Usage of Mid Period and Periodic Body Palace

I am writing here about 沈平山 Shen Ping Shan’s unique legacy because I am delighted that I finally manage to collect all his books. His books were actually sold everywhere in the past, but because books are expensive, I only had poor photocopies. Time has passed and while I am not any richer, I have become more generous to myself (bottomline: be kind to yourself). The material from this Grandmaster of 星化派紫微斗數 (Xin Hua Sect) are some of the most highly original and interesting in Zi Wei Dou Shu, especially if you are interested in the San He schools, because he had many exceptional ideas that are only exclusive to his teachings. Shen Ping Shan is a highly renowned and eccentric legend, and his teachings are much sought after material. He brought forth many interesting concepts, one of it being Mid Period, which is he stated as the secret key that many San He and Si Hua practitioners missed out to improve on accurate readings.

Why the emphasis on Mid Periods? According to Grandmaster Shen’s reasoning, in olden day agricultural societies, there are little variations in life, hence it takes longer to notice changes (Decade for example). However in the modern day society, changes happen so often, that within span of 3 years, there might be some major changes. Hence the importance of Mid Period.

Mid Periods of course lies somewhere in between Decade Period and Small Period, and its calculations are unique. Every Decade Period will have 4 Mid Periods. Each of the Mid Period consists of 2.5 years. So how do we calculate for Mid Periods? The First Mid Period is at the Travel Palace of the specific Decade Period. The Second Mid Period is at the specific Decade Period Life Palace. The Third Mid Period is at the Wealth Palace of the specific Decade Period. And the Fourth Mid Period is at the Fortune Palace of the specific Decade Period.

Other aspects of his teachings involve the usage of Body Palace that move along to periods. So in this respect, the position of the Body Palace will be changed with any periods, at the same configuration with respect to original layout in proximity to the Life Palace. His characteristics of the Stars are detailed and unique. The star characteristics are not fanciful and flowery as the old texts, but detail specific function and implication. For example, he laid formula for murder: Bad Tempered Star (e.g. Qi Sha) + Scandal Star (e.g. Ju Men) + Hurtful Star (e.g. Huo Xing) + Funereal Star (e.g.Tai Yin). He also has some different interpretations of the stars. E.g. Tian Kui and Tian Yue both fortunate assistant stars in conventional ZWDS are the ghost of death and killing blade.

Here I will state an example on how Shen Ping Shan performs his ZWDS. This case study is on a native who undergoes heart surgery and sustained on the first heart for about one hour, which led to accumulation of water in lungs due to leakage. Subsequently when he was replaced with a second heart, he died at 32 years old. This native is a Yin Male born in 31 March 1925 at 13:35pm Solar Time. During Mid Period (32-34.5; at Natal Property Palace) there is Tai Yin, Tian Tong, Tian Kui. In opposition, are Tian Kong and Jie Kong. This is an indication that there is accumulation of water in the lungs. In his star characteristics here, Tai Yin is Kidney/Water, Tian Tong is Lungs, Tian Kui is Accumulate, and both Jie Kong and Tian Kong are leakage.


As the Body Palace in his teaching follows the Periodic Life Palace, the Periodic Body Palace of this Mid Period lies in Natal Friend. Within the Body Period Palace, Tai Yang, Ju Men and Tian Yue clashes, which results in heart surgery. Because Tai Yang is Heart, Ju Men is removal, and Tian Yue is surgery here. Because there are indicators of two separate palaces, in order to meld and harmonize them together, Tian Tong has played its function (Tian Tong= transplant, collaboration, piece together). Since the periodic cycles has come into contact with Tian Tong, it is an indicator of Heart Surgery.

At 32 years old, the Current Year Tai Sui has arrived at Shen location (Natal Siblings Palace). It meets Tian Yue (surgery), and clash with Ju Men (failure). Also, since Body Palaces of periods are fluid, the Body Palace of Current Year is at Xu location (Natal Parents). Since the Body encounters Jie Shen (treatment), Yin Sha (weird disease) and Huo Xing (infection), the surgery is unable to save the body. So from the chart, we can infer that the Mid Period brings about heart surgery, and the Current Year brings about failure in surgery.


To Clash or Not To Clash

In Flying Star ZWDS school of thoughts, there are many points that are not readily addressed with regard to how “clashes” can happen. On many accounts, the general notion is that if Palace A sends forth a Hua Ji to Palace B, it will clash in opposition to Palace C. This is a wrong notion because not every “clash” can happen. Sometimes, the Hua Ji will just “enter” into Palace B without anything happening to Palace C.

* Note: In The Empyrean Matrix, the usage of Clash in my San He style is very different from the Flying Star Clashes. Since only one Hua Ji appears in the San He styled Birth Chart and up to three Hua Ji in Current Year Chart, and not potentially flown from the 12 Palaces, clashes happen directly in correspondence to Hua Ji in opposition.

So the conventional and popular school of thoughts is that if the Hua Ji enters Palace B that belongs to the “Internal Palace” (or my Palace), clashes will not happen. The conundrum of many Flying Star schools is the many proposition of what constitutes “Internal Palace” or “External Palace”. One school of thought is that quite “literally” the Internal Palace consists of Life, Wealth, Career, Siblings, Property and Health, whereas everything else is External Palaces. Whereas there are also other school of thought that refers to Internal Palace as Life, Wealth, Career, Fortune, Property and Health. Both are inferred from the He Tu/Luo Shu numerations (1-6 relationships for example) although differently.

After much research, the best explanation of Internal Palaces will consists of San Fang of Life Palace (constituting Life, Wealth, Career) and also of San Fang of Property Palace (constituting of Property, Siblings and Health), and everything else is considered as External Palaces. Does it mean that the first school of thought that I mentioned is correct? It is only half correct. If you set TaiJi at say for example Siblings Palace, the San Fang of Siblings Palace as the “Life Palace” (Siblings, Property, Health) and San Fang of “Property Palace” of Siblings Palace which is the Fortune Palace (Fortune, Spouse, Travel), the Internal Palaces pertaining to Siblings will be as above. This means that status of Internal and External Palaces are dynamic during Interpalatial Dynamics.

The common belief is that “clashes” must always take place if Hua Ji enters the opposite sides of the standard Internal Palaces like Life, Wealth, Career, Property, Siblings and Health. This is actually a fallacy. Does it mean that palaces like Children, Parents, Fortune, etc are not clashed because they don’t fall within the range of Internal Palaces? That is what most people think! This is true only on the basic natal Birth chart level. The real answer lies in that Palace B belongs to “External Palace” in opposition to the affected palace and that this is subjected to Interpalatial Dynamics. Now, isn’t all External Palaces opposite to Internal Palaces? When a practitioner get into periodic charts, and with the emphasis of inferences between Subject and Object, palaces like Children, Parents, Spouse, etc can still be clashed, especially at the primary level (e.g. Birth Chart, by the Decade Period Chart). Yet it doesnt mean every palaces can be clashed. What happens is that the “External Palace” of Palace B should be taken into account of its new position in the periodic charts. An example: Decade Life (Birth Friends) sends Hua Ji to Decade Spouse (Birth Property) clash Birth Children.

Case Study of a Cuckold Man

Sometime last month, I had the good fortune to be acquainted with Brother Keong, the creator of the Flying Star Zi Wei Dou Shu software (as well as a whole host of other Chinese Metaphysics softwares from Bazi to Qi Men Dun Jia). You can check out his website at: or contact him at Out of good predestined affinity, he had given me the software to use as the platform for giving case studies on this blog. I must say that this software had eased alot of the work in chart construction, and the “flying” is a breeze, spanning all the layers of the charts. There are many interesting functions in the software and I am still exploring every one of them.

I will utilize the power of the software to illustrate the example of that of a case study of a cuckold man. I know that I’ve been doing more Flying Stars lately but I will of course not forsake the San He style which is my background. I have always been using the charts for showcasing the case studies (especially San He style since they have alot of minor stars), but I must specify that some of the stars are programmed wrongly, like Di Kong and Di Jie as one example. Nevertheless, I will only put one educational example of the chart here to compare this with the Flying Star ones form the software.

CuckoldOne thing that even as a fellow San He practitioner like myself do admit, is that San He chart interpretation really take alot of skills and understandings of the stars. It may be easier to get into, but mastering will be much harder than other styles. In order to gain full mastery of San He, the understanding of the minor star characteristics and tendencies are to be thorough. Below is an example of the San He style Natal Chart of this native. He is born on December 10 1975 at 14:22pm (Solar Time). When converted to Lunar Time, he is November 8 1975 at Wei Time. This man has problem with his wives. They all had affairs within span of half a year after he was married to them. If you look at the chart below (especially at the Spouse Palace), from conventional San He understanding, how is that possible? Seems like the Spouse Palace looks very fortunate, with bright Zi Wei (with Hua Ke), average Tan Lang, Wen Chang, Lu Cun. We will come to that later.

The Birth Chart is illustrated in the software below. The Birth Transformation lends a Zi Wei Hua Ke at the Spouse Palace. This is a sign that the partner is that of a refined, classy, pretty yet vain person. Because Hua Ke holds mastery of peach blossom, regardless of male or female, they are likely to be popular. However if there are self Hua in any palaces, there is a tendency to have a twist in any story. Spouse in Ji Mao palace (Tan Lang self Hua Quan) which thus creates a scenario whereby the native treats the partner with tender loving care, but the partner will be oblivious to this, and even be particular and controlling to the native. Also, when we observe from below, in Ji Stem also sends Wu Qu Hua Lu, Wen Qu Hua Ji to Travel Palace, creating double Hua Ji to be activated during periods. Hua Ji at Travel clash Life Palace, indicating poor affinity with spouse resulting in poor quality relationship and marriage.


At the third Decade period (24-33), Decade Life overlaps with Birth Spouse Palaces, and the Decade Spouse Palace is at Ji Chou. Ji stem flies Wu Qu Hua Lu and Wen Qu Hua Ji to Birth Travel (Decade Wealth), creating double Ji and clash Birth Life (Decade Fortune). This sign indicates problems pertaining to marriage. During Current Year 27 years of age in 2001, the Si Palace position becomes the Yin Shu location. Note that Xin Stem sends Wen Chang Hua Ji to Current Spouse (Decade Life palace) denoting breakup/sadness. Problem that pertains to the problematic relationship lies in transformation of Tan Lang to Hua Quan by Ji Stem, whereas Tan Lang holds mastery of peach blossom (adultery) as causative.


In the fourth Decade Period (34-43), Decade Life overlaps with Birth Children Palaces. Therein lies Tian Ji and Tai Yin Birth Hua Lu. However, Wu Yin palace also has Tai Yin Self Hua Quan and Tian Ji Self Hua Ji, which are signifying many conflicts within. Decade Spouse lies in Wu Zi Palace and do notice that the stem here is also Wu with the same transformations! Tan Lang will Hua Lu at Birth Spouse (Decade Parents), Tian Ji will Hua Ji into Birth Children (Decade Life), which indicates a definite change in marriage status due to peach blossom again. When Current Year steps into that zone, trouble will happen, and it incidentally is 34 Years Old in 2008. See below for example.


The above examples highlight the bad romance of the cuckold man as well as the power of the software. Going back to the San He style reading, have you already deciphered why the man had such an unfavourable relationship? Do you remember the formation 極居卯酉 (Ji Ju Mao You) I mentioned about in “The Empyrean Matrix”? Tan Lang and Zi Wei at the Mao location in the Birth Spouse Palace, thus forming the “Wolf Attacking the Emperor” configuration. Zi Wei is of Earth Element and Tan Lang is of Wood and Water. At Mao location which is of Wood, Tan Lang will be stronger than Zi Wei, and the imbalance causes the evil peach blossom nature, leading to promiscuity and debauchery. That is the nature of the spouse To break this formation, Zuo Fu and You Bi must flank Zi Wei. There is only one Zuo Fu in the close vicinity. Zi Wei Hua Ke has already been explained, there is pleasantry and aesthetics, but Hua Ke connotes peach blossom. Lu Cun therein means that the spouse is self centred, and brings the palace flanked by malevolence (Qing Yang and Tuo Luo) thus hurting the Zi Wei/damaging this palace further. Also Wen Chang in proximity with Tan Lang denotes impracticality, and misfortune.

Also remember that what does San He sect stresses on? And that is San Fang Si Zhen. The character of the spouse has Qi Sha, Lian Zhen in personality, which brings about a psychopathic tendency. Therein the Fortune Palace also lies Tian Xing, which will bring element of punishment. In Career Palace, which is the outward palace of the spouse, there are no main stars which is then influenced by the Zi Wei, Tan Lang and Wen Chang of Spouse Palace, thus the partners tend to be attractive with sensual demeanour. In the San Fang there is also Tian Yao, which is unsubdued by Emptiness Stars or Hua Ji, hence the peach blossom tendency/promiscuity will be amplified. Po Jun meets Wu Qu in Travel Palace indicates loss, and encounter with Wen Qu brings further malevolence to the relationship of the spouse.