Metaphysics (易学)

Five Animal Frolics

Wu Qin Xi (五禽戏) – The Five Animal Frolics can be regarded as the earliest form of Medical Qigong in Chinese history, dating back to Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220).

The creation of Wu Qin Xi (五禽戏) was attributed the famous Chinese Physician and Surgeon Hua Tuo (110-207) who had great skills as a surgeon, acupuncturist, herbalist and knowledge of human anatomy.

Wu Qin Xi (五禽戏) is a set of Daoyin (deep stretching) and Tu Na (deep breathing) exercise that imitates the actions of animals based on the habits of the tiger, deer, bear, monkey and bird.

Founded by Hua Tuo (华陀. 145 – 208 CE) – often referred as the God of Chinese Medicine, benevelont master physician, also considered the first Chinese Surgeon.

Besides treating his patients when they were ill, Hua Tuo was also keen to recommend physical exercises for people as a method of rehabilitation, recovery, and most importantly for prevention.

Wi Qin Xi (五禽戲) based on the Tiger, Deer, Bear, Ape and Crane. It is thought that his discoveries included much more but were destroyed during the burning of his manuscript during his execution.

Hua Tuo had emphasized that regular physical exercise was key to maintaining and curing illness, as it strengthened the body, promoted circulation and improved health. His grave is found today in Xuzhou, Jiangsu and he is honored in the Huazu Temple in Peixian county. His innovations and miraculous abilities earned him the respect as the God of Chinese Medicine (神医).

Wu Qin Xi (五禽戏) is practiced by imitating symbolically and physically the movements, breathing and sounds of the five animals. It consists of some standard forms of movements, spontaneous movements and sounds, and simple but effective techniques.

The symbolic connotation of the animals can have great effects on state of mind and behaviour. The dignity and masculine power of the tiger, the elegance of the deer, the earthiness and soft strength of the bear, the graceful and free spirit of the bird and the liveliness and vigilance of the monkey, all imprint their marks on the consciousness and assist in building confidence and self-esteem.

Wu Qin Xi (五禽戏) – The Five Animal Frolics also works the Five Elements in Chinese Metaphysics.

木 - 怒、肝、魂
火 - 喜、心、神
土 - 思、脾、意
金 - 忧、肺、魄
水 - 恐,肾、志

Date Selection (擇日)

Principle of Date Selection

1、破碎煞; 
2、十恶大败日; 
3、杨公忌日; 
4、日时不可三煞年命; 
5、日时不可冲事主的年命;
6、十二建日;
7、二十八星宿;

1、破碎煞 (“红砂煞”) : “四孟月金鸡四仲蛇,四季见丑日是红砂”.  These set up are to be avoided when choosing dates related to marriage events. The crossover / cutoff point for the months is based on 24 solar terms (i.e. 大雪 for 子月 / December).

子月午月卯月酉月,见巳日;
寅月申月巳月亥月,见酉日;
辰月戌月丑月未月,见丑日。

2、十败日:
甲辰、乙巳、丙申、丁亥、戊戌、
己丑、庚辰、辛巳、壬申、癸亥、

十败日 (十干无禄日),人依禄养生,一禄顶千财,禄神不能空,若空不能使用。This category of date selection pivot back to the 12 growth cycle for earth branch, where 临官 is refer to as 禄神.

3、杨公忌日 ( 杨公十三忌 ),unofficial off days for Feng Shui practitioner. Whether it a folklore or a traddition, it is said that for this 13 days, practitioner are not suppose to use their LuoPan.

正月十三、二月十一、
三月初九、四月初七、
五月初五、六月初三、
七月初一、七月廿九、八月廿七、
九月廿五、十月廿三、
十一月廿一、十二月十九、

4、日时不可三煞年命, using San He combination, the date selection cannot form a 3 killing force against the user year of birth.

People born in year of Pig, Rat, Ox should not use Tiger, Horse, Dog day/ hour.

People born in year of Rooster, Monkey, Dog should not use Pig, Rabbit, Goat day/ hour.

People born in year of Snake, Horse, Goat should not use Monkey, Rat, Dragon day/ hour.

People born in year of Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon should not use Snake, Rooster, Ox day/ hour.

5、日时不可冲事主的年命, the date selection should not clash the person’s year of birth.

子午 冲
丑未 冲
寅申 冲
卯酉 冲
辰戌 冲
巳亥 冲

6、十二建日:
建、除、满、平、定、执、破、危、成、收、开、闭

建:代表刚健、旺相、适合开创、外出发展。
宜:上樑、入学、结婚、动土、立柱、医疗、出行吉。
忌:掘井、乘船凶。

除:代表除旧佈新、去除污垢、旧的不去,新的不来。
宜:祭事、药之调和吉。
忌:婚姻、出行、掘井凶。

满:代表丰收、圆满
宜:嫁娶、移徒、裁衣、开店、祭事、出行、栽植吉。
忌:葬仪凶。

平:代表平安、平常、安稳。
宜:嫁娶、造屋、移徒、裁衣、相谈吉。
忌:掘沟、栽植凶。

定:代表安定、稳定、等待时机
宜:祭事、嫁娶、移徒、造屋、佣人、买牛马吉。
忌:诉讼、出行凶。

执:代表执行、实施、操收执着、断定。
宜:万事执断吉。造屋、播种、嫁娶、掘井吉。
忌:移徒、出行、开库凶。

破:代表破损、耗损。
宜:出猎吉。
忌:此日大凶。诸事不吉。

危:代表危险、危机、危难
忌:诸事不吉、登山、乘马、乘船、出行凶。

成:代表成就、有成、可成。
宜:万事成就之日、造屋嫁娶、入学、出行、开店、播种吉。
忌:诉讼、争斗凶。

收:代表收成、收获。
宜:入学、嫁娶、造屋、买卖、移徒、播种吉。
忌:葬仪、出行、针灸凶。

开:代表开始、开创、开启新的旅程。
宜:入学、嫁娶、造屋、移徒、开业、愿望成就吉。
忌:葬仪不淨之事凶。

闭:代表代表闭否、阻塞。
宜:万事闭塞之日、筑堤、埋池、埋穴吉。
忌:开店、出行、其他事务皆凶。

7、二十八星宿:
水宿,北方玄武七宿:斗、牛、女、虚、危、室、壁
木宿,东方青龙七宿:角、亢、氐、房、心、尾、箕
火宿,南方朱雀七宿:井、鬼、柳、星、张、翼、轸
金宿,西方白虎七宿:奎、娄、胃、昴、毕、觜、参

During Spring season, auspicious to use wood classification instead of earth.
During Summer season, auspicious to use fire classification instead of metal.
During Autumn season, auspicious to use metal classification instead of wood.
During Winter season, auspicious to use water classification instead of fire.