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Chinese Astrology - a overview
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Lesson 1: Introduction To Chinese Astrology - The Basics


This lesson will give an overview of the history of Chinese astrology and the Chinese calendar systems used in its construction.
Next, it will examine the twelve animal signs, the concepts of yin and yang, and the five elements as they present a foundation for our further study.

Chinese Astrology - First Things First

China has a long and colorful history, and represents one of the most ancient civilizations still intact. While a great deal of ancient wisdom from the Western world has been lost or destroyed, the wisdom of the ancient Chinese is still available to us in many forms, one of which is its wealth of astrological information. Chinese astrology dates back further than Western astrology; in fact, the first bits and pieces of information archaeologists have found were inscriptions located on Oracle bones!

A great deal of colorful and interesting mythology surrounds the Chinese astrological tradition - whenever possible, I have included either stories in my lectures or links to these fascinating stories for your reading enjoyment.

Chinese astrology differs from Western astrology in many ways. Western astrology is very accurate, but analysis focuses on profiling the character of an individual rather than his or her fortune or fate. In contrast, much of Chinese astrology focuses on a person's life path and what fortunate and unfortunate events may befall them. Feng Shui is intimately tied to Chinese astrology, as inauspicious "stars" in a chart or home location can be remedied with "cures" such as a wind-chime in a carefully chosen location, or a fishbowl containing nine fish in another. As we will learn in a later lesson, combinations of stars in a sector of your home are contrasted with your "signature" stars to determine how spending time in that location will affect you.

An astrologer can improve accuracy and usefulness of his or her readings by learning BOTH systems well enough to blend them into a rich composite of information. Many attempts have been made to map one into another - we will also discuss the similarities and differences between Western and Eastern astrology in a later lesson.

Chinese astrology also centers around the concept of balance, not only between elemental correspondences, but also between the opposite concepts of "yin" and "yang" as we will learn in the rest of this course.

Imbalances in any way are thought to be responsible for all ills that befall us.Chinese astrology and Feng Shui are used in Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and many forms of fortune telling and business analysis. Just like Western astrology, "real" Chinese astrology differs greatly from the pop books or Chinese restaurant napkins that only concentrate on your animal sign. In this class, we will learn several methods of analysis that result in a unique description of every person.

Don't be surprised also if you find web sites and books that give different names to terms we use - there are MANY schools of thought in Chinese astrology. I will attempt in my explanations to provide all the
different names and terms that I am familiar with for things that have multiple correspondences.

Until a few short years ago, thein formation available on this subject was limited in the English
language - and in the entire Western world. Only recently has information about the more advanced topics of Chinese astrology been available here. I have been lucky enough to travel to both China and
Hong Kong - where I was able to procure some additional material. These will not be used in this class as I cannot expect you to fly across the ocean to purchase textbooks, but I will use "pearls of wisdom" from
them in my lectures from time to time.

We are about to embark upon a magnificent journey into this ancient and amazingly accurate
topic I hope you all find this newly available subject as fascinating as I do!

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Lesson 1: Introduction To Chinese Astrology - The Basics


The Chinese Calendar


In order to truly understand Chinese astrology, we first must look at the Chinese calendar - or calendars as they use both a Lunar and a Solar calendar.

Western civilization uses only one calendar, a solar calendar that was devised by Julius Caesar in 46 BC and modified by Pope Gregory in AD 1582 - but a solar calendar is not fully accurate as the rotation of the Earth around the Sun is not an even number of days. This is why we have a leap year every four years.

The Chinese blend a combination of the solar and lunar calendar- and use both in various applications of astrology. Popular astrology uses the lunar calendar, which is why we have the Chinese New year starting on different days every year. Most Feng Shui astrology (including 4 Pillars analysis) uses the solar calendar.

Evidence of the earliest calendars was dated to the Shang Dynasty (1800-1200 BCE) and was inscribed on Oracle bones. This calendar established the solar year at 365 1/4 days and lunation at 29 1/2 days.
An interesting history of the Chinese calendar (as well as calendars of other civilizations) can be found at http://webexhibits.org/calendars/calenda... .

According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Winter Solstice must occur in the 11th month of the year, and the Chinese New Year on the second new moon after the solstice. Chinese years, months, and days are also assigned a name based upon the Chinese system of Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches in both solar and lunar calendars. In this cyclical system, each year, month, and day is associated with one of the 10 Heavenly Stems and 12 Earthly Branches.
A week is counted off by these 10 days or stems, and also by 12 days, or branches. Each successive time period will have a new Stem and Branch, until one has been going through the Stems 6 times and the Branches 5 times, to give a total of 60 unique combinations.

The 60 year period is a very important concept in Chinese astrology - we have just entered a new period which began in February of 2004; the 8th period. This means that many of the popular Feng Shui books which gave guidance based on auspicious circumstances for the 7th period are now out of date!

In the case of years and dates, the Stem and Branch method gives a continuous cycle for thousands of years. This is similar for months, but in the case of a leap month, it is assigned its previous month's Branch/Stem combination with the leap designation added. A leap month is added to compensate for the facts that there
isn't an even number of days in a moon cycle, there isn't an even
number of moon cycles in a year, and there are at least three ways of
measuring the length of a moon cycle!

The Chinese also divide time differently than we do in Western culture; a day consists of 12, 120 minute hours.

The solar calendar is called the Hsia calendar, and is used by the farmers as the Sun rules the seasons.
The solar calendar breaks down the year into 24 "mini-seasons" or ch'i chieh. These subdivisions relate to the equinoxes and solstices.

By now, you should have a strong sense of the complexity and accuracy of
the Chinese calendar systems and have a solid basis for understanding
this system of astrology.

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Lesson 1: Introduction To Chinese Astrology - The Basics


The Yearly Animal Signs and Their Characteristics


Many pop Chinese astrology books as well as Chinese restaurant napkins show your animal sign as "all there is" to Chinese astrology. Just like a sun sign in Western astrology, the yearly animal sign is a very important component of an analysis but not the ONLY component.

According to Chinese legend, Buddha invited all of the animals together for a meeting, but only twelve arrived. To honor them, he named a year after each of them. Still another legend replaces Buddha
with the Jade King, giving the rat first place as he so impressed the king by playing the flute. To determine your Chinese animal sign, use the chart on page 6 of the Charts book in your Chinese
Astrology kit. Make careful note of the date the year began if your birthday is in early February or late January. Now that you have your year animal and element - here are the basic characteristics of each sign:

  • The Rat
    - Asian cultures do not denigrate the humble rodent as we do in the
    West, the rat is seen as a very clever and intelligent animal. Rats are
    quick witted and nimble. They are very expressive and aggressive, and
    confident, strong business people. They are most loyal to their few
    friends, and make devoted family members.
  • The Ox - Oxen are very stable, persistent and stubborn
    people with more strength and fortitude than any other sign. They have
    remarkable memories and are highly creative. They are not the most
    social, and prefer being with a few friends rather than at large
    gatherings. They are also patient and very loyal to those close to them
  • The Tiger - Flamboyant and aggressive, the Tiger is
    also charming and hard to resist. Tigers are always in a hurry,
    pursuing some cause, or passionately involved with a latest interest.
    Tigers are born leaders, but need to learn moderation in all things.
    They can have bad tempers and need to learn to control their passions.
  • The Rabbit - Whereas the Tiger conquers by force, the
    Rabbit conquers by diplomacy. A Rabbit is very calm, kind, and sweet
    and has many friends. He detests confrontations, and may also be
    insecure and afraid of expressing himself. Rabbits are very deep
    emotionally, and have a strong artistic or poetic streak.
  • The Dragon - The natural sign of nobility to the
    Chinese people, Dragons are noble in nature and commanding in presence.
    They are aggressive, determined, self-confident and dominant, and can
    also be snobs if they choose to. They love power, but usually handle it
    well. Most Chinese parents aspire to have a Dragon child - as they are
    good luck.
  • The Snake - Despite the Western negative connotations
    - the Asian snake is a charming intellectual, full of grace and
    intelligence. He is never loud, but very diplomatic and graceful.
    Snakes are philosophers and deep thinkers. A bit lazy, the snake enjoys
    luxury and has an excellent sense of humor.
  • The Horse - Born to run, Horses are active, physical
    people with lots of energy. They are very productive, hard working
    people as well. Horses love social events, and love the spotlight.
    Innately rebellious, they hate to be pressured or told what to do. The
    horse is cunning and full of "street-smarts". He is also hot-blooded
    and hot tempered.
  • The Goat - The most creative of all the signs, the
    Goat is also the most insecure. Goats are gentle, artistic, romantic
    and fond of nature. They are not the most organized people, but tend to
    succeed in creative pursuits. They tend to be charming dreamers that
    shy away from confrontations and heavy decision making.
  • The Monkey - The most fun-loving of all the signs, the
    Monkey loves to be the center of attention. Clever and cheerful, he can
    also be opportunistic and a bit selfish. Monkeys are great at problem
    solving and enjoy listening to the problems of their friends. They also
    cannot hide how they are feeling, and tend to wear their hearts on
    their sleeves.
  • The Rooster - The perceptive rooster misses nothing,
    and because of his strong analytical skills and fierce determination,
    makes a great business person. Forthright and straightforward, he does
    not play games, rather "what you see is what you get". Roosters have
    strong emotional natures and are fond of social activity.
  • The Dog - Faithful, loyal and sincere, the Dog is the
    most honest friend to have. He reveres duty, tradition, and honor. He
    shows great courage in adversity, is very reliable, and is a great
    listener. He can also be very righteous and judgmental under adverse
    circumstances.
  • The Pig - Probably the most generous and honorable
    sign of the Chinese zodiac, Pigs are highly intelligent and have hearts
    of gold. Sadly, they can be taken advantage of by others not so
    generous. Pigs love luxury and have impeccable manners. They also can
    tend to see things through rose colored glasses.
Full compatibility analysis of each sign in relation to each other is given in your textbook - this applies not only to other individuals, but also to the year, month and day signs as you will see in future lessons.

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Lesson 1: Introduction To Chinese Astrology - The Basics


The Five Elements and Their Characteristics


Another extremely important concept in Chinese astrology is the concept of the five elements - wood, earth, fire, water and metal. This differs from the Western concept of the elements, which is air, fire, water and earth. Elemental representations are used extensively in Feng Shui as "cures", and each animal sign is accompanied by a yearly element as well.

For example we are now in the year of the Wood or Green Monkey.A brief description of each element is:

  • Wood
    - The wood element represents the creative force of nature and all
    things green and growing. It is associated with Spring and new life,
    and the colors green and blue. Wood people are creative, strong and
    resilient - seeking growth and new creation in all that they do. All
    flowers, plants, trees, and things made of wood represent this element.
    The natural shape representing wood is rectangular.
  • Earth - The earth element nurtures all that we do, and
    represents solidity and grounding. Earth people are firm and resolute -
    we can say they are "down to Earth" - just like in Western astrology.
    They are also practical, hard working and very conservative. The color
    for earth is yellow, just like the loess soil of central China. Natural
    stones, rocks, tiles, bricks, and flat or rectangular shapes represent
    the earth element
  • Metal - Metal symbolizes autumn, and the tools used in
    the harvest and reaping of produce. The evening also represents the
    metal element - with the golden sunset. Metal people are forceful,
    strong and determined - and can often be driven by a need to succeed.
    All round shapes, knives, jewelry, and tools represent the metal
    element.
  • Fire - Fire is very similar to the Western
    astrological definition, and symbolizes the life force. It is an
    element of summer, and of the south. Optimism, enthusiasm and
    motivation are governed by fire, as is anger and war. Fire people are
    quite intelligent, impulsive, fervent, and dynamic - true leaders. The
    colors of Fire are orange and red, and the shape associated with fire
    is triangular. Stoves, candles, and hearths all represent the fire
    element.
  • Water - Also similar to the Western definition, water
    represents emotions and emotional depth. Water is considered cleansing
    in Chinese astrology, and governs all forms of communications and
    travel as well. Water people are fluent, have deep feelings and often
    strong intuitions or psychic powers as well. The colors of water are
    blue and black, and this element is represented by any irregular or
    wavy shape. Fountains, fish ponds, aquariums, and tinkling bells all
    represent the water element.
Blending these elements together with our yearly animal sign gives us one more piece of the
puzzle in our interpretations - for example, my husband is a Fire Tiger and I am a Water Tiger - he very enthusiastically initiates tasks that I plan and communicate to others. In many ways we are similar, and in
many others we are different as I have the stronger intuition and communication skills and he has the stronger drive and enthusiasm.

Each animal also has a predominate natural element assigned to it - compatibility between this natural element and the yearly element is a key factor in determining whether a year will be auspicious or not. It
is also very important to understand how the elements relate to each other by looking at the cycle of construction and destruction, as follows: <blockquote>Constructive Elemental Cycle
Wood -> Fire -> Earth -> Metal -> Water -> WoodDestructive Elemental Cycle
Water -> Fire -> Metal -> Wood -> Earth -> Water </blockquote>In the constructive cycle, we say that wood creates fire which creates earth and so forth. This uses the positive manifestations of each of the elements and shows basic compatibility. For instance, a person born in a wood year would have an elemental compatibility with a water or fire year. In the reverse, water puts out fire, which destroys metal, which chops wood, which depletes the earth, which is washed away by water. Two elements next to each other in this cycle are NOT compatible. Pages 16 and 17 of your text detail these cycles as well, and also discuss the concept of a buffer element - if an element is in
between two destructive elements it can lessen their impact.

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Lesson 1: Introduction To Chinese Astrology - The Basics


Yin and Yang: The Need for Balance


The concept of yin and yang is central to Chinese astrology; each year not only has an animal and an element - but also a yin or yang polarity. Chinese astrology emphasizes the concept of balance - one way of calculating your "lucky" element is to look at your 4 Pillars chart (which we will examine in detail in the next lesson) and determine which element you are most lacking. This becomes the element you most need to bring into your life.

Nowhere is the concept of balance more graphically illustrated than in the concepts of yin and yang. Polar opposites, no yin can exist without yang and vice versa. Everything negative that happens to an individual is attributed to a lack of balance between yin and yang and the five elements, and everything that goes right, because a proper balance has been achieved. All changes in the universe occur through the workings of Yin and Yang, and the five elements as they flow through their creative and destructive cycles. This principle correlates with what we learn in modern science - all systems tend towards an equilibrium and will act to return to it if disturbed.

In Chinese literature, the Sun is known as the Great Yang and the Moon, the Great Yin.
Yang represents the masculine principle, and signifies activity, aggressiveness, heat, hardness, and things that are illuminated and evident. Yin represents the feminine principle, and signifies things that are dark, hidden, passive, receptive, yielding, cool, and soft. Light is considered yang, and shadow, yin.

Six animals of the Chinese zodiac are naturally yang, and six are naturally yin. A normally yin animal will manifest more aggressively if found in a yang year. For example, the sign of the Goat is normally yin, but as there are yang goat years there are more assertive goat people to be found. Likewise, a yin Tiger or Dragon will be more subdued than the typical yang Tiger or Dragon.

Each element can also be either Yin or Yang - for example, yin metal would be soft and pliable like silver
while yang metal would be hard like steel. In "real" Feng Shui - it is necessary to add elemental representations of the right polarity as well to correct imbalances. Feng Shui books tell us that the reason
many people remain single is because they have too many representations of one or the other polarity in their home decor (Ex. the single female with ALL flower paintings in the bedroom). A few more examples of items that represent each elemental polarity are:

  • Yin Wood - Dried plants, bamboo, paper
  • Yang Wood - Plants that are green and healthy
  • Yin Water- Paintings of water, wavy shaped curtains
  • Yang Water -Fish tanks, fountains
  • Yin Metal - Silver, trinkets, jewelry
  • Yang Metal- Knives, swords, steel
  • Yin Fire - Candles, soft lighting, clove and cinnamon incense
  • Yang Fire - Fireplaces, stoves, ovens
  • Yin Earth - Semiprecious and precious stones, dirt
  • Yang Earth - Rocks, tile, brick
In Zi Wei Dou Shu astrology, which we will address in a later lesson, each "palace" of an overall chart is assigned a yin or yang polarity as well. The effect of the stars in each house will vary based on this olarity. Chinese medicine also attributes many diseases to an imbalance of yin or yang - overly yin diseases include obesity, lethargy, depression, or abnormalities of the female organs. Yang diseases are nervous disorders, heart disease, high blood pressure, and fevers/flu. To correct the disorder, the patient is recommended to correct the imbalance in diet and surroundings.

Yin foods are soft and bland, such as rice, milk, oatmeal and pasta. Yang foods are meat, all spices, wine, and tomato sauces. Obviously, an upset stomach is considered a yang condition!

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Message  Tchoungfou le Lun 8 Sep - 16:25

Lesson 1: Introduction To Chinese Astrology - The Basics


Putting it All Together - The Natural Correspondences of the Animals to Element and Polarity


Now that we have more of the basics under our belts, here is a list of the natural correspondences of each animal sign with respect to element and polarity:

  • The Rat - Yang Water
  • The Ox - Yin Earth
  • The Tiger - Yang Wood
  • The Rabbit - Yin Wood
  • The Dragon - Yang Earth
  • The Snake - Yin Fire
  • The Horse - Yang Fire
  • The Goat (called Sheep in your text)- Yin Earth
  • The Monkey - Yang Metal
  • The Rooster- Yin Metal
  • The Dog- Yang Earth
  • The Pig - Yin Water
What does just the polarity and element tell you about each sign? First of all, the yang signs are more assertive and aggressive than the others. You can expect that a Rat, Tiger, Dragon, Horse, Monkey or Dog will stand up for their beliefs and fight more readily than will the Ox, Rabbit, Snake, Goat, Rooster or Pig! Secondly, as Fire is more aggressive, the Snake is more likely than the other yin signs to be expressive and assertive. Next in line is the yin metal sign - the Rooster, which is known for expressiveness. You may think it is counterintuitive that the Rooster is a yin sign - but look at how the Rooster communicates. The Rooster always has a special finesse about him - which makes him yin.

Now, if we look at the animals that have the same element- we will see that they are yin and yang
manifestations of that element. For instance, the Rat is yang water and the Pig is yin water. Both are communicative, but the Rat is more assertive and aggressive while the Pig is more serving and supportive.

The natural element of each animal is called its Branch element - this is never changing and is also taken into consideration when analyzing a 4 Pillars chart as we will see in the next lesson.

Yet another way of looking at the animal signs is by natural house, as described on page 14 of your Chinese Astrology kit. The six houses are Creativity, Development, Spirituality, Sexuality, Career, and Home Life. A summary of these houses and animal signs within is as follows:

  • Creativity: Yang - Rat, Yin-Ox. The Rat is the starter, and the Ox, the finisher
  • Development: Yang - Tiger, Yin - Rabbit. The Tiger conquers by force, and the Rabbit through negotiation and diplomacy
  • Spirituality: Yang - Dragon, Yin - Snake. The Dragon is the magician and the Snake, the mystic
  • Sexuality: Yang - Horse, Yin - Goat. The Horse represents the masculine principle, and the Goat the feminine
  • Career: Yang - Monkey, Yin - Rooster. The Monkey has dexterity and the Rooster, flair and expressiveness
  • Home Life: Yang - Dog, Yin - Pig. The Dog builds and protects, the Pig furnishes and makes the home comfortable.
It is considered beneficial if a person has two of the same members of a house in their 4 pillars chart, or if their spouse's or business partner's sign completes a house for them even if the natural compatibility between the two signs is not there.
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Lesson 2: The Concept Of Fate: Four Pillars Analysis


This lesson will introduce the concept of fate that permeates Chinese astrology, and will illustrate the fundamental idea of stems and branches. We will construct and analyze a 4 Pillars chart using our text, and we will examine it by life cycles.

Stems and Branches in Chinese Astrology


In the last lesson, we learned that days were counted off by the 10 days of an ancient Chinese week (Stems), and by another week of 12 days (Branches). These repeat in a continuous cycle - which gives sixty different pairings. The Branches are simply the animal names - which we are already familiar with. The stems are the elements - and even and odd numbers are Yin and Yang respectively. For instance, stem 1 is Yang wood and stem 2 is Yin Wood and so forth. A stem and a branch applies for each year, month, day and hour - all are significant to the Chinese astrologer. The stem markings are ancient, and were the first ever time markers to be used by the Chinese as inscribed on Oracle bones (on which they conveniently inscribed the date as well!)

These Stems and Branches are compared to the Stem and Branch of the current hour, day, month, year and decade to determine a person's most likely "fate". Chinese astrology is used to examine this fate, and Feng Shui plus adherence to religious beliefs such as Buddhism and Taoism is used to alleviate or avoid the predicted negative aspects of fate.

The Chinese believe that every positive thing has the seeds of a potential negative and vice versa - so this is not a fatalistic view of the future in total. A fortune teller also has the task of telling the individual what changes can be made to improve upon one's fate. For example, if your 4 Pillars chart (made up of the Stems and Branches for the hour, day, month, and year of your birth) show a lack of an element such as Earth, you are advised to add this element in your clothing and your surroundings.

To calculate your 4 Pillars or 4 Columns of Fate - first read pages 20-25 in the Book of Interpretations in your Chinese Astrology Kit. Next, use the charts in The Charts section and use your puzzle pieces to construct your full chart. As a check and balance, use this link http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/CF... and put in your birth information. Note - this site uses the color that represents the element instead of the element name, i.e., a Black Tiger is a water tiger and a Red Horse is a fire horse.

These 4 Pillars were often used by the Chinese to determine compatible marriages, and business partnerships.


Cycles of Time in the Chinese Calendar

As there are 60 combinations of Stems and Branches, the ancient Chinese counted life cycles in terms of 60 year or Sexagenery combinations. Reigns of emperors and even ages were counted in terms of these cycles. The current cycle we are in now began in 1984, and will finish in 2044. Three of these cycles make up a Great Cycle of 180 years - with each 60 year period being eferred to as an Era. The Eras or yuan are again subdivided into three periods of 20 years each, or yun.

These periods are numbered 1-9 throughout the 60 year cycle. We have begun period 8 in February of 2004 - meaning that the ruling star has changed.
Luck is calculated through each cycle by calculating the stem and branch of each period, and also by looking at where the ruling star falls in ones Zei Wei Dou Shu chart and home (to be discussed at length in future lessons).

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Lesson 2: The Concept Of Fate: Four Pillars Analysis


The Basic Four Pillars Chart


The Four Pillars method can be traced back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), and is still much used in Feng Shui astrology and general analysis today. The Four Pillars or Columns chart is called such as the Chinese writing causes it to fall into columns. Each pillar or column contains a stem and a branch - and each column relates to the year, month, day and hour of birth. The first column refers to the year animal and element, the second to the month animal and element, the third to the day animal and element, and the last to the hour animal and element. Now that you have your Four Pillars chart - the first thing to do is look at the element and year of your birth. Is the element of the year compatible with the natural element of the birth animal? If not, look at where it is in the destructive cycle, and look to the other signs and elements in the Four Pillars chart - remembering that an element in between the two destructive elements can have a positive effect.

Next, look to the yearly animal sign for indications of personality. It is analogous to the Western astrology Sun Sign, and is the biggest influencer of personality and individual type. Now, look for special combinations of animal signs in the 4 Pillars as described on pages 2-3 of the Charts book of your Chinese Astrology Kit. These special combinations are the Four Triangles:

  1. Rat, Dragon and Monkey: This is the triangle of creativity and is often found in the charts of writers, musicians and artists. It bestows great creativity on its natives.
  2. Rabbit, Goat (or Sheep) and Pig: This is the triangle of Home and Family, and it indicates a happy and comfortable home life
  3. Tiger, Horse and Dog: This is the triangle of ambition, and it portends solid business success or success in any chosen field.
  4. Ox, Snake and Rooster: This is the triangle of trade and commerce, and it portends success in marketing, sales, and trade.
All the triangle combinations are considered extremely favorable in one's 4 Pillars chart. The next configurations, the three crosses, are only lucky if you have all four signs. If you are missing one, you
will have a lack of that animal element affecting your luck as described on page 3 of the Charts book.:

  1. Rat, Rabbit, Horse, and Rooster: This is the Flowers of Love and indicates power and fame.
  2. Ox, Dragon, Goat(Sheep) and Dog: This is the Literary Cross, and indicates literary and artistic talent and potential.
  3. Tiger, Snake, Monkey and Pig: This is the Four Coaching Posts and indicates continuous travel and luck with travel.
Now, look to see if Yin and Yang and the elements are well balanced in the chart. If not, this individual will have an over abundance of the heaviest weightings. A good way to analyze this is to use this site http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/ch... to calculate the weightings of each element. The element with the least weight is said to be the "lucky" element, or the one that the individual needs to bring into his or her life. Look also to the compatibilities between the animal signs and elements overall. Look more carefully at the month animal and element - these are said to represent the person's parents, siblings and childhood influences. The day Pillar represents one's marriage and adult life, and the hour
Pillar represents one's children and living conditions in later life.
Many Chinese astrologers consider the month pillar to be the most important one in determining the circumstances of one's life as adult life is the longest life period.

Now, turn to page 17 of the Interpretations book of your Chinese Astrology Kit and look at the creative element cycle again. This analysis is known as the Attribute Cycle. Using your element cards, place your self element(day stem) at the top of the chart. This element also stands for your friends and competition. For example, let's say this element is Fire. Then, the next element over to the right will be Earth, and this stands for your output or expression. The very next one controls your wealth, and the next your power. The last one before we return to the beginning controls your resources and indicates where necessary resource will come from.

Look again to the Day Stem element and see what supports this element (is immediately preceding it in the constructive cycle). Is this element present in this person's chart? If so, then this is an indicator of a happy life. If not - this person is advised to bring this element into his or her life. We pay special attention to the Day Heavenly (the stems are sometimes called Heavenly Stems) Stem in relation to the Month element and sign - if the Month Stem and Branch are compatible and supportive of the Day Stem and so is the season of birth, then the person is said to be "strong" in his or her Day element. This means times ruled by this element are lucky times for this person. It can be weak by not having other compatible stems and branches in the chart, the person being born in the wrong season, or too much of the preceding element in the creative cycle "draining" it.
If it is weak, then the lucky element will be the one preceding it in the creative cycle as it needs creating in this person's life.

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Lesson 2: The Concept Of Fate: Four Pillars Analysis


Analysis of an Example 4 Pillars Charts - Princess Diana and Saddam Hussein


The best way to understand how to analyze a 4 Pillars Chart is to take an example. In this section, we are going to analyze two different charts using the methods described in the last section. Princess Diana's sample chart is on page 90 of the Interpretations book in your Chinese Astrology kit - I suggest you turn to this page and refer to it as we go along.

Looking at her 4 Pillars chart - we see that she was born in the year of the Ox (natural Yin Earth), with the year element and polarity being Yin Metal. She had all the strength and determination of the Ox, plus the natural grace and beauty bestowed by the double Yin combination. The sign of the Ox also gave her a legendary stubbornness! Earth provides Metal - so her year element shows compatibility with the natural element of her sign, the Ox. This further shows a well integrated personality, she was down to earth and practical, yet courageous per the Metal element. The natural sign of the Ox is Spring, yet Diana was born in the summer - one indication of the inauspiciousness of her chart.

Reviewing the rest of the signs in her 4 Pillars analysis, she was born in the month of the Horse (natural element Yang fire) with month element Yang Wood, the day of the Goat (natural element Yin Earth) with day element Yin Wood, and the Hour of the Rabbit (natural element Yin Wood) with hour element Yin Earth.

Looking at her animal combinations, we see that she has none of the special configurations we looked at in the last section.
The presence of the Goat and the Rabbit in her chart further add to her grace and artistic talents, plus her legendary kindness and caring for those less fortunate. The Goat and Rabbit are compatible signs, which
also reinforces her as a well integrated personality. Relating the Goat to the Ox shows that dangers could arise for her from inner conflicts and indecisiveness, and relating the Horse to the Ox shows problems
with relationships, especially with the Horse falling as her month animal which rules earlier familial relationships such as parents and siblings. The relationship between the Ox and the Rabbit show that she
had a strong internal need for a happy family life. The Rabbit sign is in conflict also with the Horse - showing a conflict between her individuality and her need for social attention. The combination of the
Horse and the Goat gives her fairness and solid judgment capabilities.

Looking at the balance of Yin and Yang - she was definitely imbalanced on the side of Yin. The most heavily weighted element and polarity is Yin Earth - meaning sudden wealth which did happen to her. She has NO water in her chart - meaning this is what she needed to bring into her life to overcome the adverse aspects of her chart.

Her Day stem or key element is Yin Wood, as this was not supported by any Water (before it in the creative cycle), her childhood was not a happy one. However, the next sign after Wood, Fire, is present so she was very gracious and attentive in taking care of her own children. Her hour pillar being Yin Earth Rabbit also shows extreme generosity and kindness towards her children, she gave them the love she lacked as a child. Her Day element is weak, due to the lack of supportive Water and also due to the season in which she was born - further indicating that living next to Water or bringing water into her life would have helped her considerably. This day stem being weak also points to competitors instead of friends being ruled by it - she indeed had many people who were jealous of her. Her day element or Heavenly Stem is Wood, and the Earthly Branch of the Month is the Horse, with a natural element of Fire - wood creates fire so these are in balance.

Looking into the Attribute cycle, her expression element was Fire. This gave her great enthusiasm in communication and eloquence in speech. Earth controlled her wealth - this is usually the sign of someone who becomes wealthy and keeps their fortune. Metal controlling her power meant that she was indeed a person who would strive towards power and influence, as she did. Water controls her resources - again we see the lack of water creating a problem in her life with respect to internal resources. Most of her wealth and position came from marriage, not from her own endeavors. We will analyze how the years and cycles affected her in the next lesson.
Now, let's look at Saddam Hussein's chart and see what we find. First, use this link, http://www.******.com/etelchin.htm and download the complementary Izi Wei
astrology software. Double click on the desktop icon, and click on the"Create, modify,....." button. Select Saddam Hussein, and click OK. In the central window, select 4 Pillars and OK twice. Now, you should have
his 4 Pillars chart in front of you. Let's analyze it!

Looking at his year animal, although the program calls it a Buffalo, we knowthis sign as the sign of the Ox, with the element and polarity of Yin Fire. A fire ox is mo re aggressive than the typical Ox - whose naturalelement is Yin Earth. Fire is ahead of Earth in the creative cycle, so these are compatible. The sign of the Ox makes Saddam very practical, determined, powerful and stubborn! We see also that he was born in the Spring, so his sign and birth time are in balance, making him a luckyindividual. He has none of the special configurations we mentioned in
the last lesson. Half of his stems and branches are Yin, the other half are Yang - meaning he should be well-balanced with the traits of both.
The weightings of his elements shows a lack of Water just like in Diana's chart - this is the element he would have needed to bring intohis life to be successful.

The Tiger, Rooster, Dragon and Ox are his 4 Pillars animal signs - all aggressive and powerful signs! The combination of the Ox and the Tiger creates internal conflicts within an individual which causes mood swings and rapid changes of personality, but the Rooster gives luck in commerce and trade, which was evidenced by the massive treasure he accumulated. It also shows that the individual will live in a luxurious home with every comfort.
The combination of the Rooster and the Tiger brings esteem and recognition, - Saddam was destined to be in the public eye. This combination also make one more inclined to step on others to get to the
top. Adding to this is the combination of the Dragon and Tiger - showing strong determination for power and luxury. The combination of the Dragon and Rooster means that he is a very jealous person when it
comes to his relationships. The combination of the Rooster and Ox adds a drive for expansion, and the accumulation of things.The daystem or "Master" is Yin Wood - which is weak as it is not supported by
any Water and exhausts the Earth in the rest of the chart. As Fire does exist in the chart - similarly to Diana - he did not have a great childhood but definitely cared for his children. As this element is
weak, Saddam had many enemies. His output and expression is ruled by Fire, making him a fiery orator and very expressive. The Day Master sign is the Rooster, which is compatible with the Month sign, the
Dragon, but adds to his tendency to be very power-centric. The combination of a day stem of Yin Wood and Yang Earth shows Earned Wealth -this was indeed the case. In the branches, we also see Yin
Earth which signifies Sudden Wealth as well (page 75 of your Interpretations book). But Yin Metal in the Day branch is an unfavorable sign, and the element needed for happiness, Yang Water, is missing.

The Wood Dragon is his month sign - showing that his parents and siblings were very noble, but somewhat despotic and snobbish. His adult life and marriage is symbolized by the Wood
Rooster, which is a sign of ambition and gives an overly proud disposition and a quick tongue. The Hour pillar is the Earth Tiger - which are somewhat compatible, but the branch element of Wood depletes
the Earth - his last years are not favorable ones and his own mistakes have cost him wealth and power.

His wealth, according to the attribute cycle is controlled by Metal - which is unfavorably placed in
his chart. This shows the sudden demise of his wealth. The next element in this cycle is water which controls his resources - oil is shipped over water so this is definitely true. The lack of water in his life
and chart once again is evident.
The full ****** analysis is available by clicking on the appropriate link. Some of the analysis they show is different from our approach, but a lot can be learned from
going through the detail.

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Lesson 3: Forecasting The Future Using The Four Pillars Analysis


This lesson will offer a deeper view into how to predict a person's fortune during a given year using their Four Pillars chart. We will look more deeply into example charts and their fortunes using these techniques, beginning with how one will fare year to year.

The simplest way to see how someone or something (remember, charts also apply to buildings, companies and countries!) will fare in a particular year is to assess the animal sign, polarity and element of that person's birth year in relationship to the new year.

For example, I was born in the year of the Yang Water Tiger. We are now in the year of the Yang Wood Monkey. The Tiger and Monkey are not compatible signs (they fall 60 degrees apart, and the rule in your text is that those signs that are multiple of 30 degrees on a circle are incompatible), the text tells me that this is a season for great caution. Also, Wood depletes Water which is my natal yearly element. So
far --- this HAS been a tough year!

Another quick way of assessing the impact of the year is to consider the Day Stem element - mine is Yin Metal - looking on page 81 of our text, this should be my
year of Earned Wealth. This is also happening in my life right now.


Analysis of Stems and Branches in Decades of One's Life

Chinese astrology divides a person's life into periods of 10 years known as Life Cycle Decades.
This is a comprehensive way of looking at the periods of a person's life to determine their most likely fate and what they need to do toenhance or mitigate it. Pages 84 - 87 of the Interpretations section of
your text details the best methods to use for this analysis. First turn to the inside flap of the Charts book and fill in everything you know.
Next, turn to page 84 of the Interpretations book and follow steps 2-8.
Carefully read the example on page 86 as well. Make sure that you have listed all the polarities for each stem element, i.e. Yin or Yang as they have different effects.

Knowing what we have learned about the creative and destructive cycle of the elements, PLUS using the Important Factors table on the second page of every element description, now compare both stems for each decade against the day stem to see whether it is supported or attacked. Look carefully for the indicators of Sudden Wealth, Earned Wealth, Happiness, etc (on the pages for each element) - these are likely to be decades in which thesethings occur to the individual. Both elements in each decade should be
comp ared to the day stem. If one is favorable and one is not - each will effect the other to make the decade more neutral. The stem of the animal sign will be stronger in the years favorable to that sign, and
weaker in the years in which it is not supported. Also, the first stem is stronger in the first five years of the decade, and the animal sign stem stronger in the second five years. Now, read pages 90-93 to see the book's example analyses of the Life Cycle Decades of Princess Diana and Albert Einstein.

As an additional example, my day stem is Yin Metal. I have just entered into a decade which features Yin Fire as the stem element, and Yin Metal as the animal element. Yin Fire is known as the "Seventh Curse"
to Yin Metal day stem people - but it is mitigated by the presence of Yin Metal as the animal element. This means that I will have better years in which the Rooster is strong (years of the Snake and Ox), and
not so good years when the effect of the Rooster is diminished. I will also add more Water to my decor during these years to quench the Yin Fire.

It is also important, when looking at a compatibility analysis, to analyze the life cycles of both partners. Some cycles will be highly favorable to the couple, and others will activate or accentuate an incompatibility within the chart. For example, if one partner was born in a Tiger year and the other has the Ox as the day branch but other compatible elements - this conflict will worsen in either a Tiger or an Ox ruled decade. If you find a tense decade period, it is then very instructive to also look at each year individually.
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Lesson 3: Forecasting The Future Using The Four Pillars Analysis


How to Use the Chinese Almanac


The traditional Chinese almanac, or Tong Shu, has long been consulted by Chinese families on a daily basis to determine the lucky or unlucky days for performing common activities. An abbreviated form
of these almanac that identifies "clothes cutting" days (in the ancient texts, the first two words were "Cut Clothes") can be found on pages 94-95 of the Interpretations book of your Chinese Astrology Kit.
You can use the wheel method provided in your kit, or go to one of the web based almanacs that are available either free day-by-day, or based on subscriptions.

One such site gives you three days free, the day of your question as well as the day before and after: http://www.dragon-gate.com/resources/Fen...
. To use this almanac, consult the day's 4 Pillars and analyze them in the same manner we used for the decade analysis against your day stem. Next, look at the bottom to see whether the day is favorable or not for your yearly animal sign. Auspicious and inauspicious directions are given, along with the directions for key deities for wealth, etc that can be effectively used by making sure you face these directions when performing key activities. The daily purple-white flying star is given - we will discuss this further in later lessons. Auspicious and inauspicious ages are given as well.

The result of many careful calculations, the Tong Shu also gives indications at the top of what activities are auspicious for the day, and which ones are not. As this is an ancient calendar, many of the listed activities do not apply in our modern world (today, for example, I was supposed to not dress in sackcloth).

Of particular importance in the practice of Feng Shui is the daily calculation of the position of the God of Wealth, this information is used to place strategically located items thought to bring wealth to the family in that corner of the home. The calculations that are required to create the Tong Shu are highly complex and do vary among versions created by different Chinese families. It is important to consult a Tong Shu from a highly respected source to ensure the accuracy of the information.

Different versions of the Tong Shu exist online, and for purchase. It is
considered very good luck to keep a bound Tong Shu in your home! The Tong Shu also shows the direction of the God of Wealth for the Chinese New Year, a most auspicious time.
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Lesson 3: Forecasting The Future Using The Four Pillars Analysis


Putting it Together


A true analysis requires that we blend together all that we have learned. In order to give a client or friend (a client could even be a building, company or project) a complete chart analysis using the
techniques we have learned so far, we first construct and analyze the Four Pillars chart as described in the last lesson. Next, we construct a decade analysis to see how this person will fare over each
decade of their life. If a decade appears particularly auspicious or inauspicious, we then go to the individual years and look at them one by one to see the variations we can expect. Key months can be examined
also for insights.

In order to gain more clarity in the near future (next 30-60 days), we then consult the Tong Shu and look at the 4 pillars for each day and construct an analysis using their day stem. Using all the information given in the Tong Shu, a fairly accurate description of the person's luck can be given near term along with advice on how to counteract any upcoming negativity.

This type analysis is useful in predicting what dates and periods of time are best for trying to conceive a child, get funding for a new business, get married, or determine the course of a business partnership. It is
also a good idea to look at the symbolism of the type of activity being planned in conjunction with the symbolism of the element and animal of each pillar - for example, a trade show or key communications meeting would be auspiciously planned when the stem is Water or the branch is an animal natively ruled by Water. It is also a good idea to look at whether the period in question is predominantly Yin or Yang - and whether or not the activity planned is Yin or Yang and therefore
compatible.

At this point in our studies, we have accumulated enough tools to conduct a reasonable individual, composite, or event analysis for ourselves or others. In fact, this is as much of Chinese
astrology as many astrologers ever learn! We, however, will continue in our studies. Next, we will add even more tools to our skill-set by learning the fine and complex art of Zi Wei Do Shu and 9 Star Ki.
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Lesson 4: An Introduction to Nine-Star Ki


This lesson will discuss the methods of Nine Star Ki - and how it is used in personal Feng Shui. We will examine the history of Nine-Star Ki and how it originated, then perform an analysis of sample charts using these methods.


A Brief History of Nine-Star Ki

Nine Star Ki, also known as Kyu Sei Ki Gakuin in Japan and Nine House (Palace) Astrology in China, is the most ancient astrology used in the far East. As it is prevalent in Japan, it is often referred to as "Japanese Astrology".

The origin of Nine Star Ki can be dated to pre-historic China where Xia Yu
(about 2180 B.C.), was made Emperor. His knowledge of flood control and water flow made great contributions to Chinese society at the time. While Xia Yu was supervising his flood control project, he came across a giant tortoise, which symbolizes longevity and happiness. Xia Yu noticed there were markings on the shell that were positioned in different octagon partitions that are common to the tortoise shell pattern. This diagram is known as the Luo Shu (The Book of Luo). The Nine Star Ki arose using this diagram and the nine partitions on the Luo Shu.

Nine Star Ki uses sequences of nine years, and it is based on a belief that everything follows this repetitive pattern of nine "states", which has also been described as different values of a wave function (sorry, I also teach math!). Nine Star Ki is related to Feng Shui and is often called Feng Shui astrology. It differs from Feng Shui as it deals with the movement of energy with time, and Feng Shui deals with movement of energy across space. A very good description of the energy of each pattern and Nine Star Ki in general can be found at this link: http://www.newagequest.com/NAIC/ninestar...

Returning to the topic of the Magic Square or Lo-Shu, we can understand the symbolism of each of the stars better through examining this more closely. An interesting point to note is that no matter which way you add up the numbers, they ALWAYS add up to 15. Also, looking at the Magic Square of Bagua, the 9 at the top of the square is facing South (South is always on top in Nine-Star Ki) - and South is the direction of Fire in most mythologies including Celtic. In the East is the number 3 which represents spring and the dawn, in the West, the number 7 which represents the autumn and dusk. 1 is in the North, and represents winter and cold. The soil stars are in a diagonal from SW to NE containing the center.

These spaces also constitute the Bagua of Feng Shui - which we will discuss further in a later lesson.


The Concept of Ki or Chi as Energy


No discussion of Nine Star Ki would be complete without an explanation of the concept of Ki or Chi. Most of the ancient world believed in the movement of energy cycles, either through time or space. This central concept of life force energy is the basis for acupuncture, Chinese medicine, Feng Shui,
astrology, yoga, and martial arts and it permeates all Oriental cultures. The Hindus know this energy as Prana, and the ancient Egyptians as Kaa. This energy was thought to have arisen from two places - from the soil or earth, and from the heavens which determined our seasons and climate. This energy was said to be filtered by nine stars - with the outer limits being the two stars Vega and Polaris, and the inner stars being the seven stars of the Big Dipper constellation.

Getting in touch with our internal Ki or Chi allows us to expand our life potential greatly, and tap into the tremendous potential that is in every one of us. Many classes are taught that emphasize chi breathing as a way of reenergizing our life force energy. Chi is a central concept in martial arts as well as Tai Chi - which is a form of exercise that is growing in popularity. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine use the concept of chi extensively in making diagnoses, as well as treating diseases.

Once again we return to the concept of balance in Chinese astrology - an imbalance of any of the elements or polarity leads to an imbalance of chi - which creates all negative conditions in our lives.
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Lesson 4: An Introduction to Nine-Star Ki


The Nine Principal Numbers and What They Mean


The quickest way to find out your three Nine Star Ki numbers is to visit this site http://www.chhub.com/
and fill in your birth data. You will receive a detailed reading of your personal principal number, and you will also receive the character and energetic number without looking at complicated charts. The principal number shows what pattern you were born under, and gives a great deal of information about your personality and fundamental nature. Full descriptions of each principal number are given from pages
32-70 of the book Feng Shui Astrology.Here is a brief synopsis of each, for easy reference:

  1. Number 1 White Water Star:
    This star is symbolized by the I Ching trigram K'an and represents the
    energy of the Middle Son. The color is white or transparent. Number One
    White Water star people are very flexible, sensitive and intuitive
    people. They can have a subdued appearance, but inside are very strong.
    They make good arbitrators, lawyers, or mediators.
  2. Number 2 Black Soil Star: This star is symbolized by
    the I Ching trigram K'un and represents the energy of the mother. The
    color is black. They are very reliable and steadfast people, with
    strong ideals. They are very patient people - but although our text
    says they are not natural born leaders, they can be great leaders if
    they perceive a need to be of service.
  3. Number 3 Bright Green Tree Star: This star is
    symbolized by the I Ching trigram Chen and represents the energy of the
    Eldest Son or Thunder and Awakening. The color is bright green. They
    are very active people with the energy of Spring. They like to explore
    and are full of new ideas and fresh opinions. They are open and honest,
    and can be frank to the point of bluntness
  4. Number 4 Green Tree Star: This star is symbolized by
    the I Ching Trigram Sun and represents the energy of the Eldest
    Daughter or Wind. The color is dark green. They make great experts on
    any subject, and are romantics and idealists. They enjoy lofty ideals,
    and are very sensitive people. They make good counselors as they are
    good listeners.
  5. Number 5 Yellow Soil Star: This star has no symbolism
    and represents the axis or center upon which all the other signs
    revolve. The energy is of the 7th Child - as such, this sign takes on a
    different familial quality - almost as an outside influence. They are
    strong leaders and find themselves the center of any group they are
    part of. They are great business managers, and love to collect things.
  6. Number 6 White Metal Star: This star is symbolized by
    the I Ching Trigram Ch'ien and the energy of Heaven. The familial
    energy is of the Father, and the color is White. These people are
    stolidly practical and are strong leaders. They have very strong
    ethical values and are noble in manner. They are the most loyal of all
    the signs, and make great leaders of any organization.
  7. Number 7 Red Metal Star: This star is symbolized by
    the I Ching Trigram Tui and the energy of the Lake. The familial energy
    is that of the Youngest Daughter, and the color is red. 7 Red Metal
    people are fun loving and enjoy nice clothing and accessories. On the
    outside, they appear superficial, but are strong on the inside. They
    are charismatic and expressive in nature, and make great public
    speakers.
  8. Number 8 White Soil Star: This star is symbolized by
    the I Ching Trigram Ken, and the energy of the Mountain. The familial
    energy is that of the Youngest Son. These people are kind hearted,
    generous and family oriented. They have good luck with investments and
    business, and are strong and stable. They are deep thinkers and very
    resilient.
  9. Number 9 Purple Fire Star: This star is symbolized by
    the I Ching Trigram Li, and by the element of Fire. The familial energy
    is that of the Middle Daughter, and the color is purple. These people
    are great initiators and idea's people, but can fall short on the
    follow through. They are warm and passionate, and intense like the Sun.
    They can be very changeable as well. They excel in public relations and
    sales jobs.
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Character Number, Energetic Number, and Analysis


Although our principal number represents our primary characteristics, the character number describes our childhood behavior pattern - it is who we are until we have completed two - nine year cycles or reach the age of 18. It also shows how we respond to pressure - many of us revert to our childhood nature under these situations.
This is the second of the three numbers that describe us completely in Nine-Star Ki. To find your character number, either use the site link given in the last section or page 91 in your Feng Shui Astrology book.
A detailed description of what each character number means is given on pages 89-101 of this book.

Your energetic number


The last of the three numbers is the energetic number. Analogous to the ascendant
in Western Astrology, it describes the "face" you show to others upon first meeting and it governs the impressions you create. The easiest way to find your energetic number is to use the site I gave in a prior
section. Otherwise, turn to page 103 of the Feng Shui Astrology book and look at the nine magic squares shown. Find which one of the magic squares has your character number in the center - then note where your principal number falls in this same square. The bottom square is the Magic Square of Bagua
- find the number that falls in the same house as the house your primary number occupies in your chosen square, and this will be your energetic number.

Pages 105-111 give brief descriptions of energetic numbers through the nine combinations. A better way of interpreting them is to use the method Western astrology uses for the ascendant - find the number then read the primary number description for that number, taking care to interpret it as what you project instead of as what you are internally.

Now that we have all three numbers, we can blend an individual chart just like we do in Western astrology. The principal number primarily governs the behavior and psychology, the character number the behavior under stress, and the energetic number, the facade. Pages 112-159 of the Feng Shui Astrology book gives descriptions of the characteristics for each of the 81 types, along with famous people representative of each.

Sample Analysis


Once again, we learn best by example, therefore I am including two in this last section. The first chosen is the famous rock star Madonna - August 16th 1958 6-8-3 Her personality is bigger than life, as
indicated by her energetic number of 3 Bright Green Tree star. This number combination makes her very stylish, with strong social appeal and leadership capability. She's discriminative in her choice of
friends & associates. If she likes you, she'll be very considerate, if she doesn't--she'll avoid you completely. She needs a lot of quiet and private time as shown by the character number 8 - especially when under stress. This type expends a lot of energy to achieve their goals.
Impulsiveness can cause them to make poor judgments. Because she wants so many things she can find it hard to zero in on just one activity at a time. This type must learn not to rush into things where impatience could ruin all. They also have good luck in money matters.

The second example is my daughter, born 2/5/1993 7-8-4. I have the most experience with her so can analyze her better than any other astrologer! She is still in her second 9 year cycle, so she manifests the energy of the number 8 most now. True to the 8 nature, she needs a lot of alone time and values her space - often chasing her little sister out of it! She comes across as quiet, dependable and reliable but changeable, with many moods (the Wind and the 4 Energetic Number). The sign 7 is already starting to manifest - she wants to become a fashion designer and is showing a flare for combining clothing in an artistic fashion. With people she knows well, she is very charismatic and fun loving.

I hope this has given you a flavor for how to blend the three numbers into a more complete character analysis!
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Lesson 4: An Introduction to Nine-Star Ki


Predicting the Future with Nine Star Ki


As Nine Star Ki is used to show the movement of Ki with time - it is used often to see how a certain period of time will affect an individual. To determine the Nine Star positions for the year - turn to
page 23 of the Feng Shui Astrology book to find the yearly principle number. This is the number that occupies the center of the Magic Square for this year. In 2004, the principal number is 5 so for the remainder of this year, your principal number will occupy its natural house position, wherever that may be for you individually.

To interpret the effect this will have on you, read the natural characteristics of the house number that your birth number naturally resides in. For instance, if your number is now in a number 3 house, you can expect many adventures and new beginnings this year. If it falls in a 6 metal house, this will be a great year for prosperity and wealth. Pages 173-210 detail the type of year you will have for each house position. Likewise, each month will also have an effect, however a lesser one. Page 212 features a chart that allows us to determine which star is prevalent for each month of a year. This prevalent month energy can either offset or add to the energy of the year as well. As a general rule, the month energy is not as strong as the year energy - but stronger than the day energy. Blend and contrast the amounts and types of chi in your analysis accordingly.

At this point in your study, it would be useful to compare the predictions of the 9 Star Ki with that of the Four Pillars decade, yearly, and monthly analysis. This is part of what the creators of the Tong Shu Chinese almanacs calculate and report to gain a more complete and sophisticated assessment of each time period.

Armed with this knowledge, the true astrologer can prepare for the energies of the month, day, and year and harness their power to create a better, more astute life path. Once you have these skills under your belt, ignore them at your own risk!
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Lesson 5: An Introduction To Zi Wei Dou Shu Astrological Analysis


This lesson will discuss the more advanced topic of the Chinese stars, and how they relate to palaces so as to create someone's full Chinese chart. We will use a shareware program to analyze example
charts, and we will discuss beneficial and detrimental stars in each palace or house. As this is a very complex topic that takes the masters many years to learn, this section will serve as an introduction only!


The Twelve Palaces

Zi Wei Dou Shu is based on the Chinese lunar calendar, and similar to Western astrology, divides a chart into twelve houses or palaces that represent the twelve Chinese earthly animals. In order to begin
our understanding of this complex system, it is very important that we first learn the significance of each of these houses or palaces. Each palace is as follows:

  1. Life Palace: This is the most
    important palace and represents the personality or character of a
    person. It tells the person's destiny. This is also called the "Ming" palace.
  2. Parents Palace: This represents our parents and our family backgrounds.
  3. Happiness Palace: This represents the moral, spiritual,
    and emotional aspects of a person. This tells us whether a person will
    live peacefully or not.
  4. Property Palace: This represents the property, inheritance, investments a person will own.
  5. Career Palace: This represents the type of career that
    is most suitable for a person. It also determines the amount of success
    you can expect from your chosen career.
  6. Friends Palace: This represents the kind of peers and
    colleagues a person will have and whether they will be helpful or not.
    It also represents the relationship you have with your friends.
  7. Travel Palace: This represents whether you will need to relocate to achieve success, and the travel you will undertake in your life.
  8. Health Palace: This represents your health condition such as the kinds of diseases you'll likely to encounter.
  9. Wealth Palace: This represents your financial income
    and can predict whether a person will have steady income, or encounter
    losses. This also tells whether income is from hard work or other sources.
  10. Children Palace: This represents whether a person will
    have children or not; whether the children are well behaved or not;
    whether the children will be rich or not. This also represents the
    relationship a person will have with his/her children. This also
    represents nieces and nephews.
  11. Spouse or Marriage Palace: This represents the
    character of the spouse and relationship with spouse. This palace can
    also predict whether marriage will end in divorce, and whether there
    will be affairs.
  12. Siblings Palace: This represents the relationship between brothers and sisters. It also tells about the characters of brothers/sisters.
Zi Wei Do Shu analysis uses these twelve palaces, and shows the positions of both beneficial and detrimental stars in each palace to predict the person's most likely future and fate. The earthly animals have fixed positions in a Zi Wei Do Shu chart, whereas the location of the palaces will vary based upon the birth information. In different charts, the Tiger house may be the Siblings Palace or the Wealth Palace, depending on natal information.

A palace is affected and influenced by the adjacent palaces, the opposite palace and the related harmony palaces. When there are no major stars in a palace which is under study, the major stars in the opposite palace is then examined as if the stars there are actually in the palace being analyzed. This is because the opposite palace is like a mirror image of the palace being analyzed. These two palaces have the strongest influence on each other.

The palaces rotate around the chart throughout the years. A person has a 10 year luck chart and an annual luck chart. A person's first 10 year luck chart is the same as the original natal chart. The second 10 year luck chart has the Life Palace either occupying the Parents Palace or Siblings Palace, depending upon whether the person being analyzed is a male or a female. The other palaces move one place following the Life Palace. This rotation in the chart causes the person's luck to change.
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Lesson 5: An Introduction To Zi Wei Dou Shu Astrological Analysis


The Major Stars and Their Meanings


Unlike Nine-Star Ki, there are about 115 stars used in Zi Wei Do Shu! These are not actual stars, but mathematical symbols used to represent different energies that transit through our lives. 14 of these are considered major stars, and have more impact than the others.

A very amusing story that makes the "stars" come to life in legend can be found at this link: http://www.geocities.com/ziwei_doushu/wa... . Called "Waltzing with the Stars", it is a fascinating story giving personality to each of the major star influences. Each of the major stars are detailed as follows:


  1. Zi Wei - The King, King of Stars, or Emperor
    This star is the basis for the name of this astrological system, and is also
    known as the Emperor Star. Where it falls in your chart is where you
    are demanding and imperial. If it falls in your Spouse palace, you will
    marry someone that wants to be treated like a king or queen!
    .
  2. Tian Ji – Always Moving, Motor Tian Ji represents active
    intelligence, but can be unstable because of it's changeable nature.
    This can indicate someone who learns quickly and is a great negotiator.
    However, if located in your Spouse palace, it can represent instability
    in your marriage
    .
  3. Tai Yang – The Sun
    The symbolism of the Sun is expansive and expressive, but can also indicate an area where we are boastful and blunt
    .
  4. Wu Qu – The Army General, Dance
    Wu Qu represents military authority. In your Wealth palace, this star can bring prosperity and a
    successful career. However, those with this star in their first house can be the type who gives orders easier than taking them!
    .
  5. Tian Tong – The Relaxed Lover of Life, Servitor
    Tian Tong brings a love of luxury and the good things in life. It can indicate
    where you will have an easy time of things, and also where you will be
    a little lazy. This star is often associated with weight issues. It
    also indicates where you will daydream and romanticize things
    .
  6. Lian Zhen – The Politician, Virgin
    Lian Zhen is the politician star and also one of the “peach blossom” stars – those stars
    associated with romance, flirting and affairs. If positively positioned, it can bring success in dealing with others, if poorly positioned, it can represent being "too slick", problems with
    infidelity, gambling, or alcohol
    .
  7. Tian Fu – Emperor’s Treasury,Palace
    Tian Fu is the star that represents great wealth, and is symbolic of great company leaders.
    If it is in your Self house, it can indicate business potential. If poorly aspect, it represents the white collar criminal or embezzler
    .
  8. Tai Yin – The Moon
    The symbolism here is the same as the Moon in Western astrology; psychic skills, intuition and feminine traits are indicated. If this falls in your self house, it is said to make you very physically attractive
    .
  9. Tan Lang - Impatient and Hungry, Aphrodite
    This is the "Greedy Wolf" star - it can motivate you to get much done or make you very greedy and impatient wherever it falls
    .
  10. Ju Men – The Huge Door or “Big Mouth”, Giant Gate
    Similar to Mercury in Western astrology, this star governs communication or how
    you use your "mouth". If well positioned, it gives gifts as an orator or public speaker. If poorly positioned, you can spend a lot of your life "with your foot in your mouth"
    .
  11. Tian Xiang – The Emperor’s Minister, General
    Tian Xiang is a rather passive or non-ambitious star and can indicate a person who
    will do better at administrative jobs rather than those in the spotlight. It is a loyal and hardworking star
    .
  12. Tian Liang - Longevity, Honest
    This is a "go-getter" star, but represents a passage through bad times before reaping the harvest.
    It can indicate talent as a religious leader
    .
  13. Qi Sha – The Risk Taker, Seven Swords
    Qi Sha is a very strong star, and gives the ability to take risks. It can indicate an
    area of our lives where we see things in black and white only, and where we will not bend
    .
  14. Po Jun – The Resistance Breaker, Demolisher
    Po Jun is another strong and aggressive star that shatters and breaks things– all
    must be torn down. Guided properly, the person can learn to create a new, better structure. Po Jun can make a person tough to get along with if found in the self house
    .
In addition to these major stars, there are four so-called Transforming Stars:

  1. Hua Lu “Transforms Salary” also called Fortune, helps bring money, good luck and helpful people – this is the best of the 4 transforming stars
    .
  2. Hua Qua “Transforms Authority” also called Power, brings power and authority
    .
  3. Hua Ke “Transforms Name” also called Success, brings fame and name
    .
  4. Hua Ji “Transforms to Trouble” also called Cloud, is a
    very inauspicious star that transforms the star it is attached to
    negatively. For example, Ju Men with Hua Ji can cause you to speak
    tactlessly - Ju Men represents the mouth and Hua Ji brings trouble to
    the mouth, thus problems with speech
    .
Please note that you will find that every "school" of thought names the stars differently, but the meaning remains the same. You should be able to recognize each by their energies and descriptions. By now, you all should have successfully downloaded the Izi Wai software from delemmne.com ; if not, I suggest you do this now. Click on the "What is a Zei Wei Dou Shu Chart" and review the tutorial here. You will notice that the 14 major stars are grouped into three groups - Civil, Martial and Royal; a Civil person is intellectual, the Royal noble, and the Martial, very energetic. Also, in this software, note that the Self house is called the Destiny house.

Now, click on the Izi Wai help file link. Although many Zei Wei Dou Shu astrologers only work with the above 18 stars, you can learn here about the remaining stars if interested.
There are three levels of use with this software; Light gives you the top 39, Medium adds 12 additional stars, and expert adds the remaining 58.

Next, we will step through an actual analysis to see how these energies blend and how they relate to one another. Unlike Nine-Star Ki, there are about 115 stars used in Zi Wei Do Shu! These are not actual stars, but mathematical symbols used to represent different energies that transit through our lives. 14 of these are considered major stars, and have more impact than the others.
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Lesson 5: An Introduction To Zi Wei Dou Shu Astrological Analysis


An Example Analysis


Prior to working on our first analysis, go to back to the Tutorial on Chinese Zei Wei Dou Shu analysis in our shareware software program, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on the Generalities link.
Here, you will see that each box or palace is assigned also an animal, a polarity, and an element in addition to the life area it rules. The calculations used to determine these as well as the stars that reside
in them is very laborious, which is why we are using a program! Note also that each box corresponds to a decade of life, hence Zei Wei Dou Shu is also a planning and fortune telling tool. The correspondence of
the boxes flows like this:

  • For a man born in a Yang Year: clockwise
  • For a woman born in a Yin Year: clockwise
  • For a man born in a Yin Year: anticlockwise
  • For a woman born in a Yang Year: anticlockwise
Now, go back and click under #3 for Saddam Hussein's chart for analysis.
Looking at his Destiny or Self box, We see Seven Swords with three stars, meaning it's energy is greater. This is the mark of a Martial person, which is what we would expect. Blending this with a Tiger box AND the severed bar in this box (which also blocks and transforms energy), he has superior commanding and organizational ability but is quite brutal and vicious! Our Transforms to Trouble or Cloud star is in the opposite box, which intensifies the strong energy of this one. Void in this box is an omen of future trouble, and Crusher, Officer and Seal further mark him as a military man, violent and strong. Giant Gate in the symmetrical box shows us that he used his oratory skills to achieve his ambitions. Luck is also present here, which probably accounted for all the attacks he escaped unscathed! However, the unlucky star Void is in this house, meaning his end would not be auspicious.

Continue to read the short synopsis from this link, then move back to the main program and select Saddam Hussein's chart from the list of famous people provided. Select the Expert level, now all the stars are displayed.

Examining the major stars and their surrounding energies, we first note that the Emperor or King of Stars in in the Others house along with Palace. This shows that he would interact as nobility with others and is very demanding of those around him. The work of Others created his great wealth. The minor stars Discourse and Support show that he is intelligent and articulate, and was able to sway people to his point of view. The minor star Waylayer is also here, showing the possibility of betrayals, traps, etc. Indeed, Saddam was always fearful of his own people! The Armour and Sun stars in the opposite house adds to the authoritarian way he interacted with people around him, and to his dogmatism.

The next major star and location is Tian Ji or Motor - it is located in the Friends house. This shows that he would have many friends that were well-placed (a Goat house), but that they would come and go. With some of the bad aspects to this house (Lance, Worries and Detriment), he would suffer many betrayals.

The General and Virgin star in the Spouse palace indicates that he is a loyal yet extremely jealous spouse. Virgin is poorly aspected here - it is likely that he was very charming in winning a woman, but argued with her once she was won! Aphrodite in the Finance box shows that he was driven to wealth, and would let nothing get in his way of obtaining it!

Very telling in this chart is the fact that Demolish is in the Vocation palace, Saddam was driven to
remove old structures by force and replace them with new ones. There are no bars in this house, and Treasure appears also, showing that he would gain wealth from his chosen vocation. The Sun and Authority in the real estate palace show that he lived in beautiful houses, however, both are attacked by Armour and Tears. In the end, he lived in a foxhole. Longevity, Fortune and the Moon are in his health palace, for most of his life, he enjoyed good health. This house being a Rooster house adds to this configuration. It is important to note that a bar in the health palace is actually a good thing, even though it is considered negative in all the other palaces. Phoenix is double starred here as well, it is likely that although he is now in poor health, that he will overcome current difficulties. The presence of three minor unlucky stars in this box indicates these difficulties. Tiger can also be a sign of violence.

Dance triple starred in the Luck box added to his legendary luck. Looking at the Transforming Stars, we see that Success falls in the friends house showing that he would achieve fame, Fortune falls in the Health house allowing him to narrowly escape health issues, and Power falls in the parents house indicating that he was born to power.

This is a basic analysis; clicking on the Natal Analysis tab of the software will give you the ****** analysis to compare to this one. I also suggest that you look at the charts of other famous people listed in this program for further insights.
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Message  Tchoungfou le Lun 8 Sep - 19:51

Lesson 6: Putting it All Together for a Complete Analysis


In this lesson, we will use what we have learned so far to do a complete analysis using all three techniques. We will use example charts to blend and contrast all techniques, showing every aspect of a
person's fortune and character.


Our Example Chart - Blending 4-Pillars with Nine-Star Ki

Since we have mostly been working with the chart of Saddam Hussein, it will be instructive to start the blending of techniques with this familiar chart. Saddam's Nine Star Ki signature is 9-3-2; it is fitting
that he has a Purple Fire Star as a primary number! Under stress, he reverts to a 3 Bright Green Tree Star which can be quite thunderous and explosive, as we have seen. However, the image he projects to the
people is that of a gentle 2 or mother figure.

Relating this to his 4-Pillars chart, the 2 energy is quite similar to that of his birth year, the Ox. He was also born in a Yin Fire year, which aligns well with the number 9 Fire Star as well. The day animal is the Rooster, a highly expressive sign and similar to the 9 energy. Both the Fire Ox and the 9-3 combinations show that he is despotic and opinionated, as well as explosive. The day stem element is Wood, this ties in well with the Number 3 tree star which is also wood. Although these two techniques are very different, they can be used to reinforce the separate analysis of each and blended together to give a complete picture of an individual.


Adding in Zei Wei Dou Shu Information

A blend adding in Zei Wei Dou Shu information is more complex, but adds another dimension to our analysis. All three techniques are different, but as you can see in the last section, the analyses can be
used to support each other. Setting up the complex Zei Wei Dou Shu chart (see the Izi Wei help file) uses information in the 4 pillars analysis, so they have some similarity.

Relating the attributes cycle to the different palaces shows that very rarely do the animal signs and elements in the palaces line up exactly to that of this cycle - however, the main indicators such as Wealth, happy or unhappy childhood, and/or good or poor relationships with ones children will support one another. In both systems, there are indicators of Wealth in Saddam's chart. The Yin Wood stem is an indicator of wealth with supporting indicators of wealth in the rest of the 4 Pillars analysis; and the placement of key wealth enhancing stars show this in the Zi Wei Dou Shu as well.

The 4 Pillars analysis from our prior lesson shows that Saddam's Wood was not supported by any Water - hence his childhood was an unhappy one. Likewise, his parents palace shows four minor negative stars including Mourning -this indicates the same although he was born to power.

From this, we can see that the best way to blend all three analyses is to look for supported features in each; and mention them as points of reinforcement. Often, one will give slightly more information that can then be applied to the other analysis. Nine Star Ki is the simplest analysis and basically shows the movement of energy throughout an individual. It is best to start here, then move to 4-Pillars, then finally to Zi Wei Dou Shu - adding more detail with each added step.

Next, each box of the Zei Wei Dou Shu analysis can be examined as a 10 year cycle and compared and contrasted to the decade analysis performed in the 4 Pillars analysis. Once again, the information will usually reinforce the earlier analysis, with Zei Wei Dou Shu adding in more detail to explain the earlier analysis. A composite picture of the individual being analyzed can be prepared this way.
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Message  Tchoungfou le Lun 8 Sep - 19:54

Lesson 6: Putting it All Together for a Complete Analysis


Handling Contradictory Information

In any analysis, when combining techniques, you are bound to run into some contradictory information! This is inevitable, and should be no cause for concern. It definitely occurs in Western as well as
Chinese astrology - and it is part of what makes being an astrologer an art! First of all, when there is any doubt as to which analysis is correct, use your intuition or inner knowing. When the individual
being analyzed spoke with you or met you, what were your impressions?

Secondly, a more analytical approach is to see which influence is stronger. If it is a Zei Wei Dou Shu star, is it well-positioned? Is it "shining" (does it have stars beside it?). Does the house have a bar in it which would reduce the energy of the star? If it is a stem element and polarity, is it reinforced by the supporting element? Of the same or different polarity? The strongest feature is usually the correct one, and can be partially offset by the contradictory one.

Last but not least, make sure that the information is truly contradictory. As much of these analyses are symbolic, it is easy to misread a symbol or mistake a positive or a negative and vice versa. Does the palace in question have a bar that actually makes the beneficial star a negative one? Is the beneficial stem attacked by its destructive element? These analyses can be tricky, so it is always useful to double check everything for correct interpretation.
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Message  Tchoungfou le Lun 8 Sep - 19:58

Lesson 7: A Comparison Between Chinese and Western Astrology


Many astrologers have attempted to blend Chinese and Western astrology, or to find similarities between the two. This lesson will discuss the two methods, contrast and compare them, and show how both
can be used to provide a very comprehensive view of an individual.


Similarities & Differences


Similarities

At first glance, there appear to be few similarities between Western astrology and Chinese astrology. My experience with both indicates that they are like two parallel streets; they represent different paths but arrive at the same destination. Yet, many similarities do exist. According to ancient legend, knowledge of the 5 elements was brought to earth by the spirits of the planets Jupiter (wood), Venus (metal), Saturn (earth), Mars (fire), and Mercury (water). These planets also figure prominently into Western astrology, with a few differences. Chinese astrology considers water as governing
communication; Western astrology considers this an air function, hence Mercury here is thought of as a mental or air planet.

In performing chart analysis, I often find that an individual with strong Fire, Earth or Water tendencies in their Western chart will have Chinese charts that mirror these influences. Those with heavy Air influences have heavy Water and Metal influences as both of these elements have some of the characteristics of the Western Air element. Also, the character or second number in Nine Star Ki very often correlates well with the Moon sign in Western astrology.

Other similarities exist as well. Zi Wei Dou Shu has twelve houses or planets just like the Western chart wheels do. Many of the pieces of the Western pie correlate well with the functions of the Chinese palaces.
The Destiny house correlates to the 1st house or ascendant house, the second house to the Finance house, etc. The positions of stars in each house is interpreted in much the same manner as the positions of planets and asteroids are in a Western chart. Also, the meanings of the moon and the sun are the same in both.


Differences

The most significant difference, as mentioned in the beginning of the course, refers to the fact that the Chinese focus on the concept of fate and then work towards "cures" to change the most probable fate.
Western astrology focuses on internal psychology, although there are well known symbols here as well that indicate wealth, happy marriage, etc.

The elemental differences as mentioned in the last section also make a one-to-one interpretation impossible. Both Metal and Water in the Chinese system have some of the characteristics of Air. The symbolism of Water in the Chinese system is different from the Western symbolism of depth and emotion. Also, the Western system tends to lump both Wood and Earth into the Earth element and the Chinese system breaks them out into two separate and distinct elements.

The Western system also presents all information as symbolic in nature - even though there are indicators (such as Gemini in the 7th house of marriage) that show two or more marriages - a Western astrologer will be more inclined to say " You MAY have two or more marriages" whereas a Chinese astrologer will state it with absolute certainty! Last but not least, the Chinese Zi Wei Do Shu system deals with mathematical abstractions called stars, and the Western system deals with actual planets and asteroids.
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Message  Tchoungfou le Lun 8 Sep - 20:02

Lesson 7: A Comparison Between Chinese and Western Astrology


Using Western Sun Signs with Chinese Astrology


For a first approximation of an individual's character and persona, a combination of the Western Sun sign plus the Chinese animal sign is useful. This blend is very easily done; for example, an Aquarian Tiger would be fearless in fighting social injustice, whereas an Aries Tiger would be one that just enjoys a good fight!

An Aries Goat would be more subdued than an Aries Dragon, and a Taurus Rooster less verbally expressive and more expressive through clothing and surroundings. A great discussion of this blend with brief descriptions can be found at www.asiaflash.com/rao/combi-11.shtml


Using Both Techniques for Optimum Results


A more in depth and useful analysis can be made by fully combining both techniques. Note that this discussion assumes a knowledge of Western astrology not taught in this class! If you need some basics in
Western astrology, please visit my site at www.ptolemyastrosite.com and click on the links and learning astrology pages for some good referral links.
The correct steps to follow are:

  1. First, do the simple Nine Star Ki analysis to get an idea of how the individual
    processes Ki or energy. Note the character and energetic number for
    comparison with the Moon sign and Ascendant
    .
  2. Next, prepare the Western chart wheel and do the analysis of house, sign, planetary position, and positive and negative angles
    .
  3. A short analysis of Moon sign vs character number will show the person's stress and back-up behavior modes, and a comparison of Energetic number vs. Ascendant will give a good picture of the
    impression they make on others
    .
  4. Now, do the Zi Wei Dou Shu analysis and relate the contents of each house to the corresponding Western house for a more full picture of that area of the person's life
    .
  5. Look at the opposite boxes of the Zi Wei Do Shu chart, and compare them to the oppositions found in the Western chart - there should be some reinforcement of each symbol found
    .
  6. Compare and contrast the positions of the Sun and Moon in each
    .
  7. Next, do the 4 Pillars analysis and relate the Attribute cycle plus animal sign compatibilities to the information found in earlier steps. Look at the day stem and what reinforces or detracts from its
    strength
    .
  8. Do an element weighting in both systems. Are there any imbalances?
    .
  9. Last but not least - look at the next 10 years in ALL systems including Western transit analysis. This should give a VERY complete picture of the person's future luck and what they can do to take
    optimum advantage of coming trends.

This is a LOT of analysis - but it gives a more complete picture than any one system can do individually.

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Message  Tchoungfou le Lun 8 Sep - 20:09

Lesson 8: Astrology and Feng Shui


Chinese astrology and Feng Shui are intertwined in many ways - a person's astrological characteristics are used in many schools of Feng Shui to determine optimal placement of home furnishings and decorations
specifically for that individual. This lesson will discuss the major schools of thought in Feng Shui with an emphasis on the ones that use astrology.


The Major Feng Shui Schools of Thought

Before we begin our discussion of Feng Shui, let me first say that a great deal of the information we get in the West is "faux" or Westernized Feng Shui rather than "real" Feng Shui. True Feng Shui follows one of roughly nine different schools of thought, with many variants. These schools of thought are taken very seriously and proficiency requires many years to develop. Our lesson will serve as merely an introduction to this vast and complex topic, but should serve to steer the interested student in the right direction.

These schools of thought are:

  1. 1)
    San He or Harmony school: This is a basic form school and teaches the
    use of mountains and dragon veins to draw in chi, plus water dragon
    formulas to retain it
    .
  2. Pa Kua school: This relates the 8 trigrams to the 5 elements and 8 directions
    .
  3. Wu Hsing school: This uses the productive and destructive cycle of elements as the basis for its analysis
    .
  4. Chi Men Tun Chia school: This is based on the 8 gates and 9 palace method
    .
  5. Hsuan Kung Ta Kua school: This uses the 64 hexagrams and the 9 flying stars
    .
  6. Hsuan Kung Fei Hsing school: Also called Flying Star Feng Shu, it uses the stars of Zi Wei Do Shu
    .
  7. Pa Chai school: Also called the 8 Mansion school, it was popularized by Lillian Too. It allocates fixed sectors to a house according to compass directions
    .
  8. Black Hat Sect: This is a more simplified version of #7
    .
  9. Fan Kua school: Looks at mountain/water relationships and transforms one kua to another by line changes.

In this lesson, we will primarily focus on 6,7 and 8, but it is good to know that there is more than one way to approach Feng Shui!

The Basics - Achieving Balance

The basic philosophy of Chinese life is to strive for balance in all things - this is also the basis of Feng Shui. Therefore, if you immediately want to get some benefits in your life from the study of Chinese
astrology, I first suggest that you look again at your 4 Pillars analysis and see what you are lacking. Is your day stem element well supported? Try to bring balance into your life by adding representations of the missing elements into your surroundings. If you have a day stem element of wood but no supporting water, then add an aquarium or pictures of bodies of water. If you lack fire, add candles or red objects in your decor.

Next, look for balance in the overall surroundings. Are all the elements well represented and in
balance (except of course, for the ones you just added more of to address any internal imbalances)? If you have too much of any one element, you will feel its effect in your life. Too much fire will mean
many arguments or fiery exchanges with others. Too much earth can bog you down, making it difficult to enjoy life or take risks.

Last but not least, the hardest part of Feng Shui for most of us is the one universal truth that applies across all schools of thought - clutter impedes the flow of chi. Eliminate clutter - change your life! This holds true for hidden clutter as well as obvious clutter - just because the clutter is swept under the rug doesn't mean that the balance of chi is not negatively affected.
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Message  Tchoungfou le Lun 8 Sep - 20:11

Lesson 8: Astrology and Feng Shui


Nine Star Ki and Feng Shui


Recently, I came across an article written by a Feng Shui consultant who had a client who came to her puzzled. She had a well designed house that followed all of the "pop" Feng Shui rules, but would immediately lose energy and become lethargic when returning to her home. She had no clutter, and was an interior designer by trade.

Looking at her Nine Star Ki numbers, which were 5-2-2, the consultant asked what colors the rooms were. Her house was all shades of beige, white and light blue - with ALL earth signs in her Nine Star Ki, she
was sadly lacking fire which symbolizes energy. The consultant recommended repainting in shades of peach, red, and orange - bringing in fire energy. This happily fixed the problem.

Many Feng Shui issues are not as simply fixed! One technique that uses Nine Star Ki is called the Chi Men Tun Chia school which uses the 9 palaces of the Lo Shu. This technique is first described on pages 78- 83 of the book Flying Star Feng Shui; the order of placement of the stars in the Lo Shu is described in Chapter 9. The familiar Lo Shu is set up and superimposed on your home; next, you calculate the positions of the stars NOT for the year, but for a 20 year period, called the period star. We are entering period 8, which has the 8 white star as its ruling star. The period star used for your house is from the period in which it was built. Each palace also has a Mountain star and a Water star - the combination of the three together give the auspiciousness or inauspiciousness of the room.

To choose a bedroom, for example, that is best for YOU personally, it is important to choose a location that blends well with your Nine Star Ki numbers. For instance, if you are a number 3 bright green tree star, a bedroom with 1 white water star would be auspicious as water nourishes wood, but one with the 7 metal star would be inauspicious as metal cuts wood.

In general, the rooms that contain the earth stars 2 and 5 are inauspicious. The combination is double trouble, and can spell serious health issues or financial issues if occupied a lot. It is better to use these rooms as closets! If any of these rooms are bathrooms, this is lucky as the negative energy goes down the drain.

The 9 purple fire star is an augmenting star - it adds to the energy of any star it combines with. This is great if another auspicious star is in the room, but a problem if the star is a 2 or 5. The Mountain star governs health, and the Water star, wealth. The 8 star is a good omen of wealth, and is a great star for an office or bedroom.

The analysis of the three stars in each room is quite a complex study, but provides a much more "real" Feng Shui analysis, especially when combined with the individual Nine Star Ki numbers of the occupants to personalize it.
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