In Bazi consults and writing in this blog, I try very hard to stay neutral. I honestly believe that the strength/weakness spectrum is often a matter of perspective and it is not my place to impose judgement or values on a chart. For example, the resilience of the Yi Chou (乙丑) pillar can be both a strength and a weakness, depending on how the trait is used. Similarly, the thespian-like characteristics to the Wu Chen (戊辰) pillar can result in a very classy person if activated properly or just a downright drama-queen. But every once in a while, a pillar comes along that tests my resolve to stay neutral to the limit. The Xin Wei (辛未) pillar is one of them.

I’ve thought long and hard on how best to structure this post. It quickly became obvious that my preferred structure of using the location of the pillar is not going to work this time.

Let’s start with the obvious. All Xin Metals love being in the spotlight. For the majority of Xin Metals, commanding attention is as natural as breathing. But there is one particular Xin Metal type who will find it a little hard to shine. This is the Xin Wei pillar. 

What Happens When The Xin Wei Is Not Used Properly

Allow me to spend three paragraphs on the negative aspects of this pillar. Because it is important. But bear with me for just a little while, because the Xin Wei is absolutely more than meets the eye.

Think of buried treasure that had just been excavated from the ground. This pillar calls to mind the image of the Terracotta Warriors in China. The gleam and sparkle of the precious metals and gems, caked with earth and covered with dust. The pillar appears to be unrefined on the surface. I stress, appears to be.

What this means is that, if you have Xin Wei anywhere in your Bazi Chart, people may view you as a dull and drab person. While conflicting outward persona and true inner personalities can be a big advantage for many day masters, this is a source of emotional insecurity and inner conflict for the fame-loving Xin Wei.

Unchecked, these self-image issues may manifest as a conniving personality with an insatiable appetite for power. It would be a pity if this were to happen because the Xin Wei has so much going for them.

Now For The Good

The key to making the most of the Xin Wei pillar is to adopt an attitude of non-comparison with others. When you can accept that everyone has a different measure of success, you can focus on what’s good in the Xin Wei.

Endowed with a sharp entrepreneurial instinct with an unerring eye for unique opportunities, the Xin Wei is also shrewd, given to quickly assess the situations and people around them. This quality gives you an instinctive understanding of the needs and motivations of others, and the ability to turn group dynamics to your advantage.

Highly intelligent, this pillar has the business sense, executive abilities and drive to turn ideas into tangible reality.

In short, if you are a Xin Wei Day Master, I want you to know that you are supported by the inner drive, instinct and flexibility to succeed without relying on external presentations. Stay focused on your abilities, to hell with what other people think.

Maximizing The Xin Wei Pillar: Different Strokes for Different Folks

The optimum use of the Xin Wei pillar differs from one day master to another. Wood Day Masters can best use the Xin Wei by focusing on knowledge and hard work.

Fire Day Masters should try to create order in their lives to avoid impulsive and reckless action. Instead, focus on using self-discipline to channel your creativity. Create a plan of action and stick to it.

Earth Day Masters will need to tap into their well of self-confidence and organizational abilities to make full use of a Xin Wei pillar.

For the Metal Day Masters with Xin Wei in their charts, the key lies in bolstering your creativity through enhanced knowledge. As a side note, we are currently undergoing a period of time where Water Qi is at its strongest. Metal is polished by Water. In the example given above, how do you bring gleam back to newly unearthed antiques? Well, first, you need to wash the dust off. In other words, Xin Metal Day Masters, this is your time to shine.

Finally, the Water Day Masters will find it easiest to make the best use of a Xin Wei pillar. The Day Master has the ability to naturally polish the Xin Wei to allow the pillar to shine through. Learning the art of compromising will turn the negative aspects of manipulative tendencies into the positive manifestation of shrewdness.

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

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Author: Paulynne Cheng

A Business and Career Consultant-Coach who melds Chinese Metaphysics techniques with modern day Coaching to help you become the best that you can be. A lifelong reader who cannot imagine life without books; a 25-year Communications professional with an expertise in sports communications, sports marketing and broadcasting.

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