Master Hung HinCheong did an excellent rendition on this topic Lesser XuanKong 5 Elements 小玄空五行 that he termed, grow-in/counter-in 生入剋入 technique in his book entitled, Water water everywhere. However, this is only one interpretation and may not represents the true method. Herewith are the interpretation of the above method in accordance to Master Hung.
Grow-in Counter-in 生入剋入
In the "4MWM" (四大水局) method there is a secondary technique called the "grow-in/counter-in (生入剋入)" technique.
While the Growth, Prosper and Grave formed the core of the "4MWM" method, the "grow-in/counter-in" technique played a supporting role. Many school chose to ignore "grow-in/counter-in" altogether, yet, "grow-in/ counter-in" was very much an integral part of YangGong's teachings, and should not be discarded.
The "grow-in/counter-in" technique operates on a system of 5-elements called the "Lesser XuanKong 5 Elements (小玄空五行)" ("Lesser XK") that has nothing to do with XuanKong DaGua ("XKDG") pioneered by Master Jiang DaHong (蔣大獅).
The "Lesser XK" elements were defined by 6 lines in the "Dragon & Water Classic (龍水經)"' such as:-
LongShuiJing was later renamed "Green Satchel Preface (青囊序)", but the part about the lesser XK elements somehow was omitted. The rationale for these elements has never been fully explained. Some master tried to explain in terms of Yao transformation (爻變) based on the Earth Plate.
The "Dragon Water Classic" state:
Grow-in Counter-in, people by the hundreds; Grow-out Counter-out, people numbers decline!
YangGong classic, "Green Satchel Oracles (青囊奧)" state:
Grow-in & Counter-in called prosperous; descendants rich, noble & attain high office
Whereas Growth, Prosperous and Grave dictate the flow of water, whether Left turning or Right turning, to determine that, the practitioner is to walk out to the point of intersection between the facing axis and the river, and measure the direction of the incoming flow.
The "Lesser XK" element of the incoming water is then based on the verse above, based on the Earth Plate. This "Lesser XK" element is then matched with the SanHe frame, based on the Heaven Plate. These are:
If the "Lesser XK" element of the incoming water grows or counters the SanHe frame, then the selected facing is supported by the incoming water. Conversely, if the SanHe frame grows or counters the incoming water element, then the SanHe frame is weakened.
LongShuiJing said nothing about the same elements, but it may be implied that SanHe frame and incoming water having the same element is deemed negative.
Example: Property facing BingWu (丙午), Heaven Plate SanHe Frame is Fire; and the incoming water enters from Xun (巽) on the Earth Plate, hence "Lesser XK" element Water. Water counters Fire, hence the SanHe frame is enhanced by the incoming water.
In a number of years back, one school has been advocating this method in the purportedly famous Water Dragon Method. The famous "Big Sister" took it and propagated it and the consequences were disastrous. The problem does not stem from the theory but the applications are entirely wrong! You cannot create Water Dragon within your compound. These are "water lizards" or "Cutting Feet". It was also learnt that this method has been brought from Taiwan, where one actually measure the water spout of the artificial water features as the incoming Gua within the "river" as specified above. Upon deeper researched from Taiwanese counterparts, it was learnt that such form the fundamental measurements for a SanYuan technique called QianKunGuoBao or LongMenBaDaJu. In this case, the applications are confined to the natural, not artificial. Yet the operative method is not really standalone, but a subset within the orthodox method of YangGong 4 Major Water Mouths (4MWM), very accurate in giving predictive outcomes without even the need of a LuoPan, as the technique itself aligned the observer as a "LuoPan" itself. Further exploration also revealed that it forms the basis of XuanKong DaGua (XKDG). Has such modification embodied within the work of JiangDaHung's Water Dragon Classic, ShuiLongJing? That may be another tale for another day...
TWO CASES IN MIND
While we are closing up for the Chinese New Year, we ought to clear up a lot of back logs due to our cases at hand that is multiplying by the days. Of these, 2 cases come to mind about the water dragon formula. In accordance to our findings, it makes more problems then to otherwise bring health and prosperity.
What is a water dragon method. According to the principle of Earthly Principle 5 Considerations, DiLi WuJu, a rather offspring of the SanHe methodology, the 5 principles consists of dragons, water, embrace, mountain and spot. Water is only one of the 5 principles and cannot be taken out of context devoid of the other 4 principles. It takes the 5 principles to make it work. So, in other word, water dragon cannot be created.
Now, here is the novelty of the commercialized FengShui practitioners. Some authors even proudly present their works as getting wealthy with water dragons, outlining all the water exit in accordance to the Earthly Principle 5 Considerations. What these authors and practitioners are advocating is none other then building parameter drains around the property. That is where all the problems begin.
Case 1: A lady suffered from intestinal growth. On a Gua imagery level one is able to notice that the parameter drains actually represents her intestines and plants growing out of these drains are intestinal growth, which means cancer of the intestine. Again I am reserving the details on another channel.
Case 2: A gentleman with bad debts. His house is surrounded by these "water dragons" ended up he is living with "water lizards" that siphoned away all his hard earned cash. There is a lot of issues with his investment that does not materialized as promised. Again I am reserving the details on another channel.
Solving these cases are to undo all these "water lizards" and that is all about wasting money and double handling of works. If next time, someone offer you a "water dragon" and you succumbed into their perspectives and enjoyed an about turned of events from bad to worst, you know who to call...
Dragon Water Classic is, now, known as Ancient Scroll Dragon Water Classic 古本龙水经. Being "ancient" we will not be certain as to who wrote the script. Some copy has the first verse, 楊公養老看雌雄, YangGong old age see CiXiong, while others, it simply start with 天下諸書對不同, under Heaven all books are different. On the first assumption, it may have been written by Zheng WenChang 曾文辿, YangGong most senior disciple. Unfortunately, the 7 characters prose, common to the Tang Dynasty literature, are sometimes punctuated by 5, 3, 2 characters prose that pose, such copy may have been "polluted" by others or there are just some missing or illegible characters that has been lost during translation and hand copy from one generation to another. The examples are: -
Item 3-8 seems to have been sub topic to the method prescribed or annotation made by others. Such does not gel well with the obsession of ancient Chinese inclination towards poem over clarity. That is one good reason as to why the Old YangGong method lineage (YangGong GuFa) did not subscribe to this literature. The followings are one of the many copies found in the internet: -
Reviewing this copy of Dragon Water Classic 古本龙水经 and comparing it with QingNanXu 青囊序, there are many areas of inconsistencies namely: -
The followings are the comparative studies between both classics with variants highlighted in red:-
DISCOURSE ON LONGSHUIJING
By changing a single character, it changes the entire meaning, for example: -
By changing the the entire phrase, it presents a new idea for example: -
The remaining script of LongShuiJing provide more ideas and methodology such as Small XuanKong 小玄空 as the followings: -
The remaining script introduces to us an entire method of XuanKong. The first 6 stanzas are the key poems defining the XuanKong elements to the 24 mountains such as: -