Heavenly stems and earthly branches.
The traditional Chinese calendar consists of a sextuple cycles, each of which lasts for 60 years. The main loop is obtained by combining the ten heavenly stems and twelve earthly branches. Time is perceived as a circle with no beginning and no end: when one cycle ends, another begins, and so on.
The circumference of the geomantic compass located twelve Earthly Branches. Each of them is associated with one of the Chinese astrological cycle of twelve animals. In addition, groups of three branches correspond to the four main directions and four seasons.
Sixty years cycle is used in all divination systems. Twelve animals are associated with calendar years, have appeared much later, they usually do not use for serious predictions. The fact is that every year, sixty-cycle has its name and its energy characteristics do not coincide with the four which "animal" counterparts within the same cycle.
In all there are ten heavenly stems, each of which is associated with one of the five elements.
Every year the Chinese calendar is determined by a combination of a heavenly stem and earthly branches of one: for example, in 2000 - the year of gen-chen, 2001 - the year hsin-ciple, and so on. In total there are 60 pairs, representing sextuple cycle.
Three and the era of nine cycles.
Every sixty-year cycle is one era that begins with the year Chia-tzu and ends the year kuei-hai. There are three age: the upper, middle and bottom, each era has its own pattern of energy flows. For example, in 2000 accounted for the lower era, which began in 1984.
Three age are divided into nine cycles of 20 years each. Thus, for 180 years are replaced by three age of 60 years and nine cycles of 20 years. Cycles play an important role in the predictive aspect of Feng Shui, because they are the basis for calculations in the preparation of geomantic tables for buildings and places of burial. Therefore, for the Chinese masters of Feng Shui is always important to know when the house was built or incorporated cemetery. The table following below lists the era of the past three and nine cycles:
Average age of
Twenty-four of the season.
In addition to the spring, winter, summer and autumn of each year was divided into 24 seasons, two seasons in a calendar month. This division is derived from traditional Chinese yearbooks, which were used for farm work and ritual purposes.
6 1 8
7 5 3
2 9 4
4 9 2
3 5 7
8 1 6
The basic scheme of the square lo shui. Whatever the number may be located in the center, it becomes the first. Grid numbers on the left represents a direct sequence (Yang dominates, the energy moves in a clockwise direction). Grid numbers right - the reverse sequence (Yin dominates, the energy moves counter-clockwise).
Major seasonal landmarks which are of practical importance for Feng Shui - a winter and summer solstice and the vernal and autumnal ravnodenskiya. This is the point of confrontation and energy balance of Yin and Yang in the annual cycle.
Lo Shu Square and Nine Palaces.
The pattern on tortoise shell, presented to the emperor Yuyu in prednachalnuyu age of five rulers, known as the Lo Shu magic square, as the sum of the numbers on the vertical, horizontal and diagonal equals fifteen.
Number of squares associated with geographical areas (the four basic, four additional plus center), and therefore - with all the other aspects of Feng Shui. It must be remembered that the Chinese compass south, always on top, and bottom of the north. This corresponds to the south of the fire (Yang energy) and the north - water (yin).
In the original structure of the square Lo Shu Five is always in the center. There are two possible motions of the nine positions, depending on the sequence of numbers. This is a two way movement of energy: on the rise (from one to nine) and decreasing (from nine to one). Yang energy goes on increasing, and the energy of Yin - in descending order; benefit or harm caused by this energy is determined by various factors, such as the orientation of the studied area of the world countries, year of construction or settlement, and so on.
When you change a twenty-cycle is the movement of numbers in the square Shui Lo: 1 passes to the positions occupied by the number 2, and so on. The numbers do not form a magical sequence. Cycle that began in 1984, ended in 2004, and the other numbers are in sequence corresponding to the central position number 7. In today's cycle, from 2004 to 2024 range poslenebesnogo ba-gua revolves around the "ruling" the number 6.
In the classic Taoist art of divination and geomancy nine palaces - is eight compass directions plus a central position. Eight lines correspond to the eight trigrams. For each "palace" there is my number and the color combination of which is called a star (for details about the stars we'll see "School of wandering stars").
Trigram / Palace
Some stars of Nine Palaces have a positive effect, while others are considered to be unfavorable to man. Two black-and five-yellow - negative stars, one white, four green, six-and-white-and eight-and-white - are favorable. Three-jade and seven red can be helpful, harmful or neutral, depending on the circumstances.
Nine-violet - a powerful star, which can bring success or failure, but there is no neutral. Each of the Nine Palaces corresponds to one of five elements: Fire, Water, Wood, Earth and Metal. In the art of Feng Shui to establish communication with the elements playing a key role. Interaction of elements allows them to gain favorable energy and neutralize the harmful effects. Master Feng Shui seeks to cooperate with them to establish harmonious relations with the outside world.