their main doors. Then they can make use of pre-calculated tables that contain immediately usable and user-friendly interpretations, cures and remedies for reference. Amateur practitioners practise feng Shui for interest and not as a professional, therefore they do not need to have instant and immediate access to the formulas or the calculations that are required in the professional practice of feng shui. They also do not need to have immediate answers to a whole diversity of feng shui problems.
professional feng shui advisers, the feng shui Luo Pan becomes indispensable
and part of them. According to our research through internet, it mentioned
that there is no way a practicing consultant can practice real and authentic
feng shui if he or she does not possess a reliable and accurate luo pan;
and be able to read and understand such a Luo Pan. It is as well good
saying that feng shui is an instinctive or intuitive practice. However
even the most gifted intuitive practitioner must know how the basic concepts
of the practice relate to each other, and how the energies or chi interact
with each other under many contrary scenarios - and these scenarios have
to do with the orientations of the house and the main door.
Luo Pan offers instant correlations of every degree of orientation thereby
pinpointing instantly to the person reading the Luo Pan what is potentially
wrong with a site, and under which method might be giving a problem. The
readings of every formula covered in any Luo pan will offer instant calculations
that describe the affliction that is being indicated. This information
is given in the concentric rings of information around the central compass.
According to the article from the best selling author of feng shui books - Lilian Too from  and the article from the co-founder of the Yap Cheng Hai Feng Shui Centre of Excellence & the developer of the structured learning program "The YCH Professional Feng Shui Series" - Joey Yap from , we have summarised nine very important points for one to look out for when getting a Luo Pan.
Heaven Pool's Red Line
Accuracy of the axis cross
Quality of the heaven dial
Earth base should be square at a spirit level.
Information in the rings
Measurements and Sizes
The standard size of Luo Pan that traditional feng shui masters uses are the 8"6 types. Smaller Luo Pan like the 2"8 - 4"2 are mainly for convenience use. The smaller the Luo Pan gets, the easier it is to make mistakes. Thus it is only when one is very experience should one use a small Luo Pan for a professional feng shui audit. For the beginners, it is advisable to start by using a 5"2 or 6"2 Luo Pan. Professional feng shui practitioners should always use a 8"6 Luo Pan.
vendors in the west have been victims of many unscrupulous businessmen
in China, selling them cheap and tacky imitations of a real feng shui
Luo Pan. One has to be very careful of the Luo Pan that he/she chooses
to purchase. He/She has to make sure that matches the 9 important points
as mentioned above.