QingNanXu 青囊序 is known to be written by Zheng WenChang 曾文辿. The original version is called LongShui Jing 龙水经. This classic was renamed when it is included in DiLi BianZhen 地理辨正 as QingNanXu 青囊序 mutilated by Jiang DaHung 蔣大鴻. The greatest different is the missing chapters called Xiao XuanKong 小玄空. It is believed that he coined 大玄空 from here. It is said to have contained the methods of measurement with the LuoPan. Xiao XuanKong 小玄空 has been withheld as an annex to SanHe FengShui, a forerunner of SanYuan.
QingNanXu 青囊序 is never considered to be an important textbook for the YangGong GuFa (Old method) lineage for the reason that it is not written by YangGong himself. If you read the contents with the lens of YangGong method, it does fall in places. However, there are many "strange" terminologies or jargon that had confused a whole lots of FengShui masters past and current. For example: -
Perhaps we may simply not able to read as classical writing has no comma and full stops although it is structured in a 7 characters rhyme, common to all Tang Dynasty styles of writing, for example: -
Therefore, by this mysterious term or jargon called the Time Master (時師), you can virtually form another school of thought, otherwise it is just a simple expression of "to use the double mountains in profound (knowledgeable) contemplation". Well, someone told us that Time Master (時師) is the Heaven Plate. Really?
No matter what is to be said about QingNanXu 青囊序, as its name implied, it is a far more important Preface summarizing all of YangGong techniques, only if you are able to discern what has been written.
YiFengshui brings to you a simple translation of QingNanXu 青囊序 and if it doesn't bored you down, it will elevate you onto another levels of FengShui proficiency, hopefully.
We are very familiar with HeTu. When we see 16, it is water, 27, fire, 38, wood and 49 metal. What say if the same were to apply to combination and transformation of the Heaven Stems. 16 becomes earth, 27 becomes metal, 38 becomes water, 49 becomes wood and 5 10 becomes fire. So, which is correct and which is wrong?
天地阴阳五行之气 - heaven earth yinyang qi
纳甲阴阳之论 - DISCUSSING NAJIA YINYANG
SECONDARY METHOD OF SITE REPAIRING
FOUR KINGLY SPIRITS
12 monthly vital/torpid qi
HuangDi ZhaiJing, as accordance to one SanYuan school, is the fundamental techniques of BaZhai, Eight Mansions. Such postulation may not go well with the current YangGong Old School practitioners, but again, it is based on ONE SanYuan school of thought, just for discussion. There are many western school out there offering Fundamental in FengShui, but how many masters really understand the true art of FengShui including some very rock bottom fundamentals, such as HuangDi ZhaiJing? What is the link between NaYin and BaGua? More importantly, how do you apply such? Theory is one thing, application is the other. It may sounds great in theory, when it is put to application, it may not bring the desire outcome, why? Yet, many have the cheek to offer courses in Fundamental in FengShui, where the fundamental is nowhere to be found in the west. Flying Star FengShui as the foundation of FengShui? Be realistic guys!
The first part of the classic has indicated that, 近來學者，多攻五姓八宅、黃道白方，例皆違犯大經，未免災咎, translated by Michael John Paton as, “of recent scholars, there are many who have attacked the Five Surnames and the eight sites of the Yellow (Emperor's) Way, saying their prescriptions and regulations all violate the laws of the great Classic and are unable to escape disaster and defect”. Most likely the Flying Star guys have been around since.
The Five Surnames 五姓, as in the definition of this school, referred to the Five Tones, WuYin 五音, of 宫、商、角、徵、羽, Gong, Shang, Jiao, Zhi, Yu, pentatonic musical notes. When these tones are multiplied by the 6 kinds of musical instruments and with its YinYang annotation, the result is a matrix of 60 tonal values. These values are what is probably known as 60 NaYin elements. It is also the very basic unit measurement of Qi, in FengShui. An entire body of knowledge called WuYun LiuQi 五运六气 is dedicated to explain such, go find out HERE!
八宅、黃道白方, as translated as the eight sites of the Yellow (Emperor's) Way is inaccurate. 五姓八宅, is to be read together as the Five Surnames Eight Mansions. This is the true method advocated by this classic. It is also said, 就此五種，其最要者唯有宅法，為真秘術, at this point of 5 "kinds of cultivation", then must have only 宅法, the dwelling method, is truly secret techniques. Such 宅法, the dwelling method is none other than 五姓八宅, the Five Surnames Eight Mansions techniques.
The gist of this method arise from the very YiJing rudiment of one begets two, two begets three and three are the mother of the myriad things. So, ultimately the method suggest that you must start to define the one, Xue or the meridian spot, matching its YinYang which is the two and apply these into the third aspect that eventually brings forth changes, as the myriad things. The classic is silence with regard to, “what is this 3rd element”? This missing technique is where the oral transmissions step in. It has to do with how you use your LuoPan, plain application.
As for the one, the classics state Siting is at the border of yin and yang, 宅陰陽之界. Many things can be construed as 宅, Siting. The normal translation would have been that a dwelling defines its YinYang, which make sense as the internal of the house is Yin and it’s external as Yang. Therefore, with the enclosure 宅, YinYang is established. Without enclosure 宅, what YinYang are we talking about? In other school, this is also termed establishing your Heaven’s Heart. The classic is dead silence of telling you how to establish the Heaven’s Heart.
As for the two, the classics emphasized so much on YinYang. By establishing your heaven’s heart, you are able to discern YinYang. The classics states, 大矣哉，陰陽之理也！經之陰者，生化物情之母也；陽者，生化物情之父也, great indeed is the principle of Yin and Yang. In these classics, the entity Yin is the mother which gives birth to and transforms the actuality of things, and the entity Yang is the father. In other words, your Heaven’s Heart determines where the white dot in the ocean of black is and the black dot in the ocean of white. In other school, this is also termed the Pure Yin and the Pure Yang. Eventually, your YinYang changes place as what eventually Yin may also be Yang and vice versa, that depends very much on where your Heavenly Heart is placed.
The classic continues to say, Qian is the leader of the three men, which are the trigrams, Zhen, Kan and Gen. These all belong to a Yang position. (Zhen, which follows Qian's position to the northwest, is YangMing). Kun is the leader of the three women which are the trigrams, Xun, Li, and Dui. These all belong to a Yin position. (The terrestrial branch Xu, which follows in the same direction as the southeast corner of the trigram Xun, is YinMing.), 乾將三男震、坎、艮，悉屬於陽位（即從西北乾位之震為陽明矣）；坤將三女，巽、離、兌悉屬陰之位（即從東南巽角順之戌為陰明矣). While reading these, many would had assumed, this is how one splits YinYang.
With the BaGua in placed, 八宅, Eight Mansions kick in. Remember that the classics states, 就此五種，其最要者唯有宅法，為真秘術, at this point of 5 "kinds of cultivation", then must have only 宅法, the dwelling method, is truly secret techniques. These 5 "kinds of cultivation" 五種, is referred to as your dwelling, Heaven’s Heart. You practically “plant” your Heaven’s Heart, and it is also dead silent in the classic. Therefore, in 八宅, Eight Mansions, there are 5 kinds of dwelling each with its elemental YinYang correspond to the 8 types of Dwelling (Gua).
The classic also states if there is an equal coming and going of Yin and Yang then it is at one with the Heavenly Way and naturally there is an expression of auspiciousness and abundance. 若一陰陽往來，即合天道自然，吉昌之象也. This sort of translation doesn’t seem right. It should be translated as if one YinYang comes and goes, thus combines with Heavenly Way is natural, perpetual auspicious is the image. It means to say, every abode has its YinYang and if it is in equilibrium, it follows the Heavenly Way. So, the art of Dwelling is to arbitrate such.
It states, by following the two qi, yin and yang, one can rectify this and the various spirits are slain. Both the Five Surnames and the sexagenary cycle are produced from the two qi, and are arranged in the corners of the four directions. (Thereupon), throughout the whole year in public matters there will be no disaster, 順陰陽二氣為正，此諸神殺及五姓、六十甲子皆從二氣而生，列在方隅，直一年公事，故不為災（凡諸刑殺在刑禍方者，設天德、月德到，亦須避之。Starts from YinYang, 2 Qi comes the BaGua and the 60 JiaZi NaYin, in application. Yet, it silenced in its application.
The classics continue to state its way, the twenty four paths accord with the size of a site. The Central Courtyard is divided into four sides, which constitute the twenty four paths. The ten celestial stems, the twelve terrestrial branches and the trigrams Qian, Gen, Kun and Xun together make up the twenty four paths, 二十四路者，隨宅大小，中院分四面，作二十四路。十幹十二支，乾艮坤巽，共為二十四路是也。 Once the dwelling is conformed to the 8 Gua, it progresses to use the 24 mountain plates, assumedly the Earth Plate as for once it is derived from the LiuRen ShiPan, and the rest was silenced. Every 24 mountain plates had its own YinYang and 60 JiaZi NaYin application. Yet many may also confused as to Central Courtyard is divided into four sides, 中院分四面. ZhongYuan 中院 means Central Courtyard, or something else?
Why need a “Central Courtyard” if it is not for Qi connections? 五姓八宅, Five Surnames Eight Mansions techniques required Qi connections via its Heaven Heart being the one, YinYang being the two and the 24 mountains application being the three. The classics silence in terms of how to fit the 8 Gua into the 24 mountains. Some school abide to the notion of one Gua governs 3 mountains principle, while another school abide to the notion of NaJia connecting Qi. Walla, there you go, schism within the same school.
Hence, ensuring that yang does not solely rule is achieved through yin. (One should put in order the yin aspect of a yang site.) Ensuring that yin does not solely rule is achieved through yang. (As stated above.), 是以陽不獨王，以陰為得（陽宅為宜修陰方）；陰不獨王，以陽為得（如上說）。五姓八宅, Five Surnames Eight Mansions required one to identify which part of the dwelling belongs to the Yin and which belongs to the Yang. Knowing such, one will able to deal with the corresponding 八宅, Eight Mansions matching with the Gua of the Dwelling thus avoiding the overly Yang or overly Yin. Does it means matching one’s Life Gua to the House’s Gua?
What is being imbalance YinYang, the classics stipulated that if Yin or Yang is entered three times, the site is said to be without soul. If it is four times, it is said to be of soul without spirit, 三度重入陰陽，謂之無魂；四人謂之無魄。 What is meant by Yin or Yang is entered three times and four times? In a BaGua configuration, there are 4 Yin and 4 Yang Gua. If in a case of a Yin house, there are unfortunately 3 to 4 Yin or Yang aspects, it is therefore imbalanced. The overly Yin is called soul without spirit, dull or dormant and overly Yang is called the site is said to be without soul, disharmony. The following verse sealed its place as 若一陰陽往來，即合天道自然，吉昌之象也. If one YinYang comes and goes, thus combines with Heavenly Way is natural, perpetual auspicious is the image.
How to define YinYang in the 24 mountains? For a Yang site the dragon's head is located in the terrestrial branch Hai and the tail is located in the terrestrial branch Si. For a Yin site the dragon's head is in Si and the tail is in Hai. 陽宅龍頭在亥，尾在巳；陰宅龍頭在巳，尾在亥. In other words, Hai and Si becomes the boundary of YinYang. Yang rises from Hai to Si and Yin rises from Si to Hai. Does it means clockwise and anti-clockwise or it defines the two halves of the YinYang according to the 24 mountains?
It continue to state that in general, there is movement from Xun to Qian, from the terrestrial branch Wu to the terrestrial branch Zi, from Kun to Gen, from the terrestrial branch You to the terrestrial branch Mao, and from Xu to Chen. (The above shift reaches the dwelling place of higher officials and no matter the distance, it is entering yang.) There is (also) a shift from Qian to Xun, from Zi to Wu, from Gen to Kun, from Mao to You, and from then to Xu. (The above shift reaches the higher officials and all have the name of entering yin.) Therefore, a fortunate and beneficial area diligently complies with the Heavenly Way (natural law). 凡從巽向乾、從午向子、從坤向艮、從酉向卯、從戌向辰移（已上移轉及上官所住，不計遠近悉入陽也），從乾向巽、從子向午、從艮向坤、從卯向酉、從辰向戌移（已上移轉及上官悉各入陰），故福德之方，勤依天道。
Paton’s translation is totally off tangent, for instance, 從巽向乾, was translated as from Xun to Qian. It is better translated as passing through Xun facing Qian instead. In other words, it is summarizes that: -
Entering Yang means, passing Xun facing Qian, Wu facing Zi, Kun facing Gen, You facing Mao, finally, Xu facing Chen.
Entering Yin means, passing Qian facing Xun, Zi facing Wu, Gen facing Kun, Mao facing You, finally, Chen facing Xu.
Reaching the higher officials 上移轉及上官, could means one step forward or forward cycle. Therefore there are 5 typical YinYang thresholds or boundaries. If entering Yang equals entering Yin, it complies with the Heavenly way.
What is this Heavenly Way? The classics states that the Heavenly Benefice (Yang), the Lunar Benefice (Yin), is the vital qi, ShengQi, come to this position, 天德、月德，生氣到其位, which in other word, a dwelling is able to receive ShengQi through the Qi connections where the Yin is balanced with the Yang and vice versa, as a site which is both Yin and Yang constitutes a dragon. The formula also says, “In inverting a site a level wall can lock out misfortune”. It means to say, one way to alter YinYang is to create partitions to channel and connect Qi. The level wall is already your dragon. So, in general, the incoming influences are not affected by distance, meaning your incoming Qi does not depend on the mountain range outside your dwellings. It can be just a level wall to channel and connect Qi.
Thus, these are the Primary Method of 五姓八宅 Five Surnames Eight Mansions Techniques.
P/S: Thanks Uncle Xu for your sharing!
Adopted from the translation by Thomas F. Aylward of the JieJi BianFang Shu 协纪辨方书...
This section discusses two issues: the associations of the NaYin with the 60 JiaZi pairs and the pairs' poetic names.' The compilers explain the musical-note associations by quoting a long passage written by the Famous Song dynasty Confucian scholar, Zhu Xi (1130-1200 CE). The explanation provided by Zhu Xi adds little to what has been said above, aside from his point about the WuXin correlate of the NaYin being the process produced by the process of the musical note in question. The five traditional Chinese musical notes were associated with the WuXin as follows:
1. Palace Note (gong) — earth,
2. Exchange Note (shang) — metal,
3. Horn Note (jue) — wood,
4. Summoning Note (zhi) — fire, and
5. Feather Note (yu) — water.
The explanations of the 'poetic' names of the NaYin were penned by an early-Ming dynasty (late-fourteenth century) scholar named Tao Zongyi. These explanations draw heavily on the twelve-stage life-cycle principle. The reasoning is, however, highly erratic. At times, the author bases his justifications on the WuXin
1. correlate of the branch,
2. at other times on that of the stem,
3. and at still other times on that of a related trigram.
Clearly, the NaYin WuXin correlates and their poetic names do not derive systematically from the stems or branches of the 60 JiaZi pairs, but the author felt a need to demonstrate that they do. It is noteworthy that the compilers of the Treatise could not locate another better-known or older reference to these poetic names, which suggests that the system was neither very old nor of great significance.
Zhu Xi said, `The musical sounds are earth, metal, wood, fire, and water. In the Great Plan, these are water, fire, wood, metal, and earth. The NaYIn system takes each of the sixty stem-branch pairs and matches it with one of the WuYin. The process to which the WuYin gives birth serves as the musical note that the stem-branch pair receives.
Let’s ask, “How do you do a Qi connection for a bed, a XKDG way”? The reason to do so is to allow the person to recharge his or her energy during sleep. Just liked a hand phone with drained batteries during the day, it needs to be recharged to its maximum for the next day. How exactly do you go about it?
To answer this question, one has to identify, which part of the human body is the portal for Qi to come and go. It is also a gateway for the mortal soul to leave the body, when life expires. The Daoist’s approach is that to be reborn as human, it (soul) needs to leave the body through the DanTian (naval) meridian. To be reborn as animal, it needs to leave through the mouth. To be reborn as immortal, it needs to leave through the “third eye”. There are many definitions to this – “third eye”. It is not in the scope of this article.
Is the naval meridian, the mouth or the “third eye” be construed as the portal of Qi? We may not know exactly, but let’s look at the way coffin is position within a household during a funeral wake. The contemporary position would have been the feet of the deceased is placed facing the main door. The urban legends state that such position is to facilitate the soul to leave the house and go out from the main door. TVB (HK) even take such a little further by demonstrating that the soul actually sit up bend over, get its feet down and walk straight to the door, as though gravity still has its toll.
One FengShui master said that, to do so is to allow the Door Gods to grant entry visas for the deceased’s soul to be remained within the household during funeral wakes. Therefore, it is there due to traditional believes, some considered it cultural BS. Yet, when Yifengshui put such up in FB, none actually do a throughout study as to the way it is carried out traditionally… You will be surprised, how these ancient Chinese does it, with solid reasons going back to the point – portal of Qi.
This very position with legs facing the door is also called – the mortuary position and it is a greatest taboo in contemporary FengShui, bed placement techniques. It is assumed that all Yang house FengShui has its beginning in Yin house FengShui. So the bed is the coffin, by reference. A traditional coffin has a headboard and a footboard. A contemporary bed also has a headboard but the footboard is optional. A tombstone is erected close to the footboard of the coffin. As the tombstone is the only structure continually erected off from the internal of the grave, it is deemed to be an antenna to the outer world. Yet, no one ask where does this weird idea comes about? Do you see that sort of tombstone during Qin Dynasty?
Also, no one actually has an answer as to which door do you referred to when you say, it is a taboo to sleep with the feet facing the door? Main door to your house/apartment? Bed room door? Main door to your apartment block? Traditionally, the common households have their beds with one side placed abutted to the wall. It is neither the headboard nor the footboard. Only when a person die, the deceased is placed in the coffin facing the main door of the house. Very straight forward. In fact, they never had to equate a bed with a coffin.
I was told that in XKDG, they measure the Qi portal as the footboard. I thought it was a joke back in 2009, where I wrote an article in Yifengshui. It was advocated by the school of the late grandmaster. Later did I actually found out, other XKDG master has their ways to measure Qi portal. Some, the center of the bed, while others the headboard. Only recently, I was told, the junior master after learnt from the senior late grandmaster, also taught his students to measure the footboard. His reason is very novel as related by his student, “this is the entry point. In old days this was the coffin foot and the stone of the grave was placed at the foot of the coffin. The Qi connection point”. As a result you can have a tombstone alignment different from the coffin alignment via XKDG.
In contradiction, many older forms of FengShui method uses the headboard as the reference. It is connected to a meridian spot within the upper most of the head called – BaiHu meridian 百会. It is connected to the Hexagram Gou 姤 "Encounters" (hexagram #44). Qian above Xun, only a Yin Yao stacked below all the Yang Yao. It is the beginning of Yin when the Yang has reached its extreme. This is a pure Yin. Such meridian opens up during the night and allow Qi to flow unobstructed. Anything to do with coffin? Nothing whatsoever… Annie Pecheva has written a very good article about this meridian, yet how many actually relates it to FengShui application?
When such was discussed over in FB, many other novel ideas were up for grasp. Some suggested in QiGong you receive EarthQi via the foot and thus you stand firm and not easy to fall. Therefore you apply the same in XKDG. The idea is correct, unfortunately the understanding is entirely wrong! The foot and the head is to complete a Qi connection, liked a close circuit. Without it, Qi simply won’t flow.
Back to the same old question, where is the Qi portal? Is the naval meridian, the mouth or the “third eye”, the center of the bed, footboard or the headboard be construed as the portal of Qi? In XKDG, unfortunately none! Surprise ya?
Before we speak of XKDG, we must understand how it connects Qi. Is it a container of Qi or a vessel of Qi? Why a hexagram has a GuaQi element number yet a GuaYun element number, what it measures and how it is used? Is the GuaYun referred to the Parent SanBan Gua? Which parent SanBan Gua do you referred to? Early Heaven or Later Heaven? What sort of YinYang do you derived from the Hexagram? Why a Hexagram is annexed to a JiaZi? Why is it arranged in that manner? Do you use them to derive your NaYin, if it is the only code of Heaven besides its long lost cousin, NaJia? How do you use them in Qi connection?
Shall we talk about it?