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  • Book review: Zi Wei Numerology books (Book 1 and 2)
    « on: April 03, 2018, 10:52:34 AM »
    [First posted in 2014, in WOFS forum. Reposted here]

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    Zi Wei Numerology (Book 1) – Fate Theory of Tao
    The Complete Book on Zi Wei Numerology (Book 2) – Fate Theory of Tao

    by Dr Geraldine Goh, International Institute of Tao Malaysia

    Book 1: released in 2000
    Good points about this book. It covers on all the existing stars, from the Major Fourteen to level 1 to very minor stars not mentioned at all in other books. Some minor stars I’ve not even heard before. Very excellent effort on part of author to keep readers informed. Most other authors would just decide those minor stars are redundant and not much affecting readings and leave them all out. This book also includes a chapter with lots of tables to assist the reader to plot his/her star chart from scratch manually. I actually preferred to plot a star chart manually as I’ve experienced errors with some of the ZWDS softwares. I’m glad the author did not include Lunar calendar because it takes up unnecessary space in the book and the Lunar calendar is widely available in many bookstores here. So the reader has to convert his/her own Western birth date to Lunar birth date on his/her own elsewhere but not a major issue. The book also touches on the applications of flying stars’ influences in opposite/same court and chart category (translated as “format”) of the star chart. It also gives a number of explanations why even with the same birth chart, 2 persons can lead slightly different lives.

    I would like to comment that, information on the stars could be more in-depth. The bulleted point of each information is clear to read but can be more detailed. The chart that the reader was asked to plot was a circular chart. Maybe the author has her own reasons for using circular chart? Personally, I prefer the rectangular chart as I needed the “Four Horse territories” (si ma di) to be at the 4 corners.

    *A point to take note: Though in some of the tables, birth months are written as “Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr…”, it’s NOT referring to the Western calendar months but lunar months in the Chinese Lunar calendar. “Jan” refers to 1st lunar month, “Feb” refers to 2nd lunar month, “Mar” refers to 3rd lunar month and so on…

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    Book 2: released in 2003
    Very nice for author to include mathematical short-cut formulae to plot a star chart instead of referring to numerous tables. Personally, I prefer to use the tables as I don’t want to risk remembering the mathematical formulae wrongly and ended up with a wrong chart. We derive analysis and cures from the star chart so it’s very important to get the correct chart in the beginning. All the details required in book 1 is found in book 2. So book 2 is like a continuation of book 1 and both books kind of compliment each other. So do not just buy 1 book, must buy both. Author includes tables for plotting chart in case reader missed book 1.

    Overall, the sect method for both books is San He (tri-palace influence) based and very detailed. I would consider book 2 to be mostly intermediate, not suitable for beginners to just jump into book 2 straight away. Like always, I’m looking forward to the next book from this author as I find the series to be comprehensive and well-written.

    Since I don’t rely on these books to plot star charts, I didn’t check the tables but just glance through. Anything you find that you would like to discuss with members here, please feel free to post here.
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    Book review: Zi Wei Numerology books (Book 1 and 2)
    « on: April 03, 2018, 10:52:34 AM »
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