Professor Wang Yang M.D (CHINA)
- Special Techniqes of the i Ching
Guest from Chin: Professor Wang Yang
Prof. Yang is a scholar, writer and practitioner of I Ching, Qing
Gong, Astrology, Feng Shui and Oriental Traditional Culture.
His current position is Professor at the Center for Disease Control
and Prevention in Chongqing.
Professor Yang is teaching a seminar on his special technique of
the I Ching (just published in English) and the 4 Pillars astrology.
The Authentic I Ching - The Three Classic
Methods of Prediction
By Dr Wang Yang & Jon Sandifer - 278 pages, Watkins Publishing,
This book is not just another translation of the
I Ching (or Yi Jing, for those who are more familiar with the pinyin
transliteration), in fact this part of the book occupies just 64
pages at the end of the book. The key to the essence of the book
is in its sub-heading, for it expands the usual Western perception
that there is only one way to consult this ancient Chinese classic.
Every Westerner who has ever skimmed through an edition
of the I Ching knows that divination is performed by casting 3 coins
six times, or by shuffling a bunch of yarrow sticks. From this one
of the 64 possible hexagrams is discovered. This is looked up in
the book, and a divinatory meaning interpreted straight from the
text of the I Ching. Then a further hexagram is generated if any
of the 6 lines of the hexagram flip to their opposite (i.e. yin
to yang or vice versa). This second hexagram is then interpreted
as an outcome, from the corresponding text in the book. The authors
refer to this as the Classical method of divination, but it is far
from being the only method.
So far so simple. What Jon and Dr Wang have done
in this book is to open the readers' eyes a bit further, by unveiling
two other ways of dealing with the I Ching. These two methods are
called the Mei Hua Method and the Na Jia Method. As far as I am
aware neither of these important methods are available in currently
published books in English. And these are not just two other methods
of divination, but a doorway to the understanding of the use of
the I Ching in China, and indeed the mechanics of luck.
This book also introduces the West to a further dimension
of feng shui. The I Ching is fundamental to feng shui, with its
usage of trigrams and their changing lines to describe changes in
the tides of ch'i, and hence of the distribution of luck in a particular
building or site. By becoming aware of the significance of individual
lines in the hexagram you prepare yourself for an understanding
of the important Da Gua feng shui technique. In fact the first 56
pages are an excellent summary of basic ideas behind both the I
Ching and feng shui, including Stems and Branches, and the calculation
of a Four Pillar (ba zhai) chart.
It is often said by Western commentators that the
I Ching is good at predicting, but does not give exact times. The
reverse is in fact true, and this ancient book can provide exact
dates and time. The Mei Hua Method generates its hexagram from the
time of the question, and analyses separately the top and bottom
trigrams of the hexagram so generated. In fact this method is quite
like Western horary astrology, a part of astrology that has fallen
out of favour over the last two centuries. Far from being an obscure
method, the Mei Hua is one of the most popular divination methods
in China today. Jon provides some pretty amazing examples of how
this method has given very specific answers, even in terms of numbers
or dates to specific questions.
Na Jia relates the trigrams to time as expressed
by the Chinese solar calendar (specifically the Four Pillars), and
to the hidden Heavenly Stems which are an important part of feng
shui theory and practice. The Na Jia method is even more important,
dating back over 2000 years, and is known in China as the 'orthodox
school's great method'. It is not nearly as reliant upon the text
of the I Ching as the other methods. There is greater depth to this
method than is revealed in this book, but this book is definitely
the place to start.
The Authentic I Ching is unique in giving access
to these methods, and should be read by anyone who wants to widen
their knowledge of the I Ching beyond the fairly narrow perspective
currently available in the West.
- Stephen Skinner
BRIEF INTRODUCTION OF FOUR
PILLARS METHOD - CONFERENCE LECTURE with Prof Yang
1. Background on four pillars
Four pillars method is one of the most popular school and tool of
oriental astrology. It based on the fundamental basic theory as
same as Feng Shui. It also closely linked with Traditional Chinese
Medicine. A number of most eminent Chinese politicians, scientists
and scholars were/are good at using this skill to seek auspicious
fortune and achieve success, and prevent/escape from risk or bad
luck. Some great master of Feng Shui stated that this theory and
method is so important that every Feng Shui practitioner in China
must learn it firstly and master it, then put it into Feng Shui
practice. It is safe to say that the 4 Pillars Method is one of
the greatest miracles in the mankind history.
There is a very popular saying in China. Almost every
Chinese people know it. It said: There are 3 key factors affecting/determining
people's destiny, the first one is fate, the second--fortune, the
third--Feng Shui. The first two refer to the four pillars.
When I read the book of Feng Shui Journey by my friend
Jon Sandifer, a famous English expert in Feng Shui, I was impressed
by the concept initiated by Jon Sandifer, the Inner Feng Shui. If
from the point view of Feng Shui, I do agree that the four pillars
method is an actual school on Inner Feng Shui. So we need to combine
the Inner Feng Shui and Outer Feng Shui (environment surrounding
By analysing the Four pillars, or analysing the Chi,
or 5 elements/Yin Yang, that everybody hold and the relationship
between people's energy and that of cosmos, we may do some important
things as following:
… Understand people in depth: the strengths
and weaknesses (mental and physical characters), therefor make right
decision on development of health, academy, relationship, business
and so on, and find best partner in varieties of area, e.g. collaboration
in business, spouse and so on,
1) Health issue
By checking your four pillars, we can predict which organ or system
may have trouble with you. E.g. when your wood element is extremely
more/less, your liver may easy to get trouble. When you metal element
is extremely more/less, your lung may relatively weak. And so on.
1) Personality profile (intelligence
quotient (IQ) and EQ and etc)
1) Career selection
(particularly useful for young people )
Based on checking relatives element in Four pillars, if your
… Wife element is strong-you may be a successful in business,
or become millionaire?
… Parent element is strong- you may be as a teacher, writer,
doctor, academic person etc.
… Official element is strong- achieve success in political
circle or as a staff in government bodies etc.
… Brother element is strong- become an athlete,
1) Find best partner and improve public
relationship: if somebody with very much the element your favourable
and you have lot of element his/her favourable, you two may become
best partner, and also if there is combine relationship between
you two sides, it is much better. E.g. Rat-Ox, Tiger-Pig and so
on(in China, many people must do Combining Ba Tze, or combining
Four Pillars before marriage, it is based on this principle.)
… Understand and clarify the development process of all life
journey and events may happen someday. Therefor make good preparation
to cope with these unforeseen situations and choose best direction
and time to seek good luck and fortune or enhance the benefit, and
avoid/escape risk or bad luck or reduce the bad impact ( including
taking effective measures such as Feng Shui remedy and so on).
How to pinpoint best time and capture/find good opportunity
… When luck pillars come into favourable element that linked
with or associated with money, you may win big money from your career.
E.g. you can capture opportunity make a clever investment.
… When that linked or associated with parent element, you
may achieve great success in academic actives. E.g. you should try
to write more and publish books or do study in university.
… When that linked or associated with officer element, you
may be promoted at an important post and hold power.
… When your Luck Pillars combine with your four pillars and
it is your favourable element, you may find some good partners.
E.g. you should actively set up good relationship with somebody.
How to pinpoint exact time and find out the bad luck and escape
… When luck pillars come into unfavourable element and linked
or associated with money, you must not do any important economic
activity such as investment, buying stocks etc. and look after your
money carefully, otherwise you will lost completely (E.g. your money
element is seriously destroyed by unfavourable element).
… When one of your four pillars is clashed by luck pillars,
or current year seriously, some important change may happen to you
(probably affect you from both sides-positive or negative). However
you must pay special attention to yourself about safe and health,
prevent accident, vital/critical disease happen and so on (particularly
when your favourable element clashed and destroyed by luck pillars
or current year. E.g. when I was a young boy, my favourable rat
was clashed and destroyed by the house of our luck pillars, I suffered
from serious disease and bad luck. And had dangerous experience
threatened my life. If we talk about the sudden changing with good
outcome, some people may become a millionaire only by making an
important decision such as do a clever investment at a very short
time. There is a concept in four pillars method: if horse star running
on a very rich area, who will become millionaire as quickly as tiger's
running speed. It refers to this typical example.)
… Apply Feng Shui remedy much better, by perfectly
understanding individual though analysing Yin Yang/5 element from
people's four pillars.
Enhance the favourable element and reduce unfavourable element by
take Feng Shui remedy such as select colour, diet, environment direction