Hello Dear Readers. It’s been quite a while since I last updated this blog. The hiatus is caused by prior commitments and some problems, but as of now most of them are duly resolved. To date I have about 55 outstanding comments coming through to the blog during my absence. I have tried my best to clear all of them. My apologies to some of you, for the long delays, as well as refusal to give more readings. I hope you can understand that I don’t want to read anymore charts for many reasons. To put things in perspective, Zi Wei Dou Shu is not my livelihood nor source of income. Still I am fulfilled by the three books written on this subject matter. While not the first in the genres, the publishing of these books somehow catalyse more activities in the field which is a good thing as it sets precedence for more of such literature in English.
Granted that there is this renewed energy in writing posts (which can be a tiring affair), I will speak of my thoughts on some of the current developments of Zi Wei Dou Shu. I am not in the interest nor position of contention with fellow practitioners given the autonomy and lack of commercial motivations. But still we hold our grounds with certain secrecy which we will not casually share. Yet in recent years there are more and more divulgence of once suppressed secrets. In the current internet age, there are surfeit of information, but also more confusions due to the excesses and esoteric knowledge like Zi Wei Dou Shu can only hold its ground so far; its only a matter of time before its secrecy will be exposed. What some practitioners do nowadays is facilitation of half-secrets to the public given the understanding of such inevitability. I had mentioned that no human practitioners invent Zi Wei Dou Shu, but the interpretative methods is another story altogether. Every sects hold their unique secrets in interpretations and if there ever come a time of divulgence, what use is the oaths of secrecy anymore? These half-secrets seek to meander and ‘negotiate’ with the audience; on one hand protecting the self interests of the practitioners, and on the other hand appeasing the fervent information seekers.
So am I going to get into the spirit of this? Some of it are already self evident in the books if you have discerning eyes to notice the differences while the bulk of others are still up the sleeves. We have witnessed constant evolution of the methods in both the large San He and Flying Star school of thoughts. To tie methods strictly to a central doctrine, especially with the old volumes of Zi Wei Dou Shu is while assuring, quite impractical. The complications get worse with Flying Star schools, where the trajectories of the Transformers become ballistic opinions between the schools, thus resulting in many disagreements over methods. The opinion of any individual is to validate their work based on experience and not tradition. While the formative education in Zi Wei Dou Shu is still very important to establish good fundamentals (classes as opposed to books are still the most recommended channels of learning), the intermediate practitioners should gather as much data as possible to validate the findings, and with given experience, seek the best solution for themselves. And this is where secrets are formed. Another development is also ‘integration’. Traditionally separate fields like Fengshui, Qi Men Dun Jia etc are integrated into the ZWDS chart to lend more clairvoyant power by some practitioners, and which also increases their appeal. I have also witnessed “transitions of systems” amongst students. This happens when either the primary San He or Flying Star system are inadequate to address case studies anymore and the student change to learn from an alternative school. Despite the current hype, Flying Star system does have its limitations. There are conundrum of charts are not sufficiently resolved as well as having erroneous ‘pinpointing’ which can be solved by San He method. Likewise there are San He conundrums that can only be solved by Flying Star methods. I will highlight such cases in due course.
Not too longer ago, during my periods of inactivity on the blog, I had frequent metaphysical discussions with Brother Keong, my newly acquainted friend who designs softwares for Chinese Metaphysics. We habitually challenged each other with difficult case studies and I was given a case of similar charts from two different individuals with the only differences lying in some of the Birth Time Stars (Wen Chang, Wen Qu, Huo Xing, Ling Xing). This would be especially difficult if you are limited in capacity by the Flying Star methods (minor stars are out). If I have to stick by reliance for getting ‘conditions’ and ‘inputs’, I would be stuck, but a combination of using San He descriptors, and practiced observation solved the conundrum. To give you a hint on one practiced observation, contrary to popular opinions of the ancient texts, I generally do not like Wen Chang and Wen Qu, while I find merit in Huo Xing and Ling Xing in the charts. And while Tian Gui, Tian Yue are not evident problem in that case study, I do not like them too.
There is another case whereby Brother Keong challenged me with a chart of a successful old man who had supposed marriage problem. This case study had apparently spun a successive thread on an online fortunetelling forum. From conventional ZWDS, it seems like the old man had bad marriage which was the wrong answers made by participants. But with effective usage of stems and elements proved otherwise and resolved that conundrum. As another hinter, there are recurrences of stems in the palaces and the elements are not mere redundant accessories in popular opinions, but are essential in Yin and Yang interplay. Brother Keong then asked me straight in the face on what is the profession of this old man. I told him as a matter of factly, this man is involved in the food industry which turns out correct. Can anyone confidently come to this conclusion with all the ZWDS they learnt without probing here and there to test the depths? Possibly, especially with San He education and a deep understanding of the subtle significance behind star characteristics will bring you to this level of confidence. But if this doesn’t work to your favour it is a potentially career ending move especially for the commercial inclined practitioners. That’s all for now. I will give more updates when time and energy permit.