What is the difference between Feng Shui and BaZi – or Four Pillars?
1. Fate: 40% or Heaven Luck – we can’t change it.
2. Human Luck: 25% – represents our own efforts.
3. Feng Shui: 35% – we can use this knowledge to help shape our lives.
BaZi or Four Pillars of Destiny is not a mere entertainment fad, or something to satisfy our curiosity.
Used as a great life improvement tool – it can bring great positive impact to your life!
Four Pillars has been developed along with the varied Feng Shui schools at about the same time – 4000 years ago. Feng Shui can also be described as “Heavenly watching and landscape watching”, to support the Taoist holistic view that there is a holographic relation between Heaven and Earth. This theory is now supported by the new Quantum physics or chaos theories.
Ba Zi is for the Human condition or ‘Destiny’ and Feng Shui is for the Environment. The two can not be separate. From the earliest times humans were in search of finding their life purpose. For centuries the Chinese have accumulated much knowledge to study these great questions in search of answers. By studying the interaction between Man, the Environment, Time and the Universe (Heaven), a pattern was discovered.
This pattern represents the cyclical influence of the energies in the Universe imprinted on us during the time of our birth. This information is encrypted in the form of Eight Characters (BaZi). Thus the study and practice of BaZi calculations allow us to decrypt this information and our destiny can be revealed.
Most people have heard of the Chinese zodiac. Some know of the cycle of the twelve animals, and of how their characters are described with a high percentage of accuracy.
Unfortunately, for most people in the West, this knowledge was limited to the year of their birth. However, the BaZi system is much more detailed and inclusive; it tells of a person’s character to a high degree, and from there, that person can understand his or her strengths and weaknesses, and make essential, intelligent decisions and improvements about the course of his/her life. BaZi divination is different from Western astrology. While Western astrology places emphasis on psychological insights and nuances, BaZi tells it as it is. Examples:
“FUTURE LUCK CYCLES: Age 69-78: (Ren Zi – Water Rat): The influence of Yang Water this cycle brings great family support and happiness. This energy may be more welcome in this third phase of your life when you energies may be somewhat weaker, thus you will enjoy closeness with your family (children, grandchildren). As you may have rebelled in your youth by not wanting too much closeness from your family of origin, it is different now, at this stage.”
”CURRENT YEARS: As you entered this cycle at age 57 you should be feeling a lot more comfortable with the new path you are taking with your life. The emotionally painful periods of your twenties and early thirties are but a distant memory”.
These are just short examples of an authentic Ba Zi reading. Even if some accept it with skepticism, the readings are often realized, with amazing precision.
Think of Four Pillars of Destiny as a weather report or traffic report for your life or possible destiny.
You can ignore the reports, and might get stuck in traffic or snow or you may be faced with possible problems because you were not prepared. If you pay attention to the report you can avoid or minimize the probability of damage and take advantage of the good opportunities that may arise in good cycles.
At the same time, if you are not aware of your best cycles, you may miss them altogether. The wisdom of the ancient people is here for us to use to optimize our chances for happiness and improve conditions for others and ourselves.
If we know ourselves, we know our limitations and positive qualities as well as those of our fellow humans we can all get along a lot better.
The Eight Characters or Ba Zi represents the static chart of our destiny. The eight characters are called our ‘Ming’ or Life. Our Life Path or Destiny is calculated in what we call the dynamic pillars where they represent 10-year periods of our life. These pillars are known as Luck Pillars.
Example: Four Pillars chart of John Lennon:
Birth Date: 9 October 1940 18:30
Conception Hour Day Month Year Life
Yin Fire Yin Wood 50% Yin Wood 50% Yang Fire 80% Yang Metal 80% Yang Fire
Ding Yi Yi Bing Geng Bing
Ox Rooster Rooster Dog Dragon Dog
Chou You You Xu Chen Xu
Yin Earth 60% Yin Metal 80% Yin Metal 80% Yang Earth 60% Yang Earth 60% Yang Earth 60%
Yin Water 10% ….. ……Yin Water 10% Yin Wood 10% Yin Water 10%
Yin Metal 16% …………..Yin Fire 16% Yin Water 16% Yin Fire 16%
From this chart we can see that John’s Self element: Wood (only about 20%) is ‘under attack’ from an overwhelming amount of Metal (50%) (his opposite – power element). His tragic end happened in a year when Metal was especially powerful: 1980 – the year of the Yang Metal Monkey (Metal on top/Metal below). (Metal increased by 50%).
He was also about to enter into a Yang Metal-ruled 10-year cycle: ruled by the Metal Tiger (Metal on top/Wood below) – high probability for sudden attack… Water, his supportive element is found in abundance in his wife, Yoko’s chart. This explains his great need he had to be near her at all times. (Of course, this is a short example and a glimpse at his life.)
The Metal element also represents great spiritual power in Lennon’s chart : those who are here to teach and enlighten others have a higher than average amount of the ‘Power’ element. John Lennon was a spiritual teacher, it is clearly reflected in this chart.
We live under the influence of two immense fields of energy. Below us is the constant power of Earth. Above us, and expanding through the immeasurable vastness of space is the energy of the Cosmos. We, as human beings, always have been fascinated by the mysteries of the Universe from the Creation to today’s events.
Understanding the influence of these energies and their impact on our lives is the basis of Feng Shui. EP.
“There is a mysterious thing
that existed before Heaven and Earth
Silent and empty,
Alone and unchanging,
It is the Mother of All Things.
If I must, I’ll call it “Great”, Greatness entails transcendence.
Transcendence entails going beyond.
Going beyond entails return to the beginning”.
From Tao Te Ching XXV