道家“九字真言”手印圖解/Daojia Jiu Zi Zhenyan Shouyin Tujie – Daoist “Nine Character Incantation” Hand Seals Illustrated.

The Nine Character Incantation & Hand Seals are a form of Daoist Protective Magic first documented in the Baopuzi Inner Chapters. The intent is to SUMMON six celestial generals to protect you from demonic forces. Shout out to Jordan “Volcano Hands” Casstles for inspiring this post. If you have an interest in the esoteric & metaphysical i suggest you give him a follow.

九字真言:臨兵斗者皆陣列在前

The Nine Character Incantation: Descend Soldiers of the Plow & arrange yourselves before me.

九字源自東晉葛洪的《抱朴子》内篇卷十七登涉篇,云:“祝曰:臨兵斗者,皆數組前行,常當視之,無所不辟。”意思是說,常念這九個字,就可以辟除一切邪悲。東密受到我國道教的影響(使用護咒法),可是在抄錄這九個字時,把“數組前行”誤抄成“數組在前”或“陣裂在前”,而沿用至今。這九個字分別的意思是:

The Nine Characters originate from the Eastern Jin Dynasty Ge Hong’s “Baopuzi,” Inner Chapters, Book Seventeen, Climbing & Wading Chapter, which says: “Say the prayer: Descend, Soldiers of the Plow, arrange yourselves & go forth. You should always observe it, for there is nowhere it is ineffective.” The idea is explained that you should always recite these individual Nine Characters, then it is possible to repel & remove all demonic suffering. Japanese Esoteric Buddhism was influenced by China’s Daoist Religion (in the use of the Protective Incantation Method) however at the time these Nine individual Characters were being copied “arrange yourselves & go forth/數組前行” was mistakenly copied as “arrange yourselves before me/數組在前” or “array yourselves & break open the front/陣裂在前”, which are still in use to this day. The meaning behind each of these individual Nine Characters are:


臨:雙手十指緊扣,食指伸出相接。

Lin: The ten fingers of both hands stick closely together, the index fingers extended & joined.

象徵:身心穩定。

Symbolizes: Physical & Mental Stability.

表示:臨事不動容,保持不動不惑的意志,表現堅強的體魄。結合天地靈力,降魔除妖大威力。

Meaning: Facing affairs with an immovable appearance, to maintain willpower without moving & without doubt, displaying a strong physique. Integrating Heaven & Earth’s Spiritual Power, your great might can subdue Demons & remove monsters.

手印:獨鑽印。

Hand Seal: The Single Drill Seal

咒語:上善若水心咒。

Incantation: Highest Virtue is Like Water Mind Spell

手印示範圖:

Hand Seal Demonstration Picture:


兵:續上手印,食指伸展,中指收回相接。

Bing: Continuing from the above Hand Seal, the index fingers extend & the middle fingers return & join.

象徵:能量。

Symbolizes: Capability.

表示: 延壽和返童的生命力。行動快速如鏢,觀天道,執天行。

Meaning: Extending the lifespan & returning to the vitality of childhood. Moving as quick as a dart, observing Heaven’s Dao, carrying out Heavenly Motion.

手印:大衝虛寶印。

Hand Seal: The Great Thoroughfare Empty Jewel Seal

咒語:文始真人無心咒。

Incantation: Culture is the Start of a Real Person No Mind Spell

手印示範圖:

Hand Seal Demonstration Picture:


斗: 續上手印,食指收回,中指伸展相接。

Dou: Continuing from the above Hand Seal, the

象徵:守宙共鳴。

Symbolizes: Observing eternal resonance.

表示: 勇猛果敢,遭遇困難反涌出鬥志的表現。統合一切困難,為無為。

Meaning: Brave & fierce, resolute & daring, when you encounter a difficult situation you do the opposite of putting forth a display of fighting spirit. Unite with the difficulty by acting without acting.

手印:外圓玄印。

Hand Seal: The External Complete Mystery Seal

咒語:通玄微妙化身咒。

Incantation: Knowing Mysterious Subtlety Personification Spell

手印示範圖:

Hand Seal Demonstration Picture:


者:續上手印,拇指、食指、小指伸展相接,其余紧扣。

Zhe: Continuing from the above Hand Seal, the thumbs, index fingers, & little fingers extend, the remaining fingers tightly hook.

象徵:復原。

Symbolizes: Return to the Origin.

表示: 自由支配自己軀體和别人軀體的力量。萬物之靈力,任我接洽,圓融無涯。

Meaning: Freely controlling the power of your body & other people’s bodies. All living things have Spiritual Power, allowing you to connect, completely integrated without boundaries.

手印:內八字印。

Hand Seal: The Inner Eight Character Seal

咒語:威武靈官降魔咒。

Incantation: Mighty Spiritual Official Subduing Demon Spell

手印示範圖:

Hand Seal Demonstration Picture:


皆:續上手印,十指收回緊扣,左手在前。

Jie: Continuing from the above Hand Seal, all ten fingers return & tightly hook, with the left hand ahead.

象徵:危機感應。

Symbolizes: Crisis Resonance

表示: 知人心、操運人心的能力。解開一切困擾,四象和合。

Meaning: Knowing people’s minds, the ability to control & use people’s minds. By undoing all difficulties & disturbances, the Four Images can peacefully unite.

手印:無束縛印。

Hand Seal: The No Restrictions Seal

咒語:清靜無為無染無無咒。

Incantation: Clear & Quiet Non-Acting Uncontaminated Non-Lacking Spell

手印示範圖:

Hand Seal Demonstration Picture:


陣:續上手印,雙手緊扣,右手在前。

Zhen: Continuing from the above Hand Seal, both hands tightly hook, with the right hand ahead.

象徵:心電感應、隱身。

Symbolizes: Telepathically concealing oneself.

表示: 集富庶與敬愛一身的能力。透視、洞察敵人心理,抱神以靜。

Meaning: The ability to gather an abundant multitude together as a single body with respect & love. Through penetrating observation, you clearly see the enemy’s mind, & surround your Spirit using stillness.

手印:萬神印。

Hand Seal: The Innumerable Spirits Seal

咒語:黃元吉真人十八道開關咒。

Incantation: Real Person Huang Yuanji’s Eighteen Paths Open & Close Spell

手印示範圖:

Hand Seal Demonstration Picture:


列:續上手印,作智拳印。

Lie: Continuing from the above Hand Seal, make a Wisdom Fist Seal.

象徵:時空控制。

Symbolizes: Exercising control of Time & Space.

表示: 救濟他人的心。分裂一切阻碍自己的障礙,微妙圓通。

Meaning: Provide aid & relief to other people’s minds. Break down all obstructions by subtly connecting with your own barrier.

手印:八卦印。

Hand Seal: The Bagua Seal

咒語:先天祖炁降心咒。

Incantation: Innate Ancestral Qi Subdues the Mind Spell

手印示範圖:

Hand Seal Demonstration Picture:


在:續上手印,十指伸展,手心向外,拇指、食指相接。

Zai: Continuing from the above Hand Seal, the ten fingers extend, the centers of the hands facing outward, with the thumbs & index fingers joined.

象徵:五元素控制。

Symbolizes: Exercising control of the Five Elements.

表示: 更能自由自在地運用超能力。使萬物均為平齊 ,天地與我為一。

Meaning: Experiencing the ability to freely use extrasensory perception. Using all living things by becoming equal & identical, Heaven, Earth, & myself become One.

手印:日月印。

Hand Seal: The Sun & Moon Seal

咒語:陈摶老祖心咒。

Incantation: First Ancestor Chen Tuan’s Mind Spell

手印示範圖:

Hand Seal Demonstration Picture:


前:續上手印,作還丹印。

Qian: Continuing from the above Hand Seal, make a Returning Elixir Seal.

象徵:光明、道心。

Symbolizes: Radiant Light, The Dao Mind.

表示: 玄境,即超五行的境界。我心即丹,萬化冥合,根本終極境界。

Meaning: Mysterious Territory, namely surpassing the Realm of the Five Phases. My mind approaches the Elixir, innumerable transformations implicitly agree, the fundamental Ultimate Realm.

手印:寶葫蘆印(或隱形印)。

Hand Seal: The Magic Gourd Seal (or the Invisible Seal).

咒語:呂純陽天心咒。

Incantation: Lu Chunyang’s Heavenly Mind Spell.

手印示範圖:

Hand Seal Demonstration Picture:

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