Saturday, December 31, 2011

Another qigong poem

Some time ago I wrote here that during a certain period of my qigong practice, there were 1-2 nights, in which the Chinese characters of some poems appeared in my mind while I was sleeping.These poems are related to qigong cultivation.

 The text of one of the qigong poems you can see here:

And here is another poem:
                             白 玉 上 天 桥
                             游 客 来 下 教
                             静 中 气 妙 漂
                             乾 坤 送 来 精

  The literal translation goes like this:

                           White jade ascends to the heavenly bridge;
                           The wandering visitor comes to leave knowledge.
                           In the stillness qi is flowing subtly
                          The Heaven and Earth bring pure essence.

* the white jade ascends to the heavenly bridge - this is a symbolic description of one of the phenomena occurring during the qigong practice.  A white cloud of pure qi ascends towards the head and reaches the fontanelle ( bai hui acupoint).

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Nobleman star (Tian Yi Gui Ren) and the logic behind its calculation

   The Nobleman (Tian Yi Gui Ren  天乙) is an auspicious symbolic star in Four Pillars astrology. It neutralizes the negative influences and is supposed to bring good luckThanks to it, one can easily receive help from others – visible or invisible assistance. 

Table for calculating the star:

year or day of birth - stem
Jia  (Yang Wood)
Wei, Chou (Goat; Ox)
Yi  (Yin Wood)
Shen; Zi (Monkey; Rat)
Bing  (Yang Fire)
Hai; You (Pig; Rooster)
Ding  (Yin Fire)
Hai; You (Pig; Rooster)
Wu  (Yang Earth)
Chou; Wei (Ox; Goat)
Ji  (Yin Earth)
Zi; Shen  (Rat; Monkey)
Geng (Yang Metal)
Chou; Wei (Ox; Goat)
Xin  (Yin Metal)
Yin; Wu  (Tiger; Horse)
Ren  (Yang Water)
Mao; Si  (Rabbit; Snake)
Gui (Yin Water)
Mao; Si  (Rabbit; Snake)

There are many speculations about this symbolic star. After learning that they have Nobleman in the horoscope, many people become highly elated, feeling that they are protected by some sort of angels and higher beings. And if you tell them that they have 2 or 3 Nobleman stars in the chart, they become very excited: “Wow, I have 3 guardian angels!”. This way of thinking easily leads to illusions and misunderstandings. 
The calculation of the Nobleman star is based on the heavenly stems combination. Normally the stems combination is regarded as a positive aspect in Chinese astrology and therefore this symbolic star is given a positive characteristics of assisting the person and removing the obstacles of his way. But there really is nothing that much special in the meaning.

The Qing Dynasty book “Qian Ding Xie Ji Bian Fang Shu《钦定协纪辨方书》points out: 
“The Nobleman star divides into Yang Nobleman and Yin Nobleman. The calculation of Yang Nobleman starts from Jia Zi (Rat) and is clockwise, while the calculation of Yin Nobleman starts from Shen (Monkey) and is counterclockwise.” 
  For Yang Nobleman, the calculation formula is Jia (Yang Wood) + Zi (Rat). From this base we look at the stems combination and find the branch of the corresponding, i.e. the combined stem:
Jia (Yang Wood) + Zi (Rat) --> Jia (Yang Wood) combines with Ji (Yin Earth), therefore for Ji the Yang Nobleman is in Zi (Rat).
Yi (Yin Wood) + Chou (Ox) --> Yi (Yin Wood) combines with Geng (Yang Metal), therefore for Geng (Yang Metal) the Yang Nobleman is in Chou (Ox).
Bing (Yang Fire) + Yin (Tiger) --> Bing combines with Xin (Yin Metal), therefore for Xin (Yin Metal) the Yang Nobleman is in Yin (Tiger).
Ding (Yin Fire) + Mao (Rabbit) --> Ding combines with Ren (Yang Water), therefore for Ren (Yang Water) the Yang Nobleman is in Mao (Rabbit)..."  

For Yin Nobleman the calculation formula is Jia (Yang Wood) + Shen (Monkey). From this base we look counterclockwise. 
Jia (Yang Wood) + Shen (Monkey) --> Jia (Yang Wood) combines with Ji (Yin Earth), therefore for Ji the Yin Nobleman is in Shen (Monkey). 
Yi (Yin Wood) + Wei (Goat) --> Yi (Yin Wood) combines with Geng (Yang Metal), therefore for Geng (Yang Metal) the Yin Nobleman is in Wei (Goat). 
Bing (Yang Fire) + Wu (Horse) --> Bing combines with Xin (Yin Metal), therefore for Xin (Yin Metal) the Yin Nobleman is in Wu (Horse). 
And so on... 

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Winter Solstice and Qi

December 22nd is the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. The Sun is at 270 degree on the ecliptic. In the past times, the Winter Solstice in China was regarded as an official holiday and the New Year's day. The scholars and practitioners of metaphysics have done important divination namely during the day of the Winter Solstice.

At the Winter Solstice the Yang energy starts to increase (and the days start to get larger), while the Yin energy gradually starts to decrease (and the nights are becoming smaller). Slowly and almost unnoticeably Yang in Nature and within the human body is awakening and increasing from inside towards outside.

To a certain point, this is also related to the month of Rat (Zi) 子月, in which we are now. It is represented by “Fu” - the 24th hexagram in I Ching:
    Lao Zi says "Returning is the movement of Dao". Fu hexagram means “Returning, Coming back" and it consists of 1 Yang and 5 Yin. The past month (Hai) 亥月was completely Yin – with 6 Yin lines, but now a new cycle is beginning, in which the first rays of the Yang energy start to appear. In Chinese this is called “the appearance of first Yang” 一阳出 (yi yang chu).

   In ancient China the 10th month was named "kun month"坤月 representing the Kun hexagram 坤卦, which consists of 6 Yin lines. It was also called "Yin month" 阴月 and "Dark Winter" 玄冬. In comparison, the 11th month, in which happens the Winter Solstice, was named "the month of Returning"复月, "New Yang" 新阳 and "Return of Yang" 阳复.

  The several days before and after the Winter Solstice are characterized with very powerful energy in Nature. This is important time for more meditation and relaxation. Even in a non-meditation state one can feel  that the energy and the blood circulation are very intensified as if in a deep state of meditation. Now the qigong meditation is very qualitative, it gets easier and faster to enter into the deep levels of subconsciousness.

During the different 24 solar terms of Chinese calendar, qi is concentrated at different energy points (guan 关) on the small heavenly orbit 小周天.

  In the 15 days after the Winter Solstice the energy is concentrated at hui yin acupoint in the body as well as in the lower dan tian. Now qi starts to activate du mai (the Yang meridian) of the small heavenly orbit. At the same time, the energy flow is faster throughout the whole body.

  The days around the Winter Solstice are regarded as important time for qigong meditation, during which easily occurs "interaction between Water and Fire" 水火相交. Here "Water" is a symbolic representation of the kidneys in the body.  The 63rd hexagram ("After completion") in I Ching is also called "interaction between Water and Fire" 水火既濟.  It describes a process that is very important in qigong.

   Here Water trigram (Kan 坎) is above Fire trigram (Li离). The Water flows downwards and the Fire goes upward, so when we have the conditions presented by this hexagram, the Water is above to nourish and balance the heart, and the Fire is below, so to warm up the Kidneys. In this way a good interaction is generated between the energies of the heart and the kidneys.

   The famous I Ching scholar Kong Yingda 孔穎達 from Tang Dynasty in China has commented that this hexagram gives a picture of cooking - "Drink and food are completed by it". This is related to internal alchemy - a natural process of generating and transforming  qi during qigong meditation.

  Happy Winter Solstice to all!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Wedding day selection letter from 170 years ago


   Wedding day selection letter written by a divination master more than 170 years ago in Kaifeng, China. In Qing Dynasty when the people wanted to get married it was common that they first go to ask a bazi master to choose an auspicious date for their wedding. After comparing the couple's dates and hours of birth, he assigned a date for the marriage. 
   Here on the picture it is written that there is no clash between the two horoscopes, so the relationship will be very successful.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Taoists Yin and Yang

   Six years ago in Beijing I met two Taoist monks who are practicing Chinese astrology and metaphysics for many years. One of them was dressed completely in white, while the other - completely in black. Exactly like Yin and Yang. These Taoists are good friends and together they visit different parts of China.

The Taoist that is in white is actually an albino. That's why even his hair is white. Otherwise he is not that old as it seems. It is very rare to see an albino Chinese. He was talking and expressing himself in a very Yang style, vividly and extrovertedly.
  In comparison with him, the Taoist who is dressed in black was a very Yin type and introvert.
We had a nice conversation and exchanged some ideas  about Chinese astrology and I Ching.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The 28 lunar mansions and their corresponding points in dumai meridian

   Few years ago I bought a Chinese book on the interconnections between I Ching and Chinese medicine - 《易医时间诊疗》, written by Ren Deze 任得泽 and Ming Yi 明易.

   The book has some interesting ideas. It shows examples of diagnosis with Yi Jing (I Ching); provides a detailed information on the 5 shu points of the meridians, zi wu liu zhu and lin gui ba fa chrono-acupuncture, Zhang Jiabin's theory of I Ching medicine, etc.

   The authors of the book have composed songs for each of the 64 hexagrams and you can learn these I Ching songs (there is also a CD with the songs).

   One of the most interesting parts of this book is the idea that there is a connection between  the 28 lunar mansions and the 28 acupuncture points of Dumai meridian. One lunar mansion corresponds to one point of the dumai meridian in the body. By checking which lunar mansion corresponds to one's date of birth, one can find which is the specific acupoint related to him. Then, one can press this point or apply acupuncture on it, in order to strengthen the qi and stimulate the healing process. 

   After presenting this chart to my class of about 40~50 students, everyone started pressing  the specific acupoints. They all have pointed out that the place where "their" acupoint is located is the only painful or sensibly more painful than the other acupoints of dumai meridian. It could be simply a psychological effect, but the sensations were a fact. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

a small story in Wudang...

   Few years ago, I was with my friends in Wudang mountain. While visiting the Purple Cloud Temple, behind the main buildings we discovered a small yard with old building, in which all corners were full with big spider nets... There was a mountain mist and lots of pure qi in the air. We were standing in the yard silently almost in meditation, while inside an unknown Taoist monk was playing some tunes on zheng zither... It was a magical atmosphere... After a while we walked away... One of my friends asked me why I didn't knock on the door, so we can meet and talk with that Taoist. I replied: "But we were talking!".

Mariya Dobreva gathering qi in Wudang

As the saying goes, "the best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch and swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you've ever had".

Monday, November 21, 2011

He tu diagram and the M-theory

   According to some Chinese authors, this old Chinese he tu ("River map") diagram in Chinese metaphysics can serve as a symbolic representation of the modern M-theory.
   It is named "Chart for calculating numbers according to the 10 positions in he tu diagram".
    In the inner triangle there are 9 white dots; in the middle triangle - 18 dots and in the outer triangle - 27 dots.
    Without the center (the 1 black dot), the total number of all dots is 54. And without the inner triangle, the total number of the dots is 45.

    The M-theory is also known as String theory. It implies 10 and more dimensions and the mathematical formula goes like this:
SO (10) x 10 = 1 ⊕ 45 ⊕ 54

This he tu diagram was made by Li Guangdi 李光地 (1642-1718), a famous I Ching expert, neo-confucianist and one of the most influential government officials during the reign of emperor Kangxi in China.   

Monday, November 14, 2011

Silkworm faeces tea

One of the most bizarre tea I have ever had is silkworm faeces tea 蚕屎茶 (虫屎茶).

It was few years ago, when I visited Maliandao tea bazaar in Beijing. The shop keeper there told me that this tea is good for the stomach. When I tried it, a strange wave-like evaporation occurred in my stomach, as if opening up the energy of the stomach. I think this tea will be very good for somebody with stomach illnesses.

  The silkworm faeces tea has been mentioned even in the famous Materia Medica in 16th century, written by Li Shizheng. It says that it's aiding digestion, detoxifying the body and clearing away pathogenic heat.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Obsession for awards in Chinese Metaphysics

While browsing internet today, I found some funny pictures about different I Ching and Feng shui awards and organizations in China. The Chinese obsession with receiving special awards and being selected into "world", "famous people" and "leaders"-sort of organizations sometimes reach amusing degrees. Of course, in a country with big population there is a huge competition and strive to be above the masses, to "achieve success".

Here are some photos:

 In this certificate "I Ching 易经" is translated in English as "Easy to learn", so it becomes very funny: "China is easy to learn great master certificate". It should be "China I Ching Great Master Certificate". ;-)

 The Chinese I Ching specialist Li Chunliang from Shandong province has added in his website a picture of a red banner with golden characters, in which it says that he has been pronounced a "Feng Shui Immortal".

Wang Kun, a master from Yunnan province has obtained "2007 Most Popular Feng Shui Figure" Award

"The most influencing famous feng shui master in Lin Nan" Award

"China Contemporary I Ching Feng Shui Famous Master"

"Dean of China International I Ching Study" Award

This is the seal of the "World I Ching Study Leaders Association"!

Often it happens that many real masters and specialists are not interested in receiving or showing their awards. They don't need them, because they have real merits. Usually those who are showing the awards are people with complexes, who have to show their credentials and certificates in order to get more clients and followers. That's how it goes, China Easy to Learn Great Masters!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Metal Monkey day 庚申日

According to some Daoist beliefs one should not sleep in the night of a Metal Monkey day (geng shen ri 庚申日) .

The Daoists explain that there are three evil demons (san shi  三尸, literary "three corpses") residing in the body, also known as "the three worms". Once in two months, in the night of a Metal Monkey day (according to the sexagenary cycle in the Chinese calendar), while one sleeps, the three demons leave the body and go to heaven to report to the gods the sins of the person they inhabit.  Then the Heavenly god shortens the person's life span if he/she has comminted bad deeds.

In order to outsmart the three demons in the body, one should not fall asleep during the Metal Monkey day. Simple, isn't it? The Daoist practitioners use this time for meditation. By doing this, they believe the three demons stay calmly in the body and miss the opportunity to report one's sins to Heaven. The ordinary folks don't meditate, but are also awaken in the Metal Monkey night: everybody in the community will get together and sing and dance.

Some Daoist books point out to "Observe the Metal Monkey" (shou geng shen 守庚申). This term is also called "Keeping the three demons" (shou san shi 守三尸) and also "Killing the three demons" (zhai san shi 斩三尸). By doing meditation in this special day, it is believed that the demons will gradually disappear.

 Why this belief is related exactly to the Metal Monkey day is not thoroughly explained in the ancient texts. The stem and branch of this day both are Metal elements. Perhaps double Metal element is seen as "cutting" and shortening of one's life span? In Chinese astrology there are several Symbolic stars, which are related to abundance of Metal element and they signify danger of death, disasters or killing.

According to the old believes, these three demons are related to the three dan tian 丹田 - the energy centers in the body. The upper demon can disturb one's thoughts and cause bad vision and hair loss. The middle demon can cause  bad deeds, anxiety and overindulgence into eating and material desires. The lower demon makes one lewd and greedy.

The belief of the Metal Monkey day can be traced back to Han Dynasty in China, about 2000 years ago. During the Tang and Song dynasties it becomes very popular.  It is still performed nowadays in some Daoist monasteries.  Some Daoist internet sites even provide the dates of the Metal Monkey days in the year.
 It's interesting to notice how the belief about the Metal Monkey day has been spread in Japan, where it has became a part of the local folk traditions and Buddhism. In Japanese language this belief is called "Koshin" (Metal Monkey), which of course derives from the Chinese "geng shen" 庚申.  Since 9th century, all over Japan have been erected numerous "Metal Monkey pillars" - Koshin-to (庚申塔) for protection from the three demons.

The famous concept of the three wise monkeys comes namely from this Metal Monkey day belief in Japan. The three monkeys are known as Mizaru . They cover their eyes, ears and mouth, embodying the principle to "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil".

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A nice poem by Lu Dongbin


Wandering aimlessly for 40 years in the world of mortals, 
Doing nothing out of nothing believing the Heaven is true; 
Whole life merely within the cauldron of heaven and earth, 
All efforts solely reliant on the wheel of time; 
Sunken within the Qi of Bagua is treasure most priceless,
The 5 elements light conceals the original spirit; 
Shall still be here even if the mulberry fields change, 
Forever live within mankind, but transcend the mundane.

(translation into English is made by my friend Moon Chin)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Koreans attack the Academic star of a famous musician

While going through the pages of the last issue of Stanford magazine, I came upon an article about the South Korean musician star Daniel Lee, also known by his stage name Tablo.  He is the frontman of premier Korean rap group Epik High and is one of the top celebrities in Korea.

Although I am not a fan of rap and hip hop music, I found Tablo's story quite interesting.

 Tablo graduated from Stanford University with both B.A. and M.A. degrees in English and Creative Writing in just three and a half years. As a Stanford graduate myself, I know very well that it's completely possible to obtain both of these degrees at the same time, thanks to the flexible study program in Stanford.

However, a group of internet users in South Korea have launched a huge campaign attacking Tablo's academic credentials.  The campaign against him exploded in South Korea in Spring, 2010 and became front-page news for several months. Many Koreans refused to believe that Tablo obtained Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Stanford and accused him for fraud. All this has caused Tablo and his family extreme distress. They received numerous threat calls, all his concerts were canceled and he faced a big challenge in his life.

Then, in August, 2010 Tablo visited Stanford University to clear himself by reprinting his documents on camera, and the Stanford professors attested to the validity of his academic background. Tablo filed suit against 20 of his most virulent attackers. By October, the prosecutor in South Korea determined that Lee was who he said he was.

 All the story you can read in Stanford Magazine:
and in Wikipedia:

I checked Tablo's Chinese astrology chart and here is what I found:

Daniel Lee - Tablo
Born: 22 July 1980

Hour Day Month Year

Yang Fire

Yin Water

Yang Metal























5 - 14 15 - 24 25 - 34 35 - 44 45 - 54 55 - 64 65 - 74 75 - 84 85 - 94 95 - 104

One of the most striking symbolic stars in Tablo's chart is Wen Chang 文昌- the star of music, literature and academics. If the education-obsessed Korean society was aware that Tablo is born with this lucky star, perhaps it will be able to better understand why he got his academic degrees from Stanford. The Wen Chang star helps one much more easily than the others to be accepted in a top university and achieve academic success. It also facilitates the study process. Wen Chang indicates literature and music talents and success.

  We can easily see that Tablo has a weak day master - Bing Fire with 3 times Metal in the natal chart. Last year, when he got all these problems, was the year of Metal Tiger (Geng Yin). Thus, more Metal accumulated to reduce his Fire energy.
   Besides this, the current year (Tiger) and the branches of his day & year pillars of birth (Monkey) are in clash. This clash is very intense. Tablo's problems started in March, when it was also the Tiger (Yin) month. So we have a double clash of Tiger (current month and year) and 2 Monkey (from his natal chart). During such powerful clashes one can experience turbulent time and changes in life.

  It's interesting to notice the direction of this clash in Tablo's chart: the Yin (Tiger) is actually attacking the Shen (Monkey) branch that represents the Wen Chang star. In other words, the attacks and the accusations were directed toward Tablo's academic background.

   Meanwhile, the Yin - Shen (Tiger-Monkey) clash also represents the Horse star (Yi Ma). The Horse star often means movement, changes and traveling. In August, the same year, during the month of Shen (Monkey) - when his Horse star was activated - Tablo went to the States and visited Stanford where the professors justified in front of the camera that he is a Stanford graduate. Here the Horse star played the necessarily role of traveling that brings change in one's situation. And for Tablo this was a good visit with a positive result.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Happy September (Autumn) Equinox!

(painting by Wendy Andrew)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Oscar Pistorius - the Metal Horse runner

   Oscar Pistorius is a top sprint runner from South Africa. When he was 11 months old baby, his legs where amputated.  Now he is walking and racing on metal blades from the knee down. Known as the "Blade Runner" and "the fastest man on no legs".
  To me, he represents a good image of the Metal Horse - a Metal element day master and born in a Horse day according to his Four Pillars Chinese astrology chart.  Like a horse with horseshoes!
   Oscar has his own tigers, horses and dogs. That makes a triple Fire combo in Chinese astrology. And goes well his Tiger year & Horse day of his birth.

Four Pillars Chart of Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius

Born: 22 November 1986 , 17:31 Timezone: 0 (Western Europ. Time)
Longitude: 0 E 0 Latitude: 0 N 0
Conception Hour Day Month Year Life

Yang Metal

Yin Wood

Yang Metal

Yin Earth

Yang Fire

Yin Fire


























4 - 13 14 - 23 24 - 33 34 - 43 44 - 53 54 - 63 64 - 73 74 - 83 84 - 93 94 - 103

chart from

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Four conditions for cultivation

1. Healthy environment, pure food, moderate climate 

2. Proper methods of meditation and cultivation of the inner energy and one’s character

3. Some money (as they can give some freedom and possibilities)

4. Friends of Dao (dao you) – spiritual friends

The lack of any of these conditions could be compensated with the others.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Luck has a peculiar habit of favoring those who don't depend on it

“Luck has a peculiar habit of favoring those who don’t depend on it”.

                                  ~ Author Unknown

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Wouter Weylandt and the pillars of his destiny

 On May 9th the Belgian cyclist Wouter Weylandt died in serious crash during Giro d'Itaila's stage three.

Here is his natal chart according to Chinese four pillars astrology:

Date of birth: 27.09.1984
Year:     Wood Rat (Jia Zi)
Month:  Water Rooster (Gui You)
Day:      Wood Rat (Jia Zi)
Hour:     ?

Current 10-year cycle: Fire Rat (Bing Zi) - 23-33

And here are the four pillars of his death:

Year:     Metal Rabbit (Xin Mao)
Month: Water Snake (Gui Si)
Day:     Wood Rat (Jia Zi)
Hour:   Water Rooster (Gui You)

We can notice the repetition of pillars in his month and day of birth + the day and hour of death:

  In Four Pillars Astrology there is a symbolic star "Confrontation with Heaven". Its meaning is short life or vulnerability to more dangers in one's life. This star can also happen in the horoscopes of enlightened people.
  Here is the calculation of Confrontation with Heaven star, which happens only when there is a certain repetition of pillars in the natal chart:
  • Jia Zi (Wood Rat)
  • Jia Xu (Wood Dog)
  • Yi You (Wood Rooster)
  • Bing Shen (Fire Monkey)
  • Ding Wei (Fire Goat)
  • Wu Wu (Earth Horse)
  • Ji Si (Earth Snake)
  • Gen Chen  (Metal Dragon)
  • Xin Chou (Metal Ox)
  • Ren Yin (Water Tiger)
  • Ren Zi (Water Rat)
  • Gui Hai (Water Pig)
   In the case of Wouter Weylandt we see repetition of Jia Zi (Wood Rat) in his year and day pillars. 

  No matter how long or short life may be, naturally we all want to make the best of it. Wouter Weylandt lost his life in the pursuit of his passion.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Osama Bin Laden and his Chinese horoscope

Here are the four pillars of Osama Bin Laden:

Born: 10 March 1957 05:55
Timezone: +3 (Baghdad Time)
Longitude: 46 E 45 Latitude: 24 N 45

Hour: Xin Mao (Yin Metal Rabbit)
Day: Xin Si (Yin Metal Snake)
Month: Gui Mao (Yin Water Rabbit)
Year: Ding You (Yin Fire Rooster)

10 Y Luck (13/8/1958)
Age 1 - 10 : Ren Yin (Yang Water Tiger)
Age 11 - 20 : Xin Chou (Yin Metal Ox)
Age 21 - 30 : Geng Zi (Yang Metal Rat)
Age 31 - 40 : Ji Hai (Yin Earth Pig)
Age 41 - 50 : Wu Xu (Yang Earth Dog)
Age 51 - 60 : Ding You (Yin Fire Rooster)

    It's interesting to notice that Osama Bin Laden died when there was a Fu Yin (duplication of pillars) in his current 10-year luck period and his year of birth - Ding You (Fire Rooster) 丁酉. Also there is a duplicatoin of pillars in the current year and his hour of birth - Xin Mao (Yin Metal Rabbit) 辛卯.

    Besides, he died at the age of 54, which in China is considered as a time when there are certain problems happening in one's life due to the double clash in the stems and branches between the year of birth and the current year.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Still and clear, the first weeks of May... (a poem by Bai Juyi)

Still and clear, the first weeks of May,
When trees are green and bushes soft and wet;
When the wind has stolen the shadows of new leaves
And birds linger on the last boughs that bloom.

"In Early Summer Lodging in a Temple to Enjoy the Moonlight"

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sai Baba and his Chinese horoscope

   On April 24th the famous Indian guru Sai Baba died at the age of 85.  He himself several times has predicted that his life will last 96 years, but as we see his predictions went wrong.

Sai Baba was born on 23 November 1926, 6:22 AM in Puttaparthi, India.  Here is his four pillars chart:

Hour: Xin Mao (Yin Metal Rabbit)
Day: Bing Chen (Yang Fire Dragon)
Month: Ji Hai (Yin Earth Pig)
Year: Bing Yin (Yang Fire Tiger)

Conception: Geng Yin (Yang Metal Tiger)
Life: Xin Mao (Yin Metal Rabbit)

    It's interesting to notice that this year's pillar (Xin Mao - Yin Metal Rabbit) is the same as the pillars of his hour of birth and the Life Palace (Ming gong). In Chinese astrology the hour pillar is pointing out the old age in life. In the case with Sai Baba this duplication of pillars between the current year and the hour pillar can suggest that this is a special year (2011), a turning point in his life course and even can mean death-threatening conditions, especially if one is experiencing major health problems.

According to the classical texts of Four Pillars, for those who have Mao (Rabbit) branch in their Life Palace it is very important to stay humble when they get power (" 得权时需谦虚为上"). Obviously that is not the case with Sai Baba. He proclaimed himself a god and attracted millions of followers during his life. "I am all deities in one"; "There was no one to understand Me until I created this whole world" - Sai Baba says.

 Sai Baba pleased to unveil a golden statue of himself.

  Superstition, indoctrination and self-delusion are some of the main obstacles and traps in the path to spiritual growth.

* According to some sources Sai Baba lied about his birth date. "It is well known publicly that Sri Aurobindo declared on November 24th 1926 that "Krishna consciousness had descended into the physical," and proposed that this was the motivation for Sai Baba to declare this date as his birth date."(

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The big earthquake in Japan and Tui Bei Tu

The earthquake in Japan of March 11th is a big disaster.

In the famous Chinese prophetic book “Tui Bei Tu” from 7th century, for the Metal Rabbit Xin Mao chapter it’s written: “Water bellow, Thunder above”. 《推背图》“辛卯”,坎下震上。Here the Thunder and Water are the two hexagrams representing the main characteristics of the period of Xin Mao (Metal Rabbit). The Thunder hexagram is associated with earthquakes. It could be a coincidence, but it somehow reminds me the big earthquake in Japan.

Besides, this year the 5 Yellow star in feng shui  lies in the East direction. Now is the Metal Rabbit month (from March 6th to April 4th) and it is a duplication of the pillar of the year. This means a strong influence of 5 Yellow disaster star in the East.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Muammar Gadhafi and the Metal Rabbit

Muammar Gadhafi is one of the longest serving rulers in history. He has been a leader of Libya since 1969, which makes more than 41 years.

Major political protests against him broke out in Libya this month. It’s obvious that Gadhafi’s time is running out.

Let’s look at Gadhaffi’s Chinese horoscope:

Born: 7 June 1942     

Hour: ?
Day: Xin Mao (Yin Metal Rabbit)
Month: Bing Wu (Yang Fire Horse)
Year: Ren Wu (Yang Water Horse)

10 Y Luck (22/1/1952)
Age 9 - 18 : Ding Wei (Yin Fire Goat)
Age 19 - 28 : Wu Shen (Yang Earth Monkey)
Age 29 - 38 : Ji You (Yin Earth Rooster)
Age 39 - 48 : Geng Xu (Yang Metal Dog)
Age 49 - 58 : Xin Hai (Yin Metal Pig)
Age 59 - 68 : Ren Zi (Yang Water Rat)
Age 69 - 78 : Gui Chou (Yin Water Ox)

Gadhafi is born in the day of Metal Rabbit. And now we are in the year of Metal rabbit. In Four Pillars astrology this duplication of signs is called Fu Yin and usually means a very special time in one’s life, which can bring life-threatening conditions. Yes, this definitely is going to be a hard time for Gadhafi.

Annie Pecheva

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The year of Metal Rabbit - “Wish you a sudden wealth!”

It’s funny how people’s desires make new symbols in the Chinese culture and thus even more new age feng shui items. For more proffits, now in China they sale rabbit objects and name them “the rabbit of wealth” 发财兔. I am not aware of rabbit being a symbol of wealth in the past of China…

One of the most common wishes for this Metal Rabbit Year among the Chinese and the Chinese-speaking people in East Asia is “Wish you a sudden wealth!” 祝你兔然发财, which is a wordplay. “Sudden” in Chinese is tu, which sounds similar to “rabbit”.

Again, everything is for this craze of becoming rich.


Sunday, January 2, 2011

DJ Ötzi - Eine stern in the Austrian music

  While watching the New Year concerts on the German tv, it was not a surprise to see DJ Ötzi appearing live consequently on the shows of two tv channels.  DJ Ötzi is one of the most famous pop singers in the German-speaking part of the world. His song "Eine stern...der deinen Namen trägt" ("One star...which bears your name") in 2007 became a number one hit in Austria and Germany. Everybody knows and can sing this song. 

Let's see DJ Ötzi's Four Pillars chart in Chinese astrology:

Born: 7 January 1971    

Hour: ?
Day: Ren Chen (Yang Water Dragon)
Month: Ji Chou (Yin Earth Ox)
Year: Geng Xu (Yang Metal Dog)

10 Y Luck (16/5/1980)
Age 9 - 18 : Geng Yin (Yang Metal Tiger)
Age 19 - 28 : Xin Mao (Yin Metal Rabbit)
Age 29 - 38 : Ren Chen (Yang Water Dragon)
Age 39 - 48 : Gui Si (Yin Water Snake)
Age 49 - 58 : Jia Wu (Yang Wood Horse)

   His 10-year luck cycle of the age 29 - 38 is Water Dragon (Ren Chen), which is exactly the same as his day pillar. In Chinese astrology there is a principle that when the signs of a 10-year cycle are the same with one of the four pillars in the natal chart, then this is a very special period in one's life. It brings very intense energy and always it's one of the most important and special periods in life. This kind of pillar dublication in the horoscope suggest extremely powerful period, which can destroy or favor one's life to a certainly high degree.
  In the case of DJ Ötzi, the pillar duplication brought him success and fame. His first album was released in 2000 and immediately peaked some of the highest chart-positions in Europe. Since the start of this special 10-year cycle, DJ Ötzi enjoys success after success and has become one of the big stars of Austrian music.

Annie Pecheva