Every time I see the 甲子 (Jia Zi) or Wood Rat pillar, I think of a pine tree in winter. Seriously! A tall and lush evergreen standing on pristine white snow. As pretty as the picture may be, this is a pretty harsh environment for a tree to grow, let alone thrive!

This calls to mind an individual who stands tall in defiance of their challenging surroundings. They hold their ground, they never back down. This is a pretty formidable pillar. Really! Albeit, those born in the Summer months will tend to be a little ‘sunnier’ than their Winter counterparts. But formidable is as formidable does.

Regardless of the season of birth, this is undoubted a sturdy, stable and grounded individual. You are never frivolous and the Jia Zi Day masters are usually straight talkers. You say what you mean, and mean what you say. While you risk coming across as blunt, you also gain trust! Because people know that you will always deliver on a promise.

What the Jia Zi does not like, are big sudden changes or upheavals. From the perspective of the Jia Zi, growth should be slow but inevitable. Surprises and setbacks can be distressing for you. Too many surprises and setbacks in a row can even lead to a loss of self-confidence.

But just because you don’t like sudden change doesn’t mean that you can’t handle it. For the Jia Zi, no challenge is too big. Why? Because you are rooted in your own resource. Let’s talk about that…


When we look at the technical aspect of the Jia Zi, this Jia Wood Day Master is seated solely on its Resource star. This is what we mean by the term ‘rooted in your own resource’. Translated into non-technical language, this simply means a very resourceful person who is strong-willed and independent.

Rooted in your own resource also reflects a progressive individual who is constantly learning and growing. If you look at the pillar, this Jia Wood is constantly being produced by its Gui Water resource. As long as the learning never stops, a Jia Zi Day Master will always be at his or her best. An intellectual giant! A thought leader who is very steady and down-to-earth.

This resource star is also what brings you your meticulous, hard-working, perseverant and disciplined nature.

Additionally, this Jia Wood Day Master is also seated on the Bath position in the 12 Growth Phases. This position gives you plenty of drive and forward vision. Like a tree turning a single drop of water into branches, leaves, flowers and fruits, the Jia Zi Day Master is one who can multi-task effortlessly.


However, this superior intellect can sometimes come with its own set of problems. Having grown to such lofty heights, not many people can be your intellectual equal. Learning a little flexibility, consciously cultivating the ability to sway with the wind, will help smoothen your journey in life. After all, why make things unnecessarily difficult for yourself?

The next thing I want you to know is that while the Rat has brought you plenty of blessings, the branch’s restless energy can become a weakness. This restlessness of the Rat may cause perpetual discontent or a tendency to leave things half-done when you are bored. There is no ‘fix’ to this, just an awareness of this trait will help you to dig deep and call upon the more disciplined side of your nature.

Most of all, beware the curse of knowledge. In Bazi, Water represents thoughts and emotions. When there is too much Water, this Jia Zi pillar has a tendency to over-think. You may find yourself overwhelmed by thougths and emotions.

But is there a solution? Of course!


Becoming a better Jia Zi is super-easy.  You have all this knowledge producing you. Share the knowledge! That’s how we ‘disperse’ the water. Become the new buzzword of the present era, an Infopreneur.

Here’s the great thing about teaching or sharing information. It helps you filter the stuff in your head. Like what I’m doing now, I had to distill all that I know about this Jia Zi, and figure out a way to present it to you in a way that makes sense. In that journey, I too become better.

So if you are a Jia Zi Day Master, it’s time to start that blog, create your YouTube videos, organize your Facebook live sharing, share that lifetime of learning so that others may benefit.

Want to know if you have Jia Zi in your Bazi Chart? Follow this link for the free plotter. Do note that while it is free to use, registration is required.

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.

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/

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


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