The other day I had a random discussion with buddy who was trying to identify the interactions in his chart and it came to the topic of hidden combinations.
To start off what are hidden combinations? In the books there are only 2, Tiger-Ox and Pig-Horse and it’s called a hidden combination because the hidden stems are all combined as such:
The texts defines hidden combinations as hidden dealings, hidden liaisons, including adultery, discreet encounters or ventures that are totally hidden from the public eye. Hence the ancient text doesn’t see this as something favourable nor acceptable by society standards. It is not necessarily shady, but hidden. Something you feel no one needs to know.
The whole idea of it called hidden is because on the surface it looks like it’s absolutely nothing (animal signs don’t combine), but below the surface the entanglement/attachments is extremely strong (all hidden stems combine).
Having both animal signs in 1 chart shows a lifetime of hidden dealings. If you have only 1, the other animal would have to come in from the luck pillar or another person to qualify.
Is there a difference between the 2, I would think so.
One interesting difference to note is that Yin-Chou happens to be each other’s Red Matchmaker star which makes this combination still ideal in a relationship reading provided it is in the Day Master only. I know a few married couples with this combination (One is Chou DM, one is Yin DM) and their bond and love is extremely strong even if on the surface, they don’t look like it at all. They may also have an unconventional relationship setting like opting for a paperless ‘marriage’. This configuration works very well for same-sex couples too.
There’s also a difference to which palaces the 2 animals are in 1 chart:
- Year: Unofficial dealings with friends/social circle
- Month: Unofficial dealings related to work or businesses with family members where you are the sleeping partner
- Day: Unofficial (but strong) relationships (could be you or your spouse or both)
- Hour: Unofficial side businesses
In more advanced readings, variations as below can work too although it is not as strong as the 2 mentioned above. This is akin to ‘having something is still better than nothing’. Or just getting together for specifically 1 objective without needing to have a strong bond on both sides.