Zi wei dou shu

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Zi wei dou shu
Traditional Chinese 紫微斗數
Simplified Chinese 紫微斗数
Literal meaning Zi Wei calculation

Zi Wei Dou Shu ( Purple Star Astrology ) is a form of fortune-telling in Chinese culture. It remains one of the most well-respected[1] processes for laying out "The Destiny Path" or "Fate".


  • 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”.


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.[2] 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.

Chinese Society[edit]

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".

Zi Wei Dou Shu Chart[edit]

The 12 Palaces, or Shí Èr Gōng (十二宫) are arranged and plotted in an anti-clockwise rotation.

  1. Self Palace (命宮)
  2. Siblings Palace (兄弟宮)
  3. Spouse Palace (夫妻宮)
  4. Children Palace (子女宮)
  5. Wealth Palace (財帛宮)
  6. Health Palace (疾厄宮)
  7. Travel Palace (遷移宮)
  8. Friends Palace (交友宮)
  9. Career Palace (官祿宮)
  10. Property Palace (田宅宮)
  11. Mental Palace (福德宮)
  12. Parents Palace (父母宮)


  • Wyson Chan. (2012). Embark Your Destiny With Zi Wei Dou Shu. Publisher : Academy of Destiny Science Sdn Bhd (Malaysia). ISBN 978-967-11355-0-1
  • Kong Ri Chang. (2004). 《紫微十二宮入門》. Publisher: 久鼎出版社 (Taiwan). ISBN 957-29923-5-X
  • Xie Tian Quan. (2002). 《紫微斗數專題系列》 Publisher: 也文堂出版集團有限公司 (Hong Kong). ISBN 962-980-041-1
  • Lim Y.M. (2013). The Empyrean Matrix: A Guide to Purple Star Astrology (Zi Wei Dou Shu). ISBN 9781490930916


  1. ^ 图解道教天文历算学·紫微斗数 (天下第一神数) by 林庚凡 ISBN 978-7-5613-4369-2
  2. ^ Fengshuifortunetelling.com. "Fengshuifortunetelling.com." Zi Wei Dou Shi. Retrieved on 2007-05-22.

Book Title: The Emperor's Stargate Author: Alexandra Harteam ISBN 962-86020-4-7

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