Let us now begin with the basic rules used in 紫微命理.
- Ranking of Stars:
The system of 紫微命理 uses ‘stars’ to ‘tell’ a chart. The number of stars that can be used total over 100+ stars. These stars are graded according to ranks. The higher the rank, the more influence it has when it is found in a sector. To make a accurate ‘reading’, we will require only to use 32 of the highest ranking stars that this site will try to cover in the most concise and easy way possible. The later chapters will explain these stars in more detail. The aim is not to explain these stars in totality, but to give the most important features of the stars so that one can use it to make a ‘reading’ after going through this site. This site is not meant to provide a textbook about 紫微命理 , but it is meant to interest you in this topic and continue to research into 紫微命理. You will find that 紫微命理 is like forming a painting in the mind using the stars. The more u know about the stars, the more u can visualise. I think it is not necessary at this moment to know the exact rankings of the stars, but just understand that the stars listed in this book are the most highly ranked. I will try to make it easy by splitting the stars as below:
● 14 major stars: 紫微，廉贞, 武曲，七杀， 破军, 贪 狼，太阳， 太阴, 天同，天梁， 天府，天相，巨门, 天机.
( these are the main stars that form the charts )
● 6 helper stars: 文昌，文曲，左辅,右弼，天魁， 天钺
● 6 aggressive stars: 火,铃,擎羊，陀骆，地空，地劫
● 4 wild cards: 化忌， 化禄， 化权, 化科
● 2 additional stars: 天马, 禄存
- Brightness of Stars:
The stars are graded according to the brightness of the stars. The brightness can be conventionally split into 5 levels.
● 庙: Level 5, the brightest
● 旺: Level 4, bright
● 得: Level 3, just enough brightness
● 平 :Level 2, dim star
● 陷 :Level 1, star with no brightness
Each star have their own brightness. Easily put, the brighter the star, the better it is. Each star has their own characteristic, and with a brighter star, the better qualities of the star will be shown. The dimmer the star, the better qualities of the star will not be shown, the bad qualities will be shown instead. You will have a better understanding of this statement when we go into each star explanation. But the most important rule for a accurate reading is to understand this concept of brightness of the stars. The cut off between a bright star and a dim star is level 3 and 2. Level 3 is acceptable, while level 2 is a dim star. So, if a star is level 3, it still have good qualities showing, while a level 2 star will have bad qualities showing already.
- Simple Classification of the Main Stars:
There are 14 major stars, each have their own characteristics, but they can also be put simply into several main classification
● Career stars：紫微，太阳，廉贞 , 天梁
● Money stars：武曲，天府， 太阴
● Stars of Change/Movement stars :七杀 , 破军 ，贪狼
● Authority star : 天相, 紫微
● Intelligence star：天机
● Child star ：天同
● ‘Mouth’ star: 巨门
( mouth star is associated with the issues involving the mouth. Like food, gossip, problems that arise with talking,etc )
We should keep this simple classification in mind when we look into the charts.
● If a chart has 太阳 in the 官 (work) sector: The analysis goes like this
we know that the work sector shows us the work condition and what type of work a person is involved in. Then we look at the star in it. If 太阳 is there, we must first know the brightness of the star. If the level is 4 brightness ( 旺 ) , it shows that it is a bright star. Knowing the simple classification that 太阳 is a career star, we can conclude that this person will have good career luck. If the 太阳 is of level 1 ( 陷 ), we will conclude that the person will not have a good career.
● If a chart has 武曲 in the 官 (work) sector: The analysis goes like this
we know that the work sector shows us the work condition and what type of work a person is involved in. Then we look at the star in it. If 武曲 is there, we must first know the brightness of the star. If the level is 4 brightness ( 旺 ) , it shows that it is a bright star. Knowing the simple classification that 武曲 is a money star, we can conclude that this person can earn good money through his work. If the 武曲 is of
level 2 ( 平 ), we will conclude that the person will not earn as much money through his work.
● If a chart has 巨门 in the 官 (work) sector: The analysis goes like this
we know that the work sector shows us the work condition and what type of work a person is involved in. Then we look at the star in it. If 巨门 is there, we must first know the brightness of the star. If the level is 4 brightness ( 旺 ) , it shows that it is a bright star. Knowing the simple classification that 巨门is a ‘mouth’ star, we can conclude that this person’s work will involve the mouth, like sales, and if the brightness is level 4, he can be do quite good in the work. If the 巨门is of level 1( 陷 ), we will conclude that the person’s work still involves the mouth, but due to the star being level 1, he will have gossips, problems occurring especially ‘through the mouth’.
● We can use this simple classification and get a rough idea about the various sectors with their stars in it except for the movement stars. We will require more knowledge before we can adequately interpret them in their sectors. But what we can know is that if movement stars are present, it will require hard work.
The following chapters will deal with the individual stars themselves. The major stars, 14 of them, form the highest ranking stars. Using the birth date/time of a person, the major stars will be plotted into the 12 sectors. Subsequently, the 6 helper stars, 6 aggressive stars, 4 wild cards, plus 2 additional stars are also plotted. These 18 extra stars will give different probabilities and will change a chart tremendously depending on where they go. So, besides the 14 major stars, the other 18 stars must be there as well.
The next chapter will deal with the 6 helper stars:
● 文昌 & 文曲
● 天魁 & 天钺
● 左辅 & 友弼
When we use the words helper stars, we must not get the wrong idea that it is always good to have the helper stars in any sector. Helper stars are also ruled by its own brightness. If found in a sector with a major star, it is the major star that plays a higher influence, and if the major star is dim, the helper star may end up helping a dim star, which makes things worst.