What if we left the conventional style of charting a Bazi birth chart entirely untouched, while able to find a complementary way of charting which would yet bring tremendous depth to our life readings?
As this additional method will become your second skin, it is great also in class situations, or in your communication with clients.
Image on the far left shows the conventional method of charting a Four Pillars of Destiny birth chart. Nothing can be left out, nothing can be added.
It can be complemented, though, and in a manner that may significantly deepen your practice.
Image on the far right shows the same information transposed, after we took the birth signs to a Wuxing circle, which basically, is to show natives‘ organ energy.
But it will reveal much more.
This complementary charting style gives a one glimpse look into chart dynamics.
While you here see the completed birth chart in the new format, I will walk you through a step by step approach, which will forever change how you do life readings.
As you follow along with pen and paper, you may sketch your own Bazi birth horoscope.
It is important to note that, everything that you have learned to do through the conventional style remains entirely in tact and unaltered, so that the new style is complementary.
It’s just that, once you start using it, you will experience a tremendous boost in your skill, not in the least as you will see the feedback that you receive increase by certain magnitude.
Four Pillars of Destiny Bazi 子平八字算命 is hardly a form of Chinese astrology, as much as it is more faithfully ‚physiology‘. You will gain tremendous insights if you use this approach in addition to your conventional style of charting.
How to set up your life reading
Before at all you set yourself to this complementary style of charting, you will construct all of the Bazi birth chart as just you have been accustomed to, which includes:
- Build the Eight Characters from year, month, day and hour of birth just conventionally.
- Determine Strength and Vibrancy of all elements relative to the Twelve Stages of Life, while you determine chart style.
- Make your first assessments as to Pairings, Clash, Triangular Frame, Transformation and so forth.
Start from scratch
Once that done, you sketch a circle with already the Twelve Life Stages and the Strength of elements there, while you only take in Day Master Xin Metal and indication for the month of birth on the five star.
Then you put down your pen to contemplate this stage and to take notes, as much about personality, character and behavior can be derived already from this stage.
Day Master Yin Metal Xin 辛 will be driven by Lung energy, to denote moral ethics, strategy, an engineering type of thinking and a rather serious approach to life.
Month of birth is Si Snake 巳 which is a Fire Branch, while we know that, as still just a member of the family of Branches, it is a Yin Branch, which you indicate by taking a black dot on the Fire leg of the five star. At this point, we do not mind that Si Snake and on the level of hidden elements, contains the Major God of Yang Fire Bing 丙.
By and large, the month Branch may be taken as a strong indicator for inner drive and motive, which for this Xin Metal Day Master is Fire Power (Official), making native independent, authoritative and competitive. Inner drive will be much geared up by Fire Heart. We will see that all Power gathered in this birth chart will add to 196, quantitatively.
Note that, I had just suggested that, with every new step, you’ll best put down your pen, to ponder on each element, while taking notes. It is likely that most astrologers fail to do so, as they’re more inclined to read the horoscope in its entirety. You will affirm that, as it is your wish to build up your life reading layer by layer, then ‚slow‘ is the way. Why?
This is because, in seeing chart dynamics, you want that your brain goes into a process of elimination. As this is the birth chart for a male Yin Metal Xin Day Master born in the month of Si Snake, there’s basically two approaches that you may decide to follow.
- Upon seeing Day Master and month of birth, your brain takes off into a certain ‚know things‘ mode, then it already starts to classify Day Master’s character, prospects and so forth.
- Before you classify anything, you first eliminate that a) Day Master is not a woman born in Si Snake month, that he is not a woman born in Mao Rabbit month and so forth, while you b) eleminate what would have been indicated had the month of birth been Zi Rat, Shen Monkey, even now that it is a male, simply because each time, any of this would have significantly altered your life reading.
So again, while each time we proceed with a new step, take the time to ponder with each new element and take notes, to go over the whole process of elimination each time, and never tire.
Step One – Heavenly Stems
There can be several ways to go about taking in the elements, while I propose to first take in the Heavenly Stems. The idea at this stage is also, to see what Day Master will be known for, once we meet him for the first time. In the former step, we had already gathered that there is no way around Day Master, as upon meeting him, his authority will become apparent.
Because Heavenly Stems denote Heaven Qi, these can be taken as a dot (Heaven is circular), so that we take in either a white dot for Yang or black dot for Yin, outside the circle for their greater influence.
We take in the year Stem Yang Fire Bing 丙, which confirms Power and Fire Heart.
Once that established, once more put down your pen to ponder, as there’s a lot to contemplate, a whole lot ‚to be known‘ from only already this bit, that you don’t want to miss.
Due to Fire elements in this birth chart to appear in Life Stage 4 alone, we would now wish for other elements to come in, or soon we’ll have a person with an all too staggering circulatory system, which would only make native too temperamentful.
Because Bing Fire appears in the year Pillar, and while we take this Pillar to denote one’s country, we can gather from this that Day Master will be influential in society. Which is another way of saying, that you can just as well dismiss to denote the year information as ‚Grandparents‘. Rather, the year Pillar is good for one’s society, regions farther from one‘s residence, including foreign countries.
Bing Fire denotes Proper Power, and it occurs at the ‚Front Gate‘ year Pillar.
The impression that we get from our first meeting Day Master, is that he is authoritative, influential and that his such ‚power‘ is not derived, it is matured.
Month Stem is Yin Water Gui 癸, which we take to the Water leg as a black dot for its Yin temperament.
Water governs Kidney, Urine Bladder, reproductive organs, libido, ears (hearing), nails. Water to a Xin Metal Day Master is Output, but Gui Water is Gracious Output.
The interesting thing is, that Gui Water Output in the month Stem shoulders Power in the year Stem, indicative for an outspoken Day Master. In fact, should month Stem be Drastic Output to come next to Power in the year Stem, this is a sure recipe for a rebellious person.
The hour Stem Yin Fire Ding 丁 for Unbecoming Power, only the more confirms at the ‘Back Gate’ hour Pillar what we had already seen in the year Pillar ‘Front Gate’.
Now that you had satisfied a full round of Heavenly Stems, you lay down your pen even longer to contemplate. There is at this point no Wood Liver for Wealth and no Earth Spleen for Resource, so Day Master will not be immediately ‚known‘ for these traits.
We see that all Stems found thus far, find root. Power and Output, therefore, are real.
Day Master will be actually reputed for his authority and his inclination to speak his mind. We need flow of Qi between elements, to ensure that he’ll be not jailed or to end up in some catch 22 situation from which there’s no breaking free.
Step Two – Earthly Branches
Every Earthly Branch can host 1, 2 or 3 hidden elements, while at this stage, we take in only the Major God contained in year, month, day and hour Branch, taken to the outside of the circle and as a white square for Yang and a black square for Yin.
Year Pillar Xu Dog
Major God in the year Branch Xu Dog 戌 is Yang Earth Wu 戊, which is Yang, so taken outside the circle as a white square.
Earth governs the digestive system, notably Spleen, Stomach and Pancreas. If in good health, Xu Dog is a defender, as it can be pretty military, while it can be immovable.
Wu Earth provides Proper Resource, and it may seduce the Power to become a bit more eloquent (which was not the same as diplomatic).
Month Pillar Si Snake
Major God contained in the month Branch Si Snake 巳 is Yang Fire Bing 丙, which is a Yang Stem, as such taken outside the circle at the Fire domain as a white square.
Day Pillar Chou Ox
Major God contained in the day Branch Chou Ox 丑 is Yin Earth Ji 己, which is a Yin Stem, as such taken outside the circle at the Earth domain as a black square.
Hour Pillar You Rooster
The last Major God Yin Metal Xin 辛 contained in the hour Branch You Rooster 酉 is a Yin Stem and it goes outside the circle at the Metal domain as a black square.
Step Three – Minor Gods
Finally, to complete the process, we take in the Minor Gods contained in Earthly Branches, again one at the time, but for sake of convenience, shown here by one image.
We may take in the Minor Gods contained in the Earthly Branches inside the circle, for their comparatively lesser influence.
With this image, we immediately note a lack of Wood element.
Anything missing equals need to make balance?
Pretty much wide spread in the field of Bazi is, should anything be the ‚matter‘, such as where an element is missing or ‚too weak‘ or ‚too abundant‘, we need to a) make up for such flaw by b) creating balance. This is where for this Bazi birth chart, hordes of astrologers would run in to supply the color green, or ask native to position his bed so that it orients East and so forth.
Nothing has impregnated the Oriental metaphysical field more than the notion of ‚balance and harmony‘. It’s throughout.
What we need for the life is a) forward progressive movement and b) momentum. It doesn’t mean that we wouldn’t like for matters to stay within reason, but we like for Day Master to meet with challenges.
Having no Wealth element, can still make for a billionaire, having no Power element can still make for a leader, and having no spouse element can still have a good marriage.
If you are a Bazi practitioner, I’d like for you to see these four articles, then decide if at all anything could be missing.
If birth month is one of Earth Branches
Among Twelve Earthly Branches, there are four Earth Branches, with a Major God of either Yang Earth Wu 戊 or Yin Earth Ji 己.
Earth Branches are Chou Ox 丑, Chen Dragon 辰, Wei Sheep 未 and Xu Dog 戌.
Because here birth month Chen Dragon will be taken to the Wood leg of the five star as a white dot for its Yang temperament, from just the resulting image it could be soon taken for Yin Tiger month. To show that month of birth is an Earth Branch, you can tick √ the Earth leg on the five star.