Derived from the texts of the Book of Oracles(I-Ching) , BaZi (八字) literally translates into “Eight Characters” from Mandarin. It is part of the ancient art of Feng Shui astrology, with origins from China as early as 4000 BC. Unlike normal astrology where it is based on the positions of planets and stars, BaZi is a metaphysical science based on the interaction of five metaphysical elements: Wind, Water, Air, Earth and Metal.
BaZi is fundamentally made up of four ‘pillars’ – namely, the Year, Month, Day and Hour pillars. The four pillars are then split into the “Ten Heavenly Stems” and the “Twelve Earthly Branches”. Each BaZi is never the same as another, as they are based solely on an individual. No two people are the same, be it twins or triplets.
QI-MEN DUN JIA
Qi Men Dun Jia (奇门盾甲) is one of the oldest means of divination in Chinese Metaphysics, dating back to the time of the Yellow Emperor (2698 ~ 2598BC). According to legends, the art was taught to the Yellow Emperor by a ‘fairy’ when he could not find a way to defeat his enemy of that time – Ci You. This sacred art could only be used by royalty and military officials, hence anyone else caught practicing the art form would be punished.
Translating from Mandarin – Qi means mystery, Men means door, Dun means to hide (or to be hidden) and Jia is the leader of an ‘ancient army’. (Mystical Door Hiding Technique) Thus, it is still applied in many competitive environments especially the current corporate business situation to give the user the upper hand in the situation. In modern contexts, it can be used in forecasting, date selection, marriage, health and more. A situation can even be predicted, down to the finest details of what time an event will occur, to whom and where the event will take place.
Famous users of the ancient art include Jiang Zi Ya (江子牙) in the Shang Dynasty, Zhang Liang (张良) in the Han Dynasty, Mao Ze Dong (毛泽东) in the battle of Kuomintang and Zhu Ge Liang (朱葛亮) of the Three Kingdoms, where he defeated Cao Cao at the battle of the Red Cliff.
Derived from the Italian word tarocchi, the origins and purpose of Tarot cards still remain a mystery; thus many stereotype the art and associate it to an evil and negative act. However, this is is not the case – modern practitioners use the art to get an individual to be in touch with one’s “higher-self”, or the unconscious mind. Due to the ambiguity in a card’s symbology, psychologist Carl Jung even thought that tarot card readings were important in psychoanalysis.
A typical tarot card deck consists of 78 cards: 22 Major Arcanas and 56 Minor Arcanas. Major Arcana cards are labelled 0 to 22 in roman numerals, while the Minor Arcana cards depict characters in different situations.
In tarot card readings, the way one draws a card from the deck means something different each time. i.e, the card may be read differently if it is drawn facing upright or reversed.
For example, the Ace of Swords card may signify triumph when drawn upright, but the complete opposite when reversed.