You may have come across some video clips portraying FengShui trip to China especially the Qing eastern tomb. It is a canny explanation of FengShui landform theories that to real FengShui researchers, these are nothing more then fancy over priced sight seeing, some may reckon them as pure bullshit.
Did I hear it correctly? Someone just said there are too much bullshit has been said in the Chinese Metaphysics! I cannot disagree more because what is said in the video clip is also bullshit! Well, you know bullshit sells. Just the same way the beautiful FB page of Annie, now smells like a fish market for bullshit FengShui courses.
There is also another punch line, you heard different school arguing who is right and who is wrong because they are stuck in their own base trying to fits in one system fits all. There is no one ring to rule them all. Perfect bullshit! I cannot disagree less.
Worse of these punches, is someone just arguing that the way they do FengShui is totally laughable and when he looks at them, he would want to slap them. This is another example of I am holier then thou argument that is another form of saying, my ring is the one that rule them all. Is this another bullshit of the highest degree?
THE LANDFORM DILEMMA
In the elaboration of landform FengShui, there is this term called Rising Mountain which is a far end mountain of the incoming dragon 来龍. This may sound like a jargon but what it means is actually the facing orientation of the entire land itself. This is how it is explained in the video clip. What sort of bullshit is that? By believing these sorts of skimpy bullshit, one has to go for an expansive trip to China just to see this so called Rising mountain? Can you believe how teaching FengShui these days can be?
Fact, there is no way to see incoming dragon. These can only be concurred by the way of the outgoing water 去水. This is where the so called facing orientation is crucial. For the fact of such, what is the point of facing the Rising Mountain which is a far end mountain of the incoming dragon 来龍? Such is a perverted logic, another term called bullshit. All these table mountain, rising mountain and official seals are but fanciful names of the embraces that is supposed to lock the water mouth 水口. Landform FengShui is all about identifying these water mouths.
Next in line is the explanation of vein. Holy cow! It is a daunting task to see the incoming dragon, now you have to see the vein? Many students who had attended these overpriced trip will know that, vein is a finer resemblance of the incoming dragon. Unless the weather is perfectly clear and you have 10 years experience of walking the dragon, you will not see the vein. That is why, old master has this phrase, 个字下脉 meaning the character 个 has a 𠆢 apex of a mountain and a 丨resemble the vein coming down from the apex. This is the vein. Now go see how many veins a real mountain has? What good will it make if you could see a vein? Just another sight seeing?
Thus you called it superior formation, by having a tomb facing a vein? Wouldn't it be more logical for a tomb to sit with a vein descended from the peak of the parent mountain? Even such it is less then ideal for landform FengShui? Even more daunting is how one measure the tomb the size of a mega mall liked the Qing eastern tombs?
IS A BIRD, NO A PLANE, NO... IT IS BULLSHIT, MAN!
I overheard that the rising mountain of the eastern Qing tombs was called 火木之星 or fire wood star due to the fact that it has 2 peaks and it was considered to be the strangest, TangLang mountain, which is wood in element, to come by. Because of the smaller peak at the side, which is fire in element, the rising mountain becomes a transformed element. However, what use of this transformed element be without a proper understanding of LiQi? Isn't that bullshit?
So, it is said that this rising mountain has its ancestors coming from the fire mountains as its incoming dragon 来龍. How to see one without the help of uncle Google Maps? In order to use these fire elements, you need to see cloud formations that is a series of water element mountains. These out of ordinary formation is called 火龙云水象 or fire dragon cloud water formation. However, what use of getting so hype up with these fire, water, wood elements without a proper understanding of LiQi? Isn't that bullshit again?
Seriously, to one it may be wood element but to others it may be water? TangLang star in SanHe is a wood but in SanYuan TangLang GuaQi is water. So, which is which? Which is right and which is wrong? One ring rule them all or uttered bullshit?
UNDERSTANDING SANHE LANDFORM
Before we even attempt to reach the area for example, eastern Qing tomb, we need to understand the topography of China, mainly higher to the western side and lower at the eastern side. So by default the BaiHu side is higher and thus water flows east. This is where the theory of river east west comes about.
All dragons in China originated from KunLun, a mystical name for the Himalayas where the mountain range are rugged, rough, pointy peaks and almost barren. It may look infertile but it is the source of all rivers. As the range gradually moves to the east, the range are lower, gradually rounded in peaks, heavily forested due to the change in elevations and all these are sign of growth and fertility. Thereafter a myriad transformation into flat areas are usable spaces for habitation and so forth. These are all pure geography, in SanHe we called GuoPu's geography.
Yet, we are not so concerned. We ought to identify how Qi flows and of what structure to tap in given such natural formation. From Google Maps, there is a strong incoming dragon with plenty of branches where these are dotted with imperial tombs, each tapping into the respective veins. The dragons eventually detour and this phenomena is called tiger crossing bright hall reaching the dragon side. More importantly is to locate the water mouth. The greater external water mouth to establish its structure.
Only aster getting all these information, a visit is warranted to measure the compliance of a formation in a micro level and this is also a time the art of measuring becomes very challenging!
A CASE IN MIND - QIANLONG'S TOMB
This tomb is famous for Auspicious Land, Inauspicious Burial, a phrase explaining that the FengShui of the land is good supported by good landforms but the alignment of the tomb is inauspicious, as it sits Death and Emptiness DE.
QianLong needs little introduction as he is virtually a polymath, Renaissance man of the Qing dynasty and some say, an accomplished FengShui master himself. He dotted his own meridian spot for his own tomb by marking it with a planted jade ring, only to be dug up by the most learned imperial KanYu master, whom he commissioned to search for an auspicious burial ground for himself.
Unfortunately, the alignment of the tomb was said to be DE and thus his future generations were not as competent as him and thus it marks the downfall of the Qing Dynasty. This is however, most untrue!
In 2004, an academy in town started their maiden tour to measure the DE of QianLong's tomb by virtually asking the student to measure standing parallel to the path stone aligned in a grid iron fashion and alas! These students are very happy to be told that their measurement were indeed DE. This is unfortunately, most nonsense as in no way would one able to LiPan in such a fashion without getting an inaccurate reading as a DE may only be less then 3 degree accuracy.
Foremost, the Xue wasn’t on the foot of the mountain but rather located on the hill after some distance from the back mountain. This is where the Dragon Qi stops which was wisely picked by experience FS master at that time.
Secondly, this Mausoleum was the most expensive to construct in the underground palace by its interior completely made of marble stones & elegantly carved. Because of these the Mausoleum was the most confused in term of its three different sittings & one of it was sitting Major DE. You ought to go into the tomb to measure all the structure in all levels to derive at this conclusion. It is not so simple as just standing there measuring with your LuoPan.
On this basis, it is commonly explains as to why after QianLong burial there’s no good Emperor but brought up to the empowering of the 2 Empress Dowagers during the starting of the fall of Qing Dynasty. Unfortunately, the Eastern Qing Tomb complex including QianLong tomb was being robbed by GuoMingDang of using explosive bombs to break the marble stone door on 1928. The underground palace left nothing but an empty brick walls. This is because of “ Auspicious dragon spot but fierce burial, as if abandon the corpse ” as per ancient old text of “ Burial Book “
However, we bag to differ as the Qing dynasty lasted another 300 years before total collapse during the XinHai revolution in 1911. But that will be another tale for another time...