Chinese Fortune Telling – Suan Ming

Foretelling the future is one popular subject all over the world. This is due to the reason that nobody really knows what lies ahead in their life. While others rely on their instincts, on hard work and perseverance, there nevertheless are a number of individuals who highly regard and believe in the effectiveness of fortune telling in their lives.

This is especially true in the Chinese culture. The Chinese, in addition as other cultures, make use of Chinese fortune telling methods to determine future occurrences. Since historical times, the art of Chinese fortune telling, known as “Suan Ming” in Chinese were already being and practiced in order to gain knowledge of one’s future.

Like in many Western cultures where various methods of Divination are used to foretell the future, Suan Ming also has numerous ways of fortune telling. In 1683, the official government’s manual published by the Board of Rites and later updated in 1741, contained thirty-six books entitled Hsieh Chi Pien Fang Shu. In modern days, Hsuan tse is the most well-known fortune telling manual which lists all of the basic formulas, regulations, and methods of divination in combination with the many techniques used throughout different parts of China.

confront Reading is an popular method of Suan ming. Also known as Physiognomy, this course of action’ history could be dated back into antiquity with the Chinese. The facial features such as the nose, eyes and mouth are analyzed and interpreted in confront Reading. These facial features are believed to match with the five holy Mountains, the four Great Rivers, the five Planets, and the six Stars. The upper vicinity of the confront represents youth, the middle vicinity of the confront represents middle age, and the lower vicinity of the confront represents old age. The reader or physiognomist can calculate the relations or oppositions of these features to foresee good and bad luck. Also expected in confront Reading are probable length of life, marriage and child-bearing fortune.

Palm Reading or Palmistry in the West, is another way of foretelling one’s future. It involves examination of appropriate palm lines for love, personality, and other individual qualities.

“Kau Cim”, also a method in Chinese fortune telling which involves the shaking of a bamboo cylinder containing fortune telling sticks. These sticks resembling flat incense sticks are inscribed with Chinese numbers. The querent asks or whispers to the deity their question then shakes the tube with the sticks. The first stick that falls out will have a corresponding paper in which the answer to the inquiries is written. Interpretation of what’s written in the paper is done by a temple priest or volunteers after offering incense, fruits, cakes, a roasted pig or fowl, or monetary donations.

“Zi wei dou shu”, also known as “Purple Star Astrology” or “Emperor/Purple (Star) Astrology”, is also among the ways of fortune telling. The client seeks an adviser with expert and knowledge of the Chinese calendar. The combination of Astrology, Chinese Constellation, Four Pillars of Destiny and the Five elements is used in this method of divination. consequently resulting to the translation of one’ destiny path and pre-determined fate. This method can also verify rare events that have already occurred.

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