Star treatment

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 July, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 July, 2010, 12:00am

A form of Chinese astrology that hasn't received much attention in English books is chi mei dao shu, which has been literally translated as purple star astrology, although some purists argue it should be called emperor star astrology, after the qualities of the most powerful star in the system. It is believed that this system of astrology was created by Chen Tuan, who lived between the Five Dynasties period and the beginning of the Song dynasty. It should also be noted, though, that Chinese scholars liked to attribute creations to famous ancients in order to gain greater acceptance of their methods.

Chi mei uses 121 symbols, also known as stars (though they're not celestial bodies), to describe aspects of life. The stars are placed in a chart that has 12 domains, according to the hour, day, month and year of birth of the subject in lunar calendar terms. The former part bears certain similarities to the 12 houses of a Western astrological chart. The 12 chi mei domains can be grouped into the following: the individual (self/personality and thinking); other people in one's life such as parents, siblings, spouse, offspring and friends; and aspects of one's life such as career, wealth, property, health and travel.

The chi mei can be combined with the more well-known paht chee, or eight characters of birth, system to provide an accurate picture of one's destiny.