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Cixi Gender: F
Empress Dowager Cixi
born on 29 November 1835 at 04:05 (= 04:05 AM )
Place Beijing, China, 39n55, 116e24
Timezone LMT m116e24 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rectified from approx. time
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 05°56' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 25°51 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 00°27'



Powerful and charismatic woman who unofficially but effectively controlled the Manchu Qing Dynasty in China for 47 years, from 1861 to her death in 1908.

Cixi was the daughter of Huizheng, an ordinary official from the Manchu Yehenara clan. Palace archives also show that Huizheng was a member of the Bordered Blue Banner of the Eight Banners, and was working in Beijing during the year of Cixi's birth, indicating that Cixi was born in Beijing.

In 1851 at age 15, Cixi participated in the selection for consorts to the new Emperor Xianfeng alongside sixty other candidates. Cixi was one of the few candidates chosen to stay, and was created Worthy Lady Yi. Among the other chosen candidates were Worth Lady Li of Tatala clan (later Consort Li), Concubine Yun of Wugiya clan, and Concubine Zhen of Niuhuru clan (later Xianfeng's empress consort).

In 1854, Cixi was elevated to Concubine Yi, and in 1855, Cixi became pregnant. On 27 April 1856, she gave birth to Zaichun, the Emperor Xianfeng's only surviving son. Soon afterward, she was elevated to the rank of Consort Yi. In 1857, when her son reached his first birthday, Cixi was elevated to the rank of Noble Consort Yi. This rank placed her second only to the Empress within Xianfeng's harem.

Unlike many other women in the imperial harem, Cixi was known for her ability to read and write Chinese. This granted her ample opportunities to help the ailing emperor in daily state governing. On various occasions, Emperor Xianfeng had Cixi read palace memorials for him, and leave instructions on the memorials according to his will. As a result, Cixi became well-informed about state affairs, and learned the art of state governing from the ailing emperor.

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She died on 15 November 1908, aged 72.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 27 April 1856 (birth of son, later Tongzhi Emperor)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Death of Child 12 January 1875 (of her son, the Tongzhi Emperor, at age 18)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Philippe Lepoivre has 4 am, without naming a source. Sy Scholfield quotes the biography by Hussey Venerable Ancestor: The Life and Times of Tz'u Hsi, with "It was the Hour of the Tiger (four o'clock in the morning)". Scholfield posted a chart on his blog using the stated 4 a.m. time and an ascendant of 29 Libra. (Tz'u Hsi is an older spelling of Pinyin Cíxǐ).

The date was 10th month 10th day of the Chinese imperial calendar, or 29 November 1835. Chinese calendar conversion is possible on the Astrodienst data entry page, if it is used in Chinese. In fact, the hour of the Tiger covers the two hours 03:00 - 05:00 am, resulting in Rodden Rating C due to limited accuracy. The Ascendant ranges from 17° Libra (03:00 am) to 11° Scorpio (05:00 am). We have chosen 4:05 AM for 0° Scorpio rising with Saturn conjunct the Ascendant.


  • Notable : Famous : Royal family