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Figure 5.4 Determination of the position for Tianyi guiren, from Xieji bianfangshu, ch. 7; p. 13 [Qinding siku quanshu edition].

Figure 5.4 Determination of the position for Tianyi guiren, from Xieji bianfangshu, ch. 7; p. 13 [Qinding siku quanshu edition].

The rhyme for the Day Noble One says:27

]ia for the Goat (wei), wu and geng for the Ox (chou), yi for the Monkey (shen), ji for the Rat (zi), bing for the Cock (you), ding for the Pig (hat), ren for the Rabbit (mao), gut for the Snake (si), and the six xin meeting the Tiger (yin) (are how) the Yang Noble (One) seeks company in the daytime.

That for the Night Noble One says:

Jia for the Ox (chou), wu and geng for the Goat (wei), yi for the Rat (zi), ji for the Monkey (shen), bing for the Pig (hat), ding for the Cock (you), ren for the Snake (si), gui for the Rabbit (mao), and the six xin meeting wu the Horse are (how things go with) the Yin Noble (One) at night-time.

Actually, a non-practitioner does not need to memorize the two rhymes in order to locate the position of the Noble One. One can easily refer to a chart given in the Qinding xieji bianfangshu ik^.Wji&^^'t.28 See Figure 5.4. However, let us follow the steps taken by a practitioner. The reported double-hour you on the heaven board is above cbou on the earth board. Hence one should use the rhyme for the Night Noble One to locate the position of Guiren, and anticlockwise movement to arrange the other 11 heavenly generals beginning from a position next to it.29 Now the stem of the day is jia, and from the second rhyme above we find the Ox (cbou) together with it. The Noble One can now be located at cbou on the heaven board. Placing the other 11 heavenly generals on the left of the Noble One in the anticlockwise direction, the configuration as shown in Table 5.4 emerges.

Table 5.4 also completes the preliminary steps in the manipulation of the Liuren cosmic board. It has located all the heavenly deity generals on the heaven board. However, it is unable to tell anything as yet. The contribution from Shen Gua lies in making interpretations regarding the Heavenly Void, which as he says is not really a deity and, being such, its prediction, whether auspicious or ominous, should be ignored except under very special circumstances when one seeks audience with the emperor hoping for redress. The next steps consist of calculating which of the deity generals are actively involved by the process of sike U9H (Four Prognostications) and to find the messages transmitted from them using the method of sanquan HflJ (Three Messages).

Table 5.4

Noble One

Heavenly Empress cbou yin

Ultimate Yin mao eben

Real Warrior (Sombre Warrior)

Soaring Serpent

zi

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