Meaningful coincidence… One one hand, received an email from another school of Chinese Metaphysics, promoting their BaZi 八字 courses that sounded like this;
“Retrenchment or Resignation is not a Dirty word. It is an opportune time you take a breather to consolidate your thoughts and do a reality check on the job that you have been putting your heart and soul into it. Have you ever wondered that you have been doing something that does not even align with your passion and talent? So, where does your talent lie? What career or business should you consider so that you can unleash your great potentials? What skillset should you have to embark on your Unique Success Path? Successful people know what they want. So, I want you to know what destiny has for you in your BaZi 八字 to be successful too…”.
On another hand I was reading 180 pages book by a young author, entitled Being Happy and Successful – Managing Yourself and Others, hardly costs USD10.00 and I must confessed that this simple book has so much information that easily knocked out any BaZi 八字 course in the market today, that just teach you how to do Personality Profiling, the BaZi 八字 way, almost as the course advert that I received through my email as mentioned earlier.
WHAT IS A BAZI 八字?
First, is to attempt to understand yourself better – Who am I? Why am I born like this? How come I have such an ego? Where can I proceed to be a better person? These questions are reflected in everyone’s BaZi 八字.
BaZi 八字 – a set of system to enable a person to know his own Fate 命 and Destiny 运. Collectively known as the 4 pillars eight characters 四柱八字, it uses the 10 Heavenly stems 天干 and 12 Earthly branches 地支, such GanZhi 干支 system existed since the Xia Dynasty, to construct a matrix of 4 pillars comprising of the Hour, Day, Month and Year, in 8 characters. A GanZhi 干支 is also called a JiaZi 甲子. There are 60 JiaZi in a complete cycle. That is where it is called - 4 pillars 8 characters 四柱八字.
The set of 8 characters are the static chart, known as the natal chart. You are born with it – fated 命. Deriving from the month where one is born, another chart is derived. This is called the dynamic chart of Luck Cycle. It comprises of another 8 permutations, each lasting 10 years. They are collectively known as the 10 years luck cycle – destiny 运.
ZIPING BAZI SYSTEM 子平八字
The BaZi chart is rather universal in appearance, but the way and the manner of reading the chart differ from one school to another. The earliest school is known to be the ShenSha 神煞, known to have been credited to Lee ChunFeng 李淳风. The drawback of this system is the lack of a consistent manner of reading a chart. Such resulted in a creation of a system called the ZiPing 子平 method, credited to a person called Xu ZiPing 徐子平. Some schools believed that the ZiPing 子平 method comes from a lineage rather than a person with such a name as ZiPing 子平. It is a secret method that would guarantee every generation to be peaceful ZiSun PingAnn 子孙平安. ZiPing 子平 places the emphasis on the Day Stem日主 to be the point of reference instead of the other pillars to derived the auspicious or inauspicious Gods 吉凶神 in the spectrum of the 10 gods 十神.
BAZI PERSONALITY PROFILING 八字性格分类法
BaZi Personality Profiling (BPP) is to merge the tools of modern Profiling techniques such as DISC that stands for Dominance (D), Inducement (I), Submission (S), and Compliance (C) and DOPE which stands for Dove (D), Owl (O), Peacock (P) and Eagle (E) with the aged old traditional BaZi Ten Gods 十神 structure comprising Friend 比, Wealth 财, Officer 官, Resource 印 and Produce 子, with its corresponding YinYang that produce the 10 profiles.
Taking the essence of the modern DOPE profiling tool interpretation, we have the proprietary bird’s profile of phoenix (正财), dodo (偏财), dove (正官), vulture (七杀), sparrow (比肩), eagle (劫财), peacock (食神), parrot (伤官), ostrich (正印) and owl (偏印). 4 out of 10 are the original DOPE birds. This is an attempt of moving away from the BaZi 八字 personality profiling system developed by other schools. In short, there is nothing new – just the same 10 gods 十神 system that you so frequently acquainted in BaZi 八字 and now called it by another name.
STRENGTH AND WEAKNESS OF THE SELF 日主强弱
This idea of determining the strength of chart becomes important because a perfect and ideal chart should have all the 5 elements 五行 BALANCED. One element is good enough, TWO is plenty. In reality such chart DOES NOT EXIST.
In a larger picture, when your Day Stem 日主 is WEAK, you prefer to see Resource 印 to make you stronger and Friends 比 to make you better. So, technically, Resource 印 and Friends 比 are your favourable god 吉神 known also as Positive Stars. That make Wealth 财 and Produce子 your unfavourable god 凶神 also known as Negative Stars, because both stars will weaken the Day Stem 日主 further.
Likewise, when your Day Stem 日主 is STRONG, you prefer to see Wealth 财 to enrich you and Produce 子 to weaken you. So, technically, Wealth 财 and Produce 子 are your favourable god 吉神 known also as Positive Stars. That make Resource 印 and Friends 比 your unfavourable god 凶神 also known as Negative Stars, because both stars will overly strengthen the Day Stem 日主.
The Positive Stars are your Positive Attributes while the Negative Stars are your Negative Attributes. Your Positive Attributes are your Strength while the Negative Attributes are your Weakness. These Strength and Weakness can only be distilled from the natal chart by first knowing if the Natal Chart is a weak or a strong chart.
This technique is called – BALANCING THE CHART 扶抑. It is the most fundamental way in attempting to read a BaZi chart. The true art is not only to know how to differentiate between a weak and a strong chart but the secret technique of using the Officer star 官 as a Nobleman 贵人 instead of a Petty People 小人 as your Useful God 用神.
THE STRUCTURE YOU ARE BORN AT 五型人格
The SEASON you are born at determine the Main Qi that will have deep impact on you particularly your behavior. If the season that you are born same as you, the structure you are born in is called Friend Structure. If the season that you are born produce you, the structure you are born in is called Resource Structure. If the season that you are born controls you, the structure you are born in is called Officer Structure. If the season that you are born is the element produced by you, the structure you are born in is called Produce Structure. If the season that you are born is the element you control, the structure you are born in is called Wealth Structure. Structure will determine your PRIMARY PROFILE. Taking into considerations of your Day Stem polarity, you will be drawn to take up these 10 Primary profiles – phoenix (正财), dodo (偏财), dove (正官), vulture (七杀), sparrow (比肩), eagle (劫财), peacock (食神), parrot (伤官), ostrich (正印) and owl (偏印).
USEFUL GODS 用神
ZiPing ZhenQuan 子平真诠 has this to say;
It means to say, the Useful God is found in the Month's Pillar Earthly Branches in relation to the Day Stem. Therefore, the STRUCTURE that determine your Primary Profile is your Useful God!
10 GODS PROFILE 十神
Your Day Stem indicates you – BORN TO BE PROFILE
The Strength of the Day Stem tells you your natural behavioral weakness and strength.
Your Structure indicates your useful god – PRIMARY PROFILE
This tell you 2 things –
Used these to your advantages.
But, you still need to deal with your “Inner Devil” – weaknesses…
This is where your altered ego comes into play – SECONDARY PROFILE
Everybody is born with a main behaviour and many secondary behaviours. Life is complicated. Sometimes we are like an eagle, while other time a parrot or a peacock. These 10 characteristic stereotypes knowing their strength and weaknesses enable us to use them effectively at our disposal. This art is called – USING THE 10 GODS.
Let just assume you are the executioner type Vulture. Your positive set of value is this… and your weaknesses is this… You must altered your ego to be Resource and take the personality profile as an Owl to weaken your primary profile vulture. What installed as the positive attribute of the Owl will offset the negative value of the vulture. Resource grows you and weakened the Officer. This is the use of the SECONDARY PROFILE within you in the 10 Gods interplay.
Recap, in BaZi Personality Profiling, the main reference point is You. Therefore, you have this profile called, BORN TO BE PROFILE. It sticks with you forever and ever. It also shows your Personality Strength and Weaknesses. In BaZi jargon it is called Favorable and Unfavorable Gods.
When you grew up, you will tend to take upon another set of Behavioral Patterns. This is your PRIMARY PROFILE. It tells you 2 things namely, your most prominent character and your most obvious inclination. They are your natural self - your Ego. In BaZi jargon it is called your Structure. It is where your Useful God is to be found.
Useful God may be so useful but how do you use it to counter your dislikes and weaknesses? This is where you need to alter your Ego and use your SECONDARY PROFILE. In another words, use also your Unfavorable Gods by taking up other profiles. This is called mitigation. In BaZi jargon, you use the 10 Gods to your advantages through the art of WuXin ShengKe 五行生克法.
One BaZi enthusiast says –
“There is no such thing as weak and strong chart in Bazi… Most importantly there is no such thing as positive and negative stars.”
... We will address this later ;-)
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When the goings gets tough, the tough gets going. We have not seen the light at the end of the tunnel yet. While some of the academy is proclaiming yet another investment scheme via their money making courses, we seek to look for alternative manners to provide lights to those who are in need of them. We seek to provide a FREE profiler, allowing the right person to get the right job or the right boss to hire the right staff. Crooked nose is not the criteria neither are a crooked eye.
We have seen how behavioral sciences are used to profile the potential candidates for the available vacancies. Yet, it is through a series of questionnaires, interviews and assumptions that the profiles are assigned to each and every candidate. The known psychological based profilers among others are DISC, Temperament, Personality Plus and others. We seek to rely on BaZi instead as a mechanism of profiling. Just the date of birth with the time of birth is sufficient to know the temperament as Sanguine, Choleric, Melancholic and Phlegmatic or even some may consider Supine, being the fifth temperament. More of the classifications can be derived from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Temperaments .
It is not going to be an easy task in looking at the ZiPing 10 gods to understand their intricate characteristic. It is worth the effort especially in times liked these; as it is to be provided FREE. As a non-profit endeavors modeled similar to a “wiki”, we seek support from all those who are learned, interested and generous to contribute to such cause, by dropping an email to me to register your interest. I believe this effort may not rock the world but it will provide a pathway for our generation to come to look at BaZi not as an art of superstition but a code of life, proudly preserved for the future generations as intended as ZiPing, ZiSun PingAnn 子孙平安 .