#31 JIA WU (甲午): THE GIFT OF AMBITION

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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#30 GUI SI (癸巳): THE GIFT OF COLLABORATION

What happens when you place water into an iron receptacle, put a big fire underneath and then channel the resulting vapour? You get to harness the power of steam! That, my friend, is exactly what the Gui Si (癸巳) pillar is all about – the power of steam.

Maximizing The Gui Si (癸巳): The Gift of Collaboration

The Gui Si is perhaps the most driven, hardworking and noble among the six Gui pillars. Seated on its own Direct Wealth, Direct Officer, and Direct Resource stars, the Gui Si can easily tap on the Wealth-Officer-Seal structure that brings blessings of nobility and success.

The key to making the Gui Si pillar work is to give it direction and purpose. Like the steam in our example, when harnessed properly, it can move a train! But without that direction, the steam scatters into the air and disperses into nothing. This means that, when inspired and committed to a strong purpose, the Gui Si pillar can literally move mountains.

But how does the weak Gui water move a mountain? The answer lies in the crux of the Gui Si pillar, which is the gift of collaboration.

Allow me to elaborate.

In the study of Bazi, the Gui Water is deemed as the weakest of the 10 stems. They abhor tough situations. When things get too hot, the Gui Water has been known to scatter, returning only when things cool down. Some may say that the Gui Water is lazy.

I beg to differ.

Seated on its own Direct Wealth, the Gui Si, will certainly put in its fair share of work. But being the smartest worker of them all, why bother doing something yourself when you can get others to do it for you?

Remember, the Gui Si is seated on its own Resource star, which means that you will always have access to Noble People in your life to aid and support your goals.

Finally, the Direct Officer star comes in to give the Gui Si its much-needed direction to move mountains. Being a highly noble pillar, the Gui Si is not triggered by mere financial achievements alone. In fact, the Gui Si will always worry about money, even when they have plenty of money in the bank. What really drives a Gui Si, is recognition.

Given the three factors above – the ability to work hard, the presence of Noble People, and a thirst for recognition – we circle back to the gift of collaboration that comes automatically to the Gui Si pillar. It’s the gift of not only connecting with people from all walks of life, but to take it one step further by working collaboratively with them. Therefore, the Gui Si’s contact list can be worth its weight in gold.

Here are three easy ways to maximize the gift of collaboration in the Gui Si pillar:
  1. Be open to meeting new people constantly. The Si (巳) by itself is a very active, travelling star. Forcing the Si (巳) pillar to stay still will result in strong inertia that can prove to be quite difficult to overcome. Therefore, put yourself in situations where it is easy and appropriate to introduce yourself to new contacts. Let’s be realistic about friends. Not all friends stay in our lives forever. Not everyone we meet will become our friends. So that contact list must constantly be topped-up.
  2. Commit to a community. Committing yourself, and establishing yourself within a community is a great way for the Gui Si to find new collaborators. As more people are drawn into the community, so does your contact list grow.
  3. Establish yourself as a giver. Be willing to share knowledge, tips and value on a regular basis. Something as simple as sharing a funny story, or a motivational quote via text messaging is enough to let people know that they are in your thoughts. When you do that, you will indirectly position yourself as a subject matter expert which will not only draw more people into your circle, but more importantly, keep them there.

 On a personal note, I have a good friend who happens to be a Gui Si Day Master. She does the above three so naturally, that there are days where I truly envy her for her ability. In our connected world, the ability to bring many people together to work on one objective is a truly powerful talent.

Where is the Gui Si (癸巳):
Know The Type Of Friends You Want In Advance: Gui Si (癸巳) In the Year Pillar

It takes time and effort to make friends. With a bubbly and attractive pillar like the Gui Si in the Year Pillar, it is entirely possible that you draw every Tom, Dick and Harry into your life. Therefore, a little pre-planning would be useful to figure out the type of people you want in your life.

Start by listing a few qualities or interests that you like, as well as the goals and objectives you have in mind. This type of planning will bring clarity to your purpose and save you a lot of time and frustration.

Collaboration At Work: Gui Si (癸巳) In the Month Pillar

The Gui Si in the Month Pillar can take collaboration at work to the next level. Here’s how:

  1. First, leverage on the Gui Water’s inherent ability to subtly influence people.
  2. Use the broadness of the Wu Earth (戊) to get everyone on the same page with regards to the goals and objectives and methodology of the collaboration.
  3. Use the effectiveness of the Geng Metal (庚) to set the tasks and expectations. The Geng Metal, after all, is the best taskmaster known to man!
  4. Finally, bring it all together and online by harnessing the Bing Fire’s (丙) natural love for tech tools.
Taiji and Tianyi Nobleman Stars: Gui Si (癸巳) In the Hour Pillar

For all its practicality, the Gui Si pillar will always have strong leanings towards the spiritual side of life. This interest in spiritual studies is the result of the presence of not just one, but two highly coveted nobleman stars that is to be found within the Gui Si pillar.

If you have been blessed with the Gui Si pillar in your Bazi Chart, know that you sit on the TaiJi and TianYi nobleman stars. What does that mean? It just means that you are naturally endowed with a strong talent for spiritual learnings and divine knowledge.

Given the idealistic nature of the Gui Si pillar, why not use that knowledge to help the many people in your 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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#29 REN CHEN (壬辰): THE GIFT OF MIRRORING

In every group of Jia Zi, there will always be one that goes counter to the original nature of the stem. For example, among the Jias, the Jia Wu is consumed by Fire; among the Yi, the Yi You is constrained, and among the Bings, the Bing Zi does not visibly shine. So it is with the Ren Chen (壬辰). A large body of water cradled at the top of the mountain, this Water does not flow.

Mountain lakes are some of the most beautiful sights known to man. Actually known as tarns, they can be found the world over from Siberia to Bolivia, from Pakistan to Malawi. The lake’s extraordinary stillness evokes an image of self-containment and self-control. But the glassy, still surface, which can sometimes show a spectrum of colours, showcases some of water’s most mesmerizing qualities. In this post, we explore the conundrum that is the Ren Chen.

Maximizing The Ren Chen (壬辰): The Gift of Mirroring

One of the four Fui Kong (Bright Star) pillars, the Ren Chen Day Master will always display all the capabilities, ambition and leadership skills of the special quartet. In the classical texts, the Ren Chen pillar has a very poetic name – the Ren Saddling the Dragon’s Back formation.

Because the nature of Water is to flow, yet the Ren Chen is constrained by the Wu Earth it sits upon, a Ren Chen Day Master should ideally see additional Ren water in the Bazi Chart. The presence of more Ren Water in the chart increases the likelihood of the occurrence of two other special formations which are regarded as highly auspicious.

If the Day Master is born in the Hai hour (hour of the Boar, between 9pm to 11pm at night), a Dragon Returns To Ocean formation is formed. If additional Hai (亥) and Zi (子) is to be found in the chart, the Dragon Driving Into Abyss formation is achieved. This is a positive extension of the Goat Blade formation, a highly unique and favourable formation that indicates an extraordinary life.

But let’s not allow what we have or have not to define who we are. Additional Ren or no Ren, there is one thing that the Ren Chen Day Master does instinctively that will bring you a lot of advantages in your daily dealings with people.

Let’s think about this lake again, for a minute. Yes, it is self-constrained. Yes, it has plenty of self-control. But what does it actually do? The answer: it’s clear waters reflects the sky above, the daily trek of the sun, the scudding temperamental clouds – it mirrors!

Sitting on its own 7 Killings star, this Ren Chen Day Master is driven by a powerful imagination and an endless love of knowledge. For all its stillness, the Ren Chen still possesses the ability to connect and influence with others. How does this pillar do that? Yes, we’re back to it again – it mirrors!

So let’s talk about the art of mirroring.

Mirroring is the behaviour in which one person unconsciously imitates the gesture, speech pattern or attitude of another. This subconscious replication of another person’s nonverbal signals is a key element in establishing instant rapport, connection and engagement. This ability is especially useful during business negotiations or when you are seeking to make others feel more rapport with you.

But don’t over-do the mirroring. There are some situations where mirroring could backfire. For example, if you are the boss, mirroring your subordinate may lead to a loss of respect and status.

Finally, a word of caution – the stillness of the Ren Chen can sometimes manifest as lethargy and procrastination. The Chen (辰) branch contains the Wu Earth (戊) as the main Qi, and flanked by the Gui Water (癸) and Yi Wood (乙). There is a bit of a block within this pillar. To get the Qi flowing, Metal is required, which for the Ren Water, represents resource. Therefore, the key to making the Ren Chen pillar work for you – is to adopt an attitude of lifelong learning.

Where is the Ren Chen (壬辰):
2 Easy Ways To Use Mirroring: Ren Chen (壬辰) In the Year and Month Pillar

The Year pillar represents our personal brand while the Month pillar represents our reputation at work. With the Ren Chen (壬辰) in either your Year or month pillar, people will tend to perceive you as someone who has great strength and endurance, yet is somewhat of a mystery.

This is where perfecting the skill of mirroring will help to establish rapport to everyone who comes within your orbit. Not sure how to do it? Here are two easy ways to start:

  1. Mirror their pace and volume. Many people mistakenly think that mirroring is about mimicking actual physical actions. A bit like monkey-see-monkey-do. It’s not. Really good mirroring efforts start with the verbal cues. If the person who are talking to is a fast and loud talker, increase your animation and volume. If they are soft and slow, then relax your tone. Listen for the way they use their grammar, and try to mimic it back at them but with your own words.
  2. Identify their Point Markers. All of us have a point marker when we are in a conversation. Some of us will jab the air. Some will raise their eyebrows. Some may lightly slap the table. It varies from one person to another. You don’t even have to say a word. Nodding at the right place in the conversation, when a point marker has been identified, immediately creates a strong rapport.
The Gift of Willpower : Ren Chen (壬辰) In the Hour Pillar

Such a phenomenal pillar in the Hour represents individualism as well as tremendous willpower and ambition. There is a strong streak of self-reliance here which translates into the gift of willpower.

The Ren Water constrained by the Wu Earth generates a fair amount of stress. So don’t over-do it with the willpower thing. Wisely exercising self-control is a great way to build willpower, staying in a constant state of willpower is a sure-fire way to exhaust yourself.

Again in this case, knowledge is power. Identifying your stressors and building positive habits to deal with the stress can also help dissolve the tension of the 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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#28 XIN MAO (辛卯): THE GIFT OF LEVERAGE

Combining two (and only two) networking stars together into a single pillar – the precision of the Xin Metal together with the networking skills of the Yi Wood – Xin Mao (辛卯) is undoubtedly the gift of leverage.

Maximizing The Xin Mao (辛卯): The Gift of Leverage

In the ancient texts, the Xin Mao pillar is often depicted as a priceless antique, fragile but burnished to high perfection. This translates into an individual who holds high principles in life, someone who understands their own value.

While they may often project a serious and reserved exterior, there is no doubt that the Xin Mao is someone who possesses oodles of charm. Here’s why: this shiny and attractive Xin Metal sits on the Mao Branch, a Peach Blossom star which ups the likability quotient of the Xin Mao Day Master.

While all Xin Metal understands the power of leverage, this gift is particularly distilled within the Xin Mao pillar. The reason is because, this Xin Day Master sits on the singular energy of the master connector, the Yi Wood. Combined, the Xin Metal’s natural ability to shine and the Yi Wood’s social skills, allow you to move easily among a broad spectrum of social groups.

For the Xin Metal Day Master, this Yi Wood energy is also its Indirect Wealth energy – representing your ability to create opportunities by an instinctive understanding of the wants and needs of others. A rather descriptive way to elaborate on this point would be to refer to our first example of the antique. The owner may not need it, but the owner certainly wants it for the prestige it brings. This is how the Xin Mao uses its gift of leverage.

Maximizing this pillar is simple – making conscious use of your strategic networks to achieve your goals.

Like all Metal Day Masters, the Xin Mao is naturally strong-willed. As a Xin Mao Day Master, you are a notoriously meticulous strategist. These strengths are further enhanced with the ability to bounce back from setbacks, gifts of the Yi Wood’s strong survival instincts and perseverance.  

Where is the Xin Mao (辛卯):
Create A Social Strategy: Xin Mao (辛卯) In the Year Pillar

With such an attractive pillar in your Year column, it is imperative to learn how to leverage off the power of social media to establish your brand presence, build customer relationships, support your sales campaigns and maintain customer loyalty.

(Writer’s note: Writing this next paragraph makes me feel a little silly. Surely everyone would know that by now. But for the sake of clarity, here we go…)

The core of leveraging off social media lies in having a social strategy. Even in this day and age, some companies seem to think that social media is just about posting. It’s not. It’s about engaging. And to do that effectively, you must have a social strategy in place to enhance searchability, grow your organic audience, create your own community and ultimately, improve sales.  

Gaining Leverage In Negotiations: Xin Mao (辛卯) In the Month Pillar

The Xin Mao’s ability to instinctively size up the needs and wants of others, creates the makings of a master negotiator at work. Plus, you must know your own value before you can become a good negotiator.

Xin Mao or no Xin Mao, all of us do a lot of negotiations, especially at the workplace. Whether it is negotiating for a raise, or with a supplier, or distributing tasks for a project – we all negotiate in one way or another.

For the benefits of those of us without the Xin Mao pillar in our natal charts, here are some points to remember:

  1. Consider the person in front of you and what stimuli will help move him or her from pain to pleasure.
  2. Consider also how you can impress or intimidate the person in front of you. Sometimes, sharing a common interest, is a great avenue to leverage off.
  3. Be strategic – go after the long-term gains as opposed to the short-term satisfaction of a pyrrhic victory.
Overcoming Insecurity : Xin Mao (辛卯) In the Hour Pillar

The pairing of Metal and Wood together in a single pillar are not without its pitfalls. The clash between Metal and Wood creates an individual who is extremely sensitive and insecure. Even the most positive feedback can sometimes be misconstrued as negative criticism. This, in part, explains the reserved persona projected by the Xin Mao. Simply because of the fear of appearing vulnerable.

This aspect of the Xin Mao is most apparent in the Hour Pillar, which governs our thoughts, ideas, and ideals.

The good news is, there are ways to overcome these insecurities. Here are some methods shared by healthline.com (source: https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-stop-being-insecure#affirm-your-value):

  1. Affirm your own value – all too often, we are very good at listing down our imperfections, while minimizing our own strengths. So start by taking inventory of the positive acts you make daily.
  2. Take care of yourself – lavish yourself with a little self-love and pampering, even if it is just 30 minutes a day.
  3. You don’t get to monopolize ‘awkward’ – we all have our awkward moments. Problem is, we seem to think that we are the only ones to suffer from the ‘awkward’ issues. While in reality, everyone has their fair share of those moments. So instead of beating yourself up over an awkward fumble, try to laugh it off.
  4. Challenge your negative thoughts – pro-actively challenging every negative thought that surfaces can be a huge step forward to break free from that negative cycle of self-loathing.
  5. Surround yourself with people who love you. Stress and constant strife can drive a Xin Mao crazy. Because the Xin Mao can be very dependent on their loved ones for emotional support, be sure to surround yourself with people who love and support you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

What makes the Geng Yin tick?

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

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

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

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

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

Rein in that hyper-critical nature

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

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

Find your bullseye!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some ways you can find and display courage:

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

As always, a final caveat. Without the ability to see the full chart, I must stress that the suggestions in this article are broad recommendations based on a single pillar. To pinpoint specific issues or to co-create solutions tailor-made for you, please feel free to drop me a line.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Final Caveat

As always, a final caveat. Without the ability to see the full chart, I must stress that the suggestions in this article are broad recommendations based on a single pillar. To pinpoint specific issues or to co-create solutions tailor-made for you, please feel free to drop me a line.

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

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#25 WU ZI (戊子): THE GIFT OF MYSTERY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As always, a final caveat. Without the ability to see the full chart, I must stress that the suggestions in this article are broad recommendations based on a single pillar. To pinpoint specific issues or to co-create solutions tailor-made for you, please feel free to drop me a line.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As always, a final caveat. Without the ability to see the full chart, I must stress that the suggestions in this article are broad recommendations based on a single pillar. To pinpoint specific issues or to co-create solutions tailor-made for you, please feel free to drop me a line.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strategic Networking: It’s Not About Being Manipulative

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

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

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

Three Types of Strategic Networking
Operational Networking

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

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

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

Which leads us to the next point…

Personal Networking

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

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

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

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

Strategic Networking

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

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

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

A Last Word on Strategic Networking

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

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

As always, a final caveat. Without the ability to see the full chart, I must stress that the suggestions in this article are broad recommendations based on a single pillar. To pinpoint specific issues or to co-create solutions tailor-made for you, please feel free to drop me a line.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As always, a final caveat. Without the ability to see the full chart, I must stress that the suggestions in this article are broad recommendations based on a single pillar. To pinpoint specific issues or to co-create solutions tailor-made for you, please feel free to drop me a line.

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

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