Sunday, January 12, 2014

Location of the main 14 stars in Zi Wei Dou Shu 紫微斗数

In Pole Star Astrology (Zi Wei Dou Shu 紫微斗数) there are 14 major stars. It's very interesting to see where is their location on the sky.

 Here is a simple chart, which I have used for my Zi Wei Dou Shu class some years ago:

And here are the proper names and positions of the 14 stars:

The Little Dipper constellation
The Pole star 紫微 - Polaris (Alpha Ursae Minoris)

Big Dipper constellation
Tan Lan 贪狼 --- Dubhe (Alpha Ursae Majoris)
Ju Men 巨门 --- Merak (Beta Ursae Majoris)
Lian Zhen 廉贞 --- Alioth (Epsilon Ursae Majoris)
Po Jun 破军 --- Alkaid (Eta Ursae Majoris)
Wu Qu 武曲 --- Mizar and Alcor (Zeta Ursae Majoris)

Sagittarius constellation 
Qi Sha 七杀 --- Polis (13 Mu Sagittarii)
Tian Xiang 天相 --- Kaus Borealis (Lambda Sagittarii)
Tian Tong 天同 --- (Phi Sagittarii)
Tian Ji天机 --- Nunki (Sigma Sagittarii)
Tian Liang 天梁 --- Hecatobolus (Tau Sagittarii)
Tian Fu 天府 --- Ascella (Zeta Sagittarii)  

Tai Yang 太阳 --- Sun 
Tai Yin太阴 --- Moon


  1. Very interesting and informative article as always.

  2. Great depiction, thank you!

    The last two As of the Celestial Stems are I and J, right? :)

    1. Yes, the two As should be read as I and J. Thanks!

  3. Anni do you know the very interesting app Lunar Calendar - they have included many asteroids and Vedic information

    1. Sounds interesting, thank you! Please specify the link of this application, because there are many lunar calendars. It would be nice to look at it.

  4. very good work annie....also please understand that...zi wu liu zhu accu on time ...does not have gaps in the time intervals !!! nature is an interplay of ebb and flow ...this is why one atom can grow into two !! also the southern hemisphere of earth has a different interplay than that of the north !

  5. Thank you, J Patto. There are different systems for zi wu liu zhu and one can write a book with all the charts of the exact time of the opening and closing of the points. Most of the time there are several points on different meridians opening simultaneously at one and the same hour. This could be felt through qigong meditation practice. Thank you for pointing out the difference of qi flow in the Southern and Northern hemisphere! Hope one day can visit the Southern hemisphere, so to experience the qi flow there!