Chinese numerology: the Lo Shu grid
One day of some 4,000 years ago, Wu of Hsia, later to become the first of the five mythical emperors of China, was working on the Hwang Ho (Yellow) River, trying to find a way to prevent the flooding that regularly devastated the communities sited along the lower and middle streams of the river.
In the course of this work, Wu found a tortoise shell. This, by itself, was a highly auspicious omen as the people of this time believed that God lived inside tortoise and turtle shells. However, this particular tortoise shell had extraordinary markings on it. Wu and his colleagues discovered that the tortoise shell contained a perfect, three-by-three magic square on its back. This square is also knows as Lo Shu grid.
THE LO SHU GRID
The Lo Shu grid was remarkable because every horizontal, vertical, and diagonal row added up to fifteen. Fifteen is the number of days between the new moon and the full moon. The number five was highly regarded in ancient China and this magic square contained a five in the central position. No wonder Wu and his advisors were so exited by this find.
Wu was made emperor because he successfully solved the flooding problems, but his real claim to fame was his discovery of this tortoise shell. From this find ultimately evolved the I Ching, Feng Shui, the Nine Star Ki, geomancy, Chinese astrology and Chinese numerology.
Numerology appears to have developed independently in other parts of the world at around the same time. Over the years, different people have modernized it and made it more suitable for their way of life. Pythagoras is the most famous of these. Chinese numerology gradually evolved into three completely different systems: the Western version of Chinese numerology, the traditional Chinese numerology and the Ki system.
THE WESTERN VERSION OF CHINESE NUMEROLOGY
The Western version of Chinese numerology is better known in Australasia than in other parts of the world. Its fame is largely due to the efforts of Hettie Templeton, who was instrumental in popularizing numerology in Australia in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. She taught classes, conducted lectures, and gave frequent radio broadcasts. Her book on the subject is called Numbers and their Influence, and at least two of her students have also written books on this system of numerology. Consequently, most of the literature on this system of numerology has come from Australia and New Zealand.
Once you have mastered the Western version of Chinese numerology, you will find the traditional Chinese numerology and the Ki system much easier to understand.
The traditional Chinese system of numerology is still being used in most parts of Asia.
Source: “Chinese Numerology – The Way to Prosperity & Fulfillment” by Richard Webster – Llewellyn