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Chinese Mathematical Astrology

Reaching Out to the Stars, 1st Edition

By Ho Peng Yoke


228 pages

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Though there are a number of well-written works on Chinese divination, there are none that deal with the three sophisticated devices that were employed by the Chinese Astronomical Bureau in the eleventh century and for hundreds of years thereafter. Chinese experts applied the methods associated with these devices to both weather forecasting and to the interpretation of human affairs.

Hidden by a veil of secrecy, these methods have always been relatively little known other than by their names. The first work in any language to explore these three methods, known as sanshi (three cosmic boards), this book sheds light on a topic which has been shrouded in mystery for centuries, having been kept secret for many years by the Chinese Astronomical Bureau.


'Ho Peng Yoke's Chinese Mathematical Astrology proves to be an interesting work that will fascinate a wide spectrum of readers, for it offers an insightful and detailed reconstruction without sacrificing conciseness and clarity.' - East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine (Number 23, 2005)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Fundamental Principles 3. The Taiyi System in the Three Cosmic Boards: Method of the Taiyi Deity 4. Qimen Dunjia: Strange Gates, Escaping Techniques 5. Liuren: The Art of the Six Yang Waters

About the Author

Ho Peng Yoke has published widely on Chinese alchemy, astronomy, divination and mathematics. He has occupied senior academic positions in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Australia and Hong Kong before becoming the Director of the Needham Research Institute in 1990. He is an academician of the Australian Academy of Humanities, Academia Sinica and the International Euro-Asia Academy of Science.

About the Series

Needham Research Institute Series

Joseph Needham's 'Science and Civilisation' series began publication in the 1950s. At first, it was seen as a piece of brilliant but isolated pioneering. However, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, it is clear that Needham's work has succeeded in creating a vibrant new intellectual field in the West. The books in this series cover topics relating broadly to the practice of science, technology and medicine in East Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. The emphasis is on traditional forms of knowledge and practice, but without excluding modern studies which connect the topics with their historical and cultural context.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / China
MATHEMATICS / History & Philosophy
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Astrology / Eastern
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General