Calculating the BaZi

In this fully illustrated workbook, Dr. Karin Taylor Wu instructs you in the art of creating an individualized Chinese Four Pillar astrology chart. For the first time to the western audience, learn the traditional method of BaZi calculation without needing a Chinese calendar.

Detailed instructions show how your destiny is contained within your birth chart, and how to understand its changes over the whole lifespan. Dr. Taylor Wu also explains the relationship between your individual BaZi chart and your personality, emotions, health, relationships, aptitudes, and life chances. With many examples, and worked exercises, including a detailed interpretation of actual charts and case studies, Dr. Taylor Wu demonstrates how to bring the GanZhi principles to life.

This workbook provides an essential tool for optimizing personal life choices and for developing healing, consulting, and leadership skills in order to help others.

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Contents: Foreword. TianSuan (The Cosmic Agenda). Introduction; The GanZhi BaZi Calendar, Dao, YinYang, WuXing, BaGua, BaZi, Chinese Astrology: BaZi and SiZhu. 1. Calculate the Four Pillars (SiZhu)/Eight Characters (BaZi). 2. TaiYuan (Origin of Conception). 3. MingGong (Palace of Karma) 4. DaYun (Great Transfer). 5. ShenSha (Spirits and Ghosts); FengKong (Encountering Emptiness), FuYin (Hidden Moaning), TianYi (Good Fortune), TaoHua (Peach Blossom), YiMa (Wandering Horse), TianDe (Heavenly Virtue), TianYi (Medicine), WenChang (Knowledge),Taiji (Mysticism). 6. Introduction to BaZi Analysis. 7. Case Studies. Answers to Practice Exercises. Appendix; Fundamental BaZi Calculations, Supplemental Calculations, JieQi Tables.

“I really love this book!

In many ways, it is the sequel to the book, Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches, by the author and her husband, Master Zhongxian Wu. With that text, the reader has the opportunity to get a firm grasp on one of the most esoteric and confusing aspects of Chinese astrology (TianGan DiZhi).

In this work, Dr. Taylor Wu leads the reader into the practical applications of the GanZhi BaZi in a clear, step-by-step manner. There is simply no other book like this available! Until now, the traditional calculation method presented in Calculating the BaZi has passed down orally, from teacher to student. What a treasure!

I am a little embarrassed to admit that I found some of the calculations to be a bit of a slog at first. With daily practice, however, it really does get easier and easier. I definitely agree with the previous comment that it is preferable to go through the workbook in paperback format.

I recently came across the book’s website (calculatingthebazi.com), which has a very helpful Q&A section in which people can write in with any specific calculation questions as they go through the exercises (or check to see if anyone else has had the same question).

I found the case studies at the end truly fascinating and am inspired to learn how to use Chinese astrology to help others.

I am so excited about this book!”


Nature’s Way (Amazon review)


“Karin Taylor Wu has taken the very complex calculations for creating an individualized BaZi Chart and has made the process much more usable and understandable. The techniques for mathematical calculation are explained simply and systematically. But, the reader is also gifted with the pearls of ancient wisdom in the interpretation of the Five Elements seen in the combinations of the Heavenly Stem and Earthy Branches. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to practice Chinese Astrology.”

Lilian Pearl Bridges, President, Lotus Institute, Inc