Zi wei dou shu
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|Zi wei dou shu|
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- Zi Wei (紫薇) - purple Rosa Multiflora(薔薇), also known as Baby Rose, Rambler Rose。Purple have always been seen as noble colors, it was once a European symbol of royalty, traditionally it is worn by emperors, and high-ranking officials; in the astrological world, this majestic color is related to spiritual aspiration. 微 is used for 薇 in ancient/simplifed Chinese writing. Noble rose referred to the North Star, the most prominent star in the sky.
- Dou (斗) - 北斗星 Big Dipper constellation, North Star, Pole star. A prominent star that is approximately aligned with the Earth's axis of rotation. It is used as the coordinate to chart the sky.
- Shu (数) - calculation.
In ancient times, Zi Wei Dou Shu was restricted to the exclusive and private consultation of the Imperial Emperors only as Zi Wei Dou Shu could provide an elaborate reading too detailed and classified. Thus, imperial astronomers used Zi Wei Dou Shu to delineate charts for the Emperor as the Emperor's destiny is bridged to and affects the destiny of his kingdom and dynasty. Among the stars used in the Zi Wei Dou Shu system, there is one main star while other stars revolve around it. The star is named the “Emperor Star” – Purple Star (紫微) which also represents the ruler (Emperor) of the kingdom. Zi Wei Dou Shu has been used by professional consultants and practitioners for the past 1000 years to determine one's destiny and as remedial Feng Shui strategies. Zi Wei Dou Shu has its unique feng shui philosophies and principles and is known as the “personalized feng shui”.
The procedure is sometimes loosely called pi ming (Chinese: 批命) as a street term. Literally meaning to analyze one's life like how a document is approved.
How does Zi Wei Dou Shu work ?
Zi Wei Dou Shu is a system to calculate events of a person which will take place and happen at a specific time. It is calculated based on the space-dimension that we occupy versus the time factor of which an event will take place. To begin a reading, Zi Wei Dou Shu requires a person's specific time of birth information. The time, day, month and year of birth is then used to plot a profile chart (命盘). On a profile chart, there are 12 columns known as the 12 palaces which represent 12 important elements or events in a person’s lifetime.
On a Zi Wei profile chart, it shows the location and movement of the Zi Wei “Emperor” (Micro purple star) star and more than 100 other stars appearing at the specific time of birth of that person. Stars will then be placed into each of the palaces on the profile chart for further interpretation. In some charts, certain palaces may not have any stars but there are other methods and ways to interpret events related to that particular palace despite the absence of a star.
Zi Wei Dou Shu interprets the events of and the destiny of a person by observing the interactions and inter-relations between stars, palaces, time and elements shown on the profile chart. Detailing of an event can be inferred by observing the brightness of the stars and the relationship between palaces and stars.
Difference between Schools of Zi Wei Dou Shu
Generally, there are two lineages of Zi Wei Dou Shu, the Southern school “Triangle Harmony Formation” (三合派) and the Northern School “Four Enhancer Flying Stars” (四化飞星派).
The major difference between the schools is their different usage of numbers of stars for interpretation. The Triangle Harmony Formation lineage uses 18 major stars + 90 auxiliary stars whereas the Four Enhancer Flying Stars lineage uses only 18 major stars + four enhancers method to differentiate events between palaces and stars.
Zi Wei Dou Shu (紫微斗数) VERSUS Ba Zi (八字)
According to the Chinese, “Ba Zi” is a person’s birth date which consists of the time, day, month, and year of birth. “Ba Zi” translated means eight characters and is derived from four pairs of characters. For this reason, it is also known as the “Four Pillars of Destiny” or in short, “The Four Pillars”.
The Chinese Lunisolar calendar defines the time, day, month and year with a pair of characters known as the “Heavenly Stem” (天干) and “Earthly Branch” (地支). For example, a person’s birth date would have four pillars, namely the time, day, month and year pillar while each pillar consists of a heavenly stem and an earthly branch.
Destiny science is divided into “Qi” (气) and “Shu” (数). “Qi” means energy whereas “Shu” is the arithmetic for it. “Qi” is the overall pattern and course of one’s destiny while “Shu” computes the time, results and outcomes of events that take place in a person's destiny.
To better illustrate the concept of “Qi” and “Shu”, I raise the example of a person wanting to build a house. In this case, “Qi” refers to the concept, size, structure and overall appearance of the house while “Shu” takes into estimation of when and what materials are to be used, the cost of building supplies, labor and materials as well as the technical specifications.
“Ba Zi” and “Zi Wei Dou Shu” are the two main orthodox systems used in the destiny science branch of Chinese metaphysics. Although the two systems vary slightly in structure, they share a similar method in practice and are both known for their accuracy. The “Ba Zi”’ study with an emphasis on “Qi” is more popular in current trends as it is relatively easy to understand.
On the other hand, “Zi Wei Dou Shu” emphasizes “Shu” which involves complex calculations on each and every event in a person’s destiny no matter how small in detail. “Zi Wei Dou Shu” uses its specially formulated techniques to read a person’s past as well as predict the outcomes or results of future events.
Say for example, if a person is interested in knowing his wealth prospects this year, “Qi” will interpret this person's overall wealth prospects. But if said person has an ongoing business and is contemplating other ventures, he would want to know whether his good wealth prospects are a result of his ongoing business or from potential future investments. And this is where “Shu” comes in as it has the capacity to break down the events in detail and give a clear indication and interpretation of movements in life.
Today, our lifestyle and living standards significantly differ from the past. Back in the old days, the readings gathered from “Qi” were more than adequate for the knowledge of the older generation as people were only interested to know the overall pattern and course of their destiny. But in modern times, daily affairs and interpersonal relationships are much more complex and layered. And it is such we see a moving trend in which “Shu” is fast gaining popularity as people these days are no longer content with a mere summary of their destiny but seek clarity and a breakdown of every matter pertaining to their lives.
Zi Wei Dou Shu was created by a Taoist named Lu Chun Yang (呂純陽) during the Tang Dynasty. It was further developed by Chen Xi Yi (陳希夷) during the Song Dynasty and later on by Luo Hong Xian (羅洪先) during the Ming Dynasty to its present-day form. Its exact origin, however, is still debated among the different schools, and should not be taken as a guaranteed historical context.
Chinese Astrology has always been closely intertwined with Astronomy. Gifted astronomers and astrologers were recruited as officials to work in Imperial Courts during the dynastic eras. In those days most astrological charts were crafted solely for the emperor, as his personal fate had a direct bearing on his kingdom. The court astrologers also played an important role in determining the successor to the throne.
Astrologers observed the stars and noticed that among so many stars, only one was seemingly stationary while the rest revolved around it. As it was also the brightest, the star was named the "Emperor Star" (紫微星)--the celestial equivalent of the Emperor and known in the West as Polaris.
What can “Zi Wei Dou Shu” tell us
“Zi Wei Dou Shu” interprets a person's destiny on four levels:-
Life events (Destiny 命)
Life events form the root and basic structure of a person's destiny. It interprets a person's major and important events in life and also their character, appearance as well as overall events in life
Decade cycle (Fortune运)
A decade cycle refers to a person’s fortune every ten years which includes events and overall performance within this time span.
Year cycle (Fortune运)
The year cycle interprets a person’s fortune and events in that particular year. It is relatively important as most people are concerned with their luck and fortune at the beginning of every New Year. The year cycle provides elaborate details on the events and overall performance of one's fortune in the year.
Monthly and daily cycle
On a micro level, Zi Wei Dou Shu is able to interpret a person’s events in a month or even in a day. The accuracy remains high but events interpreted on a monthly and daily cycle are generally mundane and do not have a great impact on a person’s destiny.
Golden Decade (黄金十年)
The golden decade refers to a person's peak in wealth, fortune and career in their lives. There is no definitive time frame of a golden decade as it is subject to the capacity and limitation of a person’s destiny.
Therefore, not every person will enjoy a golden decade. On the contrary, there are those who are blessed with extended periods of this peak and live a few golden decades. The main and determining component of the golden decade is timing, also known as the “fortune” part. Destiny determines whether the person has a golden decade and when the right time comes; fortune will set the golden decade into place in that person's life.
Mastering the Time Factor
There is a saying that the time factor is the key point to success but the question is - when is the right time?
We all know that timing is crucial to everything we do. Success happens when we are doing the right things at the right place at the right time but often opportunities slip past our windows without us realizing because of this lack of knowledge. As “Zi Wei Dou Shu” calculates a person's destiny from the specific point of intersection of time and space, its interpretations of events and outcomes are heavily time-based.
Therefore, by mastering the time factor in “Zi Wei Dou Shu”, one is able to make right choices at the right place and right time in junctures of their lives.
As with all other forms of fortune-telling, the Chinese do not generally see astrology as an infallible guide as to what will happen, but more as a form of forecasting in detail. Destiny and fortune are structurally complex and are unlikely to be changed by a single element. An overly simplistic application of - for example - changing one's lucky colors and numbers is not expected to affect or change one's destiny in any significant way. Knowledge about events to come may allow one to gauge the situation and make decisions from a position of strength. Zi Wei Dou Shu approaches the world and events from the idea that to view things in their proper context, it is important to recognise the "spiritual dynamic of the universe" to find the pattern of change that leads to "fundamental truth".
Dating back to ancient times, Zi Wei Dou Shu's technique and method of charting a person’s date and time of birth using a specific alignment method is known as the “Zi Wei profile chart” (命盘).
A Zi Wei profile chart consists of twelve columns and is known as the “twelve palaces” (十二宫位). Each palace represents an important aspect in a person’s life. The characteristic described in each palace reflects one's undertakings and endeavors in life.
Foraying deeper into a Zi Wei profile chart, one will observe that the elements and events affecting one's destiny remain unchanged spanning over thousands of years. However, the extent of the reading in a certain component can widen over time. One such example is the “travel palace”. Back in ancient times, one's travel pursuits were significantly less and smaller compared to those of today owing to the limitations in the resources and means to travel. Hence, travel was largely confined within China and thus migration was mostly interstates. However, with the much more efficient and high technology means of travel these days, one can move across international borders with relative ease. Therefore, it is demonstrated that the impact and extent of an aspect in life can vary from time to time although rooted in the same component.
Zi Wei Dou Shu Chart
The 12 Palaces, or Shí Èr Gōng (十二宫) are arranged and plotted in an anti-clockwise rotation.
- Self Palace (命宮)
- Siblings Palace (兄弟宮)
- Spouse Palace (夫妻宮)
- Children Palace (子女宮)
- Wealth Palace (財帛宮)
- Health Palace (疾厄宮)
- Travel Palace (遷移宮)
- Friends, Palace (交友宮)
- Career Palace (官祿宮)
- Property Palace (田宅宮)
- Mental Palace (福德宮)
- Parents Palace (父母宮)
Self Palace (命宫)
The most important of the twelve palaces, the self palace represents everything about you. Who you are, what your character is and how you conduct yourself. Interpreting the placement of the stars in the column and determining the type of enhancement method the palace are receiving from the stars; this palace can reveal a person’s innate talents, abilities and capabilities in dealing with challenges in life. The self palace is given priority to and ranked above the other eleven palaces. It may override other palaces when the stars meant for interpreting other components such as wealth or career appear in the self palace. In this case, a reading on all aspects of one's life will be interpreted based on the stars appearing in the self palace as opposed to reading from each of the components. This is more significant when applied on the decade cycle destiny which will be delved deeper in another book. For the time being, simply comprehend the meaning of self palace as to the core of being yourself.
Siblings palace (兄弟宫)
Siblings refer to a person’s brothers and sisters descended from either one or both of your parents. In this palace, it helps you understand better the character of your siblings and your relationship with them. In certain circumstances, one can even find out about their 'lost' siblings either through miscarriages or abortions from their parents.
Spouse palace (夫妻宫)
Despite being grouped as one of the outer palaces, the Spouse Palace is one of the most important and most inquired aspects in life. Often referred to as a “VIP” (Very Important Palace), the Spouse palace tells you about your romance luck as well as how and when you are most likely to find and or build a relationship. It can also give you glimpses into your future spouse's appearance or character. For those who are married, it tells you more about the health of your spouse, your compatibility as well as your marital bliss. In certain cases, it is able to detect cheating spouses and the likelihood of a separation and or divorce.
Children palace (子女宫)
This palace interprets the likelihood of your procreation duties as well as your offspring's health. More importantly, it sheds light on your relationship and compatibility with them. In certain circumstances, one can tell the gender of a baby in the mother's womb by interpreting the stars sitting in this palace. Example, if “Tai Yang” (Sun) appears in this palace, this person is very likely to have a son.
Wealth palace (财帛宫)
The Wealth Palace is another “VIP” (Very Important Palace) which most people are concerned about. The original meaning of this palace is “the source of living,” thus denoting food. But in modern times, people re-classified this palace as “wealth palace” which determines a person’s wealth. Wealth does not only guarantee a person’s sources to sustain a livelihood, but the ability to enjoy and achieve quality of life. The Wealth Palace sees into a person’s propensity in generating wealth, whether through undertaking business ventures, investment and or others. It also tells you of the industry best suited to your talents and potentials to achieve greatness and personal development in life. But in opposite, it also interprets if a person has wasteful consumption (耗财) where he could lose his money. However, this palace only interprets a person’s wealth status in life and not how a person generates his wealth. For business owners and the working class, do refer to the Career Palace (palace 9) to understand and plan your career steps better.
Health Palace (疾厄宫)
Another VIP palace in the Zi Wei profile chart is the Health Palace. One may think that having good wealth guarantees happiness in life but the key and foundation to living a quality life begins from a healthy body and mind. This is the palace where you can understand your body and health conditions better. The stars in this palace will tell you which part of your body needs extra care and attention and in some circumstances, it may also describe the physical appearance of that person.
Travel Palace (迁移宫)
This palace advises you on your travel opportunities, whether you are a frequent traveler or an occasional one. It also interprets if traveling is beneficial to you where it will directly affect and bring luck to your wealth and or career. Possibilities on migration can also be interpreted from this palace. The Travel Palace may also foresee accidents and mishaps taking place in your travels and thus advise caution and prevention against it.
Friends Palace (交友宫)
This palace interprets your social skills in dealing with friends and strangers, the social circles you belong in as well as how the people surrounding you affect your destiny. Although this palace is named “friends”, the interpretation also extends to strangers and acquaintances in your social circles. Thus this is the palace to read into if you wish to find out your compatibility with certain people as well as the type of people to avoid as conflicts and rifts are likely with them. The Friends Palace also advises on the “noble” people whom you should be acquainted with as they will bring you luck and prosperity in life. If this palace is suffering in auspiciousness, it suggests the possibility of you being misled by people and subsequently forming bad judgment and heading towards the wrong path in life.
Career Palace (官禄宫)
The Career Palace is another VIP palace. One may interpret the luck in their career from this palace, which often advises you on the industries that would bring you most luck, wealth and opportunities. This palace also interprets your proficiency and conduct in your career, whether you are a natural born leader or someone good at executing orders. For business owners, this palace advises you on the most suitable industry to plunge into as well as the status and operational issues of your business. In certain circumstances, it also advises on the managerial aspects of your business. .
Property Palace (田宅宫)
The Property Palace carries with it a dual layered meaning. It can interpret if property investment is feasible and beneficial to you as well as see into your luck in property ownership and the number of properties you will own in this lifetime. The other meaning of this palace refers to a person's household and domestic situation. It may interpret if the people inhabiting this household live in harmony or are constantly in discordance and conflict.
Mental Palace (福德宫)
The Mental palace refers to a person’s thoughts, behavior and overall emotional health. This is an interesting palace as it reveals a person's inner character and his true self. In some circumstances, it is able to interpret the Feng Shui of an ancestor's tomb. This topic will be covered in another book focusing on Zi Wei Feng Shui.
Parents Palace (父母宫)
This palace interprets the health, character and personality of your parents. In some circumstances, it also interprets the relationship between your parents. Most cases, it interprets your relationship with them and whether you are closer to your mother or father. It is the palace that interprets how your parents had shaped and affected you in your destiny. Most of the events interpreted in this palace refer to your early childhood days when you lived with your parents.
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