Different systems, different elements and numbers
I’ve just conducted the first FIVE ELEMENTS NUMEROLOGY (FEN): BASIC LEVEL course last week on 1st and 2nd March 2014, and it was a great learning experience for all students in class. I’ll discuss more on the FEN course in a separate article later. Anyway, some came at first with doubt but left with a mindful of knowledge knowing they can build on to improve their understandings and apply the techniques better to profile a person.
I’m glad I’ve received regular emails from a student (let’s call him George) who began to ask many questions which is part of an ‘after-class’ learning process that one seeks to find a logical answer. For example, he asked on the associations of the elements to the numbers used in my Elements of Numbers (EON) method with those theories used in Feng Shui, Flying Stars, and other Chinese Metaphysics.
Different metaphysic systems (including Chinese, Western, Indian, and many others) have their own set of theories and associations, and application approach. It’s impossible to group these different systems together and create one uniform association of specific number and tagged them to a common element only. The number, occasionally, is just a by-product like how people in different country associate different icons to similar meanings.
- The number 8 is Fire element in EON methods;
- The number 8 is Earth element in Flying Star and Lo Shu methods; and
- The number 8 is Wood element in River Diagram (He Tu theories).
Many common Western numerology methods associate the numbers to the Four elements – Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. The Chinese numerology to the Five elements – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. The numbers 5 and 6 is the Air element in many western numerology methods. In the Elements of Numbers (EON) method, we associate the number 5 is the Earth element, and number 6 to Metal element.
There is minimal confusion once you don’t combine all metaphysics theories into the same profiling analysis. If you want to plot an EON chart to look at possible good directions, then you should strictly apply the EON method of analysis. You should not use other methods, say Flying Star and try to link the numbers and elements together. If you want to use Flying Star, then use the Flying Star method to plot the chart and then analyse the direction and the elements.
Here’s another example – some professionals associate the colour BLACK to Water element while others associate them to Metal element. Well, both associations are right in their own perceived principles. You need to look at the elemental form – solid or liquid, and the yin and yang. For example, metal when melted is in liquid form and water when cold becomes ice in solid form.
Some years back, I attended a Feng Shui seminar presented by an associate. He told the audience that for the forthcoming year’s luck, they should advance towards the South-East (SE) direction to ‘receive’ the ‘God of Wealth’ on certain day of the Lunar New Year. However, I noticed the SE direction on that day and time range is the DEATH DOOR when we apply the Qi Men Dun Jia (QMDJ) method. Isn’t that contradictory? Should we go towards SE direction or shouldn’t we?
The point is even different Chinese metaphysics systems have often different and contradicting associations, and we should not try to combine them all together. If we want to use the Chinese Almanac to look at a good direction or good days, then we should focus on using the Chinese almanac methods and not rely on QMDJ. Of course an experienced professionals would know how to combine the two methods together for better day selections…
I’ve suggested to George to focus on applying the EON method on the EON chart, and not to confuse himself with other contradictory associations used in other systems as he’s still at a learning stage. For a start, George can apply the EON method to profile a person from an EON chart. If he wants to analyse from a Bazi perspective, then he should plot a separate Bazi chart instead, and not try to apply Bazi principles in the EON chart. Otherwise, he might be moving around in circles debating which element should tag to which number.
Here’s another ‘classic’ example many students often asked me about the key element associated to a person. Just look at the above screenshot. The left side is the EON chart while the right side is the Bazi chart. Note the Birth Root element from EON perspective is Metal element while the Day Master is Water element in Bazi. Their birth elements are different which means the energies are different. The chart plotting steps between EON and Bazi is uniquely different, therefore the contradicting key element of the person.
George needs to break free and open his mind wide and accept there are always different contradicting theories in each system, and we should clearly disassociate any correlation when looking at a person’s chart from one system, unless he’s able to focus and distinguish them apart. Besides the unnecessary mental worries, he could have ignored the more important and often critical essence of the entire profiling method.
I had that same curiosity experience many years ago, and often wondered about its contradicting theories between systems. I’m glad I could get out of the ‘circling curiosity state’ and make a mental shift to focus my attention on understanding each system and applying the method individually. It’s one reason I’ve always applied the symbolic and visual representation in my teaching lessons. This is to enable students to quickly associate the characteristics, traits, behaviours, and possible actions of a person to the elements and its numbers. I’m glad I did as the students who attended my first FEN BASIC LEVEL course can now identify possible traits using the visualisation techniques they’ve learned in class.
Check out the EON INSPIRE site (www.EON-Inspire.com) for more details on the FEN course schedules if you’re keen to learn the principles and applications of my Elements of Numbers (EON) method.
Regards, Ron WZ Sun