#27 GENG YIN (庚寅): THE GIFT OF COURAGE

What happens when you send a bulldozer into a forest? The bulldozer quickly makes short work of the trees, is what happens! That’s precisely the imagery conveyed by the Geng Yin (庚寅) – an intense image of Metal meeting Wood – a profile in Courage!

But let’s set the record straight here. Courage is not the absence of fear. Rather, it is the ability to act in spite of fear.

Maximizing The Geng Yin (庚寅): The Gift of Courage

When it comes to getting things done, the Geng Yin is bound to count as one of the frontrunners among the 60 Jia Zi pillars. From my introductory paragraph, had I just planted an image of a bulldozer in your head? If I had, then good! Let’s run with this!

Much like the example, the Geng Yin is all about being an efficient executioner. You will have a tendency to lower your head, set things into motion, and get things done by bulldozing past obstacles, objections and naysayers. That’s right, this noisy chatterbox of a pillar loves nothing more than challenges! To borrow a phrase from Adidas, in the Geng Yin’s world, impossible is nothing!

What makes the Geng Yin tick?

Let’s burrow in on the Geng Yin to get a better understanding of what makes this pillar tick.

In this case, the execution skills of the Geng Metal sits on a Jia Wood (甲) Indirect Wealth. As the Indirect Wealth is a forward-looking profile while Jia governs growth and development, this combination allows the Geng Yin to see future opportunities that can be shaped where others see present-day obstacles.

Having identified the opportunities, the Geng Yin will then start to take action by using its Bing Fire (丙) 7 Killings star. Here, the Bing Fire’s natural optimism and stick-to-itiveness is what helps the Geng Yin continue fighting the battle, even after everyone else had called it quits. (Side note: yes, stick-to-itiveness really is a word. I checked!)

And finally, the experiences gathered throughout the journey is incorporated broadly into the Wu Earth (戊) Indirect Resource which further produces the Geng Metal and helps you stand your ground and lends faith to your decisions.

When combined, these three key traits are the very elements of the courage represented by the Geng Yin pillar. The Geng Yin is one Day Master who will never shy away from hard work, believing that hardship builds character. The only drawback to this attitude? Don’t get stuck in the wrong fights!

Rein in that hyper-critical nature

While others easily see the talent and intelligence of the Geng Yin Day Master, they will frequently miss the sensitivity that exists below the surface. Geng Metals tend to show a rough and tough exterior, but isn’t it true that the hardest characters are the ones who are most emotionally vulnerable?

In the case of the Geng Yin Day Master, this sensitivity stems from a hyper-critical nature that is critical of others, and also of themselves. Reining in this aspect of the Geng Yin personality can truly help you become even more efficient and powerful.

Find your bullseye!

A final suggestion to unlock the extraordinary powers of the Geng Yin – get inspired and stay inspired! Like the bulldozer or the axe, the Geng Yin becomes truly awe-inspiring when you have a bullseye to aim for. Without this ‘bullseye’ target, the Geng Yin is like an axe swung aimlessly through the air.

Where is the Geng Yin (庚寅):
Leading With Courage: Geng Yin (庚寅): In the Year Pillar

Having the Geng Yin in the Year gives you the opportunity to lead by courage. The Year Pillar is our biggest pillar. This is the point of first impression, where people who have just met you form their opinion of you. Witty and vivacious, the Geng Yin has no problems getting attention. But it is when you display your courage through your actions, that is when you start to inspire and motivate other people to follow you.

Leading With Courage At Work: Geng Yin (庚寅): In the Month Pillar

A Geng Yin naturally gravitates to positions of power at work. Self-assured and determined, the Geng Yin pillar is never one to sit around waiting for things to happen. Here are some suggestions on how you can display leadership through courage at work:

  1. Hire a diverse team that don’t necessarily agree with you all the time. It takes courage to step our of your comfort zone and listen to others with an open mind.
  2. Challenge the status quo. It takes courage to offer different perspectives to stimulate new thinking at work.
  3. Set boundaries. You display courage when you take ownership of your work, by learning to help others grow through your successes and taking steps to rectify your mistakes.
Find and Display Courage : Geng Yin (庚寅): In the Hour Pillar

Geng Yin in the Hour Pillar may represent the fact that your subordinates, children or customers see you as an action-oriented and courageous person. On the other hand, it can also represent a courageous mindset.

Here are some ways you can find and display courage:

  1. Understand the cost of not taking action. Many people fear change because they are worried about the risks associated with taking action. However, many people rarely consider the cost of not taking action. This is the basic Yin-Yang principle that governs the art of Chinese Metaphysics. What will it cost us if we don’t take action to halt that downward spiral? What will it cost if we don’t become the person we need to be in order to live our best lives? By understanding the cost, we will find the courage to fuel the desire to get what you want most.
  2. ‘As if’ instead of ‘what if’. This step is best illustrated through an example. Let’s say… you are a banker who actually wants to become an artist. Even thinking about it makes your brain start spewing out all the reasons why a safe job in the bank is better than the unknown world of an artist. Start by acting ‘as if’ you are already an artist (while keeping your day job). Talk about it, blog about it, show your art to others, display your talent every opportunity you get. When you do this, it helps you reimagine your life and when the right opportunity comes at the right time, your brain is already primed to say ‘yes’ instead of ‘what if’.
  3. Create your team through commitment. A strange thing happens when you display your commitment to your goals. Suddenly, inspired by your courage, those who are invested in your success will rally around you to help make things happen. This process starts a momentum that can help propel you closer to your goal.

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.

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

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#26 JI CHOU (己丑): THE GIFT OF RESOURCEFULNESS

The Ji Chou (己丑) carries the image of dark, wet soil, packed with minerals, the very epitome of the gift of resourcefulness.

Maximizing The Ji Chou (己丑): The Gift of Resourcefulness

Let’s think about the picture that the Ji Chou presents for a minute. Winter comes to an end, the snows are receding. While patches of white snow still lies on the ground, most have been absorbed into the soil. This wet soil is almost ready to be tilled, waiting for the planting season. Rich in resources, the soil will grow a plentiful harvest. This is the resourcefulness of the Ji Chou pillar.

From a technical point of view, the Ji Chou sits on your own Friend Star, which imparts a high degree of confidence, independence and the predisposition to work well with others. The Ji Chou Day Master also sits on a high-quality Eating God star. This Xin metal Eating God star is the source of your originality and inventiveness.

The above traits, coupled with the absorbent nature of the Ji Earth, results in a resourceful and creative individual with a high level of acceptance as well as an easy-going and giving nature.

Did you know that the Ji Chou formation is also known as the Golden God Noble? This represents the gift of attracting noble people into your own life. And conversely, it also represents your ability to extend help to others when required. Because of this, the Ji Chou Day Master will never need to worry about not having enough resources to help you reach your goals.

However, this does not mean that the Ji Chou can sit back, relax and wait for success to come your way. Like the earth that needs to be tilled in order to be fruitful, success for the Ji Chou Day Master comes from putting your nose to the grindstone. It means consciously using your Friend star by growing your network, honing the creativity of your Eating God star, and harnessing the Gui Water Indirect Wealth’s ability to look beyond current trends to see the true potential of any given situation.

The Ji Chou’s biggest weakness is your inability to stick to the plan. Tantalized by new interests and new adventures, the Ji Chou can easily be derailed by a loss of focus. For the Ji Chou, having a detailed plan and the discipline to stick to the plan, will be the key to your success.  

Where is the Ji Chou (己丑)
Making Your Relationships Work For You: Ji Chou (己丑) In the Year Pillar

With Ji Chou in the Year Pillar, not only do others see you as a resourceful person, you also know plenty of similar resourceful people in your social orbit. Your friends view you as stimulating company, someone who never runs out of things to say.

As independent as the Ji Chou pillar can be, the ability to setup your connections in a way that will benefit your career or business is what will set you apart from your peers. These returns do not need to come in the form of money. It could be intangible things like referrals, social status or favours.

Resourcefulness At Work: Ji Chou (己丑) In the Month Pillar

A successful professional – whether an entrepreneur or a salaried employee – needs a wide range of traits to succeed. Among others, discipline, hard work, confidence, self-belief, and many more. But when it comes to achieving your professional goals, there is nothing quite like the ability to be resourceful.

Here, the Ji Chou’s ability to learn new information rapidly, your natural inquisitiveness and openness to new ideas, becomes a big advantage. Like any other skills, resourcefulness is something that can be developed. Here are three ways:

  1. Be open-minded. Use the accepting nature of the Ji Earth to open yourself to new possibilities and ideas.
  2. Think outside the box. Use the sharp acuity, ingenuity and imagination of the Xin Metal to its fullest potential.
  3. Take action now. Use the restlessness of the Gui Water in a positive way by learning to take pro-active action instead of postponing your success.
Armed With Knowledge : Ji Chou (己丑) In the Hour Pillar

It doesn’t matter if you are a business owner, a manager or a new employee looking to get ahead, a resourceful mindset can really set you apart. Truly resourceful people are constantly looking for creative ways to leverage their current situation for maximum benefit.

With the Ji Chou in the Hour Pillar, an attitude of lifelong learning will help you arm yourself with the knowledge you need to truly increase your ability to provide value and put you in demand.

A Final Caveat

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.

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

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#25 WU ZI (戊子): THE GIFT OF MYSTERY

Like a mist-covered mountain, the Wu Zi (戊子) pillar is one that is wreathed in mystery.

Maximizing The Wu Zi (戊子): The Gift of Mystery

One of the 6 Elegant Days, the Wu Zi day master is endowed with intelligence and elegance. Much like the Ding Hai pillar before this, here too, the Wu Earth Stem combines with the Gui Water in the Branch. When this combination happens, the outcome brings a strong sense of nobility and refinement to this Day Master.

Like all Wu Earth, the Wu Zi is very strong willed. Persistence and perseverance are the hallmark of the Wu Earth Day Masters. Sitting only on its Direct Wealth Star, the Wu Zi is relentlessly hardworking and a terrific problem solver.

But why did I use the gift of mystery to describe the Wu Zi pillar? Let’s think about this mountain for a minute. The mountain is always there, stolid, steadfast and unchanging. But what’s ever-changing is the ribbons of mist and clouds around it.

Because of the mist, the Wu Zi is a highly secretive individual, less given to speaking their mind. But this sense of enigmatic mystery works in the favour of the Wu Zi. It draws people to you and keeps them guessing and intrigued as they glimpse different facets of the Wu Zi personality.

This pillar is usually indicative of a higher power, or likes to play the role of the mastermind, hidden behind the scenes.

Where is the Wu Zi (戊子)
The Benefits Of Mystery: Wu Zi (戊子) In the Year Pillar

Yes, as it turns out, there are benefits of being enigmatic and mysterious. Who woulda thunk it, right?

The sense of mystery that the Wu Zi exudes draws attention and gives you an intimidating presence as a leader. In this case, the sheer unpredictability and contradictory nature of the Wu Zi compels people to pay attention, lest they miss out on what you might do next.  

Strong and independent, the Wu Zi is at its most comfortable around mentally stimulating individuals. You tend to draw smart and creative people into your circle, best if they challenge your intellect.

Terrific Problem Solvers At Work: Wu Zi (戊子) In the Month Pillar

Strong organizational skills, coupled with the many talents of the Wu Zi pillar results in a terrific problem solver at work. The Wu Zi pillar has a proclivity to working alone, but if you can keep the domineering and bossy side under control, will be able to achieve more success if they learn to work in partnerships or team work.

This is a highly ambitious pillar grounded with a practical worldview that is driven by knowledge.  In other words, at work, you are viewed as someone who is always reliable, hardworking and incredibly practical – a highly efficient team member with natural leadership abilities.

Emotional Equilibrium : Wu Zi (戊子) In the Hour Pillar

But beneath the positive outward appearance, there are some threats that need to be dealt with in this post.

The relative instability of this pillar manifests as a difficulty in controlling their emotions. It is entirely possible to find the Wu Zi battling low self-esteem at certain points in their lives. Learning to stay centered either through spiritual pursuits or self-awareness exercises would help you maintain your equilibrium.

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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#24 DING HAI (丁亥): 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.

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

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#23 BING XU (丙戌): THE GIFT OF GENEROSITY

The selfless magnanimity of the Bing Fire coupled with the steadfast abundance of Wu Earth, the Bing Xu (丙戌) is all about the gift of generosity.

For those of us who have been privileged to visit the Alps, there is a unique sunset phenomenon called Alpenglow. The sun is nowhere on the horizon, yet the white-capped mountains are illuminated with a rosy tinge. It’s a picture that is evocative, mystical, and yes, romantic. This phenomenon, the Alpenglow, is the very picture presented by the Bing Xu pillar.

Maximizing The Bing Xu (丙戌): The Gift of Generosity

The Bing Fire Day Master is often described as someone persistently magnanimous, giving, selfless and generous. Toiling for the greater good at the heart of their community is where the Bing Xu will truly excel.

Seated on its own Eating God, this Bing Fire’s natural giving nature is augmented by a strong sense of child-like idealism and creativity. At the same time, this Bing Fire holds the toughness of a strong taskmaster with the ability to execute with precision, and the diplomatic yet caring leadership to inspire others to push through the rough patches. In short, the Bing Xu is a Day Master with a lot to give.

If there was one weakness of the Bing Xu pillar, it is a particular resistance to change. Anchored by the Wu Earth, failure is not an option for this persistent and routine-loving Bing Fire. The innate positivity of the Bing Fire allows the Bing Xu to recover quickly from any setback. And like the sun rising on the horizon every day, the routine-loving Bing will be back to tackle the obstacles again and again and again.

For this reason, Bing Fire individuals are always advised to regularly review their plans to make sure that the battles they are fighting are still relevant to their goals. In other words, don’t fight just for the sake of fighting.

In a world that is often dominated by the poverty mindset, the Bing Xu is naturally clued in on the benefits of generosity. Social scientists have long found that people who generously give their time, money and abilities are healthier, happier and more confident that those who do not. Being generous is a gift that keeps on giving, benefitting not just the receiver but also the giver. It prevents depression, makes you more socially networked and physically active. And there is strong neurological science behind that discovery. Acting generously causes neurochemical changes in the brain that brings out the pleasure response and create an upward spiral for the giver.

Where is the Bing Xu (丙戌)
Generosity At Play: Bing Xu (丙戌) In the Year Pillar

Like how humans have been drawn to the mountains over the aeons, the Bing Xu draws people into their sphere of influence by sheer magnetism and force of personality. Outgoing and friendly, deeply compassionate and highly sensitive to nuances, the Bing Xu must learn to stay grounded in the face of peer pressure and learn to balance their powerful emotions.

A warm-hearted and loyal friend, the Bing Xu is the rock that people will lean on in times of trouble and don’t be surprised to find yourself as the confidant for many.

Giving is a surefire way to get you out of your own doldrums. By getting out of your own head and shifting the focus on others, you step away from your own issues and learn to view it from a different perspective.

Generosity At Work: Bing Xu (丙戌) In the Month Pillar

Bing Xu in the Month Pillar sees a perfectionist who is compelled to achieve greatness through optimism and ambition. This multi-talented pillar needs to be challenged in order to truly flourish. These challenges are necessary to bring out the resourcefulness of the Wu Earth, the strategic precision of the Xin Metal and the illuminating leadership of the Ding Fire.

Here in the Month Pillar, the Bing Xu’s natural resistance to change can be effectively countered by its own generosity. Generous behaviour often requires moving beyond our comfort zone and developing new skills. This will allow you to see yourself as an agent of change, as opposed to being a recipient of change. This important yet imperceptible shift of perspective is particularly valuable for the Bing Xu individual who is driven by the need for security.

5 Basic Steps To An Abundant Mindset: Bing Xu (丙戌) In the Hour Pillar

For all the Bing Xu’s ambition and drive, this pillar has a sensitive and dreamy quality to it, much like the dream-like picture of the Alpenglow. It craves security and dislikes the harshness of the world. The Bing Xu in the Hour Pillar denotes a rich fantasy life powered by a strong imagination.

With the Bing Xu in your Hour Pillar, cultivating an abundant mindset comes naturally. Here are five basic steps that are aligned to the characteristics of the pillar:

  1. Acknowledge the power of your thoughts – take time to notice the type of thoughts circulating in your head. Are they positive? Or are they telling you that you cannot? By creating awareness around the buzz in your head, you can begin to make conscious effort to shift the tone of that inner voice.
  2. Gratitude – this simple trick of keeping a daily gratitude journal has been circulating for quite a while. It’s a powerful and widely recognized tool to create abundance and happiness. To quote Oprah Winfrey, “If you look at what you have in life, you will always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you will never have enough.”
  3. Believe that there are no limits – this step requires taking a few minutes each day for quiet and peacefulness. The intention is to clear your mind and allow for new abundant possibilities. The goal is to foster an expanded awareness instead of constantly focusing on just one particular thing.
  4. Sharing your purpose and passions – learning to share your gifts and provide value by serving those who would benefit most has a great side-effect. It helps you create an abundant personal brand.
  5. Notice the good – this step aims to take us away from our basic human instinct to notice the bad. We are all wired to see problems quicker than we can see possibilities. It’s just the way of evolution. In Step 5, instead of focusing on the problem and trying to fix it, focus instead on what is actually going right as it relates to the topic and find a way to support that even further.

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.

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

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#22 YI YOU (乙酉): THE GIFT OF STRATEGIC NETWORKING

The gift of strategic networking is of course, not merely confined to the Yi You (乙酉) pillar. Anyone of the 60 pillars can learn this art. But the Yi You, soft and weak on the outside, but possessing of an inner drive and action-oriented approach, perfectly embodies this ability.

In this weeks’ post, let’s explore the many facets of strategic networking. But brace yourself, this will be a long read ahead. I will do away from my usual format of Year, Month, Day and Hour for this post. Wherever the Yi You is to be found in your chart, you already have the natural gift of strategic networking. Even if you don’t have the Yi You in your chart, it can be learned.

Maximizing The Yi You (乙酉): The Gift of Strategic Networking

The Yi You is usually likened to a man-made plant-like ornament or a potted plant. Sitting only on its 7 Killings star, this Yi Wood is unrooted. This elegant Yi Wood looks sophisticated and non-threatening but is capable of combining the swiftness of wood with the precision of metal in its modus operandi.

From a classical point of view, this could be detrimental as it is equated with guile and deception. But again I must ask, is guile and deception always a bad thing? Before we judge, how about we replace those two words with one that is prized in today’s world – strategic?

Cleverness certainly plays a major role in making optimum use of the Yi You pillar. Honing this sharp mental acuity is how the Yi You survives in what it perceives to be a dog-eat-dog world. But honing cleverness is not enough. Being a rootless pillar, there is always a danger of becoming too fickle. Self-imposed discipline is needed here, in liberal doses if required, to boost the cleverness with perseverance and determination.

Like a vine latching on to a building, a tree or a stick to climb closer to the sun, the Yi You is naturally attracted to the limelight, and most of all, to successful people. This strategic approach will mean that people tend to wander in and out of your orbit, depending on the role they play in your current plans. However, this ability of the Yi Wood to prop itself up by relying on other elements, is exactly what strategic networking is all about.

Strategic Networking: It’s Not About Being Manipulative

Let’s clear a common misconception about networking here. Networking is not an insincere or manipulative way to elegantly use people. It’s about creating a web of personal contacts who provide the feedback, support, information, resources and insight that all of us need to grow.

This discomfort around strategic networking is perfectly understandable. Society has taught us to rise through the ranks by dint of task-based accomplishments. Strategic networking requires relational, instead of transactional, tasks.

Strategic networking is more than just a case of mutual back-scratching. Instead, the Harvard Business Review has identified three distinct but interdependent forms of networking – operational, personal and strategic.

Three Types of Strategic Networking
Operational Networking

Operational networking is the most common form of networking. This is about how you get your job done. The depth and scope of this network can differ, but includes direct reports, superiors, peers, other internal forces that can expedite or block a project, as well as outside forces like customers, distributors or suppliers.

The purpose of this network, as mentioned, is to get things done. It is not concerned with what should be done. All of us have operational networks. These relationships are forced based on the tasks required and tend to be constrained by the job at hand.

In a Bazi coaching session, when we start talking about the need to expand on networking, many people will automatically assume that they should improve on their operational network. But for the coaching session to take effect, as a person grows, his or her network must be recalibrated externally and become more future-oriented.

Which leads us to the next point…

Personal Networking

The Harvard Business Review defines Personal Networking as ‘professional associations, alumni groups, clubs, and personal interest communities through which a person gain new perspectives that allow them to advance in their careers.’

Which begs the question – why should you waste precious time on an activity that is not directly related with what you need to do? After all, there’s barely enough time in the day to clear your own deck.

This personal network is where the bulk of your developmental support (think: coaching or mentoring), information and referrals will come from.

Remember the six-degrees of separation theory? That is what the personal network is all about – it is composed of acquaintances with whom we have something in common. This personal network forms the base for the next and ultimate step, Strategic Networking.

Strategic Networking

This final stage is comprised of lateral and vertical relationships with people outside of our immediate control. The role of this network is to figure out how our own contributions fit into the big picture.

At this stage, the task of the Strategic Network is to help formulate broad business objectives. It is no longer concerned about functional objectives. The value of being plugged into a Strategic Network is to get keyed in on shifting business trends.

Strategic Networking is about influence. The ability to leverage the resources, information and support from one sector of the network to achieve results in another. Instead of merely influencing their environment, the smart Strategic Networker strives to mould it to become favourable to their own goals.

A Last Word on Strategic Networking

The topic of strategic networking is very closely related to the topic of Noble Persons in the study of Bazi. At the end of the day, it’s about the same thing – someone coming to you with the information or resource you need to move you one step closer to your goal.

With or without the Yi You in your chart, this is a skill that can be learnt. To start, learn to serve. Remember, strategic networking is a two-way street. In order to get, you must first give.

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.

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

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#21 JIA SHEN (甲申): THE GIFT OF COMPARTMENTALIZATION

The Jia Shen (甲申) pillar offers a unique gift – the gift of compartmentalization.

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to go on a descriptive bend. But with the Jia Shen, I can. Shall we take a hike of imagination together?

It’s Autumn. The perfect weather for a long trek in the woods. The air is cool and crisp. Meandering down the trails, we come upon a lake. Beside it, a majestic tree in full autumn foliage – emerald greens mixed with gold and ruby red. Drawn to its beauty, we go closer, only to realize that there is an axe-head embedded deep in the trunk. But wait, the axe does not look to have harmed the tree in any way. Instead, the tree has just simply… grown over it.

This ability to envelope any foreign objects with scar tissue and keep growing is something inherent in all trees. Scientifically, botanists call this ability – compartmentalization.

Maximizing The Jia Shen (甲申) Day Master: The Gift of Consistent Growth

Seated on its own 7 Killings, Indirect Wealth and Indirect Resource, the Jia Shen is a dynamic and fearless pillar that crave challenges. To you, obstacles are nothing more than delightful puzzles to be solved. In traditional Bazi, this trio – the 7 Killings-Indirect Wealth-Indirect Resource – are known as the Wealth-Officer-Seal formation. What it means is that this Jia wood is sitting on a continuous production/re-generation cycle. This phenomenon brings out the true quality of the Jia Wood, consistent growth.

The 7 Killings endow an already-competitive Jia Wood with an appetite for risk. The Indirect Wealth brings the ability to look beyond the present to the table. The Indirect Resource represents regeneration, the ability to bounce back from disappointments. Armed with this 7K-IW-IR combination, the Jia Shen will have the courage to take on projects or businesses that may be a loss-leaders in the short-run, with the sure knowledge and confidence in their ability to turn that loss-leader into further profitable businesses.

However, money may not be the driving factor for the Jia Shen. Instead, it is motivated by the thrill of the hunt, and perhaps, more accurately, by the delicious satisfaction of having proven a point!

Along that journey, there will undoubtedly be many painful lessons to be learnt. Here, let’s refer again to the example of our majestic tree. In-bred into the Jia Shen’s personality, is the ability to absorb the blows, incorporate the lessons and bounce back stronger and smarter as a result.

Where Is The Jia Shen (甲申)?
The Socially Brilliant (Jia Shen In The Year Pillar):

While the ability to compartmentalize is hidden deep within the core of the Jia Shen, externally, this pillar presents as a very dynamic and charismatic personality. Jovial, socially brilliant, fun-loving and oh-so-charming, the Jia Shen discards all bias in their circle of friends. You get along with everyone equally and is most likely to be the centre of all attention.

Always articulate and expressive, you easily captivate and humour a crowd with your strong communication skills. The Jia Shen never has any problems being understood. You know exactly how to convey what you want and sway public opinion to your favour.

Compartmentalization At Work (Jia Shen In The Month Pillar):

In today’s world, all of us are many things at once. For example, at work, I am the Communications Officer for three major motorcycle racing championships in Asia. I am also the founder of The Hidden Sun whose mission is to help others gain control of their destinies through a thorough understanding of their Bazi Charts. I join my friends for weekly Facebook Live sharings. I also work closely with another good friend to empower the less fortunate to change their lives by using platform selling as a tool.

Needless to say, my to-do list is never done. I could work around the clock and for every item ticked off, two more gets added.

Because I don’t have the Jia Shen in my chart, I had to learn the art of compartmentalization. Why was that important? Compartmentalization helped to set healthy boundaries that allowed me to establish mental barriers between one priority and another. That way, I was able to direct my energy into what matter most.

Here, I would like to share three effective compartmentalization strategies:

  1. “You love what you do; You’re great at it; It’s the best use of your time.” – This is not a mantra. It’s a filter. If an activity does not meet these three criterias, give it to someone who can do it better.
  2. Set your priorities, align your activities to your goal – Even if the three criterias above have been ticked off – you love it, you’re great at it, and you feel that it is the best use of your time – certain activities may be better off delegated to someone else. For example, as the business owner, you may be great at handling your own book keeping. But is that truly the best use of your time?
  3. Focus – It is not humanly possible to be multi-tasking all the time. In many instances, you need to focus all your energy into completing only that one thing. To do this effectively, estimate how much time each activity will take and create chunks to time dedicated solely to it. During that time, hit the Do Not Disturb button, set the kitchen timer and get to work.
Compartmentalizing Your Thoughts and Emotions (Jia Shen In The Hour Pillar)

Like the tree in our earlier example, compartmentalization is a defence and survival mechanism that helps us carry on in spite of the emotional baggage we carry. Of course, we’re not talking about locking our thoughts and emotions into boxes and stashing them away in our minds forever. That never works. Eventually, something leaks through and then all hell breaks loose.

Instead, let’s explore the healthy use of compartmentalization with the Jia Shen in the Hour Pillar. The goal is to not give any undue attention to stuff that don’t require it. In other words, by harnessing the power of compartmentalization, you are training your brain not to dwell on things unnecessarily.

For example, let’s say you have a particularly toxic colleague at work whose attitude and negativity automatically raises your hackles. In the work environment, it’s often difficult to avoid of navigate around negative colleagues. Every time you come in contact with that person, you find yourself bothered all day by thinking about the encounter and your frustrations with the person’s harsh words.

Alternatively, take a moment to acknowledge your thoughts and feelings about the situation. After that, force yourself to not think about it any further. Every time you find your thoughts wandering back, force it onto a different track by thinking about something relevant that you are moving to. In other words, this is about letting go of something that is not under your control, and training your mind to look forward to things that you can actually control.

This type of technique can be used in all facets of your life. And yes, even if you don’t have the Jia Shen in your chart.

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.

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

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2021 CHINESE ZODIAC – TIGER, RAT, SNAKE AND DOG

The above video contains detailed descriptions of the 2021 Chinese Zodiac for the Tiger, Rat, Snake and Dog.

Tiger: A very powerful nobleman star – the Great Sun – enters the Tiger’s chart in 2021. This is a great star to build stronger ties with your community, your market players and improve your relationships.

Rat: For the Rat, the arrival of the Intelligence Star and the Study Hall is an opening to gain a deeper understanding of complex problems.

Snake: 2021 will be the year that requires the Snake to be an A-Player. The key star for 2021 is the National Treasure that promises improved revenue as reward for added effort.

Dog: Three favourable wealth stars land on the Dog in 2021. To activate the abundance, first, you need to be a giver!

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 just the Bazi auxiliary stars alone. To pinpoint specific issues or to co-create solutions tailor-made for you, please feel free to drop me a line.

Want to find out if you have the Tiger, Rat, Snake or Dog in your chart? Plot your Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/.

#20 GUI WEI (癸未): THE GIFT OF RESTLESSNESS

The Gui Wei (癸未) is often described as water in its vapor form – formless, shapeless, and colourless. This scenario depicts a person who is constantly on the move in search of new opportunities – someone with the gift of restlessness.

Two impatient water pillars back to back is testing my writing skills to the limit. Once again, just like the previous post with the Ren Wu (壬午), we again have Water at the top, and fire at the bottom. Fortunately, (for me that is), there are other hidden stems in the equation that distinguishes the Gui Wei from the Ren Wu

Think of a hot spring wreathed in mists, bubbling over with emotions. The Gui Wei sits on its own Eating God which produces its Indirect Wealth and 7 Killings, creating an individual who is idealistic, opportunistic and adventurous. This is a pillar infused with powerful emotions, manifesting as an innate nervousness and restlessness.

If I had to pick a pillar most prone to anxiety attacks, this would be it. But I kid! Anyone can be susceptible to anxiety attacks, especially when life overwhelms. How then can we turn restlessness into a gift? Read on…

Maximizing The Gui Wei (癸未) Day Master: The Gift of Restlessness

You may have felt it all your life – that voice in the corners of your consciousness, insisting, clamouring, demanding that “There must be more than this.”

The problem may be, you have no clue what ‘this’ is. So you try to fill that void with the impermanent things of this world, seeking distraction, instant gratification, some days eager to change, other days succumbing to temporary shortcuts to fulfilment, caught in a web of restlessness that leaves you feeling stuck, jittery, impatient, frustrated and going through the motions while chasing an elusive sense of purpose.

But this restlessness can be a gift when it is no longer viewed as a chasm to be filled. Instead, it is an open invitation for you to dive inwards and tap into the Gui Wei’s remarkable self-confidence, creativity and analytical skills. To recognize that there will always be a push-pull between the need for stability versus the hankering for freedom. And most importantly, to realize that the equilibrium between the two needs can only be decided by you, the Day Master.

The Eating God is the key to making the Gui Wei pillar work as it simultaneously produces the Indirect Wealth and controls the aggressiveness of the Seven Killings. This Eating God can be accessed through a life crammed full of purpose. Here’s the crux of the matter: people frequently think that they should only have one life purpose. But in actuality, as we journey through life, our purpose can change many times over. The ultimate aim is to cultivate a sense of detachment from the ever-present emotions so that the more practical and insightful aspects of this pillar can manifest.

Where Is The Gui Wei (癸未)?
The Forever Chameleon (Gui Wei In The Year Pillar):

The Gui water, in itself, is formless. This pillar has a strong chameleon-like ability to change its outer shape to suit whatever environment it finds itself in. However, in whatever shape it happens to take, there is one outstanding quality of the Gui Wei that will be apparent to all – its genuine kindness.

You will be the first to offer your help to all and sundry, regardless if that help is even requested. Unfortunately, not everyone will be appreciative of these acts of kindness and may even misinterpret the intention behind the acts. So best to be selective about whom you offer your generous aid.

A Skill For All Seasons (Gui Wei In The Month Pillar):

Given the combined practicality and imagination of the Gui Wei, establishing a successful career is never a problem. This is a pillar that is able to create and maintain a workable system which encompass strong technical, organizational and business insights.

But again, here, the restlessness of the pillar could lead you to change careers or industries many times in your life. As your life purpose change, so will the focus of your industry. Therefore, the best way to use the Gui Wei in the Month Pillar is to create a niche that can be used in multiple scenarios.

The Ever-Active Mind (Gui Wei In The Hour Pillar)

Always on the move, always churning out new thoughts to ponder on, an ever-active mind can be a blessing. If nothing else, it will certainly keep you entertained throughout the day. Learning new things will never be a problem, that’s for sure!

With the Gui Wei in the Hour Pillar, learning some meditation techniques can help you calm that raging mind and sift through the multiple thoughts and ideas that are happening consecutively in your brain. I don’t mean to meditate for hours on end! There are quick 2-minute meditation exercises that will be useful when you feel your mind going into hyper-drive.

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.

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

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2021 CHINESE ZODIAC – HORSE AND MONKEY

My friends and I do a weekly Facebook live Chinese Metaphysics sharing. We spent the last month going into details with the positive and negative stars coming into each Chinese Zodiac sign in 2021.

Instead of the conventional countdown, we started with the Horse and the Monkey… because these two animal signs bore the brunt of the pressure in 2020.

But hope is in sight after a tumultuous 2020.

The Horse will benefit from nobleman help and a problem-dissolving star while the Monkey can use the lessons it learnt from 2020 to gain authority and power in 2021.