Star-filled Nebula

Your Life Map charts the movement of 116 stars, planets, and constellations divided into 12 sectors that impact your life on monthly, annual, and ten-year cycles. The following is a description of the sectors with frequently asked questions to illustrate how your Life Map can help you make important decisions with clarity and confidence.

Sectors of Your Life

  1. Vital Energy 命宮 "Ming Gong": This sector reveals your character, mannerisms, abilities, compatible careers, strength of will and ambition. It gives insights as to who you are and your life’s purpose.

    Who am I? What are my qualities and shortcomings? What is my life purpose?

  2. Parents 父母宮 "Fu Mu Gong": This sector relates to the influence that your relationship with your parents has on your life, especially during childhood. This can also apply to parents-in-law, grandparents, foster parents, godparents, teachers and mentors.

    Should I live with my parents? Should I support my parents? Should I seek more guidance from the elders in my life?

  3. Karma 福德宮 "Fu De Gong": Your levels of peace, wealth, longevity, and overall luck are indicated in this sector which is tied to your past lives.

    Why was I born into this life? What are the life lessons I need to learn? Why do I feel lost or unfulfilled? Do I have karmic debt?

  4. Property 田宅宮 "Tian Zai": This sector relates to the quality and quantity of your property holdings and inheritance.

    Should I invest in houses, land or multiplexes? How likely am I to encounter conflicts stemming from real estate, intellectual properties and inheritance? What kind of housing and geographical locations are most supportive for me?

  5. Career 官祿宮 "Kuan Lu": This sector shows the compatible fields and specializations for study and work. It also reveals the types of organizations, jobs and ideal positions for you.

    Which university and major should I choose? Should I be an employee or the boss? When should I launch my own business and what kind of business should it be? When should I retire? Will my career fulfill my life purpose?

  6. Helpful People 僕役宮 "Pu Yi Gong": This sector reveals the quality of friendships, co-workers and business partnerships that come into your life. It is helpful in determining whether or not you should have partnerships or employees.

    Will my employees be loyal or betray me? Are my friends riding my coattails or sincerely caring? Am I an introvert or an extrovert? Should I travel with friends or have roommates?

  7. Travel 遷移宮 "Qian Yi Gong": This sector reveals the purpose of travel in your life. It also shows crucial times of relocation, as well as the strongest locations for you to travel to, establish yourself, or make connections in.

    What do I need to watch out for in my travels? What are the best times to travel for pleasure? Where are the best places for me to relocate for work? Is it safe for me to travel abroad?

  8. Ailment 疾厄宮 "Ji Er Gong": This sector tells of your potential health issues. You gain an understanding of your body type and your tendency toward physical, emotional or mental ailments. Find out the areas you should monitor, and the type of activities, diet, lifestyle, therapy, surgery or treatments you can use to benefit your well-being.

    What do I need to watch out for in my health? What exercises are compatible to me? When am I prone to illness? What are the triggers that affect my addiction or health negatively? Should I consider surgical procedures?

  9. Money 財帛宮 "Chai Gong": This sector helps you understand your relationship with money. You can see if you struggle financially or have long term stability. You will discover if you acquire your wealth through inheritance, wages, investments, gambling, benefactors, grants or from running your own business.

    What is my wealth potential? Where does my money come from? When is the best time to open my own business or invest? Why do I have such a hard time attracting wealth? How come I can’t hold on to my money?

  10. Spouse 夫妻宮 "Fu Qi Gong": This sector indicates the relationship potential with your lovers or spouse. It reveals the quality and level of love in the relationship and whether there is fighting, abuse, or great understanding. When certain stars appear in this sector, it can also indicate your partner's sexual tendency. Your Spouse Sector can tell you the number of marriages or serious relationships you may have, and if marriage is not likely for you. The kind of man or woman that is compatible to you shows up here.

    What kind of love life will I have? When will I meet my life partner? Will I have a good marriage? What should I look for in a partner? What do I need to be aware of in my romances? Why is there nothing happening in my love life?

  11. Children 子女宮 "Zi Nu Gong": This sector relates to your children, but if you do not have children, it relates to the youths or people you take care of in your life. This includes pets, godchildren, stepchildren, niece/nephew, or staff you manage at the workplace. You will get a better understanding of the influence of these relationships on your life.

    Should I have children? When should I have children? How do I get along with my children? How many children should I have?

  12. Siblings 兄弟宮 "Xiong Di Gong": This sector tells you the dynamics between you and your siblings and their influence on your life.

    What type of relationship do I have with my siblings? Am I meant to help my siblings? Do my siblings support me? Do I get along with my siblings? Should I be close or keep my distance from my siblings?

Zi Wei Dou Shu History

Stemming from studies in astronomy, astrology is the study of how human life and the planetary movements are connected.  Most highly advanced and ancient civilizations practiced some form of astrology in government and daily life.

  • References of the Zi Wei Dou Shu first appeared around the time of the Song Dynasty (970BC).
  • Several names are associated with the development of the ZWDS.
    • Lu Chun Yang, Taoist who conceptualized and studied the idea of human destiny as related to the planetary cycles.
    • Chen Xi Yi, Taoist priest known to have developed ZWDS during the Song Dynasty.
    • Luo Hong Xian, from the Qing Dynasty, responsible for the current formatting of the ZWDS.
  • The ZWDS was an exclusive instrument of the Bureau of Astronomy during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, used to serve only the Emperor.
  • Masters openly taught the ZWDS after WWII.

Comparison to other forms of astrology

Chances are you have glimpsed at your horoscope in a newspaper or magazine, curious to find out what the day or month holds for you. Whether for entertainment or serious consideration, it is human nature to be curious about the future.

There are a variety of astrology systems that experts study to develop horoscopes and forecasts. The most popular and commonly known systems are the Western Astrology system, which is based on your month of birth and assigns you a zodiac sign such as Capricorn, Aquarius, or Aries; and the Chinese Astrology system, which is based on your year of birth and assigns you an animal zodiac such as Rat, Ox, Tiger, or Rabbit.

The horoscopes in many publications are written in a lighthearted manner and present astrology on a general, superficial level to apply to the masses. Few people understand the detail that is revealed in calculating a full birth chart such as the Zi Wei Dou Shu, and the power astrology plays in their life.