#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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#15 WU YIN (戊寅): THE GIFT OF TRUST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

… self-trust.

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

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

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

Money for its own sake will not be the driver for this pillar. Instead, it is security, foundation, a safety net that is of prime importance. That’s right, Wu Yin in the Hour Pillar could manifest as someone who is driven by the need for stability.

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

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

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

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