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19th May 2010


Hetu Luoshu Qi Flow (Part 2)

Order in Chaos


Continuing from the previous article on the same subject, I have constructed a series of period charts from Period 1 to Period 9 and plotted them into columns showing the transformation of the changes. This time, I use octagon shapes instead of squares so that it is more representative of the 8 directions of Qi. Column 5 is fundamentally the same as column 4 except that the loushu numbers fly in reverese sequence. Column 6 is the result of the merger of the shape in column 4 and 5.

What can you see from the various patterns generated by these period charts?

If we just look at column 4 or cloumn 5, we can see that the patterns generated are quite erractic or random. It is difficult to spot a fixed pattern. But once column 4 and 5 are merged into column 6, we can see that they form symmetrical shapes. But this is not an important point I want to make here - it is just a natural geometrical outcome. For any given shape, as long as you rotate it 180 degress in either direction, it will form a symmetrical image. In this case, it represents the bi-direction Yin Yang flow of Qi.

What does the shapes in column 6 represent?

The following are my analysis:-

As time passes, Qi flow changes in accordance to a certain fixed pattern. These patterns look random but at a certain point in time at period 5, the flow becomes balanced in all the 4 cardinal directions before it changes again. Period 5 is the starting reference point where everything is in balance and in order - it is in equilibrium. From this point onwards, the orderliness starts to break down and develops into a state of chaos, giving rise to complex Qi flow patterns before it gradually returns to its original "orderliness" state. This phenomenon, according to my hypothesis, is one of the way Chaos Theory is at work.

How do we defined Chaos? There are a few ways to define Chaos....

  • "A kind of order without periodicity."
  • "Apparently random recurrent behaviour in a simple deterministic system."
  • "The qualitative study of unstable aperiodic behaviour in deterministtic nonlinear dynamical systems."
  • "Simple systems, obeying precise laws, can nevertheless act in a random manner. "

From here we can see that Hetu and Luoshu Qi flow representations are ancient manifestation of the modern day Chaos Theory - within chaos there is an order. The Hetu and Luoshu Qi flow pattern is a lemniscate shape initial state which is sensitive to time changes. This structure is also commonly known as Lorenz Attractor or "butterfly effect".

As we think deeper, we realised that not only the center period number of a chart can refer to San Yuan period of 20 years, it can also refer to a period of one year, one month, one day or even every hour (shichen). With this idea, can you imagine at any given point in time, there are at least 5 overlapping Qi maps in effect, at various strength or intensity? How will the pattern turn out? Well, without going into plotting the charts to find out the patterns, at least we can say that for any given month, we would have experience Qi flow all around us in this pattern below.


So, assuming my hypothesis is true, how effective or important is the application of the Hetu and Luoshu concepts in LiQi fengshui? Is it so straight forward to measure or determine Sheng Qi sectors just basing on Eight Mansion or Flying Star systems?

Think hard.


By Cyril Quah

"The Feng Shui Connoisseur"

May 19, 2010

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