Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches study card set


TianGan (Heavenly Stems) and DiZhi (Earthly Branches), commonly abbreviated GanZhi, are a set of 22 ancient Chinese symbols created to codify the patterns of the universe.  This set of study cards is an imaginative and accessible learning tool for practitioners at any level.

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TianGan (Heavenly Stems) and DiZhi (Earthly Branches), commonly abbreviated to GanZhi, originated in the ancient Chinese cosmological sciences and is a complex calendrical system which was created to codify the patterns of life and of the universe itself. The ten symbols of Ganexpress the Yin or Yang perspective of Five Elements and embody the Way of Heaven. The 12 symbols of Zhi, made manifest in the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, hold the root of each Element and embrace the Way of Earth.

This set of study cards beautifully presents the key characteristics of each of the 22 GanZhi symbols, making it a unique learning tool and reference guide. The Chinese character of each Stem or Branch is shown, and for calligraphers and those who want to draw the characters correctly, the stroke order is clearly illustrated on separate cards. This accessible learning tool offers essential information on the fundamental building blocks of all Chinese wisdom traditions. These cards provide a key starting point for the beginning student and offers invaluable information for the seasoned practitioner to deepen their practice.

Essential content when studying:

  • Chinese medicine/classical texts
  • Acupuncture
  • Fengshui
  • Chinese astrology and cosmology (SiZhu 四柱 and BaZi 八字)
  • Daoism
  • Inner cultivation practices (e.g. Qigong/Neigong, Bagua, Taiji)

Companion book available!