The Chinese Metaphysics are really fascinated with the sky 天. It is also known as Heavenly Bodies – planets, stars, sun and so forth. So, how do we look at it in FengShui?
There is a saying: -
Translated as: First Class master observing the stars and asterism, second class master observing the water mouth and the third class master runs around the mountain (implying not seeing anything).
So, in order to be the first class master, you are supposed to be able to observe the star and to apply your FengShui cure without even the need to go to the site! Is it possible? Within this phrase it is hidden the secret of XieZi 些子. Apparently when SanHe and SanYuan meet it is where XieZi 些子 is, right?
There are nine layers of Heaven 九层天. How the 9 layers of Heaven does comes about? Has it also got to do with the mysterious lady of the nine heaven 九天玄女? There is a metaphysical aspect and a physical aspect of Heaven. In FengShui, we study the physical aspect or better known as the 9 spheres of Heaven - the fixed star + 7 governors + Earth = 9 spheres of Heaven. It is also from here, the notion of three heavens 三天 are derived – Early Heaven 先天, Later Heaven 后天 and Middle Heaven 中天.
It reminds me of what Zhang ZhongShan has to say: -
North Dipper refers to heavenly north dipper, the host of congenital Qi/YuanQi and the source of the myriad things. The handle of the dipper points east, spring arrives, handle points west, fall arrives. One birth one killing, everything and every matters are influenced by the movement of the dipper handle.
中天 = 先天為體、後天為用?
地德上载，天光下临，this phrase can also means what you did as in earthly virtue (good karma) will be bestowed by heavenly blessings. However, within the context of this classic, it meant the landform as pulled out of the surface of the earth forming mountains are the result of the stars having to arrive at that location for many light years.
Yin use Yang faces. Yang use Yin respond. YinYang mutually meet, fortune prosperity ever pure. YinYang together mismatched, misfortune disaster arriving at doorstep. That is how one supposed to use the middle heaven 中天. Therefore 三等地师满山走, is very crucial to be able to discern YinYang not otherwise you will be running around seeing nothing.
Heaven that which presides – matching the heavenly bodies, earth that which contains – the land form that contains Qi. Form retains, Qi gathers – ten thousand things are born – The ability to receive Qi there will be ShengQi. Qi moves and responds spirits blessings touch people - How does Qi moves and retain? . Heaven has image – through the star map, earth has form – through the land form. Up down mutual rules – linking the heaven and earth and complete one body – as in one applications – this speak of change.
My Early Writings on this Subject :
We are One Big Family
The coming of the lunar 9th month marks an important event in the Dao calendar. It marks the arrival of the 9 emperor gods. Many may ignores such a great event, because the understanding is such that many academies are disassociating themselves of the spiritual inclination of Fengshui with the religion of Dao. Such were necessary when the needs to market this knowledge is deemed important to attract the audience of the Westerner. Likewise, in my previous blog, the notion of this art is indeed argued in the title called the religion of Fengshui. As the term Fengshui itself is misleading, I had move on to speak only about KanYu, leaving others to talk about Fengshui.
The 9th month marks the arrival of the 9 stars. Having the similar name of the 7 North Dipper Stars with the 2 imaginary stars, these stars are frequently used in the context of KanYu devoid of its real understanding of the potential of these stars. The ShenShi methodology of XK Flying Star array the 9 stars having the association of the period, facing and sitting stars with the 81 associated combinations for divination. Purple White on the other hand had these stars to be Qi, Image and numbers, again using the map and the book for divination. Xuan Kong Da Gua (XKDG) has the period and element numbers to match in the combination of 10, HETU and pure GUA formation for prescription. Yet these understandings are devoid of the true essence of the 9 stars.
Similarly, the understanding of the 4 enclosures and the 7 luminaries making the backbone of 3 auspicious 6 elegances mountain and water also uses these names of the 9 stars. Yet, none contain the true essence of the 9 stars. Even if one were to understand the secret of Qing Nan Au You, understand the Dian Dian Dao, one will not reckon that the arrival of the 9 stars is within the 60 dragons. Worst if the understanding of KanYu is butchered in a way of the 2 schools of thought namely San He and San Yuan. There is no SanHe or SanYuan to begin with. SanYuan is not derived from SanHe neither is SanHe derived from SanYuan. There is only Heaven, Man and Earth. The rest is being made up for publications.
This is the true reflection of San Yuan. We are one big family indeed. KanYu originated from China with a reason. This is a Chinese art, for a reason. Again, if you move far west, one will come back to the east. The affinity of the family comes in three.
I remembered, some practitioner said, KanYu is a fire related field. Master of the old never said that. KanYu belongs to the field of the 5 elements with fire and water being more prominent. Saying thus, I remembered a famous master trainer did said, most of the practitioners must have the fire and water in their BaZi, notably a water person will be instrumental to control the so called art of fire. This fire element must be Bing fire, the most Yang element and the self element must be Gui water being the most Yin element of the 10 pantheon of heavenly stem. Having these Yin Yang stars marked the proficiency of the practitioners to master the art. This I must forewarned to be taken with a huge pinch of salt. By the same token, if ever a master said, only the water day master person will be a good KanYu master, please take it as a marketing gimmick.
Master of the old said, heaven and earth fixed positions; water and fire never shoot each other. Meaning to establish heavenly affinity, heaven and earth must be in proper location in which fire and water never controls each other. Here, one sees that what is the use when the Sun as in Bing Fire meets a cloud, Gui water? Where is wisdom in such an argument? Being useful and Yang, the Sun must reveal and being humble and resourceful, the Yin vapors must be hidden in the branches as the source of life. This is the beginning of the greater SanYuan.
Early heaven is the principle, later heaven is the application. EH arrangement being Li Gua at the East. LH application having Zhen Gua at the East. Matching both, revealing Bing Fire, the affinity starts with the three. San Yuan starts with the three. The one big family starts with the three.
It is on this day, WuZi year, DingYou month and BingZi day, the three comes together receiving the essence of SanYuan. The DaGua is unaccomplished. There is more work to be done in dispelling the misconception of this art. Do you now belong to the one big family?