Monday, January 23, 2012

Metaphysical Prediction and Weather Forecast

Weather forecast is made based on studying the current factors affecting the future weather. Wind speed and direction carrying moisture, dry air, hot air, cold air. ... towards the place where the future weather is of interest are taken into consideration. Calculation is made towards forecasting as accurately as possible with the assumption that the conditions do not change dramatically. Even with the most advanced technology, weather forecasts are frequently laughed at as being inaccurate. This is because the world is changing every moment. The current conditions are changing continuously.

Metaphysics predictions are made based on theories that contain the human factor as metaphysics always talk about Heaven, Earth and Man. The last factor is the part that contributes most to the inaccuracy of metaphysical predictions.

As metaphysics deals with cycles, conditions according to metaphysical formulas may repeat when a cycle is complete. However, we are not dealing with one type of cycles. There are cycles superimposing on cycles making predictions different even when one type of cycle has come to the same point in history. Besides, the human factor is totally different. For example, the world political situation may be different. The world leaders have changed and they are the people making the final decision. For example, you do not expect George W. Bush to make the same kind of decision as Barack Obama.

When we read something like New Year Predition, do not read it with a one-track mind!


New Year Predictions.mp4

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Wu Ji Du Tian 戊己都天

In the Feng Shui Tips 2012 video, I mentioned Wu Du Tian and Ji Du Tian. Some of my students asked me how to calculate these two Shen Sha 神煞 but I purposely did not give them the formula. Why? Shen Sha is not an elementary topic. Shen Sha is not an advanced topic. It is not in between. Then what is it? The best term to describe Shen Sha is  "controversal". Giving out a table so that people can look up these controversial "gods" and "devils" is easy. It does not clear up anything. The reader may be rejoiced to claim he knows how to do the calculation now. As a matter of fact, such tables are found in the Tong Shu 通書. This title means "The General Book". It covers quite a lot of folklore information and that is why the title. It is also mentioned that the directions are not to be disturbed by such activities as digging otherwise it will bring disaster to people living in the house with the earth sha irritated.

When the luopan with 24 mountains ring is used, there is one mountain between Wu Du Tian and Ji Du Tian and a third sha called Jia Sha Du Tian 夹煞都天 meaning "the Sha located  between Wu Du Tian and Ji Du Tian" is invented. It is mentioned: "Wu Du Tian kills a male and it is fast to happen. Ji Du Tian kills a female and it is slow to happen." Jia Sha Du Tian is less evil than these two.

To see whether such information is credible we have to understand where do these sha come from. We have to understand how the formula is derived.

It is derived from the stem and branch of a year. For example, the coming year is Ren Chen year 壬辰年, the month Yin is assigned the stem Ren. The months are then Ren Yin 壬寅, Gui Mao 癸卯, Jia Chen 甲辰, Yi Si 乙巳, Bing Wu 丙午, Ding Wei 丁未, Wu Shen戊申, Ji You 己酉, ..... The stems Wu and Ji stand on the branches Shen and You. The branches are then called Wu Du Tian and Ji Du Tian. These two are the months with Wu and Ji stems. The question is: What is wrong with earth stems? Why are the branches considered evil directions just because they carry Wu and Ji as stems of the months? It is now further extended to Shen and You days of the year and consider them inauspicious days. To justify this "theory", it is mentioned that swallows never build their nests in these directions and bees never go out from the beehives on such days. Some other books say that swallows do not build their nests on such days. This is a bit more reasonable as directions refer to the center of the house and not the nest itself. It has nothing to do with the swallows.

Anyway, it is a good topic for research work. Just find out where swallow nests are built and ask people to watch them for a few years to verify this.

I bring this out in my video just to arouse the interest of people today about folklore belief without mentioning the horrible things found in some books. It is also a message to the public how information should be examined with logic.

This is the reason why I classify such topics as "controversial" and will not teach in formal courses.


Friday, January 13, 2012

Tian Gan Di Zhi 天干地支

This is an old posting back in 2005 in a mailing list that I have deleted. It is an important article for real understanding of the basis of Four Pillars of Destiny.

Tian Gan and Di Zhi have been translated as Heavenly
Stems and Earthly Branches but it does not give the
proper image of the two. In fact, this is bad
translation but the translator is not to blame. This
is because the mistake actually originated in quite
ancient Chinese books.

Each Chinese character can carry a lot of meanings.
Gan can mean Stem and Zhi can mean Branch. This is the
visual meaning of the two characters. However, they do
not give the meaning of what they should represent in
the study of Four Pillars.

The visual relationship should be the visible part of
a tree and the underground part of the same tree. But
it is inappropriate to translate Gan and Zhi as Stem
and Root because Zhi does not carry the meaning of the

The answer actually comes from a semi-visual meaning
of the two words. 

Gan = to work/act
Zhi = support

So, Tian Gan = Heavenly Work/Action
           Di Zhi = Earthly Support

Tian Gan is the qi from Heaven that does work.
Di Zhi is the qi from Earth that supports the work (or
interferes with the work). 

That explains the two terms perfectly but since stems
and branches have been used for such a long time, it
is difficult and may be unnecessary to correct it. 


Friday, January 6, 2012

2012 Na Yin Calendar

Na Yin Wu Xing 纳音五行 is an important fundamental concept in Chinese Metaphysics. It has wide applications one of which is to help understanding your daily luck. The 2012 Calendar is a free tool I provide on my website:


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Beginning of the year

The day begins at the middle of the Zi hour. This is the point when yin qi is strongest and yang qi begins to grow. However, it does not mean that the beginning of the year follows this rule.

In fact, according to the Yijing, the beginning of the year is at the beginning of the Tai Gua - San Yang Qi Tai 三陽晵泰 - the hexagram with Kun on Qian. The year then begins at the beginning of the Yin month 寅月. This usually falls on the 4th of February called Li Chun Jie 立春莭。The mid-point in between two Jie is called Zhong Qi 中氣。It marks the middle of the month. Therefore, it is not natural to consider the middle of the Zi month as the beginning of a year. The following diagram describes how the twelve months correspond to the twelve hexagram.

This diagram reads outside-in.