An invocation offered before using the Luopan compass.
December 3, 2014
Traditionally, a Luopan invocation is an incantation used to invoke a deity to protect the user and calm his or her spirits before setting out to use the compass to read all types of form and formless Qi, with some being beneficial and some being harmful. In this case, the 九天玄女 Jiutian Xuannu or the Mysterious Lady of the Nine Heavens is being invoked. This deity is considered to be an ancient Heavenly Spirit who helped Huangdi 黃帝 (the Yellow Emperor) to subdue his archenemy Chiyou 蚩尤.
My rough translation of the incantation:
Jingjing Lingling (calling on the Essence and the Spirits),
Wearing a protective armor on my head,
Occupying the Southern Dipper to my left,
And the Seven Stars to my right (ie the whole of the Ursa Major Constellation),
Those who go against me will perish,
Those who go with me will prosper.
This commend from above I receive.
Urgently, urgently, act as on the divine order of
The Mysterious Lady of the Nine Heavens.