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

The Ji Mao evokes an image of a fertile sprawling plantation - resourceful, bountiful and independent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are five ways to think more independently:

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

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

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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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