数术 Shu Shu ‘Fate Calculation’

     Classical Chinese Astrology (数术 Shù Shù ‘Fate Calculation’) included astronomy, study of the calendar and various forms of divination. During the classical period it was mostly confined to the imperial court and affairs of state. Beyond the emperor, individual fates were rarely considered with the exception of Chinese Medicine where techniques were used to predict climate and disease.

     The development of Chinese Astrology in many ways paralleled Feng Shui, but was largely independent of it until recently. About the same time as the different Feng Shui schools arose, a similar division occurred in Astrology, resulting in countless personal Destiny Analysis and Date Selection systems. There was however no later attempts to reconcile the competing methods. ‘Traditional Chinese Astrology’ today, often considered a part of Feng Shui, has become extremely diversified, regularly including adulteration from foreign astrological traditions and folk fortune telling. Again similar to the evolution of Feng Shui, the modern focus of Chinese Astrology is considerably more material and social with finance and romance becoming top areas of interest.

     Perhaps the most ancient Chinese astrological system is the 五运六气 Wu Yun Liu Qi ‘Five Movements Six Climates. It was used for predicting unseasonable or extraordinary weather patterns, their effects on health and resultant illnesses. Its wisdom can help to maintain proper rhythm with the environment and treat or prevent disease. Its forecasts form a verifiable system of the Calculation Arts. The conditions of the year, month, day and hour of birth can be used to calculate a constitutional chart.