“Fortunately, with her rich knowledge of the GanZhi BaZi, skillful writing talent, and steadfastness, Karin Taylor Wu is offering us her SuanBaZi [Calculating the BaZi] workbook. This book delivers clear instruction for making a GanZhi BaZi astrology chart and calculating the cosmic influences. With careful precision, she lays out numerous sample exercises to help students develop their understanding of the calculations, offers many practice exercises to help students get into the flow of chart building, and presents opportunities for deeper understanding by providing real BaZi case studies. On top of all that, this book reveals (for the first time) my own secret method for making a chart without needing to have a GanZhi calendar on hand!
Karin Taylor Wu’s SuanBaZi will bring continual benefits to serious students of Chinese wisdom traditions, such as medicine, astrology, cosmology, Fengshui, Yijing, internal alchemy, Qigong, Taiji, and others. It is an extraordinary tool to help you access your TianSuan, the Cosmic Agenda!”
— Master Zhongxian Wu, lifelong Daoist practitioner and author of 13 books (5 in Chinese) on Chinese wisdom traditions
“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.”
— Lillian Bridges, President, Lotus Institute Inc, Author
“A must-have guide to the complex world of Chinese astrological science! In yet another excellent publication, Karin Taylor Wu demystifies the arcane system of Bazi Suanming by providing step-by-step instructions and study exercises for aficionados of this ancient technique. This book gives Chinese medicine specialists and students of Eastern wisdom traditions concrete ways to integrate this time-honored method into their present-day practice.”
–Heiner Fruehauf, PhD, Founding Professor, School of Classical Chinese Medicine National University of Natural Medicine, Portland, Oregon, USA
“Dr. Karin Taylor Wu has skillfully integrated an ancient oral tradition with a modern delivery to create a classic book on the Chinese art of discovering Ming – one’s destiny! Calculating the Bazi is simply the best presentation of how to calculate a Chinese astrology birth chart; and in the process you will perceive the inner-workings of the energy cycles of the universe – the heart and beat of the Tao.
Step-by-step, Taylor Wu walks the reader through the procedures for determining the energetic structure of a person with exactness, humor and a deep spiritual empathy. With her professionally prepared tables and examples, the student now has all the tools to learn this ancient art. I have searched sources around the world for meaningful unique teachings on the art and science for determining Ming, Calculating the BaZi has fulfilled that quest. Transmitted from an authentic lineage, the meanings behind the written words are transmitted to the reader in only the way a practice rooted in the Tao can be. Calculating the BaZi is a most unique and incredibly valuable book; I recommend it to everyone interested in learning and expanding their knowledge of Chinese astrology and any of the Chinese and Taoists arts.”
— David Twicken, DOM, L.Ac.
“A welcome introduction into the dynamics of the Chinese calendar: transform a western date into the four pillars of Chinese Astrology using fingers, formulas and tables. I’m happy to see that Dr Taylor Wu’s approach to BaZi is offering interpretations for spirituality in the healing arts (Traditional Chinese Medicine).”
— Robert Trnoska, Doctor of Chinese Medicine
“It is hard to find a good non-fiction writer who can maintain both ease of flow and interest of the reader in a topic where chances of losing your audience grows exponentially with the complexity of the process described. Dr. Taylor Wu is such a hard-to-find gem who artfully, and not the least heart-fully, illuminates an ancient method of informing practitioners. This book reflects a clear mind and a keen foresight to predict where readers’ mind could wander into dead ends – quite a talent for educators!”
— Kleopatra Ormos, M.D.