Wuxing of the Bazhai Wandering Stars
January 7, 2010
Why do we get different Elements in a Bazhai chart is a question often asked by beginner students learning the Bazhai Mingjing system of Feng Shui. Here is my answer:
If we look at the Bazhai Luoshu Wandering Stars chart posted below, one can see in the Kun trigram/palace, the Luoshu element is Yin Earth, but in the same palace is the wandering star Lu Cun and by changing the lower first Yao lines, it is correlated to the Bazhai wandering star Huo Hai, so when it goes wandering according to the formula laid down in the Da Yunian Ge (Song of the Big Yearly Cycle) – which is another way to represent the outcome of the changing Yao lines, the Huo Hai wandering takes this Yin Earth element with it, so we ended up with a Luoshu element and a wandering star element. This applies to all palaces.
Since in the Bazhai Mingjing system, there is the Zhaigua wandering stars as well as the Minggua wandering stars, so we ended up with 3 sets of elements, one for the Luoshu, one for the “Zhai” (dwelling) and one for the “Ming” (occupant) in any one of the 8 palaces.
But that is not so different to other systems like Xuankong Feixing (XKFX), where in each of the palace, there is the Luoshu element, the Period star element, the facing star element and the sitting star element as well. Like the Bazhai system, all these different elements are generated by the Luoshu as the stars went “flying” in XKFX or in the case of Bazhai they went “wandering”.
When we can understand how a chart is constructed in a Liqi system, then we can see it is no more than a pattern language made of interacting symbols and numbers with their correlations. We can only speak of the accuracy in its construction according to a set of rules, there is no guarantee of accuracy in its interpretations because it is done by an individual.
So when people speak about their experience in the accuracy of a Liqi system, be it Bazhai Mingjing, Yangzhai San Yao, Xuankong Dagua and Xuankong Feixing etc., they are speaking about their ability to use (that is to interpret) a particular system that makes it more “accurate” (or makes more sense), and not really about the system itself.