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!



Dog 2023

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


Dog 2023

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.


Dog 2023

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.


Dog 2023

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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Put on your sunglasses, folks. Things are about to get hot, hot hot! Legends have it that the Greek God Helios, the god of the Sun, drives a horse-drawn carriage through the sky. It is the perfection depiction for the Bing Wu (丙午) or to give it a more common name, the Fire Horse. Radiant in your intensity, fiercely independent, and brilliantly creative, stand by for a lot of superlatives in this post.


Yours is a Day Master that literally sits on its own Goat Blade. As scary as that may sound, the Goat Blade brings a lot of gifts to the Bing Wu, key of which are your strong will, blazing intelligence and boundless energy.

Additionally, the Bing Wu is also one of the Six Elegant Day Masters, which makes this pillar highly attractive to others. In short, people are literally enthralled and captured by your brilliance.  


To summarize the Bing Wu into a single sentence, it would be easy to say that this is a pillar that is driven by the compulsion to achieve greatness. Like the self-sustaining sun, this pillar has real drive and power to back up that desire.

When the Bing Wu is at a healthy level, the Bing Wu Day Master is someone with a great zest for life. You are funny, charming, adventurous and compassionate.

This appetite for all that life has to offer comes from the Ding Fire (丁) Rob Wealth star, the source of your ambitions and competitive nature. Like the sun, you simply can’t help but shine brightly for all to see. It’s virtually impossible to ignore a Bing Wu Day Master.

The Ji Earth (己) Hurting Officer stars adds to the originality of the Bing Wu. This is the seat of your creativity. Now at the most basic level of Chinese Metaphysics, the Fire element is always weakened by the Earth element. But in this case, a Ji Earth Hurting Officer star literally adds to the passion of the Bing Wu.


Because of the sheer brilliance of the Bing Wu pillar, you may exhibit a tendency for aggressive perfectionism. Driven by all that passion, time and time again, you may willingly or perhaps even unknowingly, shoulder all the responsibilities. You have high ideals that you intend to live up to. Consequently, you become very hard on yourself.

When in a negative frame of mind, your optimism becomes pessimism; your perfectionism turns over-critical and compassion may sour into suspicion.


A Bing Wu Day Master can easily come across as a domineering personality. In part, this could be due to an unrecognized desire to stamp your personality on others. This pillar can be relentless. Add the magnanimous nature of the Bing Fire into the mix, and you get someone who is intent on ‘helping’, whether or not that help is needed nor appreciated.

This domineering tendency may manifest through bullying tactics and perhaps even attempts at emotional blackmail.

I realize that this segment can be easily misconstrued. Please understand that my intent is not to belittle. But I feel it is important to know how others would perceive you. This recognition and awareness alone can help smooth your relationship with the world at large.


Let’s be honest here. The classical texts are not kind to the Bing Wu Day Master. Why? Because this is an original free spirit that bucks at rules and restrictions. However, these same traits can create an inspirational leader if all that positive energy and enthusiasm is harnessed towards your ambitions. Towards that end, I have a couple of suggestions as follows:

Suggestion 1: Tamper some of those domineering traits through learned diplomacy and tact. I’m mindful, though, that you may not be open to this suggestion. But at least, think about it!

Suggestion 2: The Bing Wu is governed by powerful emotions. So powerful, in fact, that they may cause inertia just when you need some drive to propel you ahead. Learning to detach from those emotions and to view them objectively could save you a lot of unnecessary stress.

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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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 the gift of endurance, the ability to reject society’s pressure to conform. This brings about a rare independence of mind and spirit and a Day Master who is both resourceful and daring.


The first thing we note is that this Ji Earth Day Master is being produced by its own Resource star, which is the Bing Fire. From this single star, comes the charm and energy of the pillar as well as an enduring quest for knowledge. For the Ji Si, knowledge = power!

Next, we note that this Day Master is rooted in the Wu Earth companion star. This combination gives you resilience, determination, and tenacity.

Finally, we see here, an important output star that brings magnetism, ambition and eloquence. This is where the native charisma of the Ji Si really shines – this ability to influence through speech.


Ji Si Day Masters tend to have little support from their families. It’s not that your family doesn’t love them, no… instead, you may be like the kid who has to hustle to get scholarship to top schools and then becomes a success through your own efforts.

In other words, success comes from sheer hard work!

You may need to also watch for the tendency to become a little too materialistic. If you find yourself spending more than you can earn, it’s time to pull the hand brakes and learn some financial management skills. Now of course, this applies to all Day Masters, not just for the Ji Si.

And finally, there are also indications of a tendency to self-sabotage. For all the endurance that this Ji Si pillar has, strangely it has a hankering for instant results. When the instant results don’t show, be mindful that the Ji Si Day Master has a tendency to become impatient and domineering.


The key to making this pillar shine lies in these two elements right here – the Resource and Output star.  These two MUST be activated. So that’s where my suggestions are:

1. Never stop learning. The more knowledge you have, the more eloquent and influential you become.

2. Make sure that there is always a dose of variety and adventure in your life. It’s the same as point number 1 – the more you experience, the more knowledgeable you become.

3. And finally, this pillar craves security. Side note: the earth guys are always about security. Therefore, learning financial literacy is a must!

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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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.


The Ding Fire is known as the leadership star among the 10 Heavenly Stems. Why? Because it is the only element that can transform the others. Think about it. It can evaporate water, mold metal, incinerate wood and harden earth.

In the case of the Ding Mao, the qualities of the Ding Fire manifests as a inventive, progressive, and original mind. In other words, you are someone who is always ahead of your times.

Additionally, the Ding Mao has the natural gift for words. You understand that words have power and with that gift, comes the ability to convey or express your ideas in a very clear and concise manner.


Seated on the Mao branch, while there may only be a single Hidden Stem, but this Mao Branch holds three functions for the Ding Fire Day Master. It represents resource, it is a Nobleman star, as well as a Peach Blossom Star. So check one for a love for learning and intelligence; check two for having support from helpful people in your life; and check three for the likability factor! Wow! Talk about a three-in-one package deal!

Let’s break it down a little further by examining the Yi Wood that is supporting this Ding Fire. In this case, it represents your ability to acquire, absorb and process knowledge from diverse sources. Talk about an Intellectual Powerhouse!

This Yi Wood also gives you your people-person persona – it represents your ability to network and build new connections. So when we look at this pillar as a whole, basically, what we have is someone who is able to spot opportunities, think fast, act fast, understands the first mover’s advantage, and basically, a pioneer!


On the flip side of the pillar, let’s explore a little about the Ding Mao’s weaknesses. Because this pillar is such an intellectual powerhouse, it hates mundane and repetitive tasks. The Ding Mao is easily bored so this pillar needs constant stimulation. But you know, I don’t really see this as a weakness. So what if you hate repetitive tasks? Get someone else to do it for you!

More seriously, do beware your perfectionist streak. It’s fine to be a perfectionist but not if this perfectionism leads to inner doubt, conflict and starts chipping away at your self-confidence.


So how can we make this Ding Mao better? I have a few suggestions:

  1. Stay positive! Create an environment that is supportive of your goals
  2. Explore using spiritual enlightenment to achieve inner peace
  3. Learn how to be diplomatic and hone one your listening skills – to become someone who not just easily talks to people, but to whom people like to talk to

Most of all, Ding Mao, what I want you to know is that with the right environment and faith in your own talents, your potential is literally boundless!

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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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.


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, you 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.


Like all Bing Fire Day Masters, you the Bing Yin, is bound to be warm and generous. But let’s examine each element in this pillar and see what they bring to you.

First thing we see is a Rooted Day Master, supported by its own resource.  This symbolizes a self-confident, independent and persistent personality.

If we imagine the Bing Yin as the sun shining over a forest, this evokes a feeling of farsightedness, of being able to take the long view… and you got it, it makes you great at Big Picture thinking.

The Bing Yin has a bit of a FOMO tendencies when it comes to technology. You love gadgets, don’t you? The Bing Yin has my vote for being the pillar most likely to own the latest iPhone!

Seated on a Jia Wood resource star brings a growth mindset that likes to be stretched and challenged! This is where your superior reasoning powers and keen sense of perception comes from.

Additionally, this growth mindset is accompanied by a Wu Earth EG that endows you with a fertile imagination that is always drawn to new ideas.

When we put these elements together, it means that you use your strong sixth sense to empower people by creating solutions that truly resolves their real issues or problems.


 Sometimes, just being aware of the impression we give other people can be quite important. We don’t need to necessarily ‘fix’ it, but just knowing the kind of impression would make life a heck of a lot easier.

So this is what I want you to be aware of.

The Bing Yin has a rather forceful personality. Basically, the sun is going to shine on you, whether you like it or not. Charming and charismatic, a Bing Yin loves a good debate.

If this is a problem, then take it down a notch or so. If this is not a problem for you, if you are rocking this forceful personality… then by all means carry on!


Everything in this pillar begins with this Jia Wood IR, which in this case, has no support. What does that mean? It means that behind this bright mask, hides a vulnerable and sensitive core.

The Bing Yin can be prone to extreme emotional highs and lows which could actually lead to self-destructive behaviour.

Sometimes, certain Bing Yin Day Masters may even use extravagant lifestyles to fill that void, to try to stabilize their emotions. Instead of doing that, may I offer you some suggestions on how to be Bing Yin, but better!


The above 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.

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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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…


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.


First thing you need to know – this pillar is known as one of the Six Elegant Days, which means that the Day Master is usually attractive, intelligent and elegant. Along with these traits come oodles and oodles of charm and energy. You are lively, assertive and persuasive!

Like how plants crave the sunlight, so does the Yi Chou naturally crave the limelight. Therefore, fame and money would tend to be a big part of your internal motivation. I’m not being ‘judgey’! So you like being in the limelight, what’s wrong with that?

Now that we’ve give the Yi Chou a quick run through, let’s talk about your strengths next!


One of the Yi Chou’s biggest strength is your ability to convince others to see things your way. You are able to see yourself within the grand scheme of things and the combination right here of the resourceful Ji Earth, the ability to act quickly of the Xin Metal and the excellent insights of the Gui Water is where your persuasive skills come from.

When you tap into this… because in a way, this Yi Chou pillar can also represent as a pillar of untapped potential (we’ll get into that later)… but what I want you to know right now is that when you tap into this –you have the resourceful ability to spot opportunities, the willpower to take action, and the insights to create the right strategies for success.


When we look into the cycle of this single pillar, we see  (1) the Ji Earth producing the  (2) Xin Metal which then produces the (3) Gui Water and finally produces the Yi Wood Day Master. Which is great, because this Day Master is being produced.

However, this Yi Wood Day Master has no roots. What does that mean? It means you are so busy seeking for external validation that you have forgotten that if you just sink your roots down, look inwards, and you will find a lot of potential waiting to be used. That is why I say that this pillar can also be seen as a pillar of untapped potential.

Also because of this formation, the  Yi Chou pillar has the tendency to display a liking for instant gratification.

So… what to do?


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, you will dig deep to find the mental discipline needed to counter your preference for the easy route. Frequently, until the Big Why is found, the Yi Chou may never truly understand your full potential.

In the case of the Yi Chou, and I cannot emphasize this enough… the MINDSET determines the OUTCOME!

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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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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