#24 DING HAI (丁亥): THE GIFT OF INFLUENCE

A lantern afloat on the boundless ocean, spreading hope to shores unknown. The Ding Hai (丁亥) is the gift of influence

If you want an example of the gift of influence from the Ding Hai (丁亥) pillar, then look no further than the present day motivational guru, Tony Robbins. This American motivational speaker, author and philanthropist is the perfect example of how a Ding Hai Day Master can turn their mission to spread hope into a successful life.

Maximizing The Ding Hai (丁亥): The Gift of Influence

Remember that final scene from the Disney animation Tangled? When thousands of lanterns are released into the air and onto the sea surrounding the island nation of Corona? Was it not beautiful? Was it not mesmerizing? That’s the visual representation of the Ding Hai – the glittering moonlight, starlight and lantern light reflected off the surface of the water. It’s the extraordinary power to influence and mesmerize.

Tony Robbins is not the first Ding Hai to have reached cult-like status. When the Ding Hai learns to positively influence those around them, they have the power to create positive change to society.

Sitting on its own Direct Officer star, the Ding Hai is considered as one of the Loyal Pillars. The Ding Fire is further supported by its Direct Resource star, resulting in a cultured, educated and good-natured individual.

But more than that, the Ding Hai is truly a special pillar. How special? Let me count the ways:

  1. In this case, the Ding Fire Stem combines with the Ren Water in the Branch. The outcome of this combination brings in more Resource elements to support the Day Master. The result is a highly intuitive, intelligent and extremely talented individual.
  2. This Ding Fire Day Master sits on its own Nobleman Star. In this particular circumstance, the Nobleman Star will instil a sense of responsibility on the Day Master to spread light and hope as far as they possibly can. Yet at the same time, as they give, so they receive. The more the Ding Hai helps others, the more mentors and helpful people will arrive in their lives.
  3. This Ding Fire Day Master sits on a Ren Water travelling star. This gives them the extraordinary skill to connect, en-masse, with the public.

If you are a Ding Hai Day Master, my best advice to you is to embrace life-long learning. This is the key to the success of the Ding Hai pillar. Why? The Ding Hai can be as generous and giving as the Bing Xu pillar in my previous post. However, unlike the self-sustaining Bing sitting on a resourceful Wu Earth, the Ding Fire requires constant fuel in order to burn bright.

Lacking ‘grounding’ in the form of the Earth element, an unfocused Ding Hai could easily lose their sense of direction and go with the flow of peer pressure.

It’s a rare day that I will write about relationship aspects of the 60 pillars. But in this case, I will… with a note of caution. The giving nature of the Ding Hai may have you so invested in the well-being of others, that your own relationships are sacrificed upon the altar of the greater good. You could get so caught up in your mission to impact lives that you may neglect the lives closest to you. So make it a point to schedule time with those whom you hold dearest.  

People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.

Tony Robbins
Where is the Ding Hai (丁亥)
Influence At Play: Ding Hai (丁亥) In the Year Pillar

The Year Pillar, which governs one’s industry, social networks, and the word at large is also a great place for the Ding Hai pillar. Here, the hidden pull combination that attracts the Wu (午) branch literally bring friends and fans into your circle.

If the Ding Hai is not your Day Master, but instead is found in your Year Pillar, make a conscious effort to reach out and connect with as many different types of circles as possible.

At the same time, you need to be aware of the two distinct sides of the Ding Hai’s personality. The Ding Fire being a rather erratic element, much like a candle flame that flickers, can be practical and focused one minute, and then restless and undisciplined the next. The fire can go from being gregarious to cold and uncaring in the space of a breath. Awareness is the key here. You need to have the ability to recognize when the flame is going out, in a manner of speaking.

Ambitious At Work: Ding Hai (丁亥) In the Month Pillar

The Ding Hai’s drive and ambition shines through in the Month Pillar. Here, the originality of the Ding Hai results in a very creative strategist with the broad ability to stay ahead of trends and the attention to detail to make improvements on existing system.

Any career that utilizes the inherent power of persuasion that is a part of the Ding Hai DNA as well as its flair for the dramatic and charisma will be the ideal platform for the Ding Hai to shine.

Introspective At Heart : Ding Hai (丁亥) In the Hour Pillar

The Ding Hai pillar turns introspective when located in the Hour Pillar. Here, the light shining off the waters suggests an individual who can seek enlightenment through self-reflection.

In the Hour Pillar, the Ding Hai brings a gift of strong intuition and the key to using this pillar will be to learn to hone that power to identify the right time, the right method and the right platform to achieve your goals.

The caution here is to be wary of becoming over eager or over-enthusiastic. Like the candle that wants to light a million others, the Ding Hai must always be careful not to spread yourself too thin, else risk the danger of burning out.

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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