Study trip to China – Case study of Mao Tse Tung’s birthplace

Study trip to China
Case study of Mao Tse Tung’s birthplace

This research could not have been done without my study trip to China. As a member of the group lead by Grand Master we were taken by bus to Mao Tse Tung’s birthplace.

It was clear to me that the visit to the birthplace will give me an opportunity to study the connection between a Feng Shui environment and the BA ZI of a well-known person. Who could be a better subject for this type of study than Mao Tse Tung?  

Nevertheless my planned research was not completed for a long time. The BA ZI chart for the birth date /1893/ was not available in the Northern Hemisphere Ten Thousand Year Calendar. 

The publication of Grand Master’s Southern Hemisphere Ten Thousand Year Calendar made it possible to open the BAZI for the birth date in 1893.

Few data from Mao Tse Tung’s biography

Mao Tse Tung was born on December 26, 1893 one of the most influential and powerful persons in the modern history of China.


Mao Tse Tung’s mausoleum in the Forbidden City Beijing, China


He became the leader and figurehead of the Chinese Revolution.

Coming from simple origins and having studied communist ideology Mao became the head of the Chinese Communist party, as well as its strategist.

During the period (1936-46) he became best known as the creator of the Great Leap Forward (1958-61), an enthusiastic but destructive economic program that caused a widespread starvation in China, leading to the deaths of millions of people.

In the last decade of his life hallmarked him as the ideological mentor of the Cultural Revolution (1966-76) that turned out to be a disruptive and occasionally brutal mass campaign led by Communist party. The decade of the Cultural Revolution is also the period in Chinese history described as one of the strongest personality cults. 

Case Study Mao Tse Tung’s Birthplace    

Mao’s birthplace is situated in Shaoshan-Chong village in Xiangtang Country in Hunan province in Southern China

The name “Shao-shan” in Chinese topography refers to the “Mount Shaoshan”, a well-known area of mountain Dragons in Southern Hunan. “Chong” stand for to a stretch of flatland in a hilly area surrounded by hills on the three sides.

Mount Shaoshan is well known for its beauty as a significant part of the Heng Mountain Dragon. This mountain Dragon stretches over 100 miles and is alive with rich green forests and great fiery peaks.

In the centre of Shaoshan Mount Dragon, there is a spring falling into a huge cavity. This is the famous “water dropping Hole”. About 4,000 years ago it was already recorded in a Chinese geography book.


See the yellow pin that shows Shaoshan with the spring in Hunan Province
(Google Earth picture)

The village has an ideal location benefiting from the surrounding landscape. Not only the Xiang River of Mount Shaoshan feeding the Mountain Dragon but also the two clear streams slowly flowing by the entire area near Shaoshan. The three waters (Dragons) falling into the water hole provide an auspicious meeting of mountain and water. The village inhabitants can have major benefits from its auspicious Feng Shui position.

Feng Shui Observations of Mao Tse Tung’s Birthplace and house


Master Kristina’s own picture

Mao’s birth house

The birth house is leaning against the foot of the hill. The lush green vegetation, trees and bamboos provide protection for the site /Tortoise/. At the far end of the site there is a big hill with gentle slopes also adding to the strength of the Tortoise/site/.


Master Kristina’s own picture

The right wing (White Tiger side) and gardens of the birth house

According to the family history Mao’s grandfather asked the advice of an experienced Feng Shui Master for the design of the house. The structure of the house clearly shows two wings and a Centre Residence Part: The Green Dragon and the White Tiger protect Yellow Dragon in the centre.

The house is located in the cardinal directions: the Site is South*and the facing is North.*
The Tiger side is bigger, stronger, which is on the East side of the property. The Dragon side is shorter weaker. Mao Tse Tung’s bedroom was situated on the Tiger side, so he benefited from the Wood element much desired in his horoscope.

The Inner Ming Tang is wide enough for the first generation, first son. But further down there is a drop by the land. The pond is sloping down and the Qi is rolling down away from the house. It means the second generation son goes away and will not come back to this house.

*at the time of the visit it was not allowed to take Lo Pan measurements on the location for security reasons.


Master Kristina’s own picture

The pond and Inner Ming Tang of the birth house

The pond’s significance in Mao’s Life

The pond itself is about 10,000 square feet in size. It is well known that Mao liked to swim in the pond as a child, almost all year round. His lifetime interest in swimming originated from here. After he became ruler, Mao had a luxurious swimming pool built in front of each of his palaces, including the Forbidden City.

Mao Tse Tung’s parents’ grave

The grave where Mao Tse Tung’s parents are buried shows the following formation; there is a sharp drop in the front as well as in the back. The steep sloping or drop means no support, nothing is holding the energy. The front drops sharply which does not mean good future for the second generation. (Mao Tse Tung and his Children)


Master Kristina’s own picture

Mao Tse Tung’s parents’ grave

Mao's horoscope

The territory is weak.
The timing is wrong. (Yin Fire born in Winter)
The power is strong.

The horoscope is wet and cold.

Using elements: Fire and Wood

Avoid elements: Water and Metal

The Water and Fire elements have not got the right balance in the horoscope. Winter Fire is weak. The Fire person born in Winter needs Fire to warm the chart up. Although there is too much Water in the chart, the birth place is in Southern China which strengthen the Winter Fire. Luckily there is not too much Earth in the chart so it does not drain the Winter Fire. This Fire person has got Wood as the main source of support. Fire is a Yang element as it is always moving upward and it has rising energy. In the chart the Fire has got Wood combination which is always moving upward. This could explain Mao Tse Tung’s lifelong ambition to personal power and leadership.

This study is not concentrated on the full horoscope analysis. The BA ZI chart is used to illustrate the connection between an auspicious Feng Shui environment (Southern China) and its support of the horoscope.

It was noted the Mao when slept, he insisted that his head be pointed towards the East (his name Tung means East in Chinese). It is obvious from his BA ZI that Wood is his supportive element and Wood occupies the direction of East.


The harmony between environment and human as a proof of one of the basic principles in Feng Shui philosophy.

In my view:

a. the three waters and the mountains surrounding the village creating auspicious Feng Shui for the village of Shaoshan-Chong

b. the good Feng Shui of the birth house designed by a Feng Shui Master with the pond

c. Mao’s grandparents and parents living in the ideal Feng Shui environment of Shaoshan-Chong

d. Mao’s birth and childhood upbringing in this auspicious Feng Shui environment

e. Mao’s horoscope as a weak Fire person supported by Wood always moving upward with ambition to personal power

f.  Yin Feng Shui blessing from the ancestors as the grandparents’ (!) grave located in this auspicious natural environment

must have added to and resulted in his becoming a powerful historical and political figure.

His long lasting power as a military leader, party head and still existing influence on modern China today is not a coincidence. It can be rather attributed to the accumulation of the above favorable Feng Shui points in the environment together with the Yin Feng Shui blessings from the ancestors.


Mao Tse Tung’s mausoleum in the Forbidden City Beijing, China

©All photos of the birthplace and text are copyright of the author.

Kristina Neuhauser
BA ZI Master

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