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In this fully illustrated workbook, Dr. Karin Taylor Wu instructs you in the art of creating an individualized Chinese Four Pillar astrology chart. For the first time to the western audience, learn the traditional method of BaZi calculation without needing a Chinese calendar.

Detailed instructions show how your destiny is contained within your birth chart, and how to understand its changes over the whole lifespan. Dr Taylor Wu also explains the relationship between your individual BaZi chart and your personality, emotions, health, relationships, aptitudes, and life chances. With many examples, and worked exercises, including a detailed interpretation of actual charts and case studies, Dr Taylor Wu demonstrates how to bring the GanZhi principles to life. The workbook provides an essential tool for optimizing personal life choices and for developing healing, consulting, and leadership skills in order to help others.

A welcome introduction into the dynamics of the Chinese calendar: transform a western date into the four pillars of Chinese Astrology using fingers, formulas and tables. I'm happy to see that Dr Taylor Wu's approach to BaZi is offering interpretations for spiritual and healing arts (TCM).

Dr. med. Robert Trnoska, Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Teacher, Austria

A must-have guide to the complex world of Chinese astrological science! In yet another excellent publication, Karin Taylor Wu demystifies the arcane system of Bazi Suanming by providing step-by-step instructions and study exercises for aficionados of this ancient technique. This book gives Chinese medicine specialists and students of Eastern wisdom traditions concrete ways to integrate this time-honored method into their present-day practice.

Heiner Fruehauf, Ph.D., Founding Professor, School of Classical Chinese Medicine, National University of Natural Medicine, Portland, Oregon, USA

It is hard to find a good non-fiction writer who can maintain both ease of flow and interest of the reader in a topic where chances of losing your audience grows exponentially with the complexity of the process described. Karin is such a hard-to-find gem who artfully, and not the least heart-fully, illuminates an ancient method of informing practitioners.

Kleopatra Ormos, M.D., Screenplay consultant, psychiatrist, traditional medicine practitioner

Dr. Karin Taylor Wu earned her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from one of the seven federally accredited medical schools in North America that train primary care physicians in complementary and alternative medicine. She currently serves as the medical director of Blue Willow World Healing Center and QinJian Akademin.

Karin Taylor Wu has taken the very complex calculations for creating an individualized BaZi Chart and has made the process much more usable and understandable. The techniques for mathematical calculation are explained simply and systematically. But, the reader is also gifted with the pearls of ancient wisdom in the interpretation of the Five Elements seen in the combinations of the Heavenly Stem and Earthy Branches. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to practice Chinese Astrology.

Lillian Bridges, President, Lotus Institute Inc

Simply the best presentation of how to calculate a Chinese astrology birth chart.

Dr. David Twicken, DOM, L.A.c, Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Professor and Author

### Table of Contents

Section Title | Page | Action | Price |
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Calculating the BaZi: The GanZhi/Chinese Astrology Workbook by Karin Taylor Wu | 5 | ||

Foreword: TianSuan 天算 The Cosmic Agenda by Master Zhongxian Wu | 17 | ||

Acknowledgments | 21 | ||

Author Notes | 23 | ||

Introduction | 25 | ||

GanZhi BaZi Calendar | 26 | ||

Dao 道 | 28 | ||

YinYang 陰陽 | 28 | ||

WuXing 五行 | 28 | ||

BaGua 八卦 | 32 | ||

BaZi 八字 | 32 | ||

Chinese Astrology: BaZi 八字 and SiZhu 四柱 | 32 | ||

1. Calculate the \nFour Pillars (SiZhu 四柱)/\nEight Characters (BaZi 八字) | 37 | ||

Define the BaZi Year | 38 | ||

Calculate the BaZi Year Pillar | 42 | ||

Find the Year Pillar | 42 | ||

Sample Exercise 1 | 48 | ||

Practice Exercise 1 | 49 | ||

Sample Exercise 2 | 49 | ||

Sample Exercise 3 | 49 | ||

Sample Exercise 4 | 49 | ||

Define the BaZi Month | 51 | ||

Calculate the BaZi Month Pillar | 53 | ||

Find the Month Branch | 53 | ||

The Month Branch Formula | 53 | ||

Sample Exercise 5 | 55 | ||

Sample Exercise 6A | 55 | ||

Sample Exercise 6B | 55 | ||

Find the Month Stem | 57 | ||

The Month Stem Formula | 57 | ||

Sample Exercise 7 | 57 | ||

Practice Exercise 2 | 59 | ||

Define the BaZi Day | 61 | ||

Calculate the BaZi Day Pillar | 61 | ||

Find the Day Pillar | 61 | ||

The Day Pillar Formula | 63 | ||

Sample Exercise 8 | 63 | ||

Sample Exercise 9 | 65 | ||

Sample Exercise 10 | 65 | ||

Practice Exercise 3 | 65 | ||

Define the BaZi Hour | 67 | ||

Calculate the BaZi Hour Pillar | 67 | ||

Find the Hour Branch | 67 | ||

Use the Day Stem to Find the Hour Stem/The Hour Stem Formula | 69 | ||

Sample Exercise 11 | 69 | ||

Sample Exercise 12 | 71 | ||

Practice Exercise 4 | 71 | ||

Calculate the SiZhu/BaZi | 73 | ||

Sample Exercise 13 | 73 | ||

Practice Exercise 5 | 77 | ||

2. TaiYuan 胎元 \nOrigin of Conception | 79 | ||

Influence of TaiYuan | 79 | ||

Calculate the TaiYuan | 80 | ||

Find the TaiYuan Stem | 80 | ||

Find the TaiYuan Branch | 80 | ||

Whirling Fingers | 80 | ||

Sample Exercise 14 | 81 | ||

Practice Exercise 6 | 83 | ||

3. MingGong 命宫 Palace of Karma | 85 | ||

Influence of MingGong | 86 | ||

Calculate the MingGong Branch | 86 | ||

Sample Exercise 15 | 87 | ||

Calculate the MingGong Stem—Method 1 (Formula Method) | 88 | ||

Sample Exercise 16a | 89 | ||

Calculate the MingGong Stem—Method 2 (Traditional Method) | 90 | ||

Sample Exercise 16b | 92 | ||

Brief Symbolism of the Earthly MingGong Branch | 95 | ||

Practice Exercise 7 | 97 | ||

4. DaYun 大運 \nGreat Transfer | 99 | ||

Significance of DaYun (the Luck Cycle) | 100 | ||

Calculate DaYun | 100 | ||

Sample Exercise 17 | 102 | ||

Sample Exercise 18 | 106 | ||

Sample Exercise 19 | 110 | ||

Practice Exercise 8 | 110 | ||

5. ShenSha 神煞 \nSpirits and Ghosts | 113 | ||

FengKong 逢空 (Encountering Emptiness) | 115 | ||

Significance of FengKong | 115 | ||

Finding FengKong | 116 | ||

Sample Exercise 20 | 117 | ||

Practice Exercise 9 | 118 | ||

FuYin 伏吟 (Hidden Moaning) | 119 | ||

Significance of FuYin | 120 | ||

Finding FuYin | 120 | ||

Sample Exercise 21 | 121 | ||

Practice Exercise 10 | 123 | ||

TianYi 天乙 (Good Fortune) | 124 | ||

Significance of TianYi (Good Fortune) | 124 | ||

Finding TianYi (Good Fortune) | 125 | ||

Sample Exercise 22 | 126 | ||

Practice Exercise 11 | 127 | ||

TaoHua 桃花 (Peach Blossom) | 128 | ||

Significance of TaoHua | 128 | ||

Finding TaoHua | 129 | ||

Sample Exercise 23 | 130 | ||

Practice Exercise 12 | 131 | ||

YiMa 驛馬 (Wandering Horse) | 132 | ||

Significance of YiMa | 132 | ||

Finding YiMa | 132 | ||

Sample Exercise 24 | 133 | ||

Practice Exercise 13 | 134 | ||

TianDe 天德 (Heavenly Virtue) | 135 | ||

Significance of TianDe | 136 | ||

Finding TianDe | 136 | ||

Sample Exercise 25 | 137 | ||

Practice Exercise 14 | 138 | ||

TianYi 天醫 (Medicine) | 139 | ||

Significance of TianYi (Medicine) | 139 | ||

Finding TianYi (Medicine) | 140 | ||

Sample Exercise 26 | 141 | ||

Practice Exercise 15 | 142 | ||

WenChang 文昌 (Knowledge) | 143 | ||

Significance of WenChang | 144 | ||

Finding WenChang | 144 | ||

Sample Exercise 27 | 145 | ||

Practice Exercise 16 | 146 | ||

Taiji 太極 (Mysticism) | 147 | ||

Significance of Taiji | 147 | ||

Finding Taiji | 148 | ||

Sample Exercise 28 | 149 | ||

Practice Exercise 17 | 150 | ||

6. Introduction to BaZi Analysis | 151 | ||

The Central Element—The Day Stem | 152 | ||

Key Elemental Relationships to Keep in Mind | 153 | ||

The Birth Principle | 154 | ||

The Control Principle | 154 | ||

The Birth and Control Principles in Diagram | 154 | ||

Assess the Balance of the Day Stem | 156 | ||

Identify the King (or Queen)/Day Stem | 156 | ||

Sample Exercise 29 | 157 | ||

Find the Commander | 160 | ||

Sample Exercise 30 | 161 | ||

Find the Partner | 164 | ||

Sample Exercise 31 | 165 | ||

Sample Exercise 32 | 166 | ||

Other Five Element Relationships: Auspicious Elements | 167 | ||

The Money Element | 167 | ||

Sample Exercise 33 | 168 | ||

The Talent Element | 169 | ||

Sample Exercise 34 | 169 | ||

Regarding Money and Talent | 170 | ||

Day Stem Sample Exercises | 171 | ||

Day Stem Sample Exercise 1 | 171 | ||

Commentary | 171 | ||

Day Stem Sample Exercise 2 | 173 | ||

Commentary | 173 | ||

Day Stem Sample Exercise 3 | 174 | ||

Commentary | 175 | ||

Day Stem Sample Exercise 4 | 176 | ||

Commentary | 176 | ||

Balance—The Elusive Exception | 177 | ||

7. Case Studies\nPutting it All Together | 179 | ||

Janey Yin | 181 | ||

General Information Gleaned from Day Stem Symbolism Chart | 183 | ||

Assessment | 183 | ||

Five Elements Summary | 183 | ||

Auspicious Elements | 184 | ||

TaiYuan (Conception) | 184 | ||

MingGong (Destiny) | 185 | ||

ShenSha | 185 | ||

Janey Yang | 189 | ||

General Information Gleaned from Day Stem Symbolism Chart | 191 | ||

Assessment | 191 | ||

Five Elements Summary | 191 | ||

Auspicious Elements | 192 | ||

TaiYuan (Conception) | 193 | ||

MingGong (Destiny) | 193 | ||

ShenSha | 193 | ||

Johnny Yin | 197 | ||

General Information Gleaned from Day Stem Symbolism Chart | 199 | ||

Assessment | 199 | ||

Five Elements Summary | 199 | ||

Auspicious Elements | 200 | ||

TaiYuan (Conception) | 200 | ||

MingGong (Destiny) | 201 | ||

ShenSha | 202 | ||

Johnny Yang | 207 | ||

General Information Gleaned from Day Stem Symbolism Chart | 209 | ||

Assessment | 209 | ||

Five Elements Summary | 209 | ||

Auspicious Elements | 210 | ||

TaiYuan (Conception) | 210 | ||

MingGong (Destiny) | 211 | ||

ShenSha | 212 | ||

Afterword | 217 | ||

Appendix | 219 | ||

Answers to \nPractice Exercises | 220 | ||

Worked BaZi Calculations for Case Studies | 227 | ||

BaZi Templates | 232 | ||

Fundamental BaZi Calculation Formulas | 235 | ||

JieQi Tables 1–12 | 247 | ||

Figures | 15 | ||

Quick review on long division | 45 | ||

Traditional Sexagenary Cycle Diagram | 47 | ||

Earthly Ring | 53 | ||

Early Branch Hand Mudra Diagram | 55 | ||

Heavenly Ring | 57 | ||

Whirling fingers—finding the MingGong Stem using the traditional method | 94 | ||

Five Element Birth Principle | 155 | ||

Five Element Control Principle | 155 | ||

Money Element | 168 | ||

Talent Element | 170 | ||

Five Element Reverse Control Cycle | 211 | ||

Tables | 15 | ||

Heavenly Stems—YinYang and Five Element Qualities | 30 | ||

Earthly Branches—YinYang and Five Element Relationships | 30 | ||

JieQi February: 1924–2031 | 40 | ||

Sexagenary Cycle Chart | 47 | ||

Heavenly Stems and Numerical Order | 51 | ||

Using the Gregorian Calendar in Day Pillar Calculations | 63 | ||

Earthly Branch and Time of Day | 69 | ||

Basic BaZi Chart Example | 74 | ||

Earthly Branches and their Hidden Stems | 75 | ||

Earthly MingGong Branch Symbolism | 95 | ||

Heavenly Stems—Personality Qualities, Associated Body Part(s), Health Pattern Predictions | 158 | ||

Earthly Branches—Personality Qualities, Spatial Relations, Organ and Meridian Correlations | 162 | ||

Money Element Chart | 167 | ||

Talent Element Chart | 169 | ||

BaZi Template | 233 | ||

DaYun Chart Template | 234 | ||

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