Jing Fang's Puzzle
Jing Fang (78 - 37 BC) was born in Henan, China. During the rule of Emperor Yuan of Han, he was an appointed official at the “Bureau of Music”. Emperor Yuan (75 - 33 BC) was a Confucian and a well-intentioned ruler, who was badly manipulated by some of his advisors.
“In 37 BC. another Confucian scholar would try his luck at shaking the influence of the Imperial Advisor Shi Xian. That man was Jing Fang (京房), who, in addition to studying Confucianism, was also an accomplished fortuneteller. (It should be noted that at this time, fortunetelling was still considered to be a part of Confucian studies - indeed, a highly honored part. It was not until several decades later that Confucians began to disfavor fortunetelling.) Jing Fang had become a trusted advisor of Emperor Yuan. The Emperor greatly favored Jing’s proposed system for examining and promoting regional officials. Jing Fang accused Shi Xian, and his assistant Wulu Chongzong, of being corrupt and evil. Initially, Emperor Yuan believed him, but took no actions against Shi and Wulu.
When analyzed only geometrically, this square contains four distinctly different patterns. Of these four, only two might fit together. I believe though, that these are actually four totally separate patterns. Furthermore, it seems reasonable to conclude that they are each one quarter of four different Magic Squares. If Jing Fang wanted to hide knowledge, but not have it lost, this would be a brilliant way to do it. Given a proper group of 16 hexagrams (eight pairs), it should be possible to reconstruct the rest of a Magic Square from it.
Jing Fang Geometry
Here are the four separate patterns
Jing Fang A Analyzed
Jing Fang C Analyzed
Here are all the possible pair combinations of these four patterns. Only Jing Fang A and B really fit together, the other pairs of combinations seem hopelessly unbalanced. Although it is a bit complicated to explain, there does exist a relationship between them all. I have carefully analyzed all four, and found them to be very interesting. Please explore these four hyperlinks.
Jing Fang A Analyzed Jing Fang B Analyzed
Jing Fang C Analyzed Jing Fang D Analyzed
Jing Fang A and B
Jing Fang A and D
Jing Fang B and C
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