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14th August 2008
Long Shan Xiang Shui, Yi Gua Chun Qing
Is it Easy to Acheive This XKDG Formation?
Long Shan Xiang Shui 龍山向水 is a formation method used in Xuan Kong Feng Shui (XKDA) to garner auspicious Qi to a dwelling or house. It is applicable for external application. Such a formation comprises of incoming mountain 龍 or dragon direction, sitting 山 of the house, facing 向 of the house and water placement 水. The formation calls for the alignment of the dragon and water to be in a straight line. For the house, sitting and facing directions are opposite and is therefore already aligned in a straight line. For the house facing, the door facing is used as the facing. This is why most XKDG practitioners like to recommend door tilting in their practice; it allows them to “aim” and select a facing without affecting the overall house orientation.
Long Shan Xiang Shui utilizes the 64 hexagrams of Xuan Kong system. Each of these 64 hexagrams has a Xuan Kong element number 玄空五行 and a Xuan Kong period number 玄空卦運 associated with it. The element number is usually located at the top of the hexagram while the period number is at the bottom. There are a total of 64 hexagrams arranged in a circle around a typical Sanyuan or Zhonghe luopan. For luopan with two hexagrams rings, the outer ring (circular diagram) is used rather than the inner ring (square diagram).
The objective of this method is to achieve Yi Gua Chun Qing 一卦純清 or "Pure Gua". This means only selecting hexagrams belonging to the same period (bottom number of the hexagram). In Xuan Kong there are a total of 8 periods. Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9, divided into four upper (1 – 4 ) and four lower (6 – 9) periods. Within each period there are only 8 formations that conforms to Long Shan Xiang Shui Yi Gua Chun Qing 龍山向水一卦純清 conditions. The key differences between these 8 formations are the Xuan Kong element (top number of the hexagram) matching.
Each of this formation has the following characteristics or conditions with regard to the Xuan Kong element pairing or matching:
(1) The dragon and the sitting selected must form a Hetu number pairing 生成数 such as 1-6, 2-7, 3-8 or 4-9.
(2) The facing and water selected must also form a Hetu number pairing 生成数.
(3) The sitting and facing must form a Combination of 10 合十 pairing such as 4-6, 9-1, 2-8, etc.
(4) The dragon and water must form a Combination of 10 合十 pairing.
The table below summarizes the Dragon, Sitting, Facing and Water formation for Period 1.
As you can see, in each period there are only 8 usable formations conforming to the Long Shan Xiang Shui Yi Gua Chun Qing 龍山向水一卦純清 structure. Multiple that by 8 for the 8 Periods and you gets 64 formations in total. These 64 formations are just 1.525% of the total possible formations of mountain, sitting, facing and water. At first glance such formations may seem difficult to achieve. If we really want to achieve these formations, we can see that it is not so difficult after all. Here’s an example:
Based on a house location, we can see that the mountain (dragon) is the only factor that cannot be changed; the other variables can be changed. If there is no good mountain around your house, forget about achieving this formation – too bad. No good mountain means the period number of the mountain hexagram is not in the current period 8 or in upper period (1 - 4). If period 8 mountains are not present, period 9 mountains are still usable (second grade). If there are no period 8 or 9 mountains, then any lower period mountains are still usable (third grade). Getting a good mountain hexagram is the first condition to meet. Measurement of the mountain direction is taken with reference to the center of the house. The mountains should preferably be behind or at the sides of the house, not in front.
After determining the mountain hexagram period number, now take note of its element number. If this number forms a Hetu combination with the house sitting hexagram element number, the second condition is fulfilled. If not, you need to tilt the door to achieve a hexagram element number to suit the sitting/facing with the mountain hexagram element number. Remember that the door facing determines house facing and correspondingly the house sitting. The house sitting and house facing hexagrams automatically forms a Combination 10 hexagram pairing.
The final step is to place water in a location that has a hexagram element number that forms the second Hetu combination with the door facing hexagram element number. This location is simply the direct opposite of the incoming mountain hexagram, which also forms Combination of 10 with it.
As you can see, getting a Long Shan Xiang Shui Yi Gua Chun Qing structure may not be so difficult after all. The secret is simply tilting the door to get the hexagram you want. Also, take precaution that the mountain and water direction must not be located in Out-of-Gua 出卦 trigrams, else their effect are no longer effective.
After you have achieve the auspicious formation, you may still want to fine tune it further using Chou Yao Huan Xiang 抽爻換象 of the 384 Yao divisions to get the best yao. If you want to incorporate other systems, you may also use the Sanhe 120 dragons (fenjin) and the 72 dragons for fine tuning. 60 dragon cannot be used because it is only suitable for yin house or graves.
By Cyril Quah
"The Feng Shui Connoisseur"
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