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    1st Book - The Empyrean Matrix; A Guide to Purple Star Astrology (Zi Wei Dou Shu)
    Author: Y. M. Lim

    Of all the ZWDS English books I’ve read so far, this basic ZWDS book is the most detailed. Let’s talk about plus points of this book first. It has introduced to readers various common “Ge Ju” chart categories (or “chart formations” as translated in the book). Very informative and detailed. It also taught readers to manually plot a chart instead of asking us to refer to some CD-rom. Very detailed description and information on the main 36 stars of level Jia (1st level) and also information on the other minor stars from other levels. Finally an english ZWDS book that touches on minor stars!

    The minus points of this book now. First the errors as mentioned in this thread --> http://fivearts.info/fivearts/index.php?topic=16696.0) Then it includes a lot of history and background information of ZWDS. Some readers may find this nice but my opinion is I can read those history on ZWDS blogs and websites I don’t need this in a book. Those information are nice-to-know but not vital in reading a chart. The last part of the book touches on some alien theory which I find weird.

    Overall, the best English book on Purple Star Astrology, currently, though still a basic book but very detailed. I hope further volumes of this book would touch on the advance Flying Star part of ZWDS. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn this art. This book has refuted indirectly Wyson Chan’s (another basic but very brief ZWDS English book author) claim that basic book have to be brief to build foundation. Basic books can also be very detailed.

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    2nd Book - The Prosperity Sigma: Wealth and Success with Purple Star Astrology (Zi Wei Dou Shu)
    Author: Y. M. Lim

    The 2nd book from Y M Lim, The Prosperity Sigma, takes the reader further and deeper into Purple Star Astrology. In the book, the author described it being suitable for beginners and advance readers who already have some foundation in this art. But I think completely new beginners would be very confused, and this book is more suitable for readers who already have some knowledge of Purple Star Astrology. Finally, we have another advance ZWDS English book with detailed information without having the readers to sign up for some expensive course.

    First of all, very detailed explanations of the concepts and interpretations, I do not feel like I’m reading brief lecture notes quickly scribbled down, like in some books... The contents are very well-thought and well-penned out.

    Second, the author actually made a tremendous effort to go through with the readers, the main types of destiny by the 14 major stars in the 12 Emperor’s charts. And in each Emperor chart, the author gives detailed analysis of the wealth potential, suitable jobs and investment strategies of each Life palace’s position at each square, including “empty palaces”. This is the main core content, taking up almost half the book.

    Third, though the author stated his school of ZWDS is mainly san he (tri-harmony school), he did nevertheless included a si hua (flying stars school) method to deduct whether someone has “affinity with wealth”.

    Fourth, a nice touch by the author is that he showed readers what to do when encountering multiples of the four flying transforming stars (si hua) from main chart, decade chart and current year chart, by examining the elements of the flying stars. But I read in another ZWDS Chinese book that whether the flying stars are from main/decade/annual charts also makes a difference in the interpretation. Like for example, Hua Lu from Decade meet Hua Quan from Annual in the same palace has a different interpretation from Hua Lu from Annual meet Hua Quan from Decade. I thought it would be clearer if the author can make further distinction on this; in the book, it was simply stated "good prospect for fame and fortune..." when Hua Lu and Hua Quan meet in same palace.

    Fifth, as a nice closing conclusion to the wealth theme of this book, the author actually disclosed to readers on how to “beat the Purple Star system” as part of cures and remedies for poor wealth luck periods. It seems like a metaphysical book on wealth also can’t get away with non-metaphysical concepts like appreciating and depreciating assets. Before I came to this chapter, I was actually expecting some fengshui rituals and methods like “wealth vase”.

    Overall, it is still one of the better, more-detailed and advance level books (in English) on Purple Star Astrology.

    *Note: Happened to spot this small mistake on pg 84, 2nd paragraph, 1st line. "Natives with Tian Tong at Life palaces at Mao or Xu..." It's supposed to be Mao or You, according to the context of the chart formation.

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    3rd book - The Hidden Laws – Practical Techniques of Flying Star Zi Wei Dou Shu
    by Y. M. Lim

    First of all, I’ve to inform everyone, this is not a basic ZWDS book. It is an advance book. Beginners and people who are new to metaphysics are not recommended to jump into this book straight away.

    In the early pages of the book, we looked at nice-to-know background/history of metaphysics, revisited the core meanings behind the stars and general star formations (ie; chart categories which I call them) and refreshed on fundamental concepts and jargons. Some readers may call these “appetizers”, but there are some information/concept which readers need to know before embarking on the Flying Stars.

    At about 40% into the book, we start the “main dish” of the book – the Four Flying Transforming/Catalyst stars. The author takes effort and pain to illustrate the fundamental flying concepts and terms which most chinese ZWDS authors would not bother. One thing good is the level of details and completeness– most chinese authors would not talk about the effects of self-enhancing palaces (zi hua lu/quan/ke), they would only talk about the self-persecuting palaces (zi hua ji), Y M Lim talks about all 4 of those. However, I find the real life applications part to be short (pg 108 – 111), too short. Would there be a fourth book on flying star ZWDS purely on real life applications, without those fundamentals?

    A few of the concepts (like pg 62) are different from what I had learnt and practiced, also as mentioned by the author that those concepts are not in line with the general school of thought. Hence I’m going to skip those.

    In the star chart plotting section, for Fire chart 30th lunar day, the author still stated it as “Wei”. I’ve no further comments on this. After my “mini research” on this which stated “Wu” in all my sources, I’ve concluded this issue as difference in sect’s methodology OR a typo error made in the olden days, when ZWDS were learnt by verbal means.

    The author concludes the book with a few important case studies and a reflective assay on Hua Ji which I enjoyed reading.

    Lastly, this is a minor issue but I still like to comment. Those “classic” (ie; old) Chinese ZWDS books from Taiwan are all words; at most a few star charts, diagrams and tables for purpose of easier understanding. ZWDS is really a dry subject, plus reading through the endless walls of text is tiring and straining for the eyes, not to mention depleting billions of brain cells to grasp the complex concepts sometimes. Most English authors including Lilian Too, Joey Yap, Vincent Koh have included pictures, formatted text and cartoons to liven up their books. Here, I appreciate Mr Lim’s inclusion of coloured text and pictures which offer some relief, “eye candy” and “surprise” (pg 33) while reading. I was worried he might take the “classic approach” in his advance books for a more serious tone but I’m glad he did not. Finally, I share the same views as some readers; I don’t mind carrying a thicker, heavier or bigger dimensions (A4 size) book but could the font size be slightly bigger?
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  • not recommended. many typos and errors.

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  • i have gotten these books since i'm a beginner. i understand there are many typos and errors.
    will appreciate it if mr lim comes up with an errata.
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  • maximum detail

    I found your maximum detail remark way exaggerating.

    This book > The Prosperity Sigma: Wealth and Success with Purple Star Astrology (Zi Wei Dou Shu)
    particularly disappointing. Only looking at the palace static-ly and starts doing prediction. No better than looking at bazi day pillar only and starts doing prediction

    This book>  The Empyrean Matrix; A Guide to Purple Star Astrology (Zi Wei Dou Shu)
    utterly failed in explaining how to do yearly, monthly and daily readings. No mention whatsoever regarding to minor stars interaction

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  • Wow thank you guys your comments will really help when I receive the books and go through.  :)
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  • i have received all 3 books and started reading.
    as expected, as with any new subject matter, I can't make heads or tails of it yet.
    lol

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  • I think there is good info in this books.  Also a lot more affordable then some of the other ones out there. Good stuff, overall.

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