What I am presenting here is by no means a complete account of the Nine Finger Cuts that gave the mystical powers, but it will serve the would be Maho Tsukai (sorcerer) as a very useful and provocative primer.The exact origins of the nine cuts are unknown, but it is believed that the Tantric Buddhist Schools of Shingon and Tendai Mikkyo first introduced them to Japan.
It is a common misconception that the techniques of Kuji were the sole domain of the Ninja. This is not true, as even a cursory exploration of the Koryu (traditional feudal arts of the Samurai) will reveal. For instance, the Yagy Shinkage Ryu and the Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu both made use of the Kuji In and Kuji Kiri.
Though the techniques of Kuji In and Kuji Kiri are closely tied to one another, they in all actuality serve two very distinct functions. The Kuji In hand positions are used to invoke nine levels of mystic power.
They are a method of focusing the mind and activating these powers, each in turn. The Kuji Kiri, however, is a form of practical sorcery, the method of which we will discuss shortly.
When utilizing the Kuji In, you may find the outward technique less important than your inward understanding of the concepts symbolized by each of the "cuts". In the beginning, rely more on what you feel internally, and less on written interpretation.
The Nine levels of the Kuji-in:
Rin - Strength
Kyo - Direction of energy
Toh - Harmony of the Universe
Sha - Healing of self and others
Kai - Premonition of danger
Jin - Knowint the thoughts of others
Retsu - Mastery of time and peace
Zai - Control of the elements of nature
Zen - Enlightemment
THE MUDRAS, MANTRAS, AND POWERS OF THE KUJI IN
STRENGTH of mind and body
MUDRA: DOKKO IN (VAJRA)
MANTRA: ON BAI SHIRA MAN TO YA SO WA KA
This Kuji not only focuses physical strength and intelligence, it also confers physical well being and attitude. Middle fingers extended, others interlocked.
MANTRA: ON I SHA NA YA IN TA RA YA SO WA KA
This at first glance may seem to refer to directing energies into action, but it is also the power to increase one's own inner energy. Index fingers and thumbs extended, middle fingers curled over index fingers. Others interlocked.
HARMONY with the universe
MUDRA: SOTOJISHI IN
MANTRA: ON JI RE TA RA SHI I TA RA JI BA RA TA NO-O SO WA KA
There is more to this than meets the eye. Submit to the All and share its momentum and its wisdom. The intelligence of an individual is always less than the combined intelligence of group. Study on this. Last two fingers extended to form a V (tips touching). Thumbs extended, others interlocked.
HEALING of self and others
MUDRA: UCHIJISHI IN
MANTRA: ON HA YA BAI SHIRA MA TA YA SO WA KAON NO-O MA KU SAN MAN DA
What would you find more useful, the ability to kill or the power to heal? With the development of your inner power, you will find that you succumb to infection and illness less and less often. And that you can confer these healing properties upon others.Index fingers and thumbs extended, others interlocked.
PREMONITION of danger
MANTRA: BA SA RA DAN KANON A GA NA YA IN MA YA SO WA KA
With the achievement of this cut, you can feel the emotional intent of others, giving you the advantage of knowing how others will react in a given situation. All fingers interlocked.
KNOWING THE THOUGHTS OF OTHERS
MANTRA: ON HI RO TA KI SHA NO GA JI BA TA I SO WA KAON CHI RI CHI I BA RO
Achieving adepthood with this Kuji confers the ability to "feel" thoughts. Not just revealing the thoughts of other to you, but also cloaking your thoughts from others.All fingers interlocked inwards.
MASTERY OF TIME AND SPACE
MUDRA: CHIKEN IN
MANTRA: TA YA SO WA KAThis is mastery of perception on many levels, This is more than just transcending the limits of perception. It is also the power to grasp the relativity of perception as it relates to space/time. The implications of this Kuji are profound. Index finger of left hand pointing up with the fingers of the right hand curling round it. The thumb of the right hand should be pressed against the outside edge of the nail on the index finger of the left hand).
CONTROL of the elements of Nature
MUDRA: NICHIRIN IN
MANTRA: ON CHI RI CHI I BA RO TA YA SO WA KA
This represents not so much a control over nature as much as an understanding of the elements of nature so deep that the Ninja appears to be able to control nature due to profound insight into its workings.Fingers outspread, palms out. Index fingers and thumbs touching.
MUDRA: ONGYO IN
MANTRA: ON A RA BA SHA NO-O SO WA KA
"Know thyself" As the Sufi say: "If you can go ten minutes without a conditioned reaction, then you are illuminated".
Right hand covering Left hand. Thumb tips touching
Pictured below are the names of the Kuji forming a grid of nine slashes. The grid is drawn starting with Rin, then Sha, then Toh, and son following the across then down pattern.
The method is incredibly simple and well suited to Chaos Energy.
Simply write the symbol of desire (traditionally in Japanese Kanji, but any sigil will suffice) and using the Kuji, draw the grid over the symbol.
As an example, if you wished to heal an illness, draw a picture of the person, then the symbol over the part of the person that is diseased including the grid.
After this symbols has been activated, you perform the "method of the tenth cut" (that is, you rub the symbol across the affected part of the person's body or situation).
Needless to say, a curse might be cast in a very similar fashion.
Another method of using the Kuji Kiri is to draw the talisman on the palm of the hand using your index finger.