Happy New Year everyone…
Every year around the world at the time of the week long Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year, Feng Shui (pronounced FOONG-SOY) practitioners look to sage advisors to dispel the wrath of the ruling so-called “Grand Duke Jupiter”. He shows up in one area of the Lo Shu square, the basis for all Feng Shui along with Hexagrammaton and Bigrammaton (the I Ching). Most people don’t think about Feng Shui beyond following the advice to not disturb the ground or make loud noises in the sector that the Grand Duke is residing in. However aside from such tantalizing superstitions, as Mutational Alchemists, it is interesting and helpful to look at the underlying mathematics of the Ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui. Twelve times five is sixty. The five elements multiplied against the twelve zodiacal mansions, or the five visible planets which were assigned to the five elements, or vice versa. Listen to the below video as Derek Walters, the translator of the most popular Tai Tsuan Ching theorizes about how the Chinese elements were assigned their colors and nature.
Jupiter, green in color in the sky, is associated with the Wood element. Wood, or Air as I prefer to call it, is the element of creative growth and potential. The renewing purifier of Chi, it is the element which is most like the sacred Jen element in Trigrammaton represented by the Tridosha.
In China the twelve (in the 12×5 formula) are ascribed celestial animals, whereas in the West they are the twelve celestial symbols – centaur called Sagittarius, virgin called Virgo, water bearer named Aquarius etc. There are sixty different Grand Dukes, each a famous general from China’s long and glorious history, and they extend across the span of the sixty Celestial Animal/Element combinations.
(In a bizarre coincidence, one of China’s leading generals currently shares the same name as the ruling Tai Sui, or Grand Duke Jupiter for 2016, Guan Zhong. )
The Taoists, like the old Pythagorean mathematakoi, began their work in much the same way Abrahadabrites do today, using math, geometry, science and meditation together. Over the centuries a kind of slippage has occurred where Feng Shui practitioners and other Taoists have forgotten the origins of these methodologies completely. It isn’t discussed anywhere in the world why these methods are held in high esteem or where they came from.
In Feng Shui belief, the Grand Duke Jupiter, which is a personality separate from the mere Celestial Animal/Element combo, is given power over Earth during his year, and that some Taoist sects hypothesized that the ordering of the cosmos included a “shadow” orbital pathway, that ran in opposition to the planet itself. This path is the path of Tai Sui. It is curious that the Chinese placed such an importance on Jupiter.
If we look at Vedic astrology we find a kind of conflict between Mercury and Jupiter which isn’t found in the Western ideas of these archetypes. Here Mercury is called Budha, and Jupiter is called Brihaspati, by the Puranas the son of Agni the Lord of Fire. Luna, or Moon is called Chandra. The goddess Tara, who is a Boddhisattva in Buddhism, and a goddess or devi in Hinduism, and sometimes regarded as the supreme personality of the Earth, has an affair with Chandra and becomes pregnant with Budha. This angers Brihaspati and a great war is stopped by the wisdom of Brahma, and Tara is taken away from Chandra and given back to Brihaspati. The child Budha, the personification of the planet Mercury, feels he is left with a karmic debt, and so performs yugya (sacrifice) to Vishnu. Budha has a green tint, not unlike the physical appearance of Jupiter as was demonstrated in the Five Elements and Five Planets lecture earlier.
Tara is said to have begun her journey to Boddhisattva status millions of years ago on another planet, and she is significant in that she made sure to always incarnate as a woman from the time of her earliest relationship with her chosen Ishta-dev on this other planet, because she was encouraged to be reborn as a man by foolish monks. It was then she realized that there were less Buddhas who chose to manifest in the Yin form.
It is easy to see for the experienced occultist the hint of the hidden but obvious affliction of the Magus in this world. Mercury is of course the Great Magus, the patron of Alchemy himself, his symbol is of the rooster and the dolphin (via his child by Aphrodite, Eros), two animals intimately linked with Abraxas and Logos, those two great Heavenly Yang principles. While not entirely a match, the affair between Hermes the intelligence of Orange Hod and Venus, Green Netzach arranged by Zeus, Blue Chesed is interesting in comparison to the Vedic planetary myth.
“Mercurius [Hermes] stirred by Venus’s [Aphrodite’s] beauty, fell in love with her, and when she permitted no favours, became greatly downcast, as if in disgrace. Jove [Zeus] pitied him, and when Venus [Aphrodite] was bathing in the river Achelous he sent and eagle to take her sandal to Amythaonia of the Egyptians and give it to Mercurius [Hermes]. Venus [Aphrodite], in seeking for it, came to him who loved her, and so he, on attaining his desire, as a reward put the eagle in the sky [as the constellation Aquilla].”
Pseudo-Hyginus, Astronomica 2. 16 (trans. Grant) (Roman mythographer C 2nd A.D.) retrieved 2/9/2016 <http://www.theoi.com/Olympios/HermesLoves.html#Aphrodite>
Various people have attempted to reason around the problem, to grapple with the hows and whys of it, but I, someone who has wanted to be an occultist all of my life and who was raised in the tradition of a globally aware Magus, have known a great deal of well travelled and educated Mages, none of them exceed both in wealth and knowledge and wisdom. Aleister Crowley himself is a great example of someone well-heeled and funded who worked very hard all of his life and fell to the curse.
In 2009 m1thr0s explained his theory that it had something to do with Jupiter, not just from the physical manifestation in his own life but from performing readings, scrying the worlds and so on. I didn’t agree that it was universal, but he didn’t either. Was it possible that there were unwritten rules we could never be consciously aware of until encountering them, and which could not be proven? The only thing that could easily explain it is the Computer Program Universe theory, which is both attractive and horrifying, if not merely cheap and easy.
But who knows? Infinity is a long time and there’s all kinds of weird games one might invent along the way to stave off the most deadly threat: boredom. Could we be playing on a two sided game, with the “Gods” or “Higher Selves” on the other side merely partners on our team, and “Demons” on the enemy team? We may never know. But more compelling to me personally is the idea that the universe is examining itself through us, that we are the computing power. Also comforting and sensible is the idea that none of this has ever been done before, which is why it all seems so painful at times. That’s the only kind of evil I can bear to accept: that which is unintentional and non-repeating. At the level of Yin and Yang at their purest most sacred form anyways. Even a vicious and unrelenting sorceress like myself cannot see a point to suffering past Victory. That is the code of Budo.
I have not been fully convinced, but I do think that the TwinStar or Tetraktys of the Decad is the Tao, as it meets all of the qualifications for it. You can ask it yourself, but it tells me that while there are rules to life, it isn’t a game, and it’s as real as anything, no computer simulation. But there are still a great many mysteries humans cannot afford the solutions to yet.