Likened to an iceberg floating on the vast ocean, what you see on the surface is barely a tenth of what lies beneath. A water pillar through and through, intelligence and adaptability are the hallmarks of the Ren Zi (壬子) or Water Rat.

Dear Ren Zi (壬子) or Water Rat, what would you be if you could live a life without boundaries? Likened to an iceberg floating on the vast ocean, what you see on the surface is barely a tenth of what lies beneath. A water pillar through and through, intelligence and adaptability are the hallmarks of the Ren Zi (壬子) or Water Rat.  


In the study of Bazi, the Water element in general, governs wisdom, thoughts, intelligence and emotions. Ren Water (壬) specifically, is likened to a large body of water. Though free flowing at its core, this element is also very adaptable. It takes on the shape of the land around it. Yet there is latent power within this body of water. Given time, it can re-shape the earth.

These same characteristics can be found in the Ren Zi (壬子) or Water Rat Day Master. You are amiable and genial. Like the adaptable water, you display a bona fide enjoyment in people. This gift alone makes it possible for you to instantly connect with everyone that comes into your orbit. And given time, you too, can influence and re-shape the thinking of those around you.

With the entire ocean as your playground, the Ren Zi will do particularly well if you focus your efforts on careers or businesses that require a large amount of interaction with the public. You are amicable. People like you. They ‘click’ easily with you. Think of them as little fishes in your ocean. Once they are swimming within your currents, you get to corral them in your many coral gardens.

Isn’t that a cool gift to have? Surf’s up, people… let’s ride the waves of your strengths.


Self-assured, dauntless, independent and authoritative, the Ren Zi Day Master is never shy about taking charge under any circumstances. You have supreme confidence in your own intelligence and resourcefulness to overcome any obstacle. Yes, just like a large body of Water that easily sweeps past all barriers in its quest to reach the ocean. You are self-sufficient, and galvanized by an insatiable thirst for success.

This Ren (壬) Day Master sits on the Rat Branch or Zi (子) which carries the singular energy of your Companion star, the Gui Water (癸). Here is the wellspring of your fluid and sharp mind. This is how you can absorb new information and blend theory into practice with such admirable ease.

It’s been said time and again that the Rat Branch (Zi 子) holds a particularly restless energy. In your case, this manifests as a strong desire for constant exploration. The world is literally your oyster and there is nothing you like better than to keep experiencing, tasting, and learning all that life has to offer.

The Zi Branch also pulls in the Chou (丑) or Ox that carries your Xin Metal (辛) Resource Star. As a result, the Ren Zi is compelled by a strong desire to keep learning. Your intellectual interests are far-ranging, wide as the ocean. When given the freedom you need to thrive, it is not uncommon to see Ren Zi Day Masters succeeding in multiple fields or industries.

If all that intellectual power and adaptability is not enough, the Ren Zi (壬子) Day Master is highly adept at playing the long game. Like a river resolutely winding its way to the sea, you too can plan and stay the course of your dreams.

Blessed with so much capacity and dexterity, what could possibly trip up the Ren Zi? Doesn’t this pillar seem almost invincible? To discover the vulnerabilities of this Day Master, we will need to don our divers’ suit, strap on the oxygen tank and dive beneath the surface.


The ocean can be misleading. It may be silky smooth at the top but beware the currents that roil deep within its depths. I’m sure by now, even the most casual student of Bazi can identify the vulnerabilities of the Ren Zi.

Remember how I said earlier that Water governs emotions and thoughts? This is where your vulnerabilities lie. Over-thinking caused by emotions so powerful that sometimes they even scare you.

These repressed emotions are dangerous as they may show up as ongoing emotional issues or unhealthy behaviour like escapism. It’s not so easy for the Ren Zi Day Master to dissociate. At times like these, some ‘me time’ to rest, self-soothe and self-care are a must.


Still waters run deep, is how you present. Always externally affable, outgoing and poised, befriending you is the easiest thing in the world! That moment when you reveal the dormant force within, that is when the ‘shock and awe’ happens.

Knowing what you know now, learn to use that to your advantage. Sometimes a slow reveal works better. Not everyone can handle the shock and awe. We wouldn’t want those little fishies to scurry away, now do we?


Most of the vulnerabilities of the Ren Zi (壬子) or Water Rat Day Master happens when the Gui Water (癸) Companion star or as it is technically called the Goat Blade, runs amok. Anxiety and indecision are the natural consequences of those turbulent and churning emotions, that restless mind.

To calm the Goat Blade, we need to use the Influence star which, in your case, is represented by the sturdy and stable Wu Earth (戊). This element will help you channel your energy and give you the stability you need to thrive at your best.

So how on earth should you ‘use’ this elemental energy called the Wu Earth (戊)? Easy! In times of doubt, when you are feeling swamped, hew to your towering ambitions. Never forget the final destination that you have set for yourself. Let this ambition be the lighthouse that guides you past the treacherous currents and get you back into flow.

While you are here, I just want to let you know that the 2022 Rat Forecast is out: https://thehiddensun.com/2021/10/15/the-rat-in-2022/

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 Zi 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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