Gradings of 火貪 (Huo Tan) and 铃貪 (Ling Tan)

Zi Wei Dou Shu had some peculiarities when it comes to pairing of Main Stars with Support Stars. Traditional texts have always favour Tan Lang star pairings with Huo Xing and Ling Xing, whereas pairings like Wen Chang and Wen Qu are not favoured. Huo Xing and Ling Xing are traditionally labelled under the malevolent stars categories and there must be some basis behind such labels. Huo Xing and Ling Xing are two minor stars that inherently share the same element Fire, but one is of Yang whereas the other is of Yin. Huo Xing given its Yang nature gives explicit expression, whereas Ling Xing given its Yin nature gives implicit expression. The stars transformations are “kill”, which is only to be regarded as a connotation, or even a metaphor. The main characteristics are expressed as acrimony and aggression. Such references fall into the “malevolent” range of characterisation amongst the other stars, but we should also look into its general implications (fire disaster notwithstanding), which is actually “drive”.

You might have read before that when Tan Lang is paired with either of the two malevolent stars, there might be chances of windfall luck. I had written some basic posts and articles on these in the books an on the blog, and now I will write about the effects Huo Xing and Ling Xing actually have on Tan Lang. And there is actually a strong distinction. The effects of Huo Xing on Tan Lang is “motivate”. Its effects on Tan Lang is strong, fast and hasty. However it will also burn out faster. The effects of Ling Xing on Tan Lang is “polish”. Its effects on Tan Lang is weaker, slower, but it is gradual and more long lasting. Windfall luck is a usual depiction of such pairings, but the better word to use is actually “potentiate”. It may not necessarily have to do with making big loads of money. It is more to do with a sudden peak improvement in terms of known qualities of Tan Lang (windfall potential is only one of them).

Not all grades of Huo Tan or Ling Tan are similar. The differences largely depend on locations, as well as presence of other stars, particularly an important minor star Tian Xing. Tian Xing to jot the memory, is simply referred to as the “punisher”, and its effect on Tan Lang is “regulation”. Encounters with Ling Xing will usually curb the desires of Tan Lang to bring forth a more upright nature. Other important criterias: Hua Lu or Lu Cun (their effects are to “enhance” the positive qualities of Tan Lang), Hua Ji (its effect is to “depreciate” positive qualities of Tan Lang), Qing Yang/Tuo Luo (their effects are to “corrupt” Tan Lang).

Now lets look at the respective grades of the Huo Tan and Ling Tan combinations.

1. Zi or Wu Palaces: In Zi Palace, Ling Tan is higher grade than Huo Tan. Encounter with malevolent stars like Qing Yang, it will exemplify low grade lascivious quality. With Ling Xing, or Lu stars without malevolence, there will be much potentials and wealth may come during middle age. In Wu Palace, Huo Tan is higher grade than Ling Tan. If there are no malevolence, it will fall appropriately into the 木火通明 (Mu Huo Tong Ming) formation which signifies wealth and good status. Encounter with malevolence will disfavour all businesses.

2. Chou or Wei Palaces: In Chou Palace and Wei Palaces, although both Huo Tan and Ling Tan are appropriately formed of very high grades, Ling Tan in either palaces will be of lower grade than Huo Tan. Both Palaces will encounter Wu Qu and such formations are exemplary for money making. The natives have a tendency to have sudden windfall after age of 35. At Chou Palace, if there are no malevolence and the native will have a good success, and this is amplified by Hua Lu.

3. Yin or Shen Palaces: The windfall consequences for both palaces will be very strong and severe in both benefits and speed (huge money, come and go fast). Huo Tan is of proper formation than that of Ling Tan in both palaces. Ling Tan criteria for fulfilment will be quite low in this case, except at Shen Palaces with better potential. If there is Tuo Luo at Yin Palace, the native will never be wealthy but flirtatious and will fail due to promiscuity. Lack of malevolence will still brings tumultuous life to native. Whereas for Shen Palace natives especially with malevolence, there will be much sufferings in youth, sudden windfall, and subsequent losses of wealth due to obsession with bad habits.

4. Mao or You Palaces: The combinations at this palace will encounter Zi Wei and Huo Tan is higher grade than Ling Tan. Encounter with Hua Lu is favourable for long sustainable benefits. Mao location is particularly sensitive to Qing Yang, Di Kong, Di Jie and Tan Lang Hua Ji which will be a failure formation and the windfall potential will be minimal or entailed with heavy punishments.

5. Chen or Xu Palaces: If either Huo Tan or Ling Tan are properly seated in these locations without malevolence, the native between age of 30-40 will experience some level of breakthrough. If there are Qing Yang or Hua Ji present, the native will have plenty of sicknesses in the youth. Both formations are normal grades.

6. Si or Hai Palaces: The formations will encounter Lian Zhen in both palaces. Both formations are of low to average grades with lower chances of windfall pertaining to money matters, but more in other successes like talent, etc. These areas run high risk of promiscuity traits. When either formations encounter Tuo Luo in Hai Palace, it will be another classical failure formation that brings high level of promiscuity to native.

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