A LuoPan is beyond just a tool to pinpoint location and direction. It is also a tool that is supposed to protect the practitioner in the event of danger and harm. Beyond that it is also a barometer to trace and track the unseen being usually loitering around in places with ShaQi or Killing Qi such as haunted houses. Some LuoPan such as those sanctioned by a certain FengShui school or sects contained special formulas that only people of such school would understood. Some LuoPan are so delicately handcrafted such as the produce of WuLu Hang, fit as a decorative or collective pieces and not for heavy duty usage. For more obvious information of the LuoPan, please refer to a LuoPan compendium, beautifully written and researched by Stephen Skinner based on the corpus of work by the late grandmaster Li DingXin entitled The 49 Rings of The Chinese LuoPan Explained.
Yet, it has been every FengShui master’s dream to create its own LuoPan. Now a day, you can approach LuoPan maker liked Thomson House in HongKong or TongTing in Taiwan to have it made according to a standard LuoPan template or even to add in some of your “fancy built to suit” rings according to your school and preferences.
However, a LuoPan made in the name of a school and a lineage holder is somewhat different. It is a living document of how the lineage knowledge are engraved into the LuoPan, that only the applications are made known to their students and disciples through various degree. Some were designed to look so obvious liked any standard template, but only a true master would know how to “correct” them accordingly. These are lineage secrets passed down orally especially so with regard to YinYang annotations of the different layers or dimensions of the LuoPan. That is why when one inherited a used LuoPan from a master as a gesture of lineage transmission, such worn out LuoPan is usually tainted with red dots and markings, usually hand painted. These are the so called “corrected” LuoPan only a lineage holder would understand. The YuChe Tang LuoPan sanctioned by the late grandmaster Li DingXin is one of them
ARE YOU KIDDING?
Grandmaster Li DingXin, knew his stuff well when he designed his LuoPan. He maintained that the needle has to be fine and the aperture of the Heaven Pool has to be large enough to contain a stable needle that are able to swivel swiftly in tracing the 8 phenomenon known as Strange Needle 8 Methods 奇針八法 and what are these?
STRANGE NEEDLE 8 METHODS 奇針八法
Strange Needle 8 Methods 奇針八法 are:
The Bolehland Conmaster LuoPan is made of western precision compass that is thick and submerged in liquid. All the 8 phenomenon known as Strange Needle 8 Methods 奇針八法 are all untraceable. This is the problem of the half cooked conmaster trying to outdo the true lineage holder. It is really not about the quality of the compass but the consistency and the adaptability of the compass to detect things beyond the three dimensional spaces. Strange, he speaks loudly about Qi and yet know so little about the tool he is using. That tells you why he placed LuoPan on the floor – a true insult to the lineage he claimed to hold.
FOOLS OF COLOUR…
A traditional guide string is RED, liked that of YuChe Tang, is for a reason, especially so when one does Yin FengShui. Any capable FengShui master knows this. However, when it comes in multi-colours liked white, yellow and so forth, one question remains – do you also mourn for your client’s mishaps and are willing to bring such mishaps back to your family? This is the problem with Bolehland Conmaster LuoPan…
SEE LI DINGXIN EXPLAINED ABOUT THE LUOPAN HERE
COPYING AND STEALING…
The late grandmaster Li DingXin is well known for not mincing his words in debunking others that he claimed to be of JiangHu Master, very similar but have a greater dignity compared to the Bolehland Conmaster. He also claimed that LuoPan post Tang Dynasty are all corrupted. He demonstrated a simple fact that the Early Heaven North or Kan Gua should not be aligned to the magnetic north for a simple fact that at that time, the magnetic compass has not been invented. It shall follow the sun path. Therefore Early Heaven of Kan Gua shall be tilted to be aligned with the Heaven Plate, being the plate following the sun path. There you go, YuChe Tang LuoPan was the only LuoPan first designed to have its Early Heaven Kan Gua aligned to the Heaven Plate instead of the commonly known Earth Plate.
Do you also notice that the Later Heaven BaGua was omitted? Only half cooked conmaster put in the Later Heaven BaGua into the LuoPan. That is a GREAT MISTAKE! The Bolehland Conmaster LuoPan stole and copied the proprietary knowledge of the late grandmaster Li DingXin! Shame on you and especially so when the late master has disowned the Bolehland Conmaster
The 3 Earth, Human and Heaven Plates are nothing new. The 72 Dragons Ring attached to the Earth Plate is nothing new. The 60 Dragons Rings are nothing new. These are all similar to the common template you will find in the SanHe LuoPan.
The late grandmaster Li DingXin’s did not put everything into his LuoPan. He kept many secrets and one of them is the application of River East and West Gua. Why should he expose that in the first place? There you go… the half cooked conmaster actually created a ring for that matter as though YangGong school students do not know how to use the 72D ring? Pathetic and stupid…
Every ring in the LuoPan has a significant role in applying the theory of a certain school. If one has to put in all the rings, you will end up having more than 49 rings altogether and you will be expected to carry a humongous LuoPan everywhere you go. Unnecessary rings are removed and replaced with a more practical one. Such is referring to the 240 Dragon Rings has been replaced by only 120 Dragon ring – that is found so neatly spaced in the LuoPan by The late grandmaster Li DingXin. Furthermore, 120D rings of Heaven and Human Plates are overlapping one another, what so pathetically stupid is to display all the 240D rings into a LuoPan. This is what is known as Greater Stupidity of the half cooked conmaster.
THE POLITICS OF LUOPAN
We quote a statement by Master Han of France as he confessed, “Not only the Bolehland Conmaster plagiarized books and teachings of his master, but his team also plagiarized our LuoPan, with the help of the former collaborator of the WuJi Academy, mandated for the development (entirely financed by the WuJi Academy from 2010) and mounting our LuoPan and who wanted, in 2015, misappropriate a full stock of 45 pieces. They now even claim that this LuoPan is their exclusivity and that we are copiers! It's the world turned upside down!
But whatever the actions of those who tried and are trying to harm us. Here we have the proof that their school is neither official nor accredited by the masters of their lineage, but indeed built on betrayal, incompetence and lies, as Grandmaster LiDing Xin clearly stated in this letter which is a compelling evidence.
We have the proof that they are absolutely not trustworthy, as well as everything they say or write, especially regarding the Bolehland Conmaster and his minion but also our former collaborator who partnered with them.”
VERY OLD CRAPS I WROTE ABOUT LUOPAN
Earthquake and the Abnormally of My LuoPan - 13032011
I will always remember March 11 for 2 reasons. One, the Earthquake that hits Japan that has trigger the Tsunami. Second, exactly that very moment, while measuring and setting the alignment for one of my FengShui audit, the South and North orientation of my brand new LuoPan went haywire, instead of pointing South, it pointed North. All my readings did not conform to my earlier record, saving me the embarrassment and it makes me wonder what has gone so very wrong without realizing that there is a major disaster over in Japan. That is the very first time I use this brand new LuoPan and it may also be the very last time of using it as it is no longer operational.
It makes me realize a point which I had overlooked. Have you ever wonder why olden day master uses one and only ONE LuoPan for their audits even though the conditions may have been aged and worn out? Next, wonder why a good LuoPan, made under ISO9000 can also be faulty upon measuring at the exact time when an earthquake measuring 8.9 equivalent to 340 megaton or 24,000 times the Hiroshima A-Bomb hits Japan? This is mind boggling. I have no answer. One thing I know, I will be using my old trusty LuoPan again.
Saying thus, I have not heard much about others talking about the quake in Japan caused by someone digging a hole somewhere eastern part of Japan (where it responses to China as the center of the Chinese Universe) causing a Quake in Japan which happened to be at the 5 yellow sector in XinMao year. Better, this is one old pal of mine has to say: -
"... The immediate following question for FengShui addicts should be: WHO DUG and WHERE and how deep and strongly to cause such havoc?
If we consider the Center of the LoShu in Beijing as the point of reference, groundbreaking in the east of this point must have occur according to the common FS theory. Now most digging activities includes : gardening, burying, building, mining, road engineering also. I suppose that to cause such an earth quake, all these activities are needed !
So the assertion that 5 Yellow struck Japan leads us to assert that everybody who dug earth, in anyway and for any reason , in a 45° sector originated in Beijing are responsible for the earth quake in Japan! So what could China do: plead that the point of reference should be elsewhere: why not the crossing of Greenwich meridian and equator for this meridian partakes the world in two slices and this parting is used by everybody. So now the responsibility could be passed to all the people digging ground east of this line, mainly Khadaffi perhaps, which includes the oil producing countries, and that is quite interesting for they have quite a lot of money!"
His point is simple, I must say. Instead of grieving over the lost of lives and praying for the departed ones, some FengShui addicts sensationalize the entire episode as the effect of the 5 yellow and brought us to think, who is the culprit?
Again, I may look upon the event of my LuoPan gone haywire has nothing to do with the Quake in Japan. I may also say that the quake has caused the sudden Qi fluctuation that directly hits my LuoPan causing it to change its polarity. For whatever reason, the sino-centric world views proven to be otherwise, accurate. As to the question, who dug the ground, I leave it to you for an answer.
Another Not To Miss Book On The FengShui Compass - 13032009
Title: Guide To The FengShui Compass
Author: Stephen Skinner
I have not been updating my blog as often as I wished as I am, on one hand, making hays while the sun is bright and on the other hand, just completed reading the above said book on Luopan. I must admit that was indeed a single notable effort from a serious researcher of FengShui from not a Chinese origin, although I was informed he reads and speaks Chinese and is practicing FengShui for many years. This book was a commendable effort both in terms of scholastic works and research on a single piece of Chinese invention called the Luopan. The depth of information was par excellent as compared to many of the literature written in the same subject in the English language in both with lucid renditions of the subject matters in clear and precise English and clear, beautifully crafted figures and plates illustrating the same subject matters. Definitely, worth its price. No doubt, that I am a little let down on the rendition of his other works notably the SanHe classics of Zhang BingLing, also by the same author, this book on Luopan is entirely different and worth collecting as it also provides a better framework for research works to come, on the same subject.
For the serious readers, the title could have been called or implied, The initial Guide To The FengShui Compass, for the following reasons that worth contemplating: -
Firstly, the study of Luopan is a science by its own accord. It is not just a compass but compressed information on formulae and applications in a plate. The information contains within the rings meant nothing unless it is annexed to its application of formulae and landform. The arrangement of the rings largely display the preference of its designer and the knowledge he had pertaining to the applications of the formulae within the rings via a structural logic of what comes before the others and not at a random and unknown basis. Comparatively with another similar book on the same subject matter by Li DingXin, notably the lineage holder of YangGong GuFa of Ganzhou, the approach to the subject matter is matched against the classics and what the author’s believed to be of the pure pedigree renouncing the others as XinFa. For such reason, many practitioners shy away from actually writing the book about Luopan without dishing out too much secret, unknowingly also reflecting on their limited knowledge on the same subject matter.
Secondly, researching into the classical Luopan is never an easy task especially by someone who does not belong to the FengShui lineage or are called the “outsider”. One cannot just visit museum or pick up samples of Ming and Qing Dynasty Luopan and start putting a comparative description on the rings, retrospectively, at a superficial level without knowing the actual Luopan designed by the founder of the school in question. Loosing sight of the first principles means the collective information is somewhat incomplete and compensated.
Thirdly, I believed, there are much more information under the sleeves as that the author reluctant to disclose as it will double up the pages from the current 400 plus, worthy to be classified as a PhD dissertation. With these omissions, the book will not make one an adept user of the Luopan or a FengShui practitioner and the most to the uninitiated, after reading the book, will just be able to gauge direction in accordance to the 24 mountains ring.
On these three reasons, strictly speaking, the book reflect its noble effort to seam up all the, otherwise, fragmented information about the Luopan currently available from the mainstream sources without reaching it to its marrow of the subject matter leaving the reader to taste the wine without reaching the throat. However, it is still a good book; all English speaking practitioners should have in their shelves.
If time permits I shall discuss the contents in greater details, in the more private discussion blog of Yifengshui (Inner Teachings).