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At this present state, many people still wrongly believed that the ancients of Chinese Metaphysics like Feng Shui, Yi Jing, etc. had no notion of science. Guo Pu 郭璞, author of “Book of Burial” 葬书, one of China’s foremost commentators on ancient texts, also mention that the effects of Feng Shui must have been appeared as a logical scientific causes and not without any clear reason. Nowadays, there are enough scientific evidence to show that Feng Shui effects have scientific basis and its explanations.
Yin Yang 隐陽 is the concept of duality which apparently looklike an opposite but actually these duality are complementary forming the wholeness. These duality is represented by the picture here which is called Taiji 太極 (Supreme Ultimate). As you can see from the picture here, within the white part, there are black dot, and within the black part, there are white dot. The shape itself also is not divided in a straight line, but rather of a merging shape of white and black within each other. They are related and connected to each other. Taiji is considered as the basic foundation of the Universe.
Taiji emerged from Wuji 無極 (Without Ultimate) which means a state of nothingness. Wuji is represented by a black circle which correspond to the boundless movement because we didn’t know where it started. Wuji itself actually does not mean emptiness because within Wuji contains infinity.
In the state of Wuji, there will be no difference between right or wrong, no difference between day and night, no difference between happiness and suffering, no difference between above and below, no difference between man and woman. It is a state of a meaningless world.
Then the appearance of Taiji brings changes, we started to differentiate between man and woman, day and night, happiness and suffering, black and white, good and evil, true and false, then all kinds of meaning begin to appear. The same concept can be found in the Bible. Adam and Eve living in Paradise, everyday living in the same way and same manner, until the day when Eve picked the apple and tasted it, then we started to realized there are difference between good and evil, and everything seems started to happen as it is now.
Shao Yong (1011 – 1077), a Song dynasty philosopher and cosmologist, describe Taiji as:
The Supreme Ultimate is the One
It produces the Two
Without engaging in activity
The Two in their wonderful changes
And transformations constitute the spirit
Spirit engenders number
Number engenders form
And form engender concrete things.
In modern world, the concept of Yin and Yang inspired the Binary Digit system in the computer, which is the foundation of all computer data information. All the information is represented by a multiple combination of zero and one (yin and yang). Multiple combination of zero and one can also include all information on everything in the universe. That is why, they called Taiji as the foundation of our Universe. This duality of Taiji lies the origins of many branches of classical Chinese science and philosophy, as well as the primary guideline in traditional Chinese medicine and different forms of Chinese martial arts.
In western cosmology, we know the Big Bang theory, which can be compared to the concept of Taiji in eastern cosmology. The Big Bang theory try to explain what happened at the beginning of the universe. According to the theory, our universe sprang into existence as “singularity” around 13.7 billion years ago. The universe is created in a big explosion according to the Big Bang theory. Before the explosion, all matters were pulled up within a black hole then suddenly the “singularity” object expanded, and the density and the temperature suddenly fell which causes various kinds of gases were released. These gases eventually condensed into matter, planets and stars. In Chinese philosophy, after Taiji emerged, then comes up the concept of Five Basic Elements which are Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal.
When we compare the Big Bang theory with the concept of Taiji, it seems that our concept of Taiji has more advantage than the Big Bang. Why? Because in western theory, everything has to come from something. If we probe back to the singularity, what the singularity was created, we cannot get the answer clearly, but in the concept of Taiji we can get the answer on how Taiji come out from emptiness. It is very simple, Taiji is positive and negative, the total value will cancel out each other, so the total amount still will be zero, nothing.
Luck always change with the dimension of time. In the perspective of Chinese metaphysics, we understand that there are several dimensions of time in which we can progress in terms of finance which is very unusual, but at another time dimension, we will not make any progress even though we’ve tried hard. What makes you lucky today, is not necessarily going to happen in 20 years in the future.
Calendar is a timepiece that is very useful for humans. With the calendar, humans can perform a wide range of planning for the various activities that can be done.
The dimension of time in the days of ancient China is using a highly complex system compared to the calendar system in Western countries. Gregorian calendar system used by us every day is a calendar system that uses the sun as the basis for calculation. The ancient Chinese calendar has two types, one that is based on the movement of the moon, while others are based on the direction of the rotation of the earth around the sun and the seasons.
Chinese New Year celebrations and other festivals usually use lunar calendar while feng shui and farming activities in the days of ancient China mostly use the solar calendar.
The solar calendar system always starts from the beginning of Spring, which usually begins around the 4th or 5th of February. Information of year, month, day and hour of this calendar system use the five basic elements i.e. wood, fire, earth, metal and water, in which each basic element is divided into two due to the elements of yin and yang in each element. Each year, month, day and hour pillar is represented by two energy or qi (氣), namely Heavenly Stem on top and Earthly Branches on below.
FIRE ROOSTER 2017
2017 is a year with Yin Fire (丁 Ding) as Heavenly Stem, while at the Earthly Braches is the energy of Yin Metal (酉 You). As we know that fire is used to melt the metal, so it can be said this year was a year of conflict. Although both Yin element, but the conflict in 2017 is quite big. Conflicts may be due to internal conflicts like disagree on something up to the worst like war. 2017 is precisely began on February 3, 2017 at 23:33 (GMT+8).
As we know, fire when it is small, we can still control it, but when it has burst out into a large scale, it is hard to handle and it will burn whatever around. This Ding Fire is illustrated as a candle. Due to its burning nature, year of 2017 is prone to fire and explosion hazards.
The nature of the flame is inherently unstable and easily influenced by the ambient air, so the flame in here sometimes we associate with unstable emotions. For those who are emotional, then in this year they should be really keep down their emotions especially for those who have a tendency of heart disease and high blood pressure.
The ancient Chinese calendar goes in a 60-year cycle, and this mean that events of 1957 could occur in 2017 but at different locations with almost the same level severity. In 1957, we still remember that there was an explosion of gas in Virginia coal mine that killed nearly 37 people, a fire at a nursing home in Missouri with deaths toll reaching up to 72 people; then the incidence of bomb weighing 42,000 pounds accidentally plunged near Albuquergue, New Mexico.
The five basic elements mentioned above could represent different parts of the organ in our body and everything that exists in nature. The five element is influenced by the productive cycle (red arrow) and the destructive cycle (yellow arror). Metal represents the lungs, so for those whose lungs are vulnerable, will be susceptible to diseases such as lung infection or cancer to a much worse condition. Preventive measures can be carried out like doing flu vaccination, etc.
Our feeling is also influenced by the five elements above. Metal symbolizes sadness, wood anger, water fear, fire excitement and earth contemplation. Strong fire in 2017 will evoke a spirit of speculation and a sense of optimism in the people, so we will see that in this year as well as 2016, the stock market will improve. Improvement will not occur every month, because in certain months, the market will be badly volatile, especially when entering the months of autumn and winter (August 2017 – January 2018).
Rooster 酉 2017 representing romance star (Tao Hua 桃花) which is shining and 酉 itself symbolizes the entertainment industry, so this industry will grow well in this year.
2017 will also be a good year for the airline because airline business is categorized as fire element. Problems in flight, such as problems at the airport or on the flight itself will be reduced.
The industrial sector that will grow well in rooster year is the industry that is related to water and fire. Fire-related industries such as restaurant, aviation, advertising, catering, gasoline, beauty, electronics, lighting equipment; and water-related industries such as freight forwarders, transport, travel agency, spa, tourism, frozen food, liquid products, etc. will make progress and make a profit. The wood-related industry such as fashion, school, wooden handicrafts, pharmaceuticals, will have an increase in creativity but does not provide financial benefits.
Metal 酉 symbolizes small metal such as a small knife, so within this year the increasing trend of hand and foot injuries that require surgery will increase.
In this Rooster year 2017, calamity star 5 (five yellow) will be in the Southern sector. If the door or your bedroom is located in this sector, then you can slip a round-shaped metal plate below your carpet or placemat foot or you can install wind chimes made of metal in this sector. The worst months in 2017 are March, May, September, and December.
Star 2 or star of the sickness, will be in the Northwest sector, and to address the affected sectors by star 2, it is advisable to install six ancient metal coins tied with a red thread. Bad months are February, June, September, and November.
As for the danger of fire or fire explosion in 2017 fall in the Northwest region within a country in a large scope or the Northwest region in the world, Northwest sectors in a single unit residential or business, especially in February and November.
Star 3 symbolizing the conflict and robbery were in the West sector. To neutralize the effect of this star 3, you can put a pot made of porcelain or objects from clay in this sector. Scandal star or star 7 fall in the Southwest sector, to address them you can put a bottle glass with salt water.
Those born in the year of rooster, it is not advisable to travel directly toward the Grand Duke of Jupiter (Tai Sui 太岁) which falls in West 2 sector (262.5° to 277.5°) and also advised to avoid climbing the mountain if they have a hobby like that. The sector is also not good for digging or doing construction work. Sui Po 岁 破 in 2017 is located in the East 2 sector (82.5° to 97.5°). Three killer (San sha) in rooster year will fall on the Northeast 3 up to Southeast 1 sector (52.5° to 127.5°). You should never sit with your back against San Sha unfortunate energy. In all these three sectors of Tai Sui, Sui Po and San Sha, you are forbidden to do any renovation except for urgent matters and must be done by selecting a good day and hour by an expert to avoid any problem.
Finally, I would like to wish you a Happy New Year of Fire Rooster, and hopefully all of you are blessed with luck, wealth and health in this year.
Most of you probably have ever heard the “Feng Shui” term. There are some who mentioned it as “Hong Shui”, which is basically the same meaning with Feng Shui. In the past decade, the practice of Feng Shui has gained recognition in the Western world because of the benefit in prosperity and health they felt after applying this art.
Feng Shui is an art in Chinese metaphysics that studies the influence of the environment on human fortune. Feng Shui can also be regarded as a lesson about the environment, which includes our earth, landscape, ocean, river, and the house where the man lived in it. Humans are considered as part of the universe so that the power of the natural environment will affect humans and fate.
Reflection of Chinese culture is almost dominated by Feng Shui, for example, most of the palaces and important buildings in China (such as the Forbidden City in Beijing) are constructed with Feng Shui consideration. Chinese culture also believes that if we bury our ancestors in a place with good Feng Shui, it will provide prosperity for all the descendants of the deceased.
The term Feng Shui is first believed to be found in an ancient Chinese book entitled “ Book of Burial ” (Zang Shu 葬書) written by an expert named Guo Pu 郭璞 (276-324). The book discussed the influence of energy on topography and he described that “The energy of the Dragon will be dispersed by the wind and will stop at the boundary of water.” From this description, the term Feng (風-wind) which represents the direction and Shui (水-water) which symbolizes wealth were taken. The Dragon in here refers to the mountain or the landscape.
The energy term mentioned in this context is not very clear, but in general this term refers to a vital force of nature and abstract moving on a landscape which can affecting the human life. This energy is known as Qi氣in Chinese. In some other languages the word Qi is often paired with the pneuma to the Greeks, prana to the Hindus, ankh to the Egyptians, ruah to the Hebrews, tane to the Hawaiians, arunquiltha to the Australian Aborigine and ki to the Japanese.
The energy of the Dragon will be dispersed by wind, so in order for the energy not to be dispersed, it should be well protected against strong wind. If the Dragon is moving, then energy will also move with the Dragon, so if the Dragon stops then the energy will stay. We can only use the energy when it stops. The “boundary of water” in here means an open place or water.
We cannot find the Qi definition or translation in the English dictionary that can describe about what qi like. Qi is sometimes translated as “energy” in English. We use the Qi term better than translated as energy because it is not actually the equivalent of that fit. Although Qi is without any shape, can not be seen and its existence cannot be proven scientifically using quantitative measurement and somewhat abstract to westerners, but in the eastern culture of China, Qi is considered as the basic forming of the entire life material in this universe (holistic life force). The Qi is always all around us and governs our health, wealth, and happiness. Physical deterioration is the destruction of Qi and death is the total lost of the Qi.
Albert Einstein quotes “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” This quotes can be precisely describing the Qi.
Feng Shui master uses this qi settings which properly fit with the existing environment so that it can offer positive effect for all residents of the building. The Chinese divided qi into three forms of qi, heaven qi (Tian Qi 天氣), earth qi (Di Qi 地氣) and human qi (Ren Qi 人氣).
Heaven Qi (Tian Qi 天氣) comes from the sun, moon, planets and stars. Earth Qi (Di Qi 地氣) comes from the forces of earth like mountains, deserts, rivers, plains, etc. Mountain force governs our health and relationship, while water force governs our wealth. The magnetic field of our mother nature is also a component of Earth Qi. Human Qi (Ren Qi 人氣) is build up when you first inhaled your first breath when you were born. The Qi that within yourself will determine how compatible you with the others and to your environment like your house. You will learn about this notion later on in my other articles.
Qi is always moving. It can moves slowly, quickly, up, down, in or out. The ancient Chinese have discovered how to manipulate this qi in order to to achieve harmony in living. When it is in balance, then our healthy and wealthy being is also within balance state.