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Analysing marriages using ZWDS

We help you analyse your marriage using Zi Wei Dou Shu (Chinese Astrology).

As a Feng Shui Master, one of the most common questions that I am asked is if I can analyse a persons current or future marriage. By looking at Zi Wei Dou Shu, one can broadly access the potential of a marriage.

The basics of Zi Wei Dou Shu

In Zi Wei Dou Shu (ZWDS), there are 12 palaces governing the state of affairs of an individual's life. They are the Life Palace, Siblings' Palace, Spouse's Palace, Children's Palace, Wealth Palace, Health Palace, Travel Palace, Friends' Palace, Career Palace, Estate Palace, Blessings Palace and Parents' Palace.

On top of these 12 Palaces, there are 108 stars that can fall into one of these palaces and we can get a good assessment of the state of affairs of each palace by looking at the stars in each palace and the elemental nature of each palace.

The elemental nature of each palace is depicted by the 12 Earthly Branches or more commonly known as the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals of Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.

Earthly Branches

As our subject of interest is marriage, the palace of interest will be the Spouse's Palace. The first step is to look at which of the 12 Earthly Branches the Spouse Palace lands on. Of the 12 Earthly Branches, we can group them into the 4 Horses (Tiger, Monkey, Snake and Pig), 4 Storage (Dragon, Dog, Ox and Goat) and 4 Cardinals (Rat, Horse, Rabbit and Rooster). If the Spouse Palace falls into the ground of one of the 4 Horses, it is likely to be unstable as Horses represents movements. If the Spouse Palace is located in one of the ground of the 4 Storage, relationship will be less overt or more secretive as the name "Storage" lends suggestion to. As for situation when Spouse Palace falls onto the ground of the 4 Cardinals, it will appear hunky dory as cardinals are also known for high romance and attractiveness index in Chinese Metaphysics.

However, whether the Spousal relationship is good remains inconclusive as if the spouse is too attractive, it may also bring about negative attraction from other members of the opposite sex.

Zi Wei Dou Shu Stars

The second step would be to look the the main Zi Wei Dou Shu Stars residing in the Spouse Palace:

If the star is Tian Xiang (Seal Minister), the relationship with the spouse is good as there is rapport and communication during courtship. The spouse that one marries will be helpful and understanding as Tian Xiang is a gentle star.

If the star is Tian Ji (Heavenly Advisor) or Tian Tong (The Hedonist) or Tian Liang (Heavenly Beam) or Tai Yang (The Sun) / Tai Yin (The Moon) the relationship is likely to be amicable. This is because the Tian Ji is kind and intelligent, Tian Tong is easy going while Tian Liang is someone that looks after the well-being of those people around them.

However as these 3 stars are prone to changes, this will mean the spouse may throw up some surprising decisions along the way that may bring some instability to the marriage.

For those with The Sun or The Moon in the Spouse's Palace, there is a chance their spouse will be significantly older than themselves as The Sun represents a senior male while The Moon represents a senior female. In addition that The Sun and The Moon represents Day vs Night, having either of these stars will also see to the marriage experiencing some form of extremes like the day or night can bring about.

If the star residing in the Spouse's Palace is Zi Wei (The Emperor) or Tian Fu (The Treasurer) or Ju Men (Huge Door) or Gu Chen (Lonesome) or Gua Su (Widow) or Bing Fu (Sickness), the marriage maybe somewhat challenging. This is because The Emperor and The Treasurer likes to control others. Huge Door is naturally a skeptical and always suspecting character which makes the spousal relationship bereft of trust. Lonesome and Widow has a lonely streak in them and are poor communicators. Sickness star also makes the spouse one suspicious character.

If the Tan Lang (Covetous Wolf) or Wen Qu (Poet) or Tian Kui (Indomitable) or Tian Yue (Nobility) individually resides in, or The Sun resides together with the The Moon in the Spouse's Palace, the marriage can be best described as tumultuous. This is because The Sun when paired with The Moon or Covetous Wolf on its own, is likely to bring about a third party in the marriage. The Sun and Moon also represents the contrast of day and night which figuratively signifies 1 spouse in the bright and another lover whose relationship is kept under wraps. Covetous Wolf is known as the top romance star because of its its flirtatiousness. Poet, Indomitable and Nobility also represents mistresses in ancient Zi Wei Dou Shu texts.

If the Spouse's Palace houses Wu Qu (The General) or Po Jun (Resistance Breaker) or Lian Zhen (Chastity) or Qisha (7 Killing), the marriage is on the rocks. The General is a lonely star that is without peer and needs to fight. The Resistance Breaker is about breaking up and usually sees to divorce. Chastity is a star that loves anything that looks nice and brings with it legal implications (including divorce as a possibility). The 7 Killing is also another aggressive star that often pose a lot of problem in marriage due to its aggression and non-conformity.

About the Author:

Ken Toh is a Fengshui Practitioner in private practice. He specialises in BaZi, ZWDS, Flying Star Fengshui, I-Ching and other Chinese Metaphysics tools. His blog is at!