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The Thirteen Floating Diagrams 





These Thirteen Diagrams called the
Jey Ding Chusum
[dpyad lding bcu gsum]
or the
Belmo Dingkor
[bal mo lding skor]
are used for the delineation of future events.  They are an example of some of the lesser well known techniques of 17th century Jung Tsee astrology.  They are probably a good example of how Tibetan imagery is used in interpretation.
The Thirteen diagrams are:

The White Garuda
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The White Snow Lion
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The Yellow Snake
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 The Turquiose Dragon
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The Elephant
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The metal Striped Tiger
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The Red Night Bird
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The Radiant Gem
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The Blue Peacock
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The Golden Yellow Mouse
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The Yellow Sheep-god.
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The Golden Vase.
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The Great Strong Wild Yak.
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These calculations are relatively complex but the results are returned in a series of five images for each of the Major diagrams, which relate to the Sok Lu Loong Wang and Mewa.  Each image is a question that is answered by the presence of the White or Black stones resulting from the calculation.

For example the White Snow Lion returns five questions the answer to which is determined by the stones;

a.  Whether the Golden Dorje goes upward to the sky or not.
b.  Whether the two coloured striped Vase is lost or not.
c.  Whether the glass Mala falls to the ground or not.
d.  Whether the Turquiose Mandala loses it radiance or not.
e.  Whether the Lion-Mattress Throne tumbles down or not.

For example if the Golden Dorje remains in hand, ie does not go up to the sky, then the meaning is given with a sort of short sentence or phrase which allows one to go deeper into the symbolic imagery of the result for the interpretation required.

For our example it replies with the White stone:

The Golden Dorje will not go up to the sky.
'It is good that one receives blessings from the great lamas and gains the power to control the visible worlds.'
An increase in Lifespan and one will be successful in finding the statue of the Undying Vajra.

If the reply is with the black stone then remedies are prescribed:

The Golden Dorje will go up to the sky.
Obstacles are arising in your life, and it becomes difficult to manifest your capacities.  The remedy: 'bum klag [a particular puja]; spong dag chen po [the practice of giving a full set of clothing to ones lama or spiritual teacher.]

Likewise if the Mandala retains its radiance then your knowledge will be sound and increase of wisdom is approaching; if the Lion throne is not emptied there is nectar and blessings and protection from the earth spirits; if the Vase is not lost your dharma lineage or connection to the teacher will remain intact and become more beneficial; if the mala does not fall to the floor then wealth and prosperity will be on the increase.

In all there are 130 possible answers to the questions, many requiring an intimate understanding of Tibetan culture to decipher their meanings and implications.  Once this is grasped however the symbols unfold rich layers of meaning for the intuitive astrologer.  For example here the Golden Dorje is a symbol of the power over the forces of nature and if one can keep this in hand one's life-force and lifespan increases, if not even our normal capacities become debilitated.  When we keep a hold on our lifes guiding principles we empower our innate capacities with the force needed for their growth and this leads us on towards the furthest goals we can imagine.  However when we lose hold on the central guiding principles of our life even what we already have as natural capacity becomes lessened, and what lies before us rises stronger in opposition.