#46 JI YOU (己酉)/EARTH ROOSTER: THE GIFT OF CHANGE

Driven by our survival instincts, most people are resistant to change. That is what’s so unique about the Ji You (己酉) or the Earth Rooster. This pillar has the capacity to not only accept change, but also to readily initiate it. This single trait alone sets your apart from the rest of the 59 pillars and puts you in a unique position for success.

JI YOU (己酉)/EARTH ROOSTER: OVERVIEW

Come with me to the desert, to a land of vast and shifting sand dunes. Miles upon miles of fine, golden sand lie before us. Sand, so fine that it trickles through your fingers and feels velvety smooth beneath your feet. But before we dismiss this sand as worthless, let’s dig a little deeper. For beneath this barren and brutal landscape, lies precious minerals waiting to be uncovered – just like the Ji You (己酉) pillar.

The Ji Earth, by its nature, is resourceful. In the case of the Ji You, this dry earth has the capacity and intelligence to absorb an enormous amount of information. At this point, allow me to digress just a little. I’m sure this is not the first Ji You web article that you have read. Every single one of them will surely remark upon your intelligence. But where does this intelligence come from?

Explained easily, this is because, this Ji Earth (己) Day Master is sitting on your own Growth and Intelligence star. Of the 60 Jia Zi, only six pillars sit on their own Intelligence Star. These six are the Bing Shen (丙申), Ding You (丁酉), Wu Shen (戊申), Ji You (己酉), Ren Yin (壬寅), and the Gui Mao (癸卯).

So you, the Ji You Day Master, is one of that fortunate six. From there, we deduce that this Ji You Day Master is likely to display an enormous amount of intellectual curiosity. Thanks to your endless curiosity on a wide range of subjects, very often, the Ji You Day Master can seem to be ahead of your times.  

JI YOU (己酉): STRENGTHS

It’s always an easy write when a Day Master sits on a Cardinal Branch. There is only one hidden stem to focus on. Sometimes, less is really more.

  1. Acute Intelligence. This Ji You sits on its own thriving Eating God star. This Xin Metal (辛) Eating God is almost hitting its zenith. This Xin Metal Eating God star is the seat of your sharp intelligence and acute observational skills. Imaginative and detail-oriented, this particular Eating God star can make you a pioneer in your field purely from its audacity to dream big and ability to constantly innovate.
  2. Always In Motion. Like the constantly shifting sand dunes, changing shape from one hour to the next, this Ji You pillar craves freedom. Being confined can literally feel like hell and when stagnant or stuck, a Ji You becomes unproductive. This pillar needs constant mental and physical stimulation, the more you move, the happier you are.
  3. Independent. Ji You Day Masters have a propensity towards working slowly but independently to achieve success on your own. That’s a natural outcome of this pillar. For one, you are usually ahead of your time, so nobody else can keep up. Secondly, any Day Master as resourceful as the Ji Earth will tend to find the support of others to be rather negligible.
  4. Appetite For Change. In the introduction of this post, I touched briefly on the Ji You’s appetite for change. I’m sure you are curious where that comes from. It’s rather technical but let me explain it as succinctly as I can. This You Branch has a silent-pull relationship with the Chen (辰) or Dragon Branch that carries the energies of your Wu Earth (戊) Rob Wealth. This You-Chen silent pull is the reason why you enjoy the adrenaline rush of risk-taking. What is scary to others, is thrilling for you! This is where your adventurous bend comes from, and it is also the reason why the Ji You does not sit around waiting for change to happen. Instead, the Ji You has the courage and ambition to effect big changes.

JI YOU (己酉): HOW YOU PRESENT

To others, the Ji You can present externally as someone who is highly confident but of a serious and rather forbidding personality. Like how water is filtered through sand, you too will filter the people in your life. There’s nothing wrong with that. After all, the Ji You is rarely one who will waste time with empty conversations.

JI YOU (己酉): WEAKNESSES TO BE AWARE OF

Most of the weaknesses of the Ji You pillar will be more apparent during your formative and childhood years. You see, this Ji Earth can be delicate at the beginning of life. It takes time for this earth to solidify. This translates to insecurity and self-doubt. If unchecked, these insecurities may even lead to a proclivity for over-indulgence and escapism. In essence, the question to ask yourself is this: are you effecting change to improve your life, or are you creating change to run away from existing problems?

JI YOU (己酉), BUT BETTER

There are two particular elements that will bring a lot of stability and allow the Ji You pillar to shine bright. Since they are not found within the Day Master, you will need to consciously activate them.

  1. Use the Bing Fire () Direct Resource star. This Bing Fire will help to continuously produce the Ji Earth Day Master. Additionally, this Direct Resource star can also activate your inner compass that lets you know intuitively when you are on the right track. This star can be activated easily by ensuring that you benefit from quality education. Conversely, you can also use this star when you seek to grow spiritually and put focus on your self-development.
  2. Let your intelligence shine through, use the Jia Wood () Direct Officer star. The biggest drawback of the Ji You pillar is that this Earth is covering up the Intelligence star. To let your light shine through, we will need to employ the Jia Wood Direct Officer star. So now you’re wondering, how on earth should you activate this star? Easy! Either find a mentor or two, or learn the skills of the Direct Officer which are diplomacy and discipline.

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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#44 DING WEI (丁未)/FIRE GOAT: THE GIFT OF ENDURING PASSION

The Ding Wei or Fire Goat to use its colloquial name is best represented by the image of crackling embers deep in the heart of a bonfire. Like its other Ding Fire counterparts, this fire is warm, infectiously joyous and noisy. But this type of smouldering fire will burn for a long time. This is the master of the slow burn. This is not about a flash of momentary passion. It’s about long and enduring passion.

DING WEI (丁未) / FIRE GOAT: OVERVIEW

It’s human nature to congregate around a fire. Build a campfire by the beach, and you will notice most of the crowd within its circle of warmth (exceptions are made for those sneaking off to do things in the dark, of course). Similarly, the Ding Wei Day Master will find that people are naturally drawn to you, attracted by your dynamic and commanding personality. At your best, you radiate an irresistable air of general joie de vivre What brings the vivaciousness to this pillar? Let’s have a look.

DING WEI (丁未) / FIRE GOAT: STRENGTHS

In the study of Bazi, we see that this rooted Day Master sits on its Resource and is constantly producing its own prosperous Eating God star. This formation denotes a person with beauty, elegance, idealism and intelligence.

The process in this pillar begins with the Yi Wood (乙) Indirect Resource. Because the Yi Wood is a fast-acting energy, the Ding Wei will tend to be a fast learner with a marked preference for hands-on learning. In essence, the learning process for the Ding Wei works better when you observe, do and master. This is an independent thinker who is not afraid to experiment.

The Yi Wood (乙) Indirect Resource then produces the Ding Fire (丁) Friend Star which roots your Day Master. Ding Wei Day Masters are frequently fascinated by tech, especially tools that create convenience. This Ding Fire (丁) Friend Star is the root of your ability to inspire those around you with your original thoughts. It is also the seat of your inquisitive and adaptable personality.

It is not unusual for the Ding Wei to display artistic talent early in their life. The Ji Earth (己) Eating God star is the end outcome of the pillar’s interactions. This is a prosperous Eating God star that is industrious, resourceful and enjoys initiating new projects. After all, that bright intellect will always need something new to chew on.

An affinity with spiritual learnings come hand in hand with the Ding Wei pillar. What’s unique about the Ding Wei is that it literally sits on a Medical Star. So if you are a Ding Wei Day Master, casting about for hard talent that you can develop, do consider turning your hands to alternative healing arts.  

Finally, it’s a good thing the Ding Wei will always have people around you. Because this idealistic pillar truly enjoys helping others.

DING WEI (丁未): WEAKNESSES TO BE AWARE OF

Watch out for the sudden flare up! Beneath that talkative and noisy exterior, hides an explosive temper that may take others unawares. Yes, just like how a banked-up flame can suddenly flare into life. The Ding Wei also displays a certain tendency for throwing pity parties. As fun as self pity parties can be, they can be rather counter productive. Instead, when the unexpected comes your way (as it inevitably will), why not use your adaptive thinking to take advantage of the situation instead of wasting time with negative reactions?   

When at an unhealthy level, a Ding Wei Day Master may become overly dependent on the opinions of others. This level of insecurity, if left uncorrected or unaddressed, may manifest as a tendency to control the people around you.

If you have a Ding Wei child, it is vitally important to watch the way you critique his or her behaviour. For this Day Master, a constant stream of negative words from the mother especially, words such as ‘you are so stupid/ugly/lazy/etc’, will have a lasting impact on their self-esteem.

DING WEI (丁未): HOW YOU PRESENT

I think we have satisfactorily established by now that the Ding Wei is gregarious and spontaneous. This spontaneity can be easily misconstrued by the people around you. It is possible that you present as a law unto your own right. You may find yourself with the reputation of one who comes and goes as you please. Along with that reputation comes a dreaded label – irresponsible. This label can be shed… easily. Just learn to never over promise and under deliver.

Your strong and prosperous Ji Earth (己) Eating God can also bring some difficulties your way. Because the tendency of the Earth element is to keep, you may present as someone who is a little secretive and arrogant. But for the sake of argument, I would say that this is but a minor flaw that may or may not require correction. After all, who doesn’t have secrets? And what’s wrong with a little arrogance anyway? Especially if that arrogance comes supported by solid talents, abilities and intellect!

DING WEI (丁未), BUT BETTER

The Ding Wei is a pillar where the Fire element burns the Earth and infuses it with heat. This brings extraordinary perseverance and an enduring passion to the Ding Wei pillar. The trick is to find that passion.

For the Ding Wei to shine bright, you must learn to stay concentrated on a single goal at a time. I know, this runs counter to the Ding Fire’s preferred style of starting little fires everywhere. But with the Ding Wei, the true power of this pillar only comes when that passion is engaged.

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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#43 BING WU (丙午)/FIRE HORSE: THE GIFT OF INTENSITY

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.

BING WU (丙午) / FIRE HORSE: OVERVIEW

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.  

BING WU (丙午): STRENGTHS

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.

BING WU (丙午): WEAKNESSES TO BE AWARE OF

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.

BING WU (丙午): HOW YOU PRESENT

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.

BING WU (丙午), BUT BETTER

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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#38 XIN CHOU (辛丑): THE GIFT OF SELF-RELIANCE

We all know what gold looks like. But how many of us have seen gold in its raw form? This unpolished rare metal in its original form, newly excavated from the ground. A diamond in the rough. This… is the Xin Chou (辛丑), which brings the gift of self-reliance.

Maximizing The Xin Chou (辛丑): The Gift of Self-Reliance

Wouldn’t you agree that, to the untrained eye, gold in its original form will seem no different from any other piece of rock? So, grab a loupe! Let’s take a closer look.

Parked under this Xin Metal Day Master is a resourceful Ji Earth Indirect Resource Star which produces the Xin Metal, that in turn attracts the Gui Water Eating God star. What does this mean? The Ji Earth brings intuition and signals that resource is abundant in your life. The Xin Metal Friend star radiates inner confidence and self-worth, while the Gui Water bequeaths imagination and creativity.

But before we continue unpacking the Xin Chou Day Master, let’s get something straight. Self-reliance is not about doing everything yourself. It’s not about shouldering every hardship that comes your way. This, after all, is a Xin Metal Day Master we are talking about here. Instead, it is about inherent self-worth, self-expression and most importantly, self-acceptance.

For all its precise, detailed and rather nit-picky tendencies, a strong and grounded Xin Metal knows the difference between what’s attainable and what’s out of reach. Raw gold knows its own worth. It doesn’t care if the untrained eye recognizes it or not. This sense of self-acceptance is the one thing that differs the Xin Chou from all the other Xin variants.

So how should we maximize the Xin Chou and become even more self-reliant? I have a few of suggestions.

Learn To Be Observant

Crafting and carving raw gold into a thing of beauty that is universally admired requires time, effort, precision, and yes, discipline. One wrong move could shatter the ore and ruin the value of the precious metal. But in the hands of an expert craftsman, the Xin Metal’s inner glow becomes apparent for all to see. But before the craftsman begins to wield his tools, the first thing he does… is observe. He look at the natural contours of the metal, its inherent shape and feels its potential.

This level of observation can be learnt, especially if you are a Xin Chou Day Master. It’s about learning to trust your intuition with regards to the people that come your way, learning to pick up non-verbal cues to discern who will have a positive impact in your life and vice versa.

This skill is particularly important for the Xin Chou, which leads us to the second suggestion…

Surround Yourself With The Right Friends

They say that only a diamond can cut another diamond. The Xin Chou Day Master is nothing if not loyal. But this highly admirable trait can become an Achilles’ heel. You may find yourself pouring too much energy into unhealthy situations which could exacerbate the natural self-critical side of the Xin Metal.

Therefore, surrounding yourself with the friends who contribute positively to your self-esteem will greatly enhance your ability to be self-reliant.

And Finally, Learn The Rewards Of Mental Discipline

Into each life, a little rain must fall. For each Metal Day Master, a little Fire is needed to mould and shape. With resource so easily available to the Xin Chou Day Master, learning the rewards of mental discipline will help maximize the use of the resources at hand.

Discipline is like a muscle. It can be trained. But again, don’t get me wrong. This is not about being hard on yourself. It’s not about forcing yourself to work crazy hours. In this case, it is about learning to see the big picture and exercise restraint in adversity. In other words, it’s about tampering the overcritical and impatient side of the Xin Metal

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Magnetize Opportunities: Xin Chou (辛丑) In the Year Pillar

Let’s not beat around the bush here. The Xin Chou can literally bedazzle with outward self-confidence. The Xin Chou pillar really does love meeting new people. Don’t forget, the Xin Metal is also a networking star.

With the Xin Chou in your Year Pillar, you can attract or magnetize opportunities to come your way simply by allowing the Xin Metal to shine. Is that sentence too abstract for you? Let me refine it a little.

A simple way to explain the concept of magnetizing opportunities is the act of creating a unique and meaningful brand for yourself that can be leveraged into progressive opportunities. It’s about becoming a go-to expert on a topic that fires your passion and then creating a narrowly focused online and offline presence around your area of expertise. When you do this, you will be using the Xin Chou to its fullest potential.

Leveraging Off Your Leadership Skills: Xin Chou (辛丑) In the Month Pillar

Using the Xin Chou in the Month Pillar is to learn the elusive skill of building a team. The Xin Metal needs a strong team to leverage on, co-workers and partners who can carry out those meticulous plans and details to perfection.

In this case, use the natural people-skills of the Xin Metal to identify the right people who can help you attain your goals, the resourcefulness of the Ji Earth to nurture that team and the adaptability of the Gui Water to maintain harmony within the team.

Be True To Yourself: Xin Chou (辛丑) In the Hour Pillar

Like the chunk of raw gold with its beautiful inner core, the Xin Chou carries a sense of inner purity and innocence that should be protected at all costs. However, the Xin Chou pillar is also propelled by the need to create a special identity that will help it stand out from the crowd. This pillar simply likes to feel that it is special or different.

Nothing wrong with that desire! But when that desire becomes overwhelming, that is when you need to learn the mental discipline to know when enough is finally enough.

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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#37 GENG ZI (庚子): THE GIFT OF NONCONFORMITY

A sword sheathed in ice. Metal submerged and distorted by water. A symbol of untapped power. This pillar, the Geng Zi (庚子), carries the gift of nonconformity.

Wait, you say… is nonconformity a gift? Of course! If you know how to use it.

Maximizing The Geng Zi (庚子): The Gift of Nonconformity

The Geng Zi (庚子) combines the execution power of the Geng Metal with the shrewdness of the Gui Water Hurting Officer. Another way to look at this pillar is to visualize the Geng Metal as a sharp mind and a pragmatic approach to life and the Gui Water as a deep sense of curiosity. Either way, this combination of Ying and Yang in one pillar can result in a rather perplexing combination of traits – stubborn and irritable but also generous and soft-hearted. In other words, the Geng Zi personality is one that can be rather difficult to decode. Hence, the reputation as an eccentric nonconformist.

What’s A Nonconformist?

According to psychologist Dr. David Weeks, these five traits are present in every eccentric person. Let’s see how these five traits stack up against the natural attributes of the Geng Zi.

  1. Nonconfirming attitude – Check! Seated on its own Hurting Officer, the Geng Zi will naturally be vocal and rebellious against the norms.
  2. Highly motivated by curiosity – Check! Again, the Gui Water is nothing but infinitely curious.
  3. Creative – Check! The Hurting Officer, being an output star, brings the creativity to this equation
  4. Idealistic – Check! Idealism is the corner stone of the two output stars Eating God and Hurting Officer
  5. Opinionated and outspoken – Check! Hurting Officer, anybody?

So it’s now obvious that the Gui Water Hurting Officer brings a lot of the non-contrarian attitudes to the Geng Zi. But have no doubt, that at the end of the day, a Geng Metal is still a Geng Metal. This is an element of toughness. It is naturally ambitious and has the innate willpower to become energized instead of being deterred by setbacks and road blocks.

Pros and Cons of Being A Nonconformist

There are, of course, pros and cons to nonconformity. First let’s examine the advantage. Psychiatric studies have found that eccentrics or nonconfirmists tend to be happier individuals. The logic is that, when you no longer march to the beat of other drums, when you don’t measure yourself against the yardstick of others, the person is naturally happier in himself or herself.

The price of nonconformity, however, will be the loss of security and social acceptance. If this price is too high for the Geng Zi Day Master, a good way to ‘unleash’ the power of the Geng Metal is to learn self-discipline and the willpower to take action. You see, the Hurting Officer can be a bit of an all-talk-no-action type of star. The Geng Zi is at its best when they are fired up with motivation. The basis of this suggestion is to use focus and direction to further hone the natural talents of the Geng Zi on their goals instead of wasting their potential on rectifying petty obstacles. In other words, learn to change what you can, let go of situations that you cannot alter.

But as I said earlier, this is merely a suggestion. It is to be deployed only if you, the Geng Zi Day Master, feel that there is a need to enhance your power. To me, there is no harm in being a nonconformist. As long as your eccentricity doesn’t hurt anyone else, a bit of nonconformity, when used deliberately, can signal a strong self-confidence and greater competence.

Remember when Mark Zuckerberg wore a hoodie to meet investors before Facebook’s first public offering? How’s that for positive nonconformity?

Of course, whenever a Day Master sits on its own Hurting Officer, the classic texts will have plenty to say about this scenario… most of them negative especially when it comes to the marital happiness of a female Geng Zi Day Master. But let’s not forget that these classics are written on the background of a society that is deeply infused by Confucianism. Today, society’s acceptance and admiration for eccentrics have changed for the better.

So you’re a tad bit eccentric. So what?

Where is the Geng Zi (庚子)

The Centre of Attention: Geng Zi (庚子) In the Year Pillar

The Geng Zi in itself can be quite a vocal pillar. The Zi (or Rat, if you prefer), is a Peach Blossom star. When the Geng Zi drops into the Year Pillar, it brings a youthful likeability with a flair of the dramatic to the chart.

Nonconformity At Work: Geng Zi (庚子) In the Month Pillar

A nonconformist at work is someone who contributes tremendous value by refusing to accept the status quo and staying in the comfort zone. Driven by the curiosity of the Gui Water, the Geng Zi pillar asks questions, explores, discovers and innovates. Supported by the toughness of the Geng Metal, the Geng Zi, again when fired up, has the power to raise the bar and reshape the world.

Emotional and Impulsive: Geng Zi (庚子) In the Hour Pillar

Embracing spirituality and philosophy is a good way to help the Geng Zi pillar gain the inner stability and focus it needs when the emotions become overbearing. This suggestion counters the dark side of the Geng Zi pillar which may struggle a lot with the emotional side of things.

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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#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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