I am writing this article based on some questions from interested readers on what is the appeal of San He-based Zi Wei Dou Shu, after my last article stating that I am a proponent on San He. But before I continue, I would like to address the question about the revised first edition. Some readers had asked me that they cannot find the second edition through Amazon or Createspace. Now the thing is I had not published a second edition yet. It will be probably 10 years down the road! This first edition was actually REVISED because during my writing and due to the rush in publications, I had committed several errors in the book. Those errors had been corrected, and this “revised” first edition is now on sale, still as “first edition” on Amazon and Createspace.
Back to the original discussion on why I am an advocate of San He. I do admit the merits of the Si Hua system. It is always good to have a philosophical and logical basis in deriving prognosis from readings, which are its merits. The Si Hua follows very logical steps based on the usage of transformers trajectory over Main Stars, Palaces and the Charts to derive Cause and Effects, based on phenomenon, “usage” and “body”, Yin and Yang, establishing of triune conditions to see whether there is Ding Shu or Bian Shu, determinant based on 天人合一 or 陰陽合而數生. It is also a good platform to incorporate into many aspects to create new theories like Zi Wei Fengshui (but generally in ZWDS across all schools, there are people who tie in aspects like Tai Sui Palace, 三元九運 etc). It is very much based on rigorous I Ching philosophies which is academically admirable. And of course it also creates some distinctive comparisons between the San He and Si Hua systems. There are many criticisms on the San He system from Si Hua practitioners. An example is that of Empty Life Palace. Orthodox (usually San He-based) teachings say that the Empty Life Palace will take on features of Travel Palace, so likewise natives will emulate the Main Stars in the Travel Palace. Si Hua practitioners argue that it means that the native has to “travel out” in order to gain aspects of the Travel Palace, to take on personality, and cannot just emulate by itself. Since my background is San He, I go by the theory of San Fang Si Zhen, that the Life Palace is indeed affected from the three directions. That is the beauty of San He system, and through empirical examples, many of my ex-customers with Empty Life Palace (when I was still doing ZWDS readings) did have aspects of such Main Stars from SFSZ in their personality.
Another criticism points to the usage of “too many stars” in the San He system. There are even many Masters and Lecturers of Si Hua school that mentioned that these stars are useless. Yes, maybe these minor stars are useless in the Si Hua school context, but we have to bear in mind that they work in the San He context. These additional stars are also what gives details and flavours to the analysis, which draws the distinction between general and specific readings. I do not have to fly transformers all over the charts to come to conclusions; just by looking at some of the stars, I will be able to infer prognosis of the native’s life, and to a certain great degree.
Say for example this “very minor” star known as Yin Sha (陰煞). This star is excluded from most orthodox Si Hua usage. However, I hold this star very important for the prognosis of the customer’s life charts and periods. Yin Sha is classified under the Yi category, and it is a very useful star to determine “negative influences” in the native’s life. Usually it is meant as an indicator of Xiao Ren (小人) otherwise known as the Inferior Man, Antagonist, Saboteur, Detractor or generally entities that do not like the native. Note that I use the word “entity” and not just man. This manifestation can occur in the Life Palace, which explains a petty, jealous and sometimes conniving personality. When Yin Sha is in other palaces, spanning from Life (Natal) to Periods, it can mean the presences of Antagonists. I often use it to help determine if there are people who is out to create trouble for the native. Say for example Yin Sha falls in Current Career Palace during a Current Year. I will mention about the antagonist or backstabber in the workplace, after however deriving other conditions to support this hypothesis. However Yin Sha is not just that, it also has supernatural significance . The negativity of Yin Sha will grow when there are influences of Yin based Stars (like Tai Yin) , when the stars in the palaces create elemental obliteration towards abundance of Yin in the palaces, and with appearances of Hua Ji, to manifest as “evil” entity. This creates supernatural affinity towards the paranormal, and thus other stars in the charts can be read with “supernatural qualities”! When Yin Sha falls into Property Palace, I used to advice my clients to take note of “unclean” things in the house. This star is second next to the major “Ghost” star Ju Men as most often used star for prognosis of the supernatural. Yes there are aspects of Zi Wei Dou Shu that actually dictates haunting, spiritual possessions, and even where these supernatural entities come from therein the chart.
This is only about Yin Sha, and by the virtue of just this one minor star, I can go into so much details in establishing the reading. In cases of actual haunting, Si Hua readings may be able to pick up the story on how the native get involved into such trouble. However, with San He reading, one can readily establish whether the native is prone to such effects, on where the ghosts come from, what can be used to appease the ghosts, and if hauntings will return again. I generally dont like to emphasize on superstitions or beliefs of the paranormal, but I am merely highlighting what are some of the powers within the usage of the minor stars in the San He system. Disclaimer: Original San He text does not discuss anything about the supernatural. The supernatural aspects were discovered by researchers on the San He system.
At the end of the day, well to each his own. Some people will like San He better. Some people will like Si Hua better. As long as the methods work, that is the most important!