Calculations of Palace Elemental Nature using 纳音五行 and the Derivations of Star Characteristics

What I am presenting here is a simple but very under-represented concept in Zi Wei Dou Shu, which is the elemental interactions within the Palaces that confer the nature of the Stars.  In every of the 12 Palaces, there is an elemental dynamic known as 宮氣 (Gong Chi). The elemental interplay will give an indication on the 星性 (Xing Xin; Nature of the Star), which essentially gives the true characteristic of the Star. This is notwithstanding the fact that the Star was already influenced by their Magnitude. These calculations are not indicative of the order of Magnitude of the Stars in the respective Palaces, rather it shows how what nature of the Characteristics will be evident.

For example 武曲 Star is 廟 (Blazing) in the highest order of Magnitude in the 甲戌 Palace. This goes to show that 武曲 is able to maximize its potential. However the 甲戌 Palace is of elemental Fire, which can destroy the 武曲 elemental Gold, henceforth the true star characteristic actually shows its negative side, which in the case here is that of inflexibility, passive, stubborn nature. The two aspects show that 武曲 in this case is STRONGLY STUBBORN.

The elemental dynamic within the palace is first derived from the sexagenary cycles based on the 10 天干 (Tian Gan, Heavenly Stems) and 12 地支 (Di Zhi, Earthly Branches) which are indicated by the birth date/time of the native. Each of the palace has its own combinations of Tian Gan/Di Zhi and each of this combination will confer an elemental nature. One way to derive their elemental nature is to utilize the 纳音五行 (Na Ying Wu Xing), elemental harmonic hymn but simplified in the layout below. Every Tian Gan, Di Zhi and Na Ying Elements are represented with a number that serve as basic mathematical equations that derive the nature of the Element.

天干 (Tian Gan): 甲乙-1,丙丁-2,戊己-3,庚辛-4,壬癸-5
地支 (Di Zhi): 子丑午未-1,寅卯申酉-2,辰巳戍亥-3
纳音五行 (Na Ying Wu Xing): 1 木,2 金,3 水,4 火,5 土
Example A 丙子: The Na Ying Elemental Calculation will be 丙 2 + 子 1= 3 水 (Water).
Example B 庚申: The Na Ying Elemental Calculation will be 庚 4 + 申 2= 6; 6-5= 1 木 (Wood) . When a derived sum is larger than that of 5, we will take the total and minus away 5, henceforth the Na Ying number is 1, corresponding to Wood.

Once the Element of the Palace is determined, we will see its effect on the Stars. The concepts of 相生 Mutual Growth and 相剋 Mutual Destruction are important in the elemental interplay that determines the nature of the Stars. First thing we need to establish is the elemental nature of the Star.

For example, 天梁 is of the Yang Earth Element. If it falls within the 戊午 Palace, it will show its best characteristics like empathy, altruism etc. The Element of the 戊午 Palace is Fire. Fire grows Earth. *UPDATE There is an error in an earlier version here which is now corrected: If it falls within the wood palaces like 辛卯, it will show its worst characteristics like overtly emotional, too sensitive, etc. Wood obliterate Earth. There also exists a neutral point where both the good and bad characters are balanced. In 乙午 Palace, the Element is that of Metal. Here the growth is reversed, Earth grows Metal. This is still considered an indication of more positive characteristics, although it tends to fall back to the neutrality of the character due to the reverse of growth.

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Flying Star Type- Signs of Mortality 絕命忌

The 絕命忌 types trajectory in 飛星棋譜 is usually considered one of the most consequential in the analysis of Life/Death situation. The words 絕命 literally stands for “Ending Life”. The fundamental concept of this type of trajectory is based on the fact that the Transformer star 化忌 from another Palace flies into the Palace which already have a star with Birth Year 化忌, consequently resulting in double the effect of bad effects. This trajectory type however should be read carefully, taking into considerations other influencing factors in the chart formations, and taking heed to form conclusions that are more definitive based on the overall “balance” in the charts. However, sad to say, a chart that is fraught with such configurations at the dead end usually have mortal consequences.

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The first type of configuration dictates that the Birth 忌 is already existent in the Heaven Template (Birth Template) in either Life Palace (命宮) or Career Palace (官祿宮). In Diagram A, this example is that of Birth 忌 in Birth Life Palace (本命命宮). When the Decade Period Life Palace (大限命宮) has 化忌 (Hua Ji) in 天干, it will intrude into the Birth Life Palace. In Diagram B, this example is that of Birth 忌 in Birth Career Palace (本命官祿宮). When the Decade Period Career Palace (大限官祿宮) has 化忌 (Hua Ji) in 天干, it will intrude into the the Birth Career Palace. These two formats are the first type of 絕命忌.

The second type of configuration dictates that the Birth 忌 do not fall in either Life Palace (命宮) or Career Palace (官祿宮) in the Heaven Template (Birth Template). The Mortality Signs will only be activated if there are two or more of such trajectory of Hua Ji. One trajectory is not counted. There are many permutations to the formats that are in this second 絕命忌 types.

Decade Period Life Palace 天干化忌  clash Birth Life Palace.
Decade Period Life Palace 天干化忌  clash Birth Career Palace.
Decade Period Life Palace 天干化忌  clash Birth Property Palace.

Decade Period Travel Palace 天干化忌 clash Birth Life Palace.
Decade Period Travel Palace 天干化忌 clash Birth Career Palace.
Decade Period Travel Palace 天干化忌 clash Birth Property Palace.

Decade Period Career Palace 天干化忌 clash Birth Life Palace.
Decade Period Career Palace 天干化忌 clash Birth Career Palace.
Decade Period Career Palace 天干化忌 clash Birth Property Palace.

Decade Period Property Palace 天干化忌 clash Birth Life Palace.
Decade Period Property Palace 天干化忌 clash Birth Career Palace.
Decade Period Property Palace 天干化忌 clash Birth Property Palace.

The above second example conditions are basis for the clashes and only with two lines and above of such configurations will there be 絕命忌 Mortality Crash.  However there are remedies to salvage situations of impending doom. If there exist the formation of 絕命忌, we will look out for the Decade Period Life Palace, Decade Period Travel Palace, Decade Period Career Palace and Decade Period Property Palace for signs of trajectory of 化祿 in the Birth Life Palace, Birth Career Palace, Birth Property Palace, Birth Sickness Palace, Birth Fortune Palace for counterpoint. The only consideration is that there must not be 自化忌 (Self Hua Ji) or counter 化忌 enocountering the 化祿 in the existing palace.

Also, if there are 化祿 entering the Decade Period Life Palace, Decade Period Career Palace, Decade Period Property Palace, Decade Period Sickness Palace and Decade Period Fortune Palace, salvation will also be available, albeit weaker than the above remedy.

When a native forecasted 絕命忌 in the coming period, he/she should take heed in becoming more conservative, more careful and use the influencing palace appropriately to gain insight into the potential danger. Example: Decade Period Travel Palace 天干化忌 enter into Birth Life Palace; be careful of accidents and mishaps when it comes to travels be it overseas or in vehicles.

Flying Star Type- Forward/Retreat Horse 進退馬

This is one of the 13 types of Flying Star style dynamics between the Heavenly Stems of the Palaces. This structure can only happen in the 子 (Zi) and 寅 (Yin) or 丑 (Chou) and 卯 (Mao) zone because of the common Heavenly Stems. The 進退馬忌 and the 進退馬祿 structures are laid out in the structure: Source Palace (太極點) will send out the Flying Transformations Stars, 飛祿 (Flying Lu) or 飛忌 (Flying Ji) two palaces forward. If the Target Palace has a star which undergoes self 化 (hua), these Flying Lus and Jis will be bounced off to two palaces after Target Palace.

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Example of 進馬祿 (Forward Horse Lu): When the 太極點 is in Life Palace (命宮) A, it sends off 飛祿 (Flying Lu) to two palaces ahead, which lies in B, the Spouse Palace (夫妻宮). However the Spouse Palace has its own 自化祿 (Self Hua Lu), henceforth the Flying Lu’s projectile will be deflected another two palaces ahead to C, the Wealth Palace (財帛宮). Because of the forward movement, it is known as Forward Horse Lu.

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Example of 退馬祿 (Retreat Horse Lu): When the 太極點 is in Life Palace (命宮) A, it sends off 飛祿 (Flying Lu) to two palaces ahead, which lies in B, the Fortune Palace (福德宮). However the Fortune Palace has its own 自化祿 (Self Hua Lu), henceforth the Flying Lu’s projectile will be deflected two palaces backward to A in the C trajectory. Because of the backward movement, it is known as Retreat Horse Lu.

For 進馬忌 (Forward Horse Ji) and 退馬忌 (Tui Ma Ji), the trajectories are similar to the examples above.

Conceptually, the Forward/Retreat Horse trajectory of the Flying Stars are depicting the “Cause and Effect” of the subject matter in interlinked relationships. In the above example of Forward Horse Lu, the Targetted Palace is the Spouse Palace. This is the “Cause” palace. When Spouse Palace Self-Hua (自化), there are changes to the effect of the cause emphasis, henceforth the projectile of this Hua to the Wealth Palace. The Wealth Palace is actually the “Cause” Palace of the Spouse Palace (it is a wife palace of the wife palace) and the “Effect” Palace of the Life Palace, henceforth if we look at the whole picture, the Flying Hua that originated from Life Palace actually is deflected into the “Self” of the Emphasized Spouse Palace. In the above case of the Retreat Horse Lu, the Targetted “Cause” Palace is the Fortune Palace. Actually, the Life Palace itself is the emphasis cause of the Fortune Palace, and the eventual “Effect” Palace, henceforth the effects are reflected back into reinforcing emphasis on ownself.

Case Studies of 進馬祿忌 (Forward Horse Lu/Ji):

1. Life Palace sent forth 飛祿 to Spouse Palace which underwent 自化祿, 飛祿 deflected to Wealth Palace. (Spending lots of money because of partner)

2. Wealth Palace sent forth 飛忌 to Travel Palace, which underwent 自化忌, 飛忌 deflected to Career Palace. (Facing problems in career with overseas business or investments)

Case Studies of 退馬祿忌 (Retreat Horse Lu/Ji)

1. Life Palace sent forth 飛忌 to Fortune Palace which underwent 自化忌, 飛忌 deflected back to Life Palace. (Troubled by affairs of the heart, or bad consequences of leisure)

2. Sickness Palace sent forth 飛祿 to Children Palace which underwent 自化祿, 飛祿 deflected back to Sickness Palace. (Entangled with affairs/affliction because of sexual deviancy).