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14th May 2010


Hetu Luoshu Qi Flow (Part 1)

Ying and Yang Interaction of Liqi Feng Shui - Chaos Theory


In Chinese Metaphysics, the numerology of Hetu 河圖 and Luoshu 洛書 are fundamental in many feng shui concepts. In this article, I want to share with you how the Hetu and Luoshu depicts the flow of Qi in an integrated Yin and Yang manner. I will shall take you step by step on how Hetu and Luoshu representation of Qi can be graphically shown.

Both Hetu and Luoshu numbers are usually arranged in a simple 3 x 3 grid as shown below. Tecnically they should be drawn as a 8-sector pie chart or a octagonal chart. But for the sake of simplicity, let us use a square grid here. The numbers 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 are Yang while 2, 4, 6 and 8 are Yin. The 5 at the center represent the Taiji point.

In Hetu, the pairing of 1 and 6, 2 and 7, 3 and 8, 4 and 9 are known as Birth-Completion 生成 numbers. The Chinese phrase that describe this special relationship are 一六共宗,二七同道,三八為朋,四九為友,五十同德. If you draw a line to connect these pairs, you will get the diagram below. Notice that the pair consists of a Yang number and a Yin number as represented by black lines.

In Luoshu, the combination of 10 pairing are special. Anything that adds up to 10 has a special significance. If you connect the Luoshu numbers using the combination of 10, you will get a diagonal cross diagram and a vertical/horizontal cross diagram as shown below. The diagonal cross diagram shows the Yin combination of 10 using red lines while the vertical/horizontal cross shows the Yang combination of 10 using blue lines.


When we superimpose the 2 Luoshu combination of 10 diagrams over each other, we get the diagram below.

Now when we merge the Hetu and Luoshu diagrams together, we will get the following diagram shown below.

If we examine the resultant diagram, we can say...

1. The blue lines represent Yang Qi, the red lines represent Yin Qi and black lines represent mixed or transitional Qi .

2. The patterns are in the sequence 1,6,4,9,1,6,4,9,1,6,4,9,1,6,4,9, etc and 2,7,3,8,2,7,3,8,2,7,3,8, etc in continuous loops.

3. If we translate these patterns into Yin Qi and Yang Qi using - and + symbols, we get + - - + + - - + + - - + + - - and - + + - - + + - - + +

4. The flow of Qi is continously changing from Yin to Yang and from Yang to Yin and they flow in a figure of 8 continously.

5. The transitional Qi (in black lines) are due to Hetu Qi while the pure Yin or Yang Qi (blue and red lines) are due to Luoshu Qi.

6. If we were to redraw the square grid diagram into a circle or octagon shape, we will notice that flow patterns are actually symmetrical, like the petals of a 4-leaf flower (Lorenz Attractor - "butterfly effect").

So what can we tell learn these observations?

1. Qi flow is natural phenomenon of Yin and Yang interaction.

2. Hetu and Luoshu numerology display this Yin and Yang interaction in numerical patterns.

3. Hetu and Luoshu relationship are tightly coupled and should be used as pair.

4. Hetu and Luoshu are Qi maps.

5. The numerology of the Hetu and Luoshu is the basis of Liqi fengshui 理氣風水 to represent the intrinsic nature of Qi flow.

From here, we can see why the Hetu Combination and Combination of 10 are so important in the application of Liqi fengshui 理氣風水.

Lastly, I leave you these homework for you to try it out - change the center number and re-fly the numbers forward and backwards in the grid and see how the Qi flow pattern changes. Chaos Theory at work?

Think again.


By Cyril Quah

"The Feng Shui Connoisseur"

May 14, 2010

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