Dear Ren Zi (壬子) or Water Rat, what would you be if you could live a life without boundaries? Likened to an iceberg floating on the vast ocean, what you see on the surface is barely a tenth of what lies beneath. A water pillar through and through, intelligence and adaptability are the hallmarks of the Ren Zi (壬子) or Water Rat.  


In the study of Bazi, the Water element in general, governs wisdom, thoughts, intelligence and emotions. Ren Water (壬) specifically, is likened to a large body of water. Though free flowing at its core, this element is also very adaptable. It takes on the shape of the land around it. Yet there is latent power within this body of water. Given time, it can re-shape the earth.

These same characteristics can be found in the Ren Zi (壬子) or Water Rat Day Master. You are amiable and genial. Like the adaptable water, you display a bona fide enjoyment in people. This gift alone makes it possible for you to instantly connect with everyone that comes into your orbit. And given time, you too, can influence and re-shape the thinking of those around you.

With the entire ocean as your playground, the Ren Zi will do particularly well if you focus your efforts on careers or businesses that require a large amount of interaction with the public. You are amicable. People like you. They ‘click’ easily with you. Think of them as little fishes in your ocean. Once they are swimming within your currents, you get to corral them in your many coral gardens.

Isn’t that a cool gift to have? Surf’s up, people… let’s ride the waves of your strengths.


Self-assured, dauntless, independent and authoritative, the Ren Zi Day Master is never shy about taking charge under any circumstances. You have supreme confidence in your own intelligence and resourcefulness to overcome any obstacle. Yes, just like a large body of Water that easily sweeps past all barriers in its quest to reach the ocean. You are self-sufficient, and galvanized by an insatiable thirst for success.

This Ren (壬) Day Master sits on the Rat Branch or Zi (子) which carries the singular energy of your Companion star, the Gui Water (癸). Here is the wellspring of your fluid and sharp mind. This is how you can absorb new information and blend theory into practice with such admirable ease.

It’s been said time and again that the Rat Branch (Zi 子) holds a particularly restless energy. In your case, this manifests as a strong desire for constant exploration. The world is literally your oyster and there is nothing you like better than to keep experiencing, tasting, and learning all that life has to offer.

The Zi Branch also pulls in the Chou (丑) or Ox that carries your Xin Metal (辛) Resource Star. As a result, the Ren Zi is compelled by a strong desire to keep learning. Your intellectual interests are far-ranging, wide as the ocean. When given the freedom you need to thrive, it is not uncommon to see Ren Zi Day Masters succeeding in multiple fields or industries.

If all that intellectual power and adaptability is not enough, the Ren Zi (壬子) Day Master is highly adept at playing the long game. Like a river resolutely winding its way to the sea, you too can plan and stay the course of your dreams.

Blessed with so much capacity and dexterity, what could possibly trip up the Ren Zi? Doesn’t this pillar seem almost invincible? To discover the vulnerabilities of this Day Master, we will need to don our divers’ suit, strap on the oxygen tank and dive beneath the surface.


The ocean can be misleading. It may be silky smooth at the top but beware the currents that roil deep within its depths. I’m sure by now, even the most casual student of Bazi can identify the vulnerabilities of the Ren Zi.

Remember how I said earlier that Water governs emotions and thoughts? This is where your vulnerabilities lie. Over-thinking caused by emotions so powerful that sometimes they even scare you.

These repressed emotions are dangerous as they may show up as ongoing emotional issues or unhealthy behaviour like escapism. It’s not so easy for the Ren Zi Day Master to dissociate. At times like these, some ‘me time’ to rest, self-soothe and self-care are a must.


Still waters run deep, is how you present. Always externally affable, outgoing and poised, befriending you is the easiest thing in the world! That moment when you reveal the dormant force within, that is when the ‘shock and awe’ happens.

Knowing what you know now, learn to use that to your advantage. Sometimes a slow reveal works better. Not everyone can handle the shock and awe. We wouldn’t want those little fishies to scurry away, now do we?


Most of the vulnerabilities of the Ren Zi (壬子) or Water Rat Day Master happens when the Gui Water (癸) Companion star or as it is technically called the Goat Blade, runs amok. Anxiety and indecision are the natural consequences of those turbulent and churning emotions, that restless mind.

To calm the Goat Blade, we need to use the Influence star which, in your case, is represented by the sturdy and stable Wu Earth (戊). This element will help you channel your energy and give you the stability you need to thrive at your best.

So how on earth should you ‘use’ this elemental energy called the Wu Earth (戊)? Easy! In times of doubt, when you are feeling swamped, hew to your towering ambitions. Never forget the final destination that you have set for yourself. Let this ambition be the lighthouse that guides you past the treacherous currents and get you back into flow.

While you are here, I just want to let you know that the 2022 Rat Forecast is out: https://thehiddensun.com/2021/10/15/the-rat-in-2022/

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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Externally, the Ji Hai (己亥) presents as a very idyllic picture – endless waves, lapping gently against the golden sands; coconut trees swaying elegantly in the breeze. Picturesque, isn’t it?  But did you know, that beneath that romantic exterior lies a very capable Day Master with the gift of planning?

Care to know more? Read on…

Maximizing The Ji Hai (己亥): The Gift of Planning

The Ji Hai Day Master is certainly blessed with a potent combination of both beauty and brains. Like the beautiful picture that the pillar presents, you, the Ji Hai Day Master possess mesmerizing beauty along with a warm and exuberant personality. Looking at the picture alone, you would most likely think that the Ji Hai Day Master is one who is good-natured, easy-going, someone who goes with the flow, maybe even a little lackadaisal.

To a point, you would be right. However, never discount the fact that this nurturing and compassionate Ji Earth sits on an innovative and forceful Ren Water Direct Wealth star along with the ambitions of the Jia Wood Direct Officer star.

This Ren Water Direct Wealth star, especially, holds the most influence when it comes to the planning skills of the Ji Hai. After all, the Direct Wealth is the star of planning and execution.

Planning skills is one of the cornerstones for success. And here’s the rub. Not everyone does it naturally like the Ji Hai. Many of us are visionary big thinkers. The Ji Hai, on the other hand, makes big plans and turns those grand schemes into smaller rational and realistic steps – all thanks to the Ren Water Direct Wealth that you sit on.

Along with the planning skills, comes the natural resourcefulness of the Ji Earth. All Ji Earth Day Masters are naturally resourceful. But in the case of the Ji Hai, this trait is amplified by the Ren Water Direct Wealth which also represents the ability to connect with people from all walks of life.

This planning ability is never more apparent than when the Ji Hai Day Master is working to achieve balance in your life. Be it work-life balance, or balance in relationships, this is something that is particularly important to the Ji Hai.

Why? Let’s think on this for a second. The golden sand of the beach is constantly in danger of being eroded by the sea. Because the Direct Wealth is such a task-focused star, when the Ren Water overwhelms, or rather, when the plan goes awry, you tend to create a negative impression due to your sharp-shooter way of talking.

Therefore, the key to making the best of the Ji Hai pillar is to use the Jia Wood Direct Officer star to  create stability in the pillar. In Bazi, when we say that you should use your Direct Officer star, what we mean is to consciously apply or adopt the characteristics of that particular profile.

In this case, it means learning to use diplomacy and social skills in your daily life. The Direct Officer star also means going by the book, being law-abiding, and aiming for steady and conservative growth like the Jia Wood itself.

An Interesting Side Note: Songbird

Here’s an interesting side note about the Ji Hai. This pillar comes hand-in-hand with a beautiful singing voice. Do you know a singer named Celine Dion? If you don’t, please Google her. Or better yet, YouTube her. Listen to that soulful, gut-wrenching and emotive voice. Ladies and gentlemen, turn on the spotlights, I present to you… the Ji Hai Day Master!

Where is the Ji Hai (己亥)

An Honourable Reputation: Ji Hai (己亥) In the Year Pillar

Generous, confident and honourable, your personal brand is that of someone who is steady and even-tempered. Aside from resourcefulness, the Ji Hai pillar holds a great deal of integrity. So you start off on the right footing as the first impression you give is of someone who is trustworthy.

On the flip side, the Ji Hai pillar has a tendency to try to be everything for everyone. As long as you are aware of this trait, it can be kept under control.

Stable Yet Flexible: Ji Hai (己亥) In the Month Pillar

Remember what I said earlier about the Ji Hai’s emphasis on stability? This pillar tends to strive for a stable lifestyle and is usually drawn towards steadier methods to earn a living. There is certainly nothing wrong with this preference. However, do be mindful not to take on a job that is beneath your true potential just for the sake of security alone.

The Ji Hai is also a very flexible pillar. While some prefer to work independently and others like to work in a team, the Ji Hai can work both ways by using either the absorbent nature of the Ji Earth or the independence brought by the Ren Water.

Academically Driven: Ji Hai (己亥) In the Hour Pillar

In my previous post about the Wu Xu (戊戌), I wrote about how that pillar loves to hoard information. The Ji Hai is also academically driven but with a glaring difference. Unlike the Wu Xu whose knowledge has to be teased out of it, the Ji Hai is able to take in knowledge and turn it into growth.

Focus is the key to use this pillar effectively. Allowing the thirst for knowledge to run rampant will be counter-productive as it will spread your energies too thin.

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.

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


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I’ve… got a picture of you in my mind!

90s boybands aside, this is actually how a Bazi Consultant decodes your Destiny Chart. Here’s a sample of a Bazi Chart:

Looks intimidating, doesn’t it? That’s what we, your Bazi Consultants, are here for!

Here’s what we see:

So apart from having a lovely picture to hang on your wall, what goes does it do? Let me answer that in one word: Clarity!

Before I go any further, let me debunk some popular myths here – your Bazi Consultants are not fortune tellers. What we look for is the true capacity or potential of the Chart, and correspondingly, the owner of the Chart. We look into the character of the person and how this drives his or her emotions, decisions and actions, which further affects the outcomes in his or her life.

Decoding the chart provides personal clarity.

Armed with that information, the person, if he or she so chooses, can dictate the outcome by changing any one of the three. Will it be easy? That depends. Problems and opportunities are two sides of the same coin.