Fuji (wielding the planchette, or spirit writing) was in vogue among Ming-Qing literati, and its influence extended into modern times. Existing studies focus on this popular divination itself or on men's writings related to this practice. This article, instead, explores the poetry and prose of a female writer, Qian Xi, and her writing activities associated with this divination. Qian claims that the spirits she communicated with include several female immortals and her deceased husband. Some of the questions the author explores are: What are the characteristics of Qian's writings? What inspired Qian to participate in spirit writing? What role did this practice play in Qian's life and writing? Regarding the emotions, thoughts, and works of Qian, what types of information can spirit writing and corresponding poetic and prosaic compositions provide? Instead of simplifying and disregarding the ritual of wielding the planchette as bizarre, superstitious, or even mad, the author argues that it played a meaningful role in shaping Qian's literary images and enhancing her literary productivity. More important, Qian Xi's strategies of using spirit writing to stimulate her literary creations was significant in meeting her emotional needs, highlighting her identity as a talented woman, and demonstrating the worth of her very existence.

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