#29 REN CHEN (壬辰): THE GIFT OF MIRRORING

A large body of water cradled at the top of the mountain, the Ren Chen (壬辰) is a unique Fui Kong pillar.

In every group of Jia Zi, there will always be one that goes counter to the original nature of the stem. For example, among the Jias, the Jia Wu is consumed by Fire; among the Yi, the Yi You is constrained, and among the Bings, the Bing Zi does not visibly shine. So it is with the Ren Chen (壬辰). A large body of water cradled at the top of the mountain, this Water does not flow.

Mountain lakes are some of the most beautiful sights known to man. Actually known as tarns, they can be found the world over from Siberia to Bolivia, from Pakistan to Malawi. The lake’s extraordinary stillness evokes an image of self-containment and self-control. But the glassy, still surface, which can sometimes show a spectrum of colours, showcases some of water’s most mesmerizing qualities. In this post, we explore the conundrum that is the Ren Chen.

Maximizing The Ren Chen (壬辰): The Gift of Mirroring

One of the four Fui Kong (Bright Star) pillars, the Ren Chen Day Master will always display all the capabilities, ambition and leadership skills of the special quartet. In the classical texts, the Ren Chen pillar has a very poetic name – the Ren Saddling the Dragon’s Back formation.

Because the nature of Water is to flow, yet the Ren Chen is constrained by the Wu Earth it sits upon, a Ren Chen Day Master should ideally see additional Ren water in the Bazi Chart. The presence of more Ren Water in the chart increases the likelihood of the occurrence of two other special formations which are regarded as highly auspicious.

If the Day Master is born in the Hai hour (hour of the Boar, between 9pm to 11pm at night), a Dragon Returns To Ocean formation is formed. If additional Hai (亥) and Zi (子) is to be found in the chart, the Dragon Driving Into Abyss formation is achieved. This is a positive extension of the Goat Blade formation, a highly unique and favourable formation that indicates an extraordinary life.

But let’s not allow what we have or have not to define who we are. Additional Ren or no Ren, there is one thing that the Ren Chen Day Master does instinctively that will bring you a lot of advantages in your daily dealings with people.

Let’s think about this lake again, for a minute. Yes, it is self-constrained. Yes, it has plenty of self-control. But what does it actually do? The answer: it’s clear waters reflects the sky above, the daily trek of the sun, the scudding temperamental clouds – it mirrors!

Sitting on its own 7 Killings star, this Ren Chen Day Master is driven by a powerful imagination and an endless love of knowledge. For all its stillness, the Ren Chen still possesses the ability to connect and influence with others. How does this pillar do that? Yes, we’re back to it again – it mirrors!

So let’s talk about the art of mirroring.

Mirroring is the behaviour in which one person unconsciously imitates the gesture, speech pattern or attitude of another. This subconscious replication of another person’s nonverbal signals is a key element in establishing instant rapport, connection and engagement. This ability is especially useful during business negotiations or when you are seeking to make others feel more rapport with you.

But don’t over-do the mirroring. There are some situations where mirroring could backfire. For example, if you are the boss, mirroring your subordinate may lead to a loss of respect and status.

Finally, a word of caution – the stillness of the Ren Chen can sometimes manifest as lethargy and procrastination. The Chen (辰) branch contains the Wu Earth (戊) as the main Qi, and flanked by the Gui Water (癸) and Yi Wood (乙). There is a bit of a block within this pillar. To get the Qi flowing, Metal is required, which for the Ren Water, represents resource. Therefore, the key to making the Ren Chen pillar work for you – is to adopt an attitude of lifelong learning.

Where is the Ren Chen (壬辰):
2 Easy Ways To Use Mirroring: Ren Chen (壬辰) In the Year and Month Pillar

The Year pillar represents our personal brand while the Month pillar represents our reputation at work. With the Ren Chen (壬辰) in either your Year or month pillar, people will tend to perceive you as someone who has great strength and endurance, yet is somewhat of a mystery.

This is where perfecting the skill of mirroring will help to establish rapport to everyone who comes within your orbit. Not sure how to do it? Here are two easy ways to start:

  1. Mirror their pace and volume. Many people mistakenly think that mirroring is about mimicking actual physical actions. A bit like monkey-see-monkey-do. It’s not. Really good mirroring efforts start with the verbal cues. If the person who are talking to is a fast and loud talker, increase your animation and volume. If they are soft and slow, then relax your tone. Listen for the way they use their grammar, and try to mimic it back at them but with your own words.
  2. Identify their Point Markers. All of us have a point marker when we are in a conversation. Some of us will jab the air. Some will raise their eyebrows. Some may lightly slap the table. It varies from one person to another. You don’t even have to say a word. Nodding at the right place in the conversation, when a point marker has been identified, immediately creates a strong rapport.
The Gift of Willpower : Ren Chen (壬辰) In the Hour Pillar

Such a phenomenal pillar in the Hour represents individualism as well as tremendous willpower and ambition. There is a strong streak of self-reliance here which translates into the gift of willpower.

The Ren Water constrained by the Wu Earth generates a fair amount of stress. So don’t over-do it with the willpower thing. Wisely exercising self-control is a great way to build willpower, staying in a constant state of willpower is a sure-fire way to exhaust yourself.

Again in this case, knowledge is power. Identifying your stressors and building positive habits to deal with the stress can also help dissolve the tension of the pillar.

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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