In modern times since “The Enlightenment” (a misnomer in itself), the elements of magic and mysticism had been gradually eroded by rational ontological systems known as science. The mystical studies like alchemy and astrology as progenitors of modern day chemistry and astronomy are long divorced and held commonly as follies of pure superstitions before the actualization of sciences. The modern man often can philosophize about the very vicissitude of life and existence but he is also often leaning dangerously close to a nihilistic path that does not acknowledge the divine. One working example of divinity/esotericism that I am going to talk about here may be magical, mystical, but in itself are based on rigorous systems that follow scientific framework rather than products of fancy and fantasy. The name is Zi Wei Dou Shu, amongst other countless systems hidden away in the forsaken lands of the occult. And mind you, I am alot more scientific than your average men on the street, the entirety of my formative science education notwithstanding.
I had been a strong proponent of sciences and atheism even way before Richard Dawkins abandoned his evolutionary biology for the controversial discourses on religion. I then came to understand that death is quite itself the end and that the tales of the afterlife are mere consolation to the hearts of many mortal men. Such ideas have detrimentally profound effects on life, which devalues the purpose of life and existence to just another biochemical outcome or byproduct. These ideas sadden me. However, when I got involved in the metaphysics, especially with Zi Wei Dou Shu, I experienced a drastic paradigm shift on my understanding of existence as many long held doubts and questions are answered. As if by magic of clairvoyance, ZWDS shows me that it is possible to look into events of the past and the future of anybody with just birth dates and mathematics with bewildering accuracy. This is one example of the divine/esoteric gift that doesnt make any sense at all in our modern scientific sense.
Fortune telling (to put it in an awfully vernacular way of explanation) is only the tip of the iceberg in Zi Wei Dou Shu. If this post can add any assurance and comfort to the readers who had much doubts about life, existence and afterlife, it has served its purpose. I will affirm that reincarnation exists, and it is a concept in Zi Wei Dou Shu, and I shall expound on its mechanisms down to how one can use practical applications to peer into past lifes. The key message that I want to share to the readers is that “Death is not the end”.
Concepts of reincarnation are not merely Buddhistic or Indian/Hinduistic/Eastern by common associations. Actually the concepts of reincarnation had long been held in Neoplatonism, Orphism, Hermeticism, Manicheanism and even the Gnosticisms of early Abrahamic religions including Christianity, amongst followers of Kabbalah, Cathars, Druze and Rosicrucians. In the esoteric Chinese traditions, the Early Heaven Ba Gua which explains the divine plan, and it forms the blueprint for the sixfold paths of suffering, also known as six realms of existence, pain or desires. These paths are known as Heaven (God, Deva), Asuras (Demigod, Envious God, War God), Human, Animal (Beasts), Hungry Ghosts (Pretas; shown in the painting above eating the excrement of a man), and Hell (Neraka). These are not mere metaphors, but actual planes of existence. These paths can likewise be transcribed onto the Zi Wei Dou Chu chart as below.
There are some people who went for past life regressions via hypnotherapy or past life readings by esoteric practitioners and are gladly pleased by readings like how they used to be some aristocrat, hero or people of exemplary importance. The thing is that with ZWDS past life readings, most results are anything but. Your past life may even be that of a bitter hungry ghost, or a pig in the sty. Nevertheless I will reveal how you can lay out your charts to go into readings of your past life.
Here is a chart of a native: Yang Male born in 15 January 1983 at 10:30 am (Si Hour). When we convert this to the lunar calendar, it is 2 December 1982 (Ren Xu Year) at Si Hour. With the chart laid out, we have to gather additional information. Take note of the Life Palace. He is a Tai Yang/Ju Men native. Then take note of the Body Palace. There is Tai Yin/Tian Tong. His life emphasis is in spousal relationship.
Do you still remember how to get Life Master as well as Body Master? These aspects are often ignored by many practitioners and teachers, but they are actually some of the most useful components for many applications in the charts. In my earlier post in April about checking on possible orientation towards homosexuality, I had highlighted some parts of the functional uses with the Life Master and Body Master. Anyway back to the chart, this native have Life Master in Lian Zhen and Body Master in Wen Chang. Knowing these information, we are going to transform the chart into a previous incarnation chart. Without changing the stars, align the palace with the Life Master as the new Life Palace and the palace with the Body Master as the new Body Palace, and adjust the rest of the palaces accordingly. You will find out that the native’s previous identity is Lian Zhen/Po Jun in Life Palace and Body Palace lies in Fortune.
In the current life, this native may be somewhat unpopular (Empty Friends Palace, Wu Qu Hua Ji opposite), argumentative (Tai Yang/Ju Men in Life), brusque and tactless (Ling Xing, Qing Yang in SFSZ). However in the last life, this native may be deviant and hedonistic (Lian Zhen, Po Jun in Life, Qing Yang in Children) , diplomatic and opportunistic (Tan Lang, Wu Qu in Career) and have complicated and argumentative social relationships (Tai Yang, Ju Men in Friends). Yes, even such concepts like diplomacy, wealth, social relationships are existing concepts in beings of hell, hungry ghost or animal realms. To determine the sex of the native in his previous life, we just set and determine his Birth Dou Jun, which reveals to be of Earth Branch Wu. Wu branch corresponds to the Bing Stem in his charts. Jia, Bing, Wu, Geng and Ren Heavenly Stems will denote Male, and Yi, Ding, Ji, Xin, and Gui Heavenly Stems will denote Female. Henceforth, the native was also a Male in his past life.
The native may be a human in his current life, but what is he in his past life? Simply correspond the new Past Life Chart’s Life Palace and Body Palace to the Sixfold Paths of Suffering chart. Life Palace is in Animal, and Body Palace is in Man. This shows that he used to be an animal and his life is aspired towards the pattern of man. Lian Zhen and Po Jun in Life Palace by closest comparison points towards his previous life as some kind of predatory sea creature. We also look at karmic consequences. In the current life chart, his Hua Ji lies in Wu Qu Hua Ji in Siblings Palace. How do we lay out the concepts of karma in his chart? Understand that birth transformer Wu Qu Hua Ji has to be flown from a palace. We trace that to Ren Stem which causes Wu Qu Hua Ji and it lies in Career Palace. Henceforth his karmic origin (known as Cause Palace) of this life is in Career Palace. His Body Palace in the karmic sense is what he needs to aspire forward in his life, his fortune palace is the principle store of his karma “status”, his cause palace is the karmic origin in this life, and lastly and most importantly, his Hua Ji is his debt need to be repaid in this life, which is in Siblings Palace (could mean siblings or mother). There are two more stars of karmic origins in the charts and they are namely Tian Xing and Yin Sha. One is of divine (Heavenly punishment) and the other is of the netherworld origin. Both stars are used to regulate trials to the native in this life on top of Hua Ji. Both stars should have been in different positions in his past life chart, though not considered nor changed in this drawing.
From his Hua Ji, we can infer back to his karmic debt in his past life. The Hua Ji was found in his Career Palace. And from this location Hua Ji will “clash” the Spouse Palace, meaning to say that he has no spousal fate. This is a special formation of an ascetic who needs to cut off from the mundane world. This aspect is actually brought forward to this current life. How can we tell? Remember the test on the earlier article on determining homosexuality with using Life Master and Body Master to establish Ri Yue Ke Hai Formation (日月剋害; Afflicted Sun and Moon)? This native’s Body Master afflicts the Moon (Yi Stem: Tai Yin Hua Ji), furthermore in his current life Spouse (Body) Palace! If that is the case, why would he have life emphasis/aspiration on Spouse Palace/relationships? Isn’t that ironic? Truth of the matter is that he will get into a brief relationship of some sort to fail and come to a realization of his cause.
How do we see if a native has noble causes in his current destiny? For the ascetic, especially celibate monks and priests, they need to have Tian Liang (Buddhist Star/Protection Star) in their Fortune Palace. Tian Tong (Bliss Star) or Tian Ji (Kindness Star) will further amplify such outcome. In addition, there must be Emptiness Stars (Di Kong, Di Jie) in Life, Body, and Fortune Palaces with preferably no malevolent stars (will add obstacle or disruption to asceticism). It is preferable if they also have no Hua Lu in the SFSZ from the Life Palace, or other fortunate stars. Tian Xing is another important karmic star in this equation. It is preferred to be in Life Palace to regulate and discipline the native. This native has Tian Liang and Tian Ji in Fortune Palace. There is Di Kong in Body Palace. And there is Tian Xing in Life Palace. However, there are Huo Xing in Body Palace, Ling Xing in Life Palace and Tuo Luo in Fortune Palace. Evil forces tried to waylay the native towards his noble causes.
While we finish the analysis with the above native, I would like to state another example of native with noble causes in their destiny. And that is a special type of native bestowed with power of Tian Jiang (天將) otherwise known as Heaven General or Leaders of Men. These people have the divine cause to influence people and society and they tend to be talented, ruthless, powerful and influential if their formations are kept clean from emptiness and malevolence. This concept is quite similar to that of the Kui Gang (魁罡) in Four Pillars of Destiny, except that the selective criteria is even narrower. This only happens for natives with Zi Wei in Fortune Palace, and it only trickles down to three specific configurations of the Sha Po Lang trinity. The highest configuration is that of Qi Sha in either Chen or Xu Life Palaces (Single Zi Wei in Fortune), followed by second ranked configuration of Po Jun in either Zi or Wu Life Palaces (Zi Wei and Tian Fu in Fortune), and lastly Tan Lang in either Yin or Shen Life Palaces (Zi Wei and Tian Xiang in Fortune). The other Sha Po Lang natives that dont obey the above configurations are not counted. If there are malevolent stars in the Life, Body and Fortune Palaces, there will be alot of hardship for these natives to achieve their cause. If Emptiness Stars are in the above three palaces, the formations are broken and the natives need to go into spirituality and asceticism for remedial. Chairman Mao is a Tan Lang in Shen Life Palace native with no Emptiness Stars in the three palaces. There is a common joke/saying amongst the ZWDS community that natives with Zi Wei in Fortune Palace will never have life of a businessmen. This is true, because the most important leadership star had been etched into the spiritual ethos of noble causes, than that of being a boss in the mundane, material plane.