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Title: Zi Wei Dou Shu 《紫微斗数》
Description: A very complex divination method

REBORN - September 22, 2006 02:11 PM (GMT)
Zi Wei Dou Shu 《紫微斗数》

What is it?

《紫微斗数》 is a form of fortune-reading that is widely used in ancient China.
紫微 「Zi Wēi 」 - literally translated as Purple Star - is the 'Emperor Star' of the chart. It is known as the North Star in the West.斗数 「Dou Sh 」 means calculation.

《紫微斗数》 thus means the study of a person's life based on the movement and location of the 紫微 Star and 100+ other stars at the specific time the person was born.

Based on one's Year, Month, Date and Time of birth - also known as 八字 「Bā Z 」, calculations are worked out to chart the stars into 12 different palaces or 宫 「Gōng ], namely;
LIFE ..................The stars in this house determine one's character and achievement.
PARENTS ..........It tells one's relationship with his parents and superiors.
HAPPINESS ........It describes one's mental state of happiness.
PROPERTIES ......It tells of one's major investments.
CAREER ............ It tells the kind of career that suits a person and the kind of achievement expected.
FRIENDS ............It describes the kind of friends and hired help one can expect.
TRAVEL ..............It tells whether one is lucky leaving his home-town. It is also the house of public relations.
HEALTH...............It describes one's health condition in general.
WEALTH ............It describes one's financial situation in general.
CHILDREN ..........It reveals one's relations with his children.
MARRIAGE ..........It describes one's relationship or marriage life
BROTHER ............It tells how well one gets along with his brothers, sisters and colleagues

Table arrangement:
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This would then be one's Birth Chart or 命盘 「Mng Pn 」.

By integrating the stars and palaces, their attributes, environmental factors, elemental forces, Yin and Yang concept and all the possible combinations and variations, not only can personalities be understood, but personal and professional relationships can be predicted, and what to expect of any given year and duration of specific events can be forecasted as well.

A typical reading chart:
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History :

《紫微斗数》 was devised by a Taoist named 呂純陽 and later on developed by 陳希夷 during the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) and later on 羅洪先 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD) to what it is today.

However, its origin is still debated among the different schools.

Chinese Astrology was closely intertwined with Astronomy and gifted Astronomer-Astrologers were recruited as officials to work in the Imperial Court. In those days, astrological charts were delineated for the Emperor as his personal fate has a direct bearing on that of his Kingdom.

The court astrologers played an important role in determining the successor to the throne too.

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' - the celestial equivalent of the Emperor.


5 Major Arts in Chinese Culture

Over the thousands of years, ancient Chinese has devised, discovered and
documented 5 major arts and philosophies, namely, 山、医、命、相、卜.

山术 「Shān Sh 」- Cultivation of one's area of interest while living in seclusion. The
'areas of interest' include religious cultivation (Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism etc.),
health cultivation (Qigong, Martial Arts etc.), spiritual cultivation, and refining pills for
medicinal purposes and immortality etc.

医术 「Yī Sh 」- Traditional Chinese Medicine such as Acupuncture, herbal remedies etc.

命术 「Mng Sh 」- Analysing the character traits and potential using one's year, date
and time of birth in order to help one cope better with expected events and its timeline.
This is what Fortune-Telling is about and an art that anyone with interest can master.

相术 「Xing Sh 」- Observing the environment, objects, appearance etc, and
deduce events with the knowledge of Yin/Yang, 5 Elements and Gan Zhi.
Examples of this art are 风水 (Feng Shui) and 手相 (Palmistry).

卜术 「Bu Sh 」- Divination of events through omens, signs, oracles etc. It is
based on the belief that revelations are offered to humans by the gods or celestial
beings, to make known things that neither reason nor science can discover.
Examples include 梅花易数 (I-Ching) and 金钱卦 (divination using copper coins).

In addition, Chinese believe that success in life is based on these five areas
of influence, in order of importance:

1. 「Mng 」 命 - fate, which is decided at birth and cannot be changed,
but can be known.

2. 「Yn 」 运 - luck, which fluctuates with time,but predictable.

3. 「Fēng Shui 」 风水 - environment, which can be manipulated to reach the
higher levels of what our fate and luck allow.

4. 「Do D 」 道德 - virtue and character, which brings us good
karma and good will.

5. 「D Shū 」 读书 - education and effort, the footwork. Even with the best luck,
if we sit at home and wait, we will miss out.

《紫微斗数》 「Zi Wēi Dou Sh 」 will give you an insight into your 命 Fate and 运 Luck.


allrounder - December 14, 2006 03:13 AM (GMT)
do u have any good recommendations of books that teach us how to use zi wei dou shu ourselves :P ?

REBORN - December 14, 2006 12:15 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (allrounder @ Dec 14 2006, 11:13 AM)
do u have any good recommendations of books that teach us how to use zi wei dou shu ourselves :P ?

Can pm Flying Phoenix. He's an expert.... :P

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