The study of the five elements (Wu Xing 五行) is most fundamental and yet most profound. The word “Xing 行” has a lot of meanings. The most appropriate meaning in this context is “action 行動”. However, action is only one of the many aspects of Wu Xing. Right from the beginning, people observed the changing conditions of the environment. The five phenomena they noticed were used to describe the five types of energies,
According to Xu Shen 許慎, Wood (Mu 木) comes from the word Mao 冒, It means emerging. The image is a plant emerging from the soil and goes upward.
According to Bai Hu Tong 白虎通, Fire (Huo 火) comes from the word Hua 化. It means transformation. Fire helps to transform matter to energy.
According to Xu Shen 許慎, Earth (Tu 土) is the same as the word Tu 吐. It means giving out. Earth gives out to everything.
According to Xu Shen 許慎, Metal (Jin 金) is equivalent to Jin 禁. It means stopping or forbidden. The yin qi in autumn stops growth.
According to Bai Hu Tong 白虎通, Water (Shui 水) means Level/Standard Shui Zhun 水準. The character 水 consists of two persons one on each side of the upright character 1. It indicates a man and a woman are brought together to become one. It is the beginning of everything. Water is the origin of life.
The study of Wu Xing can be very simple but it can also be very complicated. There are different types of Wu Xing like Zheng Wu Xing 正五行, Na Yin Wu Xing 納音五行, Xuan Kong Wu Xing 玄空五行, Hong Fan Wu Xing 洪範五行, just to name a few. In this book, I am going to explain Na Yin Wu Xing in details. Later, I will write more about Wu Xing in other books.
Na Yin Wu Xing has a lot of applications. It can be used to study the life of a person according to the four pillars. In the Feng Shui Luopan, there is a ring dedicated to Na Yin Wu Xing. In this book, I will explain how to use this ring. It is almost an entire school of Feng Shui. It is integrated into almost all other Feng Shui schools. It is a very important part of Zi Wei Dou Shu. It is the backbone for constructing the Zi Wei Star Chart.
Na Yin Wu Xing can also be used for date selection. In fact, knowing the Na Yin of the day, and the Na Yin of your life, you can tell which is a fortunate day and which is a less fortunate day for yourself.
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