Bazi Suanming Introduction

Traditional Chinese Astrology:
Bazi Suanming “The Calculation of Life According to the Eight Signs”


Bazi Suanming, the “calculation of fate according to the eight signs”, respectively the “calculation of life according to the Eight Signs”, is a very detailed calculation method for the individual qi and its development during the whole life.

Because the calculations of Bazi Suanming are carried out by means of the birth date of a person and with relation to the Chinese calendar system (wannianli), the technique is also known in the West as “Four pillar astrology” (sizhu suanming), or simply as “Traditional Chinese Astrology” (TCA).

Bazi Suanming starts from the assumption based on the foundations of the Chinese calendar system, that the flow of time is subject to a continuous change of qualities which affects the life of an individual. If the functions of the quality changes of time are known, it is possible to calculate the development of the qi of an individual for his/her whole life span.

The results of the calculation can be evaluated and interpreted psychologically and for personality diagnosis, as well as biologically-medically and in relation to the diagnosis of the function of organs. Since the 10th century C.E. Bazi Suanming has developed into the central psychological system of Chinese culture, in which overarching theories for the categorization of human personality have matured and which has experienced an uninterrupted development up to this day. It prospers especially in Taiwan R.O.C. where a rich expert literature on the topic has been produced. It also finds lively application in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and in every other society committed to the classical Chinese traditions.

The Bazi Suanming expert usually assumes the position of a psychological or medical coach. The main applications are in the following areas:

Psychological and pedagogical applications

Children’s education:
Promotion of predispositions of the child

Personality analysis:
Analysis of the personality and its changes during life and the detection of life episodes in which the qi force of the client is especially favourable in the sense of effective life planning.

Human ressources:
Choice of suitable staff for the filling of jobs with specific requirements.

Partnership counselling:
Analysis of the compatibility and incompatibility between people, e.g., for bringing together matrimonial partners, or for the fine-tuning of teams.

Crisis management:
Analysis and support of persons in a personal crisis and in need of psychological counsel, but also partnership counseling in cases of matrimonial conflict.

Behavioral training:
Practising of certain behavioral aspects of the client, in order to promote the development of his/her effectivity and life circumstances according to the needs of his/her basic disposition and his/her expectations.

Applications in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Complementary medical diagnostics:
Bazi Suanming is particularly called upon in case of chronic illness as a complentary diagnostic instrument to determine the organ disposition of the client and to describe the organ’s changes over a long time.

Preventive medical diagnostics:
Bazi Suanming calculates the organ disposition and its long-term development during life, which makes it possible, within the systematic correspondences of TCM, to give dietetic and preventive medical recommendations for specific life phases. This is done according to the well-known motto of TCM, “Curing the illness before it breaks out”.

Elaboration of client-centered therapeutic strategies:
Through its theoretical background, Bazi Suanming is closely connected with TCM, and its calculations play a considerable role for instance in the determination of individual chrono-acupuncture. However, the adjustment of Chinese pharmacological therapy to the findings of Bazi Suanming is also possible. This very special combination of TCM and Bazi Suanming has found its theoretical expression in the medical discipline of the “five cycles and six qi” (Wuyun liuqi).