The Chinese “tong shu” or almanac has been consulted by emperors and farmers alike for millennia to select optimum auspice for the action of government and the planting and harvesting of crops. Generals consulted it before battles, Daoists before the performance of rites, acupuncturists for “open” points, builders before digging foundations and village folk to plan a wedding or funeral. Cataloging the collective experience/data was the duty of one of the Chinese governments largest departments – the department of Astrogeomancy – a kind of cosmic Advisory Board.
In this course we will look at each of the major cycles for its individual indicators and how the various cycles weave and influence each other. We will learn how to divine the “Qi of the Day” and the course of the Great Transformation of Yin/Yang and the 5 Elements in the course of the year.
DYC TongShu iOS App
Darren Gibbs and Liu Ming developed a TongShu iOS application which shows almanac data for the current day along with auspice summary from Liu Ming. Also included in this App are the class notes associated with this lecture series. To view the App Support Website and to Download the App click here.