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What is BaZi?

by Master Janene Laird

BaZi (Four Pillars of Destiny or Chinese Astrology)

The Four Pillars of Destiny is a system of Chinese Solar Astrology.  It can be used to ascertain a person’s general characteristics and energy dynamics and also to determine what elements are favorable to them.  As with all systems of astrology, Four Pillars of Destiny is an interpretation of the cosmological energy qualities, represented by characters, which are present at each moment of time.  A chart of this energy configuration can be drawn up and is called a natal chart.

Four Pillars Astrology can interpret many qualities and themes in a person’s energetic make up, such as relationships, creativity, status, resources, money, career and health.

The cycles that are encountered over the course of a lifetime can also be listed out.  They are called ‘Luck Pillars’ and illuminate which cycles are more favorable and which are more difficult.  With this information we know potential energy situations and how to negotiate these time periods. Are they times of growth where we can proceed confidently, or are they more challenging times where we need to show more care, caution and discretion?  The influence of each year can also be deduced.

The Four Pillars also has special emphasis to Feng Shui as a person’s favorable elements can be ascertained.  This can then be used to recommend certain choices in colour, decor and furnishings which will strengthen our living and working environment.

Finally, once the dynamics of a persons Four Pillars chart is known then this information can also be used to select auspicious dates to maximize success.  For example, it can determine the best times to open a new business, get married, purchase a home or travel overseas.  This is a skill that is highly regarded by the Chinese and involves reference to the Chinese Almanac or “Tong Shu” for selecting auspicious dates.

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