#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.

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#19 REN WU (壬午): THE GIFT OF IMPATIENCE

Water at the top, fire at the bottom. What do you get? A geyser, of course, which perfectly represents the energies of the Ren Wu (壬午) pillar. Impulsive, impetuous, and yes, impatient.

Wait a minute, I hear you say. Impatience is a gift? For the longest time, impatience has been given a bad rep. But if tamed and leveraged, it can be one of the best inspiring factors behind your success.

Maximizing The Ren Wu (壬午) Day Master: 5 Steps To Make Impulsiveness Work For You

The Ren Wu individual is like a gushing hot spring filled with passion, intelligence and creativity. This is a pillar where the naturally resourceful nature of the Ren Water combines with the passion and detail-oriented approach of the Ding Fire.

Very receptive to new ideas, this pillar represents ambitious visionaries who dream big and have the resources and organizational skills to make things happen. The Ren Wu is seated on its own Direct Wealth and Direct Officer stars which blesses the pillar with strong business acumen and the ability to wield authority.

But for all its strengths (intelligence, creativity, strong intuition, business acumen and organizational skills), the Ren Wu has got one big Achilles Heel – it’s impulsivity. Yup, it’s that moment when the pressure builds up and the day master explodes like a geyser. But hang on a second. There’s a big difference between Functional Impulsivity versus Dysfunctional Impulsivity.

Functional Impulsivity refers to the ability to act swiftly and seize the opportunities that come your way. Conversely, Dysfunctional Impulsivity leads to erratic behaviour and losing control. In other words, dysfunctional impulsivity are spur-of-the-moment decisions that are not moderated by forethought and logic.

Therefore, the key to maximizing the Ren Wu Day Master, lies in the ability to turn dysfunctional impulsivity into functional impulsivity. Here are five steps:

  1. Increase self-awareness by becoming aware of situations that result in impulsivity. In other words, learn to recognize and understand your triggers.
  2. Once you spot your triggers, give yourself a self-imposed time-out to put some space between yourself and the event.
  3. Find a balancing partner who can help curb those spur-of-the-moment decisions by offering a different perspective.
  4. Put alternative strategies in place. Let me give you an example here. If you have a tendency to blurt out your thoughts in a meeting, try writing them down in a notebook instead. Basically, this step refers to small actions that can modify your behaviour and allow you time to evaluate.
  5. Relax! Realize that impulsive thoughts are never the problem, impulsive actions are.
Where Is The Ren Wu (壬午)?
Spontaneous and Gregarious (Ren Wu In The Year Pillar):

The Ren Wu pillar likes to be surrounded by people. Spontaneous and gregarious, your external circle will perceive you as someone who is always up for an adventure. One of the most outstanding qualities of the Ren Wu is their silver tongue. Know that this pillar has given you a smooth and subtle way of easing people into the comfort zone while engaging in conversation. Now isn’t that a great gift to have?

Challenge Slayer (Ren Wu In The Month Pillar):

Don’t shy away from challenges if you have the Ren Wu in your month pillar. Driven by passion and a thirst for power, wisdom and knowledge, the Ren Water brings the ability to overcome obstacles with determination. You are a person with the resources to undertake any project that stimulates your intellect.

Dynamic and pragmatic at the same time, never doubt the ability of the Ren Wu to slay any challenges in their way.

Making Impatience Work For You (Ren Wu In The Hour Pillar)

Let’s stop looking at impatience as something that needs to be curbed. Instead, let’s look at impatience as something that we can leverage of.

Here’s the thing, patience is easy to adhere to if there is a guarantee at the end. For example, you’ve ordered something online and you know from experience that it will be a couple of days before it reaches your doorstep. It’s not so easy when the goal has not been achieved before.

By that logic, the trick to making impatience work for you is by recognizing that you will get something in the end – be it the outcome your envisioned, a slightly different version of the outcome, or even a lesson learned.

  1. Learn to make the ‘doldrums’ work for you. Starting a new project is always fun. At that stage, the motivation, action and momentum are all present to get things off to a galloping start. How we handle the ‘doldrums’ or the ‘dips’ in the process is what will determine the fate of our projects or businesses. These ‘doldrums’ refer to a series of challenges that block the path of your success. They signal the need for a change of strategy. It’s not time to give up yet! Just by learning to recognize the ‘doldrums’ can greatly improve your chance of success.
  2. The ‘doldrums’ is a brand-building opportunity. Turn your struggles into content. Turn your learnings into knowledge-sharing. Like an adventurer sharing his tales of surviving against the odds. People love that! This very act of sharing can provide value to others and drive more awareness to your business.
  3. Recognize that you can still pivot. Can you shift the audience? Shift the solution? Shift the problem you are solving? What’s to say that your expertise can only be used in just one way?

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 Ren Wu pillar somewhere in your chart? Plot your Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/.

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#18 XIN SI (辛巳): THE GIFT OF ATTENTION

Attention is the new currency. Agree? In that case, the Xin Si (辛巳), which brings with it the gift of commanding attention, must be one of the most sought-after pillar in our modern-day, digital world.

What do you see when you think of a piece of exquisitely carved jade? Cool and smooth to the touch. Hold it up to the light and watch the light dance in its emerald depths. Your eyes linger on its glassy perfection. The essence of the Xin Si pillar is embodied in that piece of jade – class, sophistication and elegance.

Maximizing The Xin Si (辛巳) Day Master: The KOL

This is a blessed pillar in many ways. Sitting on its own Direct Officer, the Xin Si has the natural ability to command authority and attention. This pillar is also ably supported by its own Rob Wealth and Direct Resource stars, which represents the ability to network and harness the support of the people around them.

With these elements in place, the best way to maximize a Xin Si Day Master becomes obvious. Put yourself in the position of receiving attention. No thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, most of us have experienced lockdown in one form or another. Perhaps like me, you may have spent time watching motivational videos online? Notice how the ability to whip people into a frenzy of positivity is now a very, very lucrative trait?

I don’t know about you guys, but literally ever since this lockdown happened, my Facebook and IG news feed has been flooded by some guru or trainer saying, “Hey, I want to show you the secret to…”.

Some are genuine. Others? Maybe not so much.

As a Xin Si Day Master, you enjoy learning. And, sharing that knowledge to your friends and social network is already something that comes naturally to you. It’s time to amplify that effort. Trust in your own knowledge, wit, creativity and strong communications skills to build up an audience quickly. Your biggest asset? The Xin Si has a warm and friendly demeanour that makes you perfectly relatable.

Always eager to grab at everything that life has to offer, you risk spreading yourself too thin. This is the biggest block to the Xin Si’s success, the irresistible urge to bite off more than you can chew.

Where Is The Xin Si (辛巳)?
Perfectly Relatable (Xin Si 辛巳 In The Year Pillar):

The relatability of the Xin Si in the Year Pillar can be a significant advantage in your business or career. First of all, know that the Xin Si is witty and humorous. It’s simply a pillar that is enjoyable to be around.

Also, let’s bear in mind that the Xin Metal is one of the two networking stems in Bazi. This helps you forge connections and create opportunities for positive interactions.

But then again, let’s be absolutely clear right here about the term networking. It’s not about reaching out only when you need to ask for help. It’s about how you can be helpful to the person you are reaching out to.

Structure and Order (Xin Si 辛巳 In The Month Pillar):

Much like the Geng Chen post before this, the Xin Si is not a follower. Knowing instinctively how to command attention, knuckling down under the authority of others is not the Xin Si pillar’s cup of tea. The Xin Si pillar likes structure and order, and once firmly strapped into the driving seat, enjoys using their creativity to help others find solutions for their problems.

Here in the month pillar, the Xin Si pillar brings a strong leaning towards perfectionism at work. This may manifest as someone bossy with a hyper-critical eye and overly-opinionated.

To achieve the maximum, realize that honey can trap flies more effectively than vinegar. Developing your people persuasion skills will help you achieve your goals by getting the best out of the people around you.

FOMO Flightiness (Xin Si 辛巳 In The Hour Pillar)

Nonetheless, the Xin Si can appear to be a tad flighty or even scatterbrained. So many interesting things happening, the Xin Si is particularly susceptible to the FOMO syndrome, the Fear Of Missing Out.

As such, the Xin Si tries to everything all at once and has a hard time setting priorities. Stop! Breathe! Slow that churning brain down!

With the Xin Si in the Hour Pillar, you must find a way to calm that skittish mind in order to gain better clarity and thereby make better decisions. I’m not asking you to meditate for hours on end. Simple 2-minute breathing exercises can help when you are feeling tense and nervous because you have taken on too much.

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 Xin Si pillar somewhere in your chart? Plot your Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/.

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#17 GENG CHEN (庚辰): THE GIFT OF RAW POWER

In the study of the 60 pillars, there are four super powerful pillars known as Fui Kong/Hui Gang 魁罡. The raw power of the Geng Chen (庚辰) numbers as one of them.

First, a paragraph on the concept of Fui Kong. Sometimes translated as ‘Bright Star’, these four pillars are viewed the General Pillars. These pillars are infused with nobility. They represent toughness, hardiness, and a huge capacity.

Of all the Geng pillars, the Geng Chen is the only one that emits Noble Qi. Think of the durability and toughness of an iron shield. This is someone who values action over words, an extremely driven survivor.

Maximizing The Geng Chen (庚辰) Day Master: The Gift of Raw Power

The raw power of the Geng Chen is such that this is a daring and original thinker who believes in achieving success on their own terms. Like the iron shield it represents, the Geng Chen becomes dull when it is not challenged. Under pressure, it shines.

Like all Geng Day Masters, the Geng Chen is never shy about boldly pursuing their goals. There is a firm determination to do things their own way, the uncompromising and tenacious Geng Chen will never shy away from uphill battles.

This is a very gutsy pillar. The Geng Chen can be very vocal with the courage to go against the norm and change the rules.

But… as per the Peter Parker principle, ‘with great power comes greater responsibility.’ The sheer capacity of the Fui Kong Geng Chen is such that there will always be challenges in life. Welcome those challenges as a way to polish the iron and reveal its true form.

Where Is The Geng Chen (庚辰)?
Power and Influence (Geng Chen In The Year Pillar):

Geng Chen in the Year Pillar is drawn to power and influence, the desire to rise to the top of your social circle. Your external circle gravitates towards your loyalty and how protective you are of those around you.

The General At Work (Geng Chen In The Month Pillar):

Geng Chen in the Month Pillar is literally akin to having a General at work. There’s no taking the back seat for this General. You lead from the front, and you prefer to take control.

The Geng Chen gives you the durability and toughness to innovate in overcoming obstacles.

On the plus side, this is a leadership pillar that is progressive and insightful. I would, however, caution against taking up any role that is too restrictive. Should that happen, the negative aspects of the pillar may manifest – the domineering and argumentative side of the Geng Chen.

Iron Willpower (Geng Chen In The Hour Pillar)

The Geng Chen has the tendency to believe that money in itself, is power. Here, there is a danger of applying that iron will in the pursuit of material things, to the exclusion of everything else.

Yet, for all its rough edges, the protective instincts of this pillar will bring out the altruistic aspects of the Geng Chen. This same drive and willpower is such that you will find great success in championing humanitarian causes.

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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#16 JI MAO (己卯): THE GIFT OF INDEPENDENCE

Presenting… (drum rolls please)… the go-getter of the cosmos… the resourceful, the immensely independent, the ever-abundant… Ji Mao (己卯)!

Did this intro just deviate from the norm? The Ji Mao has such an infectious and enthusiastic energy, I simply couldn’t help myself.

Picture a sprawling plantation (did I just hear the theme song for Dallas play in my head?), bountiful crops growing on rich fertile soil. The key word here, is bountiful.

This resourceful Earth pillar sits squarely on top of its’ 7 Killings star. With no other stars hanging about to cause confusion, this 7 Killings star imbues the Earth with shrewdness, courage and the drive to win. While there are plenty of other pillars that are just as determined, what gives the Ji Mao an edge over the rest of us mere mortals, is the fact that its’ 7 Killings star is also a Peach Blossom star. Combined, that very same shrewdness and drive is what makes the Ji Mao appealing.

Maximizing The Ji Mao (己卯) Day Master: The Gift of Independence

The action-oriented Ji Mao is someone who grabs life by the horns and lives every day to the fullest. Age is just a number for the Ji Mao. This live-wire eager-beaver is blessed with a youthful and playful personality that does not fade with age. Mix in a healthy dose of the Ji Earth’s natural compassion along with its genuine kindness, and little wonder that the Ji Mao wins the popularity contest hands down.

Resourceful in and of itself, the Ji Mao is naturally a fiercely independent individual who does not expect help from anyone. This is a person who likes to be in control of their own life and has a tendency become wilful in the face of perceived manipulation or coercion.

Like all Earth day masters, the Ji Mao truly values stability and security. In pursuit of strong foundations, the Ji Mao will stop at nothing to craft success on their own terms. These independent individuals believe in relying on their own resources and wit to create and follow through on their meticulous plans.

Amongst the 60 pillars, the Ji Mao is probably one of the more overtly materialistic. Although materialism has a bad rep in society, there really is nothing wrong with it, is there? The fact of the matter is, external appearances is highly important to the Ji Mao. To them, it is a physical manifestation of their inner spirit!

As long as the materialistic streak does not result in financial ruin, who are we to judge? The Ji Mao is certainly capable of finding the resource to fund their aspirational lifestyle.

Where Is The The Ji Mao (己卯)?
A Quick Wit (Ji Mao In The Year Pillar):

If this is found in your Year Pillar, the quick wit of the Ji Mao is a key building block for your external charisma. But just because it’s there does not mean that you naturally know how to use it.

Here are three ways to build up your ‘wit’ muscles:

  1. Seek out a good diet of high quality witty material. Read, hear and watch. The more you consume, the better your brain will be to produce its own witty thoughts.
  2. Don’t force it. Not every occasion calls for a witty repartee.
  3. Pay attention to life. Even the most mundane chores can produce interesting material if you are paying attention. Going on auto-mode is not recommended here.
  4. Keep it swift and snappy, practice on Twitter. Nothing kills a joke more than a long rambling metaphor. Today, we have the perfect tool to hone our wit: Twitter which forces us to maintain brevity by its 140-character limit.
Working Independently (Ji Mao In The Month Pillar):

Today, one of the most prized soft skills in the post-Covid work-from-home era is the ability to work independently.

This is right up the Ji Mao’s alley. Although, it must be said that the Ji Mao has no problems working in a team, there are certain traits within the Ji Mao pillar that makes it a natural at working independently:

  1. The ability to self-monitor and self-correct
  2. The initiative to take on tasks without waiting to be told what to do
  3. Completing the planned tasks without the need for external prodding
5 Ways To Cultivate An The Independent Mindset (Ji Mao In The Hour Pillar)

Too much of our modern-day education has been focused on training us to be good followers instead of good leaders. As we grow up, we become indoctrinated by the influential people in our lives, and it is so easy to fall into the trap of obeying others rather than questioning and thinking for ourselves.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not about being a rebel without a cause. Instead, independent thinking relates to the way we source and apply information, our ability to take action as opposed to rejecting someone else’s views.

Here are five ways to think more independently:

  1. Broaden your horizons to new ways of living, environments and activities. This is a no-brainer. People who choose to remain in the same ‘space’ their entire life retain a narrow view on society in general, and minimizes their perceived options in life.
  2. Explore new things to discover new talents and skills. The Ji Earth also brings the image of a seed covered by soil. It represents un-tapped talent that needs to be brought to the fore.
  3. Walk your own way. Take action based on what is right for you rather than simply following the crowd.
  4. Ask questions and listen to other people’s values, beliefs and views.
  5. Be open to have your values and beliefs challenged by other people.

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 Mao pillar somewhere in your chart? Plot your Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/.

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#15 WU YIN (戊寅): THE GIFT OF TRUST

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.

Maximizing The Wu Yin (戊寅) Day Master: The Gift of Trust

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.

As a Wu Yin Day Master, earning the trust of the people around you is an ability that comes naturally. Seated on your own 7 Killings star gives you the drive to see things through, a key hallmark of a trustworthy person.

Of the 10 Heavenly Stems, the Wu Earth is the only one capable of storing all the other elements. Your friends would know, you are great at keeping confidences.  

The Wu Yin is capable of working alone or in a team. Either way, the Wu Earth is always there, a solid, steady, dependable and predictable presence in the room.

Where Is The Wu Yin (戊寅)?
3 Ways To Build Trust As The Core Of Your Personal Brand (Wu Yin In The Year Pillar):

Trust is a huge boost to your personal brand. Imagine having the ability to attract the trust of your external public. But as in all things Bazi, this is not something that should be left to mere chance.

This message of chance must be crafted with clear communications. How? Here are three key areas:

  1. Credibility – you must clearly establish your area of expertise
  2. Reliability – earn a reputation of trust by going beyond expectations
  3. Intimacy – intimacy is earned when you put the needs of your public first

Putting these key areas into practice is how you can make the most of the Wu Yin in the Year Pillar. Of course, there is also a need to walk the talk!

3 Ways To Build Trust As A Professional Reputation (Wu Yin In The Month Pillar):

Whether you are an entrepreneur, a professional, or an employee, trust as a professional reputation can unlock many opportunities for you. As an entrepreneur with a fledgling start-up, your professional reputation for being trustworthy could save you years of slogging to bring up the business. I don’t think I need to elaborate on how important trust is for professionals like doctors and lawyers. Even as a non-public-facing employee, trust builds the rungs of your career ladder.

So what to do? Work longer hours? More meetings? Answer emails in the dead of the night? You could do that all, or you could build…

… self-trust.

What, you ask? Studies have shown that the main way to be viewed as reliable in your professional circle is by trusting yourself more. It means having faith in your own ideas and abilities. It means walking the talk, following your own advice because you know it is worth listening to. In means following through and delivering on what you have promised.

This may come naturally for the Wu Yin, but for the rest of us, here are three ways to build trust as a professional reputation:

  1. Elevate other experts – by showing respect to the other players in your space, you put your own brand in a positive light
  2. Educate your friends/followers – serve as a source of information for your friends/followers. To be really effective, focus on areas where you can really make a difference.
  3. Reach beyond your personal sphere – broaden the limits of your horizons through guest postings, submitting articles, or guesting on other people’s platforms.
The Eternal Quest For Stability (Wu Yin In The Hour Pillar)

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. That’s right, Wu Yin in the Hour Pillar could manifest as someone who is driven by the need for stability.

For all its grandeur, the Wu Yin can be insecure and this lack of self-confidence is your biggest barrier to success. The overwhelming desire to protect could mutate into resistance to change.

Focus instead on the unlimited potential within the Wu Yin for spiritual growth and personal development. This mental pivot will help you learn to trust your intuition, bringing the stability the pillar needs to stand tall.

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 Wu Yin pillar somewhere in your chart? Plot your Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/.

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#14 DING CHOU (丁丑): THE BEACON OF HOPE

In the Bazi calendar cycle, the Chou (丑) month always represents the end of winter. The ice is melting but it is still cold, and dark. Sloshing about in that murky darkness can be pretty tiring. But what if there were to be a bonfire glowing in the horizon? Would you not walk towards it? That’s the picture the Ding Chou (丁丑) represents – a veritable beacon of hope.

Maximizing The Ding Chou (丁丑) Day Master: The Beacon of Hope

Like the bonfire, the Ding Chou Day Master is always welcoming, kind and friendly to all. But hidden beneath the gentle exterior is an original thinker with the ability to spot opportunities while others see challenges and the drive to see things through.

This is a pillar that, when awakened, can become a trail blazer. This is especially so when it is fired up by its own strong convictions to make the world a better place.

However, there is a dichotomy inherent in the Ding Chou that you must be aware of. The Ding Chou is always caught between your own powerful talents and your own sensitivity towards the feelings of others.  As long as the chasm between these two traits are not bridged, the Ding Chou is likely to lack the high rate of ambition and drive exhibited by the other Ding pillars.

Therefore, the key to success for the Ding Chou is to maintain a positive and singular focus. This is the very persistence and tenacity you need to embody the real beacon of hope for those around you.

Where Is The Ding Chou (丁丑)?
Pick The Right Environment (Ding Chou In The Year Pillar):

Friendly and affectionate, the Ding Chou accepts one and all without prejudice. People are drawn to you by the compassion that radiates out of this pillar.

There is a need to learn how to discern and filter out those who truly need help or are just there to take advantage of your compassion. The Ding Chou is very much affected by the company they keep and their environment. Make a conscious effort to place yourself in a supportive and encouraging environment. This is where the Ding Chou shines the brightest. Avoid, at all costs, toxic and negative environments. Negativity affects all of us in various degrees. But the sensitivity of the Ding Chou means that prolonged exposure to toxic environments will leave you discouraged and fearful.

Staying Ahead of Progressive Trends (Ding Chou In The Month Pillar):

The Ding Chou pillar is deeply imaginative. Making a conscious effort to stay ahead of progressive trends is the best way to help this pillar shine. Go in-depth into emerging new trends, research, follow up on the work of thought leaders, and as you do so, you will find that you have what it takes to become a trail blazer in your own right.

The sheer dynamism of the Ding Chou, when found in the Month Pillar, creates a dynamic yet compassionate leader with the ability to see opportunities where others see only obstacles.

Intellectually Inquisitive (Ding Chou In The Hour Pillar)

The Ding Chou pillar brings a gift of intellectual inquisitiveness as well as a budding spirituality that is the fountain of all hope.

There is a natural inclination towards decoding the mysteries of life, a hunger for knowledge and wisdom. Burnishing these traits, and literally feeding your inquisitive mind is how you can hone the intuitiveness of this pillar.

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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#13 BING ZI (丙子): THE GIFT OF HUMOUR

This is the pillar that started this entire quest for the gifts endowed by the 60 Jia Zi. Pillar No. 13, the Bing Zi (丙子), the joker of the pack, undoubtedly brings with it the gift of humour.

Allow me a paragraph (or two), to deviate and explain why the Bing Zi sparked off the idea of this series. In the Chinese Metaphysics classes that I have attended, the Bing Zi is often the butt of many jokes. Lecherous, clueless, nothing good is ever said about this pillar. Yes, the quest became personal because I was convinced that every single pillar brings a unique something-something to the table.

This general confusion about the Bing Zi, however, is completely understandable. Because the pillar by itself is confused! It brings together, two conflicting elements – the Bing, the most Yang, and the Gui the most Yin. However, in the Bing Zi pillar, these two elements represent dual qualities that complement each other, a little like the sunlight reflecting off the white clouds on a sunny day.

The Bing Zi carries the image of a bright sun hidden behind a bank of clouds. Once in a while, the rays peep through. The immediate connotation of this imagery is that of someone intelligent and talented who is either unaware of their true potential or is deliberately hiding these qualities behind a façade. This façade, is usually, humour.

Maximizing The Bing Zi Day Master: The Gift Of Humour

People with Bing Zi, especially for the Day Master, is often blessed with a great sense of humour and a razor-sharp wit. With awareness, you can turn this ‘silly exterior’ from a disadvantage into a competitive edge.

First, we must acknowledge that this so-called silly exterior leads to a perception of the Bing Zi as someone who is easily overlooked or dismissed. The humour becomes a cloak that makes the Bing Zi non-threatening and almost invisible. In certain situations, this can be an advantage, allowing the Bing Zi to effect change from behind the scenes.

There will come a time, however, when being perceived as non-threatening becomes an encumbrance rather than an asset. When this happens, it is up to you to learn to use that same humour to your advantage and take centre-stage.

Like everything else, humour needs to be trained. Light self-deprecating is always good, as it is unoffensive. I stress the word ‘light self-deprecating’ because overdoing this may lead to a perception of a low self-esteem. Using humour is not without its pitfalls. A lot of it has to do with comedic timing. Sometimes, humour can come off as being too sardonic, sarcastic, mean or just plain bizarre. But don’t let past misjudgements inhibit you from trying better the next time! What we’re looking for here, is a well-timed and good natured humour.

You see, hidden beneath the Gui, the Bing is still a Bing – consistent, persistent, optimistic, vibrant and super-confident.

People have often asked me, why would the Bing Zi bother to hide? Here’s what I want you to know. The Bing Zi naturally shuns competition and confrontation. This unrooted Bing craves security above all else. When unencumbered by the nitty-gritty politicking of other people, the Bing Zi can literally fly high and soar above the clouds.

In other words, it’s not that the Bing Zi is unequipped to deal with competition and confrontation. Rather, the Bing Zi would prefer to not get bogged down or derailed by the clamouring of others. Among the 60 pillars, the Bing Zi has the in-born ability to ignore unwanted details. The phrase ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff’ was probably coined by a Bing Zi, for whom almost everything is categorized under the term ‘small stuff’.

Therefore, the best way for the Bing Zi to turn their goals into reality is to use their ability for big picture thinking by being future-forward and constantly challenging themselves to greater heights.

Seated solely on its Direct Officer, this pillar could manifest in two possible ways. Either the Bing Zi becomes obsessed with rules and order, or becomes someone who creates their own rules and courageously charts their own path.

Where Is The Bing Zi?
Likeable You (Bing Zi In The Year Pillar):

Seated on Zi, a Peach Blossom star, this is an immensely likeable pillar. Having the Bing Zi in the Year Pillar gives you a warm and cheerful exterior. Again, the great sense of humour is an advantage here. People find you to be an enjoyable companion. They are often drawn to you because of your unique way of encouraging the best in people around you.

There is a need, however, to be aware of the changeability of this pillar. Bing one minute, full of laughter and joie-de-vivre; Gui the next, over-serious and moody. While this may not present a problem to you, sometimes it can make it hard for others to connect with you as they are often unsure who they will meet – the Bing or the Gui.

Success Behind The Scenes (Bing Zi In The Month Pillar):

The Bing Zi has a strong inclination to work in the background. At the same time, the Bing Zi pillar also exhibits a willingness to help everyone around them find success in life.

These two traits, coupled by the Bing Zi’s innate creativity and boundless energy, makes the Bing Zi ideally suited for businesses or professions where you help other people excel and shine. This means that the Bing Zi can excel at roles like being a movie producer, screen writer, talent agent, or yes, at the risk of sounding like I am self-promoting, even a Bazi coach. This is a scenario where the Gui sets the stage for the talent, and the Bing becomes the spotlight.

An Idealistic Mindset (Bing Zi In The Hour Pillar)

Bing Zi in the Hour Pillar brings the gift of an idealistic and generous mindset, one that is constantly working to rise above the standard. Here, again, the Bing Zi’s craving for a safety net and stability is paramount.

This translates to someone who is driven to build a strong foundation for their ideal life. In this case, the topic of investments come into the picture. With the Bing in the Hour Pillar, it is advisable for you to learn as much about investment as possible. Knowledge will bring competence and prevent a headlong dive into the wrong investment channels.

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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#12 YI HAI (乙亥): THE GIFT OF GRACE

Pictured as flowering aquatic plants, think lotus, water lillies or even those magnificent underwater kelp forests, the Yi Hai (乙亥) pillar is undoubtedly one of the more attractive of the 60 pillars. If there is to be one word to sum up the Yi Hai, it would be the gift of Grace.

Stripping away all spiritual or religious connotations off the word, the verb grace very simple means to have a certain finesse or poise or an attractive manner of behaving. So… physically attractive, intelligent, daring and possessing of an almost incurable wanderlust… what can we do with this pillar?

Maximizing The Yi Hai Day Master: A Lifetime Of Self Discovery

The hidden roots of the aquatic plant, buried deep underwater, represents a person who is unaware of the talents and potential hidden beneath the surface. For the Yi Hai, much of your life journey is spent discovering yourself through education, exploration, and new experiences.

This pillar exhibits great humility and sincerity, which is an integral part of the Yi Hai’s graceful exterior. It makes it easy for the Yi Hai to accept help from all quarters, and is a key factor in their success.

The humility is genuine, as is the deep intelligence hidden below the surface. The Yi Hai is versatile and inventive, almost a creative genius with the ability to learn new skills effortlessly. This sharp intellect must be continuously trained either through formal or informal education to make the most of the immense potential of this pillar.

The flexibility that is a core characteristic of the Yi Wood, is enhanced in the Yi Hai. They say that only dead fishes go with the flow. Not so with the Yi Hai who naturally knows how to thrive in uncertain waters. This is the ultimate survivalist whose soft approach to life gives them a high level of adaptability and the knack for making the most out of any given situation.

This versatility can manifest as a certain type of wanderlust within the Yi Hai. Always eager to travel, to find new experiences, and able to adapt to any environment, the Yi Hai has the ability to let go and move on with such ease that it almost becomes too easy for them to impulsively keep moving whenever boredom, frustrations or disappointments sets in. There is a need here, to develop a persevering attitude, an anchor if you will, to conquer such impulsive behaviour long enough to achieve their goals.

Where Is The Yi Hai?
An Ever-Changing Social Landscape (Yi Hai In The Year Pillar):

Yi Hai in the Year Pillar allows you to slip effortlessly into new friendships. This leads to a constantly changing social landscape that represents unbounded possibilities. Fun loving and creative, Yi Hai in the Year Pillar represents the ability to float in and out of diverse social environments and still thrive with grace, poise and finesse.

From the perspective of personal brand management, the sheer attractiveness of the Yi Hai can be best used to tap into new markets and different types of social networks.

A Wide And Varied Career (Yi Hai In The Month Pillar):

Yi Hai in the Month Pillar will never be content doing just one thing for the rest of their lives. Here, the restlessness of the pillar will manifest as a tendency to explore different types of occupations. No career niches for the Yi Hai! Therefore, your formal education must be broad enough to allow you to segue from one industry to another. It must also complement this pillar’s natural managerial and organizational abilities as well as its gift for learning on the job.

Careers in travel-related industries that require a peripatetic lifestyle would appeal to the Yi Hai. Alternatively, with borders closed in our post-Covid world, Yi Hai in the Month Pillar would be advised to at least find a career that offers a variety of duties.

A Craving For Freedom (Yi Hai In The Hour Pillar)

Yi Hai in the Hour Pillar could represent a strong craving or desire for freedom. Freedom by itself is an abstract term. Here, a little more reflection is required – what exactly does freedom mean to you and your decisions?

Are you driven by a craving for freedom to control and decide when and how things happen? Or is it the freedom to experience new things often? Do you desire freedom from judgement and an open environment?

For the Yi Hai in the Hour Pillar, the most likely, is the craving for freedom to educate yourself and immerse yourself in new ideas and thoughts. Used wisely, Yi Hai in the Hour Pillar can enrich your life with a broad swath of knowledge and insights, resulting in an independent and original thinker.

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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#11 JIA XU (甲戌): THE GIFT OF TENACITY

This may not be the lushest of the Jia pillars, but the Jia Xu (甲戌) carries with it something that much more valuable, the gift of tenacity.

Maximizing The Jia Xu Day Master: Beneath the Passion, There Must Be Tenacity

Imagine with me, a tree growing high on a craggy mountain. Exposed to the elements, buffeted by the unceasing winds, lashed by torrential rain, it clings on. How much tenacity, how much will-power and determination must this tree possess to take root under such harsh conditions?

If the Jia Xu is found in your Day Pillar, like the tree, sheer determination is one of your greatest attributes. This combines perfectly with your innate independence, resulting in an assertive, strong and dynamic personality.

The world we live in today puts a lot of premium on passion. Yes, passion can help build your personal brand. But passion can only take you so far. Beneath the passion, there must be a willingness to persevere through the challenges.

Passion is the ability to get excited about something. Irrepressibility and tenacity is about the ability to stay with it. You get some success. You run into some walls. You try a formula for a new idea, a new innovation, it doesn’t work. And it’s how tenacious you are, how irrepressible, how ultimately optimistic and tenacious you are about it that will determine your success.

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO

This pillar also carries other gifts. Let’s go back to the example of our tree high up on the mountain. From its vantage point, the tree observes the daily march of time. Like a general directing his troops from the top of the battlements, the tree discerns changes in the environment, spots new growth and detects upcoming threats from its surroundings.

This quality gives the Jia Xu Day Master the ability to adopt rare viewpoints as well as a deep level of strategic thinking that becomes your competitive edge.

Like most everything else in life, gifts can be a double-edged sword. There is an almost invisible line between tenacity and sheer stubbornness. Jia Xu individuals have the tendency to commit fully to situations, even when there are no benefits to be gained. This is a trait that a Jia Xu Day Master must be aware of.

Where Is The Jia Xu?
Beacon of Hope (Jia Xu In The Year Pillar):

Curiously, the Jia Xu in the Year Pillar has the tendency to give the impression of someone who is quite shy, at least on the surface level. Which can be a bit of a pity because Jia Xu in the Year Pillar is a little akin to Jia Zi in the Year. There is a capacity to become a thought leader.

But in the case of the Jia Xu, people are drawn to you for your ability to offer rare insights and unique viewpoints gleaned from your broad horizons. Which is exactly the reason why you need to overcome your natural reticence and tendency to be dubious and uncertain of forging new friendships.

Against All Odds (Jia Xu In The Month Pillar):

Jia Xu by itself carries a strong entrepreneurial spirit, the intuitive ability to spot opportunities, the imagination to sell ideas and the sharp negotiation skills to clinch the deal. Add the Jia Xu’s tenacity into the mix and success inevitably follows. That’s a good thing, because if there is one thing the Jia Xu fears, it is failure.

Regardless of your day master, the best use of the Jia Xu in the month pillar is to cultivate that extraordinary drive to succeed against all odds. Here are five ways:

  1. Know your goal. Everything starts from knowing exactly what you want. Because with a goal in mind, the Jia Xu is virtually unstoppable.
  2. Be curious. Use that Jia Xu’s thirst for knowledge to constantly push yourself to learn and develop.
  3. Focus hard. The Jia Xu has the ability to balance big picture thinking with fine details. Now that you are aware, find ways to enhance that ability.
  4. Ground your work in meaning and purpose. For the Jia Xu, the stability of the Earth element on which it sits is very important. Remember our earlier analogy of the tree at the top of a craggy mountain? Without stability, the tree will likely collapse and fall. This translates to a need to keep your actions grounded and aligned to your purpose.  
  5. Reframe setbacks.
Mental Tenacity (Jia Xu In The Hour Pillar)

What have we learned about the Jia Xu so far? Determination is its biggest asset and fear of failure is what fuels that determination. Here’s a curious thing about the Jia Xu, though, for all its ruggedness, this can be a rather emotional pillar.

This is a tree that is constantly battling against the elements, which in human terms, translates into a whirlwind of emotional extremes. While Jia Xu in the Hour Pillar bestows the gift of mental tenacity, you must also be aware of the need to find emotional equilibrium.

Find courage in your own convictions. This will overcome this pillar’s sensitivity which makes it easily discouraged by even the mildest of disparaging words.

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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