Sunday Dispatch from Helsinki

August 10, 2008

Today is the last day of the Luopan workshop in Helsinki organized by the Finnish Feng Shui Society and we will try to cover the four San He methods, “Si Da Shui Kou”, ‘Huotian Shui Fa”, “San He Si Da Ju” and “Lai Bo-Yi’s Bu Sha Fa”, all in one day!

Yesterday we covered the last five rings relating to the Xuan Kong Da Gua system and realized how some system invented by the masters of the past can be so theoretically orientated that it may not be practical in everyday use. For example with the 64 Hexagrams, each Hexagram take up less than 6 degrees and each Yao less than one degree, how can we judge with such a precise measurement for one usable Yao relating to the Coming Dragon, the Going Water, the Sitting and the Facing?  Also with the 64 “One Pure Gua” arrangements, in theory they can be “Undefeated in 180 Years” but in reality this is not possible, as there is neither endlessly prosperous families nor an imperial line that can last forever in power.

The other interesting discovery we made is that the various Feng Shui systems invented in the past also was influenced by the needs and the socio-political situation of the time and when we interpret them, we need to be mindful of our own time and own values to be practical and realistic. We were amused to read the written interpretation for the Hexagram with Dui over Qian: “Two Metals of the same, so there is harmony in the family and both wealth and off-springs will prosper. The family will produce scholars and definitely will have four sons, but the owner will favour a concubine to run the family and love the younger one more than his wife”!

I resisted translating all the written interpretations and asked my students to use the Bagua Correlations to do there own interpretations according to the situation and the needs of their clients, I think this is a better way to learn.

We have been so busy so there is not enough time even to take a group photo, so here is a one taken a few years back. Thanks Kristiina and Paivi for doing the organization and the interpretation.  












But here we are, the class of 2008, thanks to Kristiina Mantynen again. We had a great time learning how to use the whole of the San Yaun Bazhai Luopan Compass as well as the four San He Methods in two full weekends (from left to right):

Kristiina Hassan-Zade, Kaarina Somersola, Paivi Vilkki, Howard, 
Kristiina Mantynen, Taina Rajala and Maire Lehtonen.


2 Responses to “Sunday Dispatch from Helsinki”

  1. Maria Says:

    Hi Howard, thank you for your insights in your teaching.
    I also noticed that in urban builings it is mostly not possible to measure enough exact for XkDG Feng Shui.
    On a big graveyard in Malaysia, many graves in one row had exactly 105 degrees. Couldn’t believe it….
    Best regards maria

  2. howardchoy Says:

    Hi Maria,

    I really enjoyed your presence in the workshop as well. As I said before, it is not easy to be so accurate with Da Gua, but the theories behind the system is very valuable and we can learn a lot from them. Hope to see you again in the near future.


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