The Chinese Fortune-Telling System - BaZi Method The Chinese Fortune- Telling System BaZi Method By G L Golding . enn nh hl BR we Lend Port Copyright © 2012 G L Golding Edited by CreateSpace Editing Services All rights reserved. [SBN-13: 978-1478334989 ISBN-10: 1478334983 Table of Contents Dedication... cover irenssres ns ns snsenses snes INTRODUCTION tort rt leh ven oe Bete ot THE CHINESE FORTUNE-TELLING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BAZI AND DIFFERENCES OF BAZI TEACHING ....ues ees 24 THE BAZ1 As THE FOUR PILLARS OF INTERPRETATION OF ELEMENTS COMBINATION ve uerensnsnseesrensssennssennssnssneny O THE BAZI STRUCTURE cv cvs sun ens sensor snr snannd 4 The Ten Years Cycles: cori 50 Knowing The 57 Stem And Branch.........cccoeieiniiiinnnns 52 Analyzing A Bazi Chart.............ccoev.e. 57 Characteristics Of Different Day EE ES Eo po fr Be 9 EE TO 60 Twelve Earthly Branches................... 71 How To Check Bazi.........ccccoecoveveuninne 12 Bazi And Family Members..........c...... 72 THE CHINESE CALENDAR 55 svssivses esis anaineaisssinssinsissiaass 4 © Chinese Lunar-Solar Time And The 5 [6101 GT 81 How To Find The Ten Year Luck CYL. uremic senmnrsrenansnssns canmnssnnesssunens 95 Strong Master Versus Weak aS re oa eee es faon ne 98 THE TEN £70) 3 1 J I | Xo Ten God DetailS.....ccoevvmeeeiviieceeinnas 109 COMBINATION & CLASH... .ceveesersnersssses 146 Clashesiin Bazic =o i572 CASE STUDY eee eee srnnssensnersnn sus srnmnensnes 1 D4: | 24 2007 0210) | SX) ———— | | V4 References. .....cccccverinsnesesnsnassnn nes 168 When we talk about fortune-telling, people usually classify it as a divine or superstitious idea. For those who have not studied the Chinese Fortune- telling system in depth, perhaps this is the case. But today, many scientists and philosophers accept the possibility of the existence on a predetermined or “mapped” individual life path— fate in advance. Researchers are now about to prove that the relationships between our fate are defined by nature, that is, a combination of the time, day, and year of our birth. And most importantly, by studying the BaZi method, one of the most historically proven Chinese fortune-telling systems, you will soon be able to understand and realize that the practice is not a form of superstition. Learning the principles and logic of the system could be a key for you to unlock your inner potential and to decode your life. This book will allow you to acquire the mystery of the Chinese fortune-telling system that has always been secretly and mysteriously related to people's destiny and life. In life, we are consistently in doubt and often encounter times when things seem to go wrong and there is nothing we can do about it. There are a few main reasons that people seek fortune-telling: because they are lost, indecisive, conflicted, or wonder about what lies ahead of them. We always hear about people saying success depends on your luck. Even the famous Donald Trump said, “Everything in life is luck.” Luck is the ingredient of someone’s success. So this will lead us to the question: Do I have the luck? We all know that luck, be it good or bad, occurs beyond one's control, without regard to one's will, intention, or desired result. The partial reason that fortune-telling has become most popular is because many people want to know their fate. Indeed in the concept of Chinese fortune-telling, there is a belief that our life is predetermined and we all have our own destiny. Everyone comes to this world with a purpose, we are all unique in our own ways, and everyone is better at certain things than others. Some people come for fortune-telling because they feel a sense ol uncertainty or insecurity or are perhaps unsatisfied with their present situation. The right attitude of seeking answers about your life is to accept that: 1. All things come with good or bad. Nobody will have a perfect life. Even most of the rich and famous people we hear about have suffered when they were young. 2. When we change our heart and thoughts, we change everything. 3. Outstanding is good, but being ordinary is great. According to Wikipedia, Chinese fortune-telling is the practice of predicting, interpreting, and understanding a person's life. For many years, there were a few misconceptions of Chinese fortune- telling. It was known as a form of superstition, a type of religion that was unsustainable because it usually invoked deities or spirits. The study of the ancient Chinese fortune-telling system of BaZi, however, is a process of gathering one person's information and further analyzing it to form a detailed report of that person based on the day, time, and year that he was born. Using a specific formula, it provides information about a person's personality, interests, abilities, career, and wealth. For a master who practiced Chinese fortune-telling back many years ago in China, it is a form of science taught from the oldest beliefs of their ancestors. During that time, many emperors in China recruited the best masters to help them make special decisions. Historically, the components that make up those life studies involve I Ching, which deals with the five elements, the outcome of sun and earth, known as horoscopes. Recently, BaZi and I Ching have been adopted as methods of fortune-telling. It started to draw attention to the world, including the Western countries. Nevertheless, the practice of fortune-telling is not an outdated custom It is a way for many traditional Asian families to continue with their beliefs. It has indeed proven that the popularity of fortune-telling has spread widely not only within China but also Japan, India, and many countries. In this book, we are going to learn about BaZi, derived from the influence of I Ching, a method of interpreting a person's life, fate, and BaZi (also known as the Four Pillars of Destiny) was taught by Xu ZiPing (#& +) from The Scholarly School begun during the Song dynasty. It emphasizes interpreting our life journey by code, a secret code that each of us owns. It is believed that everyone has their own code from the day they are born, a birth code that they belong to. And these codes could help you understand the relationship between your ability, interests, and paths that you choose. Many researchers further consider that luck or destiny is also deeply affected by the environment, place, and people we encountered in our life. When two persons share the same birth day, they might have a different life or circumstance due to the environment and people surrounding them. This is why each of us has our own life, making us all unique. We cannot assume that the same birthday will have the same fate, luck, or life. So why do we bother to find out? According to the book of Tao, the code of your life is the key to your life. Finding out your BaZi life chart could help you understand your inner strength and weakness. Having the key of your life could allow you to release that inner strength so that you might know and utilize it. At the same time, you could also change the ways to make things work for a better outcome. So is interpreting life's code a superstitious approach? As the great Tao master said, “A great man should know his life, but not be mastered by his fate.” So, there is really no harm knowing one’s fate. But he should learn not to just listen to what was told and allow fate to manipulate. The philosophy and idea is to always try your best, and the results are up to heaven (or the God that you believe in) to decide. BaZi, in Chinese, is translated as Eight Characters; it also has another name known as The Four Pillars of Destiny. Although there are only eight characters in a BaZi chart, the character of the relationship is complex because it integrates with the combination of the yin and yang, the Five Elements, and Lunar mathematical theory. It has been regarded as China's important traditional astrology. There are many schools that carry out the studies of BaZi; each has its own method of interpreting it. But for all means of practices, the BaZi basic theory includes yin and yang, the Lunar, horoscopes, numerology, etc. The ancient theories of the BaZi and elements has spread widely since the olden days. Researchers and followers today continue to investigate and study the ancient theories. In fact, there are no unified understandings since the old theories have been passed on with many changes and improvisation, which have resulted in a large variety of theories available. This has made it extremely difficult to learn and has also, in some way, contributed to the failure and accuracy of the prediction. The Chinese, in ancient times, used information obtained from a person's BaZi to find symbols and direction for their future undertakings and decision making. The emperors of many dynasties hired the most skillful masters to help them predict things. Commoners used BaZi and feng shui to learn how to improve their lives. They created a model of human quality of life that depends on three main factors: Heaven Luck, Earth Luck, and Man Luck. The three main factors are determined in the following ways: Heaven Luck - The Heaven Luck is your pre-destined plan that heaven has for you. This is an uncontrollable factor. Earth Luck - The Earth Luck is the place that you are born, which impacts your life and decisions you make. You can change it by applying feng shui or sometimes by moving to a new environment. Man Luck - The Man Luck is the aspect of your work, education, and relationships. At some point you get to decide the things you want, and all of these decisions will impact your life. BaZi, or the Four Pillars of Destiny, is a Chinese conceptual term that describes the four components creating a person's fate or destiny. You can consider this as a map of one life journey. Be it good or bad, people do not have a choice about the path that was given to them. The four components within the moment of birth are year, month, day, and time (hour). Because the four pillars is so relevant, the concept is also used as a form of component for other methods of fortune-telling practices, such as zi wei dou shu (EMCEE) within the realm of Chinese astrology. First we introduce the concept of The Five Elements and The Eight Characters that are used to interpret one's life and fate. The Five Elements, also known as Wu Xing (1.17), consists of: x Fire N Huo Earth fu Tu Metal & Jin Water |7K Shui Fig 1.1 The Five Elements is an ancient Chinese concept that is widely used in philosophy and Chinese medicine. It's the relationship between nature and the rise and fall of the Five Elements. Nature changes not only affect the fate of the people but also make everything in the universe loop endlessly. The principle of five phases describes two cycles of interactions between the phases: a generating or creation cycle, known as “mother-son,” and an overcoming or destruction cycle, known as “grandfather-nephew.” Generating The five elements are usually used to describe the state in nature: Wood/Spring: a period of growth, which generates abundant wood and vitality. Fire/Summer: a period of heat, which supports the fire and energy. Metal/Autumn: a period of fruition, which harvests crops and bears fruit. Water/Winter: a period of retreat, where things are silent and still. Generate/Create (this cycle might also be called “beget” or “engender.” Wood feeds Fire; Fire creates Earth (ash); Earth bears Metal; Metal carries Water (as in a bucket or tap, or water condenses on metal); Water nourishes Wood. Destruct/Overcome (This cycle might also be called “control” or “restrain.”) Wood parts Earth (such as roots; or trees can prevent soil erosion); Metal chops Wood; Fire melts Metal; Water quenches Fire; Earth dams (or muddies or absorbs) Water. Refer to Figure 1.2, which reflects the relationship between different elements. Five Elements Generate: Gold -»Water Water - Wood Wood — Fire Fire — Soil Soil -» Gold. Five Elements Destruct: Metal >< Wood Wood >< Earth Earth >< Water Water >< Fire Fire >< Metal. To understand how the BaZi is being structured, we first need to follow a formula and arrangement for each of the characters in a specific format. The format of BaZi is structured with 4 Heavenly Stems and 4 Earthly Branches. We will examine each of these in later chapters. To arrange your life palm, or BaZi, you will also need a Chinese Thousand Years calendar. You will refer to this tool for the dates of the elements you belong to according to the specific day that you were born. Alternatively, I have created online software that aims to help readers arrange their BaZi. Feel free to try it out! As a beginner, relying on a computer is not a bad idea for a quick start. Ultimately, it is the objective of this book to help readers understand the basic structure and concept of BaZi and how it is accountable when used with the historical books and information passed down by our ancestors. [f you have never learned the eight characters, or BaZi, it is essential that you must first understand the five elements nature. You will notice as soon as you start to plot your BaZi that each element has a relationship with all the others. We use the outcome of these combinations to interpret how it impacts our lives. First we start with the easiest way to render the character of the heavenly stems and to understand the interactive relationship of the Five Elements represented to each word in the Earthly Branches. Hour | Day Month | Year Ten Current iE Master | BH 4E Years | year /|» FES KE | Your | Yourself | Parents | Grand- Child parents Spouse Fig 2.1 These columns represent: 1. The Hour that we were born 2. The Day that you were born 3. The Month that you were born 4. The Year that you were born 5. The Ten Years Period, which provides information about your ten years luck indicator 6. The Current Year Period, which provides information about your year luck indicator for a particular year Each of the pillars also represents the relationships between your grandparents, parents, spouse, and your child. In brief, the BaZi obtains all the information that actually derives from us. Completed BaZi Chart A complete BaZi consists of the following: 1. The eight characters (J\F) of BaZi or Four Pillars of Destiny. 2. Early childhood luck period or “Tong xian” (FER). 3. Decade (10 years) luck period or “Ta Yun” (Xi) luck. 4, The yearly luck. The BaZi, or Chinese Four Pillars of Destiny, is a branch of study of Chinese metaphysical science. The Four Pillars Chart is derived from the date of birth of a person using the Chinese Lunar-Solar Calendar. By formulating the BaZi chart, we can use it to study the characteristics of an individual and their fate and luck. The relationships interact between the individual and the surrounding environment. Within a BaZi Chart, the Day Master is considered the most important element, which represents yourself. The quality of the Day Master will determine (by year or each ten years) the outcome of your fate and luck. And the people who have the same cycle of the luck for Strong Day Master versus a Weak Day Master are totally the opposite. The Ten Years Cycle (FE) This represents the luck period of an individual. It changes every ten years. By using the BaZi's ten years luck cycle, we could further interpret and analyze an individual's future luck of each period of ten years or more. A person’s BaZi chart includes a reading of his/her Health, Wealth, and Relationship. The ten years luck cycle can be good or bad depending on its relationship (destroy or embrace) with the Day Master. The Four Pillars chart can also forecast the strength and weakness in our destiny, which represents the ups and downs of life, by comparing the interaction of the Four Pillars chart with the Ten-Year Luck Pillars. Knowing the elementsStem The structure of BaZi: and Branch (RTH) Ten Heavenly Stems (+X) : FH (jia) The above four characters in the chart . Zi (yi) are the Stem (CK1), or “tian kan.” The A (bing) 7 (ding) below four characters are the Branch i (Hi), or “de zi.” 2 Gn BE (géng) Day Master (H 7t) * (xin) T (rén) The Day Master ( FH 7t), or “Ri Yuen,” is 2 (aul) the day stem. This represents our self Twelve Earthly Branches (+ #137) element. The strength of this Day ; Master is the most important part of SN the chart as it indicates your favorable 1 (chéu) stars and unfavorable stars. #1 (y in) gi (mao) f= (chén) =| (s1) Fo (wl) # (wei) i (shen) BE (you) 2 (xa) % (hai) There are Ten Heavenly Stems (Fig 2.2) and Twelve Earthly Branches (Fig 2.3). They have either (-)Yin or (+)Yang properties as well as an elemental property of the Five Elements as shown in the table below. Ten Heavenly Stems Jia |(+)Yang [Wood Yi Z, (-)Yin Wood Bing A |(+)Yang |Fire Ding T [{(-)Yin Fire Wu [X |[(+)Yang |Earth Jig |Yin |Earh Geng EE |(+)Yang |Metal Xin % |(¥in [Metal Ren + [|(+)}Yang [Water Gui & |(-)Yin [Water Twelve Earthly Branches Water : Rat (Yin Earth Ox (+)Yang [Wood Tiger (Yin [Wood abbit (+)Yang [Earth Dragon 8) Fire Snake Fire Horse Earth Goat Metal onkey Metal ooster Xu 7X. (+)Yang Earth Dog Hai % [C7 [Water ig Analyzing a BaZi Chart Earlier on, we mentioned the Ten Heavenly Stems and Twelve Earthly Branches characters that make up a BaZi chart. Once we have the chart done, we are now ready to delve deeper into what each of the elements means pertaining to the information about a person. Ten Heavenly Stems The Ten Heavenly Stems and the Twelve Earthly Branches are a “must know” if you are to practice BaZi reading. The reason for this is that each of the characters represented by the Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches allows us to analyze in- depth and gain a better understanding about a person's character, potential, and destiny with the elements that appear on his/her BaZi Chart. The Heavenly Stem of your day of birth is referred to as the “Day Master.” Your Day Master represents your nature, characteristics, behavior, and even your appearance. All the elements that surround it will impact you in either a bad or good way. Characteristics of Different Day Masters Jia (FF) - (+)Yang Wood Jia Wood Day Masters are commonly steady, outspoken, and righteous with strong willpower. The Wood Masters are intelligent and artistic. They also tend to be conservative and reluctant to make changes. Characteristics Steady, Strong Willpower, Outspoken, Righteous, Intelligent, Artistic, Morals, Reputation, Responsible, Honorable, Sympathize, Willing to Help Others, Stubborn, Unable to Compromise, Not as Quick-Witted, Unable to Adapt to Changes. Yi (4) - (-)Yin Wood Unlike the Jia Wood people, the Yi Wood people are defined by their flexibility and adaptability. A Yi Wood person has the ability to adapt to changes quickly and is able to avoid trouble by doing so. Sometimes they tend to change their minds quickly and can be difficult to keep up with them. Characteristics Sensitive, Quick-Witted, Adaptability, Modest, Meticulous, Flexible, Realistic, Timid, Dependent, Creative. Bing (IN) - (+)Yang Fire Bing Fire types are usually generous and open. They can be vibrant, vivacious, gloomy. They can be poor when it comes to expressing their feelings. Bing Fire people are generally sincere, upright, and noble. They are sentimental, charitable, and usually passionate about a cause, a belief, or a principle. Characteristics Open, Generous, Warmth, Passion, Enthusiasm, Leadership Qualities, Straightforward, Amiable, Bighearted, Energetic, Enthusiasm, Reckless, Impatient, Self-opinionated, Mood Swings, Conceited. Ding (1) - (-)Yin Fire Ding Fire people are careful and meticulous. Sometimes, they are quite fickle minded. Ding Fire people usually are good leaders or businesspeople because of their detail-oriented, calculative, and sentimental characteristics. Characteristics Conservative, Courteous, Passionate, Quiet, Warm, High Tolerance Levels, Attentive, Careful and Cautious, Thoughtful to Their Loved Ones, Protective Attentive to Details. Wu (JX) - (+)Yang Earth Wu Earth Day Masters are almost always steady, reliable, and trustworthy. Wu types, however, tend to be too stubborn and inflexible. Characteristics Trustworthy, Optimistic, Open- Minded, Steady, Carefree, Strict, Honest, Stability, Slow, Stubborn, Willful, Self-Centered. Ji (E) - (-)Yin Earth Ji Earth people are very productive and resourceful. Ji Earth Day Masters are usually kind and are people you can rely on. Ji Earth people are always understanding and able to accept others. Sometime they lack adaptability and are unable to make quick decisions. Characteristics Understanding, Versatile, Steady, Kind, Hardworking, Flexible, High Adaptability, Unfocused, Compromise Easily. Geng (Bt) - (+)Yang Metal Geng Metal represents the axe or sword. They are tough and able to tolerate hardship and withstand difficulties. Geng Metal people value friendship, and they can be great leaders with their strong characters. But sometimes they can be inflexible and too impulsive when making decisions. Characteristic Strong, Sharp, Determined, Straightforward, Strong-willed, Enthusiasm, Determination, Cleanliness, Strong Sense of Justice, Chivalrous Heart, Stubborn, Careless Xin (3%) - (-)Yin Metal Xin Metal represents Gold. The Xin Day Master usually loves being in the spotlight. Xin Metal people are quite sentimental but can sometimes be annoying due to their craving for attention. Characteristics Sensitive, Unique Opinions, Approachable, Helpful, Sharp, Quick, Attractive, Sociable, Self-Respect, Indulge in Vanity, Willful, Stubborn. Ren (FE) - (+)Yang Water Ren Water represents water of the sea or river. The Ren Water Day Masters are adaptive, intelligent, and always seem to be on the move. They are, however, often rebellious and dislike being made to settle down. Characteristics Enthusiasm, Sociable, Adaptable, Clever, Intelligent, Inspiring Leadership Qualities, Willful, Lazy, Carefree. Gui (2) - (-)Yin Water Gui Water represents rain or stream water. The Gui Water people are introverts and are good at imaginative and creative thinking. The Gui Water people can be very weak when it comes to managing their feelings and may engage too much in negative thinking. Characteristics Steady, Peaceful, Diligent, Hardworking, Endurance, Introvert Personality, Cleanliness, Honest, Down to Earth, Nervous, Innocent, Sensitive, Pessimistic, Negative Thoughts. Twelve Earthly Branches How to Check BaZi BaZi and Family Members In your BaZi, your career, love, and family information can be interpreted in the following way: Hour Day Month year 45 Ten |Current gs: Master |g ears Year /|\& AE RHE our [Yourself |Parents|Grandparents Child Spouse Fig 3.1 Fig 3.1: You can see in the BaZi (Four Pillar of Destiny) that each of the pillars represents a person or your family members. The BaZi uses the elements to further analyze the relationships between these members in your life. Believe it or not, it is usually able to achieve 80 percent accuracy! Eight characters and the elements tend to unite as the basis of numerology, or fortune. The five elements is an ancient Chinese concept of a substance. For philosophy, Chinese medicine, and divination, this refers to the five elements: metal, wood, water, fire, earth. That nature consists of five elements with the rise and fall of the five elements, and nature-produced changes not only affect the fate of the people but also make everything in the universe an endless loop. Today, the use of the Chinese calendar is relevant for some East Asian holidays, such as the Chinese New Year, the Duan Wu festival, and the Mid-Autumn Festival. In astrology, it is used to choose the most auspicious date for a wedding or the opening of a business. In China, the traditional calendar is known as the “agricultural calendar” (2% /4[7) while the Gregorian calendar is known as the “common calendar” (&J&//A[F), or “yang calendar” (f2/& /FH[7). For more than two thousand years, since the time of Emperor Wu of Han, the month containing the winter solstice has almost always been the eleventh month. (This means the new year starts on the second new moon after the winter solstice unless there is an eleventh or twelfth intercalary month, in which case it starts on the third new moon). The Chinese system of timekeeping is based on the Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches. There are Ten Heavenly Stems and Twelve Earthly Branches. They have either yin or yang properties as well as an elemental property of the Five Elements. The stems combine with the branches in a sequence shown below to form a cycle of sixty combinations known as the “Sixty Jia Zi.” Refer to Fig 4.1 for The Sixty Jia Zi Table. Fig 3.2 - The relationship between the stem of the year and the stem of the month. Fig 3.3 - The relationship between the stem of the day and the stem of the hour. Wh | J Geng! Xin | Ren | Gui l Jia | Yi | Bing | Ding | Wu | Ji Geng | Xin | Ren | Gui | Jia Yi Bing | Ding | Wu Ji | Geng | Xin Ren | Gui | Jia Yi | Bing | Ding | Wu Ji | Geng] Xin | Ren | Gu Chinese Lunar-Solar Time and the Hour In Chinese astrology, BaZi (Four Pillars of Destiny) relies on the comparison of the Chinese Lunar- Solar Time to determine the related hours, day, month, and years for the BaZi chart. Hence, it is a very important step for building a BaZi chart. Without it, or even with the wrong information, it will not be possible to achieve the mission of decoding BaZi. As the basic guideline for the reader who is keen on reading BaZi as a profession, the basic components of the BaZi of the Ten Heavenly Stem and the Twelve Earthly Branches are important items that one needs to memorize. For both BaZi and feng shui, the Twelve Earthly Branches are used to represent the year, month, day, and hour, whereas the Ten Heavenly Stems are used to represent different elements that you have learned in earlier chapters. The Heavenly Stems and the Earthly Branches are the codes with characteristics representing the different five elements. It could also be used to represent times, places, directions, animal zodiac signs, and so on. Plotting BaZi Chart - Year Pillar The process of plotting a BaZi chart will involve using a Chinese Thousand Year calendar for finding the Day Master. Referring to the Chinese Thousand Year can be hard for beginners. Although the Chinese Thousand Year Calendar is used widely in Asian countries, they are mostly only available in Chinese or Japanese languages. And therefore, I have created an online calculator to help you get started with your BaZi chart. In your BaZi chart, the months, days, and hours that are used are derived from the Heavenly Stems and the Earthly Branches. First thing we will need to obtain is the date of birth, hour of birth, and the gender of the person whose BaZi chart we want to plot. This is the essential information required. The date of birth is according to the date as indicated on your birth certificate and not the Lunar Calendar. For example, we want to plot a BaZi chart of a person born on October 20, 1981. First, we draw a table as follows: Hour [Day Month A |Yearff (Master) 8 =) The pillar for the hour, day, month, and year is based on the combination of Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches, known as Sixty Jia Zi (FH). You can infer that the Sixty Jia Zi is made up of tables of different Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches. Each component runs in sequential order to pair up with one another throughout the sequence, which eventually makes up the entire table. The Heavenly Stems (+X) consists of the following: Ho (jia) Z (yi) Pi (bing) T (ding) 7% (win) 2 Gi) BE (géng) 3 (xin) + (rén) % (gui) The Earthly Branches (+ _#1%) consists of the following: (zi) (chou) (yin) (mio) (chén) (si) (wit) (wei) (shen) (you) (x11) Z% (hai) SFE EH FON SHH Hence, to obtain a pillar of the Sixty Jia Zi, we combine the Heavenly Stems and the Earthly Branches to get the table as shown on Fig 4.1. The sequence of the Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches continues to run until it reaches Gui-Hai (%$X%), the sixtieth pillar, and the sequence restarts from the first pillar again. It is called Sixty Jia Zi because it starts from the Jia Zi pillar and it has sixty pillars. Fig 4.1 The Sixty Jia Zi Table Yi Jia¥in Gui-Chou Ren-Zi The Time Chart The time chart for BaZi refers to the different Earthly Branches, which is associated with a different set of timing. Twelve Earthly Branches (+H) Timing - (Zi) 23-1 [l- (Chou) 1-3 i (Yin) 3-5 Ji (Mao) 5-7 Jie (Chen) 7-9 2 (Si) 9-11 I+ (Wu) 11-13 F (Wei) 2. Month of October is J% 13-15 Sh = ER Be 3. Day of the 20th is FE PH (You) .7=i 4. Time at 10:00 a.m. is %X[. x (Xu) 19-21 : % (Hai) (Refer to the Stem of the Hour 21-23 Table to find the first letter, How to Plaga Baz) then refer to the Twelve To plot the year pillar of the natal Earthly Branches chart for the chart, we find the Sixty Jia Zi pillar for second letter.) the year 1981. Using the Chinese Thousand Year Calendar, we find: Finally, the BaZi chart for birth day on October 20, 1981, at 10:00 a.m. should 1. The year 1981 pillar is =P look like this: Hour &f Day (Master)H | Month f | Year (¥) % gui 2 xin Kwu 2 %in Es 7 wei Fi xu BH you ak £10 2 04 1 Refer to the Chinese Thousand Year Calendar to plot a BaZi Chart. How to Find the Ten Year Luck Cycle By referring to the month pillar on the individual BaZi chart, you will be able to determine the next ten years cycle on the chart. This consists of: 1. Determining the order 2. Calculating when the cycle starts based on your birth The rules are: Forward-Left-to-Right: Yang Male Day-Master/ Yin Female Day- Master Reverse-Right-to-Left: Yin Male Day-Master/ Yang Female Day- Master Heavenly Stems (+XF): Tding|@bing|Zyi 1¥ja_ 1Zqui FEren [xin {Bgen {24 [wu 1988] 1998] 2008] 2018] 2028] 2038] 2048] 2058] 2068] 2078 Branches (+ Hh) : Byou |mshen|mwel |Fwu JES IRChen|Gimac [Ein |Rchou Ez 1088] 1998] 2008] 2018] 2028] 2038] 2048] 2058] 2068] 2078] 1. Use the table below to find the next character element that is next/before your month pillar and write it down by following the rule sequence. 2. To determine when the luck cycle starts, we use the day of birth minus the next Lunar- Solar Calendar season transition day and divide this by three. Then we round up from the results to determine the actual year that the first pillar should start. For example: October, 20 1981- 10:00 a.m. October 20 - October 9 = 13 days 13 days / 3 = 4.3. After rounding-up, his luck-cycle starts at four years old. Strong Master versus Weak Master As mentioned earlier, the behavior and good elements found for a Strong Day Master work entire differently as a Weak Master. We shall start by applying the Strong or Weak Day Master Season Table to determine its relationship to the BaZi chart. Often, some practice BaZi by simply referring to the season of the month to determine a Strong or Weak Day Master. But due to the complication of the four pillar structure, the relationship between the rest of the elements within the pillars will also impact the strength of the Day Master. Hence, it is not sufficient to compare the element of the Day Master with the season that one was born in. A more detailed method will be sometimes required for BaZi. You will later notice it requires a lot of practice to be able to judge the complicated BaZi of one person. A good way to your BaZi: http: // Visit the following website to generate Fig 4.2 The Strong or Weak Day Master Season Table time. and start building your skills over start is to refer to the BaZi software Siang je Using the Strong or Weak Day Master to Determine One's Favor Elements Once you have found out the sign of the Day Master, the next step will allow you to find out the favor elements that will strengthen or weaken a Day Master. It is important because it will allow you to realize the quality of a person's BaZi and his/her information. Strong Day Master ° Likes - Wealth Element/Seven Killings/Eating God . Dislikes - Resource Element/Friend Element Weak Day Master . Likes = Resource Element/Friend Element . Dislikes - Wealth Elements /Seven Killings/Eating God Moving on to the next chapter, we will discuss the characteristics of the elements in a BaZi on Ten Gods to help you understand the different ways it behaves for a Strong or Weak Day Master. The Ten Gods, sometimes known as Ten Deities, is the representative of an element that appears in the BaZi. The information is technically information derived from the birth date/hour/month/year of a person. To determine a Ten God in a BaZi is not as hard as interpreting them. The Ten Gods Details section below makes it easy for you to reference. Please also note that the term “Gods” is just a name; it is statistical in nature and does not represent anything religious. The naming of the BaZi elements sometimes can be misleading or confusing, but it generally is only meant for identification purposes. Different people may have a different understanding of the wording, so the translations can sometimes be very confusing. The translated terms should not influence the perception of the readers and students. The Ten God Table Master 1. 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Disadvantages of the Direct Star When the Direct Star itself is strong or has destroyed the harmony of the BaZi, it will exhibit a shortcoming such as inflexible, stiff, rigid, cautious, legalistic, , always worried about everything, does not trust, and indecisive. They often miss good opportunities in their life. Suitable for Industry Best to engage in politics, public officials, government agencies, legal, judicial, company executives and so on with the nature of the administration or management of the industry. The Seven Killing Officer ({R'E) For a male, it represents his daughter. For female BaZi, the appearance of it represents her lover. Characteristics of the Seven Killing Star The Seven Killing Star represents authority, rebel forces, extreme and adventurous, courageous and brave. But also self-willed, , wanton, fiery impatience, arbitrary, adventurous,. It also represents lack of consideration, which often results in loneliness and helpless situations. Advantages of the Seven Killing Star When the Direct Star is not being destroyed by any element in a person’s BaZi, the person will be able to exhibit its advantages, such as courage, good intuitive judgment, high-spirited, and able to overcome difficult challenges with their revolutionary spirit and rebellious character. Most with the good Seven Killing Star have excellent talents in governing, making them great leaders. Disadvantages the Seven Killing Star When the Direct Star itself is strong or has destroyed the harmony of the BaZi, it will exhibit a shortcoming, such as extreme rebellion, and bring troubles. It will make a person feel lonely and helpless, revengeful, and often dissatisfied with the reality of situations, with many ups and downs in their career path. The Seven Killing Star will usually act impulsively or recklessly, which is suitable for engaging in demanding work. Suitable for Industry Best engage in military, police, athletes, surgeons, marketing director, reporter, detective, and other difficult and highly challenging work. The Direct Resource Star (IEF) Direct Resource Star is the kind star. It represents the mother of a male or female BaZi. Characteristics of the Direct Resource Star Direct Resource Star represents the credibility and knowledge, which implies power. It is a symbol of good qualification, gentle, elegant, kind, attention to spiritual life, outgoing and also good luck, longevity, and prosperity. If a Direct Star appears on the same column or is a close neighbor in a person's BaZi, the positive will be strengthened and become more apparent. Advantages of the Direct Resource Star When the Direct Star is not being destroyed by any element in a person’s BaZi, the person will be able to exhibit its advantage, such as being smart, elegant, kind, and attain learning to enrich themselves. They are usually people who are elegant, able to self-motivate, with a noble character, enjoy pursuing new knowledge and gaining people’s trust in them. Disadvantages of the Direct Resource Star When the Direct Star itself is strong or has destroyed the harmony of the BaZi, it will exhibit the shortcoming, such as too dependent, develop lazy habits, always reluctant to themselves, easily detached from reality. Suitable for Industry Should be engaged in cultural, educational, academic, religious, charitable, and other industries that have need of love and care. Indirect Resource Star (fH) Indirect Resource Star can be considered as the stepmother for both male and female. If there is no Direct Resource Star found in a person's BaZi, it can then be referred to as the mother. Characteristics of the Indirect Resource Star Indirect Resource Star represents talent and knowledge. Although its nature is different from the Direct Resource Star, the Indirect Resource Star has an excellent ability to comprehend thinking but in a rather unusual approach. They like fantasy and have creativity, design, and planning talent. They do not practice in the general way of thinking. Their unique form of new ideas and creativity are engaged in research work, and, therefore, the Indirect Resource Star is a symbol of creativity. The Indirect Resource Star people usually are attached to fantasy and have a shortcoming of not being realistic. They do not enjoy being sociable or with a crowd, and they can be indecisive and often in a dilemma. Advantages of the Indirect Resource Star When the Direct Star is not being destroyed by any element in a person’s BaZi, the person will be able to exhibit its advantage, such as thinking delicately, witty, sensitive, high morals, insightful, and creative. They are superb in unique thinking and are able to approach things with different techniques. But often feel insecure. They have a unique form of thinking, which makes them good at development of new planning and design, and are creative with products, technology, or methods. Disadvantages of the Indirect Resource Star When the Direct Star itself is strong or has destroyed the harmony of the BaZi, it will exhibit the shortcoming, such as paranoid, extraordinarily weird, living alone or having a poor community life, as they do not like to socialize. They lack patience. Self- centered and like to ignore the opinions of others. Suitable for Industry Best to engage in specialized or professional aspects. An occupation that could highlight individual performance, such as research, invention, design, creation, science and technology, martial arts, performing arts, marketing, direct marketing, advertising, models, **** stars and other special industries. Direct Wealth Star (IEE?) Direct Wealth Star represents a wife in a male BaZi. In a female BaZi or for a male who does not have an Indirect Wealth Star, it represents a father. Characteristics of the Direct Wealth Star The Direct Wealth Star represents uprightness, righteousness, and hard work. Therefore it is a symbol of prudent fiscal integrity. The Direct Wealth Star can distinguish clearly between right and wrong, diligence and frugality. They are endowed with the gift of good financial management skills and usually are able to accumulate wealth. If there is a “Food God” located next to or close neighbors with the Direct Wealth star, the positive power will be strengthened to make them become rich. Advantages of the Direct Wealth Star When the Direct Star is not being destroyed by any element in a person's BaZi, the person will be able to exhibit its advantage, such as hard- working, upright, and righteous, and they usually have strong family values. They have good economic concepts to make them good executives. Disadvantages of the Direct Wealth Star When the Direct Star itself is strong or has destroyed the harmony of the BaZi, it will exhibit the shortcoming, such as turning into a miser. They can be ruthless to friends and relatives, especially to those who need help and support. They lack the courage to pursue change or unable to break through in life. Suitable for Industry Best to engage in sectors such as finance, financial, business, store, shop, accounting, and financial management. Indirect Wealth Officer (Rt) Indirect Wealth Officer star represents the father for the BaZis of both men and women. For a male BaZi, it can also sometimes represent their lovers. Characteristics of the Indirect Wealth Officer Star Indirect Wealth Officer star represents heroic and generous, capable, fame and fortune, helpful and romantic. People with this star usually gain popularity easily, especially the female, and are very sociable, have good financial know-how and vitality to overcome problems that come to their lives. Advantages of the Indirect Wealth Officer Star When the Direct Star is not being: destroyed by any element in a person's BaZi, the person will be able to exhibit its advantage, such as able to create opportunities for themselves, able to seize the opportunity to earn money, or manage to get things done neat and quickly and without being dragged. They have great energy, business acumen, quick wit, generosity, and are passionate, courageous, optimistic, and enterprising, and are not afraid of setbacks. Disadvantages of the Indirect Wealth Officer Star When the Direct Star itself is strong or has destroyed the harmony of the BaZi, it will exhibit the shortcoming, such as being too generous, lack of financial management sense, wasteful, extravagant spending. For male or female, it can sometimes represent too many affairs that affect their marriage. Suitable for Industry Best to engage in commercial activities, such as business, trade, factories, investment, stocks, securities, and other high-risk activities. The Cooking God Star (&71#) The Cooking God star is the star of passion. In a female BaZi, it represents her daughter. To a male BaZi, it represents the peace and inactive. Characteristics of the Cooking God The Cooking God represents a person’s hidden talent, conservative, cheerful, stable life, smart, and self- sufficient. Advantages of the Cooking God When the Direct Star is not being destroyed by any element in a person's BaZi, the person will be able to exhibit its advantage, such as cheerful, clever, delicate, focusing on the lifestyle, emotional, and good prosperity. The Disadvantages of the Cooking God When the Direct Star itself is strong or has destroyed the harmony of the BaZi, it will exhibit the shortcoming, such as pretentiousness, emptiness, and sometimes unable to vent their inner feelings. Suitable for Industry Best to engage in industries such as services, diplomacy, public relations, business, hospitality, teaching, and technology. The Injured Officer Star ({£'E) The Injured Officer is a Talent Star, which represents the son in a female BaZi. For a male BaZi, it represents the abilities. Characteristics of the Injured Officer The Injured Officer represents that a person has outstanding talent, business sense, smart, and intelligent. Advantages of the Injured Officer When the Direct Star is not being destroyed by any element in a person’s BaZi, the person will be able to exhibit its advantage, such as talent, versatile, appearance, and intellectual, clever, able to create wealth, lofty ideals, desire, ambition, and leadership. Disadvantages of the Injured officer When the Direct Star itself is strong or has destroyed the harmony of the BaZi, it will exhibit the shortcoming, such as self-centered, ruthless, stubborn, and unable to accept others’ advice. They tend to be unfocused and often make things beyond their ability, which leads to failure. Suitable for Industry Best to engage in the industry of literature, art, philosophy, attentive, and sentimental industries, such as artists, musicians, writers, performing arts, script writing. The Friend Star (ttJE) The Friend Star represents siblings or friends for the BaZis of both males and females. Characteristics of the Friend Star The Friend Star stands for “Shoulder” in Chinese, which means equal status, friendship, self-awareness, and self- esteem. With strong self-awareness and self-esteem, one is always eager to keep pace with others. Advantages of the Friend Star When the Direct Star is not being destroyed by any element in a person’s BaZi, the person will be able to exhibit its advantage, such as optimism, perseverance, independent self-centred and strong-willed. Self- confident and able to stick to their posts and work hard to achieve their goals. Disadvantages of the Friend Star When the Direct Star itself is strong or has destroyed the harmony of the BaZi, it will exhibit the shortcoming, such as self-consciousness, arrogant, stubborn, conflict, unable to get along with family members, unable to obey the guidance of the supervisor. Women who do things arbitrarily will sometimes have problems in their love relationship. Suitable for Industry Best to be engaged in partnerships, lawyers, accountants, politicians, family business, and negotiations. The Robbing Star (£184) The Robbing Star represents the younger sibling to the BaZi of males and females. Characteristics of the Robbing Star A Robbing Star often hides the true colors and has the potential of a self- centered character and possesses a deceiving appearance. It is difficult to understand the complexity of their personality. Robbing often has strong jealousy, never admits defeat, has ambition, and is bold. Advantages of the Robbing Star When the Direct Star is not being destroyed by any element in a person’s BaZi, the person will be able to exhibit its advantage, such as often prominent and has a unique character of their own style. In life, they easily make friends, and also easily lose friends. Disadvantages of the Robbing Star When the Direct Star itself is strong or has destroyed the harmony of the BaZi, it will exhibit the shortcoming, such as dual personality (both the yin and yang nature), the heart is often self-contradictory, self-conflict. They are temperamental and are often volatile and sometimes jealous of others’ success. Suitable for Industry Best to engaged in the aspect of leadership, decision making, wholesale chain, government officials, highly competitive area, and business executives. Five Elements Interactions Fig 5.1 Combination & Clash In the BaZi, there are some special circumstances that might cause the elements to change their nature. The term is known as combinations and crashes, which indicate when they attract or repel between two Heavenly Stems or two Earthly Branches met within a BaZi chart. Below are some of the rules to be observed when analyzing a BaZi chart. These combinations indicate a powerful network or special relationships. When such a combination occurs in a BaZi chart, it will become the element favorable or unfavorable to the Day Master. Shen Monkey ZiRat Chen Dragon Hai Pig Mao Rabbit Wei Goat Yin Tiger Wu Horse XuDog Si Snake You Rooster Chou Ox Fig 5.2 The Three Harmony Combinations will turn into powerful elements when a special structure of elements are combined. The Directional Combination is similar to Three Harmony Combination that represent the Earthly Branches in season in a BaZi chart. Note that not all circumstances will result to a combination. Mao Rabbit [Chen Dragon - : (March) (April) Zi Rat * Chou Ox = Earth | Yin Tiger [+ Hai Pig = Wood Mao WuHorse [Wei Goat Rabbit + Xu Dog = Fire Chen 1 ime) (uy) Dragon |+ You Rooster | = Metal You Rooster |XuDog Si Snake |+ Shen Monkey| = Water Wei Goat |+ Wu Horse = Fire {September} {October} Zi Rat Chou Ox Fig 5.4 (December) (January) The Six Harmony Combinations often occur when a Day Master meets a Fig 5.3 certain ten-year cycle or during a particular year. This is why we sometimes hear there is good or bad year for a certain horoscope. Clashes in BaZi A Clash in a BaZi occurs when two repelling elements meet. A clash in a BaZi represents obstacles and hardship for the Day Master. Depending on the type of clash, a person can experience difficulties in relationships, lose someone, or even encounter accidents and illness. Note that not all present elements might be a clash if it appears in the one person’s BaZi. The relevant elements will have to be next to each other to be effective. Clashes Relationships Fig 5.5 Six Clashes Rat Z Horse Ox 2 Goat Tiger # Monkey Rabbit Z Rooster Dragon # Dog Snake # Pig Fig 5.6 Case Study and Ta Yun An example of one famous Hong Kong- born movie star/director’s BaZi Four Pillars of Destiny and his Ta Yun. He was born April 7, 1954, is a Hong Kong movie star, stuntman, actor, and director. His BaZi Four Pillars of Destiny is quite unique, and he was ranked number one in the 2010 Chinese Rich & Famous list, published by Forbes (Chinese) magazine. He has a high celebrity income and enjoys a very successful career. We will leave the Hour Pillar blank because we do not have the information. Let's see the information given about his wealth luck. (Chart 1. His BaZi table. ) Based on the Strong and Weak Master chart, we can see that he has a Weak Day Master. For Weak Day Master, “Rob wealth” Jie-cai (#)) and “Friends” Bi-jian (I) are his money stars. Note that a person might not born to be rich. But he/she will still stand a good chance when the opportunity and time is right for them. In his unique BaZi formation, his wealth elements appeared on his chart. He will be very rich between his ten- years cycle of 1993-2003. i 5 8 5 % : ¥ tT £ © = BE E Eg = 8 lz & ~ fl fe 1; BB ji EB’ L g g 5 5 3 4 g § 3 § 8 |~8 © & 2 Sw & = rE 2B fr {~~ fr fg JE BR ql ER y © Bm 3 £29 Q ms a eg 5 ¢& EB B n ~5 mW & 5 ~® Wg — — 8 uw & HK | His ten years luck cycles (Ta Yun): - From his first ten years luck (1963), it shows that he did not have early high education. - The following ten years luck (1973), with his fame and recognition stars dominating, he became internationally famous. He enjoyed a successful career. - The third ten years luck (1983) shows strong money stars. shows money. his money stars, original resulted stars, his money luck is still very strong. having the good luck of making lots of - The fourth ten years luck (1993) combination and transformation into The fifth ten years luck (2003) shows in him still with Ten years luck cycle =f BF gong IZ gin FE én 22 gui 5 (BR) 7 kings ED (Hh) Direct Resource BE (3) Indirect Resource £8 13h) Robwealth HE (th) Friends BE si 4 wis FR wei 8 shen BH you EB (3h) Direct waslth BRT (7) Indirect wealth LE (2) 7 Blmes HR 8) TRillings BED [2 Indirect Resource EE (E; Directoflicer +3 (3) Things BEF) ingirocs wealth BE 7) indirect weaith iF 8) (5B) Direct Resource HE (B) Food god BR (8) foodgod Can I change my luck? Once you have found out about your BaZi chart, the result could be either satisfying or disappointing. The purpose of understanding your BaZi or destiny is to allow you to know what is the “pre” condition and internal factor of yourself. This could help you to be prepared, though you still have to go through it. But you can minimize the effect or misfortune through using feng shui, hard work, determination, charity work, and prayer. In the Chinese beliefs, our life is influenced by the following main five factors: “etn 3m = XUK o URRDE TER * Destiny Destiny and Luck cannot be changed. Our destiny code can help us to assess the “Strength” and “Weakness” of this natural born good or bad elements we have. By knowing our destiny, we can prepare and then try to adapt to circumstances accordingly. * Luck In order to achieve success, we not only require a good life destiny, we also need good luck. Everyone will need to have a smooth ride during our journeys in health, career, wealth, and relationships. In Chinese and Japanese, the word for luck is J (wun). 1# can be good or bad. But i# is customarily followed by another word, 4 (qi), which means energy or air. The Master of Tao once said that when a person is able to #5 (control your energy), they will be able to attract good luck or good fortune. This is similar to the belief that when one has the positive energy, they will attract positive energy and become strong. As long as you adopt the right attitude and always try your best, you will be able to create the causes and conditions for your life. * Feng Shui Feng shui is about environment conditions that will influence one person. Create the best environment to suit yourself, because when our luck is down, feng shui can help to reduce the effect of bad things and enhance the effects for a better life. + Charity Be kind and charitable. If you can make contributions to the society, you generate good cause and effect known as “karma.” * Education Education opens the door to many opportunities for a better life and future, and it helps us become better people. Appendix Ten Heavenly Stems Table, Page 55 Twelve Earthly Branches, Page 56/ 71 Stem Year / Month Relationship tables for Bazi Chart, Page 80 The Sixty Jia Zi Table, Page 90 The Strong / Weak Day Master Table, Page 101 The Ten God Relationship for Day Master Table, Page 108 Three Harmony Combinations Table, Page 148 Directional Combinations Table, Page 150 Six Harmony Combination Table, Page 151 Clashes Relationships Chart, Page 153 References: http: // endar http: // http: // ling From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia