Scholar Li Xuzhong of the Tang Dynasty is credited with the invention of BaZi (A.D 618-907). Xu Ziping practiced it during the Song Dynasty (A.D 960-1279). This ancient art is based on the text of the I-Ching, or Book of Oracles, which was used for fortune telling. It follows the same principles, employing the five primordial elements for fortune telling.
This Chinese fortune-telling system has been in use for thousands of years throughout the winding course of its civilization. BaZi has shaped the Chinese people’s cultural practices and philosophy in the same way that Confucianism has shaped the characters and minds of the Chinese people and their worldwide diasporas. In the past, Chinese people seeking their destinies and fortune traveled far and wide to great temples to have masters of fortune reading reveal their futures to them. In other words, consulting a fortune teller is a common practice deeply ingrained in Chinese culture.
This Chinese fortune-telling system has been used for thousands of years, spanning the country’s turbulent history. BaZi has shaped the Chinese people’s cultural practices and philosophy in the same way that Confucianism has shaped the Chinese people’s and their worldwide diasporas’ characters and minds. Historically, Chinese people seeking their destinies and fortune traveled far and wide to great temples to have fortune tellers reveal their futures to them. In other words, consulting a fortune teller is a widespread and deeply ingrained practice in Chinese culture.
Furthermore, the BaZi system is reputed as the most authentic for the prediction of an individual’s destiny. The system is focused on the 12 stages of the life cycle and the inter-relationship of the constructive and destructive processes of the five elements. BaZi, as a fortune-telling system, is still as widely used today as it was previously. Unlike other fortune-telling systems, which are based on celestial formations such as planets and stars in galaxies, BaZi is based on the solar system’s movement. Even though the planets revolve around the sun, it is well known that the rising and setting sun strongly influences human existence. The solar system has an indelible impact on all living things.
Indeed, it is clear why the sun has such a strong influence on humans. After all, it is the center of our universe! Because the sun is the center of the galaxies, a sun-centric fortune-telling system will undoubtedly be more accurate, as the stars and planets, including Earth, are only parts of it.