Guide to the Feng Shui Compass

By Stephen Skinner

A Compendium of Classical Feng Shui

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“Stephen Skinner has done it again. In 1976 he wrote the first English book on Feng Shui in the 20th century. In 1998 he published the largest selling full colour magazine on feng shui, which brought feng shui to the attention of the Western world. In 1999 he organised the largest Feng Shui convention ever seen in the UK or Europe. Now he has published the first study in English of the lo p’an or feng shui compass, which is effectively a Compendium of Classical Feng Shui”

His forthcoming book is a virtually Complete compendium of Classical feng shui

Material never before available in English…and difficult to find even in Chinese

How to read the San He and San Yuan lo p’an, with an explanation of each ring in detail, the history and background of feng shui and the lo p’an (luo pan). This large book is 448 pages in size, and packed with detailed information which is very clearly explained, so that after reading it anyone should be comfortable using even the most complex lo p’an. This book is the result of 30 years of research and practice. More than 50 rings are illustrated, tabulated, and classified by Plate and School, with their use and history. Anyone reading the book can go from being a complete novice to complete familiarity with any lo p’an, ancient or modern that they may pick up. It clearly explains for the first time in English how feng shui developed and the relationship between the San He and San Yuan Schools.

There are over 65 Tables, more than 174 illustrations, and 32 full colour plates. These inclu de rare pictures and analyses of Ming and Ch’ing dynasty lo p’ans. Every technical term, book title, or person’s name, is carefully footnoted in traditional Chinese characters with supporting pinyin and Wade-Giles transliterations. There is a also a detailed feng shui history time line.
Stephen Skinner took his degree in English Literature and Geography at Sydney University. Initially he worked as a Geography at Sydney University. Initially he worked as a Geography lecturer. Research in Hong Kong brought him in touch with local Chinese feng shui practitioners and the feng shui compass or lo p’an. This lead in 1976 to Stephen writing the first English book on feng shui in the 20th century, the Living Earth Manual of Feng Shui. This book brought feng shui to the attention of the Western world.

When Western interest in feng shui began to be noticeable in the 1980’s, Stephen produced Feng Shui: the Traditional Oriental Way which became an instant best seller in the UK.

In 1998 he launched Feng Shui for Modern Living monthly magazine, whose first issue sold 121 000 copies, more than either Elle Decor or Wallpaper magazines in the UK. In 1999 he was nominated as PPA “Publisher of the Year” for his work in launching the magazine. This magazine helped popularize feng shui around the world and it appeared in 41 countries. He even produced a Chinese language edition in Taipei which ran successfully for 34 issues.

In the same year he launched the London International Feng Shui Conference, the largest feng shui conference ever held in UK/Europe. The following year Stephen gave one of the three Doyle lectures in New York, sharing the bill with Martha Stewart Living and Country Living.

In 1999 he was honoured for his contributions to traditional Chinese culture, by being invited to Manila in the Philippines for the official celebrations of Chinese New Year, as the guests of the Mayors of Manila and Makati.

Stephen has published more than a dozen books on feng shui, including K.I.S.S. Guide to Feng Shui, Feng Shui the Traditional Oriental Way, Practical Makeovers, Living Earth Manual of Feng Shui, Feng Shui for Modern Living, Feng Shui Before and After, Flying Star Feng Shui and the beautiful Feng Shui Style. he has also published a number of translations of feng shui classics including the Water Dragon, the Original Eight Mansions Formula, the Key San He Feng Shui Formulas and The Mountain Dragon.

Stephen Skinner is the author of over 30 books, translated into more than 20 different languages. He lives in Johor Bahru, near Singapore, whiere he researches, writes and does feng shui consultation around the region.

For more information on Stephen Skinner’s work and his forthcoming “Guide to the Feng Shui Compass” visit his website