It wasn’t gardening, that’s for sure. I’ve got the weeds and mess to prove it. This was the first year that my young garden was able to survive with very little attention. Some things even thrived. My little forest is growing up. I’ll give some of the credit to this temperate year of the Water Dragon which has now turned very dry. About the only thing I’ve done regularly in my garden is water and I didn’t even start that until late August.
This summer I spent every spare moment (and some borrowed and stolen ones too) studying the art and science of ba zi or Four Pillars of Destiny. Ba zi is an ancient Chinese method of predicting one’s overall life path and personality traits based on the birth data. The 4 pillars consist of the birth hour, day, month and year.
The birth chart analysis is based on observations of over a thousand years of data, theories from the I Ching (Book of Changes), and 5 Elements theory. It is said that when you take your first breath you inhale your destiny, which is based on the elemental phases present at the time. Ba zi is often called Chinese Astrology but it can be better explained as a statistical and logical analysis of the data, used in conjunction with certain algorithms. There are software programs written to decode ba zi charts but none will ever be able to compete with a human brain when it comes to recognizing the subtleties of human nature.
Having your chart analyzed is a great way to get to know yourself better and make choices that will improve your life. It can also be uncomfortable as no one likes to think about the aspects of themselves they perceive as unattractive or undesirable. Every quality about us has both helpful and unhelpful characteristics depending on how we wield it. Ba zi is not about judgement. It’s simply meant to help us understand why we do what we do, why certain relationships in our lives are the way they are, and what our hidden talents may be. The goal is to provide a solid foundation of understanding so you can make the best choices for yourself.
For example, each person has favorable and unfavorable elements in their chart. These elements will also come into play through timing. Most of us end up choosing a career that corresponds to the dominant (not necessarily favorable) element in the chart. That doesn’t mean that you’re in the wrong career. It just means that you might be happier in a career that corresponds to your favorable element or you could take a fun new direction in your current career. As the BaZi Queen says (I’m paraphrasing): The point of the analysis is to find out what your special gifts are and set them free.
If you made it this far and you’d like to see what elements are in your chart click here and enter your birth data, including time of birth. If you were born when daylight savings time was in effect subtract one hour from your birth time.
Well – that’s enough of the technical stuff for now. I’ll be writing more about feng shui and ba zi in the weeks and months to come. If you’d like to know more about how I ended up in Seattle studying Chinese Metaphysics click here.