We have DNA sequencing that helps us to predict our current and future health condition. We have weather forecast, political forecast, financial forecast, ...etc, so why not destiny forecast?
Knowledge is the only thing that has differentiated us from other living spieces on earth, and has given us the advantage in terms of survival. And in the 21st century, it is a fact that we live in a knowledge-based economy in which those who have more information and wisdom will out-maneuver competitions and win the game. At the same time, holistic knowledge and wisdom will also grant us the ability to help ourselves and others. Astrological analysis is like a form of spiritual DNA sequencing for our destiny.
I will be revealing the secrets of astrological reading in the year 2016 to readers, and at the same time help them to understand how astrological knowledge is different from superstitious beliefs.
The information shared on this thread will be for beginners who are often amazed by the accuracy of astrological reading, but at the same time find it a topic highly difficult to study and understand.
Before studying astrology, some important mindset and behavior have to be instilled in learners. The characteristic or quality you should develop when studying astrology:
1) Patience is the key. It takes a life time to study and master the art and science of astrology. There is no limit to learning.
2) Keep asking questions and finding out new answers. There are many false beliefs and superstitions being spread regarding astrological studies. One must be cautious to discard what is false and unreliable and continuously investigate the right formula to astrological calculation that can give rise to accurate predictions.
3) Expand your general knowledge all the time. Astrology is about the study of life phenomenon. And life consists of an infinite amount of things. One must continue to expand his knowledge always and then link, form connections and draw relationships between his knowledge and astrological studies.
4) Specialize in at least one method, but do not limit yourself to one style of practice. In my opinion, there is no such thing as astrology belonging to a different country or culture. Also, some people prefer the more ancient style of astrology, whilst others prefer the more evolved modern style. Remember, there is no old or new astrology. There is only accurate or inaccurate astrology. Each system of astrological calculation has its own limits and strengths. One should fully master one style, then progress to learn as many other styles as possible, and to adopt what is efficient and effective in each style for the sake of accuracy.
5) You should always use your astrological knowledge to provide constructive help to others. It’s never about what you know, but how you apply what you know to the benefit of yourself and others that matters most. Do good and have a heart of compassion towards all sentient beings always. Always believe that destiny can be changed for the better through good intention and action. Have a heart of gratitude always and remember that life ultimately is a lesson. You can learn lesson from a small ant to a spaceship as long as you are mentally ready as a student. Everything in life can teach us something. Be thankful that you have a chance to learn this lesson called life.
Like a sea captain's compass or a pilot's navigation system, the Eastern astrological system contains some of the most profound personal guidance tools ever discovered. With their roots planted deeply in Taoist and Buddhist traditions, the variety of intriguing practices that make up the Eastern astrological system are unparalleled.
Two of the most insightful are the Ba Zi (four pillars of destiny) and the Zi Wei Dou Shu. Akin to our own personal weather maps, these systems offer us the choice to sail around life's storms or fly directly through its tempests.
In Chinese Astrology: Exploring the Eastern Zodiac, I examined the 12 earthly branches (animal signs) and their respective archetypal characteristics. We also discovered the five essential elements, and the relevance of one's birth year.
These branches and stems are the stepping stones we will use to move about through the deeper intricacies of Chinese astrology. Each month, each day, and each two-hour segment of the 24-hour day is assigned a combination of animal sign (earthly branch) and element (heavenly stem). Together, they complete what is called the four pillars of destiny, or the Ba Zi (eight words).
This ancient system uses the five elements, with special emphasis placed on the "daymaster," or element and sign that rules the day you were born. The Zi Wei Dou Shu chart is the grandfather of all Chinese astrological specialties.
This life chart (plotted in the form of a rectangular rice paddy) takes us on a tour of our destiny using the 12 palaces, or houses. Decade by life-decade, major and minor star energies move in and out of each life palace in the birth chart.
These stars revolve around the placement of the all-important Zi Wei, or "emperor star." Together, they paint a rich personality portrait and can help you understand your destiny and assess your life options.
I hope you enjoy this new journey and find these ancient arts good for thinking upon.
"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear."
I-Ching (易经) can be considered the most important book in which Chinese astrological studies have been based upon and originated from. Its philosophy has later been adopted by biology, medical science, computer coding and more, as it consists the fundamental truth about how the nature of the Universe operates. But to prevent you from falling asleep, I won’t be going too deep into it yet.
Some very brief background for I-Ching newbies. The book was commissioned by Emperor Fu Hsi in around 3,000BC. It is not known who or how many people authored it, Confucius edited it in his lifetime some 2500years later. It is called – ‘The book of Changes’ and it is the relationship of all things created through a variety of trigrams and hexagrams and the relationship of Yin & Yang (e.g. female & male, hard and soft, life and death…etc)
The 8 Trigrams of the I-Ching
Some people see I-Ching as a book or Oracles, but more than that, it’s a book of life, literally.
Deoxyribonucleic acid or DNA, is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms. DNA is often compared to a set of blueprints, like a recipe or a code.
The basis of DNA is + and -. This is also binary code. Computer language operates on this philosophy and so is the basis of all human language.
So lets look at the similarities between the I-Ching and DNA. In his 1979 book Martin Schonberger (the author of The I Ching and the Genetic Code: The Hidden Key to Life) puts this about as simple as one can when creating a bridge between science, genetics and oracles.
Firstly you need to know that the I-Ching contains 64 Hexagrams – made up of 8 trigrams each having a relationship with themselves 8 x 8 = 64.
There are only four combinations of Yin and Yang, with the first two bars of the I-Ching. EG: If we said Yin was represented by 0 and Yang by 1, then the possible combinations are 00, 01, 10, 11. These four choices align with T, C, G, A, which then when multiplied make up the exact number of Amino acids that are part of DNA.
So…what does it all mean?
Here is some thinking for you to ponder on.
The four pillars are the cornerstones of Chinese astrology. Each year, month, day, and 2-hour period of each day is assigned a combination of one of the 12 animal signs (branches) and one of the 5 elements (stems).
Ba Zi means "eight words" or "eight characters," and denotes the one element and one animal sign in each of the four "pillars." Two characters (one of the five elements placed on top of one of the 12 animal signs) times four pillars or positions (one for your birth year, one for your birth month, one for your birth day, and one for your birth hour) equal the eight words.
These eight words (four elements and four animal signs) comprise what is called the four pillars of destiny, or Ba Zi. Here's an example:
Eight Characters, Four Pillars Ba Zi is a system of astrology invented by Li Xu Zhong in the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). The system was later revised and updated by Xu Zi Ping of the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD). The most authoritative work is the San Ming Tong Hui by Wan Yu Wu of the Ming Dynasty (1368- 1644 AD).
As with each of the many forms of Chinese divination, the four pillars began with a hypothesis, which was then supplemented by and confirmed through observations and experimentation until a formula was found that returned reliable and consistent results. The ancient Chinese developed the art of four pillars of destiny as a method for understanding and enhancing our life experiences.
The Wu Xing (Chinese: 五行; pinyin: Wǔ Xíng), also known as the Five Elements, Five Phases, the Five Agents, the Five Movements, Five Processes, and the Five Steps/Stages, is a fivefold conceptual scheme that many traditional Chinese fields used to explain a wide array of phenomena, from cosmic cycles to the interaction between internal organs, and from the succession of political regimes to the properties of medicinal drugs.
The five elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water.
Below is an equivalence of the states of matter found in physics and chemistry:
These five types of qi (life force) also have their yin and yang attributes. Each element is expressed once in its negative, feminine yin form, and once in it's positive, masculine yang form. Yin is more subtle, and Yang is more active.
Each element is produced and subsequently destroyed by another element in a delicate yet perfectly balanced cycle:
The producing, enhancing cycle:
Water > Wood > Fire > Earth > Metal
The controlling cycle:
Water > Fire > Metal > Wood > Earth
The weakening cycle:
Water > Metal > Earth > Fire > Wood
Memory jogs, which help to remind in what order the phases are:
The five elements in their yin and yang expressions create 10 types of element qi, or the "10 heavenly stems." The 12 animal signs, alternating between yin and yang, are called the "12 earthly branches."
Each energy interacts in a specific way with the others, just as we do with different people.
Yang Wood Jia is like a tall tree, sturdy and growing upward.
Yin Wood Yi is like a shrub, grass, or graceful plant.
Yang Fire Bing is like a forest fire-hot, raging, and quick.
Yin Fire Ding is like a candle flame, flickering and burning slowly.
Yang Earth Wu is the tallest mountain, crusty soil, and parched desert.
Yin Earth Ji is akin to garden soil, loamy and rich in nutrients.
Yang Metal Geng is like a sharp sword, piercing and strong.
Yin Metal Xin is like intricate jewelry that clasps and creates structure.
Yang Water Ren is like the deep ocean with its tempests and waves.
Yin Water Gui is like a lake or pool, calm on the surface.
Life qi also comes in combinations of the 12 earthly branches or animal signs. The 12 animal branches are: Rat (Zi), Ox (Chou), Tiger (Yin), Rabbit (Mao), Dragon (Chen), Snake (Si,) Horse (Wu), Goat (Wei), Monkey (Shen), Rooster (You), Dog (Xu), and Pig (Hai).
This earliest of Chinese divination systems uses the five element placements in an individual's birth chart, especially the element of the birth day, or daymaster, to examine and compare each pillar to the others.
Forecasting is accomplished by comparing your birth chart to any given time, date, or person. The individual pillars are examined for harmony and conflict, balance and imbalance.
Through these basic interactions and distinct patterns, each person can view his or her potential and determine his/her best days, months, years, and companions.
Each year, month, day, and hour has its own energy, or qi. The qi that surrounds you as you take your first breath is your destiny.
These complex energy patterns, stacked on top of each other, are what form the four pillars. Each character (element and animal sign) placed in your birth chart carries with it a frequency, or unique energy pattern, and the combination of these frequencies forms a certain synergy, or influence.
"Synergy" is the working together of separate entities (signs and elements, in this case), cooperating for an advantageous final outcome.
This dynamic between the stems (elements) and the branches (animal signs) is what makes up the four pillars birth chart, and what forms the sum and substance of your astral signature, or horoscope.
Here is an example of a four pillars chart for a person born on September 5, 1959, at 10:34 a.m.:
Each element (upper stem) and animal sign (lower branch) is strategically placed in one of eight locations to tell the story of your destiny.
Using information gathered from the time and date of your birth, a Chinese astrologer is then able to draw up a blueprint or map of your karma and life, and advise you accordingly.
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