Thursday, July 31, 2008

Qi Men Dun Jia Part 3

Privatisation of the Military

Ha-ha, a short-cut by me. Just go straight to the link and learn the tedious part first of plotting the chart based on time dimension. I would then discussed it further in my next post.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Qi Men Dun Jia Part 2

Destructive and Productive Cycle

Hi all, I say it must have getting boring at this stage. Don't worry, it's like getting to fly a aeroplane, so much to learn before you can enjoy being up in the sky with the eagle. Let's carry on.

2 - 6.Gate Disk
There are altogether 8 Gate used in Dunjia, which summarize the possible influence from mysterious aspect or celestial powers. We call them Zhi Shi.

Associated Number


To generate energy for action of the day. It is an agent of Gen-Trigram, and also represents Chou-branch and Yin-branch. Generally speaking, This gate is useful for any purpose, especially for health.


To be injured or scratch something easily by mistake, because of hurry to the work or remainder of yesterday's tiredness. It is an agent of Zhen-Trigram, and also represents Mao-Branch. This gate is useful for hospitalization with operations.


Start working of the day, but not smoothly done for complete. It is an agent of Sun-Trigram, and also represents Chen-branch and Si-branch. This gate is not useful for any purposes. This gate is only useful for running away, or arresting robbers.


The most active time in a day. It is an agent of Li, and also represents Wu-branch. This gate is useful for any purposes.

5, 2(slacken)

Sleepy for satisfaction from eating. It is an agent of Kun-Trigram, and also represents Wei-branch and Shen-branch. This gate should not be used except burial.


It's nearly the time to finish the work. As concentrations get declined, people are easily surprised at unexpected happenings. It is an agent of Dui-Trigram, and also represents You-branch. This gate is not useful for any purposes.


Return home after work of the day. It's time to go to bed. It is an agent of Chain-Trigram, and also represents Xu-branch and Hai-branch. This gate is useful for any purposes. Kai denotes all things are prosperous, metal elements,


People are in sleep. It is an agent of Kan-Trigram, and also represents Zi-branch. This gate is useful for any purposes.

2-7 The Eight Guards or Gods
The following also gives the explanation as to each of the Guard:

1. Zhi Fu ():
earth element, central position, the commander of all other Guards. When it falls in one palace, all evil things will flee without any trace.

2. Teng She ():
fire element, south, hypocratic and crafty Guard. Stands for hypocratic characters, acrimony speech. Responsible for strange, hypocratic and dreadful things.

3. Tai Yin ():
metal element, west, the sheltering Guard. Of obscure and invisible attributes. Where Tai Yin comes upon it is suitable for planning, scheming, plotting, etc. and for taking shelter and hide the military forces.

4. Liu He ():
wood element, east, the protection Guard. Its character is unclouded and amiable. Where it falls upon it is suitable for marriage arrangement, discussing business, negotiation, etc.

5. Bai Hu ():
metal element, west, atrocious Guard. Apt to killing in most of situation, Responsible for arm forces deployment, killings, epidemics, traffic accidents. Under it there hids Gou Chen.

6. Xuan Wu ():
water element, north, crafty sycophant or thief. Prefer to stealing and clandestine love affairs. Responsible for thieft, going into exile, quarrel. Under it there hides the Zhu Que.

7. Jiu Di ():
earth element, central position, the common mother of all things. Its charater is tame, quiet, pliable. Where it comes upon it is suitable for planting, dwelling, stationing arm forces.

8. Jiu Tian ():
metal element, positioned high up as like the heaven. Valiant Guard. Very strong character and prefer to taking action. Where it comes upon it is suitable for deploying arm forces, battle, travel.

That's all for now. I would slowly enlighten you for after all, thousand years of chinese astrology can't just be assimilated in a few pages.
Just remember it as the basic as in learning Bazi or Fengshui.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Saturday, July 26, 2008

More Music To Relax

Friday, July 25, 2008

Qi Men Dun Jia-Part 2

Tons of ammunitions stolen in Iraq

2 - 1.
The Arrangement of San Qi and Liu Yi in Nine Palaces
San Qi and Liu Yi, nine in total, will fall into nine palaces in a succession. They are Wu,Ji,Geng,Xin,Ren,Gui,Bing,Ding,Yi. Among them Wu,Ji,Geng,Xin,Ren,Gui, each has one Jia general or one of five Jia commanders hiding under it-- they are Jia-Zi, Jia-Xu, Jia-Shen, Jia-Wu, Jia Chen and Jia-Yin. When Jia-Zi falls into one palace (for example, No. 4 palace) in a Yang Dun Ju, we call it is a No. 4 Yang Du Ju.

2 - 2. Ju
Ju means situation. In Dunjia method, there are cyclic numbers on year, month, day and hour of Dunjia calendar. For example, Ju number of the date February 2, 1996 is 9, Yang Dun Ju. It means Jia-Zi falls in the No. 9 palace.To know one day is Yang Dun Ju or Yin Dun Ju and the Ju number people can look for the Dunjia calender. That is very important.

2 - 3. Yin Dun and Yang Dun
There are two ways of heavenly Qi's moving, Yin Dun and Yang Dun. Both are concerned with moving of Earth around the sun.
Yin Dun-Yin Dun is a period from summer solstice to next winter solstice. When during the Yin Dun period, Yin energy is born and increasing its power day by day.
Yang Dun-Yang Dun is a period from winter solstice to next summer solstice. During the Yang Dun period, Yang energy is increasing.

This circulation of energy concerned with time can be comprehend as revolution of earth like following:

Ju Shu ( situation numbers ) consists of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. It goes descendantly under Yin Dun period, and ascendantly under Yang Dun period like following:

Yang Dun= 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Yin Dun= 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

2 - 4. General Pattern for Earthly Disk

Star Wonder
Moon Wonder
Sun Wonder

Liu Yi

Yang Dun

NOTES: Here the numbers above mean the number in the nine palaces.There are altogether 18 Jus, one Ju every five days.There are nine Yang Dun Jus and nine Yin Dun Jus.

Yin Dun

2 - 5. Heavenly Disk
The aboved knowledge talked about the Earthly Disk and how to arrange the Liu Yi and Three Wonders in nine palaces and that is not enough. In ancient China, people held all things have to accept influence from heaven, earth and artificial aspect. Heavenly Disk represents the influence coming from above. There are altogether nine stars, each stands for a different influence, here we call them as Zhi Fu . Please read the following :

Eight Trigrams, Palace Numbers (which you should know at this stage), the nine stars with them.

Kan 1 Tian Peng star
Kun 2 Tian Rui
Zhen 3 Tian Cong
Xun 4 Tian Fu
5 Tian Qin
Qian 6 Tian Xin
Dui 7 Tian Zhu
Gen 8 Tian Ren
Li 9 Tian Ying

The following gives the explanation as to nine stars:

Tian Peng (): water element, corresponding to Kan trigram, has close connection to the appearace of theft. So, it is an inauspicious star. When Tian Peng falls in one palace, people should construct dam, or defence facilities or strengthen the stronghold in order to prevent something happening. It is not good to travel far or do business because the theft may happen.
Tian Rui (): earth element, Yin, has close connection with epidemic. So, sometimes we call it as a disease star. When Tian Rui stays in one palace, people should receive teachings or admonishment, make friends, stay in the original place, abstain from arm force deployment, no marriage, no quarrel, no travel far, no new construction, etc.
Tian Cong (): wood element, yang, has close connection with kind donation, doing kind deeds, or agricultural activities. It is an auspicious star. When Tian Cong dwells in one palace, it is good for military action, battle or fights. Beside these all is inauspicious.
Tian Fu (): wood element, yang, has close connection with cultrual education. It is a very ausoicious star. Whe Tian Fu dwells in one palace, it is auspicious for travel, business, marriage, construction, especially study progress, social status ascendence and culture and education development.
Tian Qin (): earth element, yang, auspicious for all things because it dwells in the central earth palace which can gives rise to all.
Tian Xin (): metal element, yin, has close connection with leadership capability, scheming, desease treatment and military deployment. t is an auspicious star.
Tian Zhu (): metal element, yin, has close connection with killings, strange things, mysterious matters, damage. It is an inauspicious star. When Tian Zhu falls in one palace, people should strengthen their garrison, train their forces, prepare for the bad. It is not good for travel far, do business, otherwise loss, injury, unfortunate things will happen.
Tian Ren (): earth element, yang, an auspicious star. When Tian Ren dwells in one palace, it is good for offering teaching to general people, pacificate people, crack down upon insurgence or mobsters. Also good for business, marriage, social status.
Tian Ying (): fire element, yin, has close connection with outrageous behavior, heated situation, fire and blood. It is a neutral star. When Tian Ying dwells in one palace it is good for planing, dropping a visit to high officials, but it is bad if people want fortune, social status possession, marriage or travel.

That'sll for now.
I remember now, this article is from 'Damo Qigong'

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Some music to relax

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

About Qimen DunJia

Iraqi Elections

Just a side-track, for PART 2, later.For now,an article by Mr.Joey Yap and his viewpoint on Qi Men Dun Jia which would helps in the understanding of how to make it works.

'Now, if you are a Feng Shui enthusiast, you may have heard of Qi Men. You may even have heard that it has certain ‘occult’ elements to it, or that it is so powerful that it can enable a person to escape fate and destiny. Some books and Chinese Metaphysics teachers go so far as to claim that Qi Men can change matters of life and death. Some people even say that Qi Men is not a ‘legit’ field of Chinese Metaphysics because it can be used for illegal acts such as killing someone and getting away with it.

In short, Qi Men has a lot of baggage, mystique and an almost magical aura about it. And that’s always a little dangerous in my view because then it’s easy for people to be taken in by false claims on what Qi Men can do or to be apprehensive about learning Qi Men (because of the so-called occult or non-legit baggage).

You say Oracle, I say Kray Computer
2000 years ago, only shamans and oracles could forecast things like rain and snow and tsunami. Well today, we use computers to do that. Computer modelling, using data that is collected, helps us engage in metrological forecasting and of course, predict all kinds of movement in the Earth. If you think about it, the computers and devices that measure waves, cloud movement, sonic activity and tectonic plate movements are essentially tracking energy patterns and movement. Even the outcome of human activities today is being modelled and computed to predict outcomes – financial markets use sophisticated mathematical models to project stock movements or determine market fluctuations.

In the old days in ancient China, Imperial Astrologers didn’t have Kray Computers or an Imperial Tech Geek working for them to come up with formulas to computer outcomes. Probably they didn’t need it since they had the three Oracle Methods: Tai Yi Shen Shu, Liu Ren Shen Ke and Qi Men Dun Jia, which were used to forecast or predict outcomes in relation to aspects of time and space.

Tai Yi was used to divine the big events that happen with countries, such as earthquake, big hurricanes, massacres and natural disasters. With modern technology, this method of course has become less relevant. Liu Ren was mostly used for divining the outcomes of daily personal events – due to the pace of life in the 21st century where people are often making decisions every ten seconds, Liu Ren’s usage is mainly limited to important major decisions. Qi Men was generally used for military activities, and largely used to determine not just the right time to act (attack the enemy) but what to do (attack where) and when to undertake that action (when to attack). It remains highly relevant today and in the course of this article, I’ll explain to you how it’s used in the modern context.

All three of these techniques are not that much different from all the computerised modelling that takes place today. It’s just that what is computed is not seen as synonymous. Personally I think it’s a case of ‘I say potato, you say potato’. Techniques like Qi Men compute energy patterns and movements – in that respect, financial market modelling or metrological weather prediction is no different. It is about computing patterns and movements. Whilst financial market models use numbers – Qi Men uses Metaphysical Energies.

What ties Qi Men to Chinese Metaphysics and which makes it ‘legitimate’ is that it shares the same base as all the other aspects of Chinese Metaphysics. Qi Men is also rooted in the Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches – the ‘Jia’ in Qi Men Dun Jia is actually a reference to the first of the Heavenly Branches, Jia. The He Tu, Lou Shu, 9 Palaces, the 9 Stars, The Constellations, the 8 Directions, the principle of the 5 Elements, and of course, Yin and Yang all also form the basic principles of Qi Men. It is a slightly more expansive system because it actually combines both the energy computation that we associate with Feng Shui, with the astronomical calculations associated with BaZi, or Zi Wei.

Chinese Cosmic Chess

The name ‘Qi Men Dun Jia’ can be dissected into the following: ‘Qi’ does not refer to the energy Qi but rather, refers to the mysterious, the strange, the unusual. It is similar to ‘Xuan’ in Xuan Kong. It is a reference to the universal rules of the cosmos.

‘Men’ in direct translation is door or gate. Its actual meaning relates to a location or a direction. The core of Qi Men Dun Jia is finding the right location or direction in which to commence an action or begin to do something. ‘Dun’ means to hide or escape or to keep hidden. ‘Jia’ is a reference to the first of the ten Heavenly Stems. ‘Jia’ here is a coded reference to the leader or the General (if applied in the battlefield).

When put together, Qi Men Dun Jia, in literal translation is Mysterious Doors Hiding the Jia. It’s a bit of a mouthful and rather complicated sounding, which is why I prefer to call it Mysterious Doors Escaping Techniques.

In many respects, Qi Men is like chess. In chess, the goal is to always protect the King but also to advance the King. Hence you have the rook, the bishop and the queen, which are often used in combination to protect the King and also, advance your pieces. In Qi Men, depending on what you want to achieve, you essentially either want to hide the Jia or find the Jia, in the Qi Men chart.

Qi Men Dun Jia itself has four different schools. These are all simply different approaches to Qi Men, similar to San Yuan or San He in Feng Shui. Qin-Dun (Astrological Qi Men) focuses mainly on the cosmological aspect of Qi Men and uses the Constellations and Astronomy mostly. San Yuan Qi-Men (Three Cycle Qi Men) is the most commonly taught form of Qi Men and is used in tandem with Feng Shui and Date Selection. Fa Qi Men is somewhat unconventional in its use and is mainly associated with Daoist spiritual masters. Finally there is Flying Palace Small Qi Men, or Fei Gong Xiao Qi Men, a modified stripped down version of Qi Men that is popular in Taiwan.

Qi Men can be used to analyse and compute outcomes at many levels ranging from yearly forecasts to hour based forecasts. Most Qi Men practitioners either will use what is known as the Leaning Palace Method or the Flying Palace Method, to engage in analysis of the Qi Men chart. There are up to 1080 Qi Men charts, all which can be used to compute outcomes and pinpoint moments in time, for specific actions and activities, with a specific outcome.In my future articles, I’ll share with you some of the modern uses of Qi Men and also show you why it’s ‘scarier side’ is really not all that scary.
Article courtesy of Mr.Joey Yap.

On my part, don't worry, I won't leave u dangling in the air if you are willing to follow the rest of the parts seriously which I will slowly post for you serious practioners to digest and discourse and I assure you that you are going to save a lot of your time elsewhere.'In my future articles,'
That's all for now.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

About Qimen Dunjia

Much has been said about this mysterious art. The following is an article all about QMDJ taken from a source I've forgotten. Happen to see it in my database, thought I would post it before it is forgotten.

Part 1

The General

What is Dunjia?
Qi Men Dun Jia (or Qimendunjia) is one of the three most powerful oracles--Tai Yee, Liu Ren and Qi Men---to know both good luck and bad luck in aspects of time and space(direction). Tai Yee is used to divine the big events that happen with countries, such as earthquake, big hurricanes, massacre, natural disasters, etc. Qi Men is generally used for military action and take what strategic methods in ever-changing battle field. Liu Ren is mostly used for divining the general daily events which means it is close to our daily life.
Qi means mysterious or strange in usual, but here, it means valuable or holy. Men means a gate, and Dun means hidden or escaped (to make hidden), and Jia is the first one of ten stems, which is considered as the most sacred in this method.
All the three oracles use very special chart to divine and give conclusion. Yes, all of them cannot do without Heavenly stems, earthly branches, Ho-tu drawing, Luo-shu Drawing, Eight Trigrams, Emblematic elements and divine number, etc.
Dunjia can be divided into Year School Dunjia, Month School Dunjia, Day School Dunjia and Time School Dunjia in terms of the time. In terms of reasoning methods it should be divided into Line-Up Palace Dunjia and Jump-in-Palace Dunjia.
Here we introduce Time School Dunjia, Line-Up Palace Dunjia.
People may ask when the Dunjia came into presence and why it existed. Nowadays many people believe Dunjia originated from military force arrangements in the battle field and such statements gained wide approval in the scholar circle.

In the very old book The Song from Old Fishing Man carried the following story:
XuanYuan Emperor fought a fierce battle with Shi You without results for many years. In a dream he dreamed Heaven gave him an oracle and XuanYuan paid respect in a sacrifice platform and practiced such arts latter and got a final success soon after. He ordered military man Feng Hou to write down the arts in words and that was the beginning of Dunjia.
Also, it was Spring and Warring Times when the so many states fought endless battles to occupy territory and there was enough demand for application of such arts.
Also the book Arts of War carried similar words concerning the theory of Dunjia. Yet, most people don't understand the meaning exactly till now.
In Three-Dynasty Times the famous military counsellor Zhu Ge Liang applied Eight Trigram Arrangement in the battle field and won many times of success.

In Dun Jia(or Dunjia) theory, we use a kind of direction chart called Pan, which is drawed as a square divided into nine blocks( 3 x 3. eight directions and centre ). In each directional block, one of the eight gates is positioned. We put away Jia(because of its holiness) and use other nine stems to put them into Dun Jia Pan chart at first, and after several process of making, Jia comes into the Pan chart from one of the eight gates. And that's why this method is called Qi Men Dun Jia.
Later due to the wide application of Dunjia this divination approach gradually broke its own boundary and gained application in disease diagnosis, business desicion, agricultural divination, etc.
Why Dunjia be Used for Divination?
Any divination approaches, whatever forms they assume, are models set up to imitate the social society, the nature and the universe, etc. Dunjia is a mathematic and physical model set up by incorporating heaven aspect, earth aspect, human aspect and unexpected aspect, the time elements and space elements. There are basic nine Yang Dun Ju and nine Yin Dun Ju which provide us a dynamic unified model to imitate all transformations and changes for universal things. Therefore it can be used to divine the society, nature, individual life time or all which stays out of human's reasoning ability. By calculation we know there are altogether 216,000 Jus and ancient Chinese people hope that 216,000 Jus can imitate most part of situation in this practical world.

This is one of the most typical characteristics of Dunjia. In ancient age, those who won using Dunjia tried to keep it as top-secret, and suppressed Dunjia-masters to prevent from Dunjia-secret leaking to the enemies of the governors.

Many Dunjia-masters were arrested, but they'd never made the secret of Dunjia clear.

Basic Background
1. Heavenly Stems, Earthly Branches, Nine Palaces and Eight Trigrams

1-1. Heavenly Stems
Most people are familair with Heavenly Stems, there are Jia, Yi, Bing, Ding, Wu, Ji, Geng, Xin, Ren and Gui. For Western people, they may feel difficult to understand the meaning and remember them. In fact, ten Heavenly Stems have close connection with the movements of sun. It was heard that Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches were created by Da Nao, a very mysterious figure in ancient China.The following lists the general meaning of ten Heavenly Stems:
1. Jia: Bud - the sign of growth
2. Yi: Sprout - the spread of growth, bursting forth from Earth
3. Bing: Concentrated growth like fire in the house
4. Ding: Maturity, solidity, Heavens kiss.
5. Wu; Flourishing and nuturing
6. Ji: Full bloom
7. Geng: Harvesting and abundance. Fullness leading to changes
8. Xin: Dead heading, reformation
9. Ren: Sustenance, supporting life
10. Gui: Regenerating roots and preparation for spring

In terms of Five Elements attributes, ten Heavenly Stems fall in to the following category

Five Element Yin Yang
Jia(HS01) wood yang

Yi(HS02) wood yin

Bing(HS03) fire yang

Ding(HS04) fire yin

Wu(HS05) earth yang

Ji(HS06) earth yin

Geng(HS07) metal yang

Xin(HS08) metal yin

Ren(HS09) water yang

Gui(HS10) water yin

1-2. Earthly Branches
Earthly Branches have close connection with the movements of moon. They are described as follows:

1. Zi: Young shoot of a plant
2. Chou: Young plant supported by stick
3. Yin: Celebration of spring and New Year
4. Mao: Life springing forth
5. Chen: Pregnant and timid
6. Si: 7 months pregnant with fully formed embryo
7. Wu: Summer solstice
8. Wei: Big tree with solid branches
9. Shen:Expansion
10. You: Harvest, celebration
11. Xu: Clearing and preparation
12. Hai: Conception, mating of yin and yang
In terms of Five Elements attributes, ten Earthly Branches fall in to the following category:

Zi(EB01) water yang

Chou(EB02) earth yin

Yin(EB03) wood yang

Mao(EB04) wood yin

Chen(EB05) earth yang

Si(EB06) fire yin

Wu(EB07) fire yang

Wei(EB08) earth yin

Shen(EB09) metal yang

You(EB10) metal yin

Xu(EB11) earth yang

Hai(EB12) water yin

1-3. Orientation Attributes for Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches
Orientation Season Heavenly Stems Earthly Branches
East Spring Jia, Yi Yin, Mou
South Summer Bing, Ding Si, Wu
Center End of each four seasons Wu, Ji Chen, Xu, Chou, Wei
West Autumn Geng, Xin Shen, You
North Winter Ren, Gui Hai, Zi

1-4. The Application of Ten Heavenly Stems in Dunjia
Besides the time meaning represented by the ten Heavenly Stems, each Heavenly Stem has hidden meaning which denotes the personalized military force. Jia denotes the general who often hides in the military force arrangements. Just on account of this it is called Dunjia--Dun means hidden in Chinese, Jia indicates the first Heavenly Stem Jia. Yi, Bing and Ding are often called Three Wonders. In fact, they are three important assistant commanders close to the general. In modern military framework, they are similiar to the headquater, political department and logistic department. Sometimes we can understand them as the following below: Yi is the idea man, Bing is the general's bodyguard, and Ding is the logistic officer.
Sometimes we can regard the three as the arm forces often appearing suddenly.
Wu, Ji, Geng, Xin, Ren and Gui are six detachments (We call Liu Yi), each holding up flag of different color.
Wu, earth element, yang, holds up a just-yellow flag
Ji, earth element, yin, holds up a deputy-yellow flag
Geng, metal element, yang, holds up a just-white flag
Xin, metal element, yin, holds up a deputy-white flag
Ren, water element, yang, holds up a just-black flag
Gui, water element, yin, holds up a deputy-black flag.

In the sixty Stems and Branches system, Heavenly Stems will repeat six times while the Earthly Branches repeat 5 times, forming sixty combinations.
So, ancient Chinese people regard sixty years as one cycle. In one cycle Jia should appear six times, they are Jia-Zi, Jia-Xu, Jia-Shen, Jia-Wu, Jia-Chen and Jia-Yin. In them the Jia-Zi is the general, the other five are commenders. The six military officers should hide themselves each under a different flag and they should not change anyway.
Jia-Zi hides under the just-yellow flag holding up by Wu
Jia-Xu hides under the deputy-yellow flag holding up by Ji
Jia-Shen hides under the just-white flag holding up by Geng
Jia-Wu hides under the deputy-white flag holding up by Xin
Jia-Chen hides under the just-black flag holding up by Ren
Jia-Yin hides under the deputy-black flag holding up by Gui

1-5. Nine Palaces and Eight Trigrams.
Nine Palaces derived from Luo-Shu Drawings. I assumed readers here should have some basic understanding of I-Ching. Alternatively, you can start by getting a book e.g. 'The Book Of Changes And The Unchanging truth' by Mr.Hua-Ching Ni.

1-6. San Qi
San Qi means three high-valued wonderful commanders or enforcements and consists of (sun wonder), (Moon wonder) and (star wonder).

1-7 Liu Yi
(The sixty jia-zi is divided into six groups of tens. Each group would start with a Jia stem, e.g. Jia-zi Wu, Jia-xu Ji, .....)

Wu, Ji, Geng, Xin, Ren and Gui are six detachments (We call Liu Yi), each holding up flag of different color, under which six Jia-Zi, Jia-Xu, Jia-Shen, Jia-Wu, Jia-Chen and Jia-Yin hide under them.
Wu, earth element, yang, holds up a just-yellow flag
Ji, earth element, yin, holds up a deputy-yellow flag
Geng, metal element, yang, holds up a just-white flag
Xin, metal element, yin, holds up a deputy-white flag
Ren, water element, yang, holds up a just-black flag
Gui, water element, yin, holds up a deputy-black flag.

That's all for now.
article courtesy of.... post it when I remembered.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Master Killing Days.

An article by Master Hung HC.

There is a widely held belief within the fengshui fraternity that if a master opens his luopan on certain days, ill fortune will befall him, even sudden death. I was most intrigued by this tradition, and decided to do some research into its background, for I certainly don’t want to die for practicing fengshui on the wrong days! (kia si?)
The classical name of the so-called Master Killing Days is luohou Days (罗侯日). luohou is the Chinese transliteration of the name “Rahu” borrowed from Vedic Astrology. (Everybody knows Chinese people cannot pronounce the ‘r’.)

In astronomical/astrological language, Rahu is the ascending lunar node, which is the point at which the Moon’s orbit crosses the Ecliptic from South to North. In a geocentric model of the universe this node is seen (calculated) to move in a cyclical pattern against the background constellations very much like the apparent motion of the Sun, the Moon and the other 5 visible planets. Vedic Astrology therefore treats Rahu as a virtual planet. In Chinese metaphysics, a planet is also called a Star. That’s how Rahu became a Star.

Just to complete the story, Rahu has a twin brother called “Ketu”. That’s the descending lunar node diametrically opposite Rahu. The Chinese also borrowed the word and changed it to jidu (计都). It too became a Star in Chinese metaphysics.]

Rahu’s (and also Ketu’s) significance in astronomy is that when the moon passes through a node, there’s a possibility of a solar or lunar eclipse. A Chinese mythological tale has it that Rahu momentarily swallows the sun or the moon. That of course is strictly for the birds. My apologies for bringing it up at this learned forum.

Now Rahu, or luohou, has a spatial significance in Chinese metaphysics. It is defined as the Mountain (as in the 24-Mountain plate) immediately in front of the Grand Duke in any one year. As the Grand Duke progresses from one Branch Mountain to the next, it must pass through luohou. It is considered potentially harmful for a new house or tomb to face luohou. The logic goes something like this: just as it is hazardous to sit facing the Grand Duke (as with the Year Breaker), so is it potentially hazardous to stare at the Grand Duke during the latter’s relocation to his new station in the new year. In its spatial form luohou is called “luohou patrolling the Mountains” (巡山罗侯). Having said that, this Star is only regarded as a second order negative Star. No big deal.

So far so good. All this is pretty well documented in the classics.

Now somewhere in the course of history, Rahu, or luohou, also took on a time dimension. Certain days became known as luohou Days, and it looked like our Star also developed homicidal tendencies. It set out to kill fengshui masters foolish enough to open their luopans on those days.

To make matters even more complicated, there are 3 sets of luohou Days, one governed by the year, another by the season, and the third by the month.

(1) Year based luohou Days
Year Branch: 子 丑 寅 卯 辰 巳 午 未 申 酉 戌 亥
Luohou Day: 癸酉 甲戌 丁亥 甲子 乙丑 甲寅 丁卯 甲辰 己巳 甲午 丁未 甲申
(2) Seasonal luohou Days
Season: Spring Summer Autumn Winter
Luohou Day: 乙卯 丙午 庚申 辛酉
(3) Monthly luohou Days
Month Interval: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Knot: 雨水 春分 毂雨 小满 夏至 大暑 处暑 秋分 霜降 小雪 冬至 大寒
Luohou Day: 亥 子 丑 寅 卯 辰 巳 午 未 申 酉 戌
[An “Interval” (中气) is a milestone marking the middle of a Solar Month in the Chinese calendar.]
Some books, including one by Master Lin Guoxiong (林国雄) and another by Master Chen Beisheng (陈倍生), both acclaimed fengshui masters in Hong Kong diligently listed the luohou Days, but neither book, and in fact none of the books I read, bothered to explain the basis on which these luohou Days were derived. In other words, how did our Star luohou suddenly become transformed into days? And why are these days so terrifying for the innocent fengshui master? My searches on the Internet did not produce any satisfactory answer either.

In fact, only a few of the books mentioned Master Killing Days at all. The date selection classic xieji (协纪辨方书, published in 1740 and arguably the most comprehensive of all date selection classics) described the spatial form of luohou but said nothing about luohou Days, much less their supposed effect on fengshui masters.

Master Lin Guoxiong simply listed the luohou Days preceded by a brief statement that says, “There is an old saying that … etc.” He stopped short of saying that he agreed with this old saying.

Master Chen Beisheng was more forthright. He openly disputed the validity of these Master Killing Days, and stated categorically that he often violated this traditional taboo and no harm came to him.

[As a matter of interest, the xieji classic set out to debunk many traditional date selection formulae that lacked logical basis, and Master Chen’s book went even further to discredit certain questionable practices. I would strongly recommend Master Chen’s book to Chinese literate readers interested in learning more about date selection. The book is entitled “玄空择日秘诀” published by “久鼎出版社”. The xieji is supposed to be the most comprehensive treatise on date selection ever published, but I would only recommend it to other die-hard students.]

In summary, each fengshui master or student will have to decide for himself whether or not to observe the so-called Master Killing Days.

What do I think? Well, I’m inclined to believe they were convenient excuses drummed up by olden day fengshui masters who wanted a holiday every now and then.

Traditionally fengshui masters were not known to be the most industrious of breeds, but they did have a fertile imagination. What better way is there to spend a day playing hookey, and yet be able to wallow in the sympathy of one’s employers?
(Article kind courtesy of Master Hung HC.)