This is the first in my ‘How to train’ series on the Day Masters. To make it really interest, I am NOT going in the order of the 10 Stems 甲 乙 丙 丁 戊 己 庚 辛 壬 癸. It’s going to be RANDOM. But Jia Wood goes first because well…I’ve already written half the post before I decided to randomise life.
The first thing, before one gets on to the subject of training a Jia Wood, is to understand first: WHAT IS A JIA WOOD?
This seems like a rather stupid question, but often, you find people struggle to really put their finger on what each Day Master is supposed to be. They might be able to picture it in their mind, but not be able to find the words. Or they might be able to find the words, but not the picture.
Here are some ways to think about Jia Wood.
Jia Wood = Tree
Many Trees = Forest.
A Tree can be Dead
Or a Frozen tree
All trees need the same things – Water to grow, Earth to grow on, and Sunlight to grow towards.
Translate that into BaZi terms: Jia Wood people need to continuously learn and self-cultivate (Resource Star, which is Water), Earth to stick their roots into and grow on (money is what grounds them or commits them to something) and finally, achievement and ambition (output star, specifically Eating God) in which to continuously reach new heights.
So ideally, your Jia Wood must be able to call upon 癸 己 and 丙 in the chart to be able to fulfil its basic criteria and requirements to be a half decent tree.
How does this relate to how to train a Jia Wood?
Well, if you want to train something, that means you want it go GO SOMEWHERE. So first understand that all Jia Wood need Water, Earth and Sunlight as their MOTIVATIONS. These are the things that drive them. And unfortunately, whatever they do has to offer up ALL these elements at the same time.
Now, trees are somewhat useless when they are over-grown. So they need to be pruned, trimmed back and set straight so that they can once again, start to grow.
Enter the Geng 庚 Metal, which is needed whenever the Jia Wood has started to get a bit lazy, and lacks focus. Just like the tree, which is growing in all directions, or worse, has a branch hanging over someone’s house and is just a disaster waiting to happen.
Now, the problem with the arrival of the Geng Metal is that most Jia Wood people are fearful of it. Naturally, being chopped hurts. And who wants pain?
Unfortunately, the mantra of the Jia Wood person has to be no pain, no gain.
If a Jia Wood is not suffering on the job or killing themselves to make progress or headway in something, guess what – that’s why they are not getting anywhere. Stress = Progress and Advancement for the Jia Wood person (as 7 Killings amongst other things, represents stress and pressure, deadlines and the sort).
So to train you Jia Wood, first you need to get them somewhere. To do that, you need Earth, sprinklings of water, and lots of nice Sunlight for the Jia Wood. But after a certain point, the tree either needs to be pruned back (in order to re-grow – read: learn to do something else) or it simply needs to fulfil it’s purpose (read: become useful). At this point, chop chop chop by the Geng Metal is required.
Rinse and repeat.