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The basic blocks of ZWDS (1)

Plotting the ZWDS chart manually.
A ZWDS chart consists of 12 boxes or palaces. In these palaces, lies the 12 Earthly zodiacs, 10 Heavenly stems, the 12 life palaces and the 18 stars that tells the story of our destiny from the time we were born.

The 12 palaces of ZWDS
The 12 palaces of ZWDS (without the stars)

Each palace represents one of the 12 zodiac animals in the Earthly branches and their position is fixed. The 12 Zodiac represents positions, directions, space and time arranged in a clockwise manner with Zi (Rat) starting in the North palace at the bottom of the chart. More details in upcoming posts.

The 10 Heavenly stems are assigned to the chart calculated based on the of a person’s year of birth, starting from the palace of Yin in the North East sector of the chart. Since there are only 10 stems, the palaces of Zi and Chou will follow the initial 2 stems of the Yin and Mao palaces.

So based on the table below, a person born in 1960 or 2020 which is a Geng Zi (庚子) year, the Yin palace will start with the Wu stem, Mao palace will have the Ding stem and so on in a clockwise manner.

BIRTH YEAR STEMYIN PALACE STEM
JIA, JIBING
YI, GENGWU
BING, XINGENG
DING, RENREN
WU, GUIJIA
Table for determining the starting stem in the palace of Yin (NE)

In the next post, we will look at how the 12 palaces from Self to Parents are placed in chart .

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