#31 JIA WU (甲午): THE GIFT OF AMBITION

A tall, sturdy tree at the height of summer, planted on hot dry ground. A single spark could potentially set off a catastrophic forest fire. The Jia Wu (甲午) is the very picture of an all-consuming ambition.

Maximizing The Jia Wu (甲午): The Gift of Ambition

Once again, it’s time to write about another Jia Wood (甲) pillar. Shall we take another stroll through the woods, together? This time, it’s summer. The ground is dry, pleasant to walk on. We are surrounded by towering trees, their shade offering relief from the burning sun. Sunlight filters through the branches in shafts of gold and green.

Like all Jias, the Jia Wu is also supportive, protective and benevolent. As all Jias, this too has a deep-rooted instinct to reach for the skies. However, this Jia sits on a flammable Ding Fire (丁) which represents its Hurting Officer star, making the Jia Wu, a maverick among the Jia Pillars. This Ding Fire Hurting Officer lends brilliance to the Jia Wu, endowing it with originality and showmanship.

But the Jia Wu is not all show and no substance. This Jia is grounded in its Ji Earth (己) Direct Wealth star, giving the Jia Wu the industrious perseverance it needs to handle the hard work.

So let’s take the ambition of the Jia Wood, pair it with the showmanship and willingness to challenge the status quo of the Ding Fire Hurting Officer, along with the resourcefulness and hard working nature of the Ji Earth, and we end up with the picture of an all-consuming ambition that drives the Jia Wu Day Master to accomplish great things.

This is someone who will never bow down to life’s challenges. There is a strong willpower and determination here to take charge of their destiny. Always, there is this drive to be more, know more, do more, give more.   

Which is a good thing. Because well-aimed ambition, grounded by strong values will create an individual who vibrates at a higher level and gives you the motivation to keep running around and past the obstacles that come your way.

But beware of the burnout.

Of all pillars, the Jia Wu is the most susceptible to burnout. Think of a raging forest fire and the scorched earth it leaves behind. That might very well happen to the Jia Wu. When the Fire gets too strong, the Jia Wu Day Master will try to take on too much, spread itself too thin, and end up disillusioned and exhausted. The challenge here is for the Jia Wu Day Master to learn to direct its passion and ambition and strike a balance that is aimed at sustainability.  

Where is the Jia Wu (甲午):

Brilliant Individualism: Jia Wu (甲午) In the Year Pillar

The maverick Jia Wu carries with it a strong sense of individualism. Its brilliance makes this a difficult pillar to ignore. However, because this Jia sits on the Death Position in the 12 Growth Phases, there may be an indication of emotional instability especially when a self-punishment formation is formed. Therefore, you need to be aware of the Jia Wu pillar’s propensity to come off as having a dual personality, sometimes compassionate, sometimes domineering.

Individualism At Work: Jia Wu (甲午) In the Month Pillar

The individualistic nature of the Jia Wu pillar is most apparent in the Month Pillar. No doubt, this is a high-performing pillar but it requires a work environment that allows it to work in its own unique way. The Jia Wu’s love for freedom as well as its dislike for taking orders require a workplace or career that embraces individualism versus collectivism.

Eccentric You: Jia Wu (甲午) In the Hour Pillar

For all its intensity, there is a delightful eccentricity in the Jia Wu pillar, especially when found in the Hour. The Jia Wu in the Hour brings a unique and open-minded perspective of the world, along with progressive ideas that range far ahead of your time. Here, the Jia Wu’s gift is the talent to pull together information and knowledge from a myriad of sources and then communicate those ideas in a unique and fresh manner.    

The presence of the Ding Fire also represents a strong interest in spirituality in the Jia Wu. However, when the Jia Wu is found in the Hour Pillar, this talent may surface later on in life.

As always, a final caveat. Without the ability to see the full chart, I must stress that the suggestions in this article are broad recommendations based on a single pillar.

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