Chinese Five Arts and Zi Wei Dou Shu

In Chinese Metaphysics, they are broadly classified under five major families. It’s also known as Five Arts (中国五术).

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 Mountain (山)

Practitioners largely engage themselves with mental, spiritual and physical developments. In ancient time, these pracititioners isolated themselves and practised in mountainous areas where they were completely cut-off from socialization. This is how the name “Mountain” derived to describe their reclusiveness.

  • Cultivation (修养)
  • Religion (宗教)
  • Martial Arts (拳法)
  • Meditation (静坐)
  • Seclusion (闭关)

Medical (医)

Chinese medical or commonly known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It has a documented history of 2,000 years.

  • Herbalism (中药)
  • Acupuncture (针灸)
  • Massage and Reflexology (推拿)

Divination (卜)

This involves systematic methods in attempting to gain insight into a question or situation. Divination is more predictive in nature.

  • Oracles (卜挂)
  • Plum Blossom (梅花易数)
  • Tai Yi (太乙)
  • Qi Men Dun Jia (奇门遁甲)
  • Da Liu Ren (大六壬)

Destiny (命)

Unlike Divination, Destiny science does not predict but decodes by interpreting a person’s life calculated based on his birth date, birth time and gender classification.

  • Zi Wei Dou Shu (紫微斗数)
  • BaZi (八字)
  • Qi Zheng Si Yu (七政四余)

Physiognomy (相)

This involves the assessment of relationships between the subject and the external variables. For a person, Physiognomy means the interpretation of his destiny through his appearances; this includes facial reading or chiromancy (palm reading). For a house, it means the connectivity between the owner with the house orientation and the balance of its surrounding chemistry.

  • Feng Shui (风水)
  • Face reading (面相)
  • Palmistry (手相)

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