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"Note that dui appears twice.

"Note that dui appears twice.

Figure 4.2 Initial set-up of the dipan with Trigrams, Luosbu numbers, the Nine Stars and the Eight Gates in fixed positions.

(White Tiger) and the Vermilion Bird by Xuanwu (Sombre Warrior). The latter was also called Yuanwu TtS;. Clauses (16) to (18) refer to these 'Deception Gates'.

Example illustrating the operation of the Qimen Dunjia cosmic boards

Adopting the eleventh-century official procedure of Song China given in Yang Weide's Jingyou Dunjia fuyingjing let us perform an operation on the Qimen Dunjia board between 17:00 and 19:00 hours local mean time on the 8th of April 1997.17 The time would correspond to the you double-hour and the date to a gengchen day, the second day in the third lunar month of a dingchou year in the traditional Chinese calendar. First note the position of the sun along the ecliptic by finding the fortnightly period immediately before the day. This would be the qingming ^ fortnightly period, which fell three days prior to the gengchen day. When the fortnightly period concerned came after the winter solstice the movement, called Yangdun PSM, would be in the ascending order (lit. progression, shunxing HII-fT), and when it came after the summer solstice the movement, known as Yindun P^i®, would be in the descending order (lit. retrogression, nixing T). This is what is hinted at by clauses (1) and (2) of the Huangdi yinfujing text above. For the qingming fortnightly period the movement would therefore be in the ascending order.

Referring to a table of (Dunjia) settings for the 24 fortnightly periods (ershisiqi buju lichengbiao — + (see Figure 4.3). The 24

fortnightly periods are divided into three periods (san yuan H7U) - tianyuan diyuan Mkjc and renyuan A.JC - as shown in Figure 4.3 and mentioned above in clause (5) of the Huangdi yinfujing. Also, three numbers are given for every fortnightly period and those found under qingming are:

qingming 4 17

These three numbers refer to those in the jiugong magic square from which operations on the Qimen Dunjia earth board would begin by adopting the ascending order for the numbers (Yangdun) just found. The first number is for the upper setting (shangju _hjlj or shanghou -ti^), the second for the middle setting (zhongju t^i or zhonghou and the third for the lower setting (xiaju TMi or xiahou Ti^). The operator would need to determine which of the three numbers to use by making a proper selection from among the four different processes of zhengshou (direct proclamation), chaoshen (exceeding spirit), runqi (intercalation of the extraordinary) and jieqi (connecting fortnightly period). When the sexagenary cycle of the day in question begins with the first stem jia or the sixth stem ji, the operator can start working on the earth board without further ado. A day with a stem jia or ji is known as futou $F§jt (Chief Warrant). When a day falls

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