A tall, sturdy tree at the height of summer, planted on hot dry ground. A single spark could potentially set off a catastrophic forest fire. The Jia Wu (甲午) is the very picture of an all-consuming ambition.

Maximizing The Jia Wu (甲午): The Gift of Ambition

Once again, it’s time to write about another Jia Wood (甲) pillar. Shall we take another stroll through the woods, together? This time, it’s summer. The ground is dry, pleasant to walk on. We are surrounded by towering trees, their shade offering relief from the burning sun. Sunlight filters through the branches in shafts of gold and green.

Like all Jias, the Jia Wu is also supportive, protective and benevolent. As all Jias, this too has a deep-rooted instinct to reach for the skies. However, this Jia sits on a flammable Ding Fire (丁) which represents its Hurting Officer star, making the Jia Wu, a maverick among the Jia Pillars. This Ding Fire Hurting Officer lends brilliance to the Jia Wu, endowing it with originality and showmanship.

But the Jia Wu is not all show and no substance. This Jia is grounded in its Ji Earth (己) Direct Wealth star, giving the Jia Wu the industrious perseverance it needs to handle the hard work.

So let’s take the ambition of the Jia Wood, pair it with the showmanship and willingness to challenge the status quo of the Ding Fire Hurting Officer, along with the resourcefulness and hard working nature of the Ji Earth, and we end up with the picture of an all-consuming ambition that drives the Jia Wu Day Master to accomplish great things.

This is someone who will never bow down to life’s challenges. There is a strong willpower and determination here to take charge of their destiny. Always, there is this drive to be more, know more, do more, give more.   

Which is a good thing. Because well-aimed ambition, grounded by strong values will create an individual who vibrates at a higher level and gives you the motivation to keep running around and past the obstacles that come your way.

But beware of the burnout.

Of all pillars, the Jia Wu is the most susceptible to burnout. Think of a raging forest fire and the scorched earth it leaves behind. That might very well happen to the Jia Wu. When the Fire gets too strong, the Jia Wu Day Master will try to take on too much, spread itself too thin, and end up disillusioned and exhausted. The challenge here is for the Jia Wu Day Master to learn to direct its passion and ambition and strike a balance that is aimed at sustainability.  

Where is the Jia Wu (甲午):

Brilliant Individualism: Jia Wu (甲午) In the Year Pillar

The maverick Jia Wu carries with it a strong sense of individualism. Its brilliance makes this a difficult pillar to ignore. However, because this Jia sits on the Death Position in the 12 Growth Phases, there may be an indication of emotional instability especially when a self-punishment formation is formed. Therefore, you need to be aware of the Jia Wu pillar’s propensity to come off as having a dual personality, sometimes compassionate, sometimes domineering.

Individualism At Work: Jia Wu (甲午) In the Month Pillar

The individualistic nature of the Jia Wu pillar is most apparent in the Month Pillar. No doubt, this is a high-performing pillar but it requires a work environment that allows it to work in its own unique way. The Jia Wu’s love for freedom as well as its dislike for taking orders require a workplace or career that embraces individualism versus collectivism.

Eccentric You: Jia Wu (甲午) In the Hour Pillar

For all its intensity, there is a delightful eccentricity in the Jia Wu pillar, especially when found in the Hour. The Jia Wu in the Hour brings a unique and open-minded perspective of the world, along with progressive ideas that range far ahead of your time. Here, the Jia Wu’s gift is the talent to pull together information and knowledge from a myriad of sources and then communicate those ideas in a unique and fresh manner.    

The presence of the Ding Fire also represents a strong interest in spirituality in the Jia Wu. However, when the Jia Wu is found in the Hour Pillar, this talent may surface later on in life.

As always, a final caveat. Without the ability to see the full chart, I must stress that the suggestions in this article are broad recommendations based on a single pillar.

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The first rule of SEO is that the first paragraph must always contain the title or keyword of the post. In this case, that would be – Wu Yin (戊寅), the gift of trust.

Now that I’ve adhered to that rule, allow me a paragraph or two to introduce you to a little-known gem in Japan.

Of all the race tracks that I have ever been to (of which there has been many), one stands out as unique from the others. Located south of Japan, three hours from Fukuoka City, high up on the Aso mountain range, lies the Autopolis International Racing Course. Built on the edge of a dead volcano, it rises high above the cloud-line, ringed by tall mountains made lush with trees and evergreens.

For me, the Wu Yin pillar will always call to mind those romantic forest-covered mountains, stretching high above the cloud line.


I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. Trust is the fundamental cornerstone that keeps our civilization functioning. When a customer trusts a supplier, business is conducted. When a employer trusts an employee, business growth happens. When a couple gets married, trust is the glue that makes the marriage work. Hell, even when driving, we need to trust that the drivers around us know what they are doing.

Confident and powerful, yet sensitive and vulnerable, the Wu Yin is constantly in search of fulfilment and balance. Ironically, it is this search for a stable foundation that bequeaths a precious gift – the gift of trust-building.

Additionally, the Wu Yin (戊寅) or Earth Tiger pillar sits on the prosperous position in the 12 Growth Stages. This indicates a stable and prosperous pillar where the Qi is extremely strong. Because of that, your potential for growth is virtually limitless.


  1. As a Wu Yin (戊寅) or Earth Tiger Day Master, earning the trust of the people around you is an ability that comes naturally. Seated on your own Jia Wood (甲) Killings Star gives you the drive to see things through, a key hallmark of a trustworthy person. Growing high on the mountain, this Jia Wood is your desire for fame and power. It is the reason you strive for excellence. This is what makes you such a competitive individual.
  2. Your quest for excellence is further enhanced by your Bing Fire (丙) Resource Star. This element makes you incredibly perceptive. It also helps you create your own inspiration. Supported by this Bing Fire (丙) Resource Star, you are born with the gift for words that inspires everyone around you.
  3. Your Wu Yin (戊寅) Day Pillar is anchored on your Wu Earth (戊) Companion Star. This rooting brings a naturally appealing self-confidence as well as an enduring nature. You can literally outlast your peers on the slow and steady route to success. You are the strong, solid, dependable, and predictable presence in the room.


Externally, you always come across as someone who is super powerful and confident. You stand tall and majestic, just like the mountain you represent.

But inside, there is a vulnerable and sensitive core which I will explain in the next segment.


The three hidden stems in the Yin (寅) or Tiger Branch brings a lot of gifts to the Wu Yin (戊寅) Day Master. They also come with their own unique set of vulnerabilities.

Your Wu Earth (戊) Companion Star that provides you with that all-important stability is constantly being challenged by your Jia Wood (甲) Killings Star. Translated to plain human speak? Your eternal quest for excellence, if not managed properly, will cause you to think that you are never good enough. This causes self-doubt and self-confidence issues, your biggest barriers to success. It is also the reason why you are easily discouraged by even the mildest of critiques.

When your self-confidence is in crisis, the Wu Yin (戊寅) or Earth Tiger Day Master will self-isolate for some much-needed reflection. This behaviour pattern comes from your Bing Fire (丙) Resource Star. While some self-reflection and learning is good, do be aware of the Bing Fire element’s biggest strength/vulnerability – its constant and persistent nature. Be mindful that you are not dwelling on the same issue over and over again. Learn to identify the pattern and how to break it so that the self-reflective tendencies serve to help you instead of derail you.


Money for its own sake will not be the driver for this pillar. Instead, it is security, foundation, a safety net that is of prime importance. To be Wu Yin But Better is to fulfil your deep need for family support.

I’d like to remind you that family need not be confined to those who are related to you by blood. It can be family that you choose. Trusted and close friends whom you have allowed into your inner circle who provide you with the love and support you need to grow to your maximum potential.

As always, a final caveat. Without the ability to see the full chart, I must stress that the suggestions in this article are broad recommendations based on a single pillar.

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