#44 DING WEI (丁未)/FIRE GOAT: THE GIFT OF ENDURING PASSION

The Ding Wei or Fire Goat to use its colloquial name is best represented by the image of crackling embers deep in the heart of a bonfire. Like its other Ding Fire counterparts, this fire is warm, infectiously joyous and noisy. But this type of smouldering fire will burn for a long time. This is the master of the slow burn. This is not about a flash of momentary passion. It’s about long and enduring passion.

DING WEI (丁未) / FIRE GOAT: OVERVIEW

It’s human nature to congregate around a fire. Build a campfire by the beach, and you will notice most of the crowd within its circle of warmth (exceptions are made for those sneaking off to do things in the dark, of course). Similarly, the Ding Wei Day Master will find that people are naturally drawn to you, attracted by your dynamic and commanding personality. At your best, you radiate an irresistable air of general joie de vivre What brings the vivaciousness to this pillar? Let’s have a look.

DING WEI (丁未) / FIRE GOAT: STRENGTHS

In the study of Bazi, we see that this rooted Day Master sits on its Resource and is constantly producing its own prosperous Eating God star. This formation denotes a person with beauty, elegance, idealism and intelligence.

The process in this pillar begins with the Yi Wood (乙) Indirect Resource. Because the Yi Wood is a fast-acting energy, the Ding Wei will tend to be a fast learner with a marked preference for hands-on learning. In essence, the learning process for the Ding Wei works better when you observe, do and master. This is an independent thinker who is not afraid to experiment.

The Yi Wood (乙) Indirect Resource then produces the Ding Fire (丁) Friend Star which roots your Day Master. Ding Wei Day Masters are frequently fascinated by tech, especially tools that create convenience. This Ding Fire (丁) Friend Star is the root of your ability to inspire those around you with your original thoughts. It is also the seat of your inquisitive and adaptable personality.

It is not unusual for the Yi Wei to display artistic talent early in their life. The Ji Earth (己) Eating God star is the end outcome of the pillar’s interactions. This is a prosperous Eating God star that is industrious, resourceful and enjoys initiating new projects. After all, that bright intellect will always need something new to chew on.

An affinity with spiritual learnings come hand in hand with the Yi Wei pillar. What’s unique about the Yi Wei is that it literally sits on a Medical Star. So if you are a Yi Wei Day Master, casting about for hard talent that you can develop, do consider turning your hands to alternative healing arts.  

Finally, it’s a good thing the Yi Wei will always have people around you. Because this idealistic pillar truly enjoys helping others.

DING WEI (丁未): WEAKNESSES TO BE AWARE OF

Watch out for the sudden flare up! Beneath that talkative and noisy exterior, hides an explosive temper that may take others unawares. Yes, just like how a banked-up flame can suddenly flare into life. The Yi Wei also displays a certain tendency for throwing pity parties. As fun as self pity parties can be, they can be rather counter productive. Instead, when the unexpected comes your way (as it inevitably will), why not use your adaptive thinking to take advantage of the situation instead of wasting time with negative reactions?   

When at an unhealthy level, a Ding Wei Day Master may become overly dependent on the opinions of others. This level of insecurity, if left uncorrected or unaddressed, may manifest as a tendency to control the people around you.

If you have a Ding Wei child, it is vitally important to watch the way you critique his or her behaviour. For this Day Master, a constant stream of negative words from the mother especially, words such as ‘you are so stupid/ugly/lazy/etc’, will have a lasting impact on their self-esteem.

DING WEI (丁未): HOW YOU PRESENT

I think we have satisfactorily established by now that the Ding Wei is gregarious and spontaneous. This spontaneity can be easily misconstrued by the people around you. It is possible that you present as a law unto your own right. You may find yourself with the reputation of one who comes and goes as you please. Along with that reputation comes a dreaded label – irresponsible. This label can be shed… easily. Just learn to never over promise and under deliver.

Your strong and prosperous Ji Earth (己) Eating God can also bring some difficulties your way. Because the tendency of the Earth element is to keep, you may present as someone who is a little secretive and arrogant. But for the sake of argument, I would say that this is but a minor flaw that may or may not require correction. After all, who doesn’t have secrets? And what’s wrong with a little arrogance anyway? Especially if that arrogance comes supported by solid talents, abilities and intellect!

DING WEI (丁未), BUT BETTER

The Ding Wei is a pillar where the Fire element burns the Earth and infuses it with heat. This brings extraordinary perseverance and an enduring passion to the Ding Wei pillar. The trick is to find that passion.

For the Ding Wei to shine bright, you must learn to stay concentrated on a single goal at a time. I know, this runs counter to the Ding Fire’s preferred style of starting little fires everywhere. But with the Ding Wei, the true power of this pillar only comes when that passion is engaged.

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.

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#43 BING WU (丙午)/FIRE HORSE: THE GIFT OF INTENSITY

Put on your sunglasses, folks. Things are about to get hot, hot hot! Legends have it that the Greek God Helios, the god of the Sun, drives a horse-drawn carriage through the sky. It is the perfection depiction for the Bing Wu (丙午) or to give it a more common name, the Fire Horse. Radiant in your intensity, fiercely independent, and brilliantly creative, stand by for a lot of superlatives in this post.

BING WU (丙午) / FIRE HORSE: OVERVIEW

Yours is a Day Master that literally sits on its own Goat Blade. As scary as that may sound, the Goat Blade brings a lot of gifts to the Bing Wu, key of which are your strong will, blazing intelligence and boundless energy.

Additionally, the Bing Wu is also one of the Six Elegant Day Masters, which makes this pillar highly attractive to others. In short, people are literally enthralled and captured by your brilliance.  

BING WU (丙午): STRENGTHS

To summarize the Bing Wu into a single sentence, it would be easy to say that this is a pillar that is driven by the compulsion to achieve greatness. Like the self-sustaining sun, this pillar has real drive and power to back up that desire.

When the Bing Wu is at a healthy level, the Bing Wu Day Master is someone with a great zest for life. You are funny, charming, adventurous and compassionate.

This appetite for all that life has to offer comes from the Ding Fire (丁) Rob Wealth star, the source of your ambitions and competitive nature. Like the sun, you simply can’t help but shine brightly for all to see. It’s virtually impossible to ignore a Bing Wu Day Master.

The Ji Earth (己) Hurting Officer stars adds to the originality of the Bing Wu. This is the seat of your creativity. Now at the most basic level of Chinese Metaphysics, the Fire element is always weakened by the Earth element. But in this case, a Ji Earth Hurting Officer star literally adds to the passion of the Bing Wu.

BING WU (丙午): WEAKNESSES TO BE AWARE OF

Because of the sheer brilliance of the Bing Wu pillar, you may exhibit a tendency for aggressive perfectionism. Driven by all that passion, time and time again, you may willingly or perhaps even unknowingly, shoulder all the responsibilities. You have high ideals that you intend to live up to. Consequently, you become very hard on yourself.

When in a negative frame of mind, your optimism becomes pessimism; your perfectionism turns over-critical and compassion may sour into suspicion.

BING WU (丙午): HOW YOU PRESENT

A Bing Wu Day Master can easily come across as a domineering personality. In part, this could be due to an unrecognized desire to stamp your personality on others. This pillar can be relentless. Add the magnanimous nature of the Bing Fire into the mix, and you get someone who is intent on ‘helping’, whether or not that help is needed nor appreciated.

This domineering tendency may manifest through bullying tactics and perhaps even attempts at emotional blackmail.

I realize that this segment can be easily misconstrued. Please understand that my intent is not to belittle. But I feel it is important to know how others would perceive you. This recognition and awareness alone can help smooth your relationship with the world at large.

BING WU (丙午), BUT BETTER

Let’s be honest here. The classical texts are not kind to the Bing Wu Day Master. Why? Because this is an original free spirit that bucks at rules and restrictions. However, these same traits can create an inspirational leader if all that positive energy and enthusiasm is harnessed towards your ambitions. Towards that end, I have a couple of suggestions as follows:

Suggestion 1: Tamper some of those domineering traits through learned diplomacy and tact. I’m mindful, though, that you may not be open to this suggestion. But at least, think about it!

Suggestion 2: The Bing Wu is governed by powerful emotions. So powerful, in fact, that they may cause inertia just when you need some drive to propel you ahead. Learning to detach from those emotions and to view them objectively could save you a lot of unnecessary stress.

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.

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#42 YI SI (乙巳)/WOOD SNAKE: THE GIFT OF VERSATILITY

Have you ever visited a tea plantation? Acres upon acres of thriving tea shrubs high upon the mountain top, the leaves waving in the wind, bathed in sunlight. Meet the Yi Si (乙巳) aka the Wood Snake, the only Yi Wood Day Master to sit on the Fire element as the Main Qi. This flexible Yi Wood is a master in versatility.

YI SI (乙巳) / WOOD SNAKE: OVERVIEW

At a glance, this is an unrooted Day Master without much support. It seems to be producing its Bing Fire (丙) Output Star, exerting strength to control its Wu Earth (戊) Wealth Star and defending against its Geng Metal (庚) Officer star.

It seems to be.

However, there is the relationship between the Bing Fire Hurting Officer and the Yi Wood Day Master is, in fact, a reverse production cycle. In other words, this Day Master is actually being produced by its own Output element.

Therefore, the influence of the Bing Fire (丙) will feature strongly in the Yi Si’s strengths and weaknesses.

YI SI (乙巳): STRENGTHS

Let’s examine the elements individually and discover the myriad strengths they bring to you, the Yi Siu Day Master:

  1. As mentioned earlier, the Bing Fire (丙) Hurting Officer Star plays a big role in how the Yi Si functions. This is where the creative energy and optimism of the Yi Si comes from. This element also brings you that ability to present fresh new perspectives on the same-old; same-old.
  2. Far from depleting the strength of the Yi Day Master, the Wu Earth (戊) Direct Wealth adds stability to this pillar. In addition to conveying determination to the Yi Si, it also represents the ability to maximize your resources and your knack for managing finance which in turn attracts many investment opportunities your way.
  3. Finally, the Geng Metal (庚) Direct Officer star injects a hefty dose of practicality and pragmatism to temper the idealism of the Bing Fire Hurting Officer.

YI SI (乙巳): HOW YOU PRESENT

Before we get into the weaknesses, I’d like to highlight a key point on how others are likely to perceive you, the Yi Si Day Master.

The most important thing you need to know is that you have the ability to project the outward persona of someone who is giving and selfless, yet at the same time, work towards your own goals and objectives.

Use this wisely, because a natural extension of this outward persona is that sometimes, you may give the impression of being secretive, a little aloof or perhaps even superior.

YI SI (乙巳): WEAKNESSES TO BE AWARE OF

The presence of both the Hurting Officer and the Direct Officer within the same pillar may indicate a rebellious nature as well as the probability of a lack of self-discipline.

The Bing Fire (丙) Hurting Officer is great when its passions are channelled towards realizing your ambitions. But should the rebellious nature of this star take root, there is a danger that you may cast aside your well-laid plans in pursuit of pipe dreams and castles in the air.

YI SI (乙巳), BUT BETTER

Competitive by nature, accepting help does not come easy for the Yi Si.

Since you are unlikely to seek help, therefore, the only logical suggestion for the Yi Si is to consciously create self-mastery through discipline.

Remember the famous quote from Frank Jackson aka Frank Outlaw (particularly apt in this case):

“Watch your thoughts, they become words
Watch your words, they become actions
Watch your actions, they become habits
Watch your habits, they become character
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny”

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.

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#41 JIA CHEN (甲辰): THE GIFT OF MAXIMUM CAPACITY

Isn’t this a weird title? The Gift of Maximum Capacity? I hear you ask. Look at this tall and majestic tree. Standing proud and loud on the hillside. Without any outside interference, this tree will continue to stretch upwards, growing to its full capacity in life. Imagine that you have this tree inside you (figuratively, of course). It’s your job to nurture it and let it grow. This is what the Jia Chen (甲辰) represents.

With the intro done and dusted, let’s dig into the Jia Chen pillar.

JIA CHEN (甲辰): AN OVERVIEW

Like the example of the tree, the Jia Chen’s life can be summed up as the pursuit of success. Now in this respect, please bear in mind that ‘success’ can mean different things to different people. For some, it may mean a high-flying corporate career. For others it may be the ability to contribute to society and humanity. This definition of ‘success’ is deeply unique and personal to each individual. So as you read this, all I ask is that you refrain from using society’s yardstick of success on yourself. Instead, ask yourself what that success means to you.

Like all Chen (辰) pillars, the Jia Chen carries an aura of nobility and grace. This gracefulness, sensitivity and adaptability is what allows you to move through different social circles with amazing ease.

Similar to all the other Wood Day Masters, the quality of the Wood is determined by the roots. In the case of the Jia Chen, while admittedly this is not a very stable pillar, but what you may lack in stability, you make up with other strengths.

JIA CHEN (甲辰): STRENGTHS

Rooted in your own Rob Wealth star and seated on the Indirect Wealth as the Main Qi and the Direct Resource, the combination of these three makes the Jia Chen more outgoing and more extroverted than some of your other Jia counterparts. This is where your inquisitive nature and engaging personality stems from.

  1. The Yi Wood (乙) Rob Wealth especially, is the star that brings you those go-getter attributes and self-motivation. Because of this Yi Wood, the word procrastination is never in your vocabulary. Instead, it gives you the self-assurance and ambition you need to create your own opportunities instead of waiting for them to come knocking at your door.
  • The Wu Earth (戊) Indirect Wealth Main Qi brings adds more goodies into the bag. The sheer stability of the Wu Earth represents your rock solid determination and ability to power through any obstacles in your way.
  • Most importantly for this Jia Chen, is the Gui Water (癸) Direct Resource. From this star, you inherit your astuteness and capacity to learn from your past mistakes, to keep evolving and growing.

JIA CHEN (甲辰): HOW YOU PRESENT

Again thanks to the Yi Wood (乙) Rob Wealth, you present as someone full of charisma and dynamism. People gravitate to you for help, because they see you as a friend in need who is benevolent, kind and protective. Which is absolutely the case!

However, the Jia Chen may sometimes project an aura of haughtiness and pride. Which leads us to your weaknesses to be aware of…

JIA CHEN (甲辰): WEAKNESSES TO BE AWARE OF

Like most Jia wood Day Masters, your biggest Achilles’ heel might very well be your fear of vulnerability. In your quest to protect that soft inner core, you build walls, you practice denial, and worse, you may even begin to believe and internalize negative thoughts and feelings about yourself.

While perfectly natural, these traits are self-defeating, stunting the Jia Wood instead of allowing it to grow. Building walls may create a safe space for you, but the walls also trap you behind your own emotional defenses.

As a result, the Jia Chen becomes someone who don’t appreciate ‘interference’ and will not tolerate any form of criticism.

JIA CHEN (甲辰), BUT BETTER

Use Your Hidden Fire

While it is not visible to the naked eye, what I want you to know is that there is a hidden wellspring of creativity in the Jia Chen pillar. In the study of Bazi, it is possible for the Wu Earth (戊) Indirect Wealth and the Gui Water (癸) Direct Resource to combine and form the Fire element, which is the Output star for the Jia Day Master.

This Fire element plays a crucial part in my first suggestion – Use Your Hidden Fire. How to do that? Learning to forgive yourself for any lapses big or small, could be one.

But that’s easy to say but difficult to do, isn’t it? Is there an easier way? Yes! Take up hobbies that allow for creative self expression such as art, for example would also bring you that feeling of peace and accomplishment to improve your mood and boost your self-esteem.

Spiritual Grounding

Alternatively, you could work towards achieving stability by grounding yourself through spiritual practices such as deep breathing techniques, meditation, yoga and many others.

Needless to say, the Gui Water (癸) Direct Resource is very important as it keeps nourishing the Jia Wood Day Master. This suggestion seeks to activate the Gui Water in your Day Pillar.

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.

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#40 GUI MAO (癸卯): THE GIFT OF CREATIVITY

This one is so easy to write. Sitting on its own Growth and Nobleman star, this pillar forms the Artistic Eating God Formation, what else could the Gui Mao (癸卯) have but the gift of creativity?

GUI MAO (癸卯)… AN OVERVIEW

Have you ever wandered out into your garden or to a park at sunrise? That magical hour between complete darkness and full sunlight, when the sky is tinged a rosy pink from the early rays of the sun. Look down! See the morning dew glistening on the leaves and flowers? That little drop of water resting gently on the petals is what the Gui Mao pillar represents.

Isn’t it a beautiful image? Just like the morning dew, the Gui Mao Day Master is gentle and just a tiny bit ethereal.

GUI MAO (癸卯) STRENGTH: LEARN LEARN LEARN

But what lurks beneath this conservative, compassionate and kind persona is what we are really interested in. Because this Artistic Eating God Formation indicates an acute intelligence, extreme clarity of thought, and a Day Master who is unabashedly creative.

So how can we make this better?

In the case of the Gui Mao Day Master, the Gui (癸) self-element produces the Yi (乙)Wood Eating God in the Branch. The Gui self-element itself is unsupported and does not have its own resource within the same pillar. This is where the Gui Mao’s thirst for knowledge stems from.

Luckily this Mao (卯) Branch draws in the Xu (戌) which brings much-needed support for the Gui Day Master in the form of the Geng (庚) Direct Resource. Because of this, one of the Gui Mao’s strength is its openness to absorb knowledge from any source. You are constantly exploring. The more you learn, the more creative you become. After all, wouldn’t you agree that knowledge is important for common sense to make sense?

However, the Gui Mao can take this process one step further. This Artistic Eating God Formation will not be content with merely absorbing and regurgitating theories. Instead, you have the ability to take in information from multiple sources and create new lines of thinking and solutions. Nothing delights the Gui Mao more than the ability to come up with new ideas and new approaches.

HOW THE GUI MAO (癸卯) PRESENTS

I think it is important for all the pillars to understand how you present to the rest of the world.

Like all Gui Day Masters, the first impression you give is as someone who is friendly and able to get along with anyone. Likability factor is high, given that this Gui Water Day Master sits on the Mao (卯) Branch which is also a Peach Blossom star.

However, the Gui Mao can seem to be just a little cold or detached. Some might even go as far as to label you a ‘diva’. Here’s why: while the Gui Mao Day Master is friendly, it is also extremely discerning. The Gui Mao does not deal with blind acceptance. In other words, it will not tolerate fools!

WEAKNESSES TO BE AWARE OF

Every pillar has its own strengths and weaknesses. We don’t necessarily have to fix our weaknesses, but an awareness of these traits will be valuable to becoming a better version of you.

  1. Beware the negative thoughts. This will tend to happen when Water energies are particularly strong. In this case, it is a matter of tweaking your internal conversations to turn the negative into the positive.
  2. The morning dew needs something to rest upon – usually, it’s the leaves and petals. This scenario denotes the sense of belonging that is always sought by the Gui Mao. As a result, please be aware that this elusive sense of belonging may inadvertently translate into an excessive attachment to the material world. When your sense of self-happiness and self-satisfaction is driven by what you have instead of what you create, it’s time to pull the hand-brakes!

GUI MAO (癸卯) , BUT BETTER

Even though the Gui Mao sits only on a single hidden stem, it seems to be already loaded with gifts. So how to make it better?

This Yi (乙)Wood Eating God must be protected at all costs. In this case, one recommendation is for you to learn better management skills. It could be time management, or people management, or let’s just put it under a single umbrella and call it resource management.

I know this sounds counter-intuitive. Why am I proposing a recommendation that seems to constrain creativity instead of unleashing it? On the contrary, better time management actually helps you free up more hours for creativity and helps you stay focused. Better resource management helps you prioritize and improve your creative output. We’re not talking about complicated time management tools here… just simple practices like pencilling down daily to do lists can help you achieve wonders!

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.

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THE HIDDEN SUN IS 1! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

On May 10th 2020, I posted my very first article in this blog with much trepidation and anticipation. It’s been a year since! The Hidden Sun is 1! So I want to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU for all your support.

Alright, to be completely honest, I’m not one for dates and anniversaries. I only remembered because WordPress sent me an invoice to renew the blog hosting! Haha!

So I thought I should at least mark this occasion with a special post this week – to thank you, yes YOU, for your support over the past 365 days.

I’ve learnt a lot since that first post. There has been some sacrifices too. But I’ve gained more in return.

First, The Thank Yous!

Many people have played a part in this journey of mine. It’s impossible to thank everyone individually. But in general, I’d like to say…

  • Thank you to my friends for your kind encouragement and support.
  • To my readers. I am grateful for the chance to serve and share my knowledge. I hope you’ve enjoyed visiting my blog.
  • To my clients, thank you again for the chance to serve. Quite a few have blurred the boundaries between clients to new friends.
  • To my boss, thank you for being supportive of this side gig.

Isn’t It Amazing What 2 Hours Can Do?

Looking into my blog analytics, I was astounded that in the past year, somehow while holding down a challenging full time career, I have managed to post 84 articles on this blog and 42 videos in YouTube. I’ve lost count of the Facebook Live #Talk3Talk4 that I do every week with my good friends Shamaine and Jonath. (Cue a bit of self-promotion: we share Metaphysics knowledge live on Facebook every Wednesday at 9:15pm MYT here. Come join us if you have the time).

Somehow, all that was accomplished, just by committing 2 hours every single day. The ancients got it right by splitting the day into 2-hour segments. 1 hour is barely enough to get something decent done. But 2 hours is just nice.

Seriously, try it for a month. But I think it’s important to list down what you have completed – no matter how small. By the end of the month, you get to look back at how much progress you would have gained. Motivation X10!!

Yes, I’ve certainly expanded my capacity within this past year. It’s gotten to the point where when I give myself a rare ‘day off’ (aka, I-heart-Yang-Goong-Disaster-Days), I find myself feeling bored! Self-punishment, anyone? Haha!

The Principle of Ying and Yang – The Price I’ve Paid

Of course, this doesn’t come without a ‘price’. Before this journey, I was a TV addict. TV-bingeing wasn’t just a thing, it was MY thing!

But since I started this side gig, the idiot box has gone silent. Actually, it broke down and I never even bothered to replace it.

But I’ve Gained So Much More

Sacrificing the television set on the altar of multiple income pipelines was a very small price to pay, I admit. And I’ve gained so much more!

I am grateful that I have somehow created a self-sustaining side business that I hope will grow exponentially as I continue to pour more efforts into it.

I am excited at how I have expanded my horizons, connected with a new group of amazing people.

Most importantly, I’ve learnt so much, not just about Chinese Metaphysics, but also about running a small business.

To tell you the truth, in 2020, my Bazi chart was full of negative stars. But defiantly, I decided to start my side gig then. Because I knew I would make mistakes. I knew I would run into problems. Might as well get them over with when times are bad, I figured. Yes, I can be greedy that way.

The Journey Continues

Of course, I will continue to post articles. After all, I’m only halfway through the 60 Pillars! This OCD Bing Fire thinks that a commitment is a commitment. It must be honoured! I look forward to sharing more insights and more value as I grow in my knowledge. I hope you will stay with me as I continue on this journey. Let’s grow together!

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#39 REN YIN (壬寅): THE GIFT OF SELF-IMPROVEMENT

Remember the Ren Chen pillar (壬辰) pillar with its poetic name ‘Ren Saddling The Dragon’s Back’? Well, it’s time to meet the ‘Ren Saddling The Tiger’s Back’ – the Ren Yin (壬寅).

Think of a river, winding its way through a dense and dark jungle. Think the Amazon river and you would be on the right track. Think of how this river flows in a strong yet controlled manner, but always heading in one direction. Come hell or high water, this river is intent upon reaching the sea! This river will flow over any obstacles, rush headlong down any heights, break down any barriers, as long as it meets its objective. That’s how strong the Ren Yin can be.

Maximizing The Ren Yin (壬寅): The Gift of Self-Improvement

In Bazi, we like it when the Qi produces each other in a single pillar. We can see this phenomenon clearly in the Ren Yin where the Ren Day Stem produces the Jia Wood Eating God in the Branch which then fuels the Bing Fire Indirect Wealth that eventually creates the Wu Earth 7 Killings. In classical Bazi, this is an indicator of potential wealth and prosperity.

You, the Ren Day Master, sits on a Jia Wood Eating God. For a Jia Wood to be useful, it needs to be chopped by Metal which represents Resource for the Ren Day Master. In other words, the Ren Yin’s ability to think-out-of-the-box comes from solid facts and data. That is why the Ren Yin always thirsts for knowledge.

This knowledge, represented by Metal, is the missing link to support the Ren Day Master as it continuously produces the Eating God, Indirect Wealth and 7 Killings in the Branch. This ‘missing’ Metal is also the reason why you can be such a tough task master towards yourself. At times, you may find it difficult to feel contentment in your achievements. You always want to do better. As such, it is normal to have a Ren Yin continuously striving towards self-improvement.

But before I have you thinking of the Ren Yin as a self-flagellating, self-punishing weirdo… luckily, we have the very useful and optimistic Bing Fire Indirect Wealth to bring some warmth and happiness. The nature of the Bing Fire is routine-driven. It has persistency. Here in the Ren Yin, it represents the ability to bounce back from setbacks, just like how the sun always rises after it sets.

Finally, the Wu Earth 7 Killings star brings stability, pragmatism and objectivity to the Ren Yin Day Master. This is a solid base which endows the Ren Yin with its risk-assessment capacities and its ability to confront and embrace new challenges and adventures.  

If the Ren Yin sounds amazing so far, that’s because it truly is! Now, if only I can convince the Ren Yin to accept that fact. If there is one weakness in this pillar, it is this tendency towards feelings of inadequacy and self-criticism. Again, we come back to that ‘missing’ Metal link.

Luckily, you don’t need to actually have Metal in your Bazi Chart to develop a love for life-long learning. Being aware of this need, and subsequently, ensuring that learning becomes a part of your day’s routine, is good enough. Pick up new skills every year! Hone your observational skill!. Just 1% improvement every day, and by the end of a year’s worth of intentional learning, you would have made progress.

So give yourself a break, Ren Yin. There’s no need to be so hard on yourself. You’re further along than you think.

Where is the Ren Yin (壬寅)

You, The Wise Counsel: Ren Yin (壬寅) In the Year Pillar

The Ren Water is the star of connectivity. Here in the Year Pillar, it allows you to connect with people of all types and stripes. Additionally, Ren Water represents wisdom.

Along with the progressive leanings of the Jia Wood, the optimistic rays of the Bing Fire as well as the ability to generate trust from the Wu Earth, this pillar literally projects an outward persona of intelligence and charisma.

Your friends and social circle will know you as someone who is resourceful, knowledgeable and objective – the best counsel for those in need of advice.

Pragmatic: Ren Yin (壬寅) In the Month Pillar and Hour Pillar

Are you a pragmatic or idealistic leader? I think that the Ren Yin will lean towards the pragmatic category, more interested in solid achievements as opposed to lofty dreams.

Here in the Month Pillar, this Ren stem will have strong views, but weakly held. No, I’m not calling the Ren Yin a wishy-washy pillar! Far from it! This can be a strength, representing the ability to change your opinion or position without feeling any unnecessary ego-bruising that will get in the way.

Your opinion may change, but you can also use the tenacity of the Jia Wood to double down on your strengths instead of wasting time on perceived weaknesses. The optimism of the Bing Fire will also lend crucial support in this process. Conscious use of this Bing Fire refers to the Bing’s ability to treat failure as feedback, instead of fatal! And finally, again, we come back to the Wu Earth’s stability to help you assess and manage risk.

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.

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#38 XIN CHOU (辛丑): THE GIFT OF SELF-RELIANCE

We all know what gold looks like. But how many of us have seen gold in its raw form? This unpolished rare metal in its original form, newly excavated from the ground. A diamond in the rough. This… is the Xin Chou (辛丑), which brings the gift of self-reliance.

Maximizing The Xin Chou (辛丑): The Gift of Self-Reliance

Wouldn’t you agree that, to the untrained eye, gold in its original form will seem no different from any other piece of rock? So, grab a loupe! Let’s take a closer look.

Parked under this Xin Metal Day Master is a resourceful Ji Earth Indirect Resource Star which produces the Xin Metal, that in turn attracts the Gui Water Eating God star. What does this mean? The Ji Earth brings intuition and signals that resource is abundant in your life. The Xin Metal Friend star radiates inner confidence and self-worth, while the Gui Water bequeaths imagination and creativity.

But before we continue unpacking the Xin Chou Day Master, let’s get something straight. Self-reliance is not about doing everything yourself. It’s not about shouldering every hardship that comes your way. This, after all, is a Xin Metal Day Master we are talking about here. Instead, it is about inherent self-worth, self-expression and most importantly, self-acceptance.

For all its precise, detailed and rather nit-picky tendencies, a strong and grounded Xin Metal knows the difference between what’s attainable and what’s out of reach. Raw gold knows its own worth. It doesn’t care if the untrained eye recognizes it or not. This sense of self-acceptance is the one thing that differs the Xin Chou from all the other Xin variants.

So how should we maximize the Xin Chou and become even more self-reliant? I have a few of suggestions.

Learn To Be Observant

Crafting and carving raw gold into a thing of beauty that is universally admired requires time, effort, precision, and yes, discipline. One wrong move could shatter the ore and ruin the value of the precious metal. But in the hands of an expert craftsman, the Xin Metal’s inner glow becomes apparent for all to see. But before the craftsman begins to wield his tools, the first thing he does… is observe. He look at the natural contours of the metal, its inherent shape and feels its potential.

This level of observation can be learnt, especially if you are a Xin Chou Day Master. It’s about learning to trust your intuition with regards to the people that come your way, learning to pick up non-verbal cues to discern who will have a positive impact in your life and vice versa.

This skill is particularly important for the Xin Chou, which leads us to the second suggestion…

Surround Yourself With The Right Friends

They say that only a diamond can cut another diamond. The Xin Chou Day Master is nothing if not loyal. But this highly admirable trait can become an Achilles’ heel. You may find yourself pouring too much energy into unhealthy situations which could exacerbate the natural self-critical side of the Xin Metal.

Therefore, surrounding yourself with the friends who contribute positively to your self-esteem will greatly enhance your ability to be self-reliant.

And Finally, Learn The Rewards Of Mental Discipline

Into each life, a little rain must fall. For each Metal Day Master, a little Fire is needed to mould and shape. With resource so easily available to the Xin Chou Day Master, learning the rewards of mental discipline will help maximize the use of the resources at hand.

Discipline is like a muscle. It can be trained. But again, don’t get me wrong. This is not about being hard on yourself. It’s not about forcing yourself to work crazy hours. In this case, it is about learning to see the big picture and exercise restraint in adversity. In other words, it’s about tampering the overcritical and impatient side of the Xin Metal

Where is the Xin Chou (辛丑)

Magnetize Opportunities: Xin Chou (辛丑) In the Year Pillar

Let’s not beat around the bush here. The Xin Chou can literally bedazzle with outward self-confidence. The Xin Chou pillar really does love meeting new people. Don’t forget, the Xin Metal is also a networking star.

With the Xin Chou in your Year Pillar, you can attract or magnetize opportunities to come your way simply by allowing the Xin Metal to shine. Is that sentence too abstract for you? Let me refine it a little.

A simple way to explain the concept of magnetizing opportunities is the act of creating a unique and meaningful brand for yourself that can be leveraged into progressive opportunities. It’s about becoming a go-to expert on a topic that fires your passion and then creating a narrowly focused online and offline presence around your area of expertise. When you do this, you will be using the Xin Chou to its fullest potential.

Leveraging Off Your Leadership Skills: Xin Chou (辛丑) In the Month Pillar

Using the Xin Chou in the Month Pillar is to learn the elusive skill of building a team. The Xin Metal needs a strong team to leverage on, co-workers and partners who can carry out those meticulous plans and details to perfection.

In this case, use the natural people-skills of the Xin Metal to identify the right people who can help you attain your goals, the resourcefulness of the Ji Earth to nurture that team and the adaptability of the Gui Water to maintain harmony within the team.

Be True To Yourself: Xin Chou (辛丑) In the Hour Pillar

Like the chunk of raw gold with its beautiful inner core, the Xin Chou carries a sense of inner purity and innocence that should be protected at all costs. However, the Xin Chou pillar is also propelled by the need to create a special identity that will help it stand out from the crowd. This pillar simply likes to feel that it is special or different.

Nothing wrong with that desire! But when that desire becomes overwhelming, that is when you need to learn the mental discipline to know when enough is finally enough.

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.

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#37 GENG ZI (庚子): THE GIFT OF NONCONFORMITY

A sword sheathed in ice. Metal submerged and distorted by water. A symbol of untapped power. This pillar, the Geng Zi (庚子), carries the gift of nonconformity.

Wait, you say… is nonconformity a gift? Of course! If you know how to use it.

Maximizing The Geng Zi (庚子): The Gift of Nonconformity

The Geng Zi (庚子) combines the execution power of the Geng Metal with the shrewdness of the Gui Water Hurting Officer. Another way to look at this pillar is to visualize the Geng Metal as a sharp mind and a pragmatic approach to life and the Gui Water as a deep sense of curiosity. Either way, this combination of Ying and Yang in one pillar can result in a rather perplexing combination of traits – stubborn and irritable but also generous and soft-hearted. In other words, the Geng Zi personality is one that can be rather difficult to decode. Hence, the reputation as an eccentric nonconformist.

What’s A Nonconformist?

According to psychologist Dr. David Weeks, these five traits are present in every eccentric person. Let’s see how these five traits stack up against the natural attributes of the Geng Zi.

  1. Nonconfirming attitude – Check! Seated on its own Hurting Officer, the Geng Zi will naturally be vocal and rebellious against the norms.
  2. Highly motivated by curiosity – Check! Again, the Gui Water is nothing but infinitely curious.
  3. Creative – Check! The Hurting Officer, being an output star, brings the creativity to this equation
  4. Idealistic – Check! Idealism is the corner stone of the two output stars Eating God and Hurting Officer
  5. Opinionated and outspoken – Check! Hurting Officer, anybody?

So it’s now obvious that the Gui Water Hurting Officer brings a lot of the non-contrarian attitudes to the Geng Zi. But have no doubt, that at the end of the day, a Geng Metal is still a Geng Metal. This is an element of toughness. It is naturally ambitious and has the innate willpower to become energized instead of being deterred by setbacks and road blocks.

Pros and Cons of Being A Nonconformist

There are, of course, pros and cons to nonconformity. First let’s examine the advantage. Psychiatric studies have found that eccentrics or nonconfirmists tend to be happier individuals. The logic is that, when you no longer march to the beat of other drums, when you don’t measure yourself against the yardstick of others, the person is naturally happier in himself or herself.

The price of nonconformity, however, will be the loss of security and social acceptance. If this price is too high for the Geng Zi Day Master, a good way to ‘unleash’ the power of the Geng Metal is to learn self-discipline and the willpower to take action. You see, the Hurting Officer can be a bit of an all-talk-no-action type of star. The Geng Zi is at its best when they are fired up with motivation. The basis of this suggestion is to use focus and direction to further hone the natural talents of the Geng Zi on their goals instead of wasting their potential on rectifying petty obstacles. In other words, learn to change what you can, let go of situations that you cannot alter.

But as I said earlier, this is merely a suggestion. It is to be deployed only if you, the Geng Zi Day Master, feel that there is a need to enhance your power. To me, there is no harm in being a nonconformist. As long as your eccentricity doesn’t hurt anyone else, a bit of nonconformity, when used deliberately, can signal a strong self-confidence and greater competence.

Remember when Mark Zuckerberg wore a hoodie to meet investors before Facebook’s first public offering? How’s that for positive nonconformity?

Of course, whenever a Day Master sits on its own Hurting Officer, the classic texts will have plenty to say about this scenario… most of them negative especially when it comes to the marital happiness of a female Geng Zi Day Master. But let’s not forget that these classics are written on the background of a society that is deeply infused by Confucianism. Today, society’s acceptance and admiration for eccentrics have changed for the better.

So you’re a tad bit eccentric. So what?

Where is the Geng Zi (庚子)

The Centre of Attention: Geng Zi (庚子) In the Year Pillar

The Geng Zi in itself can be quite a vocal pillar. The Zi (or Rat, if you prefer), is a Peach Blossom star. When the Geng Zi drops into the Year Pillar, it brings a youthful likeability with a flair of the dramatic to the chart.

Nonconformity At Work: Geng Zi (庚子) In the Month Pillar

A nonconformist at work is someone who contributes tremendous value by refusing to accept the status quo and staying in the comfort zone. Driven by the curiosity of the Gui Water, the Geng Zi pillar asks questions, explores, discovers and innovates. Supported by the toughness of the Geng Metal, the Geng Zi, again when fired up, has the power to raise the bar and reshape the world.

Emotional and Impulsive: Geng Zi (庚子) In the Hour Pillar

Embracing spirituality and philosophy is a good way to help the Geng Zi pillar gain the inner stability and focus it needs when the emotions become overbearing. This suggestion counters the dark side of the Geng Zi pillar which may struggle a lot with the emotional side of things.

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.

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#36 JI HAI (己亥): THE GIFT OF PLANNING

Externally, the Ji Hai (己亥) presents as a very idyllic picture – endless waves, lapping gently against the golden sands; coconut trees swaying elegantly in the breeze. Picturesque, isn’t it?  But did you know, that beneath that romantic exterior lies a very capable Day Master with the gift of planning?

Care to know more? Read on…

Maximizing The Ji Hai (己亥): The Gift of Planning

The Ji Hai Day Master is certainly blessed with a potent combination of both beauty and brains. Like the beautiful picture that the pillar presents, you, the Ji Hai Day Master possess mesmerizing beauty along with a warm and exuberant personality. Looking at the picture alone, you would most likely think that the Ji Hai Day Master is one who is good-natured, easy-going, someone who goes with the flow, maybe even a little lackadaisal.

To a point, you would be right. However, never discount the fact that this nurturing and compassionate Ji Earth sits on an innovative and forceful Ren Water Direct Wealth star along with the ambitions of the Jia Wood Direct Officer star.

This Ren Water Direct Wealth star, especially, holds the most influence when it comes to the planning skills of the Ji Hai. After all, the Direct Wealth is the star of planning and execution.

Planning skills is one of the cornerstones for success. And here’s the rub. Not everyone does it naturally like the Ji Hai. Many of us are visionary big thinkers. The Ji Hai, on the other hand, makes big plans and turns those grand schemes into smaller rational and realistic steps – all thanks to the Ren Water Direct Wealth that you sit on.

Along with the planning skills, comes the natural resourcefulness of the Ji Earth. All Ji Earth Day Masters are naturally resourceful. But in the case of the Ji Hai, this trait is amplified by the Ren Water Direct Wealth which also represents the ability to connect with people from all walks of life.

This planning ability is never more apparent than when the Ji Hai Day Master is working to achieve balance in your life. Be it work-life balance, or balance in relationships, this is something that is particularly important to the Ji Hai.

Why? Let’s think on this for a second. The golden sand of the beach is constantly in danger of being eroded by the sea. Because the Direct Wealth is such a task-focused star, when the Ren Water overwhelms, or rather, when the plan goes awry, you tend to create a negative impression due to your sharp-shooter way of talking.

Therefore, the key to making the best of the Ji Hai pillar is to use the Jia Wood Direct Officer star to  create stability in the pillar. In Bazi, when we say that you should use your Direct Officer star, what we mean is to consciously apply or adopt the characteristics of that particular profile.

In this case, it means learning to use diplomacy and social skills in your daily life. The Direct Officer star also means going by the book, being law-abiding, and aiming for steady and conservative growth like the Jia Wood itself.

An Interesting Side Note: Songbird

Here’s an interesting side note about the Ji Hai. This pillar comes hand-in-hand with a beautiful singing voice. Do you know a singer named Celine Dion? If you don’t, please Google her. Or better yet, YouTube her. Listen to that soulful, gut-wrenching and emotive voice. Ladies and gentlemen, turn on the spotlights, I present to you… the Ji Hai Day Master!

Where is the Ji Hai (己亥)

An Honourable Reputation: Ji Hai (己亥) In the Year Pillar

Generous, confident and honourable, your personal brand is that of someone who is steady and even-tempered. Aside from resourcefulness, the Ji Hai pillar holds a great deal of integrity. So you start off on the right footing as the first impression you give is of someone who is trustworthy.

On the flip side, the Ji Hai pillar has a tendency to try to be everything for everyone. As long as you are aware of this trait, it can be kept under control.

Stable Yet Flexible: Ji Hai (己亥) In the Month Pillar

Remember what I said earlier about the Ji Hai’s emphasis on stability? This pillar tends to strive for a stable lifestyle and is usually drawn towards steadier methods to earn a living. There is certainly nothing wrong with this preference. However, do be mindful not to take on a job that is beneath your true potential just for the sake of security alone.

The Ji Hai is also a very flexible pillar. While some prefer to work independently and others like to work in a team, the Ji Hai can work both ways by using either the absorbent nature of the Ji Earth or the independence brought by the Ren Water.

Academically Driven: Ji Hai (己亥) In the Hour Pillar

In my previous post about the Wu Xu (戊戌), I wrote about how that pillar loves to hoard information. The Ji Hai is also academically driven but with a glaring difference. Unlike the Wu Xu whose knowledge has to be teased out of it, the Ji Hai is able to take in knowledge and turn it into growth.

Focus is the key to use this pillar effectively. Allowing the thirst for knowledge to run rampant will be counter-productive as it will spread your energies too thin.

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.

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