By early Shang times (1600 B.C.), astrology, astronomy, and numerology were already well established as means of divining the will of the gods and of prognosticating natural events such as weather, flood, drought, epidemics, and even political events such as wars and changes in government. Numerological systems in particular had attained incredible complexity. Most of the information about these systems has been lost but some of their symbolism is preserved in jade carvings that have defied the ravages of time.
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