Most practitioners into Zi Wei Dou Shu probably only know of two mainstream styles, namely the San He and the Flying Star school of thoughts. However if the practitioners are open minded to new styles, there are actually a lot of derivatives from these 2 schools, or even wholly new creations. Mind you, I am not encouraging enthusiasts to go deep into these unusual methods, but it is always good and educational to know what’s happening out there in the world.
Tian Ji sect style of Zi Wei Dou Shu is one of the more unusual ones that I have come across. Tian Ji Sect Zi Wei Dou Shu (天机派紫微斗数) is the creation of Tian Ji Shan Ren (天机上人) also known as Master Huang Chun Lin (黄春霖) and this school is known for their heavy usage of deriving favourable and unfavourable elements, which are fundamental property of Bazi. He stated that stars and transformers are not sufficient enough to give proper reading and may sometimes result in inaccurate results. Some examples that he put forth are like 三奇加会 (San Qi Jia Hui) formations. Ancient proses mention about the great achievements and successes of natives possessing these formations. However in modern day, there are many people who actually don’t have such qualities. Some people discredit the old texts, some people blame it on insufficient input, and Master Huang belongs to the latter. In order to give insight into whether real successes will happen or not, it is of great importance to test on the favourable elements and Palatial Luck Chi of respective “success” palaces.
Let’s look at a simple case study example below to highlight the Tian Ji sect methods.
Deriving Favourable and Unfavourable Usage
Firstly most of you would probably like to understand how the scores are tabulated. Listed under the respective elemental columns are the stars (including transformers) and other criteria with their own point systems. I will list down the simplified steps in deriving these information pertaining only to this case study:
1. Life Palace is in Yin and Body Palace is in Xu positions. The locations are under the San He formations (三合局) of Fire. Henceforth due to this quality. Fire elemental column attains 1 1/2 points labelled as Fire Chi. In Tian Ji ZWDS, there are other formations concerning Life and Body Palace in Zi or Wu, San Hui formations, and Elemental Phase formations (Life Palace in Zi, Chou, Si and Wei), each carrying different point systems.
2. Only stars in San Fang Si Zhen of Life Palace are considered in all the elemental columns. With regard to Fire Stars in the table, there are Ling Xing (2/3), Tai Yang (1), Huo Xing (2/3). In addition to 1 1/2 points from Fire Chi, the sum of the scores bring the total Fire score to 3 5/6. Under Wood Stars, Tian Ji (1). Under Water Stars, Tai Yin (1), Wen Qu (1), You Bi (1/3), Ju Men (1) and Hua Ke (1). Under Metal Stars, Wen Chang (1). And lastly, under Earth Stars, Zuo Fu (1/3), Lu Cun (1) and Hua Lu (1). You can add up the numbers, and they will tally with the overall elemental scores above.
3. Next, check the Months Phases. Based on the Lunar Birth Months, there will be different Phases from the Chang Sheng 12 Phases under the Elemental categories. For Lunar Month 5, there is no phase under Earth, Mu Yu under Metal, Tai under Water, Si under Wood and Di Wang under Fire. In a Chang Sheng curve, Chang Sheng and Mu are of same level, Mu Yu and Si are of same level, Guan Dai and Bing are of same level, Ling Guang and Shuai are of same level, and Di Wang is of the highest in the curve by itself. Yang, Tai and Jue are below the threshold. In the interpretations of elemental dynamics, there are concepts known as 综合 (Zhong He), 通關 (Tong Guan) and 調候 (Diao Hou). For Zhong He, the Phase will be interpreted with total score. If assuming say Fire seems extremely abundant (Di Wang + high scores), then Fire will be deemed the Unfavourable Element. Henceforth, Wood (grows Fire) and Fire are not suitable to be used here. And in this case, it will favour Water to obliterate Fire, or Earth to expend Fire. This act of neutralisation is known as Zhong He. For Tong Guan, say assuming if both Water and Fire are strong and abundant, then it will be useful to utilise Wood to mediate the two elements. Tong Guan essentially is mediation. For Diao Hou, an example is that if the lunar month is cold, and Fire score is not weak, then Fire is favourable. However, in hot months, Fire is not favourable.
Calculations of Palatial Chi Luck
This is used for looking into general fortune/misfortune of the Natal Chart. Note that Flying Star purists will probably jump in fury and point that without periods, there are no luck or misfortune/fortune in the Birth chart. But STILL, nevertheless let’s move on. In this regard, there are two methods. In the crude method, we take into account percentages to be combined in the respective palace. Heaven Stem consists of 20%, Earthly Branches consists of 50% and Na Yin 5 Elemental Phases consists of 30%. For advanced level method, we consider we will derive the hidden property of the Earthly Branches. An example is Hai Palace. The hidden Stem is Ren and Jia. In this method, then we will take Ren at 40%, Jia at 10%. This will substitute the crude calculation of Earthly Branches at 50%.
Let’s reiterate the basics: For Stems– Jia Yi are of Wood, Bing Ding are of Fire, Wu Ji are of Earth, Geng Xin are of Metal and Ren Gui are of Water. For Branches — Zi and Hai are of Water, Chou Wei Chen and Xu are of Earth, Yin and Mao are of Wood, Shen and You are of Metal and Si and Wu are of Fire. For hidden Ren Yuan hidden in Earthly Branches– Zi (Gui), Chou (Ji Gui Xin), Yin (Jia Bing Wu), Mao (Yi), Chen (Wu Yi Gui), Si (Bing Wu Geng), Wu (Ding Ji), Wei (Ji Ding Yi), Shen (Geng Ren Wu), You (Xin), Xu (Wu Xin Ding) and Hai (Ren Jia).
Methods of Reading
From the chart, since Water score of 4 1/3 is not over 5 and furthermore it is even Tai Phase (low), hence we could treat Water as a favourable element. This is the reason that after reference to the Phase, we are using Diao Hou interpretation. If the Phase is Di Wang, the we might have to think twice and may use Zhong He method (but note, month 5 is summer also!). Based on the elemental dynamics, the native favours Water and Metal and does not favour Fire and Earth.
Now let’s refer to the chart again. Say we want to look at the fortune/misfortune of any said palace like Spouse Palace. What is the Palatial Chi Luck of this palace? It will be Fortunate at 50%. How did we derive that? First look at the Stem. It is Wu Stem (which is Earth) and that is -20% because Earth is not favourable. Then the Branches. Let’s use the Advanced method. Zi Branch hides Gui, which is Water. If we look at Zi, it is also Water. Hence it is Water at +50% because it is favourable element. When we look at the Nayin Elemental Phases, native is 5th Earth Phase which is not favourable, hence -30%. That leaves us with 50% Fortunate. Within Spouse Palace lurks Tian Liang which is an Earth Star, henceforth not very impressive for native. Putting in star characteristics, the spouse will most likely be an ordinary and somewhat mediocre person with average income and will toil hard for living.
Now let’s look at the Wealth Palace and try to calculate what is the Palatial Chi Luck? Stem is Bing (Fire) hence -20%. Branch is Xu (Earth) hence -50%. Na Yin of course is -40%. That leave us with Unfortunate 0%. Therein Ju Men (Water) is here to improve the situation by lending toilsome money earning with verbal transactions. But the mean to make money will still be difficult and full of obstacles.
At a more advanced level Tian Ji sect also utilise Flying Star Zi Wei Dou Shu as part of its reading. But that’s all for now.