Chinese Astrology is considered to be the world’s oldest form of astrology. Over thousands of years, this complex system of divining the future develop into two systems – the Four Pillars of Destiny, or what is known as Ba Zi, and the Purple Star, or what is locally known as Zi Wei Dou Shu.
If the Four Pillars of Destiny
takes into consideration the date, time, and place of birth, the Purple Star Astrology considers the pole star and its relation to the various constellations. It was first written down during the Tang Yao dynasty and became famous during the Sung dynasty.
The Purple Astrology System makes use of a birth chart that is divided into 12 palaces or life categories. These 12 palaces represent the 12 earthly animals with each palace corresponding to a major aspect of life. Plotting the Purple Astrology Chart can be a challenging task as there are more than a hundred thousand combination of 14 major stars, 4 transformation stars, 18 important minor stars, and up to 79 other minor stars, depending on the person’s birth data.
The major stars in the Purple Star Astrology System include the Great Controller which is the pole star, the Great Entertainer, the Great Speaker, the Great Justiciar, the Great Martial Artist, the Great Pioneer, the Great Treasurer, the Great Martial, the Great strategist, the Great Philanthropist, the Great Premier, the Great General, and the Sun. Although generally regarded as a satellite, the Moon is considered one of the major stars in the Purple Star Astrology System.