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.

Want to find out if you have the Bing Yin pillar somewhere in your chart? Plot your Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required)

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What makes a motorcycle or car racer special? What are the speed markers? What signifies talent in this particular sport? Do conventional rules of Bazi hold for this arena? These and other derivative questions form the basis into this research.

But first, let me add some perspective as to how this curiosity came about. I am a professional storyteller in the motorsports industry. Everyday for the past 20+ years, I write about these people. Even for those of us in the industry, we hold these riders and drivers in awe. Sometimes, I swear we think that they of them as a completely different species – this amazing ability to function at awesome speeds that would turn us mere mortals into quivering masses of jello.

When I started learning Bazi, the conventional teachings is that the Bazi Chart of someone who wants to be a successful sports person must have strong Wood energy and a strong Warrior Star (the 7 Killings – or shortened to 7K). Similarly in the study of Qi Men Dun Jia, the energetic and aggressive White Tiger tends to be considered as essential for an athlete.

So I wondered. Do these general rules apply to motorsports? If yes, why and vice versa. Motorsports is a particularly dangerous sport. When they go out on track, these riders and drivers frequently put their lives on the line. In that case, does the 7K profile of the White Tiger star become an asset or liability?

To answer these questions and more, I delved into 52 Bazi Charts of former and present motorsports greats. At this point, I need to add a disclaimer. I do not know their time of birth. So we can only examine their external pillars – the ones they display to the world. The readings will change if their hour pillars come into play. But for the sake of consistency, we will stick to a 3-pillar reading instead of four.

This research will focus solely on the capacity and potential of the Chart. I will not be forecasting anything for any of them.


All Chinese metaphysics studies boil down to an examination of the Five Elements – Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal. What is prosperous in the Chart? What is weak in the Chart? Specifically for the drivers and riders, how do the various interactions between the elements influence them? Before I even delve into other markers like Day Masters or structure or profile, I must first determine the predominant elements in their charts, and correspondingly, what they represent.

Conventional Bazi wisdom is right, though. To my surprise, I found that 31% of the charts featured Wood as the dominant energy. Why surprised? Because our sport is metal.

But upon reflection, the answer to that lies with us – corporate motorsports, so to speak. Think of our languaging when we talk about new riders. We call it talent DEVELOPMENT. We say that this rider is someone we can ‘grow’ or ‘train’. This is exactly what the Wood energy governs – self-development and growth.

So because we are constantly talking about ‘growth’, little wonder when we select riders for the talent programmes, we are inevitably drawn to those with strong Wood energy.

The list of drivers and riders for whom the Wood Qi is predominant in their charts are the Steady Eddies of the motorsports world. As the sport changes into the new era, I believe we will see more drivers and riders with prosperous Wood Qi emerging among the top phalanx of the sport, simply because they have the aptitude that are naturally appealing to the corporate sponsors.

They include Alain Prost, Alex Marquez, Andrea Dovisioso, Aryton Senna, David Couldhard, Eddie Lawson, Fabio Quartararo, Hafizh Syahrin, Jorge Lorenzo, Loris Capirros, Mark Marquez, Mike Hailwood, Niki Lauda, Sebastian Loeb, Takaaki Nakagami and Valentino Rossi.

At the other end of the spectrum, prosperous Metal makes up 23% of the charts. These guys are naturally attuned to motorsports. So picking up the skills come easy for them. Don’t bother to ask this bunch how they do it – they won’t be able to tell you. As opposed to the Wood bunch that needs to be ‘grown’, this group needs to be MOLDED.

Among them are Thomas Luthi, Ryuichi Kiyonari, Mika Hakkinen, Khairul Idham Pawi, Brad Binder, Norifumi Abe, Damon Hill, Alex Lowes, and Max Verstappen. Notice how most of the ‘bad boys’ of the sport are here. James Hunt, Barry Sheene, and our very own Azlan Shah.

So if Fire and Water are the speed markers, does this mean that those born with prosperous Water Qi or Fire Qi in their charts will have a natural talent for speed? Yes. But Water is preferred to Fire because Water also represents the ability to assess risk.

Here are the drivers and riders with prosperous Water Qi in their charts – Angel Nieto, Karamjit Singh, Lewis Hamilton, Jonathan Rea, Kenny Roberts, Randy Mamola, Maverick Vinales, Alex Rins, Michael Schumacher, Freddie Spencer, and Alvaro Bautista.

In that case, since Water is the preferred marker for speed, why then are there so few dominant Water charts in this study? There is a 50-50 split here between current and former racers. The only one who is actively racing at the top are Lewis Hamilton and Jonathan Rea. The rest are either retired or upcoming names. I suspect that the answer for this lies in a lack of opportunity as opposed to a lack of talent. Water by its nature, is fearless and relentless. Drivers and riders with prosperous Water in their charts may simply be sidelined due to the fact that they can be difficult to manage. Look at the list. Do you think it is easy for a team manager to rein in the likes of Schumacher?

Conversely, prosperous Fire seems to be less favourable in the quest to become a motorsports great. Simply because, Fire that is too strong creates Earth which leads to stagnation.

These are the guys who are driven by passion – Mick Doohan, Daijiro Kato, Sebastian Vettel, Anthony West, Giacomo Agostini, Lorenzo Dalla Porta, Max Biaggi, Alex Yoong and Tetsuya Harada.

For these guys to succeed, Water must be present somewhere to bring about some much-needed balance. Of the 10, Sebastian Vettel, Giacomo Agostini and Max Biaggi and Mick Doohan has both Fire and Water in their charts. Which is why they lead this passionate bunch in terms of accomplishments.

The motorsports arena is no country for the Earth Qi, the heaviest and least mobile of the five elements. These guys make it to the top by sheer force of will alone. It would take a tremendous amount of willpower for them to make it to the top. Here’s the list of drivers and riders with dominant Earth energies in their chart – Casey Stoner, Kimi Raikkonen, Wayne Gardner and Wayne Rainey. Remember what Casey Stoner said when he retired? He said he was exhausted!

To summarize a very long segment on the elements, prosperous Water is a better indication of motorsports talent. However, only a select few reach the top because the corporate world has a marked preference for the more pliable nature of those with Wood in their charts.


Many many years ago when I first embarked on my career, I knew a rider who retired at the top of his game. The reason? A fortune teller had informed him that if he continued racing past a certain age, he would meet a premature death.

When I finally immersed myself in the study of Bazi, I understood why. The technical explanation – in the year when the 7 Killings star protrude to the Heavens while at the same time, a clash between pillars happen in the chart, there is a higher chance of an accident occurring. This applies to all of us, but is magnified in racers due to the dangerous nature of the sport.

Yet, conventional wisdom says that an athlete should ideally possess a 7 Killings star. I wondered if that was true for motorsports.

Let’s start off by what the statistical data tells us. Of the 52 charts, 44% has ZERO 7 Killings. This includes Rossi and Marquez.

I would say it is better for a motorsports athlete to have ZERO 7 Killings. Why? Because according to the ancient text, when Officer and Influence converge, disaster can happen.

Basically what this means is, the Day Master loses control of the Warrior Star, leading to a possible loss of focus, wrong risk assessment and wrong decision making.

This can also happen to people like you and me, right? A split second of distraction, and maybe we accidentally ding our cars against the gate. But because Motorsports is a dangerous sport in itself, that is why I say, that for motorsports, the 7 Killing can be a disadvantage. Because their risks can be magnified. I would rather not see it in their chart.

Since we’re on this topic, let’s spend a paragraph on the Qimen White Tiger star which by its aggressive nature, is also considered as something necessary for a motorsports athlete. Not true. None of the 52 charts showed the White Tiger star in their destiny palace.


In this research, two key profiles stood out as the necessary ingredient for a successful racer. You need the overwhelming confidence of the Friend profile and the creative, out-of-the-box thinking of the Eating God profile.

But to be a superstar…

This, is Valentino Rossi:

What makes this guy special?

  1. He is a Wood Day Master – born in the day and month of Wood (Tiger). This is strong, thriving Wood that is very competitive by nature.
  2. For a Wood Day Master, the influence element is Metal, representing iron-clad determination.
  3. This chart has ZERO 7 Killings.
  4. His Guardian of Destiny is Harmony – endowing him with the ability to work with all kinds of people.
  5. This chart is not without its weakness. It has zero Water (a speed marker). However, he went through 30 years of Water luck from the age of 14.
  6. The Friend profile is his dominant profile. As mentioned earlier, this represents a towering self confidence along with an instinct to size up his competitor and use that information for his own benefit.
  7. A strong and usable Eating God star, a talent marker is found right next to him in the Month.
  8. The X-Factor lies here – the Rob Wealth leadership star. This is the star that brought his legions of fans to him and props him up a head and shoulder above the rest. Ironically, 40% of the drivers and riders surveyed had little or no Rob Wealth stars.

I’m not saying that Rossi’s chart is the only way to success in motorsports. However, of the 52 charts I studied, his stood out as having all the necessary ingredients. What differentiated him from the others, was that he instinctively knew how to use what he had to achieve his goals.

In the modern practice of Bazi, there is no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ charts. There is only the best use of the chart.

So what can we do with this information?

We can of course, identify potential, we can know how to motivate a talent, possibly forecast longevity in the business, we could also figure out how best to market this person and teach them to be mindful of the blind spots in their thinking.

I conducted a Facebook Live presentation of these findings about a month ago. Follow this link if you would like to watch the video.


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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Elusive, impossible to pin down, infinitely changeable, the Gui Water Day Master can best be characterized as someone who is intellectually fluid. The Yin counterpart of Ren Water, this element is usually presented as the mists that shroud the mountains, the clouds that change their shape with every puff of wind, the sudden drizzles that creates rainbows.

Amorphous is probably the best word to describe the creative and ever-imaginative Gui Water individual. They are always intellectually inclined, their agile minds thinking of a million and one things all at the same time. The problem is, these thoughts are usually free-flowing. The Gui Water who learns to channel and focus those thoughts and ideas will be truly successful.

The Gui Water Day Masters are not without their weaknesses, though. Like the formless water they represent, Gui Water people are often extremely fickle and lack sustaining power when it comes to pushing a major project through. It is common to find Gui Water individuals going through several different careers in the span of their working years.

Gui Water individuals are all about freedom.

Unhappy is the Gui Water who is tied down to a strict schedule or routine work. In business or in their careers, Gui Water individuals must choose a field where they enjoy a lot of flexibility, preferably without the need to worry about the nitty-gritty.

Gui Water Day Masters will also enjoy roles where they can use their subtle influence to draw out the best in others. Imagine life-giving rain sprinkling down on the arid ground to create new plants. The Gui Water’s idealistic nature shines at its brightest when it can be used to cultivate others. In this, the Gui Water’s approach to business is always driven by passion. The moment a Gui Water person discovers that one passion that is aligned with his or her inner values, that is the moment when things start happening.

To have the best chance of success, the Gui Water urgently needs to create a strong support system where they can leverage on the strength of others. No doubt, the Gui Water individual can be extremely productive working on their own passion projects but they will always need a team behind them to cross the finish line. This way, the Gui Water can focus on what they do best, creating value out of their ideas.

The Gui Water is particularly susceptible to boredom, their lives can be littered with a string of unfinished projects abandoned after the heat of initial passion is over. To overcome this, it is best that the Gui Water breaks down their goals into as many mini projects as possible. This tactic may help overcome the Gui Water’s distaste for routine.

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Have you ever tried to stop the waves? Impossible, right? That’s exactly what the Ren Water is. Unstoppable, indomitable, intelligent and resourceful. In fact, they are so damned close to perfect that sometimes it is hard not to be envious of their many advantages.

In the study of Bazi, the Ren Water is perceived as the roaring waves of the sea, the deep waters of the oceans and the constant currents of the river. Water will always find a way around obstacles. Think of a river flowing effortlessly past rocks and boulders. Ren Water individuals handle hurdles the same way, always with tact and diplomacy. They find a way around the obstruction instead of smashing their way through.

Some Day Masters are good at big-picture thinking. Others are masters of the minutiae. The Ren Water, can do both at the same time! Like the resourceful ocean, Ren Water individuals are highly intelligent. They can work on small details while keeping a bigger picture in mind.

The Ren Water are born entrepreneurs.

In fact, I’m not sure why I’m writing this post. Perhaps just to keep the series intact (OCD, much?). The Ren Water individual probably already runs his or her own business born out of their unique vision.

Ren Water Day Masters will thrive where precise, organized and structured thinking is required. Perhaps that is why so many successful Ren Water individuals are to be found in the IT business. Their highly compartmentalized brain is a huge asset where they can call up the outstanding amounts of information they hold in their memory. 

Ren Water individuals are progressive thinkers and visionary business leaders who are able to think far ahead into the future. They are also the only Yang Day Masters with a natural ability to make good connections. Knowing the right people also forms a part of their resourcefulness.

The only thing that can stop a Ren Water is their own tendency to over-analyze. They can easily think themselves out of doing something. The Ren Water needs to be mindful of this and set their own cut-off point for when the thinking stops and the action starts.

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The Xin Metal is the polar opposite of its Yang counterpart, the Geng. Where Geng is tough, Xin is delicate. Where Geng represents raw talent, Xin is beautifully crafted. That is why the Xin Metal is always likened to precious jewellery or antiques – valuable but fragile.

Xin Metal individuals are easily recognized. They are never scruffy, always well-dressed and well-presented. There is an innate elegance in them that loves the best that life has to offer.

Think of a gold ring adorned with a flawless diamond. Think about how your eyes are naturally captivated by its radiance and multi-faceted beauty. Similarly, Xin Metal individuals can command attention and adores being in the spotlight.

Xin Metal is all about leverage.

In the business of life, Xin Metal individuals are exceptionally creative and mentally agile. They are usually the ones with distinctive ideas and the confidence, skill, talent and wit to make the ideas sound convincing.

When it comes to their choice of career, the Xin Metal will always be driven to develop their own special skills. Ideally, the career should involve something precise, bespoke and of course, unique. Once developed, the Xin Metal will never keep their special skill hidden from the world.

A very common weakness for the Xin Metal is the inability to carry out the actions required to turn their outlandish ideas into reality. In other words, you can go to the Xin Metal when you need sharp ideas but they are not very reliable when it comes to getting the job done. Xin Metal individuals are more effective when they can leverage on the strengths of others. For this same reason, Xin Metals venturing into the business world for the first time will feel safer in partnerships.

The Xin Metal Day Master will be at his or her best in the business of selling ideas or influence as opposed to actual products or services. This way, they can bank on their individuality, unique vision and strategic networking abilities.

Therefore, the key to a Xin Metal individual’s success is his or her ability to build good relationships with as large a network as possible. The support and goodwill of others is the main leveraging factor for the Xin Metal.

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