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.


There are different theories as to why the East Four Houses are located at Zhen (east), Li (south), Xun (SE) and Kan (north), while the West Four Houses are located at Qian (NW), Dui (west), Kun (SW) and Gen (NE). Here is one theory based on using the Early Heaven Bagua with the Later Heaven Luoshu Numbers by applying the Yijing principle, “Early Heaven is the Ti (Principle) and Later Heaven is the Yong (Function)”.

If we look at th diagram below, we can see the Hetu pairing of 4,9 Metal generates 1,6 Water and 3,8 Wood generates 2,7 Fire, thus giving the two groups of Zhen, Li, Xun and Kan, with Qian, Dui, Kun and Gen, making them the East Four and West Four grouping respectively, and forming the two arms of a cross.

The justification for this explanation is the Yang facings need Yin water and the Yin facings need Yang water to make the intercourse of Yin and Yang complete. The Yang in this case refers to the odd numbers with their related Gua, namely 9 (Qian), 1 (Kun), 7 (Kan) and 3 (Li), while the Yin refers to the even numbers with their related Gua, namely 6 (Gen), 4 (Dui), 8 (Zhen) and 2 (Xun). As shown in the diagram, each Yang number faces a Yin number and vice versa, so for this reason, it is not desirable to mix neither the “East” with the “West” nor the “West” with the “East”.


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