一流地师观星望斗。。。

一流地师观星望斗…………..?

There is an ancient saying, how ancient I don’t know, that, if misconstrued, can mislead new FengShui students to have erroneous concepts about FengShui methods.

There are many angles that one can interpret this saying, and I shall present one angle for your perusal.

The saying is:
 一流地师观星望斗,
First grade FengShui master gaze at the stars observe the planets,

二流地师入山看水口,
Second grade FengShui master enter the mountains looking for water exits,

三流地师背着罗盘满山走。
Third grade master carry luopan run all over the mountains.

The above saying, if using normal translation would read like that.
Now the question is — is this the only interpretation of the verses?
No.

Next I present you another version of the saying using different words:

一等地师观星望斗,
First level FengShui master gaze at the stars and observe the planets,

二等地师入山看水口,
Second rate FengShui master enter mountains looking for water exits,

三等地师背著罗盘满山走。
Third rate FengShui master carry luopan run all over the mountains.

There are a few more different versions of this saying, using different words here and there.

But here, I only present to two examples.
Many people will just read and comprehend these verses according to their level of understanding of FengShui.

There is a vast difference between those with wide scope understanding of multiple methods of FengShui and those with narrow scope understanding only one or two forms of FengShui.

One of the main understanding about FengShui that every FengShui practitioner should have is:
Landform as Ti 体 and LiQi as Yong 用。

What this means is without knowing about landform, there is absolutely no FengShui to talk about. I shall not go into detail about landform. But, roughly, the word landform here means internal and external landform. Internal means the forms and features inside a building. External means the forms and features outside the building.

When you have this proper understanding, and when you read the saying about first second and third grade FengShui master…….you should be able to comprehend the saying is NOT to be interpreted literally straightforward without going into deeper analysis.

There are many deeper comprehension of these three lines. Here, I shall present only one angle of view for you all to digest.

This presentation is based only upon what I just said about Landform as Ti and LiQi as YONG. (Note LiQi 理气 means Qi management. Every school of FengShui has its own LiQi method. I shall not delve into it here.)

This is important:
There is ONLY ONE Landform school. Every FengShui school follow the same theories and principles of landform study and practice.

So let us look at the first verse:
 一流地师观星望斗,
First grade FengShui master gaze at the stars observe the planets,

Most people when read the word 观星望斗 translated as ‘gaze at the
stars observe the planets’, what comes to mind would be really looking skywards at the stars and planets.

I say, in the context of FengShui and Chinese Metaphysics, it is not wrong to comprehend that way, simply because there is a Metaphysics subject called 七政四余 Qi Zheng Si Yu, that uses the five planets in its calculation. Since I am discussing this here using one angle only, I shall not go into Chinese astronomy and other Divination using planets and stars.

………..if one was trained to understand landform properly, then he should know that the ancient masters has correlated mountains tops to the five element shapes. He should also know that ancients masters also had mentioned about stars and planets affecting the formation of mountains. I shall not go into detail about this. You can come to your own conclusion.

二流地师入山看水口,
Second grade FengShui master enter the mountains looking for water exits,

This translation is absolute correct, but the interpretation and comprehension of its deeper meaning can be different.

First of all…….you must know that in FengShui, the water exit is of utmost importance.

I dare to say this: If the master does not go to look for the water exit, especially doing Yin FengShui in a rural landform, then he should be called a second rate master.

The master when entered the landform to observe the mountain tops and surrounding hills and embraces, should know how the river flows and where it should exit.

From the river exit he would take a reading pointing towards the incoming mountain. The. He goes up to the Xue spot and reconfirm the reading by pointing towards the river exit.

This is the standard practice of landform and LiQi in FengShui.

三流地师背着罗盘满山走。
Third grade master carry luopan run all over the mountains.

This line should not be misconstrued as meaning that the master who uses a luopan going round the mountain Xue is a ‘Low grade’ master.
That thought can be deriding the FengShui profession, which is not right.

But…..if the master really does not know about proper landform assessment procedures, and run around the mountains like an apprentice, then, he is low grade.

Which FengShui master does not use a luopan to do LiQi?
Every FengShui school has its LiQi method and every one depends on measuring direction to determine sitting and facing.

In Yin FengShui, the luopan is indispensable when staking the Xue spot. I won’t go into detail here, but common sense says that after assessing the surrounding landform, the master need to determine where the Xue is formed and how to site the grave.

In FengShui we have a saying “失之毫厘谬之千里”. This phrase means that the mistake of determining even a millimeter off track, can cause a thousand miles of error. You can spend some time to think about this.

Enough said.

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