Strange but true, most of us think that BaZhai or fondly known as 8 mansions techniques are Kindergarten stuff, these techniques are the most advanced stuff in YangGong method. Gone are the necessities to look at the water mouth with the true BaZhai and when you are able to discern to the correct Gua – you are able to dictate what is mountain and what is water indirectly dictate what your Xue positions is. This is where SanHe and SanYuan break apart and merged as a one and only solution. However, the true technique has been concealed beyond recognition.
Let’s take BaZhai MingJing (BZMJ) for instance. It is one of the most common and most corrupted textbook in this subject taking sources from all sorts of classics available at that time, adding chapters upon chapters by various authors. Some believes that it is a false method first designed by YiXing to pass it on to the barbaric nations of his time such as Japan and Korea only to return to the middle Kingdom to confuse the Chinese notably during the Qing Dynasty where people like Zhang BingLing marketed himself almost similar to those of our modern contemporaries.
What exactly is BaZhai MingJing?
Gua, Star Relationships
The common mantra Early Heaven as the principle, Later Heaven as the application. In BaZhai the Body is the Earth Plate and the Application is the Heaven Plate relationship. Earth Plate referred to the Later Heaven BaGua and Heaven Plate related to Purple White Star (Heaven Qi). This is not accurate. Earth Plate refers to the SanHe frames while Heaven Plate refers to the SanYuan Qi – this is where the earth Xue meets heaven Xue so to allow you to derive the ONE Gua XieZi. Is it obvious? No way!
House Form and Alternate BaZhai Star Assignments
This is a Form Assessment based on XingSha, Multitier configurations, compartmentalization and Door types. It hinted that Forms take precedents over Formula. It prescribed Secondary and Tertiary methods of BaZhai Stars allocation – Primary (base on House Seating), Secondary (Door Location), Tertiary (Highest Room). Rather strange that in applications there are various method to raised FuWei. Raise FuWei is a method of measuring Xue locations and must it stop at tertiary? This chapter also suggested the uses of “Sky Well” or Court Yard to receive Qi. It also suggests obvious Killing Qi based on House Facing – SanHe BaLu HuangGuan or Eight Roads of Destruction. Rather strange for a SanYuan method conforming a SanHe Killing Qi? What happened to the SanYuan Robbery Sha instead? It goes to show that the 4 fundamental structures are indispensible in SanYuan. Without the Heaven Plate in the SanYuan LuoPan, how do you measure the 4 water mouths?
Discerning YinYang of the 24 mountain Xu-Chen being the YinYang Boundary with Yang (East) and Yin (West). Why it uses Xu-Chen as the YinYang threshold and not Chou and Wei? YuanKong Divination techniques using 6 Yao Hexagram is used to evaluate auspiciousness where the Main Entrance / Stove mouth construct the 1st Yao, from incoming path as 2nd Yao to outgoing path as 3rd Yao, House Facing Gua is the 4th – 6th Yao or the upper trigram. Hexagram’s lower trigram and upper trigram is evaluated between Life Gua and BaZhai Star relationship. This is where BZMJ suggested that if you cannot change the House sitting Gua, change the door facing and if other fails, just move the stove around until you get an auspicious Gua matching. This is called the mystical YangGong Stove method to expedite children and wealth. This is a whole subject by itself. What it is most interesting but not expressly told is that the Location of the Main Door is of paramount important to match the Life Gua yet silence on if it is for the male or the female?
Shining Water Classics
Star and Palace relationship is based on Shining Water Classics. It uses secondary BaZhai Star distribution techniques to analyse relationship between Gua of the Main Door location to the door Gua location of the other rooms. The outcomes affect the related family member – Palace Counter Palace. Portends – ShengQi benefits eldest, TianYi benefits second, YanNian benefits youngest. Same applies to JueMing (eldest male), WuGui (eldest son), HuoHai (middle son), LiuSha (youngest son).
Jade Carriage Classics
BZMJ did not spell out NaJia BaGua as a method to locate the Main Door and instead it employs Jade Carriage Classics to determine the favourable and non-favourable location for water exit. This must be read in tandem with the SanHe 4 water mouths approach. First, the Jade Carriage prescribed the 24 stars with the fixed order lead by a lead star (Fortune, Epidemic, Wealth, Illness, Lawsuits, Knight, Noble, Hang, Village, Thriving, Execution, Madness, Argument, Silkworm, Farm, Weeping, Lonely, Widow, Glorious, Premature Death, Prostitute, InLaws, Extinction, Prosperous). It did not explain where or how these stars come into the picture. It is a prescribed poem assumedly taken from some distance ShenSha text. If you care to take a close scrutiny it prescribed assigning of the 24 stars to the 24 mountains based on House sitting Gua to determine where the lead star is to reside and these mountains are generally the stables (Yin, Si, Shen and Hai) and Ren, Kun, Ding and Geng. No reason given as to the manner it is orderly assigned to generate the 24 mountain charts that show where to open door, water exit, locate toilet and so forth.
Purple White Stars
Well, it just don’t stop right there. BZMJ suggests that the Purple White Stars – Replacement star method based on the sitting Gua must be employed to make sure that it is feasibly timely. These replacement stars are evaluated against each of the palaces YinYang and elemental relationships within the LoShu to derive auspiciousness and inauspiciousness. In summary, the outcome is an oversized onion with many layers of theories or methods squeezed together to determine the right door!
Problem With Eight Mansions
Saying thus, it opens up to myriads issues worth investigating. Is our theory wrong or simply our applications going so wrong? One conclusion, Eight Mansion is not as simple as it appears to be.On another note, do you really knows what make a ShengQi really growing Qi and not just name sake? What is the quality of YanNian and the qualifying factors of TianYi and not just those descriptions found on the books available in the market. It is all in the DaGua itself.
More Story On the Predisposition of 8 Mansions
8 Mansions predisposition is based on the Year pillar. The stem branch system of the four pillars is a classic example of defined Yang Heaven above Yin Earth below, not entirely the representation of the Early Heaven arrangement.
Taking the postulation that year is the root and the succession hour is the fruit, the year pillar is reflective of the incoming dragon. 8 Mansions predisposition is based on the Year pillar as dragon represents the measurement of Earth Qi – FengShui. By the same token, the 3 cycles or SanYuan is the measurement of Earth Qi. It will be a little strange if we over emphasized that SanYuan measures only Heaven Qi. This is entirely misleading.
Another form of predisposition is based on the Month pillar. The month is the branch reflective of the mountain. If the Year pillar is the Greater Yang, then the Month pillar is the Greater Yin. Mountain is influenced by the cycle and phases of the moon. It measures the temporal Qi of a person. Ever wonder why a person’s luck pillar starts from the month instead of the others? By the same token, if one wants to change a person’s luck, which predisposition one has to account for?
The Root of The Eight Mansions (BaZhai)
Some one told me that The BaZhai that is taught in the market today is not what it is suppose to be. Not many people know that there is the EH part and the LH part. The EH governs the “mountain” aspect and the LH governs “water” aspect. From each type of houses, we determine the LH and EH of the house. From here, we can seek to read and predict the happenings of occupants within the property.
Similarly on a defunct Chinese Metaphysic Website called Element V, it was stated that “. …many are not aware that the BaZhai method should not be used for commercial premises. It is an end-user product for relationships, and meant for application to residential dwellings only. I should add that BaZhai applications are based on the Early Heaven Gua, not the Later Heaven Gua, as commonly taught. And the same system can also be used for predicting and analyzing events.”
A further infusion of such, was a timely essay from HHC entails the trilogy of Door, Bed and the Stove, seizing up the confused aroma of the classical texts that consist of RuDiYen, BaZhai 4 Books, Complete Text of BaZhai, Classic on the Arrival of the Golden Light Star and BaZhaiMingJing, painting the setting, but not dwelling into roots of BaZhai.
So what is the roots of BaZhai?