#37 GENG ZI (庚子): THE GIFT OF NONCONFORMITY

A sword sheathed in ice. Metal submerged and distorted by water. A symbol of untapped power. This pillar, the Geng Zi (庚子), carries the gift of nonconformity.

A sword sheathed in ice. Metal submerged and distorted by water. A symbol of untapped power. This pillar, the Geng Zi (庚子), carries the gift of nonconformity.

Wait, you say… is nonconformity a gift? Of course! If you know how to use it.

Maximizing The Geng Zi (庚子): The Gift of Nonconformity

The Geng Zi (庚子) combines the execution power of the Geng Metal with the shrewdness of the Gui Water Hurting Officer. Another way to look at this pillar is to visualize the Geng Metal as a sharp mind and a pragmatic approach to life and the Gui Water as a deep sense of curiosity. Either way, this combination of Ying and Yang in one pillar can result in a rather perplexing combination of traits – stubborn and irritable but also generous and soft-hearted. In other words, the Geng Zi personality is one that can be rather difficult to decode. Hence, the reputation as an eccentric nonconformist.

What’s A Nonconformist?

According to psychologist Dr. David Weeks, these five traits are present in every eccentric person. Let’s see how these five traits stack up against the natural attributes of the Geng Zi.

  1. Nonconfirming attitude – Check! Seated on its own Hurting Officer, the Geng Zi will naturally be vocal and rebellious against the norms.
  2. Highly motivated by curiosity – Check! Again, the Gui Water is nothing but infinitely curious.
  3. Creative – Check! The Hurting Officer, being an output star, brings the creativity to this equation
  4. Idealistic – Check! Idealism is the corner stone of the two output stars Eating God and Hurting Officer
  5. Opinionated and outspoken – Check! Hurting Officer, anybody?

So it’s now obvious that the Gui Water Hurting Officer brings a lot of the non-contrarian attitudes to the Geng Zi. But have no doubt, that at the end of the day, a Geng Metal is still a Geng Metal. This is an element of toughness. It is naturally ambitious and has the innate willpower to become energized instead of being deterred by setbacks and road blocks.

Pros and Cons of Being A Nonconformist

There are, of course, pros and cons to nonconformity. First let’s examine the advantage. Psychiatric studies have found that eccentrics or nonconfirmists tend to be happier individuals. The logic is that, when you no longer march to the beat of other drums, when you don’t measure yourself against the yardstick of others, the person is naturally happier in himself or herself.

The price of nonconformity, however, will be the loss of security and social acceptance. If this price is too high for the Geng Zi Day Master, a good way to ‘unleash’ the power of the Geng Metal is to learn self-discipline and the willpower to take action. You see, the Hurting Officer can be a bit of an all-talk-no-action type of star. The Geng Zi is at its best when they are fired up with motivation. The basis of this suggestion is to use focus and direction to further hone the natural talents of the Geng Zi on their goals instead of wasting their potential on rectifying petty obstacles. In other words, learn to change what you can, let go of situations that you cannot alter.

But as I said earlier, this is merely a suggestion. It is to be deployed only if you, the Geng Zi Day Master, feel that there is a need to enhance your power. To me, there is no harm in being a nonconformist. As long as your eccentricity doesn’t hurt anyone else, a bit of nonconformity, when used deliberately, can signal a strong self-confidence and greater competence.

Remember when Mark Zuckerberg wore a hoodie to meet investors before Facebook’s first public offering? How’s that for positive nonconformity?

Of course, whenever a Day Master sits on its own Hurting Officer, the classic texts will have plenty to say about this scenario… most of them negative especially when it comes to the marital happiness of a female Geng Zi Day Master. But let’s not forget that these classics are written on the background of a society that is deeply infused by Confucianism. Today, society’s acceptance and admiration for eccentrics have changed for the better.

So you’re a tad bit eccentric. So what?

Where is the Geng Zi (庚子)

The Centre of Attention: Geng Zi (庚子) In the Year Pillar

The Geng Zi in itself can be quite a vocal pillar. The Zi (or Rat, if you prefer), is a Peach Blossom star. When the Geng Zi drops into the Year Pillar, it brings a youthful likeability with a flair of the dramatic to the chart.

Nonconformity At Work: Geng Zi (庚子) In the Month Pillar

A nonconformist at work is someone who contributes tremendous value by refusing to accept the status quo and staying in the comfort zone. Driven by the curiosity of the Gui Water, the Geng Zi pillar asks questions, explores, discovers and innovates. Supported by the toughness of the Geng Metal, the Geng Zi, again when fired up, has the power to raise the bar and reshape the world.

Emotional and Impulsive: Geng Zi (庚子) In the Hour Pillar

Embracing spirituality and philosophy is a good way to help the Geng Zi pillar gain the inner stability and focus it needs when the emotions become overbearing. This suggestion counters the dark side of the Geng Zi pillar which may struggle a lot with the emotional side of things.

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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.

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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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