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Figure 3.21a Recasting of horoscope in Figure 3.19 by the author using a modern Ziwei doushu method.

Figure 3.21a Recasting of horoscope in Figure 3.19 by the author using a modern Ziwei doushu method.

Surprisingly, the sanshi system of Taiyi seems to have played an unlikely role in the development of the modern form of Ziwei doushu astrology. We find in the Gujin tushu jicheng a work entitled Taiyi rendao mingfa AZj A^fi-Rpfe (Taiyi Method of Calculating Human Fate), of unknown authorship and date but bearing a Foreword dated between the years 1604 and 16 8 4.57 This work was reprinted together with works on the Taiyi method in the same collection under a common title Taiyi shenshu jsLZ^ffitik (The Wonderful Numbers of Taiyi) in Taipei in 1975. It appears like an attempt to absorb the imported system of astrology into the Taiyi cosmic board method, but without the use of the Taiyi calendar for dates and the occurrence of terms like Wenchang, Shiji, Jishen, Zhudajiang, Kedajiang, Zhuxiaojiang, and Kexiaojiang, that are found in the Taiyi method and also terms in the Shiji Taiyi system. Taiyi appeared in various forms. As ji^xe- ii

Doushu Taiwan
Figure 3.21b Recasting of the same horoscope by a practitioner in Taiwan using another version of the Ziwei doushu method.

"Wufu Taiyi SiS^Zj the deity would be found within Palace One in the jiazi year of a Superior Epoch and would move to the next palace in ascending order after 45 years. Then came the Dayou Taiyi ^S&^Zl, the Junji Taiyi ftS^CZ,, the Chenji Taiyi ES^CZi and the Minji Taiyi KS^CZ. that started from a different palace and remained in a palace for a different period of time. A significant change was the Sisben Taiyi who moved not only within Nine Palaces but also three others: Jianggong (Scarlet Hall), Mingtang (Hall of Brightness) and Yutang (Hall of Jade) by name, making a total of 12 palaces in all.58 There were also the deities Tianyi Diyi i&Z^ and Zhifu tif who moved about in the

Table 3.5

Order of House

Western

Hindu

Iran

Qiyao

ZG/Dzang

Taiyi

Ziwei

1st

Life/Body

Body

Life

Life

Life

Life

Life

2nd

Wealth

Wealth

Wealth

Wealth

Wealth

Brother

Brother

3rd

Brother

Brother

Brother

Brother

Brother

Spouse

Spouse

4th

Parents

Friend

Home

Properties

Properties

Offspring

Children

5th

Children

Children

Offspring

Man/Woman

Man/Woman

Wealth

Wealth

6th

Servant/Illness/Enemy

Enemy

Sick person

Servant

Servant

Farm/House

Illness/Danger

7th

Marriage

Wife

Bride/

Wife /Concubine

Wife/Concubine

Civil post/

Migration

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