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Finding out your Animal Sign – Using the Finger Method 1

“ I was born on the 2nd Jan 1974. What is my Chinese Zodiac animal sign?”, a friend asked.

Normally you would refer to the Ten Thousand Year Calendar reference to find the answer. However in this article, I will share a method using just the fingers on your hand (an some memory power)!

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The Chinese Lunar New Year can start as early as the 22nd of Jan or as late as the 22nd of Feb and it differs from year to year. For those born between these periods, you need to refer to the Ten Thousand Year calendar to find out the date (and time) for each year. For those born before or after these dates, we can use the finger counting method.

For those born after the 22nd of Feb 1970, say on the 6th June 1970 or 12 December 1970, your birth year is taken as 1970. If you are born before the 22nd of Jan 1970, say on the 3rd Jan 1970, your birth year is the previous year 1969.

Now that you have the year of birth, the next step is to remember the positions of the animal sign on your hand (left hand to be exact)! The diagram on the left shows the sequence and position of the 12 animals on your left hand.

hand-branch-positionDevise your own method to remember the positions as it is crucial to the method.

Next remember that the “Rat” position is the year 1924. Or in other words, you are a “Rat” if you are born in 1924.

Count in a clockwise direction one step as a time. 1925 is “Ox”, 1926 is “Tiger”, 1927 is “Rabbit” and so on. By the time you come back to the “Rat” position it is 1936 (or 12 years later). This also means that you are a “Rat” if you are born in years that are multiples of 12 from 1924. These years are 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 and 2008

hand-branch-position-2What is the animal sign for someone born in 1988? What is the nearest Rat year prior to 1988. It is 1984. Use this as the starting point. Count again in a clockwise direction as shown in the diagram above. 1985 is the “Ox”, 1986 is the “Tiger”, 1987 is the “Rabbit” and finally 1988 is the “Dragon”.

What is the animal sign for someone born in 1958? The nearest year of the rat prior to 1958 is 1948. Again using 1948, year of the Rat as the starting point, count in a clockwise direction. 1948 is “Rat”, 1949 is “Ox”, 1950 is “Tiger”, 1951 is “Rabbit”, 1952 is “Dragon”, 1953 is “Snake”, 1954 is “Horse”, 1955 is “Goat”, 1956 is “Monkey”, 1957 is “Rooster” and finally 1958 is “Dog”.

hand-branch-position-3Of course if you are very familiar with the sequence of the zodiac animal signs, you also take the next closest year of the rat, which is 1960 and count two years or step backwards and arrive at the same answer!

It is that simple. In the second part of this article, I will also share with you an extension of this method so that you can figure out the heavenly stem of the year. The heavenly stem governs the element of the year and explain why 2011 is the year of the Metal Rabbit.

See you soon.

What is the Chinese Four Pillars of Destiny (or Ba Zi)?

by KM Chan

The Chinese Four Pillars of Destiny or Ba Zi is a branch of study of Chinese Metaphysics Science. The Four Pillars Chart is derived from the Date of Birth of a Person using the Chinese Solar Calendar, which is also known as the Hsia Calendar or Farmer’s Calendar. This chart can be use to forecast the destiny and characteristics of an individual and the relationships and interaction between the individual with the surrounding environment:

The theory behind the study of four pillars is that The Sun, Moon, Earth; planets in the Solar System emit cosmic energy (chi) all the time. This Cosmic energy is not constant but varies with time depending on the relative positions of the planets.

The Chinese has discovered a few thousand years ago that at any point of time the energy field (chi) surrounding us can be mapped and represented by a combination of 22 characters known as the Ten Heavenly Stems and Twelve Earthy Branches. This in turn is known as the Hsia Calendar. This calendar is also used for feng shui and for another branch of Chinese Astrology known as Purple Star astrology.

When a person is born and takes the first breath of air, the influence of this cosmic energy on the newborn is said to map the destiny and characteristics of that particular person.

The typical Four Pillars chart (Ba Zi) consist of two charts; the main chart and the secondary chart. The main chart is represented by Eight Characters arranged into Four Columns representing the year, month, day and hour of the date of birth obtained from the Hsia Calendar. The secondary chart otherwise known as the Luck Pillar chart consists of a set of pillars with each pillar representing a period of 10 years of an individual’s life.

An example of a Four Pillars (Ba Zhi) chart for a male individual born on 28th June 1988 between 5pm to 7pm. is as shown. The arrangement of the Four Pillars chart is based on its original form and its read from right to left.

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Yin Water

Gui

Yang Wood

Jia

Yang Earth

Wu

Yang Earth

Wu

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Metal

You

Wood

Yin

Fire

Wu

 Earth

Chen

Earthly Branches

Hour
Pillar

Day
Pillar

Month
Pillar

Year
Pillar

 

 

 

Example of the secondary chart for the above individual is shown as follows. This chart will be different if the individual is a female but the main chart will be the same.

10-YEAR LUCK PILLARS

63

53

43

33

23

13

3

Yin Wood

Yi

Yang Wood

Jia

Yin Water

Gui

Yang Water

Ren

Yin Metal

Xin

Yang Metal

Geng

Yin Earth

Ji

Earth

Chou

 Water

Zi

 Water

Hai

Earth

Qu

Metal

You

 Metal

Shen

 Earth

Wei

72

62

52

42

32

22

12

 

 

From the Four Pillars chart by studying the interaction of the characters with each other, one can tell the characteristics of an individual and the relationship between the individual with the surrounding environment:

The Four Pillars chart can also forecast the strength and weakness in our destiny which represents the ups and downs of life by comparing the interaction of the Four Pillars chart with the 10-Year Luck Pillars.

In the study of Ba Zi, one has to understand the characteristics and meanings of the ten heavenly stems and twelve earthly branches. Upon understanding these characters, the interaction of these characters between each other can be used to foretell the story.

 

A Funny Thing Happened on my Way to Zi Wei Dou Shu 2

by Dr YM Cheng, PhD

The person instrumental in popularizing the work of Rips is Michael Drosnin who penned The Bible Code and The Bible Code 2: The Countdown. Many world events were recorded in the Code, e.g. President Kennedy’s assassination; Hitler and the Second World War; the six day war in the Middle East; the bombing of the twin towers in New York; the Great Depression of 1929; and the death of Princess Dianna. Drosnin himself saw the words, “Yitzhak Rabim” running across the words, “Assassin will assassinate” in the Code. Even the predicted year was there. He found this information more than a year before Prime Minister Rabim was assassinated in November 1995. He had tried to warned Rabim through a letter but it was ignored. Rabim probably thought he was an absolute nutcase!

What is even more fascinating, for my purpose, is information concerning the origin of humanity and the identity of Yahweh, the biblical God. In The Bible Code 2, Drosnin devotes a chapter on the code of life, DNA, and a chapter on the alien identity of man’s maker. It seems that the Bible Code is in agreement with Francis Crick’s theory of Directed Panspermia. That is to say, that life on earth originated from the stars. It was brought to earth from elsewhere. In the Code we can find the words, “DNA was brought in a vehicle” running across the words, “in a vehicle your seed.” In another instance, we also find the words, “DNA spiral” crossing over the words, “in Adam the model, template.” Yet on another occasion, the words, “Creation of Man” running across the words, “I gave it to you as an inheritance, I am God” were found.

The third jigsaw piece comes from the works of Zecharia Sitchin. Sitchin has written a series of six books entitled, The Earth Chronicles. In a nutshell, his thesis is that advanced civilizations existed on earth many thousands of years ago and they were of extraterrestrial origins. The story can be found in the ancient Sumerian tablets. A race of space beings called the Annunaki arrived on earth about 450,000 years ago. Anu, Enlil and Enki were three main characters or gods in our story. Anu was the father who eventually went back to the planet of Nibiru. The two sons, Enlil and Enki were left behind in charge of the Annunaki who were mining for gold, for whatever purpose is not clear. Because of the all the toil and hard work, they mutinied. Enlil wanted to punish the mutineers but Enki was more lenient. Enki suggested that a suitable candidate to replace the Annunaki at the mines existed. This candidate was the early hominid, a creature at a particular stage of evolution on earth. It was Enki, with the help of Ninmah, who genetically altered the hominid to have the intelligence of modern man. Thus mankind was created in the image of God. But so was the primitive worker for the gods! According to the Sumerian tablets, the gods were physical beings from the skies who possessed incredibly advanced knowledge and were the ones who taught homo sapiens techniques of agriculture and gave them culture and civilization. Now this is not an isolated story from a past civilization alone. Many ancient myths from Europe, South America, Middle East, and China all tell the same story, that our intelligence was imparted to us by the gods who came down from heaven. It would be rather fool hardy to simply dismiss them as aspirations or fantasies of early man, especially when there are just too many parallel accounts from dissimilar cultures.

The Flood or the Great Deluge account in the Bible is found in an even earlier version in the Sumerian tablets. The Bible Code, mentioned above, also confirmed the event of the Deluge. The point here is that this is an actual event, possibly resulting from the ending of the last Ice Age about 11,000 to 16,000 years ago. I don’t think we should give too much credit to early man for making up such a fantastic phenomenon. Sometimes a spade is really a spade.

I propose that Zecharia Sitchin’s work should be taken seriously however incredible his theory may seem because his is based on ancient records and is supported by many other sources. The first volume of his Earth Chronicles, The 12th Planet, is a perfect example of how science confirms ancient claims regarding our solar system. According Sitchin, the Sumerian cosmology has 12 planets in our solar system, including the sun and the moon. But as we know, there are only 9 planets orbiting the sun. Even if we include both the sun and the moon, it would still only make a total of 11. So where is the 12th planet? In recent years, this planet has been located by astronomers and it has shown to have a very different orbit from the rest of the other planets in our solar system. Again this was already known by the Sumerians. They called named this planet, Nibiru, and they maintained that it has an orbit of 3,600 earth years.

Let me explicate the main points of all the above jigsaw pieces. There’s little doubt in my mind that earth had been visited by space beings in the distant past, and is still a place of visit to them! If one takes the time to do the research, one will come to the conclusion that these higher intelligences have been with us since the beginning of humankind. (Graham Hancock’s book, Supernatural, is a scholarly researched and very convincing account of this view.) Some people might see them as gods, demigods, extraterrestrials, aliens, fairies, angels, demons, etc. Whatever they are is hard to establish, but what is indisputable is their effect on humanity throughout history.
They reside in our very psyche and they feature in our myths of creation, fall, and redemption. That they are still here with us is almost a foregone conclusion given the evidence.

Of course, one should not just take my word for it. One must do the necessary slog work by reading the appropriate books, checking out the pertinent articles, surfing the net to get to the relevant websites, and then weighing the information in the light of one’s own experience to arrive at one’s conclusion. What matters is that one has done or is willing to do the search, not the result of the search. If at the end of the search, one comes to the conclusion that all the jigsaw pieces above are a load of crap, then at least the conclusion, if not the contents of the search, warrants respect. But, on the other hand, if one simply dismisses them as rubbish without thorough examination, then one would be akin to an ostrich with its head in the sand, refusing to confront reality.

There are many more jigsaw pieces than the ones mentioned above. It’s up to the reader to go and search for them. As I have stated before: there are more questions than answers in life. It’s another way of saying that life in its essence is mysterious and it’s unlikely that we will be able to unlock the mystery in our lifetime. Yet it’s something to celebrate about. We can marvel at the mystery even though a large of me desperately wants to know what it is all about. The enticing thing in this whole affair is that whoever or whatever is behind it all has left numerous clues for us to find.

And this leads to my claim that ZWDS absolutely fascinating because it is like the Bible Code in that based on one’s year, month, day and hour of birth, it is possible to predict accurately the events or things which will happen to the individual. Honestly speaking, I was rather a skeptic when I was first introduced to ZWDS. Only after I had drawn up my own chart and those of my relatives, and saw how the charts correlated with our lives, I began to seriously investigate and study the subject. Since then I have never ceased to be amazed by the accuracy of the charts. How is this possible? How can just the birth details reveal so much about a person? Apart from determining significant issues such as the wealth and profession of a person, I have in the past been able to tell that my client’s menstruation period was irregular, one particular client visited a prostitute on the day he consulted me, and one client had an argument with her husband on a particular day. All this comes from a reading of a ZWDS chart.

ZWDS is a very complicated system based on specific rules and calculations. Legend has it that ZWDS was invented by Chen Xi Yi, but where did the formulas come from? Were they from a much more superior intelligence, possibly from another dimension? After all, science is now telling us that there are possibly eleven dimensions to our universe. Buddhism have long been saying to us that there are at least thirty-three levels of existence. Interestingly, science is only beginning to catch up with the truths of religion. F. Capra’s The Tao of Physics, L. McTaggart’s The Field and E. Laszlo’s Science and the Akashic Field are especially informative on such issues. But that’s digressing, so let’s return to our place of departure. ZWDS points to a much larger pattern, with ZWDS as possibly only the first of many layers of the Code to revealing the Mystery of Life. Only from such a perspective is ZWDS highly meaningful and immensely interesting!

Part 1 of this article

(Article kind courtesy of Dr YM Cheng, PhD)

 

A Funny Thing Happened on my Way to Zi Wei Dou Shu 1

by Dr YM Cheng, PhD

What follows is a rather personal and esoteric account because I believe that people are drawn to Zi Wei Dou Shu (Purple Star Astrology) for very different reasons. Hence I can only offer my own story here which may not be applicable to everyone.

Firstly, Zi Wei Dou Shu (ZWDS) would be boring for me if it is not placed within a meaningful context. By that I mean ZWDS is only a jigsaw piece in the puzzle of life! Some people may be amazed by the accuracy of ZWDS’s predictive power. But to that, I would reply, “So what? What’s the big deal if someone can predict correctly that I will make money in 2008, or my wife will have an affair in 2009?” It does not necessarily follow that if one particular prediction comes true then the others will also be fulfilled. That’s not logical, especially if we are talking about different predictions with regard to entirely different issues.

ZWDS only becomes interesting if, and only if, it points to something else, namely, a larger pattern. Let me put this in another way. There’s an old movie called “Alfie” in which Michael Caine starred. (I’m not referring to its remake where Jude Law plays Alfie.) Michael Caine played a womanising young man who didn’t care very much about life or anyone else. All he seemed to be interested was to have his more than fair share of hedonistic and carnal pleasures. But by the end of the movie, after he had satisfied himself to no end, he felt empty and meaningless. He then asked himself the simple but yet profound question, “What’s it all about?” We could elaborate by adding, “Who are we? Where do we come from? Where do we fit in the cosmos? Where are we going? What is life? Why there is life in the first place?”

ZWDS only becomes really interesting when it fits in as a piece in the puzzle of life, that is to say, when it offers clues to the meaning of life or to the nature of the reality of life. I have come to this conclusion after a number of years in my search for the other jigsaw pieces. However, before I spell out the relevance of ZWDS in the puzzle of life, let me offer you readers a sample of other pieces which are equally fascinating.

It has once been said by a philosopher that an unexamined life is not worth living. And if we are to face facts, the truth of the matter is that most people don’t really examine their own lives. Why? Not because they are unintelligent or lack the mental capability, but because if they really scrutinize their lives, they may find their suspicion confirmed. That deep down inside their lives there is no centre; their ground of being is shaky and without form or substance. This realization will lead to existential angst and will be unbearable, and therefore it’s best not to venture too deep. Let’s then just coast along with a herd mentality and amuse ourselves with conspicuous consumption and the latest offerings of technology.

However, let’s not go down that road. Instead, let’s take an alternate path and see what an examined life can bring. Before taking the first step on this path we need to face 3 facts.

Fact 1: THERE ARE MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS IN LIFE.
Fact 2: THE ANSWERS ARE THERE IF WE SEARCH FOR THEM.
Fact 3: THE ANSWERS ARE ONLY MEANINGFUL IF WE MAKE THEM SO.

With the above in mind, let’s look at some of the jigsaw pieces of life mentioned earlier.

The first piece comes from the Dogon tribe of West Africa and their connection to the Sirius constellation. This was first brought to popular attention by Robert Temple in his book, The Sirius Mystery. In it he relates the story of how two anthropologists, Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlan, managed to extract the most secret knowledge of the Dogon after living among them for years. Griaule became the first outsider to gain their trust and confidence, and consequently, the first to access their inner most secrets regarding their origin and their rituals.

Some of their startling revelations include that they were visited by beings from the Sirius system in the long distant past, and that there was another star (the Digitaria star of the Dogon, called “Sirius B” by Temple) orbiting Sirius A every fifty years. Griaule and Dieterlan published their article, “Un Systeme Soudanais de Sirius” in 1950. However, they appeared to have missed the incredible significance of the Dogon’s claims. They merely remarked in a footnote: “The question has not been solved, nor even asked, of how men with no instruments at their disposal could know the movement and certain characteristics of stars which are scarcely visible.” The point is that the Digitaria or Sirius B is not scarcely visible but completely invisible and was only discovered through the use of a telescope in the last century. And how did they know the orbital period was 50 years? This orbital period was later confirmed by astronomers as correct.

When Robert Temple first had The Sirius Mystery published in 1976, he asserted that the Dogon also revealed the existence of a third star, Sirius C, in the system. But at that time astronomy was unable to confirm its existence, hence rendering the claim and the whole account as unreliable. Twenty years later, in 1995, astronomers Daniel Benest and J. L. Duvent published their finding of a small red dwarf star (Sirius C) in the Sirius constellation in the journal, Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Until now no one has been able to explain how the Dogon were able to obtain such detailed knowledge without the aid of any advanced telescopes. Perhaps the simplest explanation is to accept their claim at face value, that is, indeed earth had been visited by space beings or aliens thousands of years ago and had imparted the knowledge to them!

The second jigsaw piece comes from the Bible Code. This is a really amazing piece; its academic credibility is impeccable and its implications should shatter the Fundamentalist Christians’ understanding of God. It’s another case, as with that of the Dogon, of transpiring of knowledge from the annals of academia to the popular press. It has been known for centuries that there exists a secret code in the bible, especially in the first five books of the Old Testament. When the biographer of Isaac Newton, John Maynard Keynes, the great economist, went through the long forgotten handwritten papers of Isaac Newton, he discovered not notes of scientific inquiry but piles upon piles of paper devoted to unlocking the purported code in the bible! Lots of Jewish biblical scholars have gone down the same road but ended up with little fruit to show as well. It is only until the advent of computers that more headway is evident.

The greatest breakthrough was made by Dr Eliyahu Rips and his colleagues who experimented with equidistant letter sequencing using the first five books of the bible. Their results were published in 1994 in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal, Statistical Science. Within the Code, they were able to locate the all the 32 names of Hebrew sages who lived after the bible was written. Not only that, they also located the dates of their birth and death all in the vicinity of their names. To have their names and dates encoded together is highly significant; that this can only happen by chance in the odds of 1 in 10 million! Rips and his colleagues tried to perform the same experiment with 3 non-Biblical texts but were unable to produce similar results.

Part 2 of the article.

(Article kind courtesy of Dr YM Cheng, PhD)

 

Brief History of Zi Wei Dou Shu Part 2

by Master Tony Tan

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Commentary – Next, look out for the locations of stars that come in pairs. When a pair of stars are found in the Matrix, they give synergy. In this illustration, the Left Deputy Zuofu and the Right Deputy Youbi each affects the domains where they are placed, but the domain represent by the star symbol gets the most benefits.

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Commentary – This means that the interpretation of a ZWDS chart must not be done on individual domains only. In this illustration, Career Domain directly shows what industry or what sector is good for the subject, whether it is appropriate for him/her to take up a business or stay employed. However, his/her luck with money (Wealth Domain) also has a major influence on the job/business he takes on, while his/her personality (Self Domain) also plays a vital part in his/her rate of success in certain fields of job/business.

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Commentary – With the availability of the enormous information ZWDS can provide, it is easy to fall into traps of such thought that we are unable to change our life or dictate our future – because so much have been written. Rather, the idea should be the other way round that we can make full use of the information to maximise our potential and to minimise risks and avoid pitfalls in life. The future is in our own hands. The next phase of slides illustrate this philosophy well.

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Commentary – This is familiar to all of us, is it not? Their weight of influence on our lives is the heaviest from the top down, while the amount of control we can exert over them is the biggest from the bottom up. To me, it is more critical to find out our likely trends first than to talk about Feng Shui. For instance, when both the structural trends and the cycle luck of Estates Domain is good, it is easier for us to get a good house and good Fengshui. When they are the reverse, it is easier for us to get a bad settlement and bad Fengshui. Modern applications of ZWDS:

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Commentary – Personality analysis. This is a chart of a young engineer. Passion Star Lianzhen and Pleasure Star Tanlang are about Peach Blossom luck and represent talent. When they are found to be in a combination like this, however, it indicates a free soul who prefers to wander than to get tied down, to express freely than to be meticulous, to be creative than to follow rules. Together with the pair of Interference Stars, Dikong and Dijie flanking the Self Domain, this quality is even more exaggerated. Do they fit the description of an engineer? The young man is already very frustrated with his daily work two years into the profession. This is a result of wrong guidance from the parents who wanted their children to have their (parents) choices of professions. What should he do now, especially in a society that is very restrictive? I have found out what his true talents are, and have encouraged him to indulge in those artistic talents over the weekends. This aims to balance his life.

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Commentary – Personality analysis. This is the chart of the younger sister of the engineer, who is about to make a choice of study course. The mother wanted her to be a teacher, but she has wished to be in hospitality trades. In fact, the girl offered to pay me extra to dissuade her mother. I have told her there was no such necessity, as the combinations of her chart show that she would excel in tourism studies/work.

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Commentary – Potential maximisation. When ZWDS is the most powerful in providing details about personality, it naturally helps to identify the best type of profession/business. Chief Advisor Tianji and Inspector Tianliang combines shows a clear and meticulous mind sharp in picking up details instantaneously. Combining with the stars found in the Career Domain, it is only appropriate that the subject is in the legal profession.

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Commentary – Potential maximisation. This chart shows that the subject is born with the natural capacity of a business person. In fact, she was a home-maker because the husband was doing well, and she did not need to work. After the children have grown up, she started some business in a very small way but it grew naturally. In about ten years, she has four branches.

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Commentary – Risk identification. With the power to go for details, ZWDS is certainly helpful for this function. Slide 32 shows a typical structure that the subject will be ultimately betrayed by the partner, while the initial period (a year, two years, etc.) does provide good returns.

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Commentary – This is the same chart as in Slide 29. While the lawyer can excel in his profession well, he is to avoid investments, reading from his Wealth Domain.

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Commentary – As ZWDS also provides details in periodic luck, it is an excellent instrument to help us in deciding the right timing. Slide 36 is the chart of young entrepreneur whose turnover met the qualification of the Young Entrepreneur Award if he were to submit his application. As he was sort of working for his family business, he

wished to strike out totally on his own when he was 29. Going with the periodic luck, the Seal Minister Tianxiang indicates the luck of a number two instead of the luck of a leader. The advice was to put the idea off until his next decade. Meanwhile I have advised him to make use of the remaining years in the current period to learn all he can.

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Commentary – This is from a chart that is structurally good, but the subject has made an investment in real estates during the period. Although that is the only one major mistake, it has also cause some great anxiety.

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Commentary- Life Crisis Management. Likewise, prior information is the key here. We can work out the best solutions to a problem, and also find out the duration of a crisis.

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Commentary- Compatibility Studies. Due to exactly its power to read personality and luck cycles, ZWDS is useful for studying the compatibility of business partners and marriage partners.

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Commentary- Marital Counselling. ZWDS is an effective tool to carry out what I call alternative counselling, because it presents two people stripped nakedly in terms of personality. From there, their expectations in life and their expectations of a relationship can be described clearly. When they hear these from a third party, they are more willing to pay attention clearly. With the additional descriptions of what are the possible problems in the future, and in specific time frames, the prior information helps two people work better for the relationship. It is like they have found out what might be in store, and I have always encouraged them to take it as a task to overcome an issue or a bad patch in the future hand in hand. With the right

intention and in the right frame of mind, we can alter course, or minimise the negative impact of a potential problem.

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Commentary- HR Management. Enough is said by now about how to make use of ZWDS.

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Commentary- Self explanatory.

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Commentary- The 32 Main Stars have different degrees of brightness when they are placed in different positions. A bright star is able to show more of its strength while its weaknesses is minimised. A dim star manifests more of its weaknesses while its strength is reduced. There are altogether six or seven levels of brightness (left box), but I advocate simplifying them to a total of three (right box). There is no real requirement to go for such detailed grading, and we can afford to make learning ZWDS slightly easier.

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Commentary- Self explanatory.

(Article kind courtesy of Master Tony Tan, Harmony Academy of Chinese Metaphysics)

 

Brief History of Zi Wei Dou Shu (Emperor Astrology) 1

by Master Tony Tan

The few oldest civilisations in the world had all developed some form of astrology from the study of astronomy, as our ancestors realised that planetary movements do influence the destiny of human kind. The original Chinese astrology methodologies, however, did not flourish well like their western counterparts, because Chinese rulers from as early as the Chunqiu period (777-476 B.C.) had forbade their wide spread practice for fear of uprisings.

The only form of Chinese astrology that managed to grow was Wuxing (the Five Stars Method) but it was not refined at all when compared to Western astrology methodologies (including Verdic, of course) that have developed uninterrupted.

Wuxing first uses Ganzhi (Stem/Branch) to build four pillars from year, month, day and hour of birth, then studies the positions of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, together with the sun and the moon, in four sectors, to read the four pillars. Hence, Wuxing is also called Qizheng Siyu (Seven Stars and Four Sectors).

The Ziping Method (Bazi Method, or the Four Pillars Method) was refined from the first part of Wuxing, using the four pillars of birth, but ignoring totally the reliance of planetary movements. Although the Ziping Method finally gained ground over Wuxing after further refinements during the Tang Dynasty by Master Li Xuzhong, and later, Master Xu Ziping, it is not able to provide certain specifics in reading like Wuxing because of its different approach. It was said that a new methodology was created at that time, that was able to provide more details in reading, to compete with Ziping in place of Wuxing. This new method was call the Eighteen Flying Stars (Shiba Feixing) and it is the first time the phrase Ziwei appeared in a destiny analysis methodology.

While some like to take Shiba Feixing as a form of Ziwei Doushu, which, in fact, was created later, they are not the same. Ziwei Doushu appeared in the Song Dynasty and it is much more dynamic and detailed than Shiba Feixing. As the name implies, again, Shiba Feixing uses only 18 stars in addition to Ziwei, while Ziwei Doushu employs 120 stars in addition to Ziwei, and the former does not provide reading in periodic luck, while Ziwei Doushu goes all the way from 10-year cycles to annual cycles, monthly cycles, daily cycles and hourly cycles.

It remains a mystery who had invented Ziwei Doushu, although it is generally created to a Taoist priest Chen Xiyi in Song Dynasty. However, official historical records and unofficial notes from the Song Dynasty have never associated Chen Xiyi with Chinese metaphysics.

Although Ziwei Doushu has achieved the goal of providing strong competition to Ziping because it is in the capacity to give enormous specific details, the methodology did not flourish for the next 1,000 years for two reasons. First, while able to provide detailed readings, the method did not provide the logic of the interpretations, and it was seemingly not based on profound theoretical basis like Ziping. Second, it has become the exclusive instrument of the Bureau of Astronomy of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, used to serve only the Emperor. Therefore, Ziping was the only well known main stream destiny analysis method until the recent times, when some masters began teaching Ziwei Doushu openly after World War II.

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Commentary – Ziwei Doushu first appeared in the Song Dynasty, hence, it has a history of slightly more than 1,000 years.

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purple star astrology

Commentary – There is nothing *purple* in Ziwei Doushu. It is wrong to call Ziwei the purple star, thus, it is wrong to call Ziwei Doushu the Purple Star Astrology. For instance, there is nothing purple in Zijincheng – the Forbidden City (the Purple City?), and there is nothing purple in Ziqi Donglai – auspiciousness (purple energy from the East?). It is like we cannot translate white elephant from English to Chinese directly – there is nothing white, and it is not even an elephant.

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Commentary – Ziwei refers to the centre of focus, the reference, the authority, etc., thus it is apt to translate it as the Emperor. Dou refers to the stars (symbols) when they are static, i.e., their essential quality. Shu refers to the systems the stars form when they move, and there are 120 systems. Shu therefore refers to the dynamism the stars create. However, it is critical to note that there are no real stars in Ziwei Doushu. The term *stars* is the accepted way to mean the *symbols* we use in Ziwei Doushu. Thus, Ziwei Doushu is Emperor Astrology.

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Commentary – There are a total of 121 *stars* used in ZWDS, but this figure depends on how we count them. For instance, the 12 Boshi Stars are employed twice, some may count them as 24 stars, etc.

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Commentary – These are the twelve domains of life that ZWDS interprets. I have chosen the word DOMAIN in place of PALACE or COURT because unlike face reading and Fengshui, the Chinese word gong here does not refer to a location or position. The Self Domain may be placed in any of the twelve frames, but the sequence of the twelve does not change. ZWDS is about reading the meaning of the stars when they are placed in the twelve domains.

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Commentary – These are the two domains we should interpret together to understand a personality completely. Thinking Domain is the most misunderstood of all the twelve because of the original Chinese words Fudegong, when fu generally means blessing and de generally means virtue or karma, but they do not mean those when it comes to Fudegong. We should call a spade a spade. Self Domain shows the outwardly apparent personality and the Thinking Domain reveals that part that is hidden.

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Commentary – These four domains form Sanfang Sizheng – what I call the Matrix. They reveal the aggregate strength (luck) of destiny we have in this life.

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Commentary – To assess how wealthy one can be, we have to also include the interpretation of Estates Domain as it represents wealth beyond liquid cash.

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Commentary – Beyond the twelve domains, there is a Shengong – what I call a supplementary domain, or the domain of main influence, but it is formed by one of the six domains shown in Slide 11.

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Commentary – This shows the key interpretation technique of ZWDS. One will never understand the true power of ZWDS if one does not get familiarised with their applications.

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Commentary – First, the Mirroring Technique. It is used when a domain is found to be void of the 14 Major Stars (from the Emperor Ziwei to the Forward General Pojun). Regardless of how many other stars are present in a domain, when a domain is void of any of the 14 Major Stars, we have to use the stars present in the opposite domain. All the stars in the two groups of 73 stars (32 plus 41, in yellow fonts in the slide) found
in the opposite domain must be mirrored into the domain to be interpreted. Merely mirroring the first 14 Major Stars, as it is widely taught, is wrong.

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Commentary – The next three slides illustrate the Mirroring Technique. The Siblings Domain in the chart is void of Major Stars. The pair of Trouble Stars – Turmoil Star Huoxing and Turbulence Star Lingxing, are found to be placed in the Offspring Domain and Peers Domain respectively. They are not the 14 Major Stars, but part of the 32 Main Stars. They are the Adverse Stars that are the most menacing to human relationships.

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Commentary – In this chart, on the surface, three human relationship domains are negatively affected (in red) but not all five domains, if we do not mirror Turbulence Star Lingxing into the Siblings Domain which is void of the Major Stars. It therefore means that the Siblings Domain and Love Domain are not affect by the pair of Trouble Stars. This is the wrong interpretation result.

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Commentary – When we mirror Turbulence Star into the Siblings Domain according to the correct application of the Mirroring Technique, we will have the correct interpretation result that all human relationship domains in this chart are ruined by the stars. The two that suffer the most impacts are the Parents Domain and Love Domain, the latter because of the flanking effect.

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(Article kind courtesy of Master Tony Tan, Harmony Academy of Chinese Metaphysics)

 

Emperor’s Poem of the Four Seasons

The Emperor’s Poem of the Four Seasons is a highly simplified system of Chinese astrology that is found in the Chinese Almanac.

It gives a quick snapshot of a person’s potential life path in the form of a short poem.

In this system, you are deemed to be born on one of the parts of the emperor’s body based on the time and season that you are born.

The various parts are the emperor’s head, shoulder, hands, chest, stomach, lower abdomen, knee and ankle with head being the most desirable and ankle the most unfortunate!

The tables below shows the time of birth and associated parts of the emperor’s body for each of the four seasons:-

Spring (from 4th Feb to 5th May)

Time Chinese Time Part of Emperor’s Body
11 pm to 1 am Zi Head
1 am to 3 am Chou Stomach
3 am to 5 am Yin Ankle
5 am to 7 am Mao Shoulder
7 am to 9 am Chen Knee
9 am to 11 am Si Hands
11 am to 1 pm Wu Lower Abdomen
1 pm to 3 pm Wei Hands
3 pm to 5 pm Shen Ankle
5 pm to 7 pm You Shoulder
7 pm to 9 pm Xu Knee
9 pm to 11 pm Hai Stomach

Summer (from 6th May to 7th Aug)

Time Chinese Time Part of Emperor’s Body
11 pm to 1 am Zi Lower Abdomen
1 am to 3 am Chou Hands
3 am to 5 am Yin Ankle
5 am to 7 am Mao Shoulder
7 am to 9 am Chen Knee
9 am to 11 am Si Hands
11 am to 1 pm Wu Head
1 pm to 3 pm Wei Stomach
3 pm to 5 pm Shen Ankle
5 pm to 7 pm You Shoulder
7 pm to 9 pm Xu Knee
9 pm to 11 pm Hai Stomach

Autumn (from 8th Aug to Nov 6th)

Time Chinese Time Part of Emperor’s Body
11 pm to 1 am Zi Shoulder
1 am to 3 am Chou Hands
3 am to 5 am Yin Knee
5 am to 7 am Mao Stomach
7 am to 9 am Chen Ankle
9 am to 11 am Si Hands
11 am to 1 pm Wu Shoulder
1 pm to 3 pm Wei Stomach
3 pm to 5 pm Shen Lower Abdomen
5 pm to 7 pm You Knee
7 pm to 9 pm Xu Ankle
9 pm to 11 pm Hai Head

Winter (from 7th Nov to 3rd Feb)

Time Chinese Time Part of Emperor’s Body
11 pm to 1 am Zi Lower Abdomen
1 am to 3 am Chou Knee
3 am to 5 am Yin Stomach
5 am to 7 am Mao Shoulder
7 am to 9 am Chen Ankle
9 am to 11 am Si Head
11 am to 1 pm Wu Hands
1 pm to 3 pm Wei Knee
3 pm to 5 pm Shen Stomach
5 pm to 7 pm You Shoulder
7 pm to 9 pm Xu Ankle
9 pm to 11 pm Hai Hands

** Please note that the start of the season can wobble by a day or so.

For example if you are born between 7 to 9 pm during the months of spring, you are deemed to be born on the emperor’s knee. If you are born between 9 to 11 am in winter, you are deemed to be born on the emperor’s head.

Moon
Moon

The system is very highly simplified especially when compared to serious systems like Ba Zi and Zi Wei Dou Shu and accuracy is bound to suffer. As such you should not take the reading too seriously!

So what does it means to be born on the emperor’s head, shoulder or ankle.

Find out using this Emperor’s Poem of the Four Seasons tool.

Four Pillars of Destiny (aka Eight Characters)

Ba Zi is a system of Chinese astrology that can foretell a person’s destiny and life path. In this system, a person’s date and time of birth is expressed as eight characters comprising of four heavenly stems and four earthly branches (which equals eight characters).

Ba Zi literally means ‘eight characters’ in Chinese.

Each component of a person’s date and time of birth namely the year, month, date and hours are expressed as a set comprising of a heavenly stem on top of an earthly branch. The result is four columns of two characters each. This explains why Ba Zi is also known as the Four Pillars of Destiny.

Four Pillars
Four Pillars

An experienced practitioner can reveal a lot of your destiny by simply evaluating your Eight Characters. However to determine your life path or luck cycle, the eight characters are read in conjunction with a additional set of pillars 6-7 pillars, each of which represents a decade in your life. They are called Decade Luck Pillars.

In addition each of the earthly branches of the Four Pillars can be represented by between 1-3 stem equivalents that may or may not be explicitly written down. They are called the Hidden Stems.

The Eight Characters, Hidden Stems and Decade Luck Pillars form the components of a Ba Zi (of Four Pillars of Destiny) Chinese Astrology Chart.

The stem and branch that represents the day is called the Day Master. It represents the person and is the most important component. It is compared with the other pillars, hidden stems and decade luck pillars to reveal a person destiny and luck cycle.

You can download a free Ba Zi software charter at
http://www.fourpillars.net/

You should not confuse this with the year pillar which is commonly used to determine your yearly animal zodiac sign. Example whether you are a tiger, horse, dog etc. The heavenly stem of the year pillars determine your year element. For example if you are born in Geng Xu year then you are a Metal Dog as Geng belongs to the metal element while Xu is dog.

For more information on the stems and branches.

Ba Zi uses the Chinese Solar Calendar and it should not be confused with the Chinese Lunar Calendar which is used by other Chinese astrology systems such as Zi Wei Dou Shu or the Purple Star Astrology system.

 

What is my Personal Element?

This can often be very confusing. One practitioner tells you that you belong to the element metal while another tells you that you are fire. Who is right?

Well, both of them are likely to be right. How can this be?

The principle of the Five Elements is pervasive in the Chinese studies. It is used in Feng Shui, Chinese Astrology, Qi-Gong, Face Reading etc.

Jade
Jade

There are many systems of Chinese Astrology, the more popular ones being BaZi and Zi Wei Dou Shu. Both systems make use of the Five Elements but in a different way.

In BaZi the heavenly stem of the day is known as the day master. In a Ba Zi analysis, this day master is referenced against the remains year, month and hour pillar as well as with the decade pillars and hidden stems to reveal a persons destiny and life path.

In Zi Wei Dou Shu there is an element that is the Na Yin (melodic element) of the stems and branch combination of the Fate or Self court. The main use of this element is to determine the start year of your decade luck for example from 2-11 years, 3-12 years, 4-13 years etc.

Then there is the element of the year of your birth. Let’s take an example of someone born in 1969 or Ji You year. Since stem Ji belongs to the earth element while ‘You’ is associated with the animal sign Rooster this person is said be an Earth Rooster.

As you can see from the above a person personal element can be earth based on the year of birth, have a fire element day master in BaZi and a water element Na Yin element in Zi Wei.

You should not be surprise if another practitioner tells you that you belong to another element. He could be using a different system.

So do not worry too much about elements. It is only means to achieving the final objective which is a highly accurate destiny and life path analysis!

 

What is my correct Date of Birth?

While our date of birth is obvious to most of us, it can present a lot of problems to beginners of Chinese Astrology systems. Let me explain?

In the Gregorian calendar system, the next day begins at one second past midnight. For example of you are born on the 18th June 1980 at 11.59 pm, you are deemed to be born on the 18th June. If you are born 2 minutes later at 12.01 am, you are deemed to be born on the 19th June.

However in Chinese time keeping, the day starts with the Zi hour which is from 11 pm to 1 am. Therefore to the ancient Chinese the new day starts at 11 pm!

So what is the problem?

Operating Theatre
Operating Theatre

The problem is that there is some degree of disagreement between practitioners as to when the new should start. Some masters content that the day should start at 12 midnight like the Gregorian calendar instead of at 11 pm.

The problem arises for someone born between 11 pm and mid-night. Is he considered to be born in the rat hour of today or tomorrow?

The Chinese astrology charts for both the days are different and will give a different reading!

In my opinion, this argument is unnecessary. Simply plot two charts, one using today’s day and another using tomorrow’s date. Then map key events e.g. change jobs, business joint ventures, marriage, divorce, travel or migration, made or lost money etc to the person and you will have the answer.

This method works fine for older people with rich life experiences but it may not work with a young child.

So which is the correct chart to you?

Based on my experience, I normally use the chart where the next day begins at 11pm. This is usually the correct one.

However I am not the final authority on this and you should read more charts and form you own opinion.