BAZI BASICS: FIRE | THE STAR OF CHANGE

Of the 5 Elements, Fire is the only one that can transform the nature of the other Elements. Think about it. Fire can evaporate Water, incinerate Wood, scorch Earth, and melt Metal. That is why, Fire is known as the Star of Change.

Bazi Basics – Series Overview

The art and science of Bazi is fascinating and multi-layered. Most people are fixated with the familiar Bazi relationships – the 6 Combo, 3 Harmony, 6 Clashes, Punishments, Harm and Destruction. However, the study or use of Bazi is predicated upon deep understanding of 4 main components – the 5 Elements, the 10 Heavenly Stems, the 5 Structures, and the 10 Gods.

Each has a role to play in the overall makeup of your chart. In this new Bazi Basics series, we will deep dive into the myriad parts that make up each component. We will begin, of course, with the most basic of the basics – the 5 Elements.

Fire | The Star of Change

The nature of Fire is to spread. It is impatient. Fire brings light and hope to the darkness. Therefore, the following keywords are often attributed to the Fire Element:

  • Impatience
  • Spreading
  • Passion
  • Liberal/Identity
  • Generosity
  • Innovation
  • Joy
  • Inspiration
  • Transformation
  • Egoism
  • Beauty

If Fire is the dominant force in your Chart, you are driven by your passions. You take pride in your ability to change and break old patterns. Beauty, elegance, dignity and plain old happiness are important to you.

In terms of the liberal nature of Fire (which is often linked with open-minded thinking), this interpretation can be challenged. In essence, this liberal nature of Fire is more deeply connected to a sense of identity. Hence, it is common to see people with strong Fire in their chart who are either super-liberal or super-conservative.

Fire | Too Much; Too Little

A Chart with too much Fire typically reflects an individual who is literally driven by their ego. Driven by a need for admiration so strong, that he or she may resort to scorch-earth tactics to get what they want. When a Chart has too much Fire, it is common to find a person willing to burn the candle at both ends because their ego has driven them to take on more responsibilities than is possible within a span of 24 hours. And of course, with Fire too strong, there is always the risk of being hot-tempered.

Conversely, the absence of Fire in a Bazi Chart is easy to spot. People whose Bazi Charts are lacking in Fire tend to be gloomy and pessimistic. The absence of Fire translates into a psychological resistance to change.

Fire | How To Use

How then, can you use this element that revolves around the concept of passion and change? How do you ‘activate’ Fire in your life? Let’s examine the role that Fire plays in your Chart.

Fire As The Companion Element

With Fire as your Companion Element, the two main key words that come into play are: 1) Identity and, 2) Inspiration.

In my previous two posts, people with the Water Companion element flow into different social circles with ridiculous ease. Those with the Wood Companion element were encouraged to become a bridge between communities.

For you, with Fire as your Companion Element, your Fire needs to shine so bright that you draw people to you. Using Fire as the Companion Element, requires you to be inspirational, so inspirational that your message spreads far enough to attract those who identify with you.

Fire As The Output Element

If Fire is your Output Element (which means you are a Wood Day Master), this is where the Transformative nature of Fire is most apparent. Wood transforming into Fire is equated with brilliance! Simply put, your creativity and the value you create, must be transformative in nature.

This sounds pretty vague, I know. As an example – think of someone who works in the Digital Transformation Industry. The value you create, helps transform how others run their businesses and helps businesses keep up with trends.

With Fire as your Output Element, it is almost your job to lead innovations.

Fire As The Wealth Element

Strong Fire as the Wealth Element easily translates into an impatient and energized personality. Typically, someone with little patience for the slow accumulation of Wealth. As such, to activate your Fire Wealth Element, train yourself in the skills of big-picture thinking. Learn to spot (and take action on), opportunities.

Fire As The Influence Element

Activating Fire as your Influence Element requires the use of self-discipline. Again, we’re back to the concept of ‘Identity’, but in this case, it translates into a willingness to employ self-discipline to forge yourself into the best that you can be. In other words, ‘no pain; no gain’.

An easy way to activate Fire as your Influence Element? Head on over to the gym and start sculpting your body.

Fire As The Resource Element

When Fire is your Resource Element, the open-minded and forward-looking nature of Fire is of prime importance. Activating Fire as your Resource is pretty straight-forward. Be willing to open yourself to new values and perspectives. Be willing to step out of your comfort zone, move out of that social media algorithm-induced silo, and explore new directions. It will be fun, it will be fascinating… and more, the more you consume new information and integrate them into your life, the bigger a boost to your self-confidence.

Fire Industries | The Classical Interpretation

A discourse on the 5 Elements would be incomplete without a nod towards the classical interpretation of the 5 Elements in terms of industry. Therefore, please find here, a non-exhaustive list of industries related to Fire:

  • Oil and Gas
  • F&B
  • Airlines
  • Futuristic Tech
  • Metaphysics/Spirituality
  • IT
  • Firearms
  • Promotions
  • Services

In a nutshell: any industry that promotes ‘transformation’.

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OCTOBER 2022 BAZI STRATEGIES| DISCIPLINE IS THE KEY

From a search for clarity in September, the October 2022 Bazi Chart carries a clarion call for discipline. And along with the Metal Dog month… new opportunities arise for each of the 10 Day Masters.

WHAT’S GOING ON HERE?

Every year has its own Bazi Chart, plotted to the exact minute when the Chart changes from one year pillar to another. Similarly, every month has its own Bazi Chart as well. This chart, can also tell a story, albeit within the span of a single month.

The story can be broad as to describe the energies influencing everyone, but at the same time, can be distilled into opportunities and threats for the individuals based on our Day Master. Consider it as tiny tweaks that we can deploy as we pursue our agenda for 2022.

THE STORY OF OCTOBER 2022

Let’s start with a quick overview. The month chart for October 2022 describes the need to embrace discipline in order to transform our lives. Effecting real change in our lives require discipline. From discarding old habits, to creating new and more positive ones. Implementing new ideas also require discipline. Even the creative endeavours require discipline. What happens when discipline falters? We fall off the wagon.

The focal point of the October 2022 Bazi Chart is the Geng Xu (庚戌) pillar. By itself, the Geng Xu is tough and carries a strong sense of resilience and endurance. It’s also quite an aggressive pillar.

From a pictorial point of view, this is a sword embedded into the rock. Yes, Excalibur! Wielding a sword requires strength, endurance, stamina, and (at the risk of sounding like a broken record), discipline!

But is this discipline welcome? Based on the October 2022 Bazi Chart, the answer is no. The weak Jia Wood Day Master in the Chart, will not enjoy the process of discipline. Yet, it’s time to bite the bullet. Because with this Influence Structure chart comes a call to trim the fat in order to be more streamlined and competitive.

Using the October 2022 Bazi Chart to the fullest will require you to enforce either fiscal, mental, or physical discipline, in order to, find the hidden Wealth opportunities.

But what type of discipline is required? For that, we look at the 10 Day Masters.

OCTOBER 2022 STRATEGIES | 10 DAY MASTERS

Jia Wood Day Masters: Fiscal Discipline

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For the Jia Wood Day Master, the most painful cut required will be to look into your budget and trim off the excess spendings. By this, I don’t mean to turn you into a scrooge. However, there may be some expenses that may not be serving you well anymore. The bottom line is to try to trim the costs so that you become more competitive in the marketplace. This suggestion, of course, is easiest to apply for business owners.

For career professionals, please don’t offer to reduce your salary! Look instead into how you spend your time at work to be more efficient and effective.

Yi Wood Day Masters: Take restrained action

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From planting the seeds for 2023 in September, comes a need to sit down and take the time to plan out your next course of action. The Yi Wood Day Master, being a fast decision-maker, typically enjoys flying by the seat of your pants. However, for this one month at least, ‘crossing that bridge when you come to it’ is not going to fly.

Since the energy of the Geng Xu October month promotes the concept of taking disciplined measures and steps, why not use this opportunity to train your planning muscles?

Bing Fire Day Masters: Making lifestyle changes to capitalize on new ideas or opportunities

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The October 2022 Geng Xu month is a particularly vibrant month for the Bing Fire Day Master. A vibrant month, that is, if you are ready to capitalize on new ideas and opportunities. To do so, some lifestyle changes will need to be made.

You see, coming up with ideas is easy. Turning ideas into reality is the part that requires discipline. So, when we come up with a new idea (especially a money-making idea), a part of our leisure time may need to be sacrificed so that we can act on them. Otherwise, the idea remains nothing but an idea!

But for the Bing Fire Day Masters who are ready and willing to change their lifestyle to accommodate a potential new money-making venture, October is the best month to launch your side gig, new line, product, service, or landing page.

If you are not yet ready, then at least ramp up your observation skills. This is a month of grand visions and grand ideas. Which then leads to the next natural question – what can be trimmed to turn grand ideas into practicable solutions?

Ding Fire Day Masters: Sell your results

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The suggested strategy for September 2022 was to get peer feedback in order to fine tune your plans. Now with the energies of October coming into play, it’s time to invest in a little marketing. If you are in the market for a new career or job posting, this one works best for you – don’t sell your resume, sell your results!

Personal note: as a hiring manager for many years, I must admit that I hate looking at resumes. Because a resume tells me nothing. The candidate who can literally show me what he or she has accomplished, is the one who is going to get my attention.

Similarly for business owners, telling new customers that you work with X, Y or Z company is not enough. You need to show what you have accomplished for them.

This means that, for the Ding Fire, discipline comes in the form of words – your choice of words, to be specific. Trim down on the superlatives, focus on the results.

Wu Earth Day Masters: Nobleman detected!

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Learning to ask for help is one of the key skills to success. With the support of others, our journey to attaining our goals become smoother and less ‘rocky’ (all puns intended). Technically, for the Wu Earth Day Master, the Xu or Dog month is not your nobleman month. However, the presence of both your Output and Resource stars hints at the availability of ‘volunteers’. Or in modern pop culture… minions!

So look around you, Wu Earth. Having made yourself accessible in September, who are the people around you who can be your volunteers?

But circling back to the keyword of the month, what kind of discipline are we talking about for the Wu Earth? How about disciplining our sense of self-pride? When we are too proud to ask for help, then we must do everything ourselves and inadvertently limit the scale of our results.

Ji Earth Day Masters: Influencer marketing

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If you have taken advantage of the September energies to nurture your relationships, the concept of ‘influencer marketing’ will work best for the Ji Earth Day Master in October.

Looking for a job? Get someone to make the introduction. Looking for a promotion or preparing for a job review? Get testimonials from your colleague. Want to increase sales? Get micro influencers who can help you sell your product or service. In other words, tap into other people’s networks.

With that in mind, what kind of discipline is required from the Ji Earth Day Master in October? The willingness to sacrifice present income for a larger slice of the pie in the future.

Geng Metal Day Masters: Setting boundaries is self-care

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When a Geng Metal Day Master sees an external Geng Metal, this encounter is likely to amp up the altruistic nature of the Geng Metal Day Master. But there is only so much of other people’s problems we can handle.

The energies of the Geng Xu October month makes this a pretty good time for you to practice setting some boundaries to make time for your own self-care. Think of this as a month of rejuvenation, as you prepare to start making strides into your coming Hurting Officer year in 2023.

Xin Metal Day Masters: Firm leadership required

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Things get noisy when Metal meets Metal. Coming into your Rob Wealth month, you may find an influx of confused people coming to you with their problems. You may have spent September helping them gain clarity, but whats to do? Some people can be notoriously dense.

In October, it’s time for the Xin Metal to put your foot down, implement some firm leadership, and cut through all that noise and clutter!

Ironically, leadership will not work when we are seen to be overtly working for ourselves. When the ‘pack’ thinks that you are leading them up the garden path, naturally, the ‘pack’ won’t follow! Here, you can learn a trick or two from your Geng Metal counterparts who have got ‘altruism’ down pat. Therefore, the discipline required from you for the month of October is the discipline to put the good of others ahead of your own.

Ren Water Day Masters: Opportunity to gain new market knowledge

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Ren Water Day Masters will meet with your Indirect Resource star in the Geng Xu pillar for October. The Indirect Resource, frequently described as the star of unconventional knowledge, can also govern creativity. This is a type of big-picture creativity that comes from a willingness to play and experiment with new perspectives and ideas.

Therefore, for the Ren Water Day Masters, October is the perfect month to do some research on either enhancing your knowledge of your current market, or gaining new knowledge into new potential markets.

What kind of discipline should the Ren Water Day Master practice in October? Learn to suspend your natural scepticism for a month. Discipline that negative nay-sayer living rent-free inside your own head.

Gui Water Day Masters: Own your niche

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Gui Water Day Masters meeting your Geng Metal Direct Resource star can literally attract opportunities your way. Having understood your market needs in September, and now knowing exactly what they are looking for, October is a great month to own your niche.

You can easily do that by curating content on your own social media profiles. This is where the discipline of October comes in – the mental discipline to understand what is relevant and what is not relevant to your audience.

EDITOR’S NOTE:

That said, I would also like to stress that the suggestions in this post are broad ideas. The goal is to inspire action!

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BAZI BASICS: WOOD | THE STAR OF GROWTH

Think of a tree! Wood grows upwards! Even the Yin Wood, which are basically pictured as softer growing plants, will still grow upwards trying to reach the sun! Therefore, Wood is the Star of Growth.

Bazi Basics – Series Overview

The art and science of Bazi is fascinating and multi-layered. Most people are fixated with the familiar Bazi relationships – the 6 Combo, 3 Harmony, 6 Clashes, Punishments, Harm and Destruction. However, the study or use of Bazi is predicated upon deep understanding of 4 main components – the 5 Elements, the 10 Heavenly Stems, the 5 Structures, and the 10 Gods.

Each has a role to play in the overall makeup of your chart. In this Bazi Basics series, we will deep dive into the myriad parts that make up each component. We will begin, of course, with the most basic of the basics – the 5 Elements.

Wood | The Star of Growth

Circling back to our example of a tree. While rooted firmly to the ground, the tree stretches upwards and outwards. It produces the bark, branches, leaves, flowers, flowers, fruits, and seeds. It diversifies! This is why, the Wood Element governs:

  • Growth
  • Kindness
  • Benevolence
  • Diversity
  • Branching Out
  • Motivation
  • Drive
  • Determination
  • Learning

If Wood is the strongest element in your Chart, personal growth is the driving factor behind many of your life systems and decision-making process.

Of the 5 Elements, the Wood Element is the one that requires the active participation from all the others. Wood needs the stability of Earth. To be ‘transformative, Fire is required. To be useful, Metal must be present. And most of all, in order to sustain growth, Wood needs Water. Because of this, Wood is the most competitive of the 5 Elements. And therefore, on the negative side of things, Wood governs your sense of competition.

Wood | Too Much; Too Little

A Chart with too much Wood typically manifests as an individual with a strong competitive streak, jealously guarding his or her ‘resource’ whatever that may be.

On the other hand, a Chart with the weak presence of Wood will reflect a personality where the concept of ‘growth’ becomes negligible. Vague concepts like personal growth, for example, would simply not be a matter of consideration for the chart owner.

Wood | How To Use

How then, can you use this element that is so growth-driven and competitive? How do you ‘activate’ Wood in your life? Let’s examine the role that Wood plays in your Chart.

Wood As The Companion Element

Recall that one of the keywords for Wood is ‘diversity’? Think of your Wood Companion Star as a bridge that connects different islands together. One suggestion would be to use the diversity and natural connectivity of the Wood Element to bring different communities together.

Wood As The Output Element

Again, we come back to our example of the tree. It takes a single drop of Water, and turn it into its trunk, branches, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds. This represents your natural ability to take one idea and turn it into a multitude of end products. Therefore, with Wood as your Output element, the end product of your creativity must be ‘linkable’.

Let me give you an example. JK Rowling wrote a book about a boy named Harry Potter. From that one book spawned a series of books. And then came the movies, followed by the merchandise, then the spinoff series, and then more movies. From one idea, the product keeps linking onwards and onwards. From a single output, others grow.

Wood As The Wealth Element

Another outstanding ability of Wood is its regenerative abilities. Ever seen a tree that you have given up for dead? A few months later, you are astonished to find new shoots pushing upwards again. With Wood as your Wealth Element, the Day Master will tend to be very ruthless and competitive. Why? Because your Wealth can re-generate. Therefore, you feel that you have the luxury to take risks. There is only one caveat to this attitude – be careful not to kill the ‘roots’ that anchor your Wealth.

Wood As The Influence Element

If Wood is your Influence Element, the benevolent aspects of the Wood Nature becomes even more apparent. You are protective and honourable, much like the venerable oak tree that extends its protection to the little woodland creatures. This instinctive care you have for the less advantaged members of society can be a part of your personal mission. It can be what drives your business, your personal growth, and even your personal branding.

Wood As The Resource Element

With Wood as the Resource Element, the ‘transformative’ nature of Wood takes centre stage. Here lies your ability to gather information from many different sources and transform those information into fresh new theories and ideas. To rock Wood as your Resource Element, learn to take an existing body of knowledge, and re-package the knowledge for a different audience. You just need to be aware of one particular tendency – your love for never-ending research!

Wood Industries | The Classical Interpretation

A discourse on the 5 Elements would be incomplete without a nod towards the classical interpretation of the 5 Elements in terms of industry. Therefore, please find here, a non-exhaustive list of industries related to Wood:

  • Seasonal fashions
  • Plantation
  • Agriculture
  • Wood craft
  • Furniture
  • Teaching
  • Cultural activities
  • Organic businesses

In a nutshell: any industry that promotes ‘growth’ and ‘diversity’.

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BAZI BASICS: WATER | THE STAR OF THOUGHTS

In the study of Chinese Metaphysics (Bazi, Qimen, Feng Shui, YiJing, and all other variants), the Water Element is known as the Star of Thoughts.

Bazi Basics – Series Overview

The art and science of Bazi is fascinating and multi-layered. Most people are fixated with the familiar Bazi relationships – the 6 Combo, 3 Harmony, 6 Clashes, Punishments, Harm and Destruction. However, the study or use of Bazi is predicated upon deep understanding of 4 main components – the 5 Elements, the 10 Heavenly Stems, the 5 Structures, and the 10 Gods.

Each has a role to play in the overall makeup of your chart. In this new Bazi Basics series, we will deep dive into the myriad parts that make up each component. We will begin, of course, with the most basic of the basics – the 5 Elements.

Water | The Star of Thoughts

The nature of Water is to flow. That is why Water governs:

  • Wisdom
  • Emotions
  • Thinking
  • Mental Capacity
  • Mobility
  • Creativity
  • Ideas
  • Knowledge
  • The ability to co-operate with others

If Water is the strongest element in your Chart, you take pride in your creativity and wisdom. Emotions and feelings (your own and others) are of most importance to you. 

Water also flows downwards. Turn on a pipe… if the water flows upwards, break out the mops, we’re all in for a big ol’ mess. Therefore, on the negative spectrum, the Water Element also governs Fear. This describes the condition known as over analysis-paralysis. When there is too much Water in the chart, there is a strong tendency to think yourself out of doing something. Or worse, think yourself into a depression cycle! Yikes! Basically, this is the ‘curse’ of too much knowledge.

Water | Too Much; Too Little

Most Bazi Charts will need Water. A Bazi Chart without Water basically describes a person who is more driven by the primal needs of survival. The concept of emotions and feelings are of less importance to them. How they ‘feel’ about something is no longer a primary factor in their decision-making process.

Additionally, because Water governs Fear and therefore, governs our ability to assess risks, the absence of Water in an individual’s chart could result in a rather reckless attitude. In this case, external influences play a big role. You see, even if your natal chart is completely absent of Water, the element can still come into your life via your Luck Pillars, Annual Pillars, and at a push, even through the Month Pillars of every year.

Water | How To Use

While the above descriptions are fine and dandy, this article will be pointless without answering the most important question of all – how can I rock my Water Element? That will depend on what Water means to you (or more specifically, the role that Water plays in your Chart).

Water As The Companion Element

Making the best use of your Water Element is to ensure that you flow into as many types of social circles as possible. In today’s digital world where online communities flourish, we are no longer constrained to our physical locality. With Water as your Companion Element, blending and assimilating yourself into different types of communities is something that comes more naturally for you than any other.

Water As The Output Element

The Output Element represent our thoughts, creativity and ideas. It is what the Day Master creates, and therefore, represents the value that we create. The Water Element also governs exactly this function – thoughts, creativity and ideas. When the two conflate, this is someone with very fluid imagination. With Water as your Output Element, put yourself in the position to play in the strategic and ideas field. We’re talking about creating strategies that can be used by a multitude of industries.

Water As The Wealth Element

The Wealth Element represents our sense of responsibility and productivity. With Water as your Wealth Element, optimal use of this would be to create/attract as many income streams as possible, all flowing to you, of course!

Water As The Influence Element

The Influence Element is what controls us. In a way, we can view the Influence Element as our thinking system or our thoughts. If Water is your Influence Element, that could literally mean that your thoughts are Water! Oops! There is more red flags here than in any other place. It can mean that you are quite forgetful, or you may have a tendency for emotional gratification. But there is some good news. Water as the Influence Element also brings the gifts of intelligence, as well as the ability to assess risks and regulate emotions.

Water As The Resource Element

Your Resource Element governs knowledge. Water also governs knowledge. With Water as your Resource Element, you have a strong ability to blend theory with practice. Much like how Water reacts as the Output Element, you are able to absorb information from myriad sources and turn them into practical use.

Water Industries | The Classical Interpretation

A discourse on the 5 Elements would be incomplete without a nod towards the classical interpretation of the 5 Elements in terms of industry. Therefore, please find here, a non-exhaustive list of industries related to Water:

  • Aquatics
  • Fishery
  • Sailing/Shipping
  • Tourism
  • Trading
  • Transport
  • Journalism
  • Laundry/Sewage
  • Strategist
  • Thinker

In a nutshell: any industry that moves people and goods from one location to another.

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SEPTEMBER 2022 BAZI FORECAST | IN SEARCH OF CLARITY

From a Chinese Metaphysics point of view, August 2022 was a month of transitions. With so many relationships in the month’s chart, it looked to be a natural turning point where the influences of the Water Tiger (壬寅) begins to fade and the energies of the Water Rabbit (癸卯) begins to grow in ascendance. As the volatile energies of August recede, the month of September comes in with new opportunities for each of the 10 Day Masters.

WHAT’S GOING ON HERE?

Every year has its own Bazi Chart, plotted to the exact minute when the Chart changes from one year pillar to another. Similarly, every month has its own Bazi Chart as well. This chart, can also tell a story, albeit within the span of a single month.

The story can be broad as to describe the energies influencing everyone, but at the same time, can be distilled into opportunities and threats for the individuals based on our Day Master. Consider it as tiny tweaks that we can deploy as we pursue our agenda for 2022.

THE STORY OF SEPTEMBER 2022

The month Chart describes a feeling. Consider it in terms of market psychographics. These descriptions are easiest when applied to business and marketing. However, with a little bit of critical thinking, you can of course, apply it to other areas of your life as well.

Being a Ji You (己酉) month, of course the month pillar will take prominence. The Ji You is often visualized as dry and fine sand. Think of miles upon miles of sandy dunes in the desert with the sand often shifting and changing the landscape.

Still on the example of a desert, this fine sand is dry Earth which can absorb a lot of Water. But deserts do flood!

With the preponderance of Water in the September 2022 Bazi Chart, this Ji You is being inundated by Water. This muddy and murky Water is the absence of clarity. In layman terms, the decision-making process for many people will be governed by strong emotions. Could it be yours? Better yet, now that you know, what can you do to help them?

The strong Water energies is washing away the solidity of the Earth element. Like standing on shifting sands, what was once comfortably familiar has shifted. To stress an unstable environment even further, the Rat-Rooster Destruction could mean that the emotions governing the decision-making process is likely to be Fear bordering on Paranoia.

Recently, as I write this, the term ‘quiet quitting’ has been in the international news. It describes how people are ‘checking out’ quietly from their jobs by just doing the bare minimum to get paid. This is what happens when Earth is weak. Like literally, “stop telling me what to do!”.

There is also impatience in the Chart. People want to get to the core of the problem. With the Pig-Tiger struggling to combine and create Wood, suddenly, there will be a one-month push to find new and unconventional solutions.

In the presence of very weak Fire, hope seems to be hidden. Wet Wood trying to ignite Fire results in a smoggy and smoky Fire that contributes to the general confusion, disinformation, and misdirection. So out of desperation, why not just try ‘whatever’?!? That in essence, describes the story of September 2022. But again my question to you: what if you can be that ‘whatever’?

Again, I stress, this is the feeling conveyed by the September 2022 Bazi Chart. It does not have to happen to you!

THE POSSIBILITIES OF SEPTEMBER 2022

Opportunity rides on the tailwinds of adversity. At the surface, it sure seems like there is a lot of complaining going on. But with Metal playing the part of Resource, there is opportunity to cut through the nonsense and get to the core of the problem.

With the strong Water comes the possibility to go with the flow and assimilate into new communities. People, (while complaining), are looking for new information or perspectives. They are looking for clarity.

Herein lies the possibilities – if you can be the person to provide that clarity, then September is set to be a good month for you.

SEPTEMBER 2022 STRATEGIES | 10 DAY MASTERS

Gui Water Day Masters: Train Your People Radar

Of the 10 Heavenly Stems, the Gui Water is the most fluid, changeable, and sensitive to those around you. September 2022 is the perfect month to train your people radar. Beyond that, it’s a great month to flex your inherent abilities to affect the emotions and sentiments of those around you. Of course, in sharing this information, I’m hoping you will use this to the good and spread happy vibes (as opposed to causing more trauma!).

The only caution for the Gui Water Day Master? Don’t get sucked in! Gui Water mixing with Ji Earth literally creates sticky and clingy mud. Helping others feel better is great. But if you get sucked in, it will be hard for you to disengage.

Jia Wood Day Masters: Opportunity To Gently Shape Your Reputation

From the perspective of the Jia Wood Day Master, this Ji You (己酉) month is like clay that you can gently shape into what you want. Putty in your hands? Maybe! This ‘clay’ represents your reputation and authority.

Therefore, September 2022 presents you with the opportunity to gradually reform how others view and react to you! Be it in your professional or personal life, how can you change the way others respond to you?

Like the pottery maker in the sample photo, the clay takes the shape dictated by the hands that guides it. Therefore, the solution is by changing your responses as well. Or, by being aware of how you automatically react to any given circumstances.

But go gently, and go slowly. This ‘clay’ is still being moulded. Too much pressure could break it. There is no rushing this process.

Yi Wood Day Masters: Opportunity To Start Planting The Seeds (For 2023, Of Course!)

It’s a common misconception that planting typically happens only in Spring. But for many types of crops, Autumn is a good season for planting. To bed the seeds while the earth is still warm, leaving the seeds to germinate during the frozen Winter seasons, and waiting for the first push of green leaves to peek out of the ground in Spring.

Yi Wood thrives on wet, mineral rich ground. Ever noticed how a desert always blooms after a flash flood? September 2022 brings you the window to start planting the seeds for 2023. But what should you plant? Plant for new breakthrough and leverage, of course!

But what sort of leverage? The strong Water in the Chart can carry your seeds to faraway places. Leverage by connecting with different communities, of course! Because come 2023, your biggest opportunity is likely to come through your networks.

Bing Fire Day Masters: Share Practical Ideas

In a world where hope is diminished, you need to be the light that guides. After all, that’s the Bing Fire’s job! In the case of the September 2022 Bazi Chart, the Bing Fire is urgently needed to evaporate the flash flood.

Therefore, September 2022 provides you with a window of opportunity where you can share your ideas. These ideas must be immediately practicable and usable. You, after all, are the most far-sighted of the 10 Heavenly Stems. While the rest of the Day Masters find themselves stagnated with muddled thinking, your ability to show people the possibilities is the key to making September work for you.

More importantly, these ideas must not be about you! Instead, these ideas must be driven by your magnanimous concern for everyone else. So no peacocking, my dear Bing!

Ding Fire Day Masters: Collective Strategic Planning

As we inch ever closer to 2023 which is your 7 Killings year, Ding Fires will urgently need to do some strategic planning. September 2022 brings an opportunity to fine-tune your plans by accumulating some peer feedback. Talk to your friends and colleagues, get a mentor. If you are student, perhaps advice from your teachers. Or at the very minimum, study your competitors.

You see, Ding Fire Day Masters are resource-reliant. However, in September 2022, this wet Wood is difficult for Ding Fire to consume. Which means that relying on data alone is not practicable. You will need some peer feedback.

Of course, there is the negative flip to this – you can create effective smokescreens, if you want to. But that’s only for those who are feeling just a teensy-weensy bit evil right now. 😊

Wu Earth Day Masters: Make Yourself Accessible

All the water and mud in the September 2022 Bazi Chart can evoke a feeling of isolation from the perspective of the Wu Earth. Like a defensive moat that encircles you, the temptation to self-isolate will be like a siren call. Irresistible!

Nevertheless, please resist! Otherwise, you risk stagnating all the progress that you have made in 2022. After all, this Ren Yin (壬寅) year was a great chance for you to take action and get moving. So why self-sabotage?

Instead, do lower the drawbridge and make it easy for your friends, family, fans, and tribe to access you.

Ji Earth Day Masters: Nurture

Wet Earth is productive, abundant, and above all, nurturing. That’s the theme of September 2022 for the Ji Earth Day Master. Nurture your market, your business partners, your business relationships, personal relationships, family, friends, fans. At a push, at least nurture your plants? Kidding!

September is going to be a busy month for you anyway. So at least prioritize the nurturing side of your nature, lest you end up being busy being busy!

Geng Metal Day Masters: Prioritize Learning From Others

When your Direct Resource sits on (and reveals) your Rob Wealth, this is the perfect month to check out what others are doing. Since the Rob Wealth star is being revealed, a viable use of September’s energy is to check out what your competitors are doing. They can’t hide their strategies and tactics anymore. It’s literally being ‘revealed’ for the world to see.

The Rob Wealth star has always been viewed negatively as one in which others rob you. Well, you can use it to rob others as well by learning from them.

Therefore, the September 2022 energies can be used in two ways for the Geng Metal:

Option 1: Attend talks where you learn from others

Option 2: Conduct classes and workshops where you teach (and at the same time, learn from your students/participants)

Attending talks will cost some money, of course. It will require some investments from you. Hence, the use of your Rob Wealth.

By extension, what’s a no-no for the Geng Metal Day Master? Petulant and childish behaviour, self-entitled Karen-like behaviour is an absolute no-go!

Xin Metal Day Masters: Help Others Gain Clarity

September being a Rooster month, of course the Xin Metal will have the heaviest responsibility. After all, you are the one who is in the Prosperous stage right now.

In the monthly scheme of the September 2022 Bazi Chart, the Xin Metal can take the role akin to a sieve. Help people filter the information to find the gold. (Or, as in my example, filter away the mud to reveal the fresh and juicy strawberries!)

Therefore, with that task ennobled to you, the first thing you must do is to learn to temper your own knee-jerk reactions. You are, after all, the filter of the month. If the filter stops filtering, then we’ll all drown in the mud.

Ren Water Day Masters: Expand Your Sphere Of Influence

The September 2022 Bazi Chart sees Water rushing in as the weak Earth (sand) gives way. Using nature as an example, this is like the sea eroding the shores and expanding its influence.

You see, the Ren Water’s unique ability is to literally blend into different communities. But when a month comes with your Direct Officer sitting on your Direct Resource, the two combined spells one word: RESPECT.

This is the perfect month to gain the respect of all the communities you are a part of. How to do that? By generously sharing your knowledge.

I know what you are going to say next. You’re gonna tell me, “But I don’t know anything!” Trust me. You know something that others want to learn. Please do not ever describe yourself as ‘just’ anything. All of us are not ‘just’ anything.

EDITOR’S NOTE:

Hi everyone! This is the first time I’m putting the monthly forecasts on the blog. Please let me know if you find this useful. In the past, I’ve always resisted because it makes no sense from an SEO point of view. However, I think my little blog has enough daily readers now, that sharing the monthly forecasts will deliver value.

That said, I would also like to stress that the suggestions in this post are broad ideas. The goal is to inspire action!

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THE SIDE GIG SERIES 6: THE 10 GODS

Using your strongest Structure and Element is just one way to identify a suitable side gig. Another method is to use your top abilities. In Bazi parlance, this is called the 10 Gods (why? Because naming them as the 10 Abilities is so not poetic).

First, Plot Your Bazi Chart

  1. Plot your Bazi Chart: https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/
  2. Please key in your Date and Time of Birth by using the Western Gregorian calendar (basically, whatever date and time is written in your Birth Certificate or Identity Card).
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and, looking at the 10 Gods table, identify your Top 3.
  4. Check the 10 Gods in your current and next Luck Pillar.
  5. For those looking to create a second career, check also your Hour Pillar.
  6. You can either put all the information together to create something uniquely you, or, if confused, just pick the one that feels right.

The 10 Gods Profile and Related Side Gigs

  1. Friend (F). Anything that deals with one-on-one or peer-to-peer interactions. This could include personal development, affiliate marketing, acting as brokers or middle man.
  2. Rob Wealth (RW). Anything that deals with one-to-many. Some ideas: network marketing, community manager, events facilitator, insurance advisor.
  3. Eating God (EW). Any gig that allows you to create something out of nothing. Write, draw, create, content creation, cook, design… the list is virtually endless.
  4. Hurting Officer (HO). Any gig that allows you to capitalize on attention. Become an influencer for a particular subset of people, copywriting, entertain, perform, and speak!
  5. Direct Wealth (DW). Anything that allows you to use your planning and execution skills. Be a book-keeper, a home or pet-sitter, money manager, or project manager.
  6. Indirect Wealth (IW). The Indirect Wealth is a serial starter, addicted to the thrill of a new project. Unlike the Direct Wealth which is more consistent, the Indirect Wealth needs more variety. Consider helping other entrepreneurs get their business off the ground. Alternatively, you can keep an online store where you source products to sell. Become an intrapreneur within your own organization. If all else fails, you can always consider becoming a scammer (kidding!).
  7. Direct Officer (DO). Any gig that allows you to make full use of your team centric perspective. Ideas include coaching or personal trainer. Alternatively, both the Direct Officer and 7 Killings profile tend to be pretty good with their hands. So creating craft to sell may be a possibility. Or even becoming a handyman!
  8. 7 Killings (7K). The 7 Killings profile has a strong ability to trouble-shoot. Becoming a paid product tester or reviewer may be an option. Another way to use the 7 Killings profile? Get a gig as a business development consultant whose task is to open up new markets. One more idea would be to create a side gig as an event organizer.
  9. Direct Resource (DR). Since the Direct Resource is all about data, then sell data and information. Teach courses. Become a data analyst. Tutor!
  10. Indirect Resource (IR). Blessed with strong intuition, Indirect Resource profiles make great therapists, coaches, consultants or counsellors.

Important Caveat

Please remember that these are broad recommendations only. I am hoping to inspire you. These suggestions are certainly not definitive.

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THE SIDE GIG SERIES 5: RESOURCE STRUCTURE

The Resource Structure deals with the world through information and data. Analytical, methodical, and happiest when surrounded by a sea of information, finding side gigs for the Resource Structure in today’s over-connected and data-driven world is literally a walk in the park.

First, Plot Your Bazi Chart

  1. Plot your Bazi Chart: https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/
  2. Please key in your Date and Time of Birth by using the Western Gregorian calendar (basically, whatever date and time is written in your Birth Certificate or Identity Card).
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and, using the graph, identify your strongest Structure and Element.

Suitable Side Gigs For The Resource Structure

Keyword: Information

If the biggest element in your chart is Wood, and it happens to be your Resource Structure, monetize the dissemination of information as a side gig. Create courses. Learn to repackage information. In other words, teach!

Fire as your Resource element? Consider creating (and selling) cheat-sheets, templates, and infographics. Basically, you can earn money by breaking down complex information into palatable, presentable and easy to consume bytes.

Of the 5 Elements, Earth has the largest capacity to store information. If Earth is your Resource, becoming a part time analyst may be viable choice for you. Surrounded by data, you may be as happy as a clam.

Resource Structure individuals tend to move at a more deliberate pace. Analytical and methodical, Resource Structure individuals typically will not act until they have all their bullets stacked up and their ducks lined up in a row. However, if your Resource Structure happens to be Metal, you will tend to move faster than the rest of your other Resource counterparts. Any gig that involves analyzing data and turning information into immediate strategies and tactics could be something worth exploring.

What happens if your Resource is Water?  Here, you will have the same opportunities as those with Wood Resource Structures. Teach! Basically, Water represents wisdom, emotions, and thinking capacity. Therefore, you too could be looking into the business of dissemination wisdom and knowledge.

Important Caveat

Please remember that these are broad recommendations only. I am hoping to inspire you. These suggestions are certainly not definitive.

Coming up in the next post: Your Side Gig and the 10 Gods.

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THE SIDE GIG SERIES 4: INFLUENCE STRUCTURE

Just as reliable as their Wealth counterparts, the Influence Structure modus-operandi is to work within systems, processes, and rules. This is a viewpoint that places particular emphasis on being team centric. Very caring of others, the Influence Structure individual makes some of the best coaches.

Suitable Side Gigs For The Influence Structure

Keyword: Control

Given the Wood element’s propensity for growth, coupled with the Influence Structure’s acceptance for the need for self-discipline, becoming a life coach or organizational coach will be a great market for your side gig.

If your Influence Element is Fire, you could also consider becoming a personal development coach. Yes, much like the life coach, a hefty dose of inspiration and motivation goes a long way to allow your clients to be open to the discipline required to effect change in their lives.

The Earth Element has the ability to bring people together – to work together, or play together. Therefore, becoming a team-building consultant or coach may be the right fit for you. Alternatively, given the durability of the Earth element, succession planning may be a good niche for you.

When your Influence element is Metal, your ability to take pain and endure hardship will make you a great personal trainer!

If Water is the strongest element in your chart, and it happens to be your Influence element, any gig that controls the flow of people, goods, products, or information may be the right one for you.

Important Caveat

Please remember that these are broad recommendations only. I am hoping to inspire you. These suggestions are certainly not definitive.

Coming up in the next post: the Resource Structure.

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THE SIDE GIG SERIES 3: WEALTH STRUCTURE

Disciplined, independent, dependable, and accountable, the Wealth Structure is also an easy one where side gigs are concerned. All we need to do is to leverage on your awesome ability to make things happen. In your hands, projects are inevitably delivered on time and on budget. Therefore, becoming project planners, virtual assistants, financial consultants are some of the ideas for the Wealth Structure.

However, there is one caution. It is normal for the Wealth Structure people to under-value your superpower – that awesome organizational talent. Why? Because it comes so easy that you assume everyone else can do it too.

First, Plot Your Bazi Chart

  1. Plot your Bazi Chart: https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/
  2. Please key in your Date and Time of Birth by using the Western Gregorian calendar (basically, whatever date and time is written in your Birth Certificate or Identity Card).
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and, using the graph, identify your strongest Structure and Element.

Suitable Side Gigs For The Wealth Structure

Keyword: Manage

A Wealth Structure that is of the Wood Element is a natural multi-tasker. Since you are so good at juggling multiple balls in the air, a stint as a virtual assistant may be just the thing for you.

Fire is all about transformations. If your Wealth Structure is Fire, any side gig that involves managing transformation or change could be something that you can consider.

Earth, on the other hand, talks about abundance and consistency. With an Earth Wealth Structure, you are the rock upon which others lean upon to get things done. Consider exploring gigs such as project planners that require long-tail planning. Basically, your projects should ideally last more than a few months instead of quick flashes here and there.

Metal is the element of responsibility. Metal is also the element representing finance. If your strongest structure happens to be the Wealth Structure which is of the Metal Element, becoming a financial consultant or debt-restructuring/management consultant may be the right fit for you.

Wealth Structures that are of the Water Element has a talent for sniffing out money and opportunities. Because of that, fund-raising side gigs may work well for you.

Important Caveat

Please remember that these are broad recommendations only. I am hoping to inspire you. These suggestions are certainly not definitive.

Coming up in the next post: the Wealth Structure.

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THE SIDE GIG SERIES 2: OUTPUT STRUCTURE

Of the Five Structures, the Output Structure is the easiest when it comes to determining a potential side gig. This is the Ideation Profile. Creative, innovative and eloquent, the Output Structure’s skillset lends itself to a plethora of gigs. Writing, art, creating and curating content, are all ideally suited for the Output Structure.

First, Plot Your Bazi Chart

  1. Plot your Bazi Chart: https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/
  2. Please key in your Date and Time of Birth by using the Western Gregorian calendar (basically, whatever date and time is written in your Birth Certificate or Identity Card).
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and, using the graph, identify your strongest Structure and Element.

Suitable Side Gigs For The Output Structure

Keyword: Create

Given the Wood Element’s ability to diversify, your best bet as an Output Structure with the Wood Element, would be to create as many Intellectual Properties as possible. Always wanted to write an e-book or two? What’s stopping you now?

If your Output Structure is Fire, creating joy may be your thing. I’m talking Happynomics, people! Some ideas for a Fire Output Structure includes becoming a social-media manager, perhaps a motivational speaker, or better yet, turn your cooking skills into dollars by selling your best foods online.

As always, Earth is about stability. With Earth as the element of your Output Structure, creating something that you can build consistently may be the key. You could consider starting a blog or vlog.

If your Output Element is Metal, focus on your masterpiece. Polish that one idea to perfection and then sell it at a high worth. Because it will take time for your masterpiece to come to fruition. But be wary of your perfectionist streak, tho!

Selling your ideas or strategies may just be your calling if your Output Element is Water. But for this idea to work, you really must first learn to brand yourself.

Important Caveat

Please remember that these are broad recommendations only. I am hoping to inspire you. These suggestions are certainly not definitive.

Coming up in the next post: the Wealth Structure.

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