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23rd January 2008
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A Short Introduction on XKLF Theories and Principles
Anybody who dabbles in feng shui these days should have come across this term called XKLF or Xuan Kong Liufa. It has somewhat become fashionable or hip to know Liufa or talk about it. Liufa in Chinese means Six Methods. It has a shroud of mysticism around it because those who know it do not share the method openly and claim that it is the only true Xuan Kong teaching and knowledge. Moreover they tend to use strange words and terminology which nobody seem understands unless you have some foundation knowledge on the subject. The only few reasons I can think of why they are so secretive about Liufa are:
1. They have paid a lot of money, time and effort to learn this system and therefore unwilling to share the knowledge in public forums easily.
2. They are under some sort of oath not to reveal the teaching to the general public without the permission from the teachers.
3. They want to differentiate themselves from the masses who only know XKFX and wants to keep this ?exclusive? knowledge for their use only.
Anyway, I have researched a bit on XKLF and found that the theory behind it is actually quite logical. It relies heavily on the principles of Yijing (I Ching) and the trigrams (gua) arrangement of the early heaven and late heaven sequence.
This short introduction on Liufa is not a how-to or technical write-up but rather a short description on the theory and working principles. Although I am not an expert on XKLF and had no formal training in it, I managed to understand a little on the theory and logic behind the teachings. Therefore what I wrote here is purely based on my understanding of the system, be it correctly or incorrectly. If I am wrong, kindly bear with me.
XKLF consists of 6 key components - that is why it is called 6 Methods. Actually the translation is a bit misleading because they are not individual methods by its own but key concepts or principles that need to be applied in a holistic way in order to realize its full feng shui potential.
The 6 methods of XKLF are:
1. Xuan Kong 玄空
The terms above are Chinese terms which can be loosely translated as:
1. Time and Space
Xuan Kong (Time and Space)
XKLF has derives its fundamentals from the Yijing and therefore it places heavy importance to the concept of Taiji and the Early Heaven Bagua. XKLF believes that man is always concerned about how feng shui affects him as an occupant of a house; man does not care how feng shui affects his TV or his plants or his fishes. Therefore it places man as the centre point of focus and therefore the Taiji 太極 is always placed on the man. For a house/office, the Taiji is at the centre of the house/office. But since man spends a lot of time in the house or workplace, especially when he is sleeping 8 hours a night or working 9 hours a day, XKLF considers the bed and/or workplace as the correct place to put the Taiji to take measurements, in addition to placing the Taiji on the house or rooms. For those who are no familiar this Taiji term, it is the focal point where directions are measured from.
Due to the emphasis XKLF places on the Yijing and the reliance on the trigrams interplay (similar to XKDG), XKLF uses the 2 Yuan 8 Yun or 2 Cycles and 8 Period instead of the 3 Cycles 9 Period of XKFX. The periods of XKLF are Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9. Period 1, 2, 3 and 4 belongs to Upper Yuan while Period 6, 7, 8, 9 belongs to the Lower Yuan. There is no Period 5. The length of each is not fixed like XKFX but it varies according to the yao (line) of the trigram it represent. A yin yao represent 6 years while a yang yao represent 9 years. For our current period, it is period 8 starting from 1996 lasting for 21 years.
This fundamental difference in classifying Yuan and Period is probably why Xuan Kong is a key component in this system - the underlying foundation and the first of the six methods. To XKLF, Xuan Kong is about time and space calculated from the varying yao of the trigrams (gua) 抽爻換象 in relation to the environment (land forms or luan tou).
Ci Xiong (Male and Female)
Many people mistaken Ci Xiong to be Yin and Yang. Actually it is beyond the concept of just yin and yang. It is about the interaction and union of the male Qian and female Kun, as represented by yin and yang, producing offspring of different gender. Without male, female cannot produce. Without female, male cannot grow. Therefore there is always interdependency between the male and female and the need for each other to coexist. One cannot survive without the other. This concept will extend to Water vs Mountain, Moving vs Stillness, Building vs Road Junctions, Heavy Furniture vs Doorways, etc. The origin of this principle stems from the Early Heaven Bagua where any two opposite trigrams are always complementary to each other like Dui to Gen, Li to Kan, Zhen to Xun and Qian to Kun, always in balance and harmony. This is the underlying reason why XKLF practitioners usually ask for aerial plans of the house they are auditing to see the surrounding landforms for complementary Male and Female features which they called landform or luan tou.
Aixing are basically the 9 stars of the Great Dipper. They are Tan Lang 貪狼 , Ju Men 巨門 , Lu Cun 祿存 , Wen Qu 文曲 , Lian Zhen 廉貞 , Wu Qu 武曲 , Po Jun 破軍 , Zuo Fu 左輔 and You Bi 右弼 . These 9 stars are mapped to the 9 Luo Shu numbers based on the trigram it is associated with. Based on the principle of changing yao of trigram 抽爻換象 (Chou Yao Huan Xiang) and Ci Xiong, a trigram is assigned to each of the 24 mountains ring of the luopan. Therefore for each mountain there is a star or aixing associated to it. In the process of Chou Yao Huan Xiang, there are also an additional 8 trigrams produced and these 8 trigrams are positioned to 8 of the 24 trigrams already assigned to the 24 mountains. Therefore, for these 8 mountains, there are 2 trigrams associated to it. This is the reason why some people say XKLF uses a 32-mountain ring luopan. Actually by saying this, it is very misleading without explaining the technicalities of how it is being derived. A better layman explanation would be "There are always 24 sectors of a luopan ring but there are 32 mountains assigned to them, with 8 sectors having 2 mountains each while the remaining 16 sectors each having a single mountain." For each period, the configuration of the 32 mountains is different. The current luopan ring that XKLF practitioners use today is for period 8.
Jin Long (Golden Dragon)
Jin Long or Gold Dragon is actually the #5 Yellow Lian Zhen Aixing star. There are a total of 9 numbers and these numbers are mapped a 9-palace grid. Based on the period number and the way the stars fly forward or backward in the Luo Shu 9-palace grid, the location where the #5 lands is the location of Jin Long. The Jin Long location is also known as the Ling Shen (Zero God) location. As the trigrams are group into two groups of male and female (Ci Xiong principle) gender, the locations where these trigrams lands are termed as Ling Shen or Zhen Shen (Direct God) locations. Therefore are multiple Zhen Shen and Ling Shen directions in each period. Zhen Shen locations like to see mountain while Ling Shen locations like to see water. Think of Ling Shen as the golden dragon that needs water to survive.
Cheng Men (Castle Gate)
Cheng Men or Castle Gate is classified by some teachers as the topmost secret among the 6 methods of XKLF. It is only taught to the most trusted students. It is simply the technique to position the door or house facing/sitting based on the incoming mountain dragon. This technique is quite similar to the XKDG or the 5 Ghost Carry Treasure formula which is basically talking about the dragon, sitting/facing and water directions. There are two portions to these Cheng Men techniques - Mountain Dragon Castle Gate and Water Dragon Castle Gate.
For Mountain Dragon Castle Gate, the key principle behind this is the River Map or Hetu. Based on the numerology of the Hetu numbers, the sitting trigram and the incoming dragon trigram must form a Hetu combination in order to be considered auspicious. Facing is the opposite of sitting. Therefore by applying this technique, you can select the best door facing directions based on the location of the incoming dragon.
For Water Dragon Castle Gate, the incoming mountain dragon trigram in Early Heaven and the door facing trigram at Later Heaven must be the same or vice versa. It is simply a matter of matching correctly the Early Heaven and Later Heaven trigrams between the door facing and incoming mountain dragon to achieve an auspicious house configuration.
Tai Sui (Annual Ruling Star)
Tai Sui is basically about predicting timing. It relies heavily on the concept of 3 Combination (sanhe), Clashes (chong) and Penalty (Xing) in determining when auspicious or inauspicious events will happen based on the previous methods that I have discussed. For those who are familiar with Bazi, these combinations, clashes or penalties concept is basic knowledge. For example, using the 3 Combination theory, if the Shen direction of a house has an inauspicious Sha, then bad things may happen to the house in Shen, Zi or Chen year, month or day. What if the Sha direction happens to come from a heavenly stem direction like Qian gua? In this case, the adjacent branches on the left and right of the stem will be used to determine the 3 combination, clash or penalty timing. Finally Tai Sui technique is also used for applying day selection technique.
In summary, to do a proper feng shui using XKLF, one first has to have a complete understanding of the 6 Methods and then apply its principles and theories in totality. Hope you have a better understanding and appreciation of XKLF through this short article.
By Cyril Quah
"The Feng Shui Connoisseur"
January 23, 2008
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