What is your Surrender Monkey?...

Recently I had a client who had a rather unusual BaZi – unusual in that it was complex and at the same time, the self element was extremely weak. The client was at something of a crossroads in life and was facing some important decisions about work-life balance and also, finding the right job after many years working with a great company with excellent corporate culture. In short, he needed to find his next springboard and it was proving difficult in order to reconcile his personal needs and expectations with what the BaZi was saying. Typically we approach a BaZi consultation by thinking about what the client needs in order to get what they want. So the focus always is what elements they need, what elements are helpful, what is the key to achieving goal x or goal y. Now sometimes you get a very easy one-sided chart so it’s a slam dunk answer. For example, element X is unfavourable, and that is exactly what they are trying to achieve. Or element Y is favourable and they are after that particular objective/goal. The consultant’s job is made manifestly easier by a yay or nay approach. The tricky situation is when the chart is both complex and loaded, meaning, the person has a highly sophisticated thought process (remember, more Stars = more complexity and sophistication of personality, esp if it is a preponderance of thoughtful/thinking driven stars) but yet one element is missing or extremely weak, making the chart also one sided. After going around in my head a few times on the solution, I decided to use an opposite solution. I decided to approach the issue from a different tact and to ask myself: what is it that this person should IGNORE? What are...

Just a couple of videos…...

Been re-doing the preview videos for the 10 Gods Redux class to make them look better/more streamlined and so people can see what the finished produced actually looks like (to learn more about what the hell I’m talking about,  click on the Video link above). I plan to put up a few longer ones (10 minutes if I can find a useful segment) but here are a few short ones at first....

Killing the Graveyard Question…once and for all....

Every  now and then in my in-box, I’ll get a question about the Graveyards.  This topic seems to raise a great deal of confusion amongst BaZi student population. Since I got two emails on the topic over the weekend, I thought I would just knock out this quick explanation. IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: this is not a subject without controversy. Different opinions exist on what the meaning of Graveyard, Storage and everything in between means. What I express here is not by any standards definitive but it is WHAT I KNOW AND WHAT I PRACTICE. I do not read Chinese books, and do not usually like to have profound debates about what ancient sages thought. If that is your interest, move the debate elsewhere. So on to the topic at hand. By way of preamble, let’s get the main source of confusion out of the way. The fundamental reason why there is a confusion over the term ‘Graveyard’ ‘ is a twofer: a) Grave is one of the Stages in the 12 Stages. (‘Grave’ and ‘Graveyard’ obviously is easy to confuse) b) Graveyard refers to both an Earthly Branch and also a position of an Element (i.e.: Yi Wood, Jia Wood etc) Further, there is a lack of awareness that the 12 Stages/Phases is different for BaZi and Feng Shui practice. There are subtle differences in the application – a topic I will not address here so please ask someone else. In my teaching and practice of BaZi, I do not use the 12 Stages/Phases. As such, when I use the term ‘Graveyard’, I am referring to it in the context of (b) Now, back to the Graveyard. The Graveyard as an Earthly Branch Let’s make sure everyone is on the same page. There are 12...

Appeasing the Rob Wealth Gods…...

I had an entertaining discussion today with a friend about appeasing the Rob Wealth Gods – I thought I would reproduce it to give people a sense of how we deal with the Rob Wealth Star (many people always ask) and for those with some imagination, you can see how the concept of ‘fulfilment of a negative circumstance’ is used in BaZi.   Here was the WhatsApp conversation, reproduced: Me: Giant expense expected this month. Must try to head off the universe. Friend: But the universe always wins one way or another… Me: Yes, hence you must pacify with a sacrifice. But stagger it. Friend: ?? Me: Start with a baby goat…not appeased?Offer male chicken…no work? Try cow. No work? Resort to virgin sacrifice. Me: Do not skip to virgin sacrifice immediately. If you do virgin sacrifice first, then go to chicken, the Gods will be angry. Friend: So what is a chicken sacrifice? Me: Chicken sacrifice is like buying dinner – 200 bucks that kind of thing. Baby Goat is like 500-1k…Cow sacrifice maybe about 2000…iphone…Virgin sacrifice…oh, that’s a car. Friend: Full HD 55 inch tv is RM3700 – is that a cow sacrifice? Me: I have to space them out. I still got sick in April despite many chickens and two cows. In the context of the Rob Wealth Star, if one is facing a Rob Wealth month, the idea is to appease the Rob Wealth Star continually through the spending of money but staggering out that expense through a variety of means. Some small purchases/payments (outstanding bills, credit card bill), some large purchases/payments (mortgage reduction/management fees outstanding/credit card balance). If you want to be really exacting, time those purchases/payments to a Rob Wealth Day itself. Instead of waiting for the Gods...

10 Gods Video – Ready to Ship!...

After much months of teasing with the various preview videos, I’ve finally finished the monumental task of editing over 40 hours of video instruction for my 10 Gods Redux class. Lightly curated (meaning, order may be re-arranged for ease of viewing), edited neatly into segments between 40-120 minutes in order to facilitate ease of learning and subtitled in English so that student questions and discussions can be easily followed, these videos can be viewed on a laptop or a USB enabled television, or transferred to an iPad. Slides and charts have been inserted appropriately but students will also have a printed booklet with the slides and charts for note-taking and additional reference. I hope that these videos represent an opportunity for students interested in advancing their knowledge of BaZi to take things to the next level, even though they are unable to attend classes in person. To see the various preview videos, head over to the Baziqueen Youtube channel. For questions or inquiries on the videos, please direct them to bazibuzz@gmail.com Meanwhile, here are two previews from the Elemental Dynamics class...

The Versatile Eating God/Hurting Officer…...

Not all Hurting Officer/Eating Gods are created equal. If you have a versatile Eating God/Hurting Officer Stars, your Output Star has a interchangeable, chameleonic and varied quality. Lady Gaga, a Xin Metal Day Master, uses Water as her Output Star. And as this series of videos illustrates, that is what accounts to some degree, for her tremendous versatility as a perform. Gui becomes Ren. Ren becomes Gui. Yang to Yin. Yin to Yang. Enigmatic one minute, powerful the next. Ethereal sometimes, ballsy at other times. Tsunami today. Rain tomorrow. Sounding like Madonna… Inexplicable…Southern Rock…yet works… Then a Duet with Tony Bennett singing…JAZZ The piece de...

It’s not a Goat/Sheep or a Ram…it’s a Wei 未...

The Lunar Chinese New Year always brings out the silly season when it comes to news publications. And unfortunately, Feng Shui experts seem to like to go along with the flow. Yesterday, I was reading the article below on global economic forecasts and what amazed me is that the article contained zero explanation of how the experts arrived at their conclusions – not even a five element explanation. Perhaps it goes back to the old view that inauspicious things shouldn’t be said during Chinese New Year. Of course, the annoying thing is that then someone will ask ME about this article they read because they didn’t understand how these experts derived their answers either. At least the CLSA Feng Shui index doesn’t take itself seriously, and even then, it’s at least based on some attempt at historical data.   However, the height of Chinese Astrological silly season for me was an article by international wire services which ran in a number of Malaysian publications entitled “Which Animal? Confusion Over ‘Sheep, Goat or Ram’ Clarified”. (variations can be seen via Google Search here) This for me takes the cake as possibly the stupidest article I have ever read on Lunar Calendaring, Astrology and Earthly Branches. Yes, I know – this stuff is mostly for entertainment or light reading. But really, must we tolerate stupid ignorant articles just because it’s not supposed to be taken seriously? A majority of the articles fail to appreciate an important point: that although the Animals referenced in the Earthly Branches are familiar mostly Chinese farmyard animals (excepting the Dragon, which is the one anomaly since that mythological, and the Tiger, which obviously is NOT a domestic animal), the characters used to reference the animals are SPECIAL and not the conventional...

The Goat Economy – Yi Wei 乙未 Outlook...

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 2015 BaZi chart: IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: 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. Elemental Overview 2015’s chart is interesting in that it is an extremely elementally one sided chart for many elements. Metal and Water are extremely weak, Earth would be considered neither weak nor strong (since the Fire element is strong in 2015), whilst Fire and Wood are extremely strong. Both Water and Metal have no Companion Stars, so they are not just weak due to season, but lack support. Interestingly, both Water and Metal also have weak Resource elements in the chart. This clearly strongly indicates that the Water and Metal industries will be the biggest losers in 2015, either facing major industry problems arising from a lack of collaboration or cooperation (or takeovers rather than mergers) or an inability to go to the capital markets. Fire and Wood are the strongest elements in 2015 – however, the strength in this case comes from both competition and Resource. Strength from Resource is not a bad thing but strength from competition is a cause of concern if there is a corresponding lack of Wealth. This means the industry suffers from dog-eat-dog problems or becomes cannablistic, with a ‘survival of the fittest’ circumstance arising. This would seem to be...