Xuan Kong Feng Shui ( aka "Flying Stars Wind Water" )
This School of Xuan Kong Feng Shui system rests on the astronomical basis of the "flight patterns of dynamic stars" through the three yuans or eras of nine yuns or periods which holds seriously impactful consequences on the occupants who lived within a confined space walled by at least three sides and a roof over it. The most common interpretation of this criteria is the human residence or shop space that satisfies this prognosis.
Modern research are still being conducted into the extent of its potency and pervasiveness on the occupant's well-being at a chosen "confined space" in one location over a correspondingly similar conditions in another location can result in a wide rift in terms of favourable versus unfavourable outcome or degree of luckiness benefiting or affecting the individuals living therein.
Though this is a deep and very profound knowledge of Feng Shui studies which most experienced Feng Shui practitioners and scholars alike accepted its pervasiveness but still the debate is endless on the "quantification of its potency" which ranges widely and also depend on which Feng Shui practitioners and their level of experience and skill-sets, are conducting and administrating the "commissioning of the flight patterns of the dynamic stars configuration".
The Significance of Tomb Feng Shui (aka Yin House Feng Shui)
Tomb Feng Shui (aka Yin House Feng Shui) has far more interestingly profound significance than realised by the current practitioners. Many so-called masters include those glorified fancy title such as “Grand Masters” have not even read the ancient texts on this important subject of Tomb Feng Shui. Understandably most found it difficult to understand unless they have been guided by true masters of this profound knowledge and insights. Despite having received proper guidance is only the first step, the next for the aspiring practitioners will be to continue the research works to expand on it as ultimately the best teacher is still one’s personalised experience which is highly valuable when one faces different sets of challenges identifying the auspicious site for burial of the deceased.
It is very much in the Chinese mindset that for the need to be buried at a site with good Feng Shui. The Chinese people believe that a body inauspiciously buried will bring misfortune to the living for the next three generations. On the other hand, if someone was buried in the correct orientation, with the correct environment and the right “auspicious” time, the family can prosper.
According to ancient texts, Tomb Feng Shui can have far more lasting effects than just three generations.
The Chinese believe that desirable burial sites allow the dead to rest in peace, ensure a favourable reincarnation, and can also secure the happiness and prosperity of future generations.
The rationale as stated in ancient texts that in Feng Shui context, the “energy from the dead” is transformed to something else, If the human remains are buried at a good location, then a chain reaction will be set off in which the earth’s energy status is modulated by the Qi of the interred human. A signal is generated. The deceased person’s descendants have an affinity, or linkage, with the signal. It is like a DNA signature and only the descendants having similar DNA signature will be able to pick up this signal. This is akin to the same way that only a specific tuning of the radio will be able to receive a specific broadcast frequency.
If the burial site and time of burial are auspicious, the signal generated will be positively aspected. The descendants picking up this ‘signal’ shall be blessed with good health and good fortune. On the other hand, if the burial site is bad, a negative ‘signal’ is generated and descendants will be impacted negatively.
There is is another interesting aspect to note is that of separating Feng Shui Master and Taoist Priest. In the Chinese culture, the matter of burial was traditionally handled by Taoist priests. Some Taoist priests also studied Feng Shui and applied some Feng Shui knowledge when they provided burial services. So many people mistook Feng Shui as a Taoism religious practice. Actually they are not. Taoism is a religion and has a thin-line overlapping sphere into cosmology which falls within the Tao cultural mindset. Essentially, this branch of philosophy delves into the time and spatial aspects, causality and freedom relative to predestined sets of laws of the universe. One needs to master it well in order to bring beneficial outcome like a “quasi-applied science” as a matter of description for the lay audience.
In ancient China, the royalty and high society always had separate persons to act as Feng Shui masters and Taoist priests. The Feng Shui master might be engaged by a rich family and he spent months, if not years, walking the mountains to find an ideal spot for use as the family’s burial ground. This arduous task was called Xuen Long Dian Xue ( Find the Dragon, Pinpoint The Meridian Spot ).
The Feng Shui master is limited to find a suitable burial spot, orientating the casket and tombstone, a couple of other important matters having to do with the location, and selecting an auspicious date and time for burial and tombstone erection. He did not perform the Taoist rites of funeral.
The would be Taoist priests who preside over the funeral rituals that were of religious or cultural origin. All matters concerning funeral logistics, role playing, prayers, offerings, and other rituals are cultural or religious in origin, hence varying down the ages. They are, a matter-of-factly- unrelated to Feng Shui and would be handled by the Taoist priests.
The role of the Feng Shui master is to arrange for the Feng Shui aspects of the burial of the dead. The deceased family will normally engage an undertaker to arrange the funeral, including the burial and the priest. Hence, the Feng Shui master will have to work in cooperation with the undertaker.
The burial format has evolved into more complex forms. Despite all that, Feng Shui aims to create harmony with the land, which include both the “living” and the “dead”. One Feng Shui concept is that the energies of the departed still circulate around the families and continue to impart certain qualities. Some will experience success as soon as their parents pass away and others will experience another loss of a family member. How does this come about ?
The Feng Shui master must undertake every step to the ritual, from locating and constructing the Tomb, to transferring the urns, will profound seriousness. A mistake in calculations might mean life or death to the clan and its future prosperity especially for Tomb Feng Shui (or Yin House Feng Shui ).
Finally, experienced Tomb Feng Shui masters are able to tell what happen to the corpses when exhumation is carried out. For example, undecayed, blacken, people dying from what causes merely by looking at the soil colours, the tastes of the soils or even the patterns of the colours of the grasses growing on the tomb. The colours, lines and veins of the tomb tablet also can provide some clues to the problems. Also, strange things can happen in the grave site such as ghost lights floating about. For the faint-hearted, it will not be advisable to visit. However, such occupational risks are what Tomb Feng Shui masters will encounter and know how to deal with it. As these are trade secrets on how to deal with it, only known to the practitioners, I shall keep it close to my heart as a due respect for the fellow practitioners and the true masters.