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True North And Magnetic North | SubhaVaastu.com
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North South directions: Generally we take the axis of North pole and South pole as absolutely correct. We also take where the Sun raises as East and where it sets as West. This East West axis is exactly perpendicular to our presumed North South axis.
As a matter of fact if you extend in space the North South axis towards North into the cosmic region it hits the Pole star. This is not actually magnetic North South axis. Due to various reasons the magnetic North South axis is exactly not the same as the axis of rotation of earth. Further, the magnetic North South line is changing periodically and shifting to the different position. Infact during past 170 years the magnetic North point or the magnetic North pole has shifted by about 80 kilometers.
We are aware that during rotation of the Earth around the Sun it wobbles 23 ½° North and 23 ½° of South, a total of 47°.
We will see from vastu point of view the magnetic North and true north if they can be taken together do not matter. The difference between true north and magnetic north becomes important for navigational purposes and not for vastu.
Because of wobbling of the earth, causing seasons, North is taken as 47°. Consequently, all the principal directions that is West, North, South and East are 47° each. The four corners of the plot would thus be 43° each.
If you take say, the East side of the plot (for simplicity sake we are assuming the plot to be square shaped) the middle 47° would be the East, 21 ½° towards North is half of Northeast and the other 21 ½° towards South is half of Southeast. Similarly all other directions.
The circumference of the earth at the Equator is approximately 16000 kilometers. The diameter at equator is approximately 5000 kilometers. The difference between true north pole and the magnetic north pole is varying periodically. Infact magnetic north pole is shifting over an area. This difference becomes relevant for airline pilots and Captains of Ships etc. They refer to the magnetic north always and apply relevant corrections to come to the exact location. This is a routine matter for them for which there are suitable automatic equipment. In vastu shastra this precision is not required, we are dealing with abstract forces that influence the psyche of the residents. As such we ignore the difference between Magnetic and True north and proceed.
In any plot for marking directions proceed as follows. It is presumed that the plot is rectangular or square, for other shapes and complications consult a competent scholar.
Join the midpoint of one side with the midpoint of the opposite side. The intersection of these two lines is the geometric center of the plot. This is called the Brahmasthan / center point. Place the magnet parallel to any one side and see how much the North South needle as shifted. Mark that line passing through the Brahmasthan in our diagram. 90° to that line draw the other line, we have got North South line and East West line. We have indicated earlier that each principal direction is of 47° total. At this geometric centre point of the plot, mark 23 ½° on either side of North South and East West lines. You get amount of East, West, North and South. The balance is for the 4 corners each corner being 43°.
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