#39 REN YIN (壬寅): THE GIFT OF SELF-IMPROVEMENT

Think of a river, winding its way through a dense and dark jungle. That's how strong a Ren Yin can be.

Remember the Ren Chen pillar (壬辰) pillar with its poetic name ‘Ren Saddling The Dragon’s Back’? Well, it’s time to meet the ‘Ren Saddling The Tiger’s Back’ – the Ren Yin (壬寅).

Think of a river, winding its way through a dense and dark jungle. Think the Amazon river and you would be on the right track. Think of how this river flows in a strong yet controlled manner, but always heading in one direction. Come hell or high water, this river is intent upon reaching the sea! This river will flow over any obstacles, rush headlong down any heights, break down any barriers, as long as it meets its objective. That’s how strong the Ren Yin can be.

Maximizing The Ren Yin (壬寅): The Gift of Self-Improvement

In Bazi, we like it when the Qi produces each other in a single pillar. We can see this phenomenon clearly in the Ren Yin where the Ren Day Stem produces the Jia Wood Eating God in the Branch which then fuels the Bing Fire Indirect Wealth that eventually creates the Wu Earth 7 Killings. In classical Bazi, this is an indicator of potential wealth and prosperity.

You, the Ren Day Master, sits on a Jia Wood Eating God. For a Jia Wood to be useful, it needs to be chopped by Metal which represents Resource for the Ren Day Master. In other words, the Ren Yin’s ability to think-out-of-the-box comes from solid facts and data. That is why the Ren Yin always thirsts for knowledge.

This knowledge, represented by Metal, is the missing link to support the Ren Day Master as it continuously produces the Eating God, Indirect Wealth and 7 Killings in the Branch. This ‘missing’ Metal is also the reason why you can be such a tough task master towards yourself. At times, you may find it difficult to feel contentment in your achievements. You always want to do better. As such, it is normal to have a Ren Yin continuously striving towards self-improvement.

But before I have you thinking of the Ren Yin as a self-flagellating, self-punishing weirdo… luckily, we have the very useful and optimistic Bing Fire Indirect Wealth to bring some warmth and happiness. The nature of the Bing Fire is routine-driven. It has persistency. Here in the Ren Yin, it represents the ability to bounce back from setbacks, just like how the sun always rises after it sets.

Finally, the Wu Earth 7 Killings star brings stability, pragmatism and objectivity to the Ren Yin Day Master. This is a solid base which endows the Ren Yin with its risk-assessment capacities and its ability to confront and embrace new challenges and adventures.  

If the Ren Yin sounds amazing so far, that’s because it truly is! Now, if only I can convince the Ren Yin to accept that fact. If there is one weakness in this pillar, it is this tendency towards feelings of inadequacy and self-criticism. Again, we come back to that ‘missing’ Metal link.

Luckily, you don’t need to actually have Metal in your Bazi Chart to develop a love for life-long learning. Being aware of this need, and subsequently, ensuring that learning becomes a part of your day’s routine, is good enough. Pick up new skills every year! Hone your observational skill!. Just 1% improvement every day, and by the end of a year’s worth of intentional learning, you would have made progress.

So give yourself a break, Ren Yin. There’s no need to be so hard on yourself. You’re further along than you think.

Where is the Ren Yin (壬寅)

You, The Wise Counsel: Ren Yin (壬寅) In the Year Pillar

The Ren Water is the star of connectivity. Here in the Year Pillar, it allows you to connect with people of all types and stripes. Additionally, Ren Water represents wisdom.

Along with the progressive leanings of the Jia Wood, the optimistic rays of the Bing Fire as well as the ability to generate trust from the Wu Earth, this pillar literally projects an outward persona of intelligence and charisma.

Your friends and social circle will know you as someone who is resourceful, knowledgeable and objective – the best counsel for those in need of advice.

Pragmatic: Ren Yin (壬寅) In the Month Pillar and Hour Pillar

Are you a pragmatic or idealistic leader? I think that the Ren Yin will lean towards the pragmatic category, more interested in solid achievements as opposed to lofty dreams.

Here in the Month Pillar, this Ren stem will have strong views, but weakly held. No, I’m not calling the Ren Yin a wishy-washy pillar! Far from it! This can be a strength, representing the ability to change your opinion or position without feeling any unnecessary ego-bruising that will get in the way.

Your opinion may change, but you can also use the tenacity of the Jia Wood to double down on your strengths instead of wasting time on perceived weaknesses. The optimism of the Bing Fire will also lend crucial support in this process. Conscious use of this Bing Fire refers to the Bing’s ability to treat failure as feedback, instead of fatal! And finally, again, we come back to the Wu Earth’s stability to help you assess and manage risk.

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.

Want to find out if you have the Ren Chen pillar somewhere in your chart? Plot your Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/.

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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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