Of Antiscion, Secret Palaces and Covert Support Formations

I am now going to touch on an interesting astrological phenomena known as antiscion (pl antiscia), which is correlated both between Western and Eastern Astrology, but seldom mentioned in Zi Wei Dou Shu. In conventional and vernacular common knowledge in Chinese Astrology, people always mention about how the Zodiac like Horse and Sheep are good friends, or Tiger and Pig are good friends, although they seem to not fall within noticeable clusters. This can be explained by the concepts of Antiscion or Secret Palaces.

It is crucial to understand the mechanisms of the concept of Secret Palaces (暗合宫; An He Gong). Secret Palaces, or relationships is based on the Six Cohesion of Bazi and in essence they are: 子丑合土, 寅亥合木, 卯戌合火, 辰酉合金, 巳申合水, 午未合日月 which translates to Zi and Chou cohesion Earth, Yin and Hai cohesion Wood, Mao and Xu cohesion Fire, Chen and You cohesion Metal, Si and Shen cohesion Water, Wu and Wei cohesion Sun and Moon.

This in essence is exactly the same to that of the Antiscia of Western Astrology, which is the shadow of the planet along the line of reference. In Western Astrology the antiscion considered to be the mirror image, or shadow, of a planet based upon a line of reference, which is the axis of 0 Cancer/0 Capricorn (the position of the sun at the solstices). These antiscia are also known as the “solstice points”.

Examples of Antiscia are like Aries antiscia is with Virgo and vice versa. Scorpio antiscia is with Aquarius and vice versa. The correlation to that of the Chinese zodiacal representations are remarkably similar. Based on the above examples Chen (Aries) secret palace is that of You (Virgo), and vice versa,  and Hai (Scorpio) secret palace is that of Yin (Aquarius) and vice versa. These astrological relationships are based on direct conventional Western and Zodiac correlations and not of the Yellow Path reversals that are used to denote the 12 Palaces used in the previous examples I laid earlier on regarding both systems of correlations.

The concept of Secret Palaces (or Antiscia for that matter) also meant that the palaces receive covert, secretive help from each other along the line of such influence, case in point, Zi and Chou Palaces are secret palaces of each other, and assistance or unseen help are rendered to and fro. The diagram below shows the existing secret cohesions within the 12 Palaces in the Chart.

Secret Palaces

There are two formations within Zi Wei Dou Shu that particularly utilize the concepts of Secret Palaces. The outcome is known as Jin Shang Tian Hua (錦上添花), which shows that there are additional garnishing to an outcome from a hidden source.

Ming Lu An Lu (明祿暗祿) Formation confers windfall luck as well as successes to the native. It is a formation that is based on the concept of Secret Palaces. When Hua Lu (or Lu Cun) sits within the Life Palace, if there is also a Lu Cun (or Hua Lu) within the Secret Palace. There are several types of this formation:

  1. Jia Birth Stem native will have Lian Zhen and Tan Lang in Hai Palace. Lian Zhen will Hua Lu. Lu Cun will be in Yin Palace cohesion with Hai. Life Palace will be either in Hai or Yin.
  2. Yi Birth Stem native will have Tian Ji and Tian Liang in Xu Palace. Tian Ji will Hua Lu. Lu Cun will be in Mao Place cohesion with Xu. Life Palace will be either in Xu or Mao.
  3. Bing Birth Stem native will have Tian Tong and Tian Liang at Shen Palace. Tian Tong will Hua Lu. Lu Cun will be in Si Palace cohesion with Shen. Life Palace will be either in Shen or Si.
  4. Ding Birth Stem native will have Tai Yin and Tai Yang in Wei Palace. Tai Yin will Hua Lu. Lu Cun will be in Wu Palace cohesion with Wei. Life Palace will be either in Wei or Wu.
  5. Wu Birth Stem native will have Tan Lang in Shen Palace. Tan Lang will Hua Lu. Lu Cun will be in Si Palace cohesion with Shen. Life Palace will be either in Shen or Si.
  6. Ji Birth Stem native will have Wu Qu and Tan Lang in Wei Palace. Wu Qu will Hua Lu. Lu Cun will be in Wu Palace cohesion with Wei. Life Palace will be either in Wei or Wu.
  7. Geng Birth Stem native will have Tai Yang in Si Palace. Tai Yang will Hua Lu. Lu Cun will be in Shen Palace cohesion with Wei. Life Palace will be either in Si or Shen.
  8. Xin Birth Stem native will have Ju Men in Chen Palace. Ju Men will Hua Lu. Lu Cun will be in You Palace cohesion with Chen. Life Palace will be either in Chen or You.
  9. Ren Birth Stem native will have Tian Tong and Tian Liang in Yin Palace. Tian Liang will Hua Lu. Lu Cun will be in Hai Palace cohesion with Yin. Life Palace will be either in Yin or Hai.
  10. Gui Birth Stem native will have Zi Wei and Po Jun in Chou Palace. Po Jun will Hua Lu. Lu Cun will be in Zi Palace cohesion with Chou. Life Palace will either be in Zi or Chou. 

From the above examples, the most ideal scenario will be that if Life Palace Hua Lu, and Lu Cun happens to fall within the Property Palace in secret cohesion. If Jia Birth Stem Lian Zhen and Tan Lang is at Hai, Wu Birth Stem Tan Lang at Shen, or Geng Year Tai Yang at Si, will be of exceptionally high format.

Ke Ming Lu An (科明祿暗) is a Formation like the Ming Lu An Lu Formation, utilizes the Secret Palaces relationships. This formation confers fame and wealth to the native and it takes place when Hua Ke is at Life Palace and Hua Lu (or Lu Cun) sits at a secret palace. There are several types of this formation:

  1. Jia Birth Stem native will have Wu Qu Hua Ke in Hai Life. Lu Cun at Yin Palace as secret cohesion.
  2. Yi Birth Stem native will have Zi Wei Hua Ke in Wu Life. Lu Cun at Mao Palace as secret cohesion.
  3. Bing Birth Stem native will have Wen Chang Hua Ke in Shen Life. Lu Cun at Si Palace as secret cohesion.
  4. Ding Birth Stem native will have Tian Ji Hua Ke in Wei Life. Lu Cun at Wu Palace as secret cohesion.
  5. Wu Birth Stem native will have You Bi Hua Ke at Shen Life. Lu Cun at Si Palace as secret cohesion.
  6. Ji Birth Stem native will have Tian Liang Hua Ke at Wei Life. Lu Cun at Wu Palace as secret cohesion.
  7. Geng Birth Stem native will have Tai Yin Hua Ke at Si Life. Lu Cun at Shen Palace as secret cohesion.
  8. Xin Birth Stem native will have Wen Qu Hua Ke at Chen Life. Lu Cun at You Palace as secret cohesion.
  9. Ren Birth Stem native will have Zuo Fu Hua Ke at Yin Life. Lu Cun at Hai Palace as secret cohesion.
  10. Gui Birth Stem native will have Tai Yin Hua Ke at Chou Life. Lu Cun at Zi Palace as secret cohesion.

This formation will be easily broken by malevolent stars and enhanced by fortunate stars. 

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