The Lo Shu Square is part of the legacy of ancient Chinese mathematical and divinatory Traditions. The presence of this magic square has been recorded since 80 AD and explicitly in 570 AD.
Lo Shu Square is also known as the Magic Square.
- There is interaction of the numbers within the square.
- The sequence of the numbers is considered to be a natural movement in nature.
- The Interaction of the Numbers within the Lo Shu square
Even numbers are at the corners (2,4,6,8)
The odd numbers form a cross in the centre of the square. (1,3,7,9 at the edges and 5 in the centre)
The sums of the corners sum to 10 (4 + 6; 8 + 2)
The sum of the edge also sum to 10 (9 + 1; 3 + 7)
The sums of the three rows and the three columns all sum to 15.
Another property is the combinations of numbers that subtract to 5.
On the top left: 9-4 = 5
Top right: 7-2 =5
Bottom right: 6-1 =5
Bottom left: 8-3 =5
These numbers are also known as the He Tu number combinations and are used in feng shui.
2. The Movement of numbers within the Lo Shu square.
Follow the yellow line with the sequence of numbers. This movement is considered to be the natural flow of energy in nature. This movement is frequently used in Feng Shui.
The sequence of the numbers – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 is known as the Lo Shu movement and is a movement very commonly used in Feng Shui.
The Lo Shu square also forms the basis of the BaGua.