Course start: 2-7 September, 2016 (Flatön, Sweden)
Applied Divination and Chinese Astrology
TianGan DiZhi 天干地支
TianGan DiZhi (“GanZhi”), the Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches, are the foundation of ancient Chinese cosmological sciences. With origins in a complex calendrical system, the GanZhi were created to codify the patterns of the universe.
The Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches are the heart of all Chinese wisdom traditions. In them lie the keys to understanding the crucial alchemical principles governing the macrocosm (universe) and microcosm (human being).
Instruction for the GanZhi Advanced Daoist Arts Program is offered in an immersive setting and via online forums over the course of two years. In the Daoist tradition, community is an essential component of all internal cultivation practices. Being in the company of like heart-minds offers tremendous support on our life journey.
During four bi-annual intensive trainings, we delve ever deeper into the theories and practices of these ancient lineage teachings. It is through our own cultivation practices that we learn to turn knowledge into the wisdom of our own daily experience.
Next course start dates (program runs from Sept 2016-May 2018):
- Session 1 will be held September 2-7, 2016
- Session 2 will be held May 2-7, 2017
- Session 3 will be held September 2-7, 2017
- Session 4 will be held May 17-22, 2018
This course will take place on the lovely island of Flatön, Sweden. Space in this retreat is limited to 15 students.
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Session 1: Yuan 元: Symbolism & Numerology
元者善之長也 YuanZheShanZhiZhangYe Yuan is the source of virtue*
Yuan means origin and source. In the Yijing, it is the symbol for new life, the virtue of heaven and earth, spring, the eastern direction and great compassion. We begin this program by focusing on the source of all practical applications of the GanZhi – symbolism and numerology – and by nourishing the root of our Shan 善, the great compassion inherent in our being. In this level, we will cover:
JiChu 基礎 (Foundations) – History and mythology; TianRenHeYi 天人合一 (the Union of Human and Nature); GanZhi and Chinese healing arts; Chinese calligraphy – the 22 GanZhi symbols; Symbolism and numerology of the ten Heavenly Stems and twelve Earthly Branches; the meanings of the hidden Stems and Branches
YiLi毉理 (Clinical Theory) – YaoYi藥義 (Original concept of medicine); YaoYi 藥義 FangYao 方藥 (Primordial cosmos and Chinese medicine); ZhenLiao 診療說 (The three layers of diagnosis and treatment)
Fa 灋 (Cultivation Practice) – Zhen 震 (Thunder, the Ritual of the Heart); NeiGong XinFa 內功心灋 (GanZhi Internal Alchemy Meditation I); ShuiGong 睡功 (Three Hearts Return to One Root)
Session 2: Heng 亨: Destiny
亨者嘉之會也 HengZheJiaZhiHuiYe Heng is the connection to prosperity*
Heng means connection, communication, great and flow. In the Yijing, it is the symbol for offering sacrifice, ritual, abundance, summer, southern direction, humbleness and humility. In this level, we focus on Heng – the skillful use traditional Chinese healing arts to help bring prosperity into the lives of others. In this level, we will cover:
BaZhi 八字 (Chinese Astrology) – Calculate the Chinese astrology chart; GanZhi YinYang; GanZhi WuXing; Wu Family Five Elements Diagram
YiFa毉灋 (Clinical Method) – Principles of prosperity; Chinese astrology diagnosis; Case studies
Fa 灋 (Cultivation Practice)- Zhen 震 (Thunder, the Ritual of the Heart); NeiGong XinFa 內功心灋 (GanZhi Internal Alchemy Meditation II); ShuiGong 睡功 (Three Hearts Return to One Root)
Session 3: Li 利: The Medicine
利者義之和也 LiZheYiZhiHeYe Li is the harmony of righteousness*
Li means sharp, advantage, interest, favorable, and benefit. In the Yijing, it is the symbol for harmony, autumn, western direction, fairness and righteousness. In this level, we learn the art of divination, diagnosis and treatment through Chinese astrology, Yijing and FengShui medicine. In this level, we will cover:
YiYi 易毉 (Yijing Medicine) – BaGua 八卦 (Eight Trigrams) as medicine; Medical FengShui; Heavenly Stems Pulse Diagram; the spirit of the GanZhi – GanZhi alchemical relationships
YiFa毉灋 (Clinical Method)- Introduction to BaGua pulse reading; Chinese astrology and medical FengShui – divination, diagnosis and treatment; Case studies
Fa 灋 (Cultivation Practice)- Zhen 震 (Thunder, the Ritual of the Heart); NeiGong XinFa 內功心灋 (GanZhi Internal Alchemy Meditation III); ShuiGong 睡功 (Three Hearts Return to One Root)
Session 4: Zhen 貞: Cosmological Body
貞者事之幹也 ZhenZheShiZhiGanYe Zhen is the essence of achievement*
Zhen means chaste, pure, loyalty, and solid. In the Yijing, it is the symbol for stabilty, richness, winter, northern direction, accomplishment and wisdom. In this level, we focus on Zhen, the essence of GanZhi clinical practice, by integrating medical cosmology of the HuangDiNeiJing 黃帝內經 with the ShangHanLun 傷寒論 formulas and individual chart analysis. Successful completion of this session qualifies participants to apply for teacher’s certifications for sessions 1 and 2. In this level, we will cover:
YunQi 運氣 (Chinese Cosmology) – WuYun 五運 (Five Cosmological Energies); LiuQi 六氣 (Six Cosmological Qi); WuYun and organ system pathology; LiuQi and meridian system pathology; Cosmologic formulas of the ShangHanLun
YiFa 毉灋 (Clinical Method) – Advanced divination and diagnosis with Chinese astrology and cosmology; Advanced treatment with medical FengShui, Chinese medicine and Qigong; Case studies
Fa 灋 (Cultivation Practice) – Zhen 震 (Thunder, the Ritual of the Heart); NeiGong XinFa 內功心灋 (GanZhi Internal Alchemy Meditation IV); ShuiGong 睡功 (Three Hearts Return to One Root)
*quotations from WenYang 文言 of YiJing 易經
For graduates of the program who are interested in teaching sessions 1 and/or 2, there are several requirements that must be met to obtain teacher’s certification.