Shu Magic Square
Feng shui has a history thousands of years, some say 2,000
years, some go as far as 5,000 years. Feng Shui is
connected to the
Lo Shu magic square,
According to the ancient Chinese book I Ching,
originates from an ancient Chinese text dating over
four thousand years ago about
the year 2800 BC
Shu or "scroll of the river Lo" tells the
story of a huge flood that destroyed crops and land.
The people offered a sacrifice to the river god for
one of the flooded rivers, the Lo river, to calm his
Every time the river flooded, there emerged a turtle that would
walk around the sacrifice.
unique pattern on the turtle
On the back of the animal were some curious markings
on the shell, Emperor had a scribe copy them
formed by dots within a grid and the dots
The result of this, according to tradition, was
the discovery of the first magic square, called 'Lo
Shu'. This numbers are represented by dots -
even numbers are black and odd numbers are white.
Try adding up the numbers in the rows, columns and
It was discovered that when a line of these numbers were added
together in any direction they totaled fifteen. This
constant sum is called the 'magic summation'.
Over time, these became connected to the Pa Kua, an
octagonal shaped reference used in the practice of
Feng Shui. The eight compass points correspond to
the magic square, with magnetic North always placed
at position 1 and South in position 9.
Magic Squares have been around for over 4,000 years
and have been used in different cultures for their
astrological, divinatory qualities, their usage
ensuring longevity and prevention against diseases.
For example, Indian and Egyptian cultures engraved
magic squares onto stone or metal into gowns worn by