ZWDS Article #1

Zi Wei Dou Shu 紫微斗數 (aka Purple Star or Emperor Astrology )

Since time immemorial, human has been dreaming of reaching the Sky but to be more specific, Astrologers and Meta-physicians have been amazed by the distance of ever reaching it and to be able to decipher the significance of the stars appearing in the night sky. According to ancient records, the Ancient Chinese believed that there was a one-to-one correspondence between people on Earth and the Stars in Heaven.

The oldest systems of using stars to read the life of a human being in Ancient China was founded during the Qin Dynasty. It was known then as the Five-Star Astrology where its approach had close resemblance to their Western counterparts. However, there were discrepancies and its accuracy had thrown up more questions than answers. The conclusion then was at best superficial, and at worst, tongue in cheek piece of work.

This led to further research and unveiled two different lines of thought on this subject of Destiny.
Both school of thoughts generally agreed that the Qi ( loosely translated as "Vital Force of Life" ) present at the moment of birth that determines the life of a person. The Bazi or Four Pillars of Destiny introduced to the world by Xu Zi Ping explained that Qi in terms of Five Elements aspects and everything in our livelihood revolve around it and subjected to its continual balancing influence at decade, annually, monthly, daily and double-hourly levels as governed by their respective Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches in the respective person's pre-determined DNA at birth.

The other school of thought is called Zi Wei Dou Shou. In modern days interpretation, it can be loosely called Purple Star or Emperor Astrology. In Short, it is also popularly called Zi Wei Astrology. " Zi Wei" , also a Emperor Star, is a constellation of Stars in the sky or Heaven. "Dou" is another manner of calling it Star in the Chinese context. "Shu" means Calculation, Interpretation or simply Divination of Numbers. The Ancient Chinese professed that every happening corresponds to a number. If one can find the number by calculation, then it is believed that we will have control in our hands. Thus, the whole descriptive name of " Zi Wei Dou Shu" advocates a way to understand the stars and led by Zi Wei to find the Divination number which reveals all that we want to know about our past, present and future.

It is difficult to trace to who is the original founder of Zi Wei Dou Shu. Historical records and thesis was traced to Taoist Master Chen Xi Yi during the early Sung dynasty ( AD 960 - 1127) . Subsequently, there were two versions discovered. Briefly, they were : the comprehensive handbook of Zi Wei Dou Shu and the comprehensive collections of Zi Wei Dou Shu. Hence, there were variations in interpretation techniques though it still arrive at the same outcome.

Some Chinese metaphysics scholars or practitioners believe that the Stars used in Zi Wei Dou Shu are real stars in the Universe with different degree of intensity and hence its influence on humans. While others believe that they are simply special galaxy of energies that exist in the Universe. As there are unlimited amount of stars in the Universe, the stars used in Zi Wei Dou Shu can range from 26 to more than hundred over according to different schools and their respective teaching methodologies.

The fact that the stars has been personified by the practitioners and scholars alike with their own reasoning and research findings enlightened them over a long period of time, to challenge it otherwise would be a futile attempt by modern practitioners and scholars as it has been proven to be effective in deciphering our own "da vinci codes" of our livelihood.

Whether these Stars are real or just virtual energies, it is immaterial as long as we are able to translate it into something meaningful and use this knowledge to understand how it can affect human mind, human action and reaction, moral standards, prosperous state of affairs, happiness and melancholy, good and not-so-good.

The principles and theoretical foundations may appear rudimentary if you already had prior metaphysical basics built up from other subjects like Feng Shui or Geomancy, Bazi or Four Pillars, Qi Men Dun Jia, Liu Ren. During that precise moment of birth, these stars are believed to simultaneously enter into the human body and become the implanted nature of the person. This may appear to be over-the-top for most people to accept such fairy tales description of how life is created. Following on this "new life", these implanted stars will influence different aspects of life in different manner in different times over the course of their life journey.

Interestingly, this explanation matches real life in that how well do we resemble our parents in personality, characters, habits, achievement and how we live our daily life. It is very unlikely that one will have a DNA or Zi Wei Dou Shu Chart similar to either of our parents. In this illustration, one will agree that do not necessarily inherit our characters, nature, personality to the "T" from our parents, though there are some degree of semblance in behaviour but the norms are likely to be remote in higher percentages of the most cases of familial relationships.

In the beginning, a Zi Wei Chart was popularly constructed in a circular form. Later, it has evolved into a square or rectangle format which is very much a personal preference rather than a standard to be adopted. Essentially, the twelve palaces therein describes twelve aspects of a person's life. The relative positions of the palaces are important and useful in interpretation especially as to determine whether a particular life event will materialize be in good or not-so-good terms.

Ancient Feng Shui - ZWDS Chart

There is a body palace which is not one of the twelve palaces and it can reside in one of the following palaces : Life/Fate, Spouse/Marriage, Wealth/Feeding, Travel/Outdoors, Career/Activity, Virtue/Happiness/Karmic. The Body Palace cannot reside in the other remaining six palaces.

The Body Palace has special dimension. Most Ancient Chinese people believe in reincarnation. What is means in layman terms is : " The soul of a living being does not die after the body dies. The energy has to undergo another life and another life with no ends. In each life, this soul gained added wisdom. For some they gained more, while others may gain less. Some souls could deteriorate while others achieved higher echelons in wisdom progression. Ultimately, it is how one lives their life. Hence, the current soul of a living person is affected by the way how one lives their previous life.

In this case, the location of the body palaces in either one of six palaces mentioned above has a certain degree of significance and also explain why in our current life, we have a strong tendency to pay a close attention to certain aspects of our life more in certain areas while naturally neglected certain areas which in turn affect our general well-being and our chosen path in our current destiny.

Just a simple example to illustrate. If one's body palace is located in the career/activity palace, this person considers career his/her most important and he/she is likely to spend a lot of time on it like his/her life mission and he/she is a 100% Organisation/Corporate person. His/Her life revolves around it no less. However, if the stars inherent therein are not favourably aspected, then he/she is likely to experience upheavals and challenges in his/her relationship matters. The intensity will be triggered by the movement of time over his/her life time.

This begs the question - "What Can I Do about it after knowing my pre-determined destiny ?". There will be many questions after questions. Though one may know the answers already, but a high 90 plus percentage will choose to either ignore it as if it wont' happen to them and simply wanting to continue in dream-state mode till hard reality sets in and then desperately looking for help like a final stage cancer patient.

At the end of the day, the choice is still in our hands. Miracle can only happen if we know in advance about the likely situation and do something about it now than too late to alter the course of future events or to avert potential future pitfalls in life especially it can be altered through one's positive actions and thought processes to mimick behaviours and habits that will bring you closer to your desired outcome. Be Forewarned is to Be Prepared in advance.

 

May Success, Prosperity and Harmony Be Contagious in your Life.

 

Garrett Lee

Founder

Ancient Feng Shui

 
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