There had been a saying that it is easy to learn San He ZWDS but difficult to master it. And the reverse for Flying Star ZWDS. There is a resurgence of interests in recent years in San He ZWDS (as well as Bazi) after they had been left on the shelves for a while to make way for Flying Star schools because enthusiasts start to realise that San He ZWDS hold a treasury of unique information that make Zi Wei Dou Shu predictions a lot more colourful and detailed. The primary problem with some of the more “hardcore” San He styled ZWDS is the vast amount of information that need to be absorbed, particularly that of the hundreds of minor stars and counting, and how to make use of them effectively. The descriptors of the minor stars in “The Empyrean Matrix” is only the tip of the iceberg. Some of the more commonly encountered issues are the confusion as to repeated minor stars that are used in the charts, either as homonyms or otherwise. This article will try to clarify this question.
Fei Lian (蜚廉, 飞廉)- The names are homophonic to the word 蜚蠊 which has a significance, as the latter means Cockroach in Olden Chinese. The basis is that these stars are “Insects” of the “Beast” that is Lian Zhen (廉贞). This is seldom known, but the so-called “Chastity” of Lian Zhen is a mockery and meant to imply roaches. Anyway, despite the similar name, I termed 蜚廉 as “Forlorn” in Yi Category and 飞廉 as “Flying Chastity” in Boshi category. Both stars are similar in nature, and they have mastery of the Forlorn. The function of these stars is to inflict punishment, scandals and unpopularity. The common effects of the stars is stirring up scandals. Minor star like Zi Bei (指背) brings unheard gossips. Whereas Fei Lian brings about outright shaming. One lesser known application, Fei Lian in Property palace connotes termite infestation.
Bing Fu (病符)- The literal translations are Sick Talisman. I termed them Hospice Stars due to their nature. There are two types, one in Bo Shi stars and one in Sui Qian stars. They share similar master of sickness and disease and wherever they are in the palaces (amplified by Hua Ji or malevolence), there will be possibility of sickness. There are some important distinctions: Bo Shi Bing Fu is traditionally used to monitor the health situation in Current Years; edit: correction/mixed up but I use Sui Qian Bing Fu instead (because it is more flexible) although it is usually used for months or days periods as it is always stuck in the Siblings Palace of the Current Years.
Guan Fu (官府,官符)- I termed these stars as The Court or Litigation Stars. 官府 lies in Boshi grouping, whereas 官符 is in Sui Qian category. The difference in writings are indicated as courthouse, and officers’ talisman. Both of these stars have mastery of lawsuits and legal problems. These stars are sensitive to malevolent stars, particularly crime and punishment stars like Lian Zhen, Ju Men, Tian Xing, Tian Liang, Qing Yang and Tuo Luo. Sui Qian Guan Fu is particularly sensitive to San He with Bai Hu and Tai Sui/Sui Jian. The application of both stars are usually observed if the current year Sui Qian Guan Fu clamp adjacent palace with Boshi Guan Fu, and determine months or days of incidence.
Da Hao (大耗)- There are two types. I have termed these as the Great Wastage Star from the Boshi Group and the Major Expenditure Star from the Sui Qian Group. The stars have mastery of wastage and expenditures. These stars characteristics are essentially similar, wherever they are, there will be huge expenses or losses, and depicted by which particular palaces they fall into, and what is the nature of the stars/transformations that are in vicinity. Meeting or opposition of these minor stars will bring about bigger losses. There is one specific character of the Sui Qian Major Expenditure Da Hao that is observed to be unique. This Da Hao has high tendencies of peach blossom related expenditures, more so than the BoShi Great Wastage Da Hao.
Xiao Hao (小耗)- I termed these stars as the Small Waste Star and the Minor Expenditure stars from the Boshi group and the Sui Qian group respectively. Like the Da Hao stars, these stars have mastery of wastage and expenditure, though at a smaller scale. These stars are largely similar, although the Xiao Hao in Boshi group is stronger in potency of loss and wastage. When the two stars meet, there is a great tendency that there will be incidences of losses in the respective palace (e.g. losing items in travel).
Hua Gai (华盖)- The literal translation is Imperial Canopy. I have mentioned in the Empyrean Matrix that these stars are what I termed as the Aloof God Stars. There are two types, one in Yi Category, and the other in Jiang Qian Stars. These stars have mastery of solitude and talent. The characteristics of these stars are Asceticism, Knowledge, Aloof and Egoistical and are primarily so, regardless of the differences of these stars. There are some opinions that the Jiang Qian Hua Gai has the power to curb malevolence and legal problems, while the Yi Category Hua Gai largely remain as a character trait, especially in Life Palace. In my opinion, the functional power of Hua Gai to curb specific legal problem is met only when these stars combined strengths in same location during a specific Current period. There is this saying that when Hua Gai meets Tian Kui and Tian Yue, there will be a lifetime free of legal problems. This is still highly disputed.