玉尺经 - YUCHE JING
The first phrase is borrowed from the YiJing whereby it was stated that the WuJi gave birth to the TaiJi, which in turn gave birth to the 2 Appearances, which then transformed into the 4 Phenomena that developed into the 8 Trigrams. This is the most basic of knowledge and is directly related to Yin and Yang qi. The TaiJi, in ancient Chinese metaphysics correlative thinking is everything that encompass the universe, and the qi that pervades the universe is chaotic in nature, and dualistic in the sense that it comprises both yin and yang.
Yang qi is pure, light and floats above, thus it is equated to heaven. It revolves from left to right, east to west, in clockwise forward motion; forward motion means revolving in accord with earth’s rotation. Yin qi is turbid, dense and sinks down to earth. It revolves from right to left, west to east, in anti-clockwise reverse motion. Reverse motion means revolving counter to earth’s rotation. This left and right turning of qi is all about mountain dragon qi and it also related to the water flow direction of -- left turn as yang and right turn as yin.
Wherever the mountain turns, so does the water. Geographically, rivers hug the valleys and follow the contours of the mountain valleys. Therefore when the mountain turns left, the river also turn left. When it turns right the river also turns right.
Mountain ranges coils, twists and turns, and sometimes it turns left sometimes right. That’s why the text says dragon moves in two ways. The original source of yin yang qi goes all the way back to the TaiJi. That’s why the text says qi basically comes from the same source. Talking about earth dragons, when the mountain turns from right to left, it is Yang dragon. When it turns left to right, it is Yin dragon. Similarly, rivers are also called dragons albeit water dragons. When the Yang earth dragon turns left, its accompanying river also flows left, thus it is called Yang turning water dragon. When the earth dragon turns right, its accompanying river turns right and is called Yin turning water dragon.
This is akin to the law of attraction whereby opposites attract. It is very natural for yang to tend towards yin and vice versa. When these two comes together and interact, the text likened it to husband and wife union, which is perfectly normal. In fengshui, phrase 4 & 5 means that the yin yang interaction of mountain and water, yang mountain qi bears down on yin water qi which submits agreeably.
This phrase, Heaven root and Moon grotto, according to some experts, originally appeared in this text, and next appeared in ShaoYong’s works. Some fengshui experts regard this phrase as representation of two YiJing hexagrams: Fu Gua 复卦and Hou Gua 后卦. Fu gua has only one yang line in the 1st line and progressively all yin lines till the 6th; while Hou gua has only one yin line at the 1st line and progressively all yang lines till the 6th.
One is progressive yin and another is progressive yang. Yin and Yang interacting within the profound aperture. In this classic, it should mean Yin Yang qi interacting; or mountain (dragon) and water mating in XuanKong.
Four Major water exits of YangGong Fengshui and Sanhe fengshui. Other fengshui methods do not utilize the Four Major Water Exits in their audits.
Bing is the Fire Dragon, while Yi is its wife, its accompanying water that exits Xin Xu sector, as the Fire formation; Ren is the Water Dragon, and Xin as the accompanying water that exits Chen, as the Water formation; Geng is the Metal Dragon, and Ding as accompanying water that exits to Xu, as the Metal formation; Jia is the Wood Dragon, and Gui as the accompanying water that exits Wei, as the Wood formation. These four formations are combinations of mountain and water – mountain as Yang, as the husband, and water as Yin, as the wife. Four true and perfect combinations of male and female, or Yin Yang aspects of Qi interaction.
Line 9 and 10 are description of technical term Yang Cha and Yin Cho. Yang Cha (Yang difference) occurs when The Xue spot and Water Exit is of same polarity, but the in-coming Dragon (Ru Shou Long) is of different polarity; or, In-coming Dragon (Ru Shou Long) is of different polarity to the Xue spot. Yin Cho (Yin Error) occurs when Water Exit has different polarity with theXue spot.
Yang Cha example:
Water Exit is Wei, and is of the Wood formation. The river (water following dragon) is Gui, therefore the incoming Dragon should be Jia to complete the formation. But unfortunately, the in-coming Dragon is Bing Ren of Geng, which is NOT the husband of the Gui water. Therefore this is called Yang Cha.
Yin Cho example:
In-coming Dragon is Bing, and its accompanying water Yi did not flow out to Xin-Xu sector, but instead flowed out to Gui-Chou, Yi-Chen or Ding Wei sector. Therefore this is called Yin Cho.
These two lines has two meanings:
A. Even though the Incoming Dragon (husband) did not get its accompanying water (wife), but some other water, and this water hastens towards the correct water exit, then this is called a ‘forced union’. Although this is not a perfect union that is strong, still it is a workable relationship that can produce some degree of auspiciousness.
B. If the Incoming Dragon gets its own accompanying water and flows out the correct water exit, then, it is as one complete family. But unfortunately, the water is short and water murky, therefore, the internal and external Qi is weak and trifling. Still, it is workable and can produce some degree of auspiciousness.
Bing incoming Dragon did not get Yi water as perfect match, but gets some other water, then, it becomes a ‘forced union’. The combination is not perfect, but still it is workable.
These two lines are talking about mountains (Dragon) and rivers (water). Two females, refers to water. Two males refer to mountain (Dragon). Two females mean there are two rivers in the same MingTang. Even though one flows out the correct Water Exit, the auspiciousness is reduced by the other river (female) that flows out another exit. This is what is meant by ‘two females live together’. Two males refer to two Incoming Dragons going to the same MingTang, or, to only one Incoming Dragon but the dragon moves further downhill, there appeared a split in the meridian at almost near the end of its running. This is what is meant by ‘two maqles joined in one place, lone Yang cannot produce’.
These two lines means that in any Water Exit formation, if the river flows past the correct exit, then it has overshot so it is ‘excessive’; If it flows out at a sector before the correct exit, then it exits too early and is termed ‘insufficient’.
Ren mountain meets Xin water that sup[posedly should exit at Chen but the river overshot and exited at Wei. This situation becomes inauspicious. Or same ren mountain Xin Water, but flows out at Chou, and thus became useless.
This line is about LuanTou – The majesty of a Dragon, its shape and contours. Majestic looking mountains and hills (Dragons) that have sentimental flowing shapes and contours can bring ShengQi.
Left turning is all about the Dragon’s 12 Qi phase: Mu Jue Tai Yang ChangSheng MuYu GuanDai LinGuan DiWang Shuai Bing Si. These two lines’ example starts from HaiZi, is about –
(A) the Dragon’s Fire formation that turns left, clockwise and starts its phase from XinXu double mountain as Mu (grave), and Qian Hai as Jue, Ren Zi as Tai, Gui Chou as Yang, Gen Yin as ChangSheng, Jia Mao as MuYu, Yi Chen as GuanDai, Xun Si as LinGuan, Bing Wu as DiWang, Ding Wei as Shuai, Kun Shen as Bing, Geng You as Si; and
(B) Water’s 12 Qi phase that is reverse, right turning, counter clockwise. Starting from Zi Hai -- XinXu as Mu, Geng You as Jue, Kun Shen as Tai, Ding Wei as Yang, Bing Wu as Changsheng, Xun Si as MuYu, Yi Chen as Guandai, Jia Mao as LinGuan, Geng Yin as DiWang, Gui Chou as Shuai, Ren Zi as Bing and lastly Qian Hai as Si. Dragon left turning ChangSheng at Gen Yin and DiWang at BingWu, while Water accompanying Dragon turns right, ChangSheng at BingWu and DiWang at Gen Yin. Dragon is XuanWu (The Profound Warrior) and Water exit is the Aperture. Dragon and Water of same Gua, meeting at both points, is what is meant by ‘the profound aperture interconnects’
Successful mating means: Yi water as wife follows Bing Dragon husband; Xin water as wife follows Ren Dragon husband; Ding water as wife follows Geng Dragon husband; and Gui water as wife follows Jia dragon husband, all these formations water exits the Grave exit as the ‘successful mating’. Combining as brother and sister means for example: Bing Dragon gets Ding water; Geng Dragon gets Xin water; Ren Dragon gets Gui water and Jia dragon gets Yi water; these are brother and sister combinations.
Line 21 is a parable that only emphasizes the criteria for successful generation of ShengQi via correct mating of Yin and Yang. It was said that the Duke of Zhou was the one who drew up rules, regulations and rituals that clearly defined the hierarchy of the family. Line 22 is self-explanatory.
The two terms ‘Gates of Heaven’ and ‘Earth’s Axis’ are just a cryptic way of plainly saying – Heaven and Earth. It is a cryptic description of the interaction of Heaven and Earth as the ‘pivot point’ that decides auspiciousness or disaster. Man depends on Heaven Grace to live and prosper, while man, plants and animal life depends on Earth to live. In FengShui, as long as one can gather the forces of Heaven and Earth in the right combination, one will be able to enjoy prosperity and long life. This is what is meant by ‘…….manifests in the XuanKong’ and ‘……unfathomable magical effects’.
This line refers to the 72 Dragons of the DiPan. These 72 Dragons each have its own element. The criterion is to match the sitting element (of then 72 Dragons) with the Xue and Water Exit. The correct Water Exit will bring fortune while the incorrect Water Exit will bring disaster.
These three lines are about the sentimentality of the river -- whether the river is sentimentally meandering, sometimes turning back making a curve like hugging the land before turning outwards again to hasten to its exit; this is likened to an official who cares for his subjects or a father who cares for his offsprings, with feelings; or, flowing straight away without ‘looking back’, unsentimental, without feelings.
Line 28 生入克出(born in control in), I think is not correct. It should be Born In, Control Out. Born in as when meeting ShengWang water that creates inward shengqi; and control out is when even when the river looks like ‘feeling going away’, still it has sentimentality to return.
The line, ‘Observe heaven and earth, creation and growth’, means to observe Nature, and to harness Nature’s endowments. Nature’s endowments are the Mountain dragons, and the water dragons. The only way, is to harness mountain and water to create the magical effects within the profound voidness; to change life-fate. Only the wise ones who had learnt and perfected the skills can manipulate the profound subtleties, and only the broadminded and far-sighted can understand perceive the workings of the Profound Voidness.
These last two lines are self explanatory. YangJunSong was a Daoist and Buddhist wise man, and naturally he would pen his thoughts according to the rules of Karma.
Section II delves into the practice of observing Dragon and water, and into the formula of analysis and audit of formations. The method of observing dragon is clearly described in the ZangShu. One only needs to read the ZangShu in detail to understand what is ShengQi, and how the generation of ShengQi occurs when Dragon and water meets. The advance and retreat of Dragons means, one needs to observe the twisting and coiling of mountain ranges and to see how the Dragon moves. Sometimes the dragon seem to advance but suddenly recoils back; or sometimes it looks like it is turning back, but then make a sudden backtrack to advance. The possibilities are endless. One only needs to train to observe the movement of these dragons and see if the dragon qi is advancing or retreating. One also needs to observe the strength of the dragon, whether it is towering and magnificent or low lying and weak looking. Next is to learn how to differentiate between auspicious or inauspicious water.
The water itself has no Good or Bad, but its position and flow in relation to the dragon and the Xue determine whether the water is auspicious or inauspicious. Another point to consider is to observe the sentiment between the Dragon, Xue and water. Whenever the formation has good sentiments-- dragon, Xue and water are in mutually enhancing relationship, then auspiciousness will be generated. Whenever the formation does not have good sentiments -- dragon, Xue and water are not in mutually enhancing relationship, then inauspiciousness will be generated. The Yin and Yang of facing and distant features also refers to the yonder distant hills that can be seen from the site. These yonder hills called Chao Yingfeng 朝应峰 in Chinese, also has resonance with the dragon and xue site. The effects can be substantial too.
Sheng Wang Mu refers to ChangSheng (Growth), DiWang (Thriving) and Mu (Grave) of the 12 Growth Qi phase. This describes the standard SanHe formation of Sheng Wang Mu where: In Fire formation, fire ChangSheng in Yin; Diwang in Wu and Mu in Xu. Yin Wu Xu is the SanHe formation, and in the double mountain of the TianPan, Gen and Yin are of same palace; Bing Wu of same palace; and Xin Xu of same palace. The same goes for the other three formations. Meng 孟Zhong 仲and Ji 季, are the classic chinese words used to describe
First, Middle and Third. In this context, it refers to the Eldest Son, Second son and Third son. Eldest son is correlated to ChangSheng, Second son is correlated to Diwang, and Third son refers to Mu (grave). The 12 palaces refers to the Luopan’s DiPan (earth plate) 12 Earth Branches. ‘The 12 Earth Branches matches with the 5 elements’ means the 72 dragons beneath the 12 Earth Branches of the DiPan. Tan Wu Po means the 9 Stars that are matched to the 12 Growth Phase. Mu matches with PoJun; Jue & Tai matches with LuCun; Yang & ChangSheng matches with TanLang; MuYu & GuanDai matches with WenQu; LinGuan and DiWang matches with WuQu; Shuai matches with JuMen; Bing & Si matches with LianZhen. This line should not be misunderstood as similar to 9 stars fengshui methodology. The matching is only namesake and has no special meaning to it. It does not feature in YGFS methodology at all.
ChangSheng relates to Man’s luck, while LinGuan and DiWang relates to Wealth. So when sees ChangSheng water cross MingTang, means auspiciousness for man’s luck, and potentially enjoy many offsprings. If LinGuan and DiWang water cross MingTang, means that onje can enjoy wealth and prosperity.
ChangSheng water can only bring good to people’s luck, therefore if desire to obtain wealth luck one needs to face DiWang water; To get good offspring, then face ChangSheng Water. TianGang, here, refers to Mu (Grave palace). If Mu water crashes through Yang or ChangSheng palace, then it will hurt people’s luck and if got children, could be detrimental to their safety. If do not have children yet, then, chances of having one is slim. If both ChangSheng and DiWang water converges in the MingTang, then will not only have intelligent and capable children, but also get wealth and prosperity. This condition has to be: the ChangSheng water is longer and comes first cross MingTang, then converges with DiWang water which is shorter, and the flows out Grave palace. If DiWang water cross MingTang and crash thru ChangSheng palace exit, then, even though can obtain wealth, but not have descendants. If DiWang water is long and cross MingTang to converge with the shorter ChangSheng water and then exit out Grave Palace, then, will enjoy sudden wealth and descendants will be intelligent and capable. If ChangSheng water cross MingTang and crashes through DiWang palace exit, even though got children, but they are not intelligent or capable.
If water cross MingTang crashes thru Tai palace exit, then unborn foetus may die in the womb; If water cross MingTang flows out ChangSheng palace exit, then baby may die soon after birth; If water crash thru GuanDai palace exit, then may lose young boy of about 10 years old; If water crashes thru LinGuan palace exit, an adult below 30 in the house may pass away; TanLang is Yang and ChangSheng water. If these two waters cross mingtang and flows out Grave palace exit, people in the house may enjoy wealth, good health and long life; If Grave water cross MingTang and crash thru ChangSheng palace exit, then people in the house will meet with grave calamity; Four Failures means MuYu palace. Water failure in You; Wood failure in Zi, Fire failure in Mao; and lastly Metal failure in Wu. If MuYu water cross MingTang and exits ChangSheng palace, then Woman in house may have child not from own husband. If DiWang water flows out MuYu palace, even if one is a high official, one cannot escape from character failing of promiscuity.
In YGFS, Jia Geng Bing Ren (Yang Stems) are the Male Dragons, and Yi Ding Xin Gui (Yin Stems) are the Female Water. Dragon as Yang as husband, Water as Yin as wife. Therefore there is the 4 major water exits pairings of Jia marries Gui, Geng marries Ding, Bing marries Yi, and Ren marries Xin, are all considered as real husband and wife pairings. Yang Cha means: got real follow Dragon water as wife marries Real RuShou Long (Dragon) husband, but the Xue spot is of a totally different element. Or, The real follow Dragon water exits the correct water exit, and matches with Xue spot element, but the RuShouLong is of a different element.
If Yi water follows Dragon flows out XinXu fire exit, and RuShouLong is not Bing Dragon, then it is Yang Cha. It will hurt husband. Yin Cho means that RuShouLong and Xue spot is of same element but water follows Dragon is of different element and exits a totally different water ex it, or there is totally no water follow Dragon.
Bing Dragon, Fire Xue, but water follow dragon is not Yi water, but Ding water and exits Wei, is Yin Cho. It will hurt wife.
Ci Xiong means Yang and Yin, or Male and Female. Here it means right to left turning water is Yang, is Xiong, as Male, and left to right turning water is Yin, as Ci, as female. Right to left ChangSheng water as Xiong meets with left to right DiWang water as Ci, and flows out Grave exit, resonate fame and fortune.
‘Feelings overly high wait 80 years for luck to change..’ This line is about the river flows out to the Jue and Tai water exit that is one or two palace further than the perfect Grave exit. If this happens, the auspiciousness will happen only when one grows old.
For example, in the fire formation, Bing dragon meets Yi water that supposedly should flow out to Xin Xu as the perfect fire formation water exit. But it overshot and flows out thru Qian Hai, which is the Jue palace of the Fire formation, or it flowed out to Ren Zi, which is the Tai palace of the fire formation.
‘Converge but not sufficient, face death before 30…..’ This line is about the difference between Xue and water exit. Example, Incoming dragon is of Water element, and water exit is in Xun Si, which is Jue palace of water formation, but the Xue spot is of Fire element. If we us 12 growth phase to deduce Fire element water exit sequence, Xun si belongs to LinGuan palace. Therefore the water crash thru LinGuan palace which resonates early death for adult.
Six Elegants are: Tai, Yang, ChangSheng, GuanDai, LinGuan and DiWang. If any or a few of the six elegant water cross mingtang and crash thru DiWang palace water exit, then people may become high official or hold power of authority, but may suffer dying while still on duty.
Verses 19 & 20 are about division of family members using the 9 Stars and the 12 Qi phases, to describe their fortunes or misfortunes. In the 12 qi phases, Chang Sheng equates to First son; DiWang equates to second son; and Mu equates to third son. The division system also relies of the HeTu numerical system: 1, 4 & 7; 2, 5 & 8; and 3, 6 & 9. Therefore if 1 son is affected, 4th and 7th also affected. The same goes for the rest.
Tan Lang equates to first son, while Tai, MuYu, Yang and ChangSheng of 12 qi phase also same. WuQu relates to second son, while GuanDai, LinGuan, Shuai and DiWang of 12 qi phase also same. Bing, Si, Mu and Jue relates to third son.
If long meandering ChangSheng water cross MingTang and passes thru Chen, (which is the Grave exit of Water Ju), then although 1st son will prosper, the other sons will also benefit. If winding and meandering DiWang water cross MingTang and exits its correct grave exit, then second son will prosper. Not only that other sons will also prosper. Reverse situation, if water crash thru ChangSheng exit, then 1st, 4th, and 7th sons will be afflicted with disaster; If water crashes thru DiWang exit, then 2nd, 5th and 8th sons will be afflicted; If water cross from ChangSheng and DiWang don’t flow out its proper grave exit, but flow elsewhere, then first to be affected would be 3rd, 6th and 9th sons.
Distant hills, can also affect the family’s fortune. If in ChangSheng direction, hills are lofty, majestic, green and beautiful, and DiWang direction hills are less beautiful, then fortune will come to the 1st, 4th and 7th sons. If in DiWang direction, hills are lofty, majestic, green and beautiful, while ChangSheng direction hills are less beautiful, then 2nd, 5th and 8th sons will benefit.
If ChangSheng and DiWang water cross and converges in front in the MingTang, and then flows out the proper grave exit, then it will bring both good fortune and great wealth to every son. And if these two waters originated from the 6 elegant directions viz, Sheng Wang, GuanDai, LinGuan, Yai and Yang, then whole family will enjoy great fortune. Zhu and Purple in the verse means wearing QiBao (traditional Chinese silk dress) of Red and Purple auspicious colors. If water, although it comes from the 6 elegant directions, but cross MingTang is Grave palace (Yao Sha), it will bring calamity to the family. In YGFS, the criterion is for the Incoming Dragon Gua to match with the Water exit Gua for auspiciousness. As such, observing Incoming Dragon’s direction and the water origination also plays important part in the auspiciousness of the formation. If the water comes from Sheng Wang direction is auspicious. Especially auspicious when it also flows out Mu Jue Tai exits. The text says it is better for water to come in from the Stems sector and flow out thru Branch sector. However, since YGFS ancient method uses TianPan double mountains (to audit water and distant hills), which comprises one Stem paired with a Branch or Gua, , it does not really matters whether the water flows out via stem or branch.
“Small pardon” equates to GuanDai, while “Big Pardon” equates to LingGuan and DiWang. The word ‘文进’ although literally translated as scholarly advance, should actually mean ‘beautiful and elegant’.
GuanDai example: Metal Dragon’s DingWei water, Water Dragon’s XinXu water, Wood Dragon’s GuiChou water and Fire Dragon’s YiChen water are all GuanDai water and if it is clear and beautiful and meandering across MingTang, will bring auspiciousness to the youngest son;
LinGuan and DiWang example: Metal Dragon’s KunShen and GengYou water, Water Dragon’s QianHai and RenZi water, Wood Dragon’s GenYin and JiaMao water, and Fire Dragon’s XunSi and BingWu water, clear and beautiful, and meandering cross MingTang, will bring auspiciousness to the second son; ‘Four Pillars sentimental’ means the ChangSheng water if sentimentally cross MingTang, will be auspicious for eldest son.
‘Yin Shen water’is referring to Mu Jue water. This line means if Metal Dragon gets GenYin water, Wood Dragon gets KunShen Water (hence Yin Shen water), and, similarly for water dragon to get XunSui water, Fire Dragon to get Qianhai water, are all considered as Mu inauspicious Sha water.
In classical Chinese, Purple Dress, Waist Belt and Gold seal are all description of official status and auspiciousness. GengJia cross MingTang means DiWang water cross mingtang. BingRen arrive in formation also means DiWang water. In Metal Dragon, GengYou is DiWang; In Wood Dragon JiaMao is DiWang; In Water Dragon RenZi is DiWang; In Fire Dragon BingWu is DiWang. In the TianPan double mountains, Stems and Gua comes first, and are considered as Initial Qi. Therefore this verse only mentioned the Stems Geng Jia Ren Bing meaning that these DiWang water cross MingTang are all Initial Qi of DiWang thriving qi.
This line describes the LinGuan and DiWang waters. YinJia means GenYin and JiaMao, both LinGuan and DiWang palaces of Wood Dragon; ShenGeng means KunShen and GengYou, both LinGuan and DiWang palaces of Metal Dragon; HaiRen means QianHai and RenZi, both LinGuan and DiWang palaces of Metal Dragon; SiBing means XunSi and BingWu, both LinGuan and DiWang palaces of Metal Dragon;
This verse, as opposed to the previous line described both the Stems or Gua and Branch of the double mountains in totality, meaning that it does not matter if the water cross MingTang comes from Stem, Gua or Branch.
These verses are about 6 elegant water. You Xun means GengYou and XunSi. In Metal Dragon, XunSi is ChangSheng water and GengYou is DiWang water. Both Guas relate to females, therefore females will benefit from the auspiciousness. Zhen is Gua palace that means Jia Mao; Geng means Geng You. In metal Dragon JiaMao is Tai palace and GengYou is DiWang palace. Both are Yang in nature, therefore benefit males. If both waters cross MingTang converge in front of Xue will produce heroic and authoritative males. GenYin, BingWu, XunSi means Fire Dragon’s ChangSheng LinGuan and Wang waters converge and flow out XinXu Grave exit. This can produce great leaders in the family, and can bring great prosperity too. Hai means sitting mountain (Xue) at XinHai (of 72 dragons) Metal Dragon. JiaMao is Tai water, XunSi is ChangSheng water, GengYou is DiWang water. If all three converge in MingTang and flows out GenYin Jue exit, then family will produce member who can achieve status of a minister. Yuan Chen (original spirit) water means that the water is DiWang water.
Example Metal Dragon – Geng Chen Metal Xue sees GengYou DiWang water, is as Yuan Chen water. One can enjoy the auspiciousness, fame and fortune till old.
‘Wall star enter formation, become feudal lord or queen.’ This Wall Star 垣星(Yuan Xing), refers to Chinese system of Heavenly stars that comprise the 28 constellations. Yuan Xing comprises several clusters of stars grouped and named as Yuan Xing, among which are ZiWei YuanXing, Tian Bu YuanXing and Tai Wei YuanXing (stars). In this heavenly stars system, they also categorise stars into 3 Auspicious and 6 Elegant, which is similar to the 12 Qi phase system. Therefore, ‘wall star enter formation’ means Elegant waters, Guandai, LinGuan and Diwang enter into MingTang. It can produce warlords as well as queens.
Zhen Geng refers to Jia Mao and Geng You. JiaMao water is DiWang of Wood Dragon; and GengYou water is DiWang of Metal Dragon. Both are TianGan water, which is the InitialQi of DiWang and is very powerful. It can produce wealth beyond one’s dreams, even matching the wealth of a country. Si Bing means XunSi and BingWu, both LinGuan and DiWang palace of Fire Dragon. Because it is Fire Ju, and have ‘power’ sort of, will produce warriors and heroes.
Xu Qian means XinXu and QianHai two double mountain. XinXu is Mu palace and QianHai is Jue palace of Fire Dragon. If water cross MingTang at these two places will suffer ‘Drum Basin’ sha. The word Drum Basin, came about, according to history, is when ZhuangZi lost his wife, he beat a drum to show his grief. Therefore this Drum Basin sha could mean one may suffer loss of wife. Kun is KunShen and is Jue palace of Wood Dragon. Kun is TaiYin, is Female. Females will suffer loneliness in old age. Mao is JiaMao and you is GengYou. JiaMao is MuYu palace of Fire Dragon, while gengYou is MuYu palace of Water Dragon. MuYu corresponds to Peach Blossom sha. Females suffer promiscuity. However if the water is clean, clear and slowly meandering, then may not suffer promiscuity. Could reverse and produce loyal, able and virtuous women. Zi is RenZi, MuYu palace of Wood Dragon; Wu is BingWu, MuYu palace of Metal Dragon. If muddy and dirty water flows past these two places, one will suffer robbery. But if the origination of the water source is not clear or too many, then may produce military officer. Yi Chen water is Mu (grave) water of Water Dragon. If this water cross MingTang, one may suffer death by drowning. Bing is BingWu, Ding is DingWei. BingWu water is DiWang of Fire Dragon.
Petition 赦文, is a cryptic word that denotes GuanDai, LinGuan and DiWang waters, 3 of 6 elegant waters. If these waters cross MingTang and meets up with MuYu water, will cause sexual promiscuity (hence peach blossom). “difficult to ride on purity wind” means men and women will be sex indulgent, hence immoral. “6 Elegant” waters are Tai, Yang, ChangSheng, GuanDai, LinGuan and DiWang. “malefic qi” means Bing, Si, Mu and Jue waters. If the 6 Elegant waters meets up with Bing, Si, Mu and Jue waters (malefic qi), then become males can become thieve or burglars.
Yin is Dragon’s Bing (Sick) palace; Shen is Fire Dragon’s Bing palace; Si is Wood Dragon’s Bing palace and Hai is Metal Dragon’s Bing palace. Bing water cross MingTang can cause various medical problems such as miscarriage, TB or communicable disease. Xu Qian is XinXu and Qian Hai -- Mu (Grave) and Jue (Extinct) palace of Fire Dragon; Chen Xun is Yi Chen and Xun Si – Mu Jue palace of Water Dragon; If Mu and Jue water cross MingTang, will cause blindness or deaf and dumb. Yin Jia is Gen Yin and Jia Mao – are Bing and Si water of the Water Dragon. If these waters cross MingTang can cause stroke. “Excessively entwined” point to the aforesaid bad waters, if coiling across the MingTang is likened to ‘grasping a knife to slit the throat’. Yin Hai are Gen Yin and Qian Hai. Gen Yin is ChangSheng water of Fire Dragon, while Qian Hai is ChangSheng water of Wood Dragon. Wood born Fire. If both waters meet, could happen fire calamity. Shen Kun Ren Zi Chen, means Kun Shen, Ren Zi and Yi Chen – Shen Zi Chen, Sheng Wang Mu of water formation. If these three waters cross MingTang and meets with Hai water will become excessive water. This can cause people to become drifters with no roots and no achievement of any kind. The last line sums up this section. If sitting and facing meets with correct waters cross MingTang and correct water exits, then will experience auspiciousness. If otherwise, will experience inauspiciousness.
The first two lines affirm the fact that whenever in a formation there are towering and beautiful mountains that emits an air of majesty and magnificence, as distant hills, surely can cause great men to be born in that area. Fortune and prosperity can be gained from beautiful and elegant mountains. Therefore there is a difference between auspicious incoming dragon from ShengWang directions and inauspicious incoming dead dragons coming from waning (Shuai) directions. Whether the dragon is situated in the 4 Ordinal points of Qian Kun Gen Xun or in the 6 Elegant directions, as long as there are towering beautiful and elegant mountains, surely can experience auspiciousness of achieving official status or gaining prosperity.
Horse (马) means Wu (午) and is the DiWang palace of the Fire Dragon. Salary (禄) is the LinGuan positions of the Dragons.
Fire Dragon – LinGuan in XunSi and DiWang in BingWu;
Metal Dragon – LinGuan in KunShen and DiWang in GengYou;
Water and Earth Dragon – LinGuan in QianHai and DiWang in RenZi;
Wood Dragon – LinGuan in GenYin and DiWang in JiaMao.
Whenever distant hills are low and ugly, will surely experience false fame and false gain. This line means that even if the distant hi lls are of DiWang and LinGuan, but the hills are low, ugly and unappealing, then there is nothing to be gained from the Qi emitted from these hills.
‘GenBing cross peak’ – Gen as ChangSheng palace of Fire Dragon and Bing as DiWang palace of Fire Dragon. If both peaks are in front of the site, and both are tall and majestic, then will sure cause to achieve scholarly excellence.
This line talks about the 4 Zheng Guas 四正卦 of Kan, Zhen, Li, and Dui.
Bing, Wu, Ding are the 3 mountains of Li Gua.
Geng, You, Shen are the 3 mountains of Dui Gua;
Ren, Zi, Gui are the 3 mountains of Kan Gua;
Jia, Mao, Yi are the 3 mountains of Zhen Gua.
Bing Wu Ding 3 mountains is the DiWang sector of the Fire Dragon;
Geng, You, Shen 3 mountains is the DiWang sector of the Metal Dragon;
Ren, Zi, Gui 3 mountains is the DiWang sector of the Water Dragon;
Jia, Mao, Yi 3 mountains is the DiWang sector of the Wood Dragon.
If the hills in the DiWang sector are tall lofty and majestic are auspiciousness and one can gain the best of everything.
Kun mountain is Metal Dragon’s LinGuan palace. Similarly, Water Dragon’s LinGuan is in Qian, Wood Dragon’s LinGuan is in Gen, and Fire Dragon’s LinGuan is in Xun.
These 4 Gua positions, even though are LinGuan palace of thei respective Dragons, but if the mountains there are low, ugly and inelegant, then there shall be no auspiciousness. Even if one strives laboriously to succeed in scholarly pursuits, one may still be at the bottom of the list.
Tian Tai is a cryptic phrase that refers to 24 TianXingXue (studies of 24 celestial stars). Tian is TianYi and Tai is TaiYi. Translated into plain words, it simply means the Green Dragon and White Tiger embraces of a site. If theses two, Green Dragon and White Tiger peaks don’t rise up, but are low and inconspicuous, then one will not receive help from mentors or noble people. One may not even receive help or assistance from friends. 荐元means GuanDai palace; 官贵means LinGuan palace. This verse is referring to the double mountains’ Stems and Guas of the TianPan Seam Needle.
Fire Dragon – Yi and Xun two mountains;
Metal Dragon – Ding and Kun two mountains;
Water Dragon – Xin and Qian two mountains
Wood Dragon – Gui and gen two mountains.
If the hills in these sectors are low, ugly and inelegant, then even if one is highly capable, one cannot enjoy promotion or be chosen for official status. But if reverse, hills are tall beautiful and elegant, then one can enjoy promotion to high official status.
This verse borrowed the from ZhouYi, the correlation between Gua and other phenomena such as animals:
Qian is correlated to Horse;
Kun is correlated to Ox;
Zhen is correlated to Dragon;
Xun is correlated to Rooster;
Kan is correlated to Boar;
Li is correlated to Pheasant;
Gen is correlated to Dog; and
Dui is correlated to Ram.
Qian horse means Qian palace is heavenly Horse mountain;
Kun Ox means Kun palace is heavenly ox mountain peak;
Gen Dog means Gen Palace is heavenly Dog water exit and
Xun Rooster means Xun palace is heavenly rooster mountain peak.
These are the 4 Ordinal Guas. The phrases “clamor towards heaven”, “looking at the Moon”, “follow the market” and “mistakenly crow” are all cryptic words that mean the mountain peaks in these 4 Gua sectors are tall, beautiful and elegant. These tall beautiful elegant hills will bring easy achievements of fame and fortune.
“Tai Wei” and “Southern Dipper” are derived from the 24 TianXingXue (studies of 24 celestial stars). TaiWei is referring to Bing mountain and Southern Dipper is Ding mountain. “Golden steps” is referring to Geng mountain and Jade Palace is referring to Xin mountain.
This verse is about the Metal incoming Dragon and Metal Xue, and the water exit is at Gen palace. Distant hills are found in XunSi ChangSheng palace, BingWu MuYu palace, DingWei at GuanDai palace, KunShen LinGuan palace, GengYou DiWang palace, and XinXu Shuai palace.
Between XunSi to XinXu, are found some of the 6 Elegant mountains. Therefore, the verse—“3rd grade official hasten to Six Elegant official and red stage all to oneself”, means that even a lowly officer can elevate to a higher position within the Imperial Palace.
Here, Xun is referring to Xun Gua, and the 72 dragon referred here is the JiSi Wood Dragon. Xin means XinXu mountain, which is the Yang palace of the Wood Dragon. If the hills at XinXu are towering like a pen, beautiful and elegant, then it can produce a scholarly person. Qian is wood Dragon’s ChangSheng palace. Gen is Wood Dragon’s LinGuan palace.
If JiSi Wood Dragon incoming and Xue spot, and water exit to DingWei Grave exit, and other than XinXu mountain peak, also have QianHai ChangSheng and GenYin LinGuan peaks towering, beautiful and elegant, not only can get scholarly offspring, can also get great prosperity.
If we look at the other Dragons we may also find similar situations: Metal Dragon, incoming at GengXu, water exit at GuiChou Grave palace, beautiful mountain peaks at Yi, Xun and Kun;
Fire Dragon, incoming at BingYin, water exit at XinXu Grave palace, beautiful mountain peaks at Gui, gen and Xun; JiaShen or BingZi water Dragon incoming, water exit at YiChen grave palace, beautiful mountain peaks at Ding, Kun and Qian.
This phrase is about Wood Dragon incoming. BingWu palace has RenWu Wood Dragon (72 dragon), and Gen is LinGuan palace. LinGuan mountains can bring good fortune in business profits. If this Wood Dragon, other than seeing Gen LinGuan mountain, also sees Qian ChangSheng mountain and DiWang mountain at JiaMao (Zhen Gua), then not only can prosper with unlimited income, but also can enjoy fame and recognition much like being awarded the imperial emperor.
This verse is still touching on the Wood Dragon formation. Xun means JiSi Wood Dragon; while Hai means JiHai Wood Dragon. Geng Zhen means Wood Formation’s Tai and DiWang palaces. This means that Geng and Zhen mountains rise up high, towering, majestic, beautiful and elegant, and seemingly in the stance of paying homage. “north south, facing Kan Li” means JiSi dragon sits on Southeast and face Northwest. JiHai sits Northwest very inclined towards North, and facing Soiutheast inclined towards South.
This line affirms the crucial status and relationship of water exits and embrace with the Xue spot. In FengShui, landform, Dragon and water exits are the most crucial of factors that determines the auspiciousness or inauspiciousness of a site. If there are 3 auspicious or 6 elegant water cross MingTang, even if the embraces are inauspicious and have sha, these auspicious waters will mitigate the inauspiciousness and transform it to become auspicious. This underscores the power of water in any fengshui formation. If incoming Dragon is weak and bad waters cross MingTang, even if embraces are good and strong, will not be able to cover for the inadequacies.
Gen is Fire Dragon’s ChangSheng palace, Bing is Fire Dragon’s DiWang palace. If in these two sectors are JuMen shaped mountains (Earth shaped) that looks like a storage vault, and are high and majestic, then will bring untold riches, so much that it can match a country’s wealth. Xun is Fire Dragon’s LinGuan palace. If in this sector have a beautiful mountain that looks like the eyebrows of a goose, then ladies will be born beautiful.
Xun is Water Dragon’s Jue (Extinct) palace. Xin is water Dragon’s GuanDai Palace. Kun Shen means Jia Shen Water Dragon in Kun sector. If mountain peaks at Xun and Xin mountains although pointed and narrow, looking like a pen, but does not look beautiful, are rocky or are too low, and Xun being Jue palace, will experience legal disasters. This applies to the other Dragons. Zhen means Wood Dragon; Geng means Metal Dragon. In Wood Dragon, Zi is MuYu failure palace; In metal Dragon, Wu is MuYu failure palace. If in these palaces have embraces are mountain peaks that looks like a raised flag and are low, ugly and inelegant, then can suffer being robbed.
Six Elegant palaces are: Tai, Yang, ChangSheng, GuanDai, LinGuan and DiWang.
The Six Elegant palaces of each dragon are:
Metal Dragon: JiaMao, YiChen, XunSi, DingWei, KunShen and GengYou;
Water Dragon: BingWu, DingWei, KunShen, XinXu, QianHai and renZi;
Wood Dragon: GengYou, XinXu, QianHai, GuiChou, GenYin and JiaMao;
Fire Dragon: RenZi, GuiChou, GenYin, YiChen, XunSi and BingWu.
(Note: in YGFS, auditing distant hills, primary consideration is given to
Stems and Guas of the double mountains of the Heaven Plate Seam Needle).
If in these palaces have mountains tall lofty and beautiful, and looks like drawn swords are halberds, then can experience great nobility, power and authority. If these sword halberd or tooth-blade shaped mountains are found in the Mu and Jue directions, then will experience being killed violently.
Three Auspicious palaces are: ChangSheng, LinGuan and DiWang,
Metal Dragon: Xun, Kun and Geng;
Water Dragon: Kun, Qian and Ren;
Wood Dragon: Qian, Gen and Jia;
Fire Dragon: Gen, Xun and Bing.
If mountains these three are tall beautiful and elegant and looks like tortoise, crane, lute or sword, will produce scholarly gentlemen. Chou is the Mu palace of metal Dragon; Wei is the Mu palace of the wood Dragon. Similarly Chen is Mu palace of water Dragon and Xu is Mu palace of Fire Dragon. KunShen is the LinGuan palace of Metal Dragon. This line also hints at the other Dragon’s LinGuan palaces. If in these places can find nice looking tall mountain peaks, then the result could be a generation of religious and pious holy men.
The MuYu palaces of the Dragons are correlated to peach blossom. If in these palaces find moungtains that looks like women lifting up their skirts while dancing, then possibly the women could become wanton and promiscuous.
Hell Spring in the 12 Growth palaces system is the Death palace. If in this sector finds mountains that resembles a reclining moon or corpse lying down, the potential disaster can befall the young and adolescent in the family.
8 Planets means BaSha direction. The BaSha of the 4 Dragons are situated in Mu and Jue palaces. If in these palaces finds tall mountains that looks like a blade, then potential disaster of being killed. YiChen is the Grave palace of the water Dragon. This line also mean the other Grave palaces. If Grave water cross MingTang, and in the 8 Killing direction also have blade like mountains, then potential death by drowning.
KunShen is Fire Dragon’s Sick palace;
QianHai is Metal Dragon’s sick palace;
GenYin is Water Dragon’s sick palace;
XunSi is Wood Dragon’s Sick palace.
If in these places have mountains that looks like a water ladle or earthen bowl, then the people could be inclined to leave home for a medicant life as monks, nuns or beggars.
Ghost Ox Yin Jia means Shuai, Sick and Death palaces. If in these palaces have mountain that looks like a gourd, then potential disaster of craziness, handicapped or suffer recurring chronic illness.
South Li means BingWu. It is Wood Dragon’s death Palace. This also denotes the other Dragon’s death palaces. If in this palace finds high lofty and solitary mountain, potentially could meet with fire disaster. Seal Star means mountain that looks like seal (official seal or stamp as used in ancient China). Day Horse means Wu. More specifically it means wu hour, Noon or height of day. If in Death Palace have a mountain that looks like an official’s seal, towering so high that it can block off the noon day sun, then potential disaster of blindness or eye disease.
This line actually means that whenever there is 3 auspicious or 6 Elegant mountain peaks tall and towering, beautiful and elegant, then it dioes not matter how far it is from the Xue spot. Distance is not a matter of concern. It can be 10 miles away or several hundred meters away, the auspiciousness i s the same.
These two lines concludes the whole classic text. In FengShui audit, the main criteria is to have a good MingTang that includes beautiful and clean meandering water exiting the Grave exit, and embraces and distant hills tall lofty beautiful and elegant.
The distinction between Host and Guest is clear. Yin and Yang compliments each other. The embraces are not domineering and the water does not ‘betray or snub’ the Xue. Everything is sentimental. Then only can the formation bring good fortune, prosperity and nobleness.
Distant hills should be beautiful and lush with greenery. The landform shapes are proper and eye pleasing. Distant hills that look stealthy, creepy, ugly and are displeasing to the eye, can cause dishonesty, craftiness, wickedness, immoral and unethical and sexual promiscuity.
Hills that look away or are like playing hide and seek; sometimes seeing sometimes hiding, stealthily. These types of distant hills can cause thieves and robbers and dishonest people to be born.
Hills clustered in one sector and do not look distinct, or does not have a distinct peak, are also non auspicious distant hills.
Therefore, in conclusion, embraces, waters and distant hills, must be beautiful, elegant, clear and sentimental to bring auspiciousness. One can analyse auspiciousness or in-auspiciousness just by determining the condition of these Embraces, water and distant hills.
CREDIT - Written by Li DingXin, translated by MoonChin.
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