There is a category of analysis in the Bazi SuanMIng known as the 12 Life Palaces or Ming Gong 命宮. The reading of the Life Palaces aka the Ming Gong is essential in Bazi SuanMing. The Ming Gong is similar in the sense of identification and naming of each “Palace” within the Zi Wei Do Shou (Purple Star Astrology) system. The majority of the literature translated into English with regards to Bazi Suan Ming resembles a biker bar brawl at a flea market. Things are strewn about. People’s feelings get hurt. Confusion runs amok. At the end of the day, you find your food cart tossed aside for cheap trinkets. Much of the literature compares too many different astrology systems (Western, Vedic and Purple Star to name a few), without going into detail how they are analogous or how they differ. The fact that the word Gong 宮 is used within Chinese metaphysics is a common thing. The analogy ends there. It’s sort of like saying people breathe to speak. It doesn’t mean we all speak the same language. In fact, we speak many languages in the world, (literally and metaphorically) -yet we need to breathe in order to speak. Bazi is like breathing. You use it every day. You just don’t know it until the attention is brought to you. When Bazi, Feng Shui and other lifestyle/metaphysical arts practitioners confuse the many systems of Chinese Metaphysics, I refer them to my favorite Feng Shui and Bazi consultant:
“Purple Star” You Say?
Do you want to know your Destiny? Do you want to know where your potential still has not been developed? Do you think you can do better than you are doing today? Using the Ming Gong 命宮 helps in review of your past and present and future relationships with the world.