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

Metaphysics (易学)

连山, 归藏, 周易

一)连山易首于艮卦,艮为山,所以称为“连山易”。三元盘以“一六四九双双起,夬姤剝復颠颠倒,往来阖辟团团转,卦象顺逆爻爻到”邵子(邵雍)圆图为连山易。三元盘以此为天元盘,自乾夬向左转至復,自姤向右转至坤。经云:阳从左边团团转,阴从右路转相通。左转乾兑离震初爻为阳,所以称为阳仪界。右转巽坎艮坤初爻为阴,所以称为阴仪界。

二)归藏易起于坤卦,因万物藏于坤。二十四山藏于后天八卦内,所以壬子癸三山藏于坎卦。后天八卦主时令,随斗柄所指,春夏秋冬四时之流行,二十四节气之进退。后天八卦为卦运,所以三元地理以此为地元盘。一运坎卦藏于坤、二运坤卦藏于巽、三运震卦藏于离、四运巽卦藏于兑、五运无卦之上十年寄于四运,下十年寄于六运藏于艮、七运兑卦藏于坎、八运艮卦藏于震、九运离卦藏于乾。

三)周易为文王卦,一卦六爻,一卦可变八卦,亦可变为十二卦,与错卦综卦则颠倒、倒颠、爻反、通卦等等,一卦可变为二十多卦,用于收山出煞、收龙纳水坐向与转变元运之用。三元地理以此为人元盘。

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Metaphysics (易学), Plum Blossom Divination (梅花易数)

无妄才能大畜

无妄,元亨利貞。其匪正有眚,不利有攸往。

初九,无妄往,吉。
六二,不耕穫,不菑畬,則利有攸往。
六三,无妄之災,或繫之牛,行人之得,邑人之災。
九四,可貞,无咎。
九五,无妄之疾,勿藥有喜。
上九,无妄行,有眚,无攸利。

大畜,利貞,不家食吉,利涉大川。

初九,有厲,利已。
九二,輿說輹。
九三,良馬逐,利艱貞。曰閑輿衛,利有攸往。
六四,童牛之牿,元吉。
六五,豶豕之牙,吉。
上九,何天之衢,亨。

Metaphysics (易学)

Understanding Chai Bu method of Qi Men (拆補)

24 節氣表

拆補 (ChaiBu) also know as the Removal and Replacement Method of Qi Men Dun Jia in the Western Textbook. This is somewhat a newer system in the Qi Men calendaring system. It is not necessarily more convenient and easier to understand or calculate (although a lot of Apps on mobile devices uses this).

Practitioner and Consultant of the past argue the incongruence of 值潤 (ZhiRun). Hence, this is probability how the development of 拆補 (ChaiBu) system came about.

Practitioner and Consultant adopted the use of this calendar system because of its strict adherence to the 24 seasons (節氣). A relatively more discipline approach towards the allocation of the Yin and Yang Structures. Because of this, the 拆補 (ChaiBu) system seemingly works better with Divination side of QMDJ while 值潤 (ZhiRun) runs better with Art of War (AOW) application.

The first principle, in 拆補 (ChaiBu) system is to accord the Qi Men Structure/ Chart in accordance with the 24 Solar Seasons. This system dictates that if a day enters into a certain Season, one can utilise the Qi Men Structure / Chart of that particular Season.

There is no need for references to Ascending or Descending Qi. It will also simultaneously follow the second principle, which is the Stems and Branches system:

• If the first day branch is Zi 子, Wu 午, Mao 卯, or You 酉, it will use the Upper Yuan Structure,上元.
• If the first day branch is Yin 寅, Shen 申, Si 巳 or Hai 亥, it will use the Middle Yuan Structure,中元.
• If the first day branch is Chen 辰, Xu 戌, Chou 丑 or Wei 未, it will use the Lower Yuan Structure,下元.