The Half a Year Bazi Checklist: A Promise to Yourself

I don’t know what’s up with the energy these few days, maybe it’s the solstice, the shift of energy or which planet is having some kind of meltdown but I’ve been getting so many messages from my friends whom are really under the weather. I spent almost an entire night convincing 4-5 friends (separately) that they can achieve what they have set out to achieve. Plans gone awry, one was slapped with a legal letter, one was very not confident about her pilot exam and generally I think it’s a time where people just feel they are not going to get what they set out to do in the first place – and that also includes myself.

Seeing people not believing in themselves is quite a painful thing for me. You can spend hours convincing them that they have so much to give, they are so much more and that they can do better and deserve better. But you see, even when you pay me for that 1 hour consultation, I could honestly convince you of what you’re made of but ultimately the one who has to walk the talk, is you. Like me convincing my crying buddy who is so tired about her Captainship exam and she keeps saying she doesn’t think she can do it anymore when I know she is way more capable than that. This is a simple fact everyone can see. But sometimes when you go through it yourself, you may feel so beaten, frustrated, defeated and you wonder what is it all for. That’s when you need ‘cheerleaders’, people in your life who cheer you on when you don’t have the strength anymore.

So right now I am going to be everyone’s Cheerleader here, for anyone who feels they are already beaten and defeated in the first half of 2019. Help is here. What else can you still possibly do for the next freaking 6 months (stop sighing!) :

Open up your chart again and look at this portion, note down the 10 Gods:

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Promise yourself that you will:

DW: Be silly.

You’re bored and too serious this year maybe it’s due to finances, maybe it’s your inability to delegate your task so you’re swamped this year. Are you tired already? Maybe you should take some time off (if you can) before you burnout. Even if it’s just a neighbourhood playground being silly. If you don’t take care of yourself you won’t be able to take care of your team.

IW: Find Passion

You need to be re-inspired, your passion has somewhat died. When is the last time you had a clear vision of what you wanted to do? If you already do then go out and make it happen, it’s already July!

DO: Be Proactive

Stop being so anal. Loosen up and go break some rules, go ahead and break that diet plan once awhile, eat that chocolate cake, dance till 3am. Only then will you open up and function at your most optimum. Be proactive and go after what you want. Achieve that this year.

7K: Believe in Yourself

Your confidence was somewhat shaken or broken. You’re easily irritated so channel your energy towards helping other people solve their problems instead. Make it a point to help 1 person a month or a week maybe. Embrace other people’s problems and you’ll feel way better. Have the courage to stand up for yourself when needed.

DR: Get Certified

You’re already bored and getting lazy. Before the year ends make sure you’ve picked up 1 brand new skillset/knowledge that you can coach someone else about. Better still go get yourself certified. Commit to a new fitness or health regime and make sure by the end of the year your health is significantly better.

IR: Have Faith

It’s about time you acknowledge your subconscious/intuition which is 100x more powerful than your conscious. Take up TCM, metaphysics, meditation, yoga, qigong and commit to it. By the end of the year you must be able to feel energy, be a Qimen master or a healer. Most importantly your own energy level has to be improved.

HO: Be Heard

You need to be seen. Go take up performing arts this year and make sure you perform/speak/compete on stage at least once. You have 6 months to train.

EG: Create something freaking awesome

Have you started on your pet project yet? Have you created that new idea, new product, new choreography, new book, new class that one thing that is going to wow and dazzle everyone else because your ideas are THAT awesome (and in return make you a lot of money)? You have 6 months to get this done.

F: Find Yourself

Have you checked in with yourself lately? Are you improving? Are you growing? Are you becoming better than what you were 6 months ago? Are you on track with your health and well being. Lost? It’s time to go find who you are, what you really want in life and work on it.

RW: Connect Again

Have you been checking up on your friends and family lately? Is your social network growing? You need to be out and about getting to know more people so make it a point to join every single event you’re invited to this year. Be the life of the party and enjoy 🙂

So make this promise to yourself to turn around your 2019 today. It’ll get better. It always does ♥

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The Bazi Guide to Office Politics

Recently I’ve had a number of friends come to me about work matters. Not so much about the work opportunities but more about the frustrating work environment. Then I keep seeing this Facebook Ad on my feed about dealing with unbearable office environments like an Evidential Occurrence for me to write about it, haha. The common term used these days is – Toxic Environment.

My Consulting colleagues will agree with me that being in the consulting industry for so many years we change offices or countries every other year, sometimes every other month and being able to work in, work for, be a part of the highest conglomerates down to the smallest factory, we have the opportunity to observe everyone’s different working culture – from the worst conditions right up to the best ones.

I don’t really like to use to word Toxic because one man’s poison is another man’s meat (or treasure so to speak), so anything that makes anyone uncomfortable is just a mismatch of energy. You either like the energy or you don’t. For example many years back I worked in quite a big local company whom I cannot name that has a culture of writing official emails that are filled with 4-letter words to the IT team. Even in their meetings, they have a habit of using belittling terms or throw things (including food) at people around the meeting table where you need to pick them up and smile. I’m not sure if you want to call them Toxic, because everyone else finds it normal, everyone else finds it acceptable. Then anyone who finds this unacceptable will in fact, be the one called Toxic. So I’d just like to term it as an energy mismatch.

Maybe an egoistic man will have an energy mismatch with a team full of female leaders? Maybe a highly intelligent person will have a mismatch in a team full of intellectually-challenged people? Maybe a no-nonsense person will have a mismatch in a team full of people with misconduct… so on and so forth… you get my drift.

So how do we fix this? Usually there is nothing to fix – if you’re uncomfortable just leave. Unless you were brought on board with the sole purpose of changing this culture by the management, you can’t do much about it except be aware and stay out of the warzone as much as you can.

We can do this in Bazi by foreseeing what’s to come and that is by looking at your Bazi MONTH pillar. Since I’m used to changing companies/projects every other month or year I only look at the annual Shen Sha. But logically, let’s survive one year first and we’ll see what we can do about the next year later, fair enough?

Firstly, there are 3 stems that are *more* inclined to dabble in office politics, so generally if your natal chart Xin, Yi or Geng percentage is quite high and without Death and Emptiness you have a higher tendency to be the one playing some sort of politics at your workplace.

After a few discussions with my esteemed apprentice buddies we decided the best way to look at Office Politics is still using Shen Sha (Auxiliary Stars).

So if you’re born with General Star / Fui Kong / Kui Gang 魁罡 – 庚辰、壬辰、戊戌、庚戌 (which is my next post), you’re quite a natural at playing politics to begin with. Your crude and ruthless character at work also naturally draws enemies to you. Even more so if you have a natal Cascading Cloud, which is the Geng Chen 庚辰.

Thirdly, would be a year of Harm interaction, which would be those with Monkey year/month for this year, you’re likely to be faced with betrayals – you can narrow down the details by looking at the 10 Gods.

For the rest of you, open up your own chart and scroll to this area:

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Just look at your Month pillar for all work related matters. Year if you want to see if your clients/customers are the ones giving you trouble. You can totally ignore the Day and Hour for this topic.

So the Shen Sha (Auxiliary Stars) to warn you of impending politics entering your life for the entire year would be – the more you have the more intense it will be:

  1. Cascading Cloud 流霞
  2. Five Ghost 五鬼
  3. Curled Tongue 啳舌
  4. Back Poking 指背
  5. Yin Sha 阴煞
  6. White Tiger 白虎
  7. Entangling Hook 勾絞
  8. Piercing Rope 贯索
  9. Robbery Sha 劫煞 (I still consider this cos it still shows competition taking what you have)

They range from rumor mongers, harassment, slander, betrayal, frenemies, competitors, robbers, jealous co-workers, attackers, opportunists and saboteurs. Some can even plot your downfall and put you in jail. If you want to narrow down the people involved you may check the 10 Gods.

My theory is very simple: If you have whatever I’ve mention in your natal chart, then you might be the one doing it. But if it suddenly comes in from the Annual Pillar, you’re more likely the victim of it.

Personally I’ve never been a fan of playing dirty politics and I’m quite known in my industry for this stand as well. But then again I’m also not against anyone who uses it as their ladder to success – if you need it I’d still advice people to use it. So to each their own and to the rest (especially all those with a Gui this year)…. protect ourselves 😀

Mind Your Emotions: Wood and Anger

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Everyone gets angry sometimes. For some people a lot of times. Some look like they need anger management classes, like me a very long time ago haha. So there is a reason why the Hulk, one of my favorite superhero, is in Green because incidentally Anger is governed by Wood. If your Wood is extremely strong in your natal chart plus you have a Hai-Mao-Wei (Pig-Rabbit-Goat) somewhere in your chart and you’re born in Spring, then it’s an overload. This is a Hai (Pig) year, the odds of having this 3 Harmony suddenly formed is high.

When your Wood (Yi 乙 or Jia 甲) is about 80% and above, you are naturally quite easy to anger. If you’re >90%, you have anger issues. Ironically the 100% ones reverse themselves automatically and becomes docile. If it’s in Death and Emptiness (DE) even better, then you don’t even care about what makes you angry to begin with but will need to be careful when the DE is filled – your tolerance level suddenly drops. The reason for this anger is always attachment. When you’re too attached to an outcome, a plan, a person and you’re not receptive to letting go, like it’s not even an option. Maybe you’ve invested so much in something but it doesn’t work out, or an expectation of reaching a certain goal or plan that has gone wrong, maybe you’ve been slandered or had to take the blame for no apparent reason, you still need to let it go.

In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Wood governs the liver network and the nervous system. So if you’re one of those with a 90+% Wood in your chart, you’d notice by now that each time you lose your temper you not only get a headache, but you increase the production of your gastric juice which subsequent gives you big stomach issues – indigestion, bloating so on and so forth. This is because when the Wood is too strong, it attacks Earth (stomach, spleen). Overly stimulated Wood can also cause nerve problems and anxiety.

Having 0% Wood does not mean you don’t have anger issues. It’s almost like saying you don’t even have a liver to begin with so 0% Wood people, in terms of anger, are very good at hiding their rage until the Stems actually appear. Another thing to note is also that if it’s your useful god, you’re going to realise that every time you get angry you become most productive.

From the face, note their brow bone – also governed by Wood. If they have brow bones that obviously protrude out of the head like a prominent speed bump, especially with a strong jaw, they can be full of hidden rage which can get out of hand, even if they smile all the time.

 

How to Decide Better with Qimen Forecasting

This morning someone asked me a casual question, if they should proceed with an additional task or project. In short it’s a go / no-go question. I thought the chart was pretty interesting and wanted to share how you actually make decisions based on a Qimen Forecast.

This was the hour chart I used:

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There isn’t any need to look for other Useful Gods so the Day (asker/current situation) and Hour (outcome) will do. Rule #1 of metaphysics: Always keep things as simple as possible. Do not complex-ify anything that does not require complexity 🙂 It’s pretty much a rule of life as well.

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Asker:

Ding (丁) Fire in the SouthEast (SE) represents the Asker. Even if you think you don’t know much about Qimen, you can already see that this a Good box – all red structures. Everything is going on very well for the asker right now, in a very ideal position (Hero), financially secured (Earth) and easy-going at the moment (Rest Door). They may not feel it yet or maybe just be restless (Not Yet Accomplished Hexagram) but the reality is as what it is. Good enough.

Outcome:

Yi (乙) Wood in South (S). Amazingly the destination in question was Singapore which is in the South and with a 9 Heavens (travelling overseas). The outcome is not too bad either. There is some money to be made (Life door) but there is a need to take full care of staff/students/people under your care (Grain) and there will be a number of problems/crisis (Geng) awaiting to be solved by you. There seems to be a lot of people meddling in this situation.

Analysis:

The palaces are producing (SE produce S) which means this is definitely the outcome you will achieved if you choose to go out and get it (Producing out). Beginner students very easily misinterpret this as ‘As long as it’s producing, this means yes, means I should proceed‘.

The answer is No. Look at the palaces again. If you’re currently in a very good and superior position, do you want to add on a task that clearly takes more effort, more problems and more solving? Well, of cos the final decision depends on the Asker’s priorities but for this chart the advice would be to stay where they are, where things are already as good as it can be.  There’s no need to take on anymore for now – Rest.

However (for Advanced Qimen student to note – beginners please ignore), if you notice the asker Ding (丁) stem is also present in the Outcome palace. There could be a possibility that the asker may not be able to get out of this task and ‘asked’ to proceed even though they decide not to. Let’s wait for the Asker’s feedback 🙂

The Self Identity Crisis Code – Bazi Day Masters

Self identity is a crucial thing. It determines your self awareness, self belief, self image, self acceptance, personal values so on and so forth. A person who lacks this can cause a lot of chaos in other people’s lives as much as their own. In short, you don’t know who you are.

For example, if your sense of identity is not strong you’d always be comparing yourself with others because you always think you are not enough. This makes you lose out on a lot of opportunities. On extreme cases you may even create mountains out of molehills thinking people are talking about you / competing with you / taking advantage of you when actually they are not. In their own world, ironically the self is rather inflated yet in a negative way that they need to disrupt everything and anyone around them to overcompensate. I’m sure you have met people like that before. The really extreme ones will go on a crazy rampage to grab all opportunities at all cost because in their own mind everyone else are out to get them.

Having no sense of identity also means you will end up mimicking others and your character sways with whoever you are with at that moment. Not knowing who you are or where you stand means just that, you have no stand, no belief, flighty, lack resilience and end up being not very trustworthy and reliable either. If you trust no one, it’s very difficult to have anyone trust you either.

So there are a number of criteria to this:

Your DAY MASTER stem is Doubled AND is not rooted to a Companion star ON THE DAY STEM.

YES –>

Bing not rooted here.

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NO –>

This chart has a double Gui, but rooted in the Day. Rooting to the Hour can be the next alternative as it represents the mind. As far as Self identity is concerned, you don’t fall into the extreme.

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This is also rooted to Companion:

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This is also a NO. Day Masters only and there are no double Geng.

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Some stems are better than others (only on the Heavenly Stem). It’s still bad, just not as bad – in your own natal chart:

  • Jia don’t like seeing another Jia.
  • Yi is okay with more Yi,
  • Bing cannot see another Bing.
  • Ding can see more Ding.
  • Wu is uncomfortable with another Wu.
  • Ji is very okay with more Ji.
  • Geng seeing another Geng starts the swordfight.
  • Xin is envious of another Xin.
  • Ren and Gui are okay with more of each other, in fact they interrelate.

Rooted elsewhere other than the Day master also gives a self identity crisis, because they end up mimicking their friends for comfort and end up just like whoever they mix with.

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Furthermore there is a clash:

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The chances of this person having bipolar or split personality disorder is pretty high especially if not rooted. But in short this person has a total different personality in public and at home. Who he/she is a total opposite of what is portrayed and since there is a lack of self identity, values and belief here, this person has no issue bending their personality or doing whatever it takes to suit whatever their friends demand. All in the name of a false sense of belonging or feeling good.

Add on: The self esteem issue only gets worse if your natal chart Friend Profile is at 100% (with no DE) too or extremely low. This will bring out the negative side of the Friend Profile.