The book of science
|Chinese, Han dynasty electromagnetism|
- Invented during the Han dynasty
- to help feng shui practitioners
- arrange people’s lives
- to best align with qi,
- the invisible forces
- that bind everything together,
- Chinese military and mariners
- began to use compasses
- during the Song dynasty
- for navigating in bad weather.
- A lodestone suspended
- from a silk string.
- The south-pointing spoon
- thrown onto the ground.
- A south-pointing needle
- shaped like a tadpole,
- or a south-pointing fish,
- floating in a bowl water.
- To magnetize a needle
- rub it with a loadstone
- or heat it red hot
- and douse it in water
- while pointing it
- toward the pole.
- The earth around us has its yin,
- exerting, and its yang, receiving,
- even though elements interfere.
- The compass swings from the south.
- A massif, sometimes hidden underground,
- water below a lake, shapes hidden forces.
- It’s useless to oppose them
- and it’s easy to make a mistake.
- This is why you need our help.
- Our aura of confidence helps.
- We have a simple condition.
- Don’t ask if you think you know better.