Think of a tree! Wood grows upwards! Even the Yin Wood, which are basically pictured as softer growing plants, will still grow upwards trying to reach the sun! Therefore, Wood is the Star of Growth.
Bazi Basics – Series Overview
The art and science of Bazi is fascinating and multi-layered. Most people are fixated with the familiar Bazi relationships – the 6 Combo, 3 Harmony, 6 Clashes, Punishments, Harm and Destruction. However, the study or use of Bazi is predicated upon deep understanding of 4 main components – the 5 Elements, the 10 Heavenly Stems, the 5 Structures, and the 10 Gods.
Each has a role to play in the overall makeup of your chart. In this Bazi Basics series, we will deep dive into the myriad parts that make up each component. We will begin, of course, with the most basic of the basics – the 5 Elements.
Wood | The Star of Growth
Circling back to our example of a tree. While rooted firmly to the ground, the tree stretches upwards and outwards. It produces the bark, branches, leaves, flowers, flowers, fruits, and seeds. It diversifies! This is why, the Wood Element governs:
- Branching Out
If Wood is the strongest element in your Chart, personal growth is the driving factor behind many of your life systems and decision-making process.
Of the 5 Elements, the Wood Element is the one that requires the active participation from all the others. Wood needs the stability of Earth. To be ‘transformative, Fire is required. To be useful, Metal must be present. And most of all, in order to sustain growth, Wood needs Water. Because of this, Wood is the most competitive of the 5 Elements. And therefore, on the negative side of things, Wood governs your sense of competition.
Wood | Too Much; Too Little
A Chart with too much Wood typically manifests as an individual with a strong competitive streak, jealously guarding his or her ‘resource’ whatever that may be.
On the other hand, a Chart with the weak presence of Wood will reflect a personality where the concept of ‘growth’ becomes negligible. Vague concepts like personal growth, for example, would simply not be a matter of consideration for the chart owner.
Wood | How To Use
How then, can you use this element that is so growth-driven and competitive? How do you ‘activate’ Wood in your life? Let’s examine the role that Wood plays in your Chart.
Wood As The Companion Element
Recall that one of the keywords for Wood is ‘diversity’? Think of your Wood Companion Star as a bridge that connects different islands together. One suggestion would be to use the diversity and natural connectivity of the Wood Element to bring different communities together.
Wood As The Output Element
Again, we come back to our example of the tree. It takes a single drop of Water, and turn it into its trunk, branches, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds. This represents your natural ability to take one idea and turn it into a multitude of end products. Therefore, with Wood as your Output element, the end product of your creativity must be ‘linkable’.
Let me give you an example. JK Rowling wrote a book about a boy named Harry Potter. From that one book spawned a series of books. And then came the movies, followed by the merchandise, then the spinoff series, and then more movies. From one idea, the product keeps linking onwards and onwards. From a single output, others grow.
Wood As The Wealth Element
Another outstanding ability of Wood is its regenerative abilities. Ever seen a tree that you have given up for dead? A few months later, you are astonished to find new shoots pushing upwards again. With Wood as your Wealth Element, the Day Master will tend to be very ruthless and competitive. Why? Because your Wealth can re-generate. Therefore, you feel that you have the luxury to take risks. There is only one caveat to this attitude – be careful not to kill the ‘roots’ that anchor your Wealth.
Wood As The Influence Element
If Wood is your Influence Element, the benevolent aspects of the Wood Nature becomes even more apparent. You are protective and honourable, much like the venerable oak tree that extends its protection to the little woodland creatures. This instinctive care you have for the less advantaged members of society can be a part of your personal mission. It can be what drives your business, your personal growth, and even your personal branding.
Wood As The Resource Element
With Wood as the Resource Element, the ‘transformative’ nature of Wood takes centre stage. Here lies your ability to gather information from many different sources and transform those information into fresh new theories and ideas. To rock Wood as your Resource Element, learn to take an existing body of knowledge, and re-package the knowledge for a different audience. You just need to be aware of one particular tendency – your love for never-ending research!
Wood Industries | The Classical Interpretation
A discourse on the 5 Elements would be incomplete without a nod towards the classical interpretation of the 5 Elements in terms of industry. Therefore, please find here, a non-exhaustive list of industries related to Wood:
- Seasonal fashions
- Wood craft
- Cultural activities
- Organic businesses
In a nutshell: any industry that promotes ‘growth’ and ‘diversity’.
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