What is ZI WEI DOU SHU (紫微斗数)?

What does Zi Wei Dou Shu do?

Zi Wei Dou Shu is one of the fortune-telling systems that was founded in ancient China. It is a system that combines both the use of science and art at the same time, to read one's destiny based on what is presented in his/her Zi Wei Dou Shu chart (Read about "The Zi Wei Dou Shu chart" below).

It is a science as it involves complex scientific calculations. The construction of the chart requires technical formulas to convert one's natal information and churn it out to become a Zi Wei Dou Shu chart. It is worth mentioning here, the natal information such as the date and time of birth, obtained from the Chinese lunisoloar calendar -- an invention marvel in itself, was created with lots of scientific knowledge to study the movement of the sun and the moon.

It is also a science owing to the massive experimental exercise conducted on a super huge population size over a thousand year. It has become an accidental correlational study -- if this is the sign, that will happen. Zi Wei Dou Shu is an evolutionary rather than a revolutionary invention.

Zi Wei Dou Shu was not designed in such a way at its onset. The original idea was intended for its restrictive use within the palace only. But it is now behaving like an open source initiative, kind of like a community-oriented development. Every Zi Wei Dou Shu enthusiast will contribute to experiment the teaching learnt from his/her learned mentor, he/she will then confirm or invalidate the teachings and cement his/her finding to become the form Zi Wei Dou Shu that we see today. In the development process, some practitioners choose the "additive approach" while some will prefer the "deductive approach" (Read more about this at below: The Zi Wei Dou Shu styles).

It is an art as it requires the mastery of the perspective-taking skill. Some will say this is nothing but just some subjective judgements. Likewise in the medical field, a same MRI report can generate many different perspectives from different medical professinoals***. Certainly, all these necessitate lots and lots of practice to perfect it -- the basic character but a mandatory requirement in learning an art.

One would then be curious to ask, if Zi Wei Dou Shu is any good to predict one's future? The answer is NO. Read more about this in this Sihua blog: Is Zi Wei Dou Shu (ZWDS) a good prediction tool?

The Zi Wei Dou Shu history

There are many versions of history when it comes to explaning the founding of Zi Wei Dou Shu. Just like anything that has been founded for more than a thouand year -- when documentation was still very much underdeveloped back then, tracing back to its root from today has never been an easy task.

Most versions however, come close to a conclusion that it was either founded by a Taoist, named Lu (吕纯阳) in the Tang dynasty or Chen (陈希夷) in the Song dynasty. Or it can also be argued that the former founded it and later went through organic evolutions in the later dynasties.

There is also other alternative version that suggests it was brought in from ancient India, where it later went through a series of changes before it became Zi Wei Dou Shu.

Also one notable proposition, where it is believed that Zi Wei Dou Shu was founded premised on the principles around one of the very important classics called I Ching (易经) -- a very popular classic in Chinese history. This is not completely incorrect. The assertion however, has incidentally created a false invition to many scholars who lavishly quote I Ching as a source, to backup their Zi Wei Dou Shu teachings whenever they can. Whether that very instance bears any relevance to the I Ching context or not, is of very little interest to them. This impression-imprinting with big name tactic, may unintentionally send students to a different realm, a misguided realm.

Until the day when the dust finally settles down, this myriad of versions will continue to override each other for many more generations to come. Therefore, it is more advisable to just skip this debate and focus on mastering the essence of Zi Wei Dou Shu and become a real Master Practitioner of Zi Wei Dou Shu.

Chinese metaphysics

Chinese metaphysics is a philosophy that relates how we live our daily life with Yin (阴) and Yang (阳); five elements (五行); heaven, earth and man (天地人); cosmology and nature; form and function (体用); divination; qi (气) etc. All these basically summed up to 道 (Dao or Tao), the way or guide. There is no one way to explain all these in a simple sentence. Because the whole philosophy represents a 5 thousand year worth of evolution in a human civilisation.

This doctrine of Dao (or Tao) gives birth to the well known Five Arts (五术), an important 5 pillars in Chinese philosophical stuides in China. The 5 pillars are mountain (山), medical (医), divination (卜), destiny (命) and physiognomy (相).

Zi Wei Dou Shu is categorised under destiny (命).

The Zi Wei Dou Shu stytles

Like most of the development in arts, when an art starts to get more and more acceptance in the society, what follows to emerge will be a pattern of growth in the disciple number. When this happens, it will give rise to more explosion of new differing ideas, which in turn will gradually lead to break ups.

Zi Wei Dou Shu was not immune to this transformation. In fact, the spin-off is still continuing today, where some living practitioners are still creating a style of his/her own and proudly publishing it as a new invention. The more subtle ones, are the ones with some introductions of new meaning in the interpretation. The less humble ones however, have introduced a massive overhaul such as the new Zi Wei Dou Shu chart design where new star componens are added, or even new calculation methods have been introduced to build the Zi Wei Dou Shu chart. This is then rebranded as a new Zi Wei Dou Shu style, and possibly named after himself/herself. This "additive approach" will bring in more fresh ideas or new inventions into Zi Wei Dou Shu. The problem however, most of these new half-baked introductions have not been tested with enough sampling size or time.

Traditionally, there are 2 main styles in Zi Wei Dou Shu that have stood the test of centuries. They are San He (三合) school and Sihua Flying Stars 四化飞星 (aka Eighteen Flying Stars, 十八飞星) school.

(Find out more about Zi Wei Dou Shu styles in this article: Aliran Ziwei Doushu , written in Indonesian language, by one of our Master Practitioner graduates).

Apart from the significant difference in the chart appearance between these 2 schools, what is even more contrasting is the way each of these approaches the destiny interpretation. The Sihua Flying Stars school focuses on Events (数) while the other focuses on impression (象). With this difference, Sihua Flying Stars is far more capable of calling out events more specifically and more accurately.

The Zi Wei Dou Shu chart

It is a tabular diagram constructed using one's birth date, time and gender. Obviously, with the use of these personal and unique information, the Zi Wei Dou Shu chart is said to be almost unidentical for everyone. At least, it will be difficult to find another identical Zi Wei Dou Shu chart among the members in your own circle.

Zi Wei Dou Shu Sihua Flying Stars chart
A typical Zi Wei Dou Shu (Sihua Flying Stars) Chart will look something like this

In the Zi Wei Dou Shu chart, it presents information in 2 dimension views. One is permanent (shown in dark red font on the Zi Wei Dou Shu chart above) and the others (all others but dark red font) will revolve with time. The permanent matters are further represented with Self (命), Siblings (兄弟), Spouse (夫妻), Children (子女), Wealth (财帛), Health (疾厄), Abroad (迁移), Friends (交友), Career (官禄), Property (田宅), Mental (福德) and Parents (父母). These matters each takes up a box, which we call it as Cell (宫位) as opposed to Palace -- the word was incorrectly borrowed from "宫" (means palace) as a literal translation.

As does permanent dimension, the revolving dimensions also explain the matters almost with the same effect, except that they highlight the events in different time dimensions such as in a decade (大运), year (流年), month (流月) or day (流日).

Throwing back to compare a Zi Wei Dou Shu chart between the San He school and the Sihua Flying Stars school, the latter will look much simpler, cleaner and more crisp as the chart is constructed with 18 stars only.

Further to that, one big best kept secret in Sihua Flying Stars chart is that, the 12 matter cells are dynamic and constantly adaptive momentarily, despite it is supposed to stay permanent. It is with this variability, the matters expand themselves to capture more events beyond their original meanings, for example events such as acquiring a motor vehicle, office relocation, having an affair, having a bad colleague relationship, losing money in investment etc.

This is said to be a secret since there is not much discussion seen on the internet or in the printed publication. Occasionally, there will be one or two discussion surfaces, but unfortunately the explanation somewhat infringes the principle of "activation" -- one of the very important interpretation principles must be observed, if one truly aims to hit the pinpoint accuracy in interpretation.

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The interpretation in Zi Wei Dou Shu - Sihua Flying Stars

A good Zi Wei Dou Shu interpretation will tell you exactly what will happen and when it will happen. For example, you will get a promotion in next year; your spouse may get hospialised in year 2023 or in the past event format, did you get hospitalised last year; did one your parents passed away 2 years ago; did you move house 3 years ago etc.

The interpretation in Sihua Flying Stars is relatively easy and accurate. Our students are taught with the step-by-step approach, to ensure that the right emphasis is given with the correct weighting when breaking down the information in the Zi Wei Dou Shu chart. The focus is always to push through to get the gist of the event nature, rather than skimming through on the high level and be happy with it (Read Impression vs Event below). Using a reduction method, our interpretation method follows the 理-气-象-数 (Li-Qi-Xiang-Shu) sequence strictly.

Having said that, Sihua Flying Stars does suffer from an inherent interpretation shortcoming. Quite often, you will be given a number of specific years (max 4 years) for an event that likely to occur. For example, this event may happen in 2020, 2023, 2024 or 2027. This multiple years format is not simply thrown to you out of random guesses. A random guess may possibly sound something like, "this event may happen in between year 2025 to 2029", where incident years are made vague and not specific.

This multiple years format suggests that the event may likely to take place in any one, two, three or sometimes, four of all these years. Meaning, an event may or may not repeat for more than once within the same personal decade of yours. For example, moving houses or changing jobs may sometimes recur a few times in a span of just a few years apart, which is not uncommon to many.

For more reading on how to interpret a Zi Wei Dou Shu chart, please visit here: Zi Wei Dou Shu Sihua Flying Stars Analysis and Interpretation. This page has already been translated into many languages to help readers.

Impression (象) vs Event (数)

In our teaching, all students are trained to understand the difference between these two, even from the very first lesson itself. Unfortunately, most other practitioners, including the seasoned practitioners from other branches in Five Arts of Chinese metaphysics, do not appreciate the importance of this distinction as much as our students do.

Impression is an overview. If this is put in a context, it will sound something like "your wealth luck will be unstable".

On the other hand, an event-based approach will tell you "what" and "when" something will happen. It is more incident specific. Using the same analogy, it will sound something like "you will lose money because of your investment (and which year)", instead of just a mere overview about your wealth status.

While Sihua Flying Stars is a champion in event gripping, however when comes to impression deduction, the system is undeniably weaker. There are other fortune-telling methods in Five Arts, can demonstrate more competence in explaining impression, such as Four Pillars Bazi (四柱八字) or San He school (三合派) of Zi Wei Dou Shu. For instance, Bazi will tell you "your career is lacking of metal element", or San He school does better to paint you a picture like "your future husband will be tall, dark and handsome".

Zi Wei Dou Shu Connection

CONNECTION (缘)

There is a reason why things happen. And that the reason is CONNECTION or lack thereof

The Founding concept

Every being in the world crosses path with each other for one reason. And the reason is CONNECTION or vice versa.

When comes to the last lesson (Lesson 10) of our Zi Wei Dou Shu Practitioner course, all our stuents will naturally find the answer as to why things happen -- in the way they happen, by themselves. This enlightenment moment is a result of an organic process where students gradually see things through as they progress in the lessons.

Well, at least this is what we believe that Zi Wei Dou Shu tells you nothing but, just the concept of CONNECTION.

Read more about in our Sihau blog: What can Zi Wei Dou Shu really tell you?

***Warning: This is not suggesting that Zi Wei Dou Shu is suitable to use for medical purposes. Zi Wei Dou Shu is too old for newer diseases and it was not designed for medical use as its sole purpose. Never use Zi Wei Dou Shu for whatsoever medical reason. Please consult medical professional instead.

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