Three Syllabic Classics or commonly known as SanZi Jing《三字经》is neither a Confusion nor a FengShui classic per-se but it can be taken as the fundamental entry level textbook in Chinese Metaphysics.
The opening passage: -
人之初 (rén zhī chū) People at birth,
性本善 (xìng běn shàn) Are naturally good (kind-hearted).
性相近 (xìng xiāng jìn) their natures are similar,
習相遠 (xí xiāng yuǎn) (But) their habits make them different (from each other).
Dictates that human nature in its origin is good but their “cultivations” made them different. What caught my attention, when my 7 years old daughter asked me what is: -
有连山 (you lien shan) have combined mountains,
有归藏 (you gui chang) have hidden and revealed,
有周易 (you zhou yi) have Zhou Yi,
三易详 (san yi xiang) three Yi(s) detailed.
I am speechless for a moment and I believed it is not just “pure fortune” telling as commonly taught by her teacher. If indeed true, is that how “cultivation” are meant to be in our modern society?
The true picture may have been there are 3 Yi 三易 comprising of LienShan 连山, GuiChang 归藏 and ZhouYi 周易. LienShan 连山 and GuiChang 归藏 are no longer existed as a complete doctrine or probably merged into ZhouYi 周易. The extinction of LienShan 连山 and GuiChang 归藏 may have been attributed by the burning of books during the Qin Dynasty. However, according to some scholars, it may have survived through its fragments.
What is exactly LienShan 连山 Yi 易? The word LienShan 连山 means stacking of mountain (山) or in the language of Yi, it is Gen Gua 艮. 山山在上 refers to the peak of KunLun 崑崙 range. All the rivers have their origins from KunLun mountains. It is the source, the alpha, the law pertaining to its origin and the law governing mountains. Being the alpha, it is also Qian 乾, the Heaven. LienShan 连山 as some believes to start with Gen Gua 艮 may not necessary be true.
What is exactly GuiChang 归藏 Yi 易? The word GuiChang 归藏 means returned to the concealed or in the language of Yi, it is Kun Gua 坤. Opposite to KunLun 崑崙 range, GuiChang 归藏 refers to the Yellow River 黃河. The Yellow River 黃河 has through time changes its course and alter the landscape of China. Therefore it conceals and reveals and GuiChang 归藏 is the law pertaining to water, source of ShengQi and the omega. Being omega, it is also the Kun 坤, the mother Earth. GuiChang 归藏 as some believes to start with Kun Gua 坤 and attributed to a set of BaGua dug up from the scripture of MaWangDui 馬王堆 . Later scholars attributed these set of BaGua to be as the same with YuanBao 元包經 BaGua or ShenNong 神農 BaGua. ShenNong being the legendary sages of Chinese Medicine, YuanBao 元包經 BaGua is also being adopted in Chinese Medicine.
The story of 3 Yi has taken another twist with the involvement of its founder. Where ShenNong is credited to have invented GuiChang 归藏, between FuXi (伏羲) and HuangDi (黃帝), who has invented LienShan 连山 and ZhouYi 周易? Someone pointed out that to understand LienShan 连山 and GuiChang 归藏, the secrets are within this Daoist Scripture -道法本無多. How true can that be?
SEQUENCE OF YOUR TAIQI
Which TaiQi belongs to the Yi of Dao and the Yi of Qi? When one turns left, the other turns right. Left turning is Yin? Right turning is Yang? Mountain is Yin? Water is Yang? Another manifestation of 扭轉乾坤?
This one version is not yet the ultimate version but it is good enough to keep things moving for those who wish to understand the true nature of DaGua. The word XuanKong is purposely left out...
Liked any FengShui method, what makes it ticks is the underlying application and what is probably known as Mid-Heaven BaGua. Without knowing this it is as good as theory. The LuoPan only shows you the Heaven and Earth plate. It never tells you about application. If really that XKDG is about Heaven Qi, how do one link it to Earth and Human? There are three components. Heaven, Man and Earth Gua. You have the 2 without the 3rd, things cannot work consistently. It is really not about date selection, tilted door and matching to the person's Gua. It is more of arranging YinYang from the 2 slices, 4 imagery and the mysterious Mid-Heaven Gua. This is sort of the very reason why so many courses offered out there are plain rubbish.
If you Google and search for Mid-Heaven Gua, probably you will find one version called YuanBao BaGua. It is the same species someone dug out from DunHuang cave years ago... Is this the Mid-Heaven Gua applied to XKDG? Ha... you just can't trace over that into your LuoPan and simply use it? Strangely, you will also come to notice in a very near future, some masters may be teaching Mid-Heaven Gua in their XKDG syllabus.
So this very Mid-Heaven BaGua is a top secret of any given school. Should I disclose what do they advocate to make their XKDG works? Drop me a mail or comment if you want to find out.