Eight Mansion's Wandering Stars Part 4
by Master HC Hung
Mastery Journal Vol-2 Issue-9, 29-Oct-2004
That issue carried an article by Master Jayne Goodrick entitled “Elementally, My Dear Boy!” Master Jayne takes the view that a negative Star (jueming in her example) will be less damaging when it is supported by the Palace (dui), than would be the case if the Star were to land at a hostile Palace (zhen).
Debating Various Aspects of yang Dwellings (阳宅诸说辨正)
This book by Taiwanese master Xie mingrui (谢明瑞), published in 2001, sets out to explain/argue various teachings of yang house fengshui. On the topic of elemental interplay between Palace and Star, the author has this to say:
" ... What is meant by elemental interplay? If Palace and Star are both yin, their elements are also yin, or if they are all yang, like tianyi and yannian are both yang and their Palaces are also yang, then even if the elements counter each other, the issue of elemental interplay does not arise. Such a situation is called “Palace and Star walking the same path” (宫星同道). Elemental interplay only comes into being when opposite polarities counter each other. For example, shengqi is yang Wood. A gen gua person has kun as his shengqi. In this case a yang Wood Star counters the yin Earth of kun Palace. Star countering Palace is called external countering internal. Another example: a qian gua person has his shengqi at dui. shengqi is yang Wood, whereas dui Palace is yin Metal. This case of yin Metal countering yang Wood is called Palace countering Star, or internal countering external. Half negative. In the case of a yang house sitting kun facing gen, and the owner is a West group person of gen gua, kun is by right his shengqi, but shengqi is yang Wood and kun Palace is yin Earth. yang Wood countering yin Earth at a yin Palace is called external countering internal, which is totally negative... If a gen sitting house opens the main door at its shengqi location kun, the yin Earth of kun is countered by shengqi’s yang Wood. As kun represents the spleen and stomach, these organs are prone to illness, and the victim will be the mother as kun also represents the mother. If the stove is turned to face qian, then the severity will be lessened, as qian is tianyi to gen."
Two points stand out:
- The issue of polarity has now surfaced. We are told that the whole matter of elemental interplay between Palace and Star only applies if the Palace and Star are of opposite polarities;
- Xie rates Star countering Palace (so-called external) as being more onerous than Palace countering Star (so-called internal). Website www.fengshui-chinese.com (术数纵横网页)
The owner of the website posted an interesting article on this topic in Nov-2004. Briefly, his stand on the matter is:
- Palace countering Star, so-called “internal”, is more damaging than Star countering Palace, so-called “external”. However, the author makes the point that both cases are negative;
- A yang Star entering a yang Palace, and likewise a yin Star entering a yin Palace, are excluded from elemental interplay considerations. It’s called “Palace and Star walking the same path”;
- Only when a Star enters a Palace of the opposite polarity is it necessary to invoke the elemental interplay (growth/counter) issue. The polarity issue also surfaces here. The author goes on to list the positive and negative Palaces for each of the 8 house gua after accounting for elemental interplay.
The conclusion is that only dui, xun and kun houses manage to retain 4 favorable Palaces; kan, zhen, li houses are left with 3; whereas qian and gen houses have only 2 favorable Palaces left. House hunters beware.
The Time Dimension
When would a Wandering Star, positive or negative, be most likely to manifest its character? There seems to be fairly universal agreement on the Wood, Metal, Water and Fire Stars:
|Wandering Star||Most active years, months|
|shengqi Greedy Wolf (Wood)
Left & Right Assistants (Wood)
|hai (亥), mao (卯), wei (未), jia (甲), yi (乙)|
|yannian Military Arts (Metal)
jueming Broken Soldier (Metal)
|si (巳), you (酉), chou (丑), geng (庚), xin (辛)|
|liusha Literary Arts (Water)||shen (申), zi (子), chen (辰), ren (壬), gui (癸)|
|wugui Chastity (Fire)||yin (寅), wu (午), xu (戌), bing (丙), ding (丁)|
For the Earth Stars, there are two differing views:
|Wandering Star||Most active years, months|
|tianyi Hugh Door (Earth)
huohai Rewards (Earth)
|either: chen (辰), xu (戌), chou (丑), wei (未), wu (戊), ji (己)
or: yin (寅), wu (午), xu (戌)
The Bright Mirror even contradicted itself in respect of the Earth Stars. In one part of the text, it says the 4 Earth Branches, meaning chen, xu, chou, wei; but in another part, it says shen, zi, chen. I believe the latter is a transliteration error, which is not uncommon with old texts.
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(Article kind courtesy of Master HC Hung)