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The explanation of the 12 palaces

Translated from here.

命 Ming

- The location of the root/foundation of the individual him- or herself.

Ming represents one's pre-heaven/inborn/innate fortune/destiny. It is the principal axis of one's fate. Ming signifies
the source of one's good or bad luck.

The Ming palace has to do with many things, for example the native's personality, integrity and dignity;
shortcomings, deficiencies; hidden potentials; wealth and riches; position and status; appearance; individuality;
talents and abilities; disease, health; the person's nature and temperament; special qualities; family background.
Etc. Throughout one's life Ming will be the key factor determining success or failure. Everything may be gleaned
from Ming. The Ming palace is the centre of gravity and central core of the entire chart.

父母 Parents

- Also called the appearance palace. The location of 公家 gōngjiā = the public, the state, society.

Are the affections and feelings between parent and child mighty or insignificant? How is the person influenced by
his or her parents and friends and relatives of the parents? Are the predestined affinity and fate or chance that bring
people together strong or weak? Does the native get protection and shade from the parents? What is the heritage,
legacy, inheritance? This palace also describes the parents' personalities and their societal background.

The Parents palace can also describe one's appearance, looks and health status. It may furthermore foretell of
sickness, diseases, injuries, wounds, etc. And what is the individual's relation with his or her boss or supervisor?
How does the person get along with stuff to do with the government? This palace also pertains to matters to do with
school, college, educational institutions, and documents and official correspondence.

福德 Happiness and Virtue

- The location of 享受 xiǎngshòu = to enjoy; to live it up; pleasure.


The Happiness and Virtue palace has to do with an individual's personality; health, disease, sickness, ailment;
thought, thinking, ideas, ideology. What does the person enjoy doing? What is his or her appreciations and tastes in
music, literature, fashion, food, etc? What are the merits and drawbacks re the physical and material things in the
life of the native?

This palace can reveal details about the individual's accomplishments and self-cultivation to do with what's
psychological, mental, of the mind and spirit. The Happiness and Virtue palace has to do with the unconscious. And
what are the person's interests? What is he or she fond of doing? Does the native have any hobbies?

The palace also speaks of one's financial resources and sources of money. Do the ancestors offer virtue,
goodness, kindness, shade and protection? In a woman's horoscope what with wedding and marriage this palace is
in particular intimately bound up with the Spouse palace. Does the individual revere and attend on the spouse?

田宅 Property

- The location of 財庫 cáikù = a storehouse for money, riches, wealth, property, valuables.

The Property palace will reveal stuff about the situation and condition of one's real estate. How much property will
the individual get? And what are the circumstances of changes to do with property, in addition to real estate merits
and drawbacks? Does the native have home, family and residence luck? Will he or she inherit family property, and
what is its feng shui? Will it offer protection and shelter? How capable is the individual of purchasing property?

The Property palace can also reveal information about the residence's environment and its surroundings and in
what direction it sits and faces. And what are the changes and alterations? The Property palace is in addition the
depository and storehouse of the Wealth palace. Money is stashed and stocked. In addition to describing the
surroundings and environment of the home, this palace also gives away info about one's tribe and home town and
native place.

... [?].

官禄 Career

- The location of 錢財出入 qiáncáichūrù = money going in and going out; expenditure and income.

Will the person's career be significant or mediocre? Does he or she obtain a position that is prominent and
powerful, or commonplace and ordinary? How does the individual get along with the boss and colleagues? In what
way is the person ambitious? What is the amount of devotion to duty? The Career palace has to do with the native's
attitude and approach to his or her occupation, projects, undertakings and activities. And what industry or business
the individual is the most suited and ought to go for.

What development and growth will the person have in his or her career? Is it appropriate initiating a major task,
venture, or entrepreneurship, or ought the native do manual labour and commonplace work for a living? What
special knowledge or ability does the individual have? What are the condition and states of changes and alterations
in one's career?

仆役 Friends and Servants

- The location of 眾生 zhòngshēng = all living things.

What are the person's relations with his or her subordinates? How does the individual make friends, and how are
they treated? Is the native's interpersonal relationships pleasing and pleasant or broken and distressing? The
Friends palace has to do with the individual's contemporaries, people of the same generation. Does he or she
receive help and support from friends?

This palace also reveals how many servants or hired labourers the person will have, and whether the relations with
them will be advantageous or ruinous. The Friends palace also represents leadership capabilities, and whether to
join in with a friend and start a business or initiate an undertaking. The stars in this palace may reveal stuff about
the individual's grades at school and his or her achievements and performance studying.

迁移 Travel

- The location of 相對 xiāngduì = face to face; facing one another.

The Travel palace has to do with the native's environment and his or her ability to adapt and get used to its changes
and circumstances. What are the conditions and situation of leaving for another place, and what will be the
resultant luck? The Travel palace also represents transport and traffic, communication; and interpersonal
relationships, liaisons.

What happens when travelling? What will take place should the native choose to emigrate? Is the person suited to
make investments abroad? Or trading, doing commerce? Travel is intimately connected to Ming. Does the person
leave the country and go abroad? A trip, or a long journey? Tourism? Moving house? Will the individual leave for a
foreign land? The stars in the palace impart this information.
疾厄 Health

- The location of 壽元 shòuyuán = life span, life expectancy; predestined length of life.

This palace reveals the seriousness of a disease or ailment, whether it will be slight or critical. What kind of
sickness will befall the native? Is the person born with a defect, a rather weak body part? Will the individual
throughout his or her life suffer major illnesses and great disasters? What part of the body will be affected? What is
the source and origin of the illness? Will the native encounter a terrible accident that makes him or her struggle
between life and death? This palace may also be scrutinised to find out about an individual's mood, state of mind,
morale, sentiments, feelings. It also pertains to the person's sex life.

财帛 Wealth

- The location of 養命 yǎngmìng = to take good care of one's health; to keep in good repair.

Will the individual have much wealth? Is the person capable of managing finances? What skills does the native
have enabling him or her to earn money? Does the individual have lots of wealth and property luck? What is the
person's attitude and approach to money? Does the person save or squander and waste? What will be the native's
financial resource(s), and will it be steady? Does the person earn money legally, or will he or she take to illicit
means?

子女 Children

- The location of 桃花 táohuā = peach blossom.

This palace discloses how many children the individual will have. Will they behave or be spoilt? What are their
merits and drawbacks? What are the personalities of the children? Do they have literary or artistic talent? Will they
be healthy? Will there be an abortion, or a miscarriage, or the children dying young? Also revealed is the degree of
filial piety.

What with children what is the approach and attitude? Does the person have a strong predestined affinity with his or
her children? Much or insignificant achievements and successes? What happens while the children are growing
up? This palace also unveils information about the state of the native's sex life, and whether he or she is fertile and
of the ability to have children, which will be the more so possible and likely with the presence within of a guiren star
or if Children resides in a peach blossom palace.

... [?].
夫妻 Spouse

- The location of 異性 yìxìng = the opposite sex.

The Spouse palace communicates what are the feelings, emotions and affections between the man and the
woman. How do they get along with each other? What is the personality of the spouse? The fate or chance that
brings people together, is it strong or feeble? What is he spouse's appearance and looks? His or her build and
bodily form? What family background and class origin does the spouse have? Should the native marry early or late
in life? What will be the state and condition of the marriage? Will the spouses be separated in life or in death? What
are the capabilities of the spouse, and his or her development and growth?

... [?]. If the issue is an extramarital affair, the palace opposite the Spouse palace (i.e. the natal Career palace)
should be scrutinised.

兄弟 Siblings

- The location of 眾生 zhòngshēng = all living things; and 床舖 chuángpù = bed.

How many siblings will the individual have? What are the personalities of the siblings? Does the person have
peaceful and harmonious relations with his or her siblings? Do they get along with each other, and in what way?
How do they interact? Is the predestined affinity between siblings strong or weak? What will be the future
accomplishments and developments? Do the siblings help and offer assistance to each other, or do they cut each
other off? ... [?]