Zi Wei Dou Shu Interpretation and Analysis


Your personalized Zi Wei Dou Shu Chart

The Zi Wei Dou Shu chart is an ancient Chinese astrological system that combines the principles of science and the skills of art to provide unique and accurate insights into an individual's destiny. It is a customized chart that is based on an individual's birth information and consists of twelve boxes arranged in a fixed pattern.

We call these boxes as "Cells" (宫位), as opposed to "Palaces," a word that has been incorrectly borrowed from "宫" (meaning palace) as a literal translation.

How to interpret a Zi Wei Dou Shu chart

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Each cell has a specific name and significance, and the highlighted cell in the chart represents an individual's career. This cell provides insights into career achievements, focus, changes, promotions, academic pursuits, and other related aspects. It encapsulates the entire career story for the individual's lifetime and remains the same regardless of how many times the chart is plotted using the same birth information.

Since every Zi Wei Dou Shu chart is unique, it is highly likely that an individual's Career cell may sit on a different box than the one illustrated. The chart contains millions of pieces of destiny information that explain an individual's experiences in their day-to-day life from their first breath to their last. As each person's destiny is unique and special, it is almost impossible to find another person with an identical chart.

This page serves as an introduction to the Zi Wei Dou Shu legacy, founded in ancient China over a thousand years ago. It provides an eye-opening glimpse into the interpretation and analysis of Zi Wei Dou Shu charts, using the authentic method of Sihua 18 Flying Stars, a rare style that is more straightforward and less interpretation ambiguity. For more information on Zi Wei Dou Shu, please visit our article, Read here: What is Zi Wei Dou Shu?

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On this page, we will explain the concepts of Self Sihua (自化), Inherited Sihua (生年四化), Outflow Sihua (流出四化), Flying Sihua (飞星四化), and Revolving Dimensions (流运)

Sihua is a Chinese term that means "four transformations". By this, it means that when a Sihua is activated, a connection for that subject matter will be activated. The Sihua is represented by Hua Lu (化祿), Hua Quan (化权), Hua Ke (化科) and Hua Ji (化忌)..

If you examine your Zi Wei Dou Shu chart carefully, you will be able to identify some of the Sihua in your own chart:

Self Sihua (自化):
Self Hua Lu (自化祿)
Self Hua Quan (自化权)
Self Hua Ke (自化科)
Self Hua Ji (自化忌)

Inherited Sihua (生年四化):
Inherited Hua Lu (生年化祿)
Inherited Hua Quan (生年化权)
Inherited Hua Ke (生年化科)
Inherited Hua Ji (生年化忌)

Outflow Sihua (流出四化):
Outflow Lu (流出祿)
Outflow Quan (流出权)
Outflow Ji (流出忌)

Self Hua Lu (自化祿)

Generally, this brings about "abundance" or "easy access" to the Cell where the Self Hua Lu is activated.

Self Hua Ji (自化忌)

Self Hua Ji typically causes damage to the cell where it appears, disrupting the connection between the owner and the subject matter of that cell. In Chinese classics, it is described as "losing something you haven't even possessed yet".

Self Hua Quan (自化权)

Self Hua Quan can sometimes indicate authority, while other times it can signify loneliness. In real life, quite often to see those who have a high command of authority will commonly experience loneliness in life. Self Hua Quan is generally more favorable in non-people Cells such as Wealth, Abroad, Career, or Property. If a chart owner has Self Hua Quan in the Career cell, they are likely to find success easily at work and have the power to make important decisions or lead a large team.

However, if Self Hua Quan is in the Spouse cell, it can mean that the spouse is a control freak, or there will be emptiness in the companionship even if they live together. Therefore, Quan is not usually welcomed in Self, Siblings, Spouse, Children, Friends, Parents, Health, or Mental cells. Although Quan can bring positive effects, it can also result in power struggles, competition, or rivalry. It's important to check out if the Quan does not receive a negative incoming Flying Sihua that can alter the fate of the cell.

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Self Hua Ke (自化科)

This Zi Wei sign is relatively less important for a beginner. It means fame or reputation. It only becomes particularly handy if it resides on the Career cell or on the career achievement line.

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Inherited Hua Lu (生年化祿)
Inherited Hua Quan (生年化权)
Inherited Hua Ke (生年化科)
Inherited Hua Ji (生年化忌)

Inherited Sihua is calculated based on one's Birth Year and is also known as Birth Year Sihua. Every Zi Wei Dou Shu chart shows the same number of Inherited Sihuas, but their locations may differ based on the owner's birth year. Inherited Sihuas function similarly to Self Sihua, meaning that an Inherited Hua Lu would produce an equivalent effect to a Self Hua Lu. However, the impact of an Inherited Sihua is longer-lasting, but its damages can be cancelled by an incoming Flying Sihua (more about Flying Sihua below).

➤   Outflow Lu (流出祿)
➤   Outflow Quan (流出权)
➤   Outflow Ji (流出忌)

Outflow Sihua is the first Sihua technique you will learn that involves another cell to form an interpretation. What sets Outflow Sihua apart is that it connects directly with the opposite cell, forming a strong relationship between them. This bond makes events produced by Outflow Sihua consistent throughout the person's life, and they may bear a significant scar or memory.

Pairs of possible connection in a Zi Wei Dou Shu chart:
Self (命宫)––> Abroad (迁移宫)
Siblings (兄弟宫) ––> Friends (交友宫)
Spouse (夫妻宫) ––> Career (官禄宫)
Children (子女宫) ––> Property (田宅宫)
Wealth (财帛宫) ––> Mental (福德宫)
Health (疾厄宫) ––> Parents (父母宫)

Abroad (迁移宫) ––> Self (命宫)
Friends (交友宫) ––> Siblings (兄弟宫)
Career (官禄宫) ––> Spouse (夫妻宫)
Property (田宅宫) ––> Children (子女宫)
Mental (福德宫) ––> Wealth (财帛宫)
Parents (父母宫) ––> Health (疾厄宫)

There are various ways to interpret an Outflow, including examining it at face value or interpreting it in conjunction with the Chinese zodiac sign for additional insights. One of the easiest methods is to apply the subject matter to the face value. For example, if there is an outflow sent from Self (命宫) to Abroad (迁移宫), this indicates that the person frequently has connections with someone or something at a long distance.

Advanced techniques can uncover more connections, but the aim of this page is to keep the learning simple.

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Flying Sihua (飞星四化)

Getting excited for your first fly yet?

Flying Sihua is a fundamental technique that distinguishes Sihua 18 Flying Stars (紫微斗数-四化十八飞星) from other schools of Zi Wei Dou Shu. It's a dynamic and vibrant method, but it can be challenging for self-taught enthusiasts to master. However, once someone understands the underlying logic, the rest is mostly a matter of applying common sense to interpretation.

A fly is actually another form of Sihua connection with multiple cells activated simultaneously on the Zi Wei chart. Unlike Outflow, this fly does not land on the opposite cell directly. It can land on any cell, including the cell where the fly is launched, and if this happens, this effectively makes it a Self Sihua.

Each cell in your chart can send out 4 flies simultaneously, and they can land on any cell. The cell that sends out the fly is the "Trigger cell" (飞出宫), and any cell that receives an incoming fly is the "Receiver cell".

The four flies are Fly Lu (飞祿), Fly Quan (飞权), Fly Ke (飞科), and Fly Ji (飞忌). Ziwei Asia's Flying Stars chart uses different colors to show all the "Receivers" (飞入宫) of a trigger cell.

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For example, mousing over the Spouse cell (Trigger) shows all the Receivers in different colors, like below:

Friends (交友宫)
Fly-in Lu (飞入祿)

Career (官禄宫)
Fly-in Quan (飞入权)

Children (子女宫)
Fly-in Ke (飞入科)

Property (田宅宫)
Fly-in Ji (飞入忌)

In the example above, a Fly Lu - a connection activation - to the Friends cell indicates that the owner has many opportunities to pursue romance, among other possible meanings.

A Fly Ji (飞忌), another form of connection marks a possible three-party relationship in this chart. However, it is extremely important to know that these 2 flies (Fly Lu and Fly Ji) are independent of each other. Meaning, both subject matters cannot be construed as one and related to each other, unless it meets certain strict conditions in the "Principles of Decoding".

Zi Wei Dou Shu is all about CONNECTION (缘). For beginners, focusing on Lu and Ji flies is a wise start, and advanced techniques can be learned later. Read here for more: What can Zi Wei Dou Shu really tell you?


Revolving Dimensions (流运)

Zi Wei Sihua 18 Flying Stars interpretation can provide insights into events at different dimension levels, including the lifetime level and lower levels such as decade, year, and month. While decodings at the lifetime level offer a general picture of events that will hapen in the entire life, analyzing events at lower dimension levels allows us to zoom in and identify the exact timing of events.

For instance, cells such as D-Wealth (Decade-Wealth), Y-Children (Year-Children), and M-Career (Month-Career) are all located in the same box as the Career cell and it can offer unique perspectives on an individual's life at different levels of reading. The Decade cell reveals the wealth aspects of the current ten years, the Year cell provides insight into children-related matters for a specific year, and the Month cell offers information on career matters for a particular month. By exploring these different dimension levels, we can gain a more nuanced understanding of an individual's life and the events that will shape their future.

To analyze an event for the Year dimension, one of the simplest and most straightforward methods is to follow the 2 steps below:

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Step 1: Find out where your Y-Self is. This cell will be your Trigger cell to launch the flies.

Step 2: In the example above, you can see that Abroad (the Trigger) sends a Fly Lu and it lands on the Property cell. To determine the subject matter for the year dimension, you would read D-Spouse ––> Property (Decade to Life) to form an interpretation. This suggests that a three-party relationship will occur, and the year of the event is 2014. You can find the year 2014, among others, on the Trigger cell. As it turns out, this event did happen in the owner's real life in 2014.

Remember the Zi Wei chart we discussed earlier, which showed that the owner has the possibility of attracting a triangle relationship? The revolving dimension provides more specific details about this, such as when it will happen, how it will happen, and with whom it will happen. The amount of detail we can extract from an event often depends on the owner's input. For example, the availability of environmental variables like zodiac signs and the location where the connection began can help narrow down the interpretation and exclude other irrelevant factors.

This is not a Barnum statement. Unlike Barnum or cold readings, which rely on the owner to fill in details, a decoder starts with a simple open-ended question (e.g. "I sense that you are sometimes insecure, especially with people you don't know very well").. Source:  Barnum (or Cold Reading), Wikipedia.)

Feeling confused? Don't worry, it's a common experience. Every beginner goes through a stage of confusion before gaining the confidence needed to make a breakthrough. With enough effort and practice, you'll soon be able to read your own future mysteries with ease.

It's important to note that Zi Wei Dou Shu requires precise birth information input. Any incorrect information can result in a chart that doesn't belong to you. This is especially true for borderline birth hours like 5:01am or even 3:05pm. Despite the seemingly insignificant minute differences, they can lead to a completely different chart. There has been much debate on how to determine which birth hour to use. However, don't worry - you can read this Zi Wei Dou Shu blog for a better understanding: Should we adjust our birth hour?

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