LIU BOWEN’S 100 TACTICS #5 – TRAINING

Grappling with the need for staff training is an age-old problem that continues to plague both ancient generals and modern-day managers alike. As Liu BoWen says in his 100 Unorthodox Tactics, “Whenever the army is to be mobilized, the soldiers must first be instructed in combat.” As the war progresses and businesses change, one’s ‘soldiers’ cannot stay in stasis.

Moulding a group of people to a common understanding, values and predictable behaviour can only be accomplished through education. Confusius’s Analects described this best: “It is not in forming a battle array that is difficult, it is reaching the point that men can be ordered into formation that is hard. It is not attaining the ability to order them into formation that is difficult, it is reaching the point of being able to employ them that is hard. It is not knowing what to do that is difficult, it is putting it into effect that is hard.”

But among the smorgasbord of training programmes available, which one should you prioritize? Of course, the primary answer depends on your own business direction. However, if completely clueless, a Qi Men Dun Jia chart can provide you with a clue or two.

Using a Qimen chart to determine staff training

As always, the Hour Palace represents your staff (ie, a group of people). In this sample chart, the staff palace is located in the West (indicated by the number 1).

To determine training, we look at the palace that produces the staff palace. In the case of this example, that would be the South West palace (indicated by the number 2).

Finally, the Door and Star in the solution palace (2) provide the indication of the topic or field of study. In this example, we see the Hero Star and the Death Door. In the modern age, the Hero Star could represent Social Media Management, indicating that your staff needs to be trained in this field, while the Death Door indicates coaching, training or counselling skills would also be helpful.

If you are ready to take your business to the next level and you are keen to prepare your staff for the exciting journey ahead, drop me a line here.

Permission Statement: The Qi Men Dun Jia Chart referred in this web article is copyrighted material belonging to, and is used with permission from Dato Joey Yap and Joey Yap Research Group Sdn. Bhd. For more information on services and courses offered by Dato Joey Yap and the Joey Yap Research Group Sdn. Bhd., please visit www.joeyyap.com

MAXIMIZE EVERY PILLAR #6 JI SI (己巳): PRESSURE-PROOF

The Ji Si (己巳) pillar can be imagined as a slab of jade that is formed from the slow movement of the earth. Like the jade that came into being through high temperature and pressure, a Ji Si individual is one who understands their true self-worth in the face of life’s trials and tribulations.

This self-understanding endows the Ji Si pillar with a quality of being pressure-proof, the ability to reject society’s pressure to conform. This brings about a rare independence of mind and spirit that can be in turn a boon, or a bane.

But at thehiddensun.com, we’re all about the boon. So let’s get started.

Maximizing The Ji Si Day Master: The Benefits Of Being A Late Bloomer

If you are a Ji Si Day Master, you may very well be a late bloomer. And why not? With so much to discover within you, some talents are worth waiting for.

The society we live in today has put too much premium on early achievements. Lest we forget the benefits of being a late-bloomer, here’s a list:

  1. You have an empathy and connection for discovering underdogs. Having gone through the process yourself, you can sense when something great is hiding under all that awkwardness.
  2. You experience more gratitude when you reach milestones. And you are less likely to lose that which you have earned as you will never take anything for granted.
  3. You’re never worried about the Joneses. Keeping up with the Joneses (or in today’s world, the Kardashians) has never brought anyone any benefits apart from more pressure and grief. You know that for a fact. And you often wish that others would too. 

Peer pressure aside, a Ji Si Day Master is someone who is strong, perseverant and highly intelligent. You have a thirst for knowledge and a charismatic personality which translates to potential power in all your endeavours.

By all means, nurture this deep quest for knowledge, as it is the key ingredient in the development of all your talents and vital to your overall success. For the Ji Si Day Master, spicing up your daily routine with variety and adventure can make your goals and objectives more easily attainable.

Where Is The Ji Si?

Making Enigmatic Work For You (Ji Si in the Year Pillar): Ji Si in the Year Pillar lends you an enigmatic and cool aura that is mysterious, confounding and inscrutable. Contrary to the current obsession of being open and instantly likable, people are actually attracted to those who seem mysterious. They pay attention when you create an atmosphere of anticipation, if nothing else, just to see what you do next. This persona can be used to deceive, enthral and influence.

If I haven’t convinced you yet, let’s talk about this a little more.

An enigmatic social persona can make you appear brilliant and profound. Like you have your act together (even though, like the rest of us, you don’t really). With that, you gain an upper hand when you force others to try and figure you out. Inscrutability draws attention.

With a Ji Si in your Year Pillar, cloaking yourself with an aura of enigma is so simple. Just do something periodically that doesn’t jive with the public’s perception of you. This will be enough to keep them on edge and focused on you. With the aid of the Ji Si pillar, it will be easy to pull off. For the rest of us? Maybe not so.

Independence At Work (Ji Si in the Month Pillar): The pressure-proof characteristics of the Ji Si pillar can also be translated as a strong and independent spirit. This pillar requires a lot of authority and autonomy to perform at its best.

Teamwork is acceptable, so long as it doesn’t stifle your modus operandi. To keep this spirit of independence alive, you will need to activate the Ji Si’s love of knowledge by constantly learning something new and staying ahead of industry trends.

If teamwork is just not your thing, then be sure to position yourself as someone with practical solutions whom people turn to in times of crisis.

Self-Directed Control Freak (Ji Si in the Hour Pillar): The Ji Si pillar can be a bit of a control freak. I agree, manifesting it externally may not be a good thing as you end up being branded as someone domineering and dominating. But there are some areas in your own life and attitudes that can benefit from a degree of control, such as:

  1. Gain control over your stress level to stay calm and level through the biggest crisis.
  2. Take control of how you spend your precious time
  3. Structure the most efficient path through your priorities by taking control of your actions
  4. Learn to turn your knowledge into solid decision-making processes
  5. Gain mastery over your thoughts. This is the one point that most people will find most challenging. The moment when you master your own thoughts is when you can grow beyond any barriers.

And Finally…

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 Si pillar somewhere in your chart? Plot your Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/.

HOW TO RECOGNIZE COMMON DISEMPOWERING MENTAL FRAMES WITH BAZI SHORTCUTS

I’ve always viewed coaching and Bazi consults as flip sides of the same coin. At the end of the day, we just want to shift the person from a disempowering mindset to an empowered frame. Would you agree?

When I was studying for my Associate certification with the Malaysian Academy of Corporate Coaches, one of the key things we were taught to identify quickly is the current mind frame of the person sitting in front of us.

But here’s the problem that is commonly encountered among coaches and Bazi consultants alike. Sometimes, people just plain don’t know what they want. Or they find it hard to articulate their current condition. ‘No, it’s not this. Maybe it’s that. I don’t know.’

While sitting through a long discussion over disempowering frames, it suddenly struck me that Bazi can be the shortcut to identify some of the more common frames, even as the conversation meanders from one sub-topic to another.

Of the eight disempowering frames, here are the three I encounter most frequently and the possible indications from a Bazi perspective:

“I… I… I…” (Significance == Friend Star Overly Strong)

The problems brought on by a Significant Mental Frame exactly matches that of a Friend Star that had become overly strong. The person becomes the centre of his/her own world. Everything is about him/her. Everyone else exists to serve him/her. Even the smallest obstacles or issue becomes a huge personal affront. When I see a Friend Star that has become overly strong, I know I will have a significant mindset on my hands.

“I’m not ready…” (Delay = Missing 7K Star Or Resource Is Overly Strong)

When the Resource elements are too strong in a Bazi Chart, there is a distinct possibility that the person feels that he/she is never ready. This mental frame could also be indicated by a missing 7 Killings star, which translates to a lack of impetus to action.

“It’s Not My Fault…” (Blame == Harm Relationships In The Bazi Chart)

Blame is a defense mechanism. It helps the person preserve their sense of self-esteem by avoiding awareness of their own flaws or failings. These days, we call it projection, denial or displacement… but essentially, it’s playing the blame game.

A blame mindset exactly describes a Harm Relationship in the person’s Bazi Chart. As in coaching, this problem is fixed through awareness and ownership.

If you feel ready to take action and shift to a more positive frame of mind, don’t hesitate to drop me a note.

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LIU BOWEN’S 100 TACTICS #4 – TRUST

“When superiors esteem trust and employ the lower ranks with sincerity, they will exhaust their emotions without any doubts and never fail to be victorious in battle.”

Enamoured by the glamour and glitz of the present social media marketing trend, many of us may forget one important factor – trust.

Trust plays a pivotal role in how our society function. When there is trust between the people and their government, the Covid-19 situation is better controlled; teams function better to reach a shared goal; a service provider can better provide value for their clients; and business partners find their actions aligned.

However, since the chapter in Liu BoWen’s 100 Unorthodox Tactics clearly emphasized trust between team members, here is an easy way to determine trust between yourself as a middle manager with your subordinates and your immediate superior using a Qi Men Dun Jia chart.

In all cases where a team’s condition is being examined:

  1. The Day Stem represents the asker
  2. The Hour Stem represents the subordinates
  3. The Month Stem represents the immediate superior
Sample Qimen chart

In this example, the Hour Palace (2) produces the Day Palace (1), indicating that there is already trust between the asker and the subordinates. However, the Day Stem (1) is being countered by the Month Palace (3), suggesting that the asker does not really have the trust of his/her immediate superior.

Therefore, the solution to gaining the trust from the immediate superior lies in the North Palace, coincidentally where the Hour stem resides. The formation within the North Palace suggests a need for better communications to be in place as well as the need to resolve petty internal squabbles. Once resolved, trust can be established through consistency, credibility and sincerity.

Do you think office politics is holding you back? Get in touch to gain some clarity.

Permission Statement: The Qi Men Dun Jia Chart referred in this web article is copyrighted material belonging to, and is used with permission from Dato Joey Yap and Joey Yap Research Group Sdn. Bhd. For more information on services and courses offered by Dato Joey Yap and the Joey Yap Research Group Sdn. Bhd., please visit www.joeyyap.com

MAXIMIZE EVERY PILLAR #5 WU CHEN (戊辰): THE THESPIAN

If all the world’s a stage, as William Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It, and all the men and women merely players, then the Wu Chen (戊辰) pillar must be the Thespian.

Imagined as an emerald green hill made lush by the trickle of a babbling brook, the Wu Chen calls to mind a peaceful pastoral scene that carries an aura of nobility and aristocracy.

Unlike the first four posts in this series (Jia Zi, Yi Chou, Bing Yin and Ding Mao) where the main characteristics of the pillar is adapted to different needs, I will employ a different approach this time, by highlight different facets of the Wu Chen depending on its location in the Bazi Chart.

Maximizing the Wu Chen Day Master: Think Class, Not Crass

Granted, a thespian is merely another name for an actor, but this description invokes a feeling of someone who is more intellectual, more classy. Think melodious and captivating voice, poise, gracefulness and graciousness. In a world where, increasingly, crassness is expected, accepted and almost de rigueur,  a person with thespian-like attributes would surely stand out.

The Wu Chen Day Master is a visionary who is extremely sensitive, intuitive and creative. Gifted with strong communication skills, the most important thing for a Wu Chen Day Master is to ensure that you are equipped with quality education. This will result in an individual who is both idealistic and observant, articulate and methodical.

There is a certain dichotomy to your nature, especially where your friends are concerned. While sociable, you will find there are times when you just want to be left alone. Extremely independent by nature, you are driven by a compulsion for constant evolution. The Wu Chen pillar carries tremendous potential, though sometimes you may not be able to recognize your own capacity. People who know you well could often be puzzled by your deep-seated insecurities, your sensitivity to critique, especially given the many talents that you have.

Although you retain much of the Wu Earth’s attributes of calmness and stability, the Wu Chen is the most flexible among the Wu Earth Day Masters. Like the rolling hills you represent, you have a gentle and persuasive manner that will be a boon when it comes to dealing with different types of people.

 Where Is The Wu Chen?

Multiple Social Circles (Wu Chen in the Year Pillar): Outwardly, you project a charming and graceful manner that makes it easy for you to move between different social circles. This is the well-rounded nature of the Wu Chen coming to the fore. Being aware of this trait, and making an effort to live up to this, will broaden your horizons beyond the immediate.

Thespian-like Skills At Work (Wu Chen in the Month Pillar): With Wu Chen in the Month Pillar, always seek to explore different fields or industries in order to broaden your understanding and perspective of the world.

The thespian-like skills that graces the Wu Chen pillar is easily transferrable between different industries. While others may need to learn the art of active listening, this skill comes easily to the Wu Chen. The act of active listening will result in a natural curiosity and empathy towards others, eventually making you a better deal closer. This is because you truly understand what your clients, customers or maybe even just employers need. 

A Questing Mind (Wu Chen in the Hour Pillar): For all the steadiness of the Wu Earth Day Masters, the Wu Chen is curiously restless. Wu Chen in the Hour Pillar represents a questing mind. You find yourself perplexed by people who willingly limit themselves. Be sure to share your knowledge and skills if you want to truly maximize this pillar. That is where your satisfaction lies. 

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 Chen pillar somewhere in your chart? Plot your Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/.

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LIU BOWEN’S 100 TACTICS #3 – SPIES

“Whenever planning to conduct a major military expedition, you should first employ spies to determine the enemy’s troop strength, emptiness or fullness, and movement and rest, and only thereafter mobilize the army.”

In his chapter entitled “Employing Spies”, Sun Tzu emphasized on the importance of comprehensive intelligence. He advocated that even after checking the true nature by deploying the knowledge of Qi Men Dun Jia, the information must still be verified. Here’s the quote: “Advance knowledge cannot be gained from ghosts and spirits, inferred from phenomena, or projected from the measures of Heaven, but must be gained from men for it is the knowledge of the enemy’s true situation.”

I don’t need a Qi Men chart to elaborate on the use of Spies. In today’s world where everything is out in the open, spying on the competition has never been easier. It’s literally called the Social Media.

Spend some time in your competitor’s social media sites, particularly the comments section. You will be able to quickly discern the points of customer dissatisfaction, or confusion. Spend enough time on these you will be able to pinpoint the chinks in their armour that can be exploited by the wily entrepreneur.

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MAXIMIZE EVERY PILLAR #4 DING MAO (丁卯): YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION

A scented candle that brings light, warmth and romance to the dark. A single candle that can light a million others. This is the Ding Mao (丁卯) pillar. The most beautiful of all the Ding Fire Day Masters, you, my friend, are the inspiration.

3 Reasons Why The Ding Mao Day Master Is An Inspiring Individual

  1. An original mind full of progressive ideas. A Ding Mao Day Master is outspoken and independent. Whether you acknowledge it or not, you have been endowed with natural linguistic skills and a gift for written and verbal communication.
  2. Where others see problems, you see possibilities. Ding Mao individuals have the natural ability to absorb and process information. This keen and highly analytical mind is a common trait among pioneers.
  3. You acknowledge the best in people. Like a candle, you are able to start new fires without diminishing your own light. The Ding Mao will often see the best in those around them, and through this belief in their worth, you inspire them to be a better version of themselves. This is a feat few can achieve. Those who see only the bad inspires no one.

In this process, you, Ding Mao, must also be aware of your own need to be inspired as well. Easily bored with repetitive or mundane tasks, given to taking on too many projects at one time, losing focus is something that you must constantly guard against.

At the same time, be mindful that your own perfectionism and incredibly high standards may lead to self-inflicted doubts and inner conflicts. While you are so good at seeing the best in people, this generosity and self-belief should also be applied to yourself. In this respect, seeking spiritual enlightenment can help to keep you grounded. If spiritual development is not your cup of tea, at the very least conduct a daily energy check to stay on the upward trajectory.

Once focused, there really is no limits to what a Ding Mao can achieve.

 Where Is The Ding Mao?

How To Create An Inspiring Social Media Strategy (Ding Mao in the Year Pillar): With Ding Mao in the Year Pillar, you are gifted with one special talent – that of a riveting storyteller. Why bother sharing the old, tired and worn-out platitudes when you have the gift of communication to convey your unique point of view?

It’s important to be authentic. I’ve watched many brands try to create inspiring social media marketing campaigns. They rarely work because it is hard to feel authenticity from a brand. The sports and music industries do this best, as they have real people and real stories to work with. For a social media campaign to be inspiring, you must put a real face to the story.

Most importantly, you must embody the change you want to see. In this aspect, being ‘other-focused’ by actively contributing to the growth of others, helping others grow and flourish, is the ultimate achievement for an inspiring social media strategy.

The Disruptor At Work (Ding Mao in the Month Pillar): Ding Mao in the Month Pillar puts you in a strong position to act as a disruptor in your business and industry. This is where your ability to think and act fast the moment you recognize an opportunity, your inner drive for success, and a much-needed disdain for knuckling down under the thumb of others, combine to put you in the driving seat for change. Harness that rebellious energy well with mindful and strategic planning, and you might just be the next celebrated unicorn in your industry.

The Inspiring Parent (Ding Mao in the Hour Pillar): I rarely write about parenting. But in this instance, with the gifts of the Ding Mao, it is hard not to draw your attention to the pillar’s potential to become an inspiring parent. Lucky are the children with parents who continue to inspire them all their lives.

The Ding Mao’s child-like wonder for new knowledge and ideas make them a great role model at home. Here, the Ding Mao’s capacity to see and acknowledge the possibility in people often puts their children on the path to success.

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 Ding Mao pillar somewhere in your chart? Plot your Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/.

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LIU BOWEN’S 100 TACTICS #2 – PLANS

“If you attack the enemy just after they have formulated their strategy, it will ruin their plans and force them to submit.”

War is costly business. Imagine getting into an advertising or pricing war against your competitor. How much would that cost? In the chapter for Planning Offensives, Sun Tzu wrote in the Art of War that the highest realization of warfare is to attack plans.

So using the same example chart from the first tactic (Estimates), assuming that I am your competitor. How would I try to disrupt your plan?

If I wanted to create a head-on confrontation, I would assume the West Palace (marked by the No. 5). I would hire a high-profile Expert who has a strong and trustworthy reputation in the market, someone who has got the required knowledge. He or she will front my marketing campaign which I will tailor according to what will appeal to the market.

According to this chart, the market is currently in the South West palace (marked by the No. 4). The market currently favours the cultivation of a community (Harmony), and the best way to get their attention is through educational marketing.

By employing this tactic, I will receive the support of the market (SouthWest palace produces West). At the same time, it puts me squarely against what you are doing, creating a differentiation point.

When do I need to take action? The ripple effects of your action was felt in June (No. 3) and will reach the market place by July or August (No. 4). Therefore, the window of opportunity for me to take action is getting smaller. I must act fast, within the month if possible, to intervene before the window closes and receive the benefits from the market’s support.

MAXIMIZE EVERY PILLAR #3 BING YIN (丙寅): HOW TO BE EMPOWERING; THE EMPOWERMENT DNA

In the study of Bazi, the Tiger marks the coming of spring. The Bing Yin (丙寅) pillar evokes the imagery of the warm and crisp spring sunlight shining over a lush forest. As the sun melts away the last of the frost, the silver new leaves turn their faces to the life-giving sun, growing lush and full again. The sun doesn’t come down to earth to help with the spring planting. It just creates the environment for life to begin anew. That is why, the Bing Yin pillar is empowering.

How To Empower Yourself: Maximizing the Bing Yin Day Master

The Bing Yin Day Master embodies the spirit of hope through the sheer force of your personality, confidence, keen intelligence and creativity. Equipped with a fertile imagination, you are ably aided by an inventive, analytical and active mind that constantly needs to be challenged.

At your best, your are a self-confident and independent person with a warm and generous heart. A strong moral code and a keen sense of justice is extremely important to you. These values are something that you will never compromise on.

These characteristics combine put you, the Bing Yin Day Master, in a unique position, not just to empower yourself, but others as well. Empowerment is described as the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s right. However, you can only give what you already have.

Here are five tips on how to empower yourself:

  1. Ground yourself. For the Bing Yin Day Master, your home is your safe place to retreat. This is where you find emotional peace. Beneath the Bing Yin’s bright and sunny exterior, hides a vulnerable soul that can be prone to running on extreme highs and lows. As you give so much of yourself at work, make sure that your home affords you the time and space you need to regain your equilibrium.
  2. Focus on issues that speak to your heart. There will always be a gazillion and one thing to fix. But being human, we can’t deal with them all. So bend your creativity towards the issues that bother you the most.
  3. Plan ahead to avoid becoming overwhelmed. The Bing Yin tends to become overwhelmed when you don’t plan ahead. At times like these, you risk becoming distracted and may even lose heart too quickly.
  4. Practice self-compassion. Bing Fire Day Masters are always magnanimous and giving. But they hold themselves to high standards. Treat yourself as you would treat others to drown out that negative, nagging, critical voice.
  5. Take care of yourself. While this last tip may seem so simplistic, some people really do need to be reminded that they need to care of themselves as well. A Bing Yin could be so busy taking care of others that they end up neglecting their own needs.

 Where Is The Bing Yin?

Not a Bing Yin Day Master? Worry not, as long as you have the Bing Yin anywhere in your natal Bazi Chart, you have the ability to be empowering.

How To Empower Others (Bing Yin in the Year Pillar): With Bing Yin in your year pillar, you will definitely not struggle to draw friends into your life. People are automatically attracted to your sunny public demeanour.

This puts you in the enviable position to empower your social circle, people in your industry and your network of contacts.

Make the most of the Bing Yin in your year pillar by sharing information and spreading empowering and positive messages.

4 Ways To Bring Empowerment To Work (Bing Yin in the Month Pillar): Empowering employees has been the corporate buzzword over the last few years. It’s still an on-going thing. Empowerment works best when there is a need for more creative and helpful employees. Research has also shown that empowerment may not be so great with task-based or highly precise and regulated industries.

The Bing Yin pillar has a natural gift for leadership and will excel in cooperative endeavours. Let’s think about it this way, if you are the sunshine and your team is the forest, how can you help them grow? Here are some suggestions to empower your team:

  1. Be generous with the information. Informed employees will tend to be more open towards taking ownership of their responsibilities. Not only does this build trust, it also helps your team get better at critical thinking which ultimately leads to better decision-making.
  2. Establish clear goals and objectives. This will create a clear framework to guide your team’s actions.
  3. Celebrate the successes and the failures. Failures and mistakes are part and parcel of the growth process. People can only fail if they have truly tried. Therefore, both successes and failures should be celebrated equally. The former, of course, because it deserves celebrations. The latter for the lessons that had been learnt.
  4. Support a learning environment. The Bing Yin pillar brings with it a natural affinity to keep up to date with the latest trends and information. Extend this outwards to your team by creating a learning environment.

3 Ways To Create An Empowering Mindset (Bing Yin in the Hour Pillar): Most of us have an irritating little voice in our heads telling us that we are never good enough. With the Bing Yin in the Hour Pillar, you have a headstart at defeating that voice once and for all. Here are three suggestions:

  1. Practice positive affirmation. This step requires a deliberate and mindful choice to use positive language in your own self-talk. Of course, a habit of a lifetime will require some time, but every little step forward is a battle won.
  2. Challenge the negative thoughts. Challenge those negative thoughts by asking yourself if what you think is really true. Let’s use an example. A simple thought like ‘I’m so careless’ could quickly devolve into ‘I always make careless mistakes’ or worse. In this respect, you need to play a coach to yourself by asking ‘Really? Are you always careless? Always? Can you think of one instance when you were careful?’
  3. Practice gratitude. There’s much to be said about the new-age mantra of practicing gratitude. Think of three things you have to be grateful for each day. Even the smallest things will do. By practicing this consciously, you will soon notice that the small gratitudes grow bigger as time goes by.

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 Bing Yin pillar somewhere in your chart? Plot your Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/.

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SPEED MARKERS: WHAT MAKES FOR A GREAT RACER

What makes a motorcycle or car racer special? What are the speed markers? What signifies talent in this particular sport? Do conventional rules of Bazi hold for this arena? These and other derivative questions form the basis into this research.

But first, let me add some perspective as to how this curiosity came about. I am a professional storyteller in the motorsports industry. Everyday for the past 20+ years, I write about these people. Even for those of us in the industry, we hold these riders and drivers in awe. Sometimes, I swear we think that they of them as a completely different species – this amazing ability to function at awesome speeds that would turn us mere mortals into quivering masses of jello.

When I started learning Bazi, the conventional teachings is that the Bazi Chart of someone who wants to be a successful sports person must have strong Wood energy and a strong Warrior Star (the 7 Killings – or shortened to 7K). Similarly in the study of Qi Men Dun Jia, the energetic and aggressive White Tiger tends to be considered as essential for an athlete.

So I wondered. Do these general rules apply to motorsports? If yes, why and vice versa. Motorsports is a particularly dangerous sport. When they go out on track, these riders and drivers frequently put their lives on the line. In that case, does the 7K profile of the White Tiger star become an asset or liability?

To answer these questions and more, I delved into 52 Bazi Charts of former and present motorsports greats. At this point, I need to add a disclaimer. I do not know their time of birth. So we can only examine their external pillars – the ones they display to the world. The readings will change if their hour pillars come into play. But for the sake of consistency, we will stick to a 3-pillar reading instead of four.

This research will focus solely on the capacity and potential of the Chart. I will not be forecasting anything for any of them.

ELEMENTARY, MY DEAR WATSON – THE ROLE OF EACH ELEMENT IN A RACER’S CHART

All Chinese metaphysics studies boil down to an examination of the Five Elements – Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal. What is prosperous in the Chart? What is weak in the Chart? Specifically for the drivers and riders, how do the various interactions between the elements influence them? Before I even delve into other markers like Day Masters or structure or profile, I must first determine the predominant elements in their charts, and correspondingly, what they represent.

Conventional Bazi wisdom is right, though. To my surprise, I found that 31% of the charts featured Wood as the dominant energy. Why surprised? Because our sport is metal.

But upon reflection, the answer to that lies with us – corporate motorsports, so to speak. Think of our languaging when we talk about new riders. We call it talent DEVELOPMENT. We say that this rider is someone we can ‘grow’ or ‘train’. This is exactly what the Wood energy governs – self-development and growth.

So because we are constantly talking about ‘growth’, little wonder when we select riders for the talent programmes, we are inevitably drawn to those with strong Wood energy.

The list of drivers and riders for whom the Wood Qi is predominant in their charts are the Steady Eddies of the motorsports world. As the sport changes into the new era, I believe we will see more drivers and riders with prosperous Wood Qi emerging among the top phalanx of the sport, simply because they have the aptitude that are naturally appealing to the corporate sponsors.

They include Alain Prost, Alex Marquez, Andrea Dovisioso, Aryton Senna, David Couldhard, Eddie Lawson, Fabio Quartararo, Hafizh Syahrin, Jorge Lorenzo, Loris Capirros, Mark Marquez, Mike Hailwood, Niki Lauda, Sebastian Loeb, Takaaki Nakagami and Valentino Rossi.

At the other end of the spectrum, prosperous Metal makes up 23% of the charts. These guys are naturally attuned to motorsports. So picking up the skills come easy for them. Don’t bother to ask this bunch how they do it – they won’t be able to tell you. As opposed to the Wood bunch that needs to be ‘grown’, this group needs to be MOLDED.

Among them are Thomas Luthi, Ryuichi Kiyonari, Mika Hakkinen, Khairul Idham Pawi, Brad Binder, Norifumi Abe, Damon Hill, Alex Lowes, and Max Verstappen. Notice how most of the ‘bad boys’ of the sport are here. James Hunt, Barry Sheene, and our very own Azlan Shah.

So if Fire and Water are the speed markers, does this mean that those born with prosperous Water Qi or Fire Qi in their charts will have a natural talent for speed? Yes. But Water is preferred to Fire because Water also represents the ability to assess risk.

Here are the drivers and riders with prosperous Water Qi in their charts – Angel Nieto, Karamjit Singh, Lewis Hamilton, Jonathan Rea, Kenny Roberts, Randy Mamola, Maverick Vinales, Alex Rins, Michael Schumacher, Freddie Spencer, and Alvaro Bautista.

In that case, since Water is the preferred marker for speed, why then are there so few dominant Water charts in this study? There is a 50-50 split here between current and former racers. The only one who is actively racing at the top are Lewis Hamilton and Jonathan Rea. The rest are either retired or upcoming names. I suspect that the answer for this lies in a lack of opportunity as opposed to a lack of talent. Water by its nature, is fearless and relentless. Drivers and riders with prosperous Water in their charts may simply be sidelined due to the fact that they can be difficult to manage. Look at the list. Do you think it is easy for a team manager to rein in the likes of Schumacher?

Conversely, prosperous Fire seems to be less favourable in the quest to become a motorsports great. Simply because, Fire that is too strong creates Earth which leads to stagnation.

These are the guys who are driven by passion – Mick Doohan, Daijiro Kato, Sebastian Vettel, Anthony West, Giacomo Agostini, Lorenzo Dalla Porta, Max Biaggi, Alex Yoong and Tetsuya Harada.

For these guys to succeed, Water must be present somewhere to bring about some much-needed balance. Of the 10, Sebastian Vettel, Giacomo Agostini and Max Biaggi and Mick Doohan has both Fire and Water in their charts. Which is why they lead this passionate bunch in terms of accomplishments.

The motorsports arena is no country for the Earth Qi, the heaviest and least mobile of the five elements. These guys make it to the top by sheer force of will alone. It would take a tremendous amount of willpower for them to make it to the top. Here’s the list of drivers and riders with dominant Earth energies in their chart – Casey Stoner, Kimi Raikkonen, Wayne Gardner and Wayne Rainey. Remember what Casey Stoner said when he retired? He said he was exhausted!

To summarize a very long segment on the elements, prosperous Water is a better indication of motorsports talent. However, only a select few reach the top because the corporate world has a marked preference for the more pliable nature of those with Wood in their charts.

THE CLASH CODE – TO 7K OR NOT TO 7K

Many many years ago when I first embarked on my career, I knew a rider who retired at the top of his game. The reason? A fortune teller had informed him that if he continued racing past a certain age, he would meet a premature death.

When I finally immersed myself in the study of Bazi, I understood why. The technical explanation – in the year when the 7 Killings star protrude to the Heavens while at the same time, a clash between pillars happen in the chart, there is a higher chance of an accident occurring. This applies to all of us, but is magnified in racers due to the dangerous nature of the sport.

Yet, conventional wisdom says that an athlete should ideally possess a 7 Killings star. I wondered if that was true for motorsports.

Let’s start off by what the statistical data tells us. Of the 52 charts, 44% has ZERO 7 Killings. This includes Rossi and Marquez.

I would say it is better for a motorsports athlete to have ZERO 7 Killings. Why? Because according to the ancient text, when Officer and Influence converge, disaster can happen.

Basically what this means is, the Day Master loses control of the Warrior Star, leading to a possible loss of focus, wrong risk assessment and wrong decision making.

This can also happen to people like you and me, right? A split second of distraction, and maybe we accidentally ding our cars against the gate. But because Motorsports is a dangerous sport in itself, that is why I say, that for motorsports, the 7 Killing can be a disadvantage. Because their risks can be magnified. I would rather not see it in their chart.

Since we’re on this topic, let’s spend a paragraph on the Qimen White Tiger star which by its aggressive nature, is also considered as something necessary for a motorsports athlete. Not true. None of the 52 charts showed the White Tiger star in their destiny palace.

THE X-FACTOR: TO BE A SUPERSTAR

In this research, two key profiles stood out as the necessary ingredient for a successful racer. You need the overwhelming confidence of the Friend profile and the creative, out-of-the-box thinking of the Eating God profile.

But to be a superstar…

This, is Valentino Rossi:

What makes this guy special?

  1. He is a Wood Day Master – born in the day and month of Wood (Tiger). This is strong, thriving Wood that is very competitive by nature.
  2. For a Wood Day Master, the influence element is Metal, representing iron-clad determination.
  3. This chart has ZERO 7 Killings.
  4. His Guardian of Destiny is Harmony – endowing him with the ability to work with all kinds of people.
  5. This chart is not without its weakness. It has zero Water (a speed marker). However, he went through 30 years of Water luck from the age of 14.
  6. The Friend profile is his dominant profile. As mentioned earlier, this represents a towering self confidence along with an instinct to size up his competitor and use that information for his own benefit.
  7. A strong and usable Eating God star, a talent marker is found right next to him in the Month.
  8. The X-Factor lies here – the Rob Wealth leadership star. This is the star that brought his legions of fans to him and props him up a head and shoulder above the rest. Ironically, 40% of the drivers and riders surveyed had little or no Rob Wealth stars.

I’m not saying that Rossi’s chart is the only way to success in motorsports. However, of the 52 charts I studied, his stood out as having all the necessary ingredients. What differentiated him from the others, was that he instinctively knew how to use what he had to achieve his goals.

In the modern practice of Bazi, there is no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ charts. There is only the best use of the chart.

So what can we do with this information?

We can of course, identify potential, we can know how to motivate a talent, possibly forecast longevity in the business, we could also figure out how best to market this person and teach them to be mindful of the blind spots in their thinking.

I conducted a Facebook Live presentation of these findings about a month ago. Follow this link if you would like to watch the video.