Chinese Mathematical Astrology: Reaching out for the stars by Ho Peng Yoke

By Ho Peng Yoke

Although there are various well-written works on chinese language divination, there are none that take care of the 3 subtle units that have been hired through the chinese language Astronomical Bureau within the 11th century and for centuries thereafter. chinese language specialists utilized the equipment linked to those units to either climate forecasting and to the translation of human affairs. Hidden via a veil of secrecy, those equipment have continuously been really little identified except by way of their names. the 1st paintings in any language to discover those 3 tools, often called sanshi (three cosmic boards), this booklet sheds gentle on a subject matter which has been shrouded in secret for hundreds of years, having been saved mystery for a few years via the chinese language Astronomical Bureau.

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The first zone was called Xingji , followed in the west to east direction by Xuanxiao , Zouzi , Jianglou , Daliang , Shichen , Chunshou , Chunhuo , Chunwei , Shouxing , Dahuo and Ximu . These were the 12 Jupiterstations (shier ci ).

In any case, we do not have records to inform us how the ancient Chinese calendar-makers worked out periods of conjunction of the planets. In actual practice, any attempt to find a common multiple for the lunar and planetary cycles would be a matter of great complexity. These cycles expressed in units of the earth’s rotation about its own axis, or revolution round the sun, would give numbers that are incommensurable. ’28 Modern scholars have expressed doubts on whether the Chinese calendar-makers had ever used the periods of all the planets at all in their calculations to obtain the interval of the Superior Epoch.

These methods, being arcane as well as rather sophisticated, have hitherto received little attention from scholars, both traditional and modern. There are several reasons why these sophisticated methods did not receive due attention from traditional scholars. The first was the general attitude towards studies beyond the requirements for the civil service examinations, in which the Confucian classics predominated. It is interesting to observe that because the Yijing was included among the Confucian classics, it received much respect from traditional scholars.

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