Really, did Yellow Emperor Huang Di, circa 2650 BC use any of the sanshi arts?
From how long ago do you think your astrology or Feng Shui art exist?
Practitioners are liable to think that their geomancy arts originated in distant past thousands of years ago. These practitioners are not equipped to check as they too often lack knowledge of the ancient Chinese history. Hence, many are apt to swallow stories that famous legendary figures of ancient past were supposed to use the sanshi arts of Qi Men Dun Jia, Da Liu Ren and Tai Yi to achieve notable victories.
Da Liu Ren
Qi Men Dun Jia
It is said that in ancient time in China, Qi Men Dun Jia was taught by the deity, Ninth Heaven Goddess to Emperor Huang. Emperor Huang used Qi Men Dun Jia to defeat his strongest enemy Chi You in battle. Centuries later, Jiang Zi Ya applied Qi Men Dun Jia to destroy Emperor Zhou. In Han Dynasty Zhang Liang learnt Qi Men from Huang Shi Gong and used it to help Emperor Gao Zu to win the whole China and establish the Han Dynasty. These stories are recorded in history books and remain popular until today.
In the Three Kingdoms period, there are historical records of Zhu Ge Liang using Qi Men to win lots of battles, particularly at the Battle of Red Cliff, which was made popular recently by Director John Woo. Some other famous ancient Chinese military strategists and politicians, such as Jiang Shang, Zhang Zi Fang , Xu Zhe , Xu Qi Gong , Li Jing , Miao Guang Yi , Liu Bo Wen , are all proficient in Qi Men techniques, (http://zhixianzhuang.com/qimen. 2010. Accumulate wealth, prosperity and success with our Qimen. ).
In the ancient book "The Song from Old Fishing Man" carried the following story: Emperor XuanYuan fought a fierce battle with Shi You for many years. In a dream he dreamt Heaven gave him an oracle and XuanYuan then paid his respects upon a sacrificial platform and practised such arts which soon brought success. He ordered his military man Feng Hou to write down these arts and this was the beginning of Dunjia. (Feng Shui Divination. Feng Shui Institute. feng-shui-institute.org)
Mr Ho told us that this method of divination had been practiced in secrecy since some hundred years BC. But the first official adoption of this method came in the Tang dynasty (618-907) and reached its golden age in northern Song dynasty (960-1127) under the patronage of emperor Renzong. Mr Ho began to discuss the Taiyi method by quoting a passage from Nan Qi Shu (Official History of the southern Qi dynasty ) (Note: Southern Qi dynasty existed briefly through AD 479-503) as follow:
- Your Majesty's servant Xiao Zixian,the historiographer, submits the following remarks based on the prognostications of Taiyi moving within the nine palaces (jiugong).
According to the calculation, in the 5th year of Han Gaozu (237 bc ), Taiyi was within palace four. Both the host and the guest received auspicious signs. One can reckon that the side taking the initiative in war would win. In that year Gaozu defeated Chu.
Although the Liuren system was probably already in use during the Warring States period, it has escaped the attention of the academic world until quite recently. There were also other systems. Ge Hong's Baopuzi neipian refers to the mystic arts of Dunjia and Qimen. A passage in the Nan Qi shu (Official History of Southern Qi Dynasty) has something to do with the Taiyi jiugong suan method. (Ho. 2003. p.4)
For the arts to be used by the so-called ancient famous figures, the sanshi arts of Qi Men Dun Jia, Da Liu Ren and Tai Yi must seem to be very potent. But, the internal evidence of the technical aspects of the arts show that these stories of legendary usages are only fabrications!