In 2023, the challenge to the Dog is to find the opportunities hidden within a crisis. In other words, it’s time to train yourself to spot the silver lining in every cloud.


In creating this new series, I’ve endeavoured to shift your perspectives of the positive and negative stars. They are neither promises nor guarantees. Instead, these are tools given to you for 2023, and it’s up to you to choose which one works better for you. The results become more obvious when we match our actions to the effects.

And when we learn to use these stars, that is when life happens for you, instead of happening to you.

Therefore, this post will include descriptions of the effects of the stars, followed by some ideas (or suggestions, if you will), on how the stars can be used. Please note that critical thinking is required on your part. Because without looking at the full information from your unique Bazi Chart, the ideas cannot be customized and must be kept as broad as possible.


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The Dog was not exactly spoiled for choice in 2022. The one good thing the Dog had was the Elegant Seal which made 2022 a great year to upskill.

Now that you have levelled up, what next?

The presence of the Emperor Star and Dragon Virtue together brings you access to Resources. The Dragon Virtue is a nobleman star. Specifically, the Dragon Virtue is a problem-solving star. The Emperor Star, on the other hand, is a leadership star.

There are many characteristics associated with the concept of leadership among which are communications skills, transparency, and vision. However, if you were to really stop and think about it, the most important leadership role is to solve problems. In order to solve problems, a leader must first be resourceful.

This is what 2023 is trying to tell you. You have been given access to Resources. It’s your job to define what type of resources you need and take the steps necessary to bring them to you. Let’s not just think about resources in monetary terms. Resource can be time, money, other people’s skill, other people’s knowledge, other people’s time, and many more.

Which leads to the natural next question: what’s the easiest way to access other people’s resources?


The literal translation of the Grand Duke Combination says this: Wealth through partnership. Therefore, in 2023, the Dog has the opportunity to create partnerships or alliances in order to share resources and more importantly, access other people’s resource.  Which brings us back to the Emperor Star and Dragon Virtue – there is a need to put ourselves in a position to leverage on other people’s resources.


So why, in the name of woof, are we squirrelling kibbles like a squirrel hoarding nuts for winter?

The Brutal Defeat is like the stock market. It describes a volatile situation. Big up; big down!

We don’t need the stars to tell us that the current situation, particularly the political and economic landscape, is quite challenging right now. With the Brutal Defeat, those with the Dog may be more ‘vulnerable’ to such fluctuations. Hence, the need to be resourceful.


This group is where the crisis management skills come in.

The Disaster Sha hints at the presence of a potential crisis that will require hands-on leadership. You need to get involved. Basically, this could be a problem that only you can solve.

On the other hand, the Sky Sha hints at potential relationship problems or illnesses caused by issues in our environment. In other words, Feng Shui problems. Example: if some gung-ho neighbour decides to renovate near the East or South East sector of our home, inadvertently triggering either Star 2 (the illness star) or Star 3 (the arguments star).

Finally, the Dark Sky is also a disaster warning. It can also mean virus attack. So of course, please try to stay away from places like hospitals. You could also think about stepping up on your cyber security.

When we put these three together (Disaster Sha, Sky Sha, and Dark Sky), it seems like the Dog really has to face a lot of ‘disasters’ this year.

While they may be considered as negative stars, let’s not forget that people with strong crisis management skills are the ones who command the top dollars!


Let’s start with the Disaster Sha. Any employee who can solve crisis is invaluable and irreplaceable. This is your opportunity to position yourself in that light.

Using the Disaster Sha in a positive way is a lot like being the Year Breaker or even the Grand Duke. Hands on leadership is required. I cannot promise you that it will be easy. Neither can I promise you that it will be pleasant.

To side-track a little, did you know that some of us are literally born with this Sha in our natal charts? It doesn’t mean we enjoy dealing with crisis, but somehow, it makes us a dab hand at those situations.

What I’m trying to do here, is to shift your mindset. Instead of dreading the arrival of the ‘impending Disaster Sha’… stay alert for your chances to turn a crisis into an opportunity.

Again, I won’t belabour the part about being resourceful. But really, do note that that is the key to using your positive stars in 2023.


Business owners may probably find it easier to use the Dog’s positive stars. Because you already have leverage. Therefore, this would be a good year to consider partnerships or cross-selling.

If you are not in the business of crisis management, then with the presence of the Disaster Sha, Sky Sha and Dark Sky, I would urge you to make sure that your insurance coverage is up to date?

And finally, at the risk of sounding like a broken gramophone… with the Brutal Defeat hanging about, no risky ventures, please!



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If you have the Dog in your Year Pillar which governs your industry, market, social networks, social media (the world at large, basically), there are partnership opportunities available out there. From within that network, there would be someone who may be interested to share their resources with you. Hence, partnership opportunities available.

To make the best of this opportunity, regardless if you are thinking career or business, you need to learn to be a better negotiator! Why? To create the best deal you possibly can for yourself


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How about the Dog in your Month Pillar which is literally the business or career pillar? Business owners can consider creating partnerships or alliances to target lucrative government-related contracts

While career professionals, can seek to leverage career growth by showcasing your crisis management skills.


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What about Dog in the Day Pillar which governs you and your personal relationships? In your personal capacity, you now have access to resourceful people.

For those who are single, a Grand Duke Combination could potentially bring a new relationship into your Life. But, you need to be open to doing the activities that attracts a new relationship to you. You need to be doing your part! If you do nothing but watch Netflix at home every night, Grand Duke Combination or not, nothing’s going to happen. Remember, these are not promises. They are just opportunities or possibilities.

But more importantly, with the Sky Sha and Dark Sky, have fun de-cluttering. Remove all those old and broken stuff that you have lying around thinking that ‘one day’ I will repair it or need it or use it. Especially things that are connected to negative memories. This may be a good year to say good bye to them.


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As for the Dog in the hour which represents your staff, your children, investment, ideas, legacy, hopes and dreams.

Let’s start with the more prosaic first… your staff. Some of the people working for you may have access to resources that can be invaluable to you. This is crucial particularly if your natural leadership style leans towards the bureaucratic and hierarchical style. Someone on your team has got the resources and skills of an effective crisis manager. Look for that person.

For investments? Grand Duke Combination can mean joint investments! But with the Brutal Defeat… as always… nothing speculative please!


It’s been a long article, hasn’t it? If you’ve gotten this far, thank you!

A little about me. My name is Paulynne Cheng and I am a Bazi and Feng Shui practitioner with a bias for career and business development. Mind you, I’m not a business guru or some such. My role, is to interpret the energies of your Bazi Chart and the corresponding 2023 energies for you. To help you identify potential opportunities and possible threats, depending on your goal for 2023.

Should we meet for an onward conversation, my goal is to help you align your actions, not just to the effects of the stars, but also to the flow of energies in your unique Bazi Chart.

When we do that, you really go with the flow and things become easier because you are no longer fighting the energies, but using the energies.


Now, remember! The Annual Auxiliary Stars make up only about 20% of your Year. To understand and create strategies for a successful year ahead, hit me up for a personal consult. Let’s co-create your strategy together and make 2023 your best year yet!


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