The emperors reserved for themselves certain secrets without which the common people would be using deviated forms of astrology.
Significance of the Lotus
Bei Dou is central in Chinese astrology. In ancient cultures, Bei Dou was called the Lotus, Swastika, Whorl, Wheel and even Cross, which were invariably cast as major regulators of Destiny. This indicates ancient knowledge that major astrological energies channel through the polar regions. MacKenzie (1926 page xii to xv) writes that the ancient cultures were aware of this origin of the swastika and cross from Ursa Major the Big Bear:
- Symbols like the spiral and swastika can be traced either to their periods or areas of origins. The first mentioned is undoubtedly of greatest antiquity. Its introduction and diffusion in Paleolithic times appears to have been directly due to the magico-religious use of whorled shells. The Greek and Latin word "helix", applied to the snail-shell, to coiled wire, to the external part of the ear and to a species of ivy which grows in spiral form, and the Latin "helice" which signified "a winding", and was also applied to the "Great Bear" (Ursa Major) constellation, emphasize of themselves how complex the inherited and widely-diffused spiral symbolism formerly was.
... in China, we find the spiral as a symbol of the sun and moon and intimately associated with the "Great Bear" (Ursa Major) constellation, the ancient Chinese "chariot" of the chief god of the Universe [Shang Ti]. Like the whirlwind and the "makara", this stellar "chariot" was a "carrier" of a deity...
The swastika, which was associated with the spiral in many areas, appears, as is shown, to have been introduced some times after the discovery of agriculture and the fixing of the cardinal points. Its development from the equal-limbed cross of the early mariners ... apparently took place when it was discovered that the revolving "Great Bear" constellation indicates the seasons, pointing, with its "tail", eastward in spring, southward in summer, westward in autumn and northward in winter.
As a cross of the cardinal points, the swastika appears to have been originally a symbol of the world under the guardianship and control of the season-ruling gods of the four cardinal points... the swastika was used at Troy sometimes as a symbol of the four gods of the cardinal points, sometimes as a symbol of one of these gods, and sometimes as a symbol of the sun as ruler of all the gods... Not the least interesting of the surviving swastika symbols is the Navaho (Red Indian) "whirling logs" - an equal-limbed cross, with gods perched on each point, giving it a swastika form. The cross is kept revolving in a "whirlpool lake" which is situated in the north - the north of the sky. The spiral and swastika were apparently definitely connected with the revolving "Great Bear" (Ursa Major) constellation in the New World as well as the Old....
...Owing to the persistence and cultural influence of spiral symbolism.."twisted trees" and those plants that during growth climb supports in spiral fashion, became sacred to agriculturists, and horticulturists. The arbitrary association of sacred, milk-yielding cult animals with sacred trees, was affected after it has been found that the fig and other trees yield a milk-like fluid. Evidence is provided in this connection to show why the sacred milk-yielding tree was ultimately placed in the Paradise of the "sky world". Trees that, like the vine, yield a watery fluid - "water of life" - were likewise invested with sanctity, and so were "fire-yielding" trees, the twigs of which were used to produce what is referred to in Gaelic as "friction fire."
The ancient traditions show that Ursa Major the Big Bear is the key to the mysterious sacred and profound meanings of related symbols like the lotus, cross, swastika, spiral and "tree of life", as well as the "river of waters or milk"!
Xue Xin Fu, Snow Heart, shows that the ancient Feng Shui of the Ming Tang and its associated astrology were based on the lotus:
- Heavily wrap up in red lotus petal, cave is in the flower heart.
One after another (all) bowing down and guarding Zi Wei Yuan (Purple Star city), staying lofty at king seat.
Xue Xin Fu 55-56
Thus, the 16 sections chart of Tai Yi Shen Shu has a likely Jewish or Hebrew Kabbalic origin.
The lotus is the key to the 16 points mandalas in the ancient cultures all over the world. Obviously, the 8 points aspects of the Chinese geomancy should have alerted to the 16 points lotus key. The 8 points form a major part of the Xuan Kong Feng Shui calculations. Perhaps, it is not fully realised that Xuan Kong Feng Shui is based on the same lotus theme as Tai Yi Shen Shu, as reflected in the opening verses of the Xuan Kong song below:
- So many stars in the sky, Center part is the Main Chamber to use.
The Lily with Thousand Petals, Root starts from a Tiny Drop.
Xuan Kong Mi Zi 5-6
Part 1. Historical Origins