Strange but true, most of us think that BaZhai or fondly known as 8 mansions techniques are Kindergarten stuff, these techniques are the most advanced stuff in YangGong method. Gone are the necessities to look at the water mouth with the true BaZhai and when you are able to discern to the correct Gua – you are able to dictate what is mountain and what is water indirectly dictate what your Xue positions is. This is where SanHe and SanYuan break apart and merged as a one and only solution. However, the true technique has been concealed beyond recognition.
Let’s take BaZhai MingJing (BZMJ) for instance. It is one of the most common and most corrupted textbook in this subject taking sources from all sorts of classics available at that time, adding chapters upon chapters by various authors. Some believes that it is a false method first designed by YiXing to pass it on to the barbaric nations of his time such as Japan and Korea only to return to the middle Kingdom to confuse the Chinese notably during the Qing Dynasty where people like Zhang BingLing marketed himself almost similar to those of our modern contemporaries.
What exactly is BaZhai MingJing?
Gua, Star Relationships
The common mantra Early Heaven as the principle, Later Heaven as the application. In BaZhai the Body is the Earth Plate and the Application is the Heaven Plate relationship. Earth Plate referred to the Later Heaven BaGua and Heaven Plate related to Purple White Star (Heaven Qi). This is not accurate. Earth Plate refers to the SanHe frames while Heaven Plate refers to the SanYuan Qi – this is where the earth Xue meets heaven Xue so to allow you to derive the ONE Gua XieZi. Is it obvious? No way!
House Form and Alternate BaZhai Star Assignments
This is a Form Assessment based on XingSha, Multitier configurations, compartmentalization and Door types. It hinted that Forms take precedents over Formula. It prescribed Secondary and Tertiary methods of BaZhai Stars allocation – Primary (base on House Seating), Secondary (Door Location), Tertiary (Highest Room). Rather strange that in applications there are various method to raised FuWei. Raise FuWei is a method of measuring Xue locations and must it stop at tertiary? This chapter also suggested the uses of “Sky Well” or Court Yard to receive Qi. It also suggests obvious Killing Qi based on House Facing – SanHe BaLu HuangGuan or Eight Roads of Destruction. Rather strange for a SanYuan method conforming a SanHe Killing Qi? What happened to the SanYuan Robbery Sha instead? It goes to show that the 4 fundamental structures are indispensible in SanYuan. Without the Heaven Plate in the SanYuan LuoPan, how do you measure the 4 water mouths?
Discerning YinYang of the 24 mountain Xu-Chen being the YinYang Boundary with Yang (East) and Yin (West). Why it uses Xu-Chen as the YinYang threshold and not Chou and Wei? YuanKong Divination techniques using 6 Yao Hexagram is used to evaluate auspiciousness where the Main Entrance / Stove mouth construct the 1st Yao, from incoming path as 2nd Yao to outgoing path as 3rd Yao, House Facing Gua is the 4th – 6th Yao or the upper trigram. Hexagram’s lower trigram and upper trigram is evaluated between Life Gua and BaZhai Star relationship. This is where BZMJ suggested that if you cannot change the House sitting Gua, change the door facing and if other fails, just move the stove around until you get an auspicious Gua matching. This is called the mystical YangGong Stove method to expedite children and wealth. This is a whole subject by itself. What it is most interesting but not expressly told is that the Location of the Main Door is of paramount important to match the Life Gua yet silence on if it is for the male or the female?
Shining Water Classics
Star and Palace relationship is based on Shining Water Classics. It uses secondary BaZhai Star distribution techniques to analyse relationship between Gua of the Main Door location to the door Gua location of the other rooms. The outcomes affect the related family member – Palace Counter Palace. Portends – ShengQi benefits eldest, TianYi benefits second, YanNian benefits youngest. Same applies to JueMing (eldest male), WuGui (eldest son), HuoHai (middle son), LiuSha (youngest son).
Jade Carriage Classics
BZMJ did not spell out NaJia BaGua as a method to locate the Main Door and instead it employs Jade Carriage Classics to determine the favourable and non-favourable location for water exit. This must be read in tandem with the SanHe 4 water mouths approach. First, the Jade Carriage prescribed the 24 stars with the fixed order lead by a lead star (Fortune, Epidemic, Wealth, Illness, Lawsuits, Knight, Noble, Hang, Village, Thriving, Execution, Madness, Argument, Silkworm, Farm, Weeping, Lonely, Widow, Glorious, Premature Death, Prostitute, InLaws, Extinction, Prosperous). It did not explain where or how these stars come into the picture. It is a prescribed poem assumedly taken from some distance ShenSha text. If you care to take a close scrutiny it prescribed assigning of the 24 stars to the 24 mountains based on House sitting Gua to determine where the lead star is to reside and these mountains are generally the stables (Yin, Si, Shen and Hai) and Ren, Kun, Ding and Geng. No reason given as to the manner it is orderly assigned to generate the 24 mountain charts that show where to open door, water exit, locate toilet and so forth.
Purple White Stars
Well, it just don’t stop right there. BZMJ suggests that the Purple White Stars – Replacement star method based on the sitting Gua must be employed to make sure that it is feasibly timely. These replacement stars are evaluated against each of the palaces YinYang and elemental relationships within the LoShu to derive auspiciousness and inauspiciousness. In summary, the outcome is an oversized onion with many layers of theories or methods squeezed together to determine the right door!
Problem With Eight Mansions
Saying thus, it opens up to myriads issues worth investigating. Is our theory wrong or simply our applications going so wrong? One conclusion, Eight Mansion is not as simple as it appears to be.On another note, do you really knows what make a ShengQi really growing Qi and not just name sake? What is the quality of YanNian and the qualifying factors of TianYi and not just those descriptions found on the books available in the market. It is all in the DaGua itself.
More Story On the Predisposition of 8 Mansions
8 Mansions predisposition is based on the Year pillar. The stem branch system of the four pillars is a classic example of defined Yang Heaven above Yin Earth below, not entirely the representation of the Early Heaven arrangement.
Taking the postulation that year is the root and the succession hour is the fruit, the year pillar is reflective of the incoming dragon. 8 Mansions predisposition is based on the Year pillar as dragon represents the measurement of Earth Qi – FengShui. By the same token, the 3 cycles or SanYuan is the measurement of Earth Qi. It will be a little strange if we over emphasized that SanYuan measures only Heaven Qi. This is entirely misleading.
Another form of predisposition is based on the Month pillar. The month is the branch reflective of the mountain. If the Year pillar is the Greater Yang, then the Month pillar is the Greater Yin. Mountain is influenced by the cycle and phases of the moon. It measures the temporal Qi of a person. Ever wonder why a person’s luck pillar starts from the month instead of the others? By the same token, if one wants to change a person’s luck, which predisposition one has to account for?
The Root of The Eight Mansions (BaZhai)
Some one told me that The BaZhai that is taught in the market today is not what it is suppose to be. Not many people know that there is the EH part and the LH part. The EH governs the “mountain” aspect and the LH governs “water” aspect. From each type of houses, we determine the LH and EH of the house. From here, we can seek to read and predict the happenings of occupants within the property.
Similarly on a defunct Chinese Metaphysic Website called Element V, it was stated that “. …many are not aware that the BaZhai method should not be used for commercial premises. It is an end-user product for relationships, and meant for application to residential dwellings only. I should add that BaZhai applications are based on the Early Heaven Gua, not the Later Heaven Gua, as commonly taught. And the same system can also be used for predicting and analyzing events.”
A further infusion of such, was a timely essay from HHC entails the trilogy of Door, Bed and the Stove, seizing up the confused aroma of the classical texts that consist of RuDiYen, BaZhai 4 Books, Complete Text of BaZhai, Classic on the Arrival of the Golden Light Star and BaZhaiMingJing, painting the setting, but not dwelling into roots of BaZhai.
So what is the roots of BaZhai?
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…
BOOK REVIEW ON YANGGONG OLD METHOD - ENGLISH SOURCE
Any different between SanYuan DaGua 三元大卦 and XuanKong DaGua 玄空大卦? It is the same question pertaining to the different between YangGong Fa 杨公法 with SanHe Fa 三合法? They may look the same but in techniques they are far apart.
CASE STUDY - SETIAWALK AND WATER WATER EVERYWHERE
Drop by at Setiawalk recently for a FengShui audit. I cannot keep my eye away from the lush landscape with extensive use of water elements. Indeed coincident to the very notion of water-water everywhere. There are more to meet the eye but I would just disclose a little.
The center boulevard is high with F&B and very happening especially during the evening where pubs come alive and the opposite is observed for the shops facing outward, almost starving. The vibrant side is located along the Yin side of the man-made river and the Yang side takes a longer to peak.
Indeed the design of the river has YinYang almost unseen for an untrained eye. Some of the practitioners I brought along were surprised as all they see was water features and lush landscapes. They had missed the real ingredients besides saying, “Ah… the river is meandering, so it is sentimental water”. Those fans of HHC should use this life example for their trainings based on his book on SanHe water formula. I must admit it is purely land form befitting into the context of both SanHe and SanYuan methodology. Wonder if it is the work of “JayWhy”?
While you don’t have to do much on each of the F&B outlets but to decide on the location of the main door, the office lots were a little disappointing with many vacant lots desperately to be filled up. Upon visiting, the answer is obvious. The design has not taken FengShui into consideration. Maybe the master’s work does not include such.
POSTSCRIPT - CONTRADICTING YANGGONG METHOD
I had a brief discussion with some YangGong practitioner on this case. He pointed out that the greater formation is wood but the internal formation is metal. Water exiting in Shen being the prosperity palace of metal frame. True enough, the vibrancy of the area could not last.
This shows that both SanHe and SanYuan methods have to conform to YangGong method although someone else may think otherwise.
Points in mind – SanHe School Modern Fallacy
Five years ago, there was a query stating that since 4 major water mouth and assistant star water method are both SanHe, what happened if they contradicted each other? Which take precedent?
Reviewing back my writing then, I put the blames on different schools, different interpretations. In fact, it is actually different part of the same “elephant” as viewed by the “blind men”, in accordance to YangGong true method. It may also be the problem of categorization. First, one has to discern that not everything to do with YangGong method is SanHe.
SanHe, loosely translated as 3 combinations have many interpretations from the obvious Dragon, Embrace and Facing to the Three Stooges, you watch in TV. What this school strength is that the believed of having the 3 positions fortified, any collapse of one portion, 2 of the others will able to hold the fort. In order to seamlessly combine the three, a Yang incoming dragon must match Yang water establishing a Yang Facing. This is believed to be what is known as Pure Yin Pure Yang.
This so called Pure Yin Pure Yang forms the basis of assistant star water method or FuXing ShuiFa, originated from Entering Earth Eye, Ru DiYan (入地眼) by GuTuo (辜托). Therefore, it is assumed to have been a very old method of SanHe since it is believed that GuTuo is a monk lived in the Zhou Dynasty. At that time, the Heaven’s Plate of the SanHe LuoPan is unheard of. On such account and unlike modern application, FuXing ShuiFa is never measured using the Heaven’s Plate.
Qing Dynasty witnessed the following methods: -
1. 4 Major Water Mouths
2. Later Heaven Method
3. Earthly Principle 5 Verses
4. QianKun National Treasure
These methods were categorized under SanHe and were claimed to have been YangGong’s method, employing the Heaven’s Plate. Heaven Plate is a 24 mountains ring correcting the “original” Earth Plate to mark the True North based on the Sun path for measuring of Water.
Even within these methods, there are sheer inconsistencies, often mocked around by pure YangGong practitioners such as LiDingXin. YangGong is believed to have been the forefather of FengShui lived in the Tang Dynasty.
Strangely, the copy of Ru DiYan (入地眼) by GuTuo (辜托) as it is available today contain text which mock the usage of the Heaven’s Plate while the 3 YangGong classics of Green Satchel Profound Saying, Heavenly Jade Classic and Jade Ruler Classic, clearly dispel the inconsistency of flipping Gua method or FanGua as sheer divination without valid compliance to GuoPu’s Burial Classic therefore, not genuine FengShui.
Furthermore with the last chapter of Ru DiYan (入地眼) dedicated to 8 Mansions, it is even glaring that this very classic has been adulterated beyond recognition, most likely during the Qing Dynasty. GuTuo (辜托) may even have been a monk living in the Sung or Ming Dynasty instead. Even one chapter dedicated to evaluation of the embrace dedicated to Lai BuYi's urging officer scroll.This is one classic example of the "Death becomes Alive" and the "Living becomes Deceased".
Subsequent works revealed that assistant star water method or FuXing ShuiFa is further adulterated to include piecemeal methods such as Five Ghost Carry Treasure, 8 Mansion Five Ghost methods, FlyingStar, Water Dragon Classics and so forth with some part of it blended into SanYuan and XuanKong as well. Not surprising if you can find special RuDiYan LuoPan these days.
A genuine YangGong method discerns all these and therefore cannot be classified as a pure SanHe school -
Note this FACT!
Eight Killing 八煞 as the name suggests is a standard textbook entry level for FengShui practitioners. Derived from SanHe School, it is a watered down version of YangGong method. It comes in many forms such as: -
Sitting Mountain 8 Killing - 坐山八煞
8 Killing Yellow Stream - 八煞黄泉
However, one SanYuan School - QianKun GuoBao/LongMen BaDaJu 龍門八大局 / 乾坤國寶 also incorporated the same into their techniques. It is extremely strange that as a SanYuan version require to use a SanHe method unless within SanYuan there is SanHe and such secret has been interwoven so deeply that it requires a genuine master to enlighten?
Saying so, there is also a SanYuan version of 8 Killing forces called: -
Sitting Mountain Robbery Killing - 坐山劫煞
Sitting Mountain 8 Killing - 坐山八煞
Kan Dragon Kun Rabbit Zhen Mountain Monkey. Xun Chicken Qian Horse Dui Snake Head. Gen Tiger Li Pig are 8 Killer. House Grave together perish.
The keyword is sitting mountain, meaning how your building sits. Genuine YangGong people will measure the Seat instead of the Sit.
The original method is to first determine the incoming Qi based on the BaGua 8 directions and the sitting of the house or grave must not be located at the specific animal sign according to the 24 mountains, as in accordance to the above poem. Failing so bloodshed will manifest.
By the same token, if you are born in a specific year according to the animal sign as specify as above, your personalized Killing Force is the direction as mentioned. For example, a person born in Pig year will have his Killing Force in the Xun location. In 8 Mansion method, this Pig year born person must not live in a Gua 4 house. Gua 4 is Xun sitting house.
The alternative method as procured in QianKun GuoBao/LongMen BaDaJu 龍門八大局 / 乾坤國寶, is to use the sitting Gua of the house must not face Sha or Killing structure at the specific animal sign according to the 24 mountains, as in accordance to the above poem. Failing so bloodshed will manifest. This is known as the direct killing forces.
Whereas the indirect killing forces depend on the early and later heaven configuration of the sitting Gua of the house to determine the specific results of bloodshed or otherwise material lost.
Example, Kan house must not see ShaQi in the location of Dragon (Chen) and Dog (Xu). Early Heaven of Kan is Dui. Dui killing forces is Snake (Si). So if there is ShaQi at Si location - there will be bloodshed. Later Heaven of Kan is in Kun. Kun killing forces is Rabbit (Mao). So if there is ShaQi at Mao - there will be robbery and material lost.
Also note that there is a hidden Dog marked in red. Olden day master purposefully drop one or two of their techniques so that they will remain relevant and always better then their disciples.
8 Killing Yellow Stream - 八煞黄泉
Geng ding Kun up is Yellow Stream, Kun face Geng Ding cannot be said; Xun face avoid moving Yi Bing up. Yi Bing must protect Xun water first; Jia Gui face up see Gen, Gen face prelude Jia Gui suspiciously; Qian face Xin Ren move not get, Xin Ren water flow afriad meeting Qian.
Sitting mountain deals with branch while Yellow Stream deals with Stem and Gua location. The caveat is there must be "Pulling Nose" Sha drawing Qi away from the Main Door. So the reference point is the House Facing or Door Facing.
Example, Kun facing must not have road or water flowing out at Geng or Ding mountains. Similarly, Geng/Ding facing must not have Kun water flowing outward.
Here, another contentious issue with diverting opinion is: -
Strangely, RuDiYan 入地眼 has never advocated the use of Heaven Plate and it is believed that this classic predates YangGong and having roots in Huang ShiGong 黃石公.
For a genuine YangGong practitioner, they are less bother with this method.
Sitting Mountain Robbery Killing - 坐山劫煞
Xun Wei Shen Mountain Gui robbery conceal; Xin Xu reside Chou Geng horse native. Zhen Gen meet Ding jia see Bing; Ren monkey Qian rabbit Bing Xin direction. Kan Gui stich snake Si Wu chicken; Ding You meet Yin Kun Hai Yi. Dragon Tiger meet goat Yi monkey robbery; one ox dragon position cannot place.
This is a SanYuan version of 8 Killing Forces using the sitting as the reference point. Example property sits Gui cannot see broken structure at Shen, Wei and Xun mountain. Its origin remains illusive and some account to it having taken from the asterism.
Illustrated here are just some of the mainstream 8 Killing theories. There are countless other sub variants liked XuanKong DaGua Killing Forces and so forth. For the genuine practitioner, these are just end-users' techniques. All complete sets of SanHe or SanYuan methods had such being incorporated into their applications notably from the text Heaven Jade Classics - 天玉经.
First observe Golden Dragon stirring not stirring, next examine blood vein identify incoming dragon.
The XuanKong Flying Star 玄空飛星, will interpret these 2 liners as the way Flying Star 飛星, supposed to fly. Note that the meaning of Golden Dragon represents Qian sector. In the Later Heaven BaGua, Qian is assigned to the northwest and receive the element of Metal and in Chinese means 金. Qian is also related to Dragon 龙 based on the notion of Yao change. Together one must observe if the Golden Dragon 金 龙 moves or not. If the star take flight it must start from the Qian palace. In the event of a missing sector in Qian, the entire Flying Star 飛星 chart cannot work! It also means if there is a vertical missing sector in Qian, Flying Star 飛星 chart also cannot work. The reason being the LoShu 洛书 flight takes 3 dimensional along the 3 dimensional of the Later Heaven BaGua.
HeTu in 3D: -
The early Chinese does not concern so much as to the sitting and facing of their homes. Their main concerns are the community. So, the EH is use to assist them in locating prosperous spots. It is all location, location and location.
EH BaGua is imagery, Xiang of the cosmos. To understand its attributes, EH Numerology is invented. This is another component called Li (method). So HeTu is derived to interpret the EH BaGua. HeTu is derived from the understanding of Qi, the 5 elements. As the saying goes, Heaven bestow, Earth receives, Qi originates from Heaven and settle underground as in the forms of mountain (Gen) and rivers (Dui). Such manifestation is called as above, so below. As above there are asterisms. As below there are mountains and rivers which we called Dragons. So, it is believed that the working mechanism of Qi must follow an order. This order is HeTu. So, Li, Qi and Xiang 里气象 are complete.
However, have we ever thought that HeTu is also in 3D?
QingNanAoYou 青囊奥语, is another text book of FengShui believed to have been written by YangGong and yet 2 apparent versions from 2 different schools of thought.
In summary, classical texts are often distorted beyond recognition. YangGong did not write any of these classics. It was written by his students. Jiang DaHung commentaries on this classic is a sheer attempt to distort it further to his inclination and understanding. Often than not, he is labeled as a con-artiste instead. Yet, contemporary observation of masters from both schools showed tremendous results. What is your say?
PS: Graphics from http://bazifenshui.blogspot.com/2013/09/ching-nan-au-yo.html