2021 CHINESE ZODIAC – TIGER, RAT, SNAKE AND DOG

The above video contains detailed descriptions of the 2021 Chinese Zodiac for the Tiger, Rat, Snake and Dog.

Tiger: A very powerful nobleman star – the Great Sun – enters the Tiger’s chart in 2021. This is a great star to build stronger ties with your community, your market players and improve your relationships.

Rat: For the Rat, the arrival of the Intelligence Star and the Study Hall is an opening to gain a deeper understanding of complex problems.

Snake: 2021 will be the year that requires the Snake to be an A-Player. The key star for 2021 is the National Treasure that promises improved revenue as reward for added effort.

Dog: Three favourable wealth stars land on the Dog in 2021. To activate the abundance, first, you need to be a giver!

As always, a final caveat. Without the ability to see the full chart, I must stress that the suggestions in this article are broad recommendations based on just the Bazi auxiliary stars alone. To pinpoint specific issues or to co-create solutions tailor-made for you, please feel free to drop me a line.

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#20 GUI WEI (癸未): THE GIFT OF RESTLESSNESS

The Gui Wei (癸未) is often described as water in its vapor form – formless, shapeless, and colourless. This scenario depicts a person who is constantly on the move in search of new opportunities – someone with the gift of restlessness.

Two impatient water pillars back to back is testing my writing skills to the limit. Once again, just like the previous post with the Ren Wu (壬午), we again have Water at the top, and fire at the bottom. Fortunately, (for me that is), there are other hidden stems in the equation that distinguishes the Gui Wei from the Ren Wu

Think of a hot spring wreathed in mists, bubbling over with emotions. The Gui Wei sits on its own Eating God which produces its Indirect Wealth and 7 Killings, creating an individual who is idealistic, opportunistic and adventurous. This is a pillar infused with powerful emotions, manifesting as an innate nervousness and restlessness.

If I had to pick a pillar most prone to anxiety attacks, this would be it. But I kid! Anyone can be susceptible to anxiety attacks, especially when life overwhelms. How then can we turn restlessness into a gift? Read on…

Maximizing The Gui Wei (癸未) Day Master: The Gift of Restlessness

You may have felt it all your life – that voice in the corners of your consciousness, insisting, clamouring, demanding that “There must be more than this.”

The problem may be, you have no clue what ‘this’ is. So you try to fill that void with the impermanent things of this world, seeking distraction, instant gratification, some days eager to change, other days succumbing to temporary shortcuts to fulfilment, caught in a web of restlessness that leaves you feeling stuck, jittery, impatient, frustrated and going through the motions while chasing an elusive sense of purpose.

But this restlessness can be a gift when it is no longer viewed as a chasm to be filled. Instead, it is an open invitation for you to dive inwards and tap into the Gui Wei’s remarkable self-confidence, creativity and analytical skills. To recognize that there will always be a push-pull between the need for stability versus the hankering for freedom. And most importantly, to realize that the equilibrium between the two needs can only be decided by you, the Day Master.

The Eating God is the key to making the Gui Wei pillar work as it simultaneously produces the Indirect Wealth and controls the aggressiveness of the Seven Killings. This Eating God can be accessed through a life crammed full of purpose. Here’s the crux of the matter: people frequently think that they should only have one life purpose. But in actuality, as we journey through life, our purpose can change many times over. The ultimate aim is to cultivate a sense of detachment from the ever-present emotions so that the more practical and insightful aspects of this pillar can manifest.

Where Is The Gui Wei (癸未)?
The Forever Chameleon (Gui Wei In The Year Pillar):

The Gui water, in itself, is formless. This pillar has a strong chameleon-like ability to change its outer shape to suit whatever environment it finds itself in. However, in whatever shape it happens to take, there is one outstanding quality of the Gui Wei that will be apparent to all – its genuine kindness.

You will be the first to offer your help to all and sundry, regardless if that help is even requested. Unfortunately, not everyone will be appreciative of these acts of kindness and may even misinterpret the intention behind the acts. So best to be selective about whom you offer your generous aid.

A Skill For All Seasons (Gui Wei In The Month Pillar):

Given the combined practicality and imagination of the Gui Wei, establishing a successful career is never a problem. This is a pillar that is able to create and maintain a workable system which encompass strong technical, organizational and business insights.

But again, here, the restlessness of the pillar could lead you to change careers or industries many times in your life. As your life purpose change, so will the focus of your industry. Therefore, the best way to use the Gui Wei in the Month Pillar is to create a niche that can be used in multiple scenarios.

The Ever-Active Mind (Gui Wei In The Hour Pillar)

Always on the move, always churning out new thoughts to ponder on, an ever-active mind can be a blessing. If nothing else, it will certainly keep you entertained throughout the day. Learning new things will never be a problem, that’s for sure!

With the Gui Wei in the Hour Pillar, learning some meditation techniques can help you calm that raging mind and sift through the multiple thoughts and ideas that are happening consecutively in your brain. I don’t mean to meditate for hours on end! There are quick 2-minute meditation exercises that will be useful when you feel your mind going into hyper-drive.

As always, a final caveat. Without the ability to see the full chart, I must stress that the suggestions in this article are broad recommendations based on a single pillar. To pinpoint specific issues or to co-create solutions tailor-made for you, please feel free to drop me a line.

Want to find out if you have the Gui Wei pillar somewhere in your chart? Plot your Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/.

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2021 CHINESE ZODIAC – HORSE AND MONKEY

My friends and I do a weekly Facebook live Chinese Metaphysics sharing. We spent the last month going into details with the positive and negative stars coming into each Chinese Zodiac sign in 2021.

Instead of the conventional countdown, we started with the Horse and the Monkey… because these two animal signs bore the brunt of the pressure in 2020.

But hope is in sight after a tumultuous 2020.

The Horse will benefit from nobleman help and a problem-dissolving star while the Monkey can use the lessons it learnt from 2020 to gain authority and power in 2021.

#19 REN WU (壬午): THE GIFT OF IMPATIENCE

Water at the top, fire at the bottom. What do you get? A geyser, of course, which perfectly represents the energies of the Ren Wu (壬午) pillar. Impulsive, impetuous, and yes, impatient.

Wait a minute, I hear you say. Impatience is a gift? For the longest time, impatience has been given a bad rep. But if tamed and leveraged, it can be one of the best inspiring factors behind your success.

Maximizing The Ren Wu (壬午) Day Master: 5 Steps To Make Impulsiveness Work For You

The Ren Wu individual is like a gushing hot spring filled with passion, intelligence and creativity. This is a pillar where the naturally resourceful nature of the Ren Water combines with the passion and detail-oriented approach of the Ding Fire.

Very receptive to new ideas, this pillar represents ambitious visionaries who dream big and have the resources and organizational skills to make things happen. The Ren Wu is seated on its own Direct Wealth and Direct Officer stars which blesses the pillar with strong business acumen and the ability to wield authority.

But for all its strengths (intelligence, creativity, strong intuition, business acumen and organizational skills), the Ren Wu has got one big Achilles Heel – it’s impulsivity. Yup, it’s that moment when the pressure builds up and the day master explodes like a geyser. But hang on a second. There’s a big difference between Functional Impulsivity versus Dysfunctional Impulsivity.

Functional Impulsivity refers to the ability to act swiftly and seize the opportunities that come your way. Conversely, Dysfunctional Impulsivity leads to erratic behaviour and losing control. In other words, dysfunctional impulsivity are spur-of-the-moment decisions that are not moderated by forethought and logic.

Therefore, the key to maximizing the Ren Wu Day Master, lies in the ability to turn dysfunctional impulsivity into functional impulsivity. Here are five steps:

  1. Increase self-awareness by becoming aware of situations that result in impulsivity. In other words, learn to recognize and understand your triggers.
  2. Once you spot your triggers, give yourself a self-imposed time-out to put some space between yourself and the event.
  3. Find a balancing partner who can help curb those spur-of-the-moment decisions by offering a different perspective.
  4. Put alternative strategies in place. Let me give you an example here. If you have a tendency to blurt out your thoughts in a meeting, try writing them down in a notebook instead. Basically, this step refers to small actions that can modify your behaviour and allow you time to evaluate.
  5. Relax! Realize that impulsive thoughts are never the problem, impulsive actions are.
Where Is The Ren Wu (壬午)?
Spontaneous and Gregarious (Ren Wu In The Year Pillar):

The Ren Wu pillar likes to be surrounded by people. Spontaneous and gregarious, your external circle will perceive you as someone who is always up for an adventure. One of the most outstanding qualities of the Ren Wu is their silver tongue. Know that this pillar has given you a smooth and subtle way of easing people into the comfort zone while engaging in conversation. Now isn’t that a great gift to have?

Challenge Slayer (Ren Wu In The Month Pillar):

Don’t shy away from challenges if you have the Ren Wu in your month pillar. Driven by passion and a thirst for power, wisdom and knowledge, the Ren Water brings the ability to overcome obstacles with determination. You are a person with the resources to undertake any project that stimulates your intellect.

Dynamic and pragmatic at the same time, never doubt the ability of the Ren Wu to slay any challenges in their way.

Making Impatience Work For You (Ren Wu In The Hour Pillar)

Let’s stop looking at impatience as something that needs to be curbed. Instead, let’s look at impatience as something that we can leverage of.

Here’s the thing, patience is easy to adhere to if there is a guarantee at the end. For example, you’ve ordered something online and you know from experience that it will be a couple of days before it reaches your doorstep. It’s not so easy when the goal has not been achieved before.

By that logic, the trick to making impatience work for you is by recognizing that you will get something in the end – be it the outcome your envisioned, a slightly different version of the outcome, or even a lesson learned.

  1. Learn to make the ‘doldrums’ work for you. Starting a new project is always fun. At that stage, the motivation, action and momentum are all present to get things off to a galloping start. How we handle the ‘doldrums’ or the ‘dips’ in the process is what will determine the fate of our projects or businesses. These ‘doldrums’ refer to a series of challenges that block the path of your success. They signal the need for a change of strategy. It’s not time to give up yet! Just by learning to recognize the ‘doldrums’ can greatly improve your chance of success.
  2. The ‘doldrums’ is a brand-building opportunity. Turn your struggles into content. Turn your learnings into knowledge-sharing. Like an adventurer sharing his tales of surviving against the odds. People love that! This very act of sharing can provide value to others and drive more awareness to your business.
  3. Recognize that you can still pivot. Can you shift the audience? Shift the solution? Shift the problem you are solving? What’s to say that your expertise can only be used in just one way?

As always, a final caveat. Without the ability to see the full chart, I must stress that the suggestions in this article are broad recommendations based on a single pillar. To pinpoint specific issues or to co-create solutions tailor-made for you, please feel free to drop me a line.

Want to find out if you have the Ren Wu pillar somewhere in your chart? Plot your Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/.

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WHAT ARE THE 12 CHINESE ZODIAC SIGNS?

Have you ever wondered what are the 12 Chinese Zodiac signs? Is it religion? Tradition? Mere superstition?

As a recap, basically, the 12 Chinese Zodiac signs are nothing more than symbols/logos representing different quadrants of the sky. This is the same principle on which the 12 signs of Western Astrology – Leo, Pieces, Scorpio, Cancer, etc – are based on.

In Chinese Metaphysics, we use the Bazi Chart to connect the energies of the heavenly bodies with an individual human being. As the stars move through the quadrants in their respective orbits, that is how we derive the positive and negative influences entering into a person’s chart. From those information, it is possible to map out an overview of the year’s strategy, taking into account any changes of mindset that is required to achieve those goals.

Recently, I shared some fundamentals about the 12 Chinese Zodiac in my Facebook Page. You can watch the 15-minute knowledge sharing here:

Here’s a free resource to plot your 2021 Bazi Chart (registration required): https://bazibz2021.masteryacademy.com/.

To book an appointment, drop me a line here.

#18 XIN SI (辛巳): THE GIFT OF ATTENTION

Attention is the new currency. Agree? In that case, the Xin Si (辛巳), which brings with it the gift of commanding attention, must be one of the most sought-after pillar in our modern-day, digital world.

What do you see when you think of a piece of exquisitely carved jade? Cool and smooth to the touch. Hold it up to the light and watch the light dance in its emerald depths. Your eyes linger on its glassy perfection. The essence of the Xin Si pillar is embodied in that piece of jade – class, sophistication and elegance.

Maximizing The Xin Si (辛巳) Day Master: The KOL

This is a blessed pillar in many ways. Sitting on its own Direct Officer, the Xin Si has the natural ability to command authority and attention. This pillar is also ably supported by its own Rob Wealth and Direct Resource stars, which represents the ability to network and harness the support of the people around them.

With these elements in place, the best way to maximize a Xin Si Day Master becomes obvious. Put yourself in the position of receiving attention. No thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, most of us have experienced lockdown in one form or another. Perhaps like me, you may have spent time watching motivational videos online? Notice how the ability to whip people into a frenzy of positivity is now a very, very lucrative trait?

I don’t know about you guys, but literally ever since this lockdown happened, my Facebook and IG news feed has been flooded by some guru or trainer saying, “Hey, I want to show you the secret to…”.

Some are genuine. Others? Maybe not so much.

As a Xin Si Day Master, you enjoy learning. And, sharing that knowledge to your friends and social network is already something that comes naturally to you. It’s time to amplify that effort. Trust in your own knowledge, wit, creativity and strong communications skills to build up an audience quickly. Your biggest asset? The Xin Si has a warm and friendly demeanour that makes you perfectly relatable.

Always eager to grab at everything that life has to offer, you risk spreading yourself too thin. This is the biggest block to the Xin Si’s success, the irresistible urge to bite off more than you can chew.

Where Is The Xin Si (辛巳)?
Perfectly Relatable (Xin Si 辛巳 In The Year Pillar):

The relatability of the Xin Si in the Year Pillar can be a significant advantage in your business or career. First of all, know that the Xin Si is witty and humorous. It’s simply a pillar that is enjoyable to be around.

Also, let’s bear in mind that the Xin Metal is one of the two networking stems in Bazi. This helps you forge connections and create opportunities for positive interactions.

But then again, let’s be absolutely clear right here about the term networking. It’s not about reaching out only when you need to ask for help. It’s about how you can be helpful to the person you are reaching out to.

Structure and Order (Xin Si 辛巳 In The Month Pillar):

Much like the Geng Chen post before this, the Xin Si is not a follower. Knowing instinctively how to command attention, knuckling down under the authority of others is not the Xin Si pillar’s cup of tea. The Xin Si pillar likes structure and order, and once firmly strapped into the driving seat, enjoys using their creativity to help others find solutions for their problems.

Here in the month pillar, the Xin Si pillar brings a strong leaning towards perfectionism at work. This may manifest as someone bossy with a hyper-critical eye and overly-opinionated.

To achieve the maximum, realize that honey can trap flies more effectively than vinegar. Developing your people persuasion skills will help you achieve your goals by getting the best out of the people around you.

FOMO Flightiness (Xin Si 辛巳 In The Hour Pillar)

Nonetheless, the Xin Si can appear to be a tad flighty or even scatterbrained. So many interesting things happening, the Xin Si is particularly susceptible to the FOMO syndrome, the Fear Of Missing Out.

As such, the Xin Si tries to everything all at once and has a hard time setting priorities. Stop! Breathe! Slow that churning brain down!

With the Xin Si in the Hour Pillar, you must find a way to calm that skittish mind in order to gain better clarity and thereby make better decisions. I’m not asking you to meditate for hours on end. Simple 2-minute breathing exercises can help when you are feeling tense and nervous because you have taken on too much.

As always, a final caveat. Without the ability to see the full chart, I must stress that the suggestions in this article are broad recommendations based on a single pillar. To pinpoint specific issues or to co-create solutions tailor-made for you, please feel free to drop me a line.

Want to find out if you have the Xin Si pillar somewhere in your chart? Plot your Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/.

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#17 GENG CHEN (庚辰): THE GIFT OF RAW POWER

In the study of the 60 pillars, there are four super powerful pillars known as Fui Kong/Hui Gang 魁罡. The raw power of the Geng Chen (庚辰) numbers as one of them.

First, a paragraph on the concept of Fui Kong. Sometimes translated as ‘Bright Star’, these four pillars are viewed the General Pillars. These pillars are infused with nobility. They represent toughness, hardiness, and a huge capacity.

Of all the Geng pillars, the Geng Chen is the only one that emits Noble Qi. Think of the durability and toughness of an iron shield. This is someone who values action over words, an extremely driven survivor.

Maximizing The Geng Chen (庚辰) Day Master: The Gift of Raw Power

The raw power of the Geng Chen is such that this is a daring and original thinker who believes in achieving success on their own terms. Like the iron shield it represents, the Geng Chen becomes dull when it is not challenged. Under pressure, it shines.

Like all Geng Day Masters, the Geng Chen is never shy about boldly pursuing their goals. There is a firm determination to do things their own way, the uncompromising and tenacious Geng Chen will never shy away from uphill battles.

This is a very gutsy pillar. The Geng Chen can be very vocal with the courage to go against the norm and change the rules.

But… as per the Peter Parker principle, ‘with great power comes greater responsibility.’ The sheer capacity of the Fui Kong Geng Chen is such that there will always be challenges in life. Welcome those challenges as a way to polish the iron and reveal its true form.

Where Is The Geng Chen (庚辰)?
Power and Influence (Geng Chen In The Year Pillar):

Geng Chen in the Year Pillar is drawn to power and influence, the desire to rise to the top of your social circle. Your external circle gravitates towards your loyalty and how protective you are of those around you.

The General At Work (Geng Chen In The Month Pillar):

Geng Chen in the Month Pillar is literally akin to having a General at work. There’s no taking the back seat for this General. You lead from the front, and you prefer to take control.

The Geng Chen gives you the durability and toughness to innovate in overcoming obstacles.

On the plus side, this is a leadership pillar that is progressive and insightful. I would, however, caution against taking up any role that is too restrictive. Should that happen, the negative aspects of the pillar may manifest – the domineering and argumentative side of the Geng Chen.

Iron Willpower (Geng Chen In The Hour Pillar)

The Geng Chen has the tendency to believe that money in itself, is power. Here, there is a danger of applying that iron will in the pursuit of material things, to the exclusion of everything else.

Yet, for all its rough edges, the protective instincts of this pillar will bring out the altruistic aspects of the Geng Chen. This same drive and willpower is such that you will find great success in championing humanitarian causes.

As always, a final caveat. Without the ability to see the full chart, I must stress that the suggestions in this article are broad recommendations based on a single pillar. To pinpoint specific issues or to co-create solutions tailor-made for you, please feel free to drop me a line.

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#16 JI MAO (己卯): THE GIFT OF INDEPENDENCE

Presenting… (drum rolls please)… the go-getter of the cosmos… the resourceful, the immensely independent, the ever-abundant… Ji Mao (己卯)!

Did this intro just deviate from the norm? The Ji Mao has such an infectious and enthusiastic energy, I simply couldn’t help myself.

Picture a sprawling plantation (did I just hear the theme song for Dallas play in my head?), bountiful crops growing on rich fertile soil. The key word here, is bountiful.

This resourceful Earth pillar sits squarely on top of its’ 7 Killings star. With no other stars hanging about to cause confusion, this 7 Killings star imbues the Earth with shrewdness, courage and the drive to win. While there are plenty of other pillars that are just as determined, what gives the Ji Mao an edge over the rest of us mere mortals, is the fact that its’ 7 Killings star is also a Peach Blossom star. Combined, that very same shrewdness and drive is what makes the Ji Mao appealing.

Maximizing The Ji Mao (己卯) Day Master: The Gift of Independence

The action-oriented Ji Mao is someone who grabs life by the horns and lives every day to the fullest. Age is just a number for the Ji Mao. This live-wire eager-beaver is blessed with a youthful and playful personality that does not fade with age. Mix in a healthy dose of the Ji Earth’s natural compassion along with its genuine kindness, and little wonder that the Ji Mao wins the popularity contest hands down.

Resourceful in and of itself, the Ji Mao is naturally a fiercely independent individual who does not expect help from anyone. This is a person who likes to be in control of their own life and has a tendency become wilful in the face of perceived manipulation or coercion.

Like all Earth day masters, the Ji Mao truly values stability and security. In pursuit of strong foundations, the Ji Mao will stop at nothing to craft success on their own terms. These independent individuals believe in relying on their own resources and wit to create and follow through on their meticulous plans.

Amongst the 60 pillars, the Ji Mao is probably one of the more overtly materialistic. Although materialism has a bad rep in society, there really is nothing wrong with it, is there? The fact of the matter is, external appearances is highly important to the Ji Mao. To them, it is a physical manifestation of their inner spirit!

As long as the materialistic streak does not result in financial ruin, who are we to judge? The Ji Mao is certainly capable of finding the resource to fund their aspirational lifestyle.

Where Is The The Ji Mao (己卯)?
A Quick Wit (Ji Mao In The Year Pillar):

If this is found in your Year Pillar, the quick wit of the Ji Mao is a key building block for your external charisma. But just because it’s there does not mean that you naturally know how to use it.

Here are three ways to build up your ‘wit’ muscles:

  1. Seek out a good diet of high quality witty material. Read, hear and watch. The more you consume, the better your brain will be to produce its own witty thoughts.
  2. Don’t force it. Not every occasion calls for a witty repartee.
  3. Pay attention to life. Even the most mundane chores can produce interesting material if you are paying attention. Going on auto-mode is not recommended here.
  4. Keep it swift and snappy, practice on Twitter. Nothing kills a joke more than a long rambling metaphor. Today, we have the perfect tool to hone our wit: Twitter which forces us to maintain brevity by its 140-character limit.
Working Independently (Ji Mao In The Month Pillar):

Today, one of the most prized soft skills in the post-Covid work-from-home era is the ability to work independently.

This is right up the Ji Mao’s alley. Although, it must be said that the Ji Mao has no problems working in a team, there are certain traits within the Ji Mao pillar that makes it a natural at working independently:

  1. The ability to self-monitor and self-correct
  2. The initiative to take on tasks without waiting to be told what to do
  3. Completing the planned tasks without the need for external prodding
5 Ways To Cultivate An The Independent Mindset (Ji Mao In The Hour Pillar)

Too much of our modern-day education has been focused on training us to be good followers instead of good leaders. As we grow up, we become indoctrinated by the influential people in our lives, and it is so easy to fall into the trap of obeying others rather than questioning and thinking for ourselves.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not about being a rebel without a cause. Instead, independent thinking relates to the way we source and apply information, our ability to take action as opposed to rejecting someone else’s views.

Here are five ways to think more independently:

  1. Broaden your horizons to new ways of living, environments and activities. This is a no-brainer. People who choose to remain in the same ‘space’ their entire life retain a narrow view on society in general, and minimizes their perceived options in life.
  2. Explore new things to discover new talents and skills. The Ji Earth also brings the image of a seed covered by soil. It represents un-tapped talent that needs to be brought to the fore.
  3. Walk your own way. Take action based on what is right for you rather than simply following the crowd.
  4. Ask questions and listen to other people’s values, beliefs and views.
  5. Be open to have your values and beliefs challenged by other people.

As always, a final caveat. Without the ability to see the full chart, I must stress that the suggestions in this article are broad recommendations based on a single pillar. To pinpoint specific issues or to co-create solutions tailor-made for you, please feel free to drop me a line.

Want to find out if you have the Ji Mao pillar somewhere in your chart? Plot your Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/.

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#15 WU YIN (戊寅): THE GIFT OF TRUST

The first rule of SEO is that the first paragraph must always contain the title or keyword of the post. In this case, that would be – Wu Yin (戊寅), the gift of trust.

Now that I’ve adhered to that rule, allow me a paragraph or two to introduce you to a little-known gem in Japan.

Of all the race tracks that I have ever been to (of which there has been many), one stands out as unique from the others. Located south of Japan, three hours from Fukuoka City, high up on the Aso mountain range, lies the Autopolis International Racing Course. Built on the edge of a dead volcano, it rises high above the cloud-line, ringed by tall mountains made lush with trees and evergreens.

For me, the Wu Yin pillar will always call to mind those romantic forest-covered mountains, stretching high above the cloud line.

Maximizing The Wu Yin (戊寅) Day Master: The Gift of Trust

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. Trust is the fundamental cornerstone that keeps our civilization functioning. When a customer trusts a supplier, business is conducted. When a employer trusts an employee, business growth happens. When a couple gets married, trust is the glue that makes the marriage work. Hell, even when driving, we need to trust that the drivers around us know what they are doing.

Confident and powerful, yet sensitive and vulnerable, the Wu Yin is constantly in search of fulfilment and balance. Ironically, it is this search for a stable foundation that bequeaths a precious gift – the gift of trust-building.

As a Wu Yin Day Master, earning the trust of the people around you is an ability that comes naturally. Seated on your own 7 Killings star gives you the drive to see things through, a key hallmark of a trustworthy person.

Of the 10 Heavenly Stems, the Wu Earth is the only one capable of storing all the other elements. Your friends would know, you are great at keeping confidences.  

The Wu Yin is capable of working alone or in a team. Either way, the Wu Earth is always there, a solid, steady, dependable and predictable presence in the room.

Where Is The Wu Yin (戊寅)?
3 Ways To Build Trust As The Core Of Your Personal Brand (Wu Yin In The Year Pillar):

Trust is a huge boost to your personal brand. Imagine having the ability to attract the trust of your external public. But as in all things Bazi, this is not something that should be left to mere chance.

This message of chance must be crafted with clear communications. How? Here are three key areas:

  1. Credibility – you must clearly establish your area of expertise
  2. Reliability – earn a reputation of trust by going beyond expectations
  3. Intimacy – intimacy is earned when you put the needs of your public first

Putting these key areas into practice is how you can make the most of the Wu Yin in the Year Pillar. Of course, there is also a need to walk the talk!

3 Ways To Build Trust As A Professional Reputation (Wu Yin In The Month Pillar):

Whether you are an entrepreneur, a professional, or an employee, trust as a professional reputation can unlock many opportunities for you. As an entrepreneur with a fledgling start-up, your professional reputation for being trustworthy could save you years of slogging to bring up the business. I don’t think I need to elaborate on how important trust is for professionals like doctors and lawyers. Even as a non-public-facing employee, trust builds the rungs of your career ladder.

So what to do? Work longer hours? More meetings? Answer emails in the dead of the night? You could do that all, or you could build…

… self-trust.

What, you ask? Studies have shown that the main way to be viewed as reliable in your professional circle is by trusting yourself more. It means having faith in your own ideas and abilities. It means walking the talk, following your own advice because you know it is worth listening to. In means following through and delivering on what you have promised.

This may come naturally for the Wu Yin, but for the rest of us, here are three ways to build trust as a professional reputation:

  1. Elevate other experts – by showing respect to the other players in your space, you put your own brand in a positive light
  2. Educate your friends/followers – serve as a source of information for your friends/followers. To be really effective, focus on areas where you can really make a difference.
  3. Reach beyond your personal sphere – broaden the limits of your horizons through guest postings, submitting articles, or guesting on other people’s platforms.
The Eternal Quest For Stability (Wu Yin In The Hour Pillar)

Money for its own sake will not be the driver for this pillar. Instead, it is security, foundation, a safety net that is of prime importance. That’s right, Wu Yin in the Hour Pillar could manifest as someone who is driven by the need for stability.

For all its grandeur, the Wu Yin can be insecure and this lack of self-confidence is your biggest barrier to success. The overwhelming desire to protect could mutate into resistance to change.

Focus instead on the unlimited potential within the Wu Yin for spiritual growth and personal development. This mental pivot will help you learn to trust your intuition, bringing the stability the pillar needs to stand tall.

As always, a final caveat. Without the ability to see the full chart, I must stress that the suggestions in this article are broad recommendations based on a single pillar. To pinpoint specific issues or to co-create solutions tailor-made for you, please feel free to drop me a line.

Want to find out if you have the Wu Yin pillar somewhere in your chart? Plot your Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/.

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RISING WITH THE TIDE: MINDSET SHIFT IN 2021

This post is in honour of World Mental Health day today. For my regular readers, don’t worry, I will get back to the 60 pillars. But for now, let’s talk about how we can rise with the tide with the mindset shift required to make the most of 2021.

If 2020 has left you feeling, well, a little ‘mental’, take comfort in the knowledge that everyone else is going through the same thing in varying degrees.

From a metaphysical point of view, there is an explanation for what we are all experiencing. In a way, we are living through ‘end times’. No, not the end-of-the-world type of ‘end times’. It’s a change from one Feng Shui period (Period 8) to another (Period 9). Of course, not every change brings such dramatic effects. For those old enough to remember, the last change was circa 2003/2004. What is particularly significant, though, is that the energies of these few years are fairly extreme.

That’s right! You’re not going crazy, the cosmos is! 😊

We can all agree that 2020 has pretty much been a complete washout. Ironically, everyone is looking forward to 2021. As though there is somehow a magical button in the heavens somewhere that would magically erase all the bad of 2020 and restore things to ‘normal’. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really work that way.

Here’s the 2021 Bazi Chart:

Water energies continue to be strong in 2021. On the surface, the chart is predominantly comprised of Water and Metal. When these two meet, they signify confusion and emotional overload. Metal is actually pretty weak, suggesting that the confusion is caused by disinformation (fake news, anybody?) driven by ideology and idealism. I will not delve any deeper into dissecting the 2021 chart. I’ll leave that to my betters!

What I would like to do, instead, is to share suggestions on how to shift your mindset to make the most of the Water energies of 2021. In other words, how to rise with the tide.

You see, the year’s Bazi Chart represents the energies that infuses us all. When the energies are this extreme, particularly in the case of Water, it signifies a tilt in our Bazi Structures. When that happens, what used to work does not seem to function well anymore. Even the most balanced structures could be bent out of shape.

So what to do? Should you panic? No! What this calls for, very simply, is a shift in mindset, focus and awareness. There are three possible scenarios. What you need to know is that we are comparing the difference between the Natal structure (yellow) and the Annual structure (purple).

The Stretched Bazi Structure/Extreme Structures

When a structure is stretched, basically it means more is added to what you already have a lot of (Water, obviously). The structure becomes more extreme. When that happens, you will tend to exhibit more of the negative aspects of your structure. Here are the five possible extreme structures and what you need to be aware of:

  1. Extreme Companion Structure. The Problem: When a Companion Structure hits its maximum, certain manipulative tendencies of the structure start to manifest. What could some of these tendencies be? Selfishness is one. When a Companion Structure falls unconsciously into an extreme frame of mind, you are only thinking about what’s in it for you, and you leave your friends and colleagues perplexed, wondering where has that nice team player gone to? The Solution: Focus on personal growth and development instead of belittling others to make yourself feel good. Create something new and diversify! Alternatively, consciously set personal boundaries and learn to recognize behaviour that could alienate others.
  2. Extreme Resource Structure. The Problem: When a Resource Structure shows its extreme qualities, procrastination caused by over-thinking or circular thinking is the biggest danger. The Solution: Talk to people to put your ideas and theories into perspective. Or hire a coach to help you cut through all that buzzing in your head! But do realize that there must be a deadline when the thinking stops and the action begins.
  3. Extreme Influence Structure. The Problem: You take conflict avoidance to the limit and beyond, so fearful of offending others that you can’t get anything done. The Solution: Accept that a certain amount of conflict is always unavoidable. It is unrealistic to think that you can achieving anything without stepping on a couple of toes every now and then. If you judge that this is a temporary condition (maybe only 2021?), then this may be a good year for you to further your education and go for that MBA that you have always been thinking about.
  4. Extreme Wealth Structure. The Problem: Micro-managing. A tendency to take on too much because you think you are the only one who can do the job. The Solution: Either you learn a new threshold of control or you create clear structures to encourage efficiency and heighten productivity with precisely defined task-based objectives and performance expectations.
  5. Extreme Output Structure. The Problem: Unruly, wanton risk-taking. When the Output Structure hits the ceiling, the know-it-all persona emerges, one with an extreme contradictory approach to problems. The Solution: If you cannot resist the siren call of breaking the rules, then at least make sure you know what you are doing. Complement that unconventional big-picture thinking by breaking the vision down to task-based objectives and examine each step to test for flaws.
The Flipped Chart – It’s Time To Pivot

If you find your chart is flipped by the influx of Water energies, it’s time to learn new skills and figure out a new modus operandi to navigate a changing world. Let’s not kid ourselves here, this process will feel uncomfortable because you are essentially learning to become a new person. But eyes on the prize, anything you gained from 2020 and 2021 is yours forever!

For the Water DayMasters, the Companion element will increase while the Wealth element drops. The success of 2021 will depend on how well you learn to work with others. This is the year to focus on your customers’ needs, reputation and fanbase.

Wood DayMasters will find their Resource element enhanced while Output drops. This represents wasted resources due to a lack of innovation. Find new uses for your existing product or skill and expand your market reach in 2021.

Fire DayMasters, 2021 calls for attention to your value-delivery structure. It doesn’t matter if you are a business owner or ‘just’ an employee. All of us have ‘customers’ to deliver to. The key message here is to make sure you are able to deliver what you promise.

Earth DayMasters, this is the year to put theory into practice as the Resource Element drops while the Wealth Element increases. Time to start that new business venture or side gig! Stop thinking and start doing.

Finally, Metal DayMasters, when your structured world (Influence) dissolves into chaos (Output), it’s time to start something new. This is the time for big-picture, out-of-the-box thinking. It’s about finding new solutions to old problems.

The Balanced Chart Stretched Out Of Shape – What To Focus On

For the rare individual with the relatively balanced natal structure, you could also think of 2021 as the year to learn new skills. But in your case, the change may be less uncomfortable, requiring a shift of focus as opposed to adopting a completely new approach.

Water DayMasters, focus on improving your communication skills. This is about how you put yourself forward. This skill will help enhance your networking ability which is prime in 2021. At the same time, do make sure that your productivity level does not fall below par while you are busy expanding your market.

Wood DayMasters, this is the time to upscale your analytical thinking skill. As the world economy move becomes more information-based, the ability to turn complex data into usable information is priceless.

Fire DayMasters, I have a question for you – what problems can you solve? This is the year to identify the answer to that question. The bigger the problem that you can tackle, the higher your net worth will be! Do be mindful though, that you must first thoroughly understand what your market wants as opposed to what you think they want.

For the Earth DayMasters, productivity is the buzzword for 2021. Ask yourself, how else can I deliver value? At the same time, be sure to have the human or financial or information resource you need to upscale your productivity.

Last but not least, Metal DayMasters, innovative new ideas are only as good as their execution. Learn to evaluate the value of your ideas and work on only the ones that matter.

As always, a final caveat. Without the ability to see the full chart, I must stress that the suggestions in this article are broad recommendations based on only the structure. These suggestions do not take into account the many layers of interactions that could possibly happen in a single chart. To pinpoint specific issues or to co-create solutions tailor-made for you, please feel free to drop me a line.

You can plot your Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/. However, do note that the plotter is still reflecting the 2020 energies.