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Now we get to the more commercial end of the site. If, after having read some of the articles, you think you might want to look a little more seriously at doing some of your own fate calculation, or Ming Shu charts, in collaboration with Esoteric Technologies we developed this program for people who may find other Chinese astrology software difficult to use or understand due to cultural differences:

This program was also meant to dovetail with Solar Fire, Western astrology software. If you use Solar Fire already and purchase this program it will open directly from Solar Fire and all Solar Fire charts should open directly into The Imperial Astrologer.

There are extensive tutorial and user guide sections to tell you what each of the features of the program are and what they basically mean. When one opens the program, the splash screen above appears (with your own details in it, of course). Immediately there is information for that particular day. The Tetragrams (pictured) are a feature unique to this program and, in my opinion, work just as well as the I-Ching hexagrams. As well, the sayings for the Indicator for the Day and the Animal of the Day are included over the information from the Tetragrams.
Upon clicking OK, the following screen appears:

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In the center of the page, one finds the main menu bars:

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From top to bottom, one finds:

  • The Four Pillars Analysis – a complete calculation of the Four Pillars, the 9 Star Ki/Qi numbers, both Japanese and Chinese, the Indicator for the Day, the Notional Xiu, the weighting of the Four Pillars, the equivalent solar periods, and the Tetragram readings for the chart.
  • The Pillars Interpretation Report, which is a computer generated text of about 1 ½ pages
  • The Tzu Wei Chart and Report generates an authentic Tzu Wei chart with interpretations, and with the unique features of being able to swap the stars into the opposite palaces, reversal of the Palaces for the Southern Hemisphere (purists will rail against this, but we have found it to be necessary for Southern Hemisphere births), and other settings that are changeable.
  • The Chinese Calendar gives calendrical information on the chart in question.
  • The Lifetime Fate Map is a Ming Shu chart, very simple, but giving the key times of life at a glance.
  • The Lifetime Fate Cycle shows the progressed Four Pillars in standard mode (10-year blocks).
  • The Event Fate Cycle will give the Four Pilars progressed to an event, down to the Minute Pillar, The time for the event is set in the boxes at the bottom left of the screen.
  • The Graphs simply show the progressed Pillars in graphical format.

One can view either the graphic or the text by toggling the buttons at the top of the chart. As the buttons suggest, one can view, print, export to PDF, copy graphic (chart) or copy a text report of the chart at the touch of a button.

At the top of the screen one finds the tool bar:

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  • Clicking “Chart” gives one access to the settings for the generation of the charts, dialog boxes for opening or entering charts, opening and saving charts and setting the gender (gender needs to be set for Chinese charts).
  • The “Report” and “Help” buttons are self-explanatory
  • The eleven buttons form left to right are self-explanatory as well. The male and female figures are for setting the gender, as a shortcut.
  • The Help button takes one to the User Guide, Tutorial Section and the serch facility for the program.
  • The remaining buttons are self-explanatory.

Examples of some of the generated charts are as follows:

Four Pillars



Date/Time: 26 Feb 2011, 7:45 am (ACDT -10:30)
Adjusted: 26 Feb 2011, 6:16 am (LAT -9:01:19)

Solar Period (Fortnightly Festival Period): 2 Rain water (N); Heat finishes (S)
Solar Year: 2011
Solar Month: 1
Lunar Year: 2011
Lunar Chinese Month Number: 1
Ordinal Month: 1
Day of Lunar Month: 24 of 30
Hour of Day (Chinese Double Hour): 4
Lunar New Year: 3 Feb 2011 10:30 am (CCT -8:00)
Li Ch'un (Start of the Chinese Solar Year): 4 Feb 2011 12:32 pm (CCT -8:00)

Relates to:
Ancestors/ Social Groups/Extended Family
Stem: 8 - yin metal
Inward, passive, nebulous, cool; Progressive, vigorous, strong, direct
Branch: IV - Wood Rabbit
Strongly social, reserved and withdrawn (Rabbit in the Burrow) - The more one has,………

Tzu Wei



Date/Time: 26 Feb 2011, 7:45 am (ACDT -10:30)
Adjusted: 26 Feb 2011, 6:16 am (LAT -9:01:19)

  Chart Gender for palace and limits directions: Male
Palaces reversed for Southern Hemisphere
Destiny Branch: XII
Destiny Chart Element: Wood

Pertains to: The destiny of the individual/event
Branch: XII
Great Limits: Most significant 10 year period for this palace
Age 3 to 12 (Feb 2014 to Feb 2024)
Small Limits: Most significant individual years for this palace
Ages 10, 22, 34, 46, 58, 70, 82, 94, 106, 118
Stars Present:
Tien Hsiang (Heavenly Minister) - Good placement
Star Interpretations:
Tien Hsiang => You have a philanthropic nature and an active social life. ……………

…..and so forth. If you like what you see, click on the link at the beginning of this page and enjoy your journey into Chinese astrology!

Malvin Artley
26 Feb 2011