T‘ai-sui’ is not a recent invention as De Harlez, Le Livre des Esprits et des Immortels, p. 134 says. This spirit is venerated at the present day, and seems by some to be regarded as a dangerous spirit of the soil.
8 Probably a diagram, used for divining purposes, similar to that found in calendars.
9 Based on the well known symbolism by reference to the elements.
10 It determines the hours.
1 In the encyclopedias of surnames one of the Five Sounds is attached to each name. I fail to understand how they were determined by the so-called experts. There is another tradition that Huang Ti blew the flute to fix the surnames.