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My Kingdom for Horse – Part II: 甲 午 Industry Specific Forecast

The method here is to use shifting palace to read the individual five industries, paying attention in particular to the quality of the Wealth Star for the industry in question. Here is a reminder of the 2014 BaZi chart:

2014 BaZi Chart

2014 BaZi Chart

IMPORTANT: My forecasts are done as a matter of academic interest, and I make it public as a form of intellectual accountability. Under no circumstances do I in any way recommend you ACT upon such information, and I shall not be responsible for any losses, financial or otherwise, as a result of reliance on the information presented here.

Water Industries (Logistics, Tourism, Drinks, Fisheries, Aquatics, Travel)

This is interesting because Water is not present but Fire is very strong – Fire being the wealth of Water would arguably suggest that Water industries would do well. However, when wealth is TOO STRONG, and Resource is weak (Metal is weak here) that may suggest a contrary outcome – namely, the element becomes over-controlled. Water is too dried up here and exhausted in the annual chart to even be able to move so these industries whilst there may still be opportunities for profit, lack the resources or confidence to look for profit opportunities. As an interesting corollary, Earth is overly strong this year and the counterpart to logistics is naturally, storage and warehousing (which is Earth), and which shows stagnancy or zero growth in 2014.

Fire Industries (Aviation, Media, Entertainment, IT)

The wealth star is immensely weak for the Fire industries, and is confined to a Direct Wealth Star only. Competition is intense in 2014 for these industries and the natural target for problems in 2014 will be airlines, especially since Water is correspondingly negatively affected. Of course, the presence of strong RW stars can suggest also the capacity to go public but since most of the world’s key global airlines are already public listed, this is unlikely to be a significant development. On the IT front however, since RW is the primary method for the making of many tech millionaires, there should be a bump in IPOs from Silicon Valley – some of these stocks are unlikely to debut well given the relative weakness of the Wealth Star, but given the strong quality of the Resource Star for Fire, there should still be a good number of paper millionaires in 2014.

Specifically for the film industry (as I have a special interest in it) – the summer blockbuster season may under-perform due to excessive competition or due to excessive budgets for tentpoles. Instead, old-faithful reliable genres (the Direct Wealth stuff) may end up doing better or, Water-centric films (dramas, blockbusters that have themes about water) will probably find resonance.

Earth Industries (Real Estate, Insurance, Construction, Mining)

There is NO WEALTH in 2014 for the Earth industries due to the absence of Water in the year. Accordingly, I would expect this to be the year when the Real Estate industry finally hits the wall. Insurance will be a particularly interesting sector to observe, given the cross-over with the Metal industry as insurance is increasingly taking on a ‘financial’ character these days – CDOs for example, are an illustration of insurance becoming a financial product. The Resource Star is extremely strong for the Earth Industries in 2014, suggesting that there will be stagnation in these industries or paralysis.  Indeed, extremely hot Wu Earth suggests crumbling which implies there may be an increase in abandoned projects in 2014. Interestingly, due to the fact that there is no wealth element, the excessive dryness of the Earth element in 2014 may render it more ‘greedy’ for water. Accordingly, real estate developers may attempt to continue to keep prices high or find new ways to milk more out of buyers, in spite of the fact that demand may not be there. Mining industries specifically find that they have plenty of opportunities for mineral exploitation or permits but possibly insufficient cashflow to bankroll their efforts or simply a lack of demand.

Metal Industries (Banking, Finance, Automobiles, Legal)

On the surface, the Metal industries appear to be in the money so to speak (hurray for the bankers again?). After all, there is a preponderance of Wealth in the chart for Metal. However, the fact that metal is extremely weak in 2014, being surrounded by control elements (Wealth and Officer) and devoid of any support, actually renders the outcome the reverse: Greed and Legal Reform (or lawsuits) will once again, see the financial industry get rocked as the tiny Xin Metal becomes blunted by attempts to get its hands on the Wood. Significant here is the overly strong Fire element in the year – this can signify either excessive regulation which results in the industry being over-controlled and so unable to move/act OR it can indicate lawsuits as a result of cowboy behaviour, prompted by greed from trying to get hold of all the wealth that seems to be around.

An alternative interpretation of this is that small currencies will get whacked in 2014 (the Argentinian Peso run is already illustrative of this) or the boutique hedge funds will suffer serious negative financial outcomes in 2014. It may also suggest boutique financial services (such as private wealth management) may take a hit in 2014, or find themselves under increased scrutiny, or worse, are jettisoned by their big brother parent banks to fend for themselves (Geng Metal is noticeably absent in 2014).

It’s instructional to look at the BaZi for 2008, when the financial crisis happened, to see why there is a strong possibility there will be another financial crisis in 2014:

BaZi chart for 2008

BaZi chart for 2008

There are some noticeable common features between the 2008 and 2014 BaZi charts – preponderance of Wealth Star for Metal, and extremely strong Officer/7Killings Star as well. There is also a notable absence of any Rob Wealth Star, notably, Geng, in the chart for Xin Metal. An interesting common thematic also is the presence of two Jia Zi from the same pair – Jia Xu and Jia Yin in 2008, Bing Wu and Bing Yin in 2014. In both 2008 and 2014, the Rob Wealth Star for the Day Master of the year was also significantly strong.

Perhaps the significant difference in between 2008 and 2014 is the absence of the double Graveyard – this suggests that whilst there will be a financial crisis involving the finance industry in 2014, there will not be bank failures. (trivia point: in 2008, although a number of banks were acquired/forced sold, only two were allowed to go bankrupt: Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual or WaMu.). However, based on the similarities in the two years, I would posit that a banking sector crisis is definitely in the offing in 2014.

An interesting difference between 2008 and 2014 however is also the prominence of the Xin Metal element in 2014 vs in 2008. This suggests that unlike in 2008, when the crisis seemed to unfold almost from nowhere (hidden from view), in 2014, the crisis will unfold openly, suggesting that there will be a certain level of awareness or acknowledgment that we are in for a financial sector blow out. Since the 7 Killings Star for Xin Metal dominates in 2014 (by contrast, it was hidden in 2008), this suggests that action to deal with the crisis may well be more open and decisive in 2014 than it was in 2008 or that the crisis will simply be quick and deadly (especially given the destruction between Xin Mao and the Day Pillar of 2014.)

Wood Industries (education, timber, agriculture)

Since Wealth is strong in 2014 for Wood, the Wood industries would seem to be poised to do well. Unfortunately, the Rob Wealth Star is also equally strong in 2014, which accordingly means it will potentially be a zero-sum gain for Wood Industries in 2014. The Education sector of course suffers the most from an excess of competition – notably, the Hurting Officer Star is particularly strong this year, suggesting that players in the education sector that attempt to engage in disruptive or radical strategies when it comes to the education sector will emerge the winners. By contrast, Education businesses that continue to rely on old-school approaches or more traditional methods of education may find themselves losing out (since the Eating God Star, Bing, grows the Jia and Yi wood, vs Ding Fire, the Hurting Officer Star, which consumes Jia and Yi). Interestingly, there is no Resource Star this year for Wood, which affirms the absence of any form of meaningful growth for the sector.

For the agricultural industry, the absence of Water naturally suggests drought. Between the Jia and Yi, Yi arguably will be more affected by the absence of water than Jia just on sheer size alone. Thus, ground-grown produce is likely to suffer more than produce from trees (ie: rice/wheat vs palm oil/fruit).

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2014 – My Kingdom…for a Horse 午 (Part 1)

Slave, I have set my life upon a cast, And I will stand the hazard of the die, I think there will be six Richmonds in the field, Five I have slain to-day, instead of him, A horse! A Horse! My kingdom for a Horse” – Richard IV

This is what the chart for 2014 looks like, based on the actual Lap Chun Day and Time:

2014-bazi

For some background on why it is that I do my annual analysis this way, please see explanations from 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 posts.

One of the predominant questions that has arisen for me from the Annual Forecast approach that I have used in the past has been the question about what Joey Yap has now termed “Rising Qi” or what I simply used to just describe as the Qi cycle. The idea is that although Feb 4th is the official change over date for each year, the energies in the prevailing months or preceding months, may bring about an earlier or later actual ‘kick in’ for the energies of the year. The result is that sometimes a year’s energies may be shortened (and perhaps arguably, intensified) or lengthened (creating a greater intermingling of the Qi, which for the lack of a better answer, results in muddled energies, hence muddled or mixed outcomes).

Jia Wu 2014 would kick in during February at the earliest because of two reasons:

a) Chou is the last Branch in the Si-You-Chou Combination of the year so it is difficult to imagine that the Snake is weakening in January 2014

b) Jia on top in 2014 along with Ding Fire in the Branches has a greater connect with the Tiger month – Tiger’s main Qi is Jia and Ding Fire is dependent on Wood for Resource.

So unlike in 2013, where the Snake arrived late to the race, the Horse is arguably well and truly here in February 2014.

Preliminaries done with, let’s look at what is interesting about the Annual Chart for 2014, with a specific focus on the economic considerations and geo-political issues.

Scrutinising the Technicalities

The first thing we want to do is look at what elemental conclusions we can draw from the annual chart. Here’s the quick bullet list impression:

  • No Water at all (Bing-Xin Combo does not produce due to season)
  • Super-strong Fire
  • Wood in terrible shape despite support from the season due to the strength of Fire (both Jia and Yi wood are compromised)
  • Extremely weak Metal element
  • No Geng Metal present in the year.
  • Uber-strong Earth due to the strong Fire.
  • Fighting to Combine taking place between two Horses and single Tiger.
  • Destruction between Horse-Rabbit in the Hour and Day pillars

Then we layer on the 10 Gods dimension using Bing as the DM – again, brain dump first, figure out meaning after:

  • No Officer element in the year at all. 
  • Strong Rob Wealth Star (based on Hour – Ding slightly advantaged, Bing still trying to get out of the dark)
  • Two Bings – considered unfavourable composition because there can only be one sun.
  • Indirect Resource Star is dominant (as Jia appears in Stem) whilst Direct Resource is heavily compromised due to the Destruction.
  • Significantly, IR is protruding but DR is hidden (yet exposed by virtue of being a PB star).
  • Wealth Star is very weak, and heavily attacked by Rob Wealth Star.
  • No Indirect Wealth, only Direct Wealth.

Finally, we throw in a bunch of other non-categorisable observations from the Jia Zi, presentation of the Stems, Pillar interactions and Shifting Palace:

  • We have two pillars from the same group: 丙 寅 and 丙午. 
  • The presence of 辛 卯 is particularly interesting as this is one of the pillars that represents betrayal.
  • 戌 is being drawn into the year by virtue of the presence of 寅 and 午 and 卯, all which combine with 戌.
  • Using shifting Palace, Xin Metal is deluged by 7 Killings, as well as overwhelmed by excess Wealth. Using the same method, Jia Wood is inundated by Output and Rob Wealth.

Thematic Observations  

Now, taking all the technical information above, we attempt to procure some form of conclusion from the technical observations. We can do this by deriving a thematic idea about the year, as well as specific conclusions on industries and the economy. So let’s start with thematic ‘big ideas’ first.

Absence of Wisdom, Overdose of Passion

What struck me immediately upon seeing the 2014 chart is the absence of Water in the chart, tremendous strength of Fire and the poor quality (not weak, just not good quality) of Wood in the chart. The absence of Water is by far the most unfavourable feature of 2014′s chart. Water in the study of the Five Elements represents wisdom and the absence of water denotes accordingly, the increase in global stupidity as a whole. Meanwhile, the corresponding strength of the Fire element means an excess of passion.  What happens when you have global stupidity and excessive passion? Well typically, that means that people will do more stupid and irrational things that normal sometimes without considering if it is a smart idea – political unrest is the most classic example of irrational “passion-driven” activities that can take place on a global scale. Accordingly, expect the political hotspots in the world (the usual suspects, Middle East,  Balkans, Asian countries like Thailand, possibly China) to see a surge in political unrest and dissidence as people and some new hotspots to pop up (North and South West being likely geographical zones based on Clash + Combination).

In particular, the Hurting Officer Star is very strong this year. Whilst the Eating God star does appear in the Tiger month, the reason why the Hurting Officer Star is regarded as more prominent is because the Branch of the year, 午, is 丁 with 己. 午 is unique amongst the cardinals as it is the only one that has two elements, and this is because with Fire there is always Ash. One pays particular attention to 己 because it is in the year (and day) and therefore trumps the presence of 戊 in the month. So with Hurting Officer being strong, passion riding high, and an absence of wisdom (or as it were, law and order since Water specifically relates to the Officer Star) it all leads to the conclusion that there will be an intensification of activities related to rebellion against the existing order of things.

North-South Divide becomes exaggerated/North South Divide explodes?

I can’t claim a ton of credit for this but it became obvious when watching a program on Thailand and the fact that the poor North was essentially fighting against the more affluent urban South came up.  I then realised that North-South divide was essentially what 午  vs 子 clash meant. Then I Wiki-ed it and found out the North-South Divide is a real political-economic, global and intra-country problem. Traditionally, it has been a common theme in many countries – Italy has a North-South divide, as does China, with Thailand just being another example. Based on the Wiki article, the countries with a well-known North-South divide are China, Italy, Korea and Belgium.  Out of these four, two are politically high risk of late, whilst Italy and Belgium arguably haven’t shown signs of fracture. So one would expect tensions to escalate in Korea.

In the specific context of Thailand, the clash between Horse and Rat suggests that the problems of the ruling government will not be resolved by the election but will continue throughout the year. Interestingly, Yingluck Shinwatra’s chart shows a combination between her Friend Star (Big Brother?) and the Officer Star, which suggests that she may not call the shots for very long in Thailand (if she even does at all).

It’s also interesting to note that BRICs has three countries in the North (Russia, India, China) and one country in the South (Brazil). It will be interesting to see if the North-South divide plays a part in determining which of the BRICs flourishes in 2014, if at all, since the South would be engaged in a Self-Punishment (self-created problems) whilst the North will be facing a problem of constant opposition or a conundrum between doing what stimulates the economy, and pacifying emotions (Fire).

Trade Slowdown

My past naysaying on this (I did predict an asset crunch in 2012) is probably starting to sound like a broken record but I still maintain the non-scientific view that the last two years have not represented any real economic improvement, as has been suggested by the Bazi for the last 2-3 years. I continue to espouse that view at the moment, especially in light of the absence of water in the annual BaZi for 2014. Significantly, when we look at the chart for 2014 (it’s important to look at forward quarters when we consider the economic issues), there is a noticeable repeat in themes – weak metal, strong fire, strong wood – albeit with a slight improvement when it comes to the element of Water (but not a lot)

BaZi chart for 2015 (Yi Wei)

BaZi chart for 2015 (Yi Wei)

The absence of Water is regarded as also significant bad news on the economic front as Water represents activities, trade, logistics, transport and the movement of goods is typically used as an economic barometer. The return of Water in the Monkey month of 2014 will be the indicator for when the dry spell will end which means a tough first 2 quarters, until Monkey kicks in.  But in light of the 2014 chart and the fact that the natal chart of the year will to a large degree super-cede any effect of the months (and further, my argument that any economic recovery will only take place in 2016 Monkey year, signifying a full cycle from the start of the problem in 2008), I believe that the world economy will finally hit the wall that it has been trying to avoid in the next two years.

Next: Industry Specific Forecast

 

 

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2014 Astrological Forecast – The Day Masters (Part 2)

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In 2014, Ji Earth sees the Direct Officer Star in the Stem, with Indirect Resource and Friend below. So good star in Stem, so-so stars in the Branch. By simplified logic as per explained in Part 1, it will be an average year for Ji Earth. A modest promotion or perhaps a new job, but with at best, additional perks rather than a payrise, and worse, a non-minion that you have to manage. Procrastination and a lack of willingness to be proactive will be strong on the minds of Ji Earth people in 2014, with a tendency to be rather suspicious minded as well. The year is least favourable for 己 未 and 己 丑, particularly if they are born in the year of the Snake, or the month of Snake. 己 巳 is also likely to find this year quite difficult, with perhaps a little too much patience on their part when it comes to getting things done, or a false sense of authority when it comes to the workplace. 己 卯 needs to be careful of problems related to the law, best to keep those income tax forms on the side of legal, and be wary of workplace romances or unwanted attention in the office. 己 亥 probably gets off the lightest in 2014 which might be welcome breathing space after the rather difficult 2013.

Geng Metal

2014 should be for all intents and purposes a half decent year for Geng Metals, bar perhaps for 庚 子 and 庚 午. The year brings Indirect Wealth, plus the Direct Officer and Direct Resource – all of which are nice stars and nice to have. Gengs in the corporate world however are likely to benefit more from the year than those who are self-employed or running their own businesses, since the Direct Officer Star is usually more advantageous to those in employment. What good news do Gengs have to look forward to? Obviously, a promotion of substance that brings with it money and perks, with the good news likely to be coming as early as February 2014.  Whilst the money may not be as amazing as you hoped, some is better than none.

庚 子 of course will be the exception to this rule, as it is a Hurting Officer see Direct Officer year for this Jia Zi. Female 庚 子  should be careful at home and in the office (fighting with the boss = fighting with the SIgnificant Other) and for Male 庚 子 should learn the art of silence at the workplace. Protesting the principles is pointless this year, instead, focus on producing financial results (or use a financial justification) as the basis for any disagreements you have with your superiors. 庚 午 will likely experience an overdose of dictatorship syndrome, which will ultimately end up being detrimental towards your  leadership and authority within the workplace. Stress levels are also likely to be extremely high, largely due to perhaps an inability to delegate new responsibilities that you have actually grabbed for yourself.

庚 戌 is likely to benefit the most from this year, with strong opportunities go to up the career ladder in a  big promotion leap. 庚 寅 will also benefit in the same way, but may get more by way of monetary compensation compared to 庚 戌. 庚 辰 and  庚 申 will also benefit from the overall positive stars of the year, but less advantageously compared to the other two, but equally, will escape from any of the negative aspects compared to 庚 午 and 庚 子.

Xin

Xins do not do as well as their Geng brethren in 2014, largely because the prized stars are in the Stem and the less than prized stars dominate the Branch. Xins will be seeing the 7 Killings and Indirect Resource Stars in the Branch, with a measly Direct Wealth Star above.  Broadly speaking that doesn’t hark too well. Xin especially dislikes the 7 Killings Star as it burns the Metal rather than makes it sparkle. As such, Xins should be careful of legal problems, petty people (especially since the 7 Killings comes with Indirect Resource) but also, be wary of being suspicious minded and petty themselves! Fortunately, the solution for Xins is to do what they are good at, which is, argue their way out of the problem. A good dose of Hurting Officer is what is needed to dose that Ding Fire from the Horse so when put under the grindstone, respond in true fashion by rising to the challenge. In this way, 2014 may yet prove to be a decent year for Xins.

The year will be toughest for Xins born in the Summer months, in particular, those born in the Goat and Snake months. Water will be the most important element for these Xins, so book in those beach holidays and work out your problems in the shower or swimming pool. 2014 will be the toughest for 辛 丑 , with lots of tendency towards overthinking things but also mindfucking yourself as a result of just an overly suspicious thought process. Be a little more open and air your concerns, do not keep them to yourself. 辛 未 should be careful of things getting too hot when it comes to income tax matters or legal issues that have been neglected from 2011 or 2012. 辛 巳 will find the year taxing in terms of work pressure, stress and perhaps for the 辛 巳 woman, relationship woes. This is a good time at work to learn how to DELEGATE and possibly, start to develop a little bit of irresponsibility by way of not offering to save the day all the time at work. 辛 亥  will probably escape relatively unscathed this year as the 亥 will slightly ameliorate the effects of the 午 through combination. Finally, 辛 酉 will likely also get off lightly in 2014 although after a pretty lazy year in 2013, will probably find the pressure ups and the stakes rise in 2014 in the workplace.

Ren

Strong Ren Waters will find 2014 is a good year for them, coupled with the benefit of 2 good stars in the Stem (Direct Wealth + Direct Officer) and an Eating God in the Stem, which can’t be all that bad either. Broadly speaking, Rens will find 2014 is highly productive, with a lot of opportunities for promotions and job change (for those who are employed) although the self-employed Ren may find that revenues start to move towards the realm of ‘conservative’, which might feel a bit unsatisfactory after the high of 2013. 2014 will be a busy year for Rens as a whole tho, and there may well not be much time for R&R. 壬 戌 and 壬 寅 however should make it a point to take some mini-breaks, especially during the summer months, to recharge, as regathering your wits is essential for the Ren Water person. Make time also to constantly re-evaluate your focal point as Rens are at their best, when there is a clear destination in which to direct their energies. Financially, the year will be best for 壬 戌 and 壬 寅.

Although overall the year is good, 壬 子 will experience problems in 2014, thanks to the clash. This is likely to be related to business partnerships (which unexpectedly fracture, probably due to money or pilfering, on either side) but could also be related to relationships. Married 壬 子 males in particular should be extra careful of keeping in their pants or just trying to keep the workplace stress out of the home. Escalating costs versus less than forecast income may also affect some 壬 子 detrimentally so at the start of the year, plan and budget more conservatively, and avoid over-leveraging yourself financially. 壬 午 has a self-punishment this year, but since it involves the Direct Wealth Star, this probably just suggests a form of indecisiveness relating to job opportunities, or possibly, an attempt to over-spread yourself and be too calculative when it comes to money matters (resulting in financial difficulty). Best to think bird in hand rather than attempting to outsmart the universe in 2014 for 壬 午. For 壬 申 the year will be half decent, with certainly a lot more impetus to get things done compared to 2013. There will be an improvement to your sense of drive and focus, but possibly at the expense of your sense of comfort and contentment. However, any change in your mental approach to life, will be a good one this year so embrace it. 壬 辰 will probably get the least out of 2014 – the plus point is no downsides, the minus point – a middle upside at best.

Gui Water

Last but not least, Gui Waters – 2014 brings the Hurting Officer Star, seated atop the Indirect Wealth Star and the 7 Killings Star.  For certain Gui Water individuals, this is favourable, for others, the presence of the 7 Killings and Hurting Officer Star may be a mixed bag. Employed Gui Waters will not find the year is so advantageous, especially if they work in a conservative profession (ie: banking). whilst the money will come, the hassles will too, and the job stress. Self-employed Gui Water on the other hand may benefit from the Hurting Officer and Indirect Wealth, although due to the presence of the 7 Killings Star, there will likely be a risk of saying something that ends up getting you into trouble. Worse, you get sued for libel or your money comes on the back of over-stated claims which you end up not being able to deliver upon. Remember that in 2015, Gui Water will see a strong 7 Killings Star with no Resource Star to help out, which suggests, be very careful what eggs you lay in 2014 since the chickens will come home to roost in 2015! Pressure, petty people, backstabbers and a notorious reputation aside (all which can be good but only if you are 50 Cents perhaps), the Wealth Star is present in the Branch, which indicates a good year for cashing out on investments. Guis should not however MAKE investments since the presence of the Hurting Officer, 7 Killings and and Indirect Wealth Star are likely to result in highly speculative investments with an extremely high risk profile, that might just end up exploding on you in 2015.

2014 will be least advantageous financially for 癸 亥 and 癸 丑 whilst 癸 巳 and 癸 未 will probably do best out of it, due to the combination that produces Fire in the case of 癸 未 . 癸 丑 and 癸 未 however, will get the worst of the stress from the 7 Killings Star, and the nastiest of the backstabbing as well, although 癸 丑 will handle it a tad better. 癸 卯 should be careful of relationship problems, especially single male 癸 卯. 癸 卯 however will have a very productive year, if they are able to adopt both a short and long-term outlook on new ideas or ventures they pursue this year.

癸 酉 probably escapes the most unscathed in 2014, although that might be due an inherent tendency to be less proactive than usual or more laid back about matters compared to the other Gui DMs.

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2014 Astrological Forecast – The Day Masters (Part 1)

Before I launch into the individual forecasts for the 10 Day Masters, some important academic stuff, mostly which relates to how a lot of this information is derived. You might wonder what I bother to bore people with the details of how the answers were explained. Simple – because BaZi oftentimes is all too much based on faith and fate (“Just Believe”) and people are often not critical, inquisitive or for that matter, intellectual, when they are given an answer in BaZi. WHY is almost as important as the HOW is almost as important as THE ANSWER when it comes to Astrology because Why is how you determine the solution, and How explains to you the context, whereas The Answer has an annoying habit of being quite uninformative (especially when the answer is in the form of ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’ or ‘Okay’).

The methodology for determining the outcomes of each of the 10 Day Masters (sans a chart, which of course, is the Gold Standard of a forecast – let there be no illusion about that) is based on a couple of simple premises.

Firstly, we use the old-fashioned principle that there are prized stars and there are not so prized stars. The prized stars are Officer, Wealth (specifically Direct Wealth although these days, who wants the plain old boring vanilla wealth) and Resource (but only Direct Resource, as this is a better quality Nobleman). So simple method: the Day Masters that ‘see’ a prized star, one presumes to be having a favourable year. The Day Masters that ‘see’ a not-so-prized star, one presumes to be having a less favourable year. In the context of 2014, as Horse contains 丁 and 己 so it is important that both of these be prized stars to the Day Master – if one is prized but the other is not, then we would presume a less than favourable year as a whole.

Secondly, we operate on the assumption that the Branch (which is Horse 午)carries greater significance than the Stem (which is Jia Wood 甲). Accordingly, if the Stem represents a prized star, but the Branch doesn’t, then we presume a negative or unfavourable year for the Day Master. If the Stem represents a not-so-prized star but the picture is different for the Branch, then we presume a favourable year for the Day Master. It goes without saying that if you have Stem and Branch prized, that’s a big bonus.

Thirdly, we can add further refinement to the process by qualifying specifically which of the six types of each Day Master is likely to benefit the most. This is done by comparing the interaction of the Jia Zi of the year 甲 午 with the Jia Zi of the Six Day Masters, but also determining if there is a favourable Combination involving the year and the Jia Zi.

And so…

Ja Wood

In 2014, Jia Wood sees Direct Wealth and Hurting Officer. This denotes a very productive year for Jia Woods overall. Expect to have lots of new ideas, and outrageous ones at that which if you are bold, will yield wealth opportunities or a new source of wealth. There is the possibility of being offered a JV or partnership with someone with a bold new idea or a disruptive business model.

However, as Jia Wu is regarded as ‘dead wood’, this means that you may find yourself working with someone who is a little too opinionated and who may well be unable to determine if they wish to strike boldly, or play it safe (Hurting Officer and Direct Wealth having very distinctly different viewpoints).

2014 will be worst for 甲 午 followed by 甲 子 Day Masters, especially if they are born in the Summer months (May, June, July). It may be favourable for 甲 戌 and 甲 寅 Day Masters provided, Fire is a favourable element. For 甲 辰, outcomes are likely to be modest at best and for 甲 申 there will be authority issues (either you against your boss, or your minions against you).

Yi Wood

In 2014, Yi Wood sees Indirect Wealth and Eating God. This presents a mixed bag situation because the Indirect Wealth Star denotes a shortcut mentality or windfall wealth style opportunity but the Eating God indicates a long-term outlook or a idea or outcome that requires time to perfect. Yi Woods therefore must select their opportunities carefully in the year, determining what is most important for them in the immediate 5 year gameplan to decide which Star to follow (IW or EG). It is however a good year in which to also consider cashing out on an existing asset or investment, and then putting it back into something long-term (as a method of fulfilling the polar opposite quality of the two Stars in the Branch). Due to the presence of a Rob Wealth Star in the Stem, Yi Woods will find they are approached by lots of people to collaborate, be it formally or informally. It will be a profitable outcome for sure but nonetheless, a judicious approach of selecting the best opportunities in light of the above conflict, is vital.

In 2014, it will be the most productive for 乙 未 and 乙 巳  - 乙 亥 may benefit, provided they are able to get their ambition level up. Outcomes will be mixed for 乙 丑 whilst for 乙 卯 it is best to ensure the partnership does not involve someone of the opposite sex.

Bing Fire

 In 2014, Bing Fire sees the Rob Wealth Star and Hurting Officer Star. Overall, the forecast is not favourable for Bings generally given the presence of three non-prized stars: Hurting Officer, Rob Wealth and Indirect Resource. From a career standpoint, this denotes that ANY progress is mixed at best, and the primary challenge is likely to be issues related to staff and co-workers. Since it is a Rob Wealth year, Bing Fires will find the fiscal challenge is probably the biggest challenge of the year. It seems no matter how much you make, it all keeps going down the drain. Thus, approach the year with not just a strategy to contain spending, but an attempt to focus spending on avenues that will generate revenue in the future such as long-term assets. Business partnership opportunities should be evaluated with great care with the knowledge that they may not yield any immediate benefits for the next 1-2 years.

2014 will be most challenging for 丙 子 and 丙午,especially in the career department. It will be most expensive for 丙 寅 and 丙 戌 financially.  丙 申 and 丙 辰 will probably get off the easiest in 2014, but even then, it will not be without getting hit by at least, some financial challenges.

Ding Fire

In 2014, Ding Fire sees the Friend and Eating God Star. The broad implication of this is that there might be some increase in financial expenditure, largely associated with either trying to keep up with the Jones OR simply as a result of some irrational exuberance. There may be an inclination to take more holidays than usual, or simply indulge in emotional spending.

2014 will be the most expensive, financially, for 丁 未 and 丁 巳. 丁 丑 will face further challenges in the staff or employee department, in addition to the increase in personal outgoings, most likely due to impulse spending or comfort spending. For 丁 卯 and 丁 酉, aside from potential financial hiccups or irrational spending, there is the possibility of romantic entanglements proving to be the source of much of the year’s angst.

丁 亥 will probably escape somewhat the full impact of the year or at the very least, will be oblivious to any financial pressures by and large. They will spend but feel less horrified by their credit card bill simply because they may well be spending on someone else’s account.

Wu Earth

Wu Earth sees the 7  Killings Star in the Stem, with the Direct Resource Star and the Rob Wealth Star in the Branch.   Things will probably not be that great money wise, but there certainly will be progress in terms of career (sudden promotion) or relationship for female Wu Earths (not a Prince, but certainly no frog either). Perhaps the great challenge for Wu Earth’s in 2014 will be moving out of their comfort zone and adjusting to new pressures at work. Hey, with great power comes great responsibility and so Wu Earth’s should expect it to be a hectic year overall thanks to the stress from the 7 Killings Star. Changes in the people who manage you will be likely and it is highly possible you may find yourself working for a slavedriver of the highest order. Legal problems are also likely so be careful you don’t skate the edge of the law.

In 2014, 戊寅 will feel the pressure the most, and there will be a tremendous conflict between doing things the steady and certain way, and getting it DONE. 戊 午 will find it very challenging in terms of productivity and getting things done, with much overthinking and mind-fuck going on. 戊 子 will feel tremendously pressured this year, thanks to the clash. Male 戊 子may also experience some challenges in the relationship arena – there may be an abrupt change or a lot of blow ups (or some accidental dalliances that turn out to be complicated). There may also be an unexpected change to your financial situation due to currency fluctuations or paper losses on investments.  戊戌 should expect it to be slow going as far as impetus going with getting things done, with overthinking or excessive patience resulting in a loss of momentum or even any ability to get started.

戊 申 and 戊辰  probably escape the year relatively unscathed – relatively means you might get something in the way of the broad strokes of above (issues with boss, overthinking, procrastination) but it will generally be a lot less painful compared to  戊 子.

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2014 Astrological Forecast – the Big Picture Version

It’s that time of the year again when I get asked randomly how ‘next year’ is going to be and everyone is worried because maybe, their year clashes with the Horse or not worried because they are NOT born in the year of the Rat (which clashes with the Horse). First off, I think maybe just a little education is in order.

The Year…Schmyear…

It ALWAYS comes as an absolute shock to laypersons I meet when I tell them that they are born in the Month of the Rat, or the Hour of the Rabbit. It seems most people still (despite the considerable efforts of the English speaking Metaphysical world) think that everything is determined by the year. So let me dispel this myth once and for all.

Yes, the year matters. But ultimately, the ENTIRE CHART matters more.

A Full Bazi Chart

And guess what, having a Year that clashes with the incoming Grand Duke (which is basically just the metaphysics term for ‘Animal in Charge of the year’) is not necessarily as bad as having a MONTH or DAY that clashes with the incoming Grand Duke. Once again, in this age of the Internet and Google, anyone can find a BaZi calculator online that will compute their BaZi chart for them and accordingly reveal if they have a conflicting animal or not. In the case of 2014, the most obvious conflicting animal is the Rat, which clashes with the Horse.

The pros of course, can tell right off the bat somewhat (for example, anyone born after December 7th in a given year is likely to be born in the month of the Rat, and anyone born between the hours of 12-1am or 11-12am is born in a Rat Hour – all these people will obviously experience a PROBLEM in 2014 – exact nature of problem depends on chart but the point is, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM ON YOUR HANDS).

So please, if someone tells you the Year is good because they are not a Rat, do the rest of us a favour and dispel them of that notion please.

To those who are inclined or remotely interested in knowing if the year holds anything positive or negative for them and are serious about it ( I mean come on, does anyone actually ask their broker JOKINGLY if the stock market is going to be good or bad?), please then bother to at least plot your own BaZi chart before you arrive at the conclusion that it is going to be a good or bad year. For that matter, please don’t bother to decide if the year is good or bad based on one of those 25 dollar astrology books. Any forecast that is based on the Year of Birth alone, without consideration for the ENTIRE CHART or for that matter, the DAY MASTER at least, is …yes, I’m going to say it…

AN UTTERLY USELESS FORECAST that is likely to be

completely unreliable, uninformative and frankly, a waste of time.

The Clash

First off, if you happen to have a Clash this year, please note that you are not particularly special. This is because EVERY YEAR, there is a Clash involving two of the 12 animals. So if you have a Clash this year, well guess what, someone had a clash last year. This isn’t about whether clashes or good or bad or cause for concern or not. Rather, it is to make the point that such things are not uncommon or somehow astrologically disastrous.  Secondly, knowing you have a Clash is maybe one quarter of the battle at best – figuring out how to manage the situation, risk manage the outcomes and just generally be smart about how you deal with the Clash, is what matters more. In fact, it is what really matters. Because Astrology is not a woe is me thing where you bemoan your fate and sacrifice yourself on the altar of OMG. The point of knowing is to do something about it. Otherwise, it’s as good as NOT knowing.

In short: if you have a Clash, that is meaningless if you don’t know what it means (and you can only know what it means if you read your entire chart, or at least, know your Day Master for goodness sakes). Otherwise, it just means ‘Rat clash Horse’. Nothing else. And when you know the meaning, you can DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

Further newsflash: there is something called Destruction, Harm and Punishment that also come into the equation in a given year. Clash is not the only astrological activity going on. These interactions matter if not more than a Clash. So just because you DON’T have a clash, doesn’t mean you have no OTHER interaction going in on your chart.

For the uninformed, this year, the Grand Duke of the year is the Horse (Bazi lingo: Grand Duke basically means, Animal in Charge of the year). Which means any Animal that is against the Horse is fundamentally against the Year. The most obvious enemy of the state is the Rat 子, which clashes with the Horse 午 but there is also Harm which involves the Ox 丑, Destruction involving the  Rabbit 卯) or Self Punishment from the Horse 午.

So those who think they have no Rat in the year (or month or day or hour) may not necessarily get off lightly. If you have a Horse, Ox or Rabbit anywhere in your chart, you will still experience some challenges in the year of the Horse (exact nature of course, depending on your Day Master, and more broadly, your chart)

The Day Masters

If you cannot be arsed for some reason to find a BaZi calculator that plots your entire chart (and there really is no excuse for that), please at the very least, bother to find out your Day Master so that you will at least be able to have some semblance of a half decent shot at a astrological reading of some value.

Shameless promotional link: I have a simple Day Master calculator that will run on iPhones. It is only 99 cents. Download it here.

Using your Day Master to get an astrological forecast is going to be infinitely more accurate than some random prediction based on your year of birth but it will not be as accurate as a full blown annual assessment.  It’s free right – you can’t expect the same level of accuracy. But, it’s going to be more informative and precise than ANY Animal based astrological forecast without a doubt.

Next: The outlook for the 10 Day Masters.

 

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2014 Class Schedule

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SCHEDULED CLASSES

Interactions Intense: Clash, Harm, Destruction, Combinations Practical

Dates: 25-27 April 2014

Price: RM3600 [Early Bird: 3300]

This is a new class that I will be conducting for the first time this year and again, is in response to the more common challenges faced by new and intermediate students. The focus of this class is to get BaZi students OUT of the mindset of fearing the interactions and being confused by the interactions, and INTO the mindset of interpreting interactions accurately, through a good understanding of the interactions and how to pair them with the 10 Gods. This class will be heavily focused on practical skills, with a single day devoted to the theory behind the clashes, harms, destructions and combinations. Students are encouraged to bring charts to the class for discussion, in order to clearly understand how the harms, destructions, combinations and clashes manifest in a given chart.

Grasping the Shifting Palace

Dates: 24-25 May 2014

Price: RM2400 [Early Bird: RM2200]

This two day class will be conducted in the Baziqueen’s signature freestyle Socratic method, combining light theory with heavy practicals. Students who wish to attend this class MUST be completely familiar with the 10 Gods, and be already able to engage in intermediate level analysis of a BaZi chart.

Topics covered in the class will include:

  • Brief Recap on the Shifting Palace method – an explanation of the exact methodology, and what to do when it doesn’t make sense.
  •  What can Shifting Palace be used to read most effectively? (aka, when NOT to use Shifting Palace and instead ask for the other person’s chart)
  •  When to use Shifting Palace and when to use the 60 Jia Zi and how to use Shifting Palace + 60 Jia Zi in tandem.
  •  The Baggage Rule: An slip on technique looking at what a Pillar ‘brings with it’ that compliments the Shifting Palace and provides additional information when added with the 60 Jia Zi.

PRACTICUM ELEMENTS:

  • Practical: Using Shifting Palace for Relationship Forecasting, Analysis and Matching, specifically, determining spousal attributes.
  • Practical: Using Shifting Palace for Business Partner Analysis and Matching, specifically determining business partner attributes.
  • Practical: Using Shifting Palace for Superior/Staff Forecasting, Analysis and Matching, specifically for strategic staff deployment/management of relationship with superiors.

Ten Gods: Redux

“Redux is a post-positive adjective meaning “brought back, restored” (from Latin reducere, “to bring back”)”

Dates: 19-25 July 2014 (6 days, one day break)

Price RM7800 [Early Bird: RM6500]

The 10 Gods is the heart of any BaZi chart analysis and the most important piece of the puzzle when it comes to fully deploying the predictive and problem-solving aspect of BaZi. In wielding the 10 Gods effectively, a BaZi student is able to make full use of BaZi to support their key moves and decisions in life, specifically in the career and wealth areas. The 10 Gods: Redux is a class designed to sharpen and deepen your understanding of the 10 Gods.

At the basic level, understanding the 10 Gods involves associating each of the 10 Gods with characteristics and personal attributes as well as relationships, people and objects. However, to truly and effectively wield the 10 Gods, a BaZi student must be able understand the 10 Gods at a conceptual and abstract level. 20 years ago, Twitter and Facebook did not exist but as they now exist in today’s world, a BaZi student must be able to translate these concepts, and any others that arise in the future, into a BaZi context, so as to be able to truly make use of BaZi for strategic personal advancement.

Effective use of the 10 Gods also requires BaZi students appreciate the subtleties and nuances of each variant of 10 Gods. Each of the 10 Stems epitomizes a particular 10 God more than others, and each of the 10 Stems confers its own elemental attributes onto the qualities of the 10 God. How does a Ji Earth Eating God differ from a Gui Water Eating God? What is the significance of Water as the Wealth Star vs Earth as the Wealth Star?

With an enhanced understanding of the 10 Gods conceptually and elementally, the BaZi student can effectively translate ANY characteristics, attributes, relationships, people and objects encountered in the present and future into a 10 God and also effectively determine and if necessary, develop, solutions and strategies for real-world situations. Armed with this, BaZi students will be able to go from BaZi speak (technical BaZi) to Human Speak (real world actions, situations and scenarios) with greater confidence.

On Demand Classes

On Demand Classes refers to previous classes that I have designed and taught, which are can be taught on request, as long as there is a group of 5 participants. If there is a customised class that the group would like, this can also be arranged.

In this instance, I only request that the students all be approximately about the same level of knowledge, and preferably, know each other, either by way of having learned BaZi together or through some other connection (hey, that’s what Facebook is for). In this instance, the students group together and determine the date of the class, based on their individual schedule preferences. As far as possible, I will endeavour to accomodate the group’s preferred dates.  Below is a list of classes that have been taught before which are available as On Demand Classes:

The Sixty: A 2 day class on the Sixty Jia Zi and using them for snapshot readings

The Business of BaZi: A 3 day class focusing on practical skills needed to handle entrepreneur and business clients covering HR practices, partnership and business modelling, as well as how to evaluate a chart’s capacity for entrepreneurship and self-employment.

Bazi for Wealth: A two day class focusing on how to evaluate wealth matters in a BaZi chart, encompassing investment advisory, wealth typology and wealth creation.

Practical BaZi Magic: This is a 2 day introductory class to the socratic method of learning and designed to shift the information understanding from theoretical and technical to practical and pragmatic. A free-flowing class where topics and questions are dictated by the charts that are analysed, students learn to read a chart under practical hands-on guidance in a controlled environment. This class operates on multiple levels – it can be for beginners or advanced students – the primary requirement is that the students in the class are all at the same knowledge level.

Additional stuff about taking BaZiqueen Classes…

My usual approach will be applicable to all the classes:

    • the class will run if there are 5 students at a minimum, failing which, it will not go forward.
    • classes will be held at a classroom style venue in Solaris Mont Kiara.


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  • Classes will run from 10am-5pm
  • Maximum class size is 15 participants.
  • Group discounts are available – inquire privately with me at bazibuzz@gmail.com

 

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The secret behind deploying your Indirect Wealth Star…

…is to get yourself one of these:

 

Hello little lobster…

Wikihow has a most instructional article on ‘How to Catch Lobsters‘ that is astoundingly insightful! (excepting steps 3 and 4 obviously).

 

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Living life on the edge…does BaZi make life boring?

I met someone the other night who upon hearing that I practiced BaZi, asked me if it was difficult to live my life ruled by astrology. This was because I had been joking that I was surrounded by two Snakes that night and they were going to be the bane of my life seeing as I have a Pig in my chart. These two Snakes happen to be very good friends and drinking buddies.

One of the great misconceptions about BaZi is that it variously takes the surprise out of life, the joie de vivre as it were, and that one lives one life entirely bound by some mysterious notion about what people are and what they will be like.

BaZi does not stop anyone from making stupid mistakes. I don’t think it’s possible to entirely subcontract mistakes out of your life, simply by using BaZi. BaZi is only 30% after all. The other 30% that is man luck (aka, fuck ups that you do to yourself) is the reason why crap hits the fan as it were. Add that to the wrong flying star in the wrong palace or some other feng-shui related factor that could alter the balance, and wallah – you have mistake/screw up/error/blue screen of death. BaZi explains our mistakes to us, in the hopes that by understanding what went wrong, we can avoid the error of our ways. And even then…it is not infallible.

So by the same extension, BaZi does not take the fun or unpredictability or spontaneity out of life. BaZi suggests that a particular action may carry certain consequences. This level of suggestion varies from 100% (FOR SURE THIS WILL HAPPEN) to as low as 50% (COULD BE X or Y, depending on what you do and how you react to A, B and C). Whether it is with the low probability scenarios (the 50-50 situations) or the FOR SURE scenarios (100% guaranteed outcome will be bad), there remains some experience to be gained from it. The problem is human beings define fun, spontaneity and unpredictability in an optimistic context but never in a negative context. Meaning, everyone wants spontaneity and unpredictability to yield experiences that are positive, but absolutely no one wants to have the ‘negative’ great experiences that arise out of spontaneity and unpredictability! You can’t have it both ways unfortunately.

It is my rule as a consultant never to tell a client what to do. As I often say, I am only here to advise and offer options and considerations. The final decision, the life that must be lived, is in the hands of the client. To put it in a more down to earth fashion, everyone is free to step in dog poo, as long as they don’t mind cleaning their shoes. My role is merely to offer options and probability of success/failure of a particular course of action.  The client’s role is to decide what matter to them, but more importantly, to be able to make something of whatever their choice is. Oftentimes, that means living with a bad decision or being able to move past a bad decision or simply accepting that bad decisions have lasting consequences. The key is not to be ruled or owned by those decisions, but instead, try to “rewrite the narrative” (as political analysts are so fond of saying).

The other misconception about utilising BaZi is that it means you cut certain people out of your life or you decide who are your friends based on their charts. Again, this is not the case. One makes friends with all sorts of people in life although our individual BaZi will invariably dictate a preference or a pattern of that preference. I don’t decide not to connect with someone because of their chart. BUT, I will modify how I work with someone or change my expectations of the person, or simply be more tolerate of certain behavioral traits by virtue of knowing their BaZi. One can be friends with the greatest rogue in the universe, without necessarily compromising on the knowledge that they are a rogue!

So on the contrary, BaZi does not take the fun out of life or the unpredictability. Rather, it simply converts the challenges of life from being about stumbling into a situation half arsed, to focusing on how to manage it proactively or to come up with solutions.  It is about being in control of a situation, even when it is out of your control. It adds a layer of explanation to those things which we often assume to be inexplicable, ranging from the Law of Attraction to Sod’s Law. That doesn’t mean we don’t have stuff to figure out when it comes to life – there are still decisions to be made. But it affords it some insight into what MIGHT happen if we decide one way or another, in the hopes that we will make a decision we can live with. Because really, it all comes down to that – living with the choices one has made.

 

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PowerBaZi: START UP – a practical introduction to BaZi

POWER BAZI is a 4 day hands-on class on BaZi or Four Pillars of Destiny taught by Bernice Low, an established BaZi practitioner and author of the BaZiqueen, one of the leading Internet resources on the topic of BaZi.

WHAT IS BAZI?

BaZi is one of two systems of Chinese Astrology, the other being Purple Star Astrology. Both these systems fall under the study of Destiny (Ming 命), within the broad umbrella of the subject known as Chinese Metaphysics.

For the average person, Chinese Astrology comprises of what are in essence, personality traits, associated with the 12 Animal Signs as they are known (Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig). Most people think that the sum total of Chinese Astrology rests on their Animal Sign, determined by the year of their birth. Whilst there is some historical basis for this, the reality is that basing a person’s personality on the year of their birth is HARDLY the sum total of Chinese Astrology. In fact, BaZi is MUCH MORE than just your animal sign – it is more than just Dragon-born people are always successful and Dog-born people are loyal.

So what is BaZi then? BaZi is a highly sophisticated, supremely accurate method of personality testing, psychometric and behavioural assessment, and a highly accurate system for forecasting outcomes and managing risks. It is the original ‘Science of Success’, a precise and tested system that explains what books like Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘Outliers’ attempt to figure out and answer: how and why does a person achieve success?

 

WHO SHOULD LEARN BAZI?

Conventionally, the kind of people who have been attracted to learning BaZi have tended towards the kooky or those with spiritual inclinations and in a number of instances, people who are nothing more than busybodies interested in other people’s lives.

The reality is however that BaZi is a very useful strategic skill for individuals looking to gain a professional and personal advantage in life and those who are seeking an extra edge when it comes to personal and career success.

Here’s why:

Managing relationships and people is an integral part of every person’s life. And the hardest part of life.

Everyone manages someone in life – spouses, parents, staff, superiors, clients – and is managed by someone. Even CEOs have to answer to someone – the Board of Directors. Each year, new books hit the market, designed to teach us how to effectively, manage our relationships.

BaZi offers the ability to gain instant insight into a person’s innate character and personality as well as deep understanding of their psyche and behaviour. Understanding a person and what makes them tick is the hardest part of any relationship – BaZi lets you do this without the ‘getting to know you’ game or spending hours or years with the person. In fact, you don’t even have to ask a single question – all you need is their birthday. Get over who they are right away, so that you can get on with working with them in the best way possible

Life is all about risk management

Everything we do in life comes with an accompanying risk and managing risk is all about forecasting and informed decision-making. BaZi gives you an added edge when it comes to managing risk in your life (from investments to relationships to collaborations and partnerships) by enabling you to forecast with accuracy a finite number of outcomes of a given decision, choice or action. With BaZi knowledge, nothing you ever do will be a case of throwing the dice, but instead, will transform into a calculated bet. You’ll understand what your attitude and outlook on risk is, your capacity and ability for risk management and finally, how to manage risk in your life. You will learn to work with winners, and stay away from the losers and bozos.

Understanding Luck and Capitalising On Luck

“Of course, we should keep celebrating the talented, hard-working people who have succeeded in their businesses or careers. But the research provides an important moral lesson: that these people might also do well to remain more humbly mindful of their own good fortune” – Robert H. Frank, Professor of Economics, Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

No successful person discounts the value or opportunity presented by luck in their life. Unfortunately, Luck is often ill-understood as a random or chance situation, an opportunity that presents itself without notice or warning, with no true form. A significant portion of BaZi is actually about understanding the concept of Luck and how it is NOT a random occurrence, but one that can be forecast and timed, but aptly and correctly exploited and utilised for maximum personal advantage and benefit.

WHO IS THE CLASS DESIGNED FOR?

Entrepreneurs, the self-employed, CEOs and managers and human resource managers will benefit substantially from this class. However, any person who is in the business of talent management or who is interested in achieving success in life, will find this class useful to their own goals.

The focal point of the class is to enable participants to utilise with clarity and confidence the information provided, the structure and syllabus of the class is orientated around maximising practical use of bare basic technical information. As such, the syllabus has been culled to keep it very tight and lean, with a strong emphasis on practical analysis and reading skills. Due to the strong emphasis on ensuring all participants are able to effectively learn and master the techniques taught in the class, the size of the class is capped at 15 participants, to ensure a high level of personal attention. The class is also split into two weekends to enable participants to adequately digest the contents of the first two days.

For these reasons, individuals looking to become consultants or practitioners or who are learning for novelty purposes will not find this class tailored to their needs.

The class combines both theory and practical application so participants will be expected to engage with the facilitator of the class, answer questions, ask questions and also participate in group discussions and practical sessions. Learning will combine lectures delivered with accompanying slides, and Socratic method sessions.

At the end of the 4 days, participants should be able to confidently do the following:

  • Gain instant insight into any individual’s fundamental character and psyche using the BaZi chart

  • Ascertain the flaws and strengths of an individual, including quirks, gifts and talents

  • Engage in a very simple, pre-formated annual assessment of their own chart to identify opportunities for Career, Wealth and Relationship.

Specific questions that you should be able to answer from your own chart at the end of the 4 day class include:

  • Suitable years/months to seek a promotion, change jobs/career

  • Suitable years to invest, divest and when you should divest/reinvest

  • Suitable years for marriage/relationships as well as business partnerships

  • Determining the financial and career  opportunities that are afforded by the incoming year

  • Determining the personal pitfalls of the coming year

The full syllabus and content to be taught in the class is available here

LIMITATIONS OF THE CLASS

We’re going to level with you here and be upfront about what you won’t be able to do after taking this class.

Precision forecasting which provides exact timing and precise details of opportunities and pitfalls, high level character interpretation and analysis and the development of solutions to problems  is not possible with the information and methods provided in this class. You will NOT be able to achieve the level of accuracy and precision of a BaZi consultant from taking this one class. In fact, you will not even come close to a professionally trained consultant.

There are two reasons for these limitations: firstly, the syllabus has been trimmed to keep it lean and focus on getting students up and running with usable information. As such, information in chart interactions has not been included in this class and will be taught in a follow-on class. Secondly, it is not possible for students to master the basics, intermediate and advanced aspects of BaZi in a single class, without having engaged in any practice in between. BaZi is like any sport – you have to learn all the components of the game before you can play it.

However, with POWER BAZI: START UP, the goal is to familiarise you with the key tenets and principles of BaZi and get you started in using BaZi in a controlled and specific manner. With subsequent classes you will add depth to your knowledge and understanding, giving you a high degree of accuracy in your forecasting skills and your ability to read and assess a person’s character.

IMPORTANT: This class is a strictly introductory level class designed to provide a intense introduction to the topic, and provide practical training on ways to utilise BaZi with limited technical information.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE CLASS?

The class has been designed to enable you to get up and running with the subject. So even if you don’t go on to take the subsequent levels of the class, you will be able to utilise BaZi in your day to day life to better understand the people around you who matter but more importantly, those who matter but whom you dislike. You may not understand them perfectly or completely, but you will certainly understand them BETTER and in a new light,  but more importantly, you will gain insight into who they truly are.

BaZi is an intellectually rigorous art that requires continuous practice in order to gain significant mastery of the topic. Upon completing the class, participants need to immediately put into practice their knowledge by tackling a minimum of 50 charts and doing trial readings, usually with individuals whom they are familiar with in order to gain confidence and also, test their understanding of the subject.

Participants of this class will further supported via a Facebook-powered student’s page that will enable collective learning in a moderated environment. The facilitator of the class will be running the page, and providing guidance as you get to grips with the topic, and you will have the opportunity to also share your personal findings and challenges with your fellow participants.

THE NUMBERS

This is a 4 day class taught over two back-to-back weekends.

Date: 1-2 June [Sat/Sun], 8-9 June 2013 [Sat/Sun]

Time: 10am-5pm

Venue: Mont Kiara Solaris


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Price: RM3500, RM3200 (Early Bird Price)

CONNECT

To register, learn more, ask questions or find out more details about the class, contact me via email. You can also connect, ask questions or find out more via Facebook

 

 

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The Art of the Annual Assessment

 

The Art of the Annual Assessment used to be a class I taught back in the days when I used to teach at the Mastery Academy. It’s still pretty valid in terms of a lot of the ideas and provides some terms of reference to clients in terms of what consultants typically are doing or looking at when they are doing an annual assessment. And for those of you who are looking to use your BaZi knowledge to do your own annual assessment, some food for thought. I’m giving away the slides because I don’t teach this class any more, having moved on to more fun topics although I still give this to students who have take my Practical BaZi Magic class.

Many people often wonder if there is a benefit to doing an annual assessment. Actually, for the salaried employees of the world, an annual assessment is not necessary unless you are very senior in the company ie: Executive Level. In other words, unless you have more than 5 minions under you, an Annual Assessment is not necessary. In most cases, a BaZi consultation once every 5 years or once per Luck PIllar will suffice. However, for the self-employed or entrepreneurs or those in very high level management jobs, an annual assessment will be useful by way of assisting in strategic planning and management of goals and objectives in a given year, as well as risk management.

 

 

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