What would you do if you held the legendary Excalibur in your hands? How would you use it? With a Geng Wu (庚午) in your Bazi Chart, that’s exactly the gift given to you by the universe.

Seen as metal forged by fire, the Geng Wu is often pictured as a sharp and shiny sword, gleaming with latent power and potency.

With this image comes four key descriptions for the Geng Wu pillar – Authority, Execution, Loyalty and the gift of Foresight.

Maximizing The Geng Wu Day Master: Loyalty Begets Loyalty

The Geng Wu pillar endows you with a natural ability to pick up new skills without appearing to need much formal training. With a smorgasbord of skills to work with, you will need to activate that famed self-discipline to reach your full potential.

This naturally intimidating intellect can come across as being direct and domineering. But people who manage to get past the sharp exterior will find a loyal individual with unwavering idealism.

The Geng Wu Day Master is, above all things, a deeply loyal and righteous person with the unique ability to keep the ego at bay. Decisions are always made based on what’s right instead of what’s expedient or appealing to your self-image.

This is a trait best appreciated by those who truly understand the altruistic nature of your decisions. With that realization, they will return your loyalty with theirs. Sometimes, all we need are a thousand true followers.

 Where Is The Geng Wu?

The Benefits Of Being An Authoritative Leader (Geng Wu in the Year Pillar)

Geng Wu in the Year Pillar will mean that your public will view you as someone hardworking and ambitious. This trait, along with your interest in a wide variety of subjects and activities, will lend you an air of authority. The first impression you give is of someone who doesn’t think too much about being liked.

In recent years, there has been increasing resistance towards authoritarian styles of leadership. But there are some pros. Authoritative leaders are best at providing clarity towards a shared mission, motivating their followers by showing how their contributions come together in the final realization of the goal.

The Competent Executioner At Work (Geng Wu in the Month Pillar)

Geng Wu in the Month Pillar is someone with a no-nonsense approach to work and a direct communication style. This is someone who will take their responsibilities seriously

Direct in communication, this is someone who will take their responsibilities seriously. Creativity will not be your strong suit. Instead, you have a marked preference for the tried and tested route. People with this configuration in the Month Pillar are best at executing plans, able to structure resources in the most efficient and effective manner in pursuit of your business goals.

When energized, this is a pillar that has the drive to constantly improve and overcome any obstacle. The only drawback is an obstinate refusal to accept help. This stems from a desire to accomplish goals on your own and a belief that asking for help is a sign of weakness or heaven forbid, an admission of incompetence. Learning a little give and take will do wonders to smoothen your journey.

The Gift Of Foresight (Geng Wu in the Hour Pillar)

Geng Wu in the Hour Pillar can manifest as foresight, the ‘sixth sense’ for what’s coming. With this in the hour, you must learn to guard against negative thoughts, needless worry and anxiety. Learn to take satisfaction from the present instead of living too much in the future.  

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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The Ji Si (己巳) pillar can be imagined as a slab of jade that is formed from the slow movement of the earth. Like the jade that came into being through high temperature and pressure, a Ji Si individual is one who understands their true self-worth in the face of life’s trials and tribulations.

This self-understanding endows the Ji Si pillar with a quality of being pressure-proof, the ability to reject society’s pressure to conform. This brings about a rare independence of mind and spirit that can be in turn a boon, or a bane.

But at, we’re all about the boon. So let’s get started.

Maximizing The Ji Si Day Master: The Benefits Of Being A Late Bloomer

If you are a Ji Si Day Master, you may very well be a late bloomer. And why not? With so much to discover within you, some talents are worth waiting for.

The society we live in today has put too much premium on early achievements. Lest we forget the benefits of being a late-bloomer, here’s a list:

  1. You have an empathy and connection for discovering underdogs. Having gone through the process yourself, you can sense when something great is hiding under all that awkwardness.
  2. You experience more gratitude when you reach milestones. And you are less likely to lose that which you have earned as you will never take anything for granted.
  3. You’re never worried about the Joneses. Keeping up with the Joneses (or in today’s world, the Kardashians) has never brought anyone any benefits apart from more pressure and grief. You know that for a fact. And you often wish that others would too. 

Peer pressure aside, a Ji Si Day Master is someone who is strong, perseverant and highly intelligent. You have a thirst for knowledge and a charismatic personality which translates to potential power in all your endeavours.

By all means, nurture this deep quest for knowledge, as it is the key ingredient in the development of all your talents and vital to your overall success. For the Ji Si Day Master, spicing up your daily routine with variety and adventure can make your goals and objectives more easily attainable.

Where Is The Ji Si?

Making Enigmatic Work For You (Ji Si in the Year Pillar): Ji Si in the Year Pillar lends you an enigmatic and cool aura that is mysterious, confounding and inscrutable. Contrary to the current obsession of being open and instantly likable, people are actually attracted to those who seem mysterious. They pay attention when you create an atmosphere of anticipation, if nothing else, just to see what you do next. This persona can be used to deceive, enthral and influence.

If I haven’t convinced you yet, let’s talk about this a little more.

An enigmatic social persona can make you appear brilliant and profound. Like you have your act together (even though, like the rest of us, you don’t really). With that, you gain an upper hand when you force others to try and figure you out. Inscrutability draws attention.

With a Ji Si in your Year Pillar, cloaking yourself with an aura of enigma is so simple. Just do something periodically that doesn’t jive with the public’s perception of you. This will be enough to keep them on edge and focused on you. With the aid of the Ji Si pillar, it will be easy to pull off. For the rest of us? Maybe not so.

Independence At Work (Ji Si in the Month Pillar): The pressure-proof characteristics of the Ji Si pillar can also be translated as a strong and independent spirit. This pillar requires a lot of authority and autonomy to perform at its best.

Teamwork is acceptable, so long as it doesn’t stifle your modus operandi. To keep this spirit of independence alive, you will need to activate the Ji Si’s love of knowledge by constantly learning something new and staying ahead of industry trends.

If teamwork is just not your thing, then be sure to position yourself as someone with practical solutions whom people turn to in times of crisis.

Self-Directed Control Freak (Ji Si in the Hour Pillar): The Ji Si pillar can be a bit of a control freak. I agree, manifesting it externally may not be a good thing as you end up being branded as someone domineering and dominating. But there are some areas in your own life and attitudes that can benefit from a degree of control, such as:

  1. Gain control over your stress level to stay calm and level through the biggest crisis.
  2. Take control of how you spend your precious time
  3. Structure the most efficient path through your priorities by taking control of your actions
  4. Learn to turn your knowledge into solid decision-making processes
  5. Gain mastery over your thoughts. This is the one point that most people will find most challenging. The moment when you master your own thoughts is when you can grow beyond any barriers.

And Finally…

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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If all the world’s a stage, as William Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It, and all the men and women merely players, then the Wu Chen (戊辰) pillar must be the Thespian.

Imagined as an emerald green hill made lush by the trickle of a babbling brook, the Wu Chen calls to mind a peaceful pastoral scene that carries an aura of nobility and aristocracy.

Unlike the first four posts in this series (Jia Zi, Yi Chou, Bing Yin and Ding Mao) where the main characteristics of the pillar is adapted to different needs, I will employ a different approach this time, by highlight different facets of the Wu Chen depending on its location in the Bazi Chart.

Maximizing the Wu Chen Day Master: Think Class, Not Crass

Granted, a thespian is merely another name for an actor, but this description invokes a feeling of someone who is more intellectual, more classy. Think melodious and captivating voice, poise, gracefulness and graciousness. In a world where, increasingly, crassness is expected, accepted and almost de rigueur,  a person with thespian-like attributes would surely stand out.

The Wu Chen Day Master is a visionary who is extremely sensitive, intuitive and creative. Gifted with strong communication skills, the most important thing for a Wu Chen Day Master is to ensure that you are equipped with quality education. This will result in an individual who is both idealistic and observant, articulate and methodical.

There is a certain dichotomy to your nature, especially where your friends are concerned. While sociable, you will find there are times when you just want to be left alone. Extremely independent by nature, you are driven by a compulsion for constant evolution. The Wu Chen pillar carries tremendous potential, though sometimes you may not be able to recognize your own capacity. People who know you well could often be puzzled by your deep-seated insecurities, your sensitivity to critique, especially given the many talents that you have.

Although you retain much of the Wu Earth’s attributes of calmness and stability, the Wu Chen is the most flexible among the Wu Earth Day Masters. Like the rolling hills you represent, you have a gentle and persuasive manner that will be a boon when it comes to dealing with different types of people.

 Where Is The Wu Chen?

Multiple Social Circles (Wu Chen in the Year Pillar): Outwardly, you project a charming and graceful manner that makes it easy for you to move between different social circles. This is the well-rounded nature of the Wu Chen coming to the fore. Being aware of this trait, and making an effort to live up to this, will broaden your horizons beyond the immediate.

Thespian-like Skills At Work (Wu Chen in the Month Pillar): With Wu Chen in the Month Pillar, always seek to explore different fields or industries in order to broaden your understanding and perspective of the world.

The thespian-like skills that graces the Wu Chen pillar is easily transferrable between different industries. While others may need to learn the art of active listening, this skill comes easily to the Wu Chen. The act of active listening will result in a natural curiosity and empathy towards others, eventually making you a better deal closer. This is because you truly understand what your clients, customers or maybe even just employers need. 

A Questing Mind (Wu Chen in the Hour Pillar): For all the steadiness of the Wu Earth Day Masters, the Wu Chen is curiously restless. Wu Chen in the Hour Pillar represents a questing mind. You find yourself perplexed by people who willingly limit themselves. Be sure to share your knowledge and skills if you want to truly maximize this pillar. That is where your satisfaction lies. 

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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A scented candle that brings light, warmth and romance to the dark. A single candle that can light a million others. This is the Ding Mao (丁卯) pillar. The most beautiful of all the Ding Fire Day Masters, you, my friend, are the inspiration.

3 Reasons Why The Ding Mao Day Master Is An Inspiring Individual

  1. An original mind full of progressive ideas. A Ding Mao Day Master is outspoken and independent. Whether you acknowledge it or not, you have been endowed with natural linguistic skills and a gift for written and verbal communication.
  2. Where others see problems, you see possibilities. Ding Mao individuals have the natural ability to absorb and process information. This keen and highly analytical mind is a common trait among pioneers.
  3. You acknowledge the best in people. Like a candle, you are able to start new fires without diminishing your own light. The Ding Mao will often see the best in those around them, and through this belief in their worth, you inspire them to be a better version of themselves. This is a feat few can achieve. Those who see only the bad inspires no one.

In this process, you, Ding Mao, must also be aware of your own need to be inspired as well. Easily bored with repetitive or mundane tasks, given to taking on too many projects at one time, losing focus is something that you must constantly guard against.

At the same time, be mindful that your own perfectionism and incredibly high standards may lead to self-inflicted doubts and inner conflicts. While you are so good at seeing the best in people, this generosity and self-belief should also be applied to yourself. In this respect, seeking spiritual enlightenment can help to keep you grounded. If spiritual development is not your cup of tea, at the very least conduct a daily energy check to stay on the upward trajectory.

Once focused, there really is no limits to what a Ding Mao can achieve.

 Where Is The Ding Mao?

How To Create An Inspiring Social Media Strategy (Ding Mao in the Year Pillar): With Ding Mao in the Year Pillar, you are gifted with one special talent – that of a riveting storyteller. Why bother sharing the old, tired and worn-out platitudes when you have the gift of communication to convey your unique point of view?

It’s important to be authentic. I’ve watched many brands try to create inspiring social media marketing campaigns. They rarely work because it is hard to feel authenticity from a brand. The sports and music industries do this best, as they have real people and real stories to work with. For a social media campaign to be inspiring, you must put a real face to the story.

Most importantly, you must embody the change you want to see. In this aspect, being ‘other-focused’ by actively contributing to the growth of others, helping others grow and flourish, is the ultimate achievement for an inspiring social media strategy.

The Disruptor At Work (Ding Mao in the Month Pillar): Ding Mao in the Month Pillar puts you in a strong position to act as a disruptor in your business and industry. This is where your ability to think and act fast the moment you recognize an opportunity, your inner drive for success, and a much-needed disdain for knuckling down under the thumb of others, combine to put you in the driving seat for change. Harness that rebellious energy well with mindful and strategic planning, and you might just be the next celebrated unicorn in your industry.

The Inspiring Parent (Ding Mao in the Hour Pillar): I rarely write about parenting. But in this instance, with the gifts of the Ding Mao, it is hard not to draw your attention to the pillar’s potential to become an inspiring parent. Lucky are the children with parents who continue to inspire them all their lives.

The Ding Mao’s child-like wonder for new knowledge and ideas make them a great role model at home. Here, the Ding Mao’s capacity to see and acknowledge the possibility in people often puts their children on the path to success.

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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In the study of Bazi, the Tiger marks the coming of spring. The Bing Yin (丙寅) pillar evokes the imagery of the warm and crisp spring sunlight shining over a lush forest. As the sun melts away the last of the frost, the silver new leaves turn their faces to the life-giving sun, growing lush and full again. The sun doesn’t come down to earth to help with the spring planting. It just creates the environment for life to begin anew. That is why, the Bing Yin pillar is empowering.

How To Empower Yourself: Maximizing the Bing Yin Day Master

The Bing Yin Day Master embodies the spirit of hope through the sheer force of your personality, confidence, keen intelligence and creativity. Equipped with a fertile imagination, you are ably aided by an inventive, analytical and active mind that constantly needs to be challenged.

At your best, your are a self-confident and independent person with a warm and generous heart. A strong moral code and a keen sense of justice is extremely important to you. These values are something that you will never compromise on.

These characteristics combine put you, the Bing Yin Day Master, in a unique position, not just to empower yourself, but others as well. Empowerment is described as the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s right. However, you can only give what you already have.

Here are five tips on how to empower yourself:

  1. Ground yourself. For the Bing Yin Day Master, your home is your safe place to retreat. This is where you find emotional peace. Beneath the Bing Yin’s bright and sunny exterior, hides a vulnerable soul that can be prone to running on extreme highs and lows. As you give so much of yourself at work, make sure that your home affords you the time and space you need to regain your equilibrium.
  2. Focus on issues that speak to your heart. There will always be a gazillion and one thing to fix. But being human, we can’t deal with them all. So bend your creativity towards the issues that bother you the most.
  3. Plan ahead to avoid becoming overwhelmed. The Bing Yin tends to become overwhelmed when you don’t plan ahead. At times like these, you risk becoming distracted and may even lose heart too quickly.
  4. Practice self-compassion. Bing Fire Day Masters are always magnanimous and giving. But they hold themselves to high standards. Treat yourself as you would treat others to drown out that negative, nagging, critical voice.
  5. Take care of yourself. While this last tip may seem so simplistic, some people really do need to be reminded that they need to care of themselves as well. A Bing Yin could be so busy taking care of others that they end up neglecting their own needs.

 Where Is The Bing Yin?

Not a Bing Yin Day Master? Worry not, as long as you have the Bing Yin anywhere in your natal Bazi Chart, you have the ability to be empowering.

How To Empower Others (Bing Yin in the Year Pillar): With Bing Yin in your year pillar, you will definitely not struggle to draw friends into your life. People are automatically attracted to your sunny public demeanour.

This puts you in the enviable position to empower your social circle, people in your industry and your network of contacts.

Make the most of the Bing Yin in your year pillar by sharing information and spreading empowering and positive messages.

4 Ways To Bring Empowerment To Work (Bing Yin in the Month Pillar): Empowering employees has been the corporate buzzword over the last few years. It’s still an on-going thing. Empowerment works best when there is a need for more creative and helpful employees. Research has also shown that empowerment may not be so great with task-based or highly precise and regulated industries.

The Bing Yin pillar has a natural gift for leadership and will excel in cooperative endeavours. Let’s think about it this way, if you are the sunshine and your team is the forest, how can you help them grow? Here are some suggestions to empower your team:

  1. Be generous with the information. Informed employees will tend to be more open towards taking ownership of their responsibilities. Not only does this build trust, it also helps your team get better at critical thinking which ultimately leads to better decision-making.
  2. Establish clear goals and objectives. This will create a clear framework to guide your team’s actions.
  3. Celebrate the successes and the failures. Failures and mistakes are part and parcel of the growth process. People can only fail if they have truly tried. Therefore, both successes and failures should be celebrated equally. The former, of course, because it deserves celebrations. The latter for the lessons that had been learnt.
  4. Support a learning environment. The Bing Yin pillar brings with it a natural affinity to keep up to date with the latest trends and information. Extend this outwards to your team by creating a learning environment.

3 Ways To Create An Empowering Mindset (Bing Yin in the Hour Pillar): Most of us have an irritating little voice in our heads telling us that we are never good enough. With the Bing Yin in the Hour Pillar, you have a headstart at defeating that voice once and for all. Here are three suggestions:

  1. Practice positive affirmation. This step requires a deliberate and mindful choice to use positive language in your own self-talk. Of course, a habit of a lifetime will require some time, but every little step forward is a battle won.
  2. Challenge the negative thoughts. Challenge those negative thoughts by asking yourself if what you think is really true. Let’s use an example. A simple thought like ‘I’m so careless’ could quickly devolve into ‘I always make careless mistakes’ or worse. In this respect, you need to play a coach to yourself by asking ‘Really? Are you always careless? Always? Can you think of one instance when you were careful?’
  3. Practice gratitude. There’s much to be said about the new-age mantra of practicing gratitude. Think of three things you have to be grateful for each day. Even the smallest things will do. By practicing this consciously, you will soon notice that the small gratitudes grow bigger as time goes by.

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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Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the global economy, the word ‘Resilience’ has been chucked around like so much confetti at a cancelled wedding. Just google the word and you will find at least 100 web posts vying to teach you how to be more resilient. This is not one of them. Instead, let’s talk about…

The Resilience DNA – Yi Chou (乙丑)

What exactly is resilience? In a nutshell, it’s the rubber-ball effect. It represents the ability to adapt and bounce back from adversity. Of course, it’s a good trait to have as it helps you learn and adapt to changing conditions in pursuit of your goal.

Now, imagine this with me. Winter is coming to an end. The snow still lies thick on the ground, soft, melting snow. Here and there, tiny little hardy green shrubs are poking their early leaves through the ground. As we continue wandering the last of the winter wonderland together, we stumble upon a rare sight – a low-growing shrub of bright orange pansies in full bloom, their velvety colours a burst of sunshine against the pristine white snow. It has not just survived the winter, but thrived. How hardy does this plant need to be?

This is the same spirit of resilience represented by the Yi Chou (乙丑) pillar.

Maximizing the Yi Chou Day Master

Yi Chou as the Day Master: Irrepressibly charming, the Yi Chou individual has a lively and infectious energy that helps them convince others to see things their way.

Known as one of the Six Elegant Day Masters, the Yi Chou individual is undeniably attractive, elegant and intelligent.

Their sheer enthusiasm and spontaneity may come across as domineering and demanding. But it’s difficult to stay irritated at a Yi Chou for long, no matter how pushy they seem. Completely social creatures, the Yi Chou is masterful at creating harmony with everyone in their network. These diplomatic skills come from the Yi Chou’s firm belief that they are always a part of a larger whole.

Always young-at-heart and ready for any challenge, they have tremendous self-reliance and determination at their disposal to overcome any obstruction.

Like how a plant craves sunlight, this is a pillar that will truly thrive in the limelight. To become really extraordinary, the Yi Chou must find out what truly inspires them. If the cause, goal, or as we call it now, the Big Why, is compelling enough, the Yi Chou will dig deep to find the self-discipline needed to counter their preference for the easy route and instant gratification. Frequently, until the Big Why is found, the Yi Chou may never truly understand their full potential.  

Where Is The Yi Chou?

Not a Yi Chou Day Master? Worry not, as long as you have the Yi Chou anywhere in your natal Bazi Chart, you have the resilience code baked into your DNA.

Resilience as a Personal Brand (Yi Chou in the Year Pillar): The Year Pillar governs the first impression you give to the outside world – be it your social media contacts, your first time meeting with a new client or even at a first job interview.

Everyone has a personal brand, whether you intended it or not. It’s about being intentional with respect to how you are perceived by the world at large. If you had not done anything about a personal brand, you leave others to form their own impressions of you which may or may not work to your advantage.

If the Yi Chou is in your Year Pillar, it will be easy for you to incorporate resilience into your personal brand. Do this by sharing your personal stories of not only how you were able to get around obstacles but also your key learnings from those experiences. At the same time, embody the core essence of the Yi Wood by being gracious, enchanting and charming. Make an effort to interact with people from all walks to life and be ready to provide encouragement and emotional support.

The Corporate Lattice Model (Yi Chou in the Month Pillar): The business environment is changing so rapidly these days that the old ‘corporate ladder’ model no longer works. With the need for businesses to respond to emerging situations quickly, a new framework called the Corporate Lattice Model is beginning to surface. This model, as its name suggests, promotes lateral movement instead of just upward movement. This model allows for a free flow of ideas and career mobility by providing more opportunities and possibilities to be successful. When you are no longer focused on just one direction… up!… career resilience becomes automatic. Think of how a trellis plant grows its way up a lattice frame.

If the Yi Chou is in your Month Pillar, adopting a Corporate Lattice model or mindset in your own career strategy will align you to the energies of this pillar. Even if your employer does not practice the Corporate Lattice Model (yet), you can still use this framework to guide your career decisions. Just be extra cautious that your proclivity to be overconfident does not cause you to fall for get-rich-quick-schemes.

Cultivating Mental Resilience (Yi Chou in the Hour Pillar): Yi Chou in the hour pillar endows you with the ability to become truly resilient in every way. The first step to maximizing this pillar is to get in tune with yourself, your body responses, your emotions and reaction, as well as your thoughts and thought patterns. Try to nurture some ‘distance’ from your thinking and the narratives playing in your head. This is a must-have in order to gain choice and control. Otherwise, your thoughts and feelings control you when they operate outside of your awareness.

Zero Yi Chou in the Bazi Natal Chart: What if you don’t have Yi Chou in your natal Bazi Chart? Does that mean you are doomed to be not resilient forever? Relax. There are a few more pillars that are equally as resilient as the Yi Chou. Even if you have none of the resilient pillars, these skills can still be learned through conscious effort and application.

There is, however, such a thing as being over-resilient. This is when the person becomes overly accommodating and tolerant of toxic situations. They continue to adapt even when their ultimate goal is leading them nowhere. Learn to take a step back and re-evaluate your plans and objectives. There are always some situations where it is better to call it quits and move on.

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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In the study of Bazi, every pillar is important, because it makes up a part of who you are as a person. While the Day Master is naturally the focus of every Bazi reading, learning to make the most of what we all have been given is our real job in life.

With that, I am excited to kick off a new series, Maximize Every Pillar.

Maximizing the 甲子 (Jia Zi) Day Master

Every time I see the 甲子 (Jia Zi) pillar, I think of a Christmas tree. Seriously! A tall and lush evergreen standing on pristine white snow. This calls to mind an individual who stands tall in defiance of their challenging surroundings. They hold their ground, they never back down. Rooted on their own resource, Jia Zi individuals are strong-willed and independent.

In the Jia Zi Day Master, we see a progressive individual who is constantly learning and growing. As long as the learning never stops, a Jia Zi Day Master will always be at his or her best. Doesn’t that describe exactly a thought leader who is more than just an empty marketing vocabulary?

However, this superior intellect can sometimes come with its own set of problems. Having grown to such lofty heights, not many people can be their intellectual equal. Learning a little flexibility, consciously cultivating the ability to sway with the wind, will help smoothen a Jia Zi Day Master’s journey in life.

Jia Zi Day Masters are usually straight talkers. They say what they mean, and mean what they say. While they risk coming across as blunt, they could also gain the trust of the people around them, because they always deliver on a promise.

Don’t expect the Jia Zi to be an out-and-out extrovert. They may be outgoing, but they are instinctively protective of their personal lives. Like the bark of a tree protecting its inner core.

Is Your Weakness Really A Weakness?

Is the ability to take risks really a weakness? Without risk, how could there be gain? Knowing your own propensity for risk-taking, could you mindfully cultivate an awareness of this tendency and take steps to know when you should or should not take that leap of faith?

How about your reputation of being rigid and stubborn? Could an awareness of that tendency help you re-package that trait into something appealing to your market? Don’t we all admire individuals with dogged determination to succeed?

Nobleman Coming.

For the Jia Zi Day Master, the first half of 2021 will likely be the most confusing, with Fire (your Output) virtually snuffed out by the Water energies. The creative energies will flow better when the 甲午 month kicks off in June.

Here’s the good news – January 2021 is literally their Nobleman month. Attract that noble person by exhibiting the traits of a Direct Wealth, by being responsible and goal-oriented.

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Where Is The Jia Zi?

Social Media Marketing For the Thought Leader (Jia Zi in the Year Pillar): While this pillar had often been discounted in the past, in this social media era, the Year Pillar has become increasingly important. This is how your industry, social network and fans is likely to see you. With Jia Zi in the Year Pillar, you have the potential to get social media marketing work for you as a thought leader.

Here are some suggestions on how to use the Jia Zi in the Year Pillar to establish a thought leadership position:

  1. What are you an expert in? To be a true thought leader, you really must be an expert in your chosen field or niche. Otherwise, you are an influencer (not discounting influencers here, more on them as the series continues).
  2. Be authentic. We all have a written ‘voice’ to our writing. Believe me, it comes through when we try to fake it. Don’t worry too much about grammar or strange sentences. Try to stay as authentic as possible.
  3. How/who can your knowledge serve? Create useful and valuable content.
  4. LinkedIn or Facebook? Instagram or Twitter? Telegram or SnapChat? Explore new vehicles to reach your audience.

Jia Zi in the Year Pillar could come across as being a little aloof, standoffish and cold. To maximize a Jia Zi in the Year Pillar, you will need to overcome your distaste for showing off and let your skills, knowledge and values shine through.

How To Be A Thought Leader At Work (Jia Zi in the Month Pillar): Let’s get one thing clear – you don’t wait until you reach the C-Suite to become a thought leader. You reach the C-Suite because you are seen as a thought leader. Doesn’t matter if your field is marketing or human resource, accounting or public relations, engineering or programming.

It’s never too late to take action. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Network by taking an active role in your profession’s association. To become a leader, you must have people willing to follow you. Being faceless in your industry will get your nowhere. Join an association of professionals in your field and take an active role as a volunteer. Use the opportunity to build a strong network of colleagues who can act as your sounding board and vice versa.
  2. Research and Share. When you take your first baby steps in this direction, you may not have the confidence as yet to voice your own opinion. Read up on the topic of your speciality and share that knowledge. Be known as the go-to person for this particular field. For example, you are an accountant interested in growth and development (you have Jia in your month pillar, of course you are interested in growth and development!). Keep tabs on how new accounting practices are developing in your industry and others. Share the articles that you find useful on your social media or with your colleagues through group messaging apps.
  3. Walk the talk. Credibility is everything for a thought leader. You must be seen to embody or demonstrate the disciplines and expertise of your chosen niche.
  4. Don’t be afraid to have an opinion. Going against the current trend can bring you quick attention. By the time you reach this step, you must be able to back up your opinion with results.

Jia Zi in the Hour Pillar: Because the hour pillar governs your investment, subordinates, dreams and desires, it won’t be practical to apply thought leadership here. Instead, the best way to maximize a Jia Zi in the Hour Pillar is to embody the Jia Zi’s love for life-long learning by constantly stretching and elevating your mind and knowledge.

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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