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?
7 Star Robbery Method 七星打劫法 is a XuanKong water method. Foremost where is the root source of this method?
Know parent SanBan Gua
Easily have real spirit road,
North Dipper seven star, outgoing robbery,
Li palace must coincide.
The SanHe people has this entire phrase – never existed in their version of Heaven Jade Classic. On such account 7 Star Robbery Method 七星打劫法 is uttered rubbish! The XuanKong people, however, is claiming that SanHe people know nuts. They cannot make head and tail about it and therefore they conveniently removed this passage. Is there an iota of truth in both camps of the FengShui political divide? Yet within XuanKong school itself, they never agreed and the results are there are many ways of looking at 7 Star Robbery Method 七星打劫法.
Zheng ZhongZan 章仲山, explained that Parent SanBan Gua 父母三般卦, referred to Heaven Jade Classic’s 4 ordinal locations as Parent SanBan. Xun (4) arriving at Dui (7) and Dui to Kan (1). This is XuanKong’s Parent SanBan Gua that is originating from the 9 stars. He continue to explain the rest. Yet, no attempt as to how Li palace 离宮 must be combined in this equation? So most translated version available in books take Li离 as Li palace 离宮 of the 8 trigrams. For sure it is entirely irrelevant and to some extend wrongfully translated.
The FeiXing School approach...
First qualifications are houses must have the combinations of
1-4-7 (period 7),
2-5-8 (period 8) and
3-6-9 (period 9).
Note that the last number correspond to the timeliness of the said period. Second qualifications are the structure of the house must conform to double stars arriving at sitting or facing. Third qualifications are these sets of three combination must be of the facing star and be activated by the physical structure. Fourth qualifications the three combination must be supported by the physical structure of the house, namely the main door, window opens to the outside and the secondary door.
This school take the premise of the secret of SanBan Gua is that the timely star will rob the auspiciousness of the rest of the stars making it auspicious for 180 years and to activate such, one must attempt to use fire activation as in Li palace 离宮, represents fire.
As a result 2 configurations namely: -
Yet, many houses are like that and they never prosper? Some school believes that the reason is, XuanKong DaGua is not applied therefore you cannot see the result.
The WuChang School approach...
地理辨证直解 - 章仲山
Earth Study Discern Truth Detailed Analysis - Zhang ZhongShan states -
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. To rob, robbing means to obtain Qi. Only in Li Palace (or leaving the palace) you are able to rob. Not conform, you cannot rob.
Comes upper cycle 1 white timely, 2 black dispatch and 2 black conjoins upper cycle matching lower period 7 auspicious. 3 jade timely, matching lower period 8 white, 9 purple always prosperous.
2 black 7 red has 1 white in Li Palace (leaving palace) mutually resonance, thus 2 can rob 1. 8 white 9 purple with 3 jade, Li Palace (or leaving the palace), mutually resonance 8 can rob 3, 9 can rob 3. Covering 1 cycle receive two Yuan Dragon use. Within has secret, mysteriously mystical, ascending up one level of use. Is one script.
Once again speak that, in upper cycle period 1 prosperous, left in proximity Chou right neighboring Hai, YinYang 2 houses Ren, Hai, Gui, Chou upper cycle, producing children wealth noble conspicuous. Lower cycle produce longevity and scholarly achievement? To cover Heaven and earth can be reproduced to cover various structure, producing abundance of graceful events. Use such Qi will be effortless.
WuChang subscribed to Heaven Qi - the Dipper movement as governing season on Earth Qi. Using Heaven Qi to govern Earth Qi. Using HeTu Qi to manipulate LoShu Qi. To rob must only happen in Li Palace? To rob you must leave your palace to another palace so that you can rob? Technically, the second premise sound logical. You ought to rob others for your own benefits. Or you go out and rob not staying at a particular place to rob. In such way, it is assumed that WuChang employ Flying star. Here to fly one must have a point of departure and a point of arrival. In this case we can assumed it is LoShu - yet not rightly correct.
In upper cycle, 1 is timely - the 司令 is much appropriately called in command. 1 white is the commanding officer dispatching 2 black to do his dirty work. 2-7 is a HeTu pair, therefore 2 is able to rob the prosperity of the 7. The keyword is 1 dispatching 2, so there is movement. 1 being the commanding officer will never move. He is station in the center. Therefore this phrase 尤属秘中之秘 becomes very important. So - 1, 2 and 7 are of a group. By the same token, 9 dispatches 8 to rob 3 - that is another set of 9,8 and 3. If you do the permutation - it does not reflect any resemblance of the Flying star chart with the absent of 5.
Let's look at the last example, 上元一白司令 denotes upper cycle 1 white commanding, immediately we think of structure - 1 and 2 rob 7. The following stanza 左近乎丑，右邻乎亥 meaning left in proximity Chou right neighboring Hai but what has such left and right got to do with 1,2,7? Then, 阴阳二宅 can be construed as House or Grave. It can also mean YinYang mountains - Chou being Yin and Hai being Yang. The location of 壬、亥、癸、丑 can be construed as the sitting mountains yet, what happened to Zi?
It all points out that Left/Right turning refer to the cyclic arrangement of the Star probably known as Leaning star and not flying star. So, in period 1 and 2 star Qi 7 can be used - it is all about XKDG.
The DaGua School approach...
Jiang DaHung (JDH) annotated in DLBZ the following stanzas: -
Translation - First 2 sentences give rise to followings, Say knowing parent SanBan Gua, already is real spirit road! Still must explain obtain north dipper 7 star robbery method,
Then, SanBan Gua locations obtained. Superior in harnessing this application. North dipper means what? Know Li (leaving) Palace this coincides, Indeed know north dipper meaning.
What the heck is JDH trying to explain? This school believes that Parent SanBan Gua means GuaYun or the period luck as attached to every single XKDG Hexagram. The secret is when all the Hexagram within the same palace transform, FanGua 反卦, only one Hexagram remains unchanged. That is the only Hexagram period luck that leaves the Palace and rob the auspicious of the rest of the palaces Hexagram. Therefore in XKDG if you are able to connect Qi to this 7 star robbery, your auspiciousness can last for 180 years. So, the term Li 离 does not mean Li Palace in this context, it simply means “leaving the palace” to rob.
P/S - LuoPan template is credited to Joey Yap.
The JingFang School aproach...
This splinter school does not subscribe to this verse DianDao 顛倒 as annotated in Zheng ZhongZan 章仲山 explanation, opposite as FanGua 反卦, reverse Gua. It subscribed that according to JinFang 8 trigrams, there are only 5 generation of transformations before the 6th when the soul of the Hexagram leave the palace as in leaving the palace 离宮, it returns with a complete different self-called the Returning Soul and it happens in the 7th transformation where it leaves the palace and rob the auspiciousness of the other palaces. This school look at the Yao-transformation technique instead.
I know of one “Kiasu” school that employed all these techniques that I had presented here and they professed the secret techniques of door tilting. First, they do the Flying star chart and when they get the Qi map, they tilted the door to activate the 7 star robbery formation. They further refined to the Yao degree so that it conforms to the JingFang 8 palaces.
In reality - 7 Star Robbery Method 七星打劫法 is a hoax. It conceals the real techniques of SanYuan DaGua’s application of the RenPan 人盘.
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玉尺经 Yu CheJing or the Jade Ruler Classics was believed to be the last book written by YangGong. It comprises 3 volumes of scroll namely – ZaoWeiFu 造微赋, TianJiFu 天机赋, ZhuJiFu 逐 吉 赋. strangely, it was not included in DiLiBianZhen or Earth Study Discern Truth. For both SanHe and SanYuan schools, ZaoWeiFu 造微赋 summarizes the techniques of applying YangGong method. It is also very strange that HHC did not include this in his book – Water-water everywhere that is supposed to be a reference book for SanHe water method. YuCheJing or Jade Ruler Classic together with QingNanAoYou or Green Satchel Sacred Saying 青囊奥语 and TianYuJing or Heaven Jade Classics 天玉經, are the complete textbooks of the curriculum of YangGong method.
Although GuanFengXiang 關鳳翔 claimed that it was written in gibberish as an “unintelligible language” due to the author’s intellectually handicapped for some Daoist sect, these texts are the fundamentals prescribing the techniques of ZhangShu or Burial Classics 葬經 authored by Qing WuZi 青烏子 instead of GuoPu 郭璞. Indeed it requires some form of commentaries by the respective school be it SanHe or SanYuan to give meanings to the text.
Between believing in GuanFengXiang 關鳳翔 claims and seeing how these textbooks crossed the “tees” and dotted the “eyes”, I must confessed that it contains the most if not all, complete skill of YangGong method. I must also insist that one compared the versions as provided by both schools for throughout analysis.
阳以蓄阴，阴以含阳，雌雄废交媾之情。(This phrase is absent in LiDingXin’s version)
Translation: - [This phrase talks about YinYang principles]
TaiQi distinct two slices settle.
Two Qi spread forward and reverse move.
Left Yang right Yin.
Dragon moves both ways.
With Yang forward, Yin reverse.
Qi origins from single source.
Yin use Yang concurred.
Yang use Yin conformed.
To meet is harmony as one family.
Yang will grow Yin,
Yin will harbor Yang.
CiXiong discern copulate is sentimental.
The opening chapter already spelt that discerning YinYang is of paramount important before anything else. If you fail to discern YinYang 定阴阳, the subsequent steps are of no use. It states that Qi moves forward and reverse, dragon moves both ways and left Yang, right Yin so are Yang forward Yin reverse. The SanHe people uses such to establish structure 定局 while the SanYuan people uses such to arrange the dragon 排龍. Establish structure 定局 and arrange the dragon 排龍 are FengShui skills that must be taught by a legitimate school of FengShui.
Qi origins from single source is to imply that it is important to locate the single Qi source. Failing so you will not able to define your Qi map -气图. SanYuan people will say Dragon Mountain Facing Water 龍山向水 while its SanHe counterparts will say Break Killing Acquire Water 破煞纳水 or Receiving Yin Pushing Sha 收山出煞. They can mean the same thing or absolutely different things. So, the classics deliberately specify: -
Yin use Yang concurred, Yang use Yin conformed.
To meet is harmony as one family.
Yang will grow Yin, Yin will harbor Yang.
CiXiong discern copulate is sentimental.
Now, imagine if you cannot discern YinYang - how to Dragon Mountain Facing Water 龍山向水 or Eliminate Sha Acquire Water 消砂纳水?
SanYuan uses this structure Dragon Mountain Facing Water 龍山向水 – which is Yin and which is Yang? SanHe uses the term Eliminate Sha Acquire Water 消砂纳水. The key word is in NaShui 纳水 or ride ShengQi. The question is how to ride ShengQi? Is the Dragon 龍 Yang and the Water 水 Yin or vice versa? Is SanYuan the total opposite of SanHe? As SanHe measures the “Solid” while SanYuan measures the “Emptiness”?
Better still, this verse Receiving Yin Pushing Sha 收山出煞, that is a single liner in TianYuJing 天玉經, that says: -
And also the method of Receiving Yin Pushing Sha of which you have been told clearly.
How clear can that be? That is why when CiXiong is discerned, copulate is sentimental…
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