Sorry to scare you with such a dramatic (read: scary) photo to lead off this post. I wanted something that could best capture the dramatic essence of the Ren Shen (壬申) pillar. I bet I got your attention though, didn’t I?
The Ren Shen is often portrayed as sunken metal. I prefer to compare the characteristics of this pillar to a shark. Think Jaws, or Meg. A shark usually swims in stealth mode, blending in perfectly with its environment, and then… strike!
Maximizing The Ren Shen Day Master: Activate Stealth Mode
Reserved on the outside, the Ren Shen pillar has endowed you with a graceful and charming personality. However, the calm waters belie the churning emotions and ambitions below the surface. You view life itself as a competition. There is a strong desire to win, always.
To make the best use of this pillar, let’s use the analogy of a shark again. Think of how a shark circles and observes its prey before moving in for the kill. Similarly, the Ren Shen Day Master must learn to ramp up your powers of observations. Like the shark, learn to trust your instincts, your capacity and willpower to know the optimum time to zoom in on your goal.
The Ren Shen can sometimes be indecisive and aimless, but super efficient once they have their target locked down.
There is a strong introspective streak in the Ren Shen pillar. The presence of Water and Metal, if not managed properly, can bring about a penchant for melancholy. Too much dwelling in the past, getting stuck at some point in time leading to an unwillingness to move forward can be self-defeating. Awareness of this trait will be the first step to overcoming this weakness. From this new awareness, identify a concrete goal, create a step-by-step plan and schedule towards its realization, and most importantly, focus your energies on the plan regardless of your emotions.
Flying below the radar will make it much easier for you to protect your ideas. It can also protect you from external pressures and potential naysayers while you are working towards your goal.
Where Is The Ren Shen?
Inconspicuous You (Ren Shen In The Year Pillar):
Ren Shen in the Year Pillar makes it easy for you to adopt the characteristics of your public. You are able to mix well with any company. Working on the principle that the nail that sticks out gets hammered down, you can segue yourself into the lives of others effortlessly, waiting for the right time to take action.
Respect and trust find their way easily to you. People sense that there is something lurking beneath the surface and will not be so quick to pull a fast one. Trust comes as you prove yourself to be a worthy confidant.
With Ren Shen in the Year Pillar, make the conscious effort to take part in more group activities or social gatherings. These interactions will help hone your skills in analyzing people.
Eyes On The Prize, Stealth Mode At Work (Ren Shen In The Month Pillar):
Operating on stealth mode at work may run contrary to the current career strategy trends, but with Ren Shen in the Month Pillar, you can make this work for you.
The most obvious benefit, of course, is to protect you from being distracted by incessant office politics. A veneer of reserve can also be your shield. Your opponents would be less inclined to go on the offensive if they have no clue about your plans and ideas.
The trick is to balance the stealth mode and ensure that you do not fly too low below the radar to the point that it stymies your career. Use this little bubble wisely to work towards your career goals, and once achieved, be sure to make your achievements known.
(not for web: The presence of the Yin (Tiger) branch in the chart could lead to an easy-come easy-go type of situation. You can remedy this by being embracing the persona of a Rob Wealth, by being outgoing, resilient, and tough go-getter).
Dynamic Mental Energy (Ren Shen In The Hour Pillar)
The Ren Shen in the Hour Pillar endows you with wisdom, a restless mind that loves mentally stimulating activities and the ability to soak up knowledge like a sponge.
As the Hour Pillar governs your ideals, dreams and desires, it is all the more important to be aware of the melancholic make-up of the Ren Shen. This pillar can be extremely useful if you figure out a way to harness all that intellectual power.
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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