One FengShui connoisseur from Vietnam shared a murder case as his basis of XuanKong analysis based on the school of WuChang Pai 無常派. With unfortunate cases like this, it is highly unlikely to do a prediction based on whatever LoShu chart we have. The most we could only do a post-diction, see if it does correspond to the numbers in the LoShu chart, the WuChang 無常 way…
FAN FUYIN 反伏吟
According to the treatise of WuChang Pai 無常派, a sudden death event occurred in a family is highlighted via what is probably known as FuYin 伏吟 and FanYin 反吟 within the LoShu chart. Yin 吟 is siren, ought to have sounded in giving a life and death warning to the inhabitants.
FuYin can be understood as Repeated Siren, it is liken to someone repeating the same warning to you again and again in an annoying manner and it is considered to be greatly inauspicious. That happens when the mountain or facing star in the middle is the 5 Yellow. The numbers may repeat the flying pattern of the LuoShu numbers in any palace.
FanYin 反吟 is short for Fan FuYin 反伏吟 or Opposite to Repeated Siren. Some teacher takes this as auspicious because it is supposed to be the reverse of FuYin. However, it is truly inauspicious because in any palace the numbers (Mountain or Facing number with the Luoshu number) added up to 10 and this happens when the Mountain or Facing star in the middle is the 5 Yellow. Beyond a superficial level, you will also see that it don’t make sense at all, as a combination of 10 should always be beneficial, but why not for this instances? What is the catch? The caveat is in this term - Fan FuYin 反伏吟 whereby when a FuYin occurred, it may also come together with its reversal, thus its double whammy. It doesn’t really make sense in terms of the stars but it truly make sense in terms of DaGua.
FuYin 伏吟 and FanYin 反吟 usually denotes deathly events and if the structure is not timely or broken and does in any manner conform to the natal chart, its malignant effects are great. In many books on this subject, the most fear after FuYin 伏吟 and FanYin 反吟 is the facing, because the Qi mouth of a house is usually located at the facing. However, as the saying goes, water governs wealth, mountain governs health, it cannot deny that an occurrence of FuYin 伏吟 or FanYin 反吟 at the sitting instead of facing, gives the more detrimental effects to the inhabitants in terms of health matter.
FAN FUYIN APPLICATION
THE LITMUS TEST - CASE FACT
A murder case, happened in North Vietnam at early morning 24th September 2016. The house was built and moved-in in 2015. The house measured sitting Yin facing Shen - 243 degrees.
Upon moving in: -
Googlemaps revealed that the location is far from superior as it is located within the basin known in geography as the island of the ox-bow. Landform liked this has very little Qi, thus a broken structure. Its location having rivers at both sides, with the rear river closest indicating the front may have been higher with the back low. In XuanKong 4 structures this is known as backward riding the dragon or up the mountain down the water structure, where the sitting star may not be that strong after all.
PAILONG AIXING 排龍挨星
The house was built and moved-in period 8. A period 8 chart with sitting Yin and facing Shen is constructed. The facing palace comprises of the period star 5, facing star 2# and sitting star 8#. 2#-8# combination 10 at facing. Wouldn’t such be great? Unfortunately, this natal chart of the house also called, arranging the dragon 排龍 of the house has nothing to reveal as it has no FuYin. Better still, sitting star 8# that is timely meeting facing star 2# that is untimely will violate the entire benevolent of the timely star? Mind boggling… Perhaps, the sitting timely star 8# arriving at the facing violate the cardinal rule that the “mountain dragon god shall not go down the river, 山上龍神不下水，水里龍神不上山, 青囊序，Mountain on top Dragon God don’t come down to water, Water within Dragon God don’t go up the mountain, (QingNan Xu). Therefore, the timely 8# sitting star has been violated and rendered useless…
When we plot in the annual 2016 star - #2 arriving at the centre, appear before us is a FuYin 伏吟 chart. The annual star and sitting star are in FuYin 伏吟 formation for all the 9 palaces. We shall check if indeed it is a FuYin 伏吟 formation at the facing.
There is a second test to see if indeed it is a real FanYin 反吟. This is through AiXing 挨星. Facing has 8#-8# Gen WeiShan 艮为山 Gua. Based on Gen WeiShan 艮为山 Gua, we have Dui WeiZe Gua 兑为泽 Gua as its FanYin Gua and Zhen WeiLei Gua 震为雷 as its FuYin Gua. Given house measured sitting Yin facing Shen - 243 degrees, none of the AiXing 挨星 falls within the FanYin nor FuYin. Yet, there are people killed! The above said description failed the litmus test… miserably.
ONE ROOM ONE TAIJI 一物一太極
Perhaps, we may look at the individual room itself before we come to any conclusion…
ON THE OTHER HAND
The house measured sitting Yin facing Shen - 243 degrees are very close to a small DE under the 72D rings based on YangGong methodology. It already foretell issues related to bloodshed. A good theory, must consistently without failed proved to show result even by the method of reverse engineering. In this instances, it has showcased that FanFu Yin can only be applied to one room, one TaiJi applications. Beyond that it seems that the theory faulted in many areas. This is only one attempt based on a popular known so called WuChang Pai 無常派 applications. How about the rest of the XuanKong derivatives such as MiaoPai 妙派 and so forth?
As its name suggested, it comprises of 6 factors of XuanKong. Some says, XuanKong LiuFa or also known as XuanKong 6 Methodologies was once a mysterious FengShui system that was strongly advocated by the late Grandmaster Tan YangWu (淡養吾). In 1929, Tan met a Daoist by the name of Li QianXu (李虔虛道長), who later imparted XuanKong LiuFa to him. Another theory state that XuanKong LiuFa is the genuine transmission by the founder Wu JingLuan and It has a shroud of mysticism around it because those who know it do not share the method openly and claim that it is the only true XuanKong teaching and knowledge. Moreover they tend to use strange words and terminology which nobody seem to understand unless you have some foundation knowledge on the subject. XKLF consists of 6 key components - that is why it is called 6 Methods. Actually the translation is a bit misleading because they are not individual methods by its own but key concepts or principles that need to be applied in a holistic way in order to realize its full FengShui potential. The 6 methods of XKLF are:
1) MYSTERIOUS SUBTLETIES 玄空
XKLF’s fundamentals are from the YiJing and it places the importance to the concept of Taiji. Unlike XuanKong FeiXing XKFX school that emphasized one room as one TaiJi, meaning there must be within an enclosure, XKLF TaiJi stems from the very human as a reference point against the Qi mouth, be it incoming Qi or outgoing Qi. XKLF believes that human is always concerned about the effects of FengShui. Therefore it places human as the centre point of focus. For building, TaiJi is established at the centre of the building. XKLF considers the bed, workplace as the central datum to establish its TaiJi to take measurements, in addition to placing the TaiJi on the building or the rooms. It gives great flexibility in tapping into the Qi map at any given place by just tilting the desk, bed and so forth. On a larger scale, with the same set of TaiJi and the Early Heaven BaGua one is able to determine the luck of the building based on its facing direction in relation to the nearest Qi mouths such as junctions and road intersections. It is an absolute versatile tool to employ from all types of building to push cart hawker stalls.
XKLF uses the 2 Yuan 8 Yun or 2 Cycles and 8 Period instead of the 3 Cycles 9 Period of XKFX. The period 1, 2, 3 and 4 belongs to Upper Yuan while Period 6, 7, 8, 9 belongs to the Lower Yuan. There is no Period 5. The length of each is not fixed like XKFX but it varies according to the Yao of the Gua it represents. A Yin Yao represents 6 years while a Yang Yao represents 9 years. For our current period, it is period 8 starting from 1996 lasting for 21 years. Period 9 begins in 2017.
The fundamental theories on this method is derived from QingNan Xu 青囊序.
2) MALE AND FEMALE 雌雄
It is about the interaction and union of the male Qian and female Kun, as represented by Yin and Yang, producing offspring of different gender. Without male, female cannot produce. Without female, male cannot grow. Therefore there is always inter-dependency between the male and female and the need for each other to coexist. One cannot survive without the other. Unlike the notion of XuanKong 玄空 which is non-physical, CiXiong 雌雄 is physical manifestation of Male and Female. This concept is extended to Water vs Mountain, Moving vs Stillness, Building vs Road Junctions, Heavy Furniture vs Doorways, etc. The origin of this principle stems from the Early Heaven BaGua where any two opposite Trigrams are always opposite and complementary to each other. Such became its basis to analyse land form. Unlike XKFX, it requires the water mouth as a central reference point for its analysis.
3) LEANING STAR 挨星
These stars are the 9 stars of the Great Dipper. They are: -
These 9 stars are mapped to the 9 LuoShu numbers based on the trigram it is associated with.
Unlike XKFX that uses the concept of Flying Star within the LoShu, XKLF uses the concept of Leaning Star that means the star lean one against another based on the principle of flipping Yao to change the Gua Imagery 抽爻換象. Unlike XKFX that uses the 45 degree influence of an entire Gua, XKLF uses the 15 degree influence of an entire mountain itself. A trigram is assigned to each of the 24 mountains with a Leaning Star associated to each mountain. When the flipping Yao to change the Gua Imagery 抽爻換象 sets in, an addition of 8 trigrams are produced and these are positioned to the 24 mountains with an additional 2 trigrams attached to these 8 mountains. Altogether it becomes 32 mountains instead. For each period, the configuration of the 32 mountains differ.
The core theories of this method vested in Parent SanBan Gua as in TianYu Jing 天玉经.
4) GOLDEN DRAGON 金龍
JinLong or Golden Dragon is actually the #5 Yellow LianZhen Aixing star. There are a total of 9 numbers and these numbers are mapped a 9-palace grid. Based on the period number and the way the stars fly forward for Odd number or backward for Even number in the LuoShu 9-palace grid, the location where the #5 lands is the location of JinLong. The JinLong location is also known as the LingShen (Indirect Spirit) location. As the trigrams are group into two groups of male and female (CiXiong principle) gender, the locations where these trigrams lands are termed as LingShen or ZhenShen (Direct Spirit) locations. Therefore are multiple ZhenShen and LingShen directions in each period. ZhenShen locations like to see mountain while LingShen locations like to see water. Think of LingShen as the golden dragon that needs water to survive. Therefore, XKFX notion of ZhenShen represents the current timely star must therefore see mountain and the notion of LingShen represents the current untimely star must therefore see water are quite similar to XKLF. However because in XKFX the Period number always fly forward, XKLF ZhenShen and LingShen may takes the reverse path. Therefore in XKFX, LingShen sector in period 8 is 1234 but in XKLF is 6789. Timeliness is therefore being measured differently.
5) GRAND DUKE 太歲
XKLF practitioners are very good a seizing up the fortune of a house or a place fast and accurately based on a predictive method called TaiSui that uses extensively the stems and branches combinations just liked its BaZi counterparts – 3 combo, clashes, penalty and destruction. XKFX will use the annual purple white stars with its daily and monthly stars through its 81 combinations to foretell the fate of a building, XKLF uses mainly the TaiSui replacement method of stems and branches. Besides prediction, XKLF also uses this method for date selections and activation.
6) CASTLE GATE 城門
Castle Gate is almost the same as Receiving Yin Pushing Sha Script 收山出煞訣 of the Zhong ZhouPai or the Eliminating Embrace Receiving Water 消砂纳水 of the GuFa Pai 古法派, if it is not the form at the entirety but the essence may be of the same. Cheng Men or Castle Gate is classified as the topmost secret among the 6 methods. It is only taught to the most trusted students. The simple reason is that it is the application of the entire XKLF curriculum. You can master the other 5 techniques but without this Castle Gate, you don’t know how to apply XKLF.
It can be construed as a simple technique to position the door or house facing/sitting based on the incoming mountain dragon and outgoing water. Unlike XKFX that require one to know the move in date and sitting/facing of the property, XKLF required the location of the water mouth. This technique is quite similar to the XKDG or the 5GCT formulas that is closed to Dragon, Mountain, Facing and Water structure thus the 2 parts to this formula, Mountain Dragon Castle Gate and Water Dragon Castle Gate. Put it bluntly, the incoming and the outgoing Castle Gate. Kindly also aware that this XKLF Castle Gate has nothing to do with XKFX Castle Gate that tap into the 45 degree auspicious star sector based on HeTu connection.
The key principle of Incoming Castle Gate is the HeTu. Very similar to QKGB or LMBDJ methodology the sitting trigram and the incoming dragon trigram must form a HeTu combination in order to be considered auspicious. Facing is the opposite of sitting. By applying this technique, you can match door location to the incoming dragon.
The key principle of Outgoing water Castle Gate vested in the Incoming Dragon trigram in Early Heaven sequence and the door facing trigram in Later Heaven sequence must be the same. It is simply a matter of matching correctly the Early Heaven and Later Heaven trigrams between the door facing and incoming dragon to put the structure in order.
You will require to master this modus operandi to design tombstone and house facing based on the core principle of "A Thousand Buddha" Character Script 万佛字诀 vested in QingNan AoYou 青囊奥语, unlike XKFX that only can be applied to Yang House FengShui prediction.
If you were to take 2 practitioners for a field trip, one being a XKFX junkies while the other a XKLF junkies you would find that the XKFX fellow will be totally lost in transition trying to figure out the stars running across a piece of paper with 9 grids and thereafter trying to talk his way through house divination based on the 81 stars combination with total disregard of the environment. XKLF practitioners on the other hand would be versatile in screening the entire formation to not only predict the outcome of a given structure but to also suggest the proper locations of the Main Door and the Tombstone to best tap into the most current auspicious Qi, all without the need to even draw the 9 grids and to fly the stars. They are among the closest and the best XuanKong methods available in the market today.
GIBBERISH OLD CRAPS
YUAN KONG 6 1/2 METHODS - 26102008
Three Affinity Obtaining Void and Emptiness (SanYuan De KongMang) is YuanKong. WuJi born TaiJi, TaiJi obtain 2 slices, 2 slices beget 4 images, 4 images formulate 8 Gua, 8 Gua separate to 64 Gua, 64 Gua flip 384 Yao, the birth of a myriad things come from the great Void, WuJi. This is YuanKong. Think again, we were so afraid of the so called Death and Emptiness (DE). However, where is mother of all nature if it is not from Emptiness? If it is from here the myriad things are born, it is of here that the myriad things should return. This is the true reflection on Death and Emptiness. It is said that DE should not sit and face. True enough. The Qi is too pure and some extend may be too strong. Why would it said that way? If one mastered the use of the 6 Jia, DE is insignificant. SanYuan is the affinity of Heaven Earth and Man in obtaining another SanYuan of Health, Wealth and Family. This is the purpose of the Great SanYuan, fundamental of all human endeavors beneath Heaven. This is not the art of the gods, but an art of the mundane human being. Wars are fought, based on this reason. Empires are built based on this reason. Longevity is also gain on this reason. Heaven has 9 stars, Earth has 8 Gua and Human has 8 doors. Know how to use this, SanYuan is obtained. Combining the art of SanYuan, with the understanding of void and emptiness, this is YuanKong.
Intercourses of the Yin essence with the Yang essence. Failure of comprehending Early Heaven as principle, Later Heaven as application, CiXiong will not materialize. When it is said, pure Yin, pure Yang, would one assume, how would Growing Qi be born when the Yin remains Yin and Yang remains Yang? This is the modern misconception. Whereas, what is use of Qi if it wasn’t pure? The Yin Yang dragons of the 24 mountain plate arraying the SanHe and SanYuan Luopan are varied based on what? When was it said, the mountain is Yang, water is Yin? Finally, who said the mountain is Yin and water is Yang? Not knowing this is not knowing CiXiong and not knowing CiXiong is not knowing how to use the 24 mountains. What is use of the Luopan then, be it SanHe or SanYuan?
If we equate Leaning Star as AiXing, we are taking a tree instead of a forest. The principle of AiXing is the map? The application is the book? How naïve this could be? Master of the old said, arrange the 6 Jia and move the 9 dragons. What does this mean? If one fails to understand the meaning of RuGong PaiLong or entering palace, arranging dragon, save it, be it 24 mountain or 32 mountains, these are all Fei! Worst, if the debate is centralize in defining sitting star versus mountain star and water star versus facing star, absolute rubbish in discourse!
From where it comes, to where it goes, this is the golden dragon. The root verse comes from the following script of Qing Ran AoYou: - “…Dian dian dao, 24 Mountains have Treasure;Dao dao dian, 24 Mountains have Fire Pit.The Golden Dragon, Longitude and Latitude even though come with different meaning, Does it move or does it not move, all depend on the Master of Fengshui to apply…” First, one has to understand what is this dragon is all about? Why is it golden? Is it because the script is talking about Qian, being metal and being the head of the dragon? When we said a missing sector in Qian palace, does it also means to say the star AIXING would not takes it LoShu flight path and all that is to say about flying star FeiXing, would not work? Absolute rubbish! What does longitude and latitude mean? The book and the map, woven in longitude and latitude? Before it goes beyond paranoia, it simply says the use of the LuoPan to measures the 6 Jia. Knowing the 6 Jia is grossly insufficient, knowing how to use it is the treasure. Does it mean the Ling and Zhen Shen? Think about it!
This is the best kept secret. The magical door that required the keyword – Open Sesame, to activate? Consider, if ShengQi needs to ride, where would it be ride? Heaven has 9 stars, Earth has 8 Gua and Human has 8 gates, where are these gates and what is his castle? Mountain as principle, water as application, how does one use it? Be it 6 Jia, 64 Gua or 384 Yao, not knowing the nature of the gates of Man, Castle Gate is just another mouse trap. Think again!
The ruling Qi for the year or the guardian deity of the year? One has to understand who the host is and who the guest is. What is to be replaced and how it is to be replaced. The governing of the 20 years cycle, 10 years cycle all determined the locations of the 8 doors, opening and closing of the 8 doors. Most importantly the luck of the mansion.
In conclusion, this is just a scribble of fictions and facts called, YuanKong 6 and a half method, anyone interested to learn out there?
LIUFA AND FEIXING TURMOIL - SOME CONSIDERATION PLEASE - 20062008
A fellow FengShui practitioner from France brought to my attention an article about the saga between flying star FengShui and the LiuFa FengShui. I read with interest unto the so called facts that had been placed forward as argument for argument sake. In the first instance these facts are beyond validation, only disciple of a certain lineage or schools could verify. So, I place my bet with these 10 arguments in mind for hopes that it may throw some new light, if any, to whom ever who read this blog, intellectually or casually.
Originally there is only 1 school. It will be quite whimsical to classify a method as time based such as SanYuan or three periods simply because time is of the essence to such a methodology. In fact, SanHe, three harmonies, the so called oldies also has their own time dimension. It will be just a folly to say BaZhai as a SanYuan methodology. It could have been a SanHe school. So, the history of FengShui must first be re-written. There is no SanHe or SanYuan. There are many lineages and sub lineages, all to their very specific purpose and use. In fact, BaZhai could have read as a macro of XuanKong DaGua, so where is the disdain fallacy?
Flying Star is a relatively new method at most born out of writings from Tang Yang Wu and Shen Ju Ren. These masters may have quoted from the classics notably DiLiBianZhen to offer their views as in XuanKong BenYi and Shen Si XuanKong Xue, could these masters interpreted the classics correctly given the fact that they may not inherit the transmission from the proper lineage? Same goes with the LiuFa, where the emphasis is on the 6 method of Zhen and Ling Shen, CiXiong, Chen Men, TaiSui, AiXing and others. My question is why 6? Could have been more considerations?
Magnetic North versus True North controversy. The evolution of the Chinese compass was from the sundial having the 24 mountain plate created by YangGong. Those from YangGong traditions will immediately know that the Sun is the factor. Similarly in deciding the actual timing in hour’s selection for FengShui. Food for thought.
Rotation of earth moves in one direction. Rotation of Earth moves in one orbital direction. Time moves forward and never backward. How possible could a period, Yun, sometimes move forward and sometimes move backward in accordance to the Gua Yao of the particular period in question?
The YangGong GuFa lineage does not recognize Yi Long Jing and Han Long Jing as written by YangGong himself. So, how could we rationalized based on these 2 classics?
If bright hall should be big, then why is there a saying that to consume by the bright hall? Meaning to be drawn by the bright hall?
There is a big different between the Yin dwelling and a Yang dwelling. The Yin has 1 compartment, the Yang has many. Flying star 9 palaces cannot fly in 1 compartment. So how to deal with this?
Bright hall must have South Facing, meaning all South facing houses and graves must be prosperous and is that so in the practical sense?
3 elegance and 6 auspicious has many definitions. In terms of regulating water courses, there is no such a thing as many incoming but single outgoing. The notion of the incoming and outgoing water mouth must first be investigated.
The constellation or asterism inclusion unto the 24 mountain plate called the seam needle in the SanHe Luopan, sometime called human plate were based on astronomical considerations invented by Lai BuYi. The old school of YangGong does not use this ring, although to some extent Lai BuYi were known to have received YangGong’s transmission from his father whom had learnt the art from YangGong’s senior disciple. Lai BuYi improvises on the system to make it for his own. The XuanKong proponent further improvises on these and called it by different terms such as XuanKong Dawuxing. So, one do not necessary need a heavenly sign to do FengShui.
These points are not meant to debunk any fallacy nor a sales gimmick that may arise, but to intellectually provoke readers whom had happened to come across an article about the saga between LiuFa and Feixing. Perhaps one may drop me an email for me to direct them to the source article found in the WWW.
This is the last installation of the article on Death and Emptiness. It is related to the use of 120D. Very little has been written on this topic in the English language. First, an introduction into the nature of 120D. Second, an explanation of what and why only the 4 stems are used in the 120D. What is the secret of Turtle Shell Emptiness and compressed Emptiness. If you care to investigate further these rings attributed to the concept of both NaYin and NaJia to justify the theory. Very unlikely it has to do with true YangGong method. Third, close scrutiny, it may also used as Central and Marginal reading for the Replacement techniques. Fourth, its application, something that Master Hung admitted that it has taken him "donkey years" to figure out how the DE line is being used. If you understand these truly, you will read the Poem as attached in a totally different light! The translation of the Poem, taken from "the Old Fox" is totally OFF... Just too lazy to translate it again... Have Fun!
120 GOLD DIVISION
Let’s introduce the 2 rings of the SanHe LuoPan the "120 Dragons Gold Divisions, hereinafter called 12D. One, associated with the Earth Plate while the other, the Heaven Plate. Both are virtually identical except for a shift of 7.5°. The first plate is called the "Earth Plate 120 Dragons" EP120D. The other is called, “Heaven Plate 120 Dragons" HP120D. We use the EP120D first, and only resort to the HP120D if we don't get what we want from the EP120D.
CENTRAL AND MARGINAL READING
Continue from HERE, This marginal degree of 3° at each extreme side closer to the boundary of the two mountains that made up the 6° are considered by some SanYuan FeiXing as Replacement Star band. Any star that reside thereafter must be replaced by the set of new stars as represented in the Replacement Star Ring. Some school of XuanKong Purple White do not subscribe to this principle. Some school also do not agree with the version of the Replacement Star Ring used, currently at 28 varieties. In the 120D, these 2 most extreme sides are not in used.
TURTLE SHELL AND COMPRESSED EMPTINESS
Each 120D is 3°, and contains a JiaZi, from JiaZi to GuiHai. In these 120D, only the ones containing the Stems – Bing, Ding, Xin and Geng are usable (no more than 48 usable). These are called Jewel Lines. The important plate is in fact the NaYin elements of the respective JiaZi.
The next question is why these Bing, Ding, Xin and Geng are usable? Again, it has to do with NaJia. Jia and Ren belongs to Qian. Yi and Gui belongs to Kun. Both Qian and Kun are solitary Yang and solitary Yin. Solitary gender will not produce offspring – therefore they will never produce ShengQi. This is called Turtle Shell Emptiness as it means Monks and Nuns.
Wu belongs to Kan, Ji belongs to Li. Both Kan and Li has Yin Yao and Yang Yao smacked in between. These compressed Yao has been overpowered and therefore will not produce offspring – therefore they will never produce ShengQi. This is called Compressed Emptiness.
The leftovers as Bing, Ding, Xin and Geng. Therefore they are usable. Some LuoPan only has these Bing, Ding, Xin and Geng marked in the 120D.
APPLICATION OF 120D
120D specify that there are only two – 3° sectors within a Mountain that are usable. Upon checking the NaYin of the selected 120D does not counter the NaYin of the person's Year Pillar for example RenZi – wood, Xun Sitting Mountain would be suitable for him. Within Xun, only the 120D BingChen and GengChen are usable. GengChen NaYin Metal. Metal clashes Wood, not suitable. BingChen NaYin Earth does not counter Wood — hence usable.
When a satisfactory 120D is unobtainable with the EP120D, we turn to the HP120D to find a replacement. This is also known as a Replacement Line as in Replacement Star.
Take the following example: a person's Year Pillar for example RenZi – wood. Qian facing Mountain is selected. Only permissible facing on the EP120D plate is BingXu. At the Heaven Plate of the LuoPan, the axis penetrates the Heaven Plate at Xu. Yang water flow would give Weakening, it is perfectly acceptable. What if water flow Yin? Such a facing would be inauspicious.
If 120D is GengXu, it conforms to Prosperous facing of water frame. Unfortunately, GengXu metal NaYin clashes with RenZi wood NaYin. The remedy is to put the EP120D into emptiness line, between GengXu and RenXu. Next, to line up with HP120D BingXu instead. Excellent solution!
Picture & Content Credit: Some of the Graphics and Contents are attributed to Hung HinCheong's book, The Yin House Handbook.
The response of Master Hung HinCheong to our post Leaning Star Oral Secret, he wrote, “You're right. That ring's pedigree is suspect. Some Flying Stars schools don't use Replacement Stars at all, and I think that's the smart thing to do.”, caused us to think further. We dug up some of Hung’s writing – Water, Water Everywhere and there is a nugget or two for us to share here…
CENTRAL AND MARGINAL FACING 正表向
In many FengShui texts, classical and modern, a given facing is differentiated into "Central 正向" or "Marginal 表向", and each is treated differently.
In modern mathematical language, a facing is described as "Central" if it lies within a band of -±4.5° from the center-line of a Mountain on the LuoPan. For example, the center-line of Zi (子) is 0°. Hence any facing between 355.5° and 4.5° is said to be facing "Central" Zi (正子向). Another example: Gui (癸) is centered on 15°; any facing between 10.5° and 19.5° is described as facing "Central" Gui (正癸向). The total bandwidth of a "Central" facing is therefore 9°. Any facing outside that band is deemed to be a "Marginal" facing. To be more precise: Zi (子) is centered on 0°, and Gui (癸) is centered on 15°. Any facing in between 4.5° and 10.5° is called "Marginal" between Zi and Gui (子兼癸，癸兼子). The total bandwidth of a "Marginal" facing is 6°.
That of course is the modern definition, making use of the 360° compass ring at the periphery of the LuoPan disc. However, this ring was a relatively recent addition to the LuoPan. Before that, the definition of "Marginal" relied on the "240 Dragons Gold Divisions (二百四＋龍分金)", and the term "3-7 Gold Divisions (三七分金)" was often quoted. Some readers may have come across this term in their general reading.
As a matter of fact, the 6° bandwidth for "Marginal" was set conservatively. It allowed a generous margin for error, mindful that the LuoPan needle and markings were not very accurate in the old days. My own view is that we need not be so uptight about the prescribed margins. The underlying idea is to get away from the boundary line between 2 Mountains, and our modern LuoPan enables us to do that with greater confidence.
ASSISTANT STAR WATER METHOD 後天水法
For a variety of reasons, a facing may have to be set within the "Marginal" band. In that event, it is necessary to be aware that the "Marginal" band is usable for certain Mountains, but not for others. In a nutshell, the "Marginal" band between 2 adjacent Mountains of the same polarity is usable, whereas the band is out of bounds if the 2 adjacent Mountains are of opposite polarities. However, there are 2 exceptions to the rule:
Xun (巽) and Si (巳) are both Yin Mountains, but the "Marginal" band between them is out of bounds. The reasoning is a little convoluted: Si (巳) is part of the NaJia family of the Trigram Dui (兌), and You (西) is another member of the same family. Now You (西) and Xun (巽) are incompatible by the "8 Killing Forces" formula. Si (巳) is implicated by virtue of its family connection with You (西). Hence a facing in between Xun (巽) and Si (巳) is deemed too risky;
The same argument applies to the band between the adjacent Mountains You (西) and Xin（辛）. In this case, Xin（辛）is the adopted child of Xun (巽), and hence the "Marginal" band between You (西) and Xin（辛）also becomes inadmissible.
This discussion on admissibility of "Marginal" bands takes on a new dimension when it comes to measuring Qi mouth locations to determine the incoming and outgoing waters. Whereas a facing is an axis that can be set precisely, a Qi mouth is something 3 over which we have very little control.
It is fairly common to encounter a Qi mouth wide enough to straddle over 2 adjacent Mountains. There is no issue if the 2 Mountains are of the same polarity, but what if they are not? Going strictly by the book, such water flows are deemed negative. The jargon term is "Yin and Yang confused (陰陽差錯)'. But such a narrow interpretation is unduly restrictive in practice.
I tend to take a more liberal approach. If the major part of the qi mouth, say 70% or more, falls under One Mountain, I would consider it a single Mountain reading, comparable to a "Central" facing. Only if the qi mouth sits smack in between 2 adjacent Mountains, with a 50-50 or 60-40 split between yin and yang, would I reject it as unsuitable.
240 DRAGONS GOLD DIVISION 二百四＋龍分金
In a typical SanHe LuoPan, there are the 72-Dragons ring (also called a plate), one or more 60-Dragons rings; and one or two 120-Dragons rings. There is one other ring in this genre that is omitted on LuoPan other than out-sized ones (12-inch and above). This is the 240-Dragons ring, also called "240-Dragons Gold Divisions (二百四＋龍分金). As the name suggests, the ring is sub-divided into 240 fine divisions, with 10 divisions under each of the 24 Mountains.
This ring is used to assess the intensity of qi received from a particular Mountain for any given facing. A Mountain's Qi is strongest at its center-line, gradually reducing to zero at the center-line of the adjacent Mountain on either side. At the boundary between 2 Mountains, the qi split is 50-50.
If a given facing receives 70% or more of the qi from one Mountain, it is called a "Central facing (正向)". If the facing receives less than 70% qi from one Mountain (say, a 60-40 or 50-50 split between 2 adjacent Mountains), it is called a "Marginal facing (表向)”.
Today, the demarcation between "Central" and "Marginal" can be defined using the 360° compass ring at the periphery of the modern LuoPan, but this ring was a relatively recent addition; it was not available in the older LuoPan.
So do we still have to bother with the 240-Dragons when we have the modern 360° ring? That depends: no need if we just want to use the LuoPan without bothering with the underlying theory; yes if we want to broaden our FengShui knowledge. If one reads old texts or spends time surfing the FengShui websites, then familiarity with the "240-Dragons Gold Divisions" will provide a deeper insight into various discussions.
To analyze the 240-Dragons ring, let us straighten out 2 arc segments, each segment spanning 30°. The first segment is centered on Zi (子) with Ren（壬） at one end and Gui (癸) at the 4 others. The second segment is centered on Gui (癸) with Zi (子) at one end and Chou (丑) at the other. The segments overlap, and the fine divisions are graded with a numerical value rising from 0 to 10 and then falling back to 0.
The dashed lines 7-3 and 3-7 demarcate between "Central" and "Marginal" facings. The region between those 2 lines, marked by a hatched box, represents the "Marginal" band between Zi (子) and Gui (癸) Mountains. There are similar "Marginal" bands between Ren（壬） and Zi (子); and between Gui (癸) and Chou (丑).
The scale in maroon at the bottom denotes the modern 360° compass, whereby the center of Zi (子) Mountain corresponds to 0° Magnetic North. The "Marginal" band between Zi (子) and Gui (癸) would correspond with 7.5±3° on this scale.
One often sees the term "3-7 Gold Divisions also called "Plus Minus 3-7 (三七分金)", in FengShui books and websites. It really means nothing more the demarcations described above. Some people like to use complicated language to describe simple ideas.
Sometimes the term "2-8 Gold Divisions (二八分金)" or "Plus Minus 2-8 (二八加減)" also appears, often in the same breath as "3-7". When one compares the Earth Plate with the Heaven Plate, it will be seen that "3-7" on the Earth Plate is in fact the same line as "2-8" on the Heaven Plate, and vice versa. They are really one and the same thing.
According to Master Li Ding Xin (李定信), who was until recently the reigning Doyen of Yang Gong FengShui [He passed away in 2012, age 90], many FengShui writers, historical and modern, are confused and use the terms haphazardly. So the next time someone comes along brandishing jargon terms like "Plus Minus 3-7" and "Plus Minus 2-8", just ask him about the "240-Dragons".
LEANING STAR REPLACEMENT STAR 飞星替星
This marginal degree of 3° at each extreme side closer to the boundary of the two mountains that made up the 6° are considered by some SanYuan FeiXing as Replacement Star band. Any star that reside thereafter must be replaced by the set of new stars as represented in the Replacement Star Ring. Some school of XuanKong Purple White do not subscribe to this principle. Some school also do not agree with the version of the Replacement Star Ring used, currently at 28 varieties.
This Replacement Star Ring is interesting. In total you will get the following sequence from the opposite mountains combined: -
The question is could this Ring tells you something beyond just the greatly misunderstood Kun Ren Yi?
HOW TO APPLY?
For example, House sitting Gui 23 degree, facing Ding, Period 8. By conventional Natal chart, you will get as in A. However, because 23 degree sitting very close to Chou, a Replacement Star may be necessary. Based on the Replacement Star Ring, Sitting Gui replacement shall be 1 replacing 4. Facing Ding replacement shall be 9 replacing 3. The new Replacement Natal chart shall look like B.
Contemplate this, quote from BengKung's wisdom saying, "The four formations, Water, Fire, Metal and Wood are further differentiated into Yin and Yang formations. Clockwise which is Yang, the direction is from Zi to Chou to Xu to Hai. Anti-clockwise which is Yin, the direction is from Wu to Si to Shen to Wei. Altogether there are 8 formations. 4 Yang and 4 Yin formations. Master Yang always stressed on the basic principle of Yin and Yang. YinYang is formless whereas CiXiong refers to Yin Yang with form. Interaction of CiXiong refers to the interaction between mountain and water. Xuan Kong refers to the Qi whether Sheng Qi (thriving) or Si Qi (Dead). The auspicious or inauspicious Qi from the In-Coming mountain or Out-Going water are related and are based on the 12 Qi phase. Whether it is male/Yang or female/Yin, it is derived from within the Gua. This is referring to the Yin and Yang of the 24 mountains. This is only given to inner disciples."
Therefore, if you believe that the YinYang Earth Plate of the SanHe LuoPan Ring, as assigned by virtue of Early Heaven and NaJia is correct, you better think twice! The YinYang Earth Plate of the SanHe LuoPan Ring, as assigned by virtue of Early Heaven and NaJia is mainly used for RuDiYan's Assistant Star Water Method.
"The concept of mountain (in-coming Qi) and water (out-going Qi) which is fundamental and must be understood clearly. Whether it is auspicious or inauspicious are all due to the mountain and water location in relation to the concept of the 12 Qi phase. The mountain here refers to In-Coming and water refers to Out-Going. A concept misinterpreted as actual mountain and actual water."
Do you know why the why the Five Ghost Carry Treasure aka Assistant Star Water Method cannot work? Placing "mountains" on LianZhen position?
"To understand this methodology, it is all within the concept of the 5 elements. This concept refers to NaYin 5 elements which is established by the 72 dragons. It is not referring to NaJia which is a different concept. The five elements are allocated in the four directions with Wood in the East, Metal in the West, Water in the North and Fire in the South. It is also allocated in the 24 mountains. The concept of turning upside down 倒倒颠 refers to the 72 dragons, where there are five elements within each of the 24 mountains. With the concept of turning upside down, there are treasures within each of the 24 mountains. There are always three elements within the 24 mountains which is usable to match the in-coming Qi and water-mouth which is the out-going Qi. Forward and backward refers to the understanding of establishing the Yin or Yang formation. Without using the correct formation there is the likelihood of meeting with fire pits. Recognize the golden dragon is to establish the formation. Metal, Wood, Fire or Water. The location and the position in relation to the water mouth and the in-coming dragons are all different. (Endless possibilities) Moving or still refers to whether there is any Qi, whether it is strong Qi or weak Qi, whether it is auspicious or inauspicious Qi. Requires the teaching from a sage."
In fact, there are plenty of clues that RuDiYan may be a bridge between SanHe and SanYuan. Replacement Star and its corresponding central and marginal reading may not be that wrong after all, if we were to take the actual reasons of 3/7 and 2/8 as the measurement of Qi intensity accordingly and not for the account of inaccurate LuoPan readings. As for the validity of the Replacement Star Ring, it has been grossly misunderstood as part of Kun Ren Yi by Jiang DaHung. He distorted and explained these verses using XuanKong DaGua thus introducing the idea of combination to 10. Coupled with the variants from the SanHe proponent, you now have the 28 confusing versions.
Most modern SanYuan LuoPan in the market has this ring inserted just after the 24 mountain "human plate" of the SanYuan LuoPan. This is one notorious ring that was believed to have been "invented" by Jiang DaHung and being used by the XuanKong Shen JuReng Flying Star school as - the Replacement Star Ring 替星盘. Obviously it is a result of Jiang DaHung's secret oral transmission that has been reflected as a Ring, called the Leaning Star Ring 挨星盘. Different subset school of SanYuan has different way to use the Leaning Star Ring 挨星盘. Unfortunately, Leaning Star Ring 挨星盘 itself has another 28 versions. Which one is TRUE?
JIANG DAHUNG AIXING JUE
During the old age of Jiang DaHung, he has the intention to settle down prior to his retirement. One of his disciple, Jiang YaoShi 姜垚時 gave him a large sum of money to build his retirement home. Due to his student's generosities, he return the favor by disclosing these 10 stanzas of Leaning Star. In the Shen JuReng's XuanKong Flying Star 沈竹礽飞星派 school, this is known as the Replacement Star 替星. It was also conveniently translated into SanYuan LuoPan ring just after the 24 mountains.
OTHERS VERSIONS AIXING JUE
When you browse Google there are at least another 27 versions of AiXing Jue 挨星訣 inclusive the one mentioned above as the 1st there are altogether 28 versions, such as: -
Within the 28 versions of this Leaning Star verse, 2 distinctive version stood out: -
May the real Mc Coy please stand up?
Unlike its counterpart SanHe, SanYuan leaning star means Yang - Lean Forward and Yin - Lean Backward. Leaning forward also means that the star in this case LoShu take the forward flight path and Leaning backward means the LoShu take a reverse flight path. This is how the SanYuan school intepreted the use of YinYang of the 24 mountain "Human" Plate of the SanYuan LuoPan. Therefore, they are also termed, Yin YangYang and Yang YinYin in arithmetical connotation such as +--, -++. Such is also magnified by Jiang DaHung when he commented in DiLi BianZhen as the followings: -
One question, is this a TRUE SANYUAN?
The secret of SanHe 三合 and SanYuan 三元 LuoPan are within the writing of TianYu Jing 天玉經 - a single classic that can be interpreted according to both schools. TianYu Jing itself has a number of versions. But for the purpose of discussion we shall inspect the YangGong Old Method's version and DiLi BianZhen's version. Listed herewith is the YangGong Old Method's version proudly brought to you by the late Grand Master Li SanSu, uncle to the late Grand Master Li DingXin. This version of the classic can be sub divided into the following grouping, for the ease of understanding: -
TianYu Jing 天玉經 - Dragon Water Convergence 龙水交会 is relevant to our topic of discussion - YinYang 陰陽 of the 24 mountains 二十四山 of the SanYuan LuoPan. There are 24 mountains. In fact, there are only 12 pairs of YinYang Dragons 十二陰陽龍. 12 YinYang all the way has within the incoming Gua 十二阴阳一路排，总是卦中来. These 12 pairs must be aligned to form Dragon, Mountain, Facing and Water 龍山向水 (DMFW). The classics state, Topsy turvy Parents to array Dragon position, Mountain facing and corresponding Water, 倒排父母荫龙位，山向同流水. This is the structure of SanYuan (or SanHe?) in Qi connections 三元氣圖.
Structure aside, there are only two ways to spin your YinYang. The classics state, Divide establish YinYang 2 different ways, 分定阴阳两路行. The left turning is Yang, the right turning is Yin. The classics state, left turning and right turning to arrange them, 顺逆推排定. However, left or right would only make sense from a fixed point of observation, the datum (天心). This datum is then referred to as the west or the east side of the river bank, resulting in the East River and West River sides. The classics state, divide into East and West two Gua, those who understood will announce to the world, 分却东西两个卦，会者传天下. These are the 2 different Gua – Grouping? In summary, the 12 pairs of YinYang Dragon is to identify left (Yang) or right (Yin) turning. Observe how your Qi flow is the foundation of YinYang. Others are just - crap.
TianYu Jing also identify that the Yang Stems are all left turning - Yang (these are called Dragon God 龍神. The classics state, Jia, Geng, Bing, Ren, are Yang, left turning to find the 5 element structure, 甲庚丙壬俱属阳，顺推五行详. Dragon God 龍神 can be construed as an entire independent topic by itself... however, TianYu Jing - Establishing Facing 定向 has this to say, Front twice yielding Dragon God front twice yielding Facing, pearl string do not face to release. Back twice yielding Dragon God back twice yielding Facing, Arraying established YinYang counts, 前兼龙神前兼向，联珠莫相放。后兼龙神后兼向，排定阴阳算. In other word, Leaning Star polarity depends on the Dragon God 龍神.
The Yin Stems are all right turning - Yin (these are called Water Dragon). The classics state, Yi, Xing, Ding, Gui are Yin, right turning to find the 5 element structure, 乙辛丁癸俱属阴，逆推论五行. The classic did not, however, identify explicitly the rest of the 16 dragons - the 4 ordinal Gua, 4 growth branches, 4 stable branches and 4 graves branches.
The four Ordinal Gua (surprisingly that YangGong referred to the Later Heaven BaGua) were paired respectively as the followings – GenYin 艮寅, XunSi 巽巳, KunShen 坤申, QianHai due to the double mountain and because Yin Si Shen and Hai 寅巳申亥 are the four growths of the Dragon God 龍神, they take Yang 陽. In the method of Pushing Sha and Receiving Water, Jia Geng Bing Ren four Dragon God, entirely belongs to Yang stem element. Qian Xun Gen Kun water facing the same, nobility with access prosperity, 甲庚丙壬四龙神，俱属阳干行。乾巽艮坤水向同，富贵足兴隆. Yin Shen Si Hai water incoming without broken, 5 element facing within storage, 寅申已亥水来长，五行向中藏.
The four Graves were paired in the similar double mountain fashioned such as GuiChou 癸丑, YiChen 乙辰, DingWei 丁未, XinXu 辛戌 with the respective 4 Yin Stems and therefore they are Yin 陰. The four Stables were implied as Yin 陰. The classics state, Chen Xu Chou Wei one way move, sudden prosperity shake the family, 辰戌丑未一路行，骤富振家声. Chen Xu Chou Wei knock against Golden Dragon, Wealth and prosperity never cease to expire, 辰戌丑来叩金龙，富贵永不穷.
Therefore the YinYang grouping of the 24 Mountains, taking reference from the 4 Cardinal Gua and the 4 Ordinal Gua, the different grouping of the 24 Mountains is as follows: -
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LEANING STAR - THE STATIC PLATE
The static plate of Leaning Star comprising of the commonly known forward cycle and reverse cycle. The forward cycle starts from the Center 5 and continue with the sequence 6789 and follow by 1234. The illustration shown here is the forward cycle.
The reverse cycle starts from the Center 5 and take a reverse path with the sequence 4321 and follow by 9876. It is a reverse flow as shown by the following diagram.
Shen JuReng took this as his basis for Flying Star ie. odd Yang fly forward, even Yin fly reverse. Yin or Yang follows the YinYang Yang or YangYin Yin of the 24 mountains SanYuan One Ring LuoPan.
However, this is only the XuanKong method not SanYuan.
LEANING STAR - THE DYNAMIC PLATE
There is a SanYuan method for the Dynamic Plate. We called it dynamic because the 1st path that the star lean differed and not static. If you look carefully to the static plate reverse cycle, you will eventually realised that the 1st path of the star lean takes a total opposite of the 1st path the static plate forward cycle. As a result it looks as though the star leans backward like 5 4321 9876. But no. It is still a forward cycle with a different path of commencement.
It means to say, the first path that the central star leans can eventually be any of the 8 palaces within the LoShu grid and not necessarily Northwest. So, given the 8 directions, you will have 8 sets of Leaning Star as your natal chart. This is a SanYuan method of Leaning Star.
Next instalment - Dragon God
The above description is commonly found in Google. It defines in face value the 24 mountains of the SanYuan Earth Plate. More important it can be grouped and defined with its respective YinYang as the followings: -
4 Graves, 4 Baths and 4 Stables are referred to the 12 growth phases. Stables are referred to Sickness or the Horse positions. The 4 Yang Stems and 4 Yin Stems together with the 4 Ordinal Gua complete the 24 mountains.
FENGSHUI BASICS - YINYANG OF THE SANYUAN 24 MOUNTAINS