Hey everyone! I am still very much alive. Busy as always juggling two jobs and burning my weekends most of the time. I hardly have the time to write on my blog. I think if there’s anything I enjoy most about this sideline of mine, it’s writing blog posts and sharing my thoughts on this field. Many people have reached out giving me words of encouragement and telling me they enjoy reading my posts and it really means a lot to me. I guess people find it refreshing that someone my age is doing this, and what’s more the views I hold are very contrarian and not what you hear from others in the field.
I’m going to talk about ‘changing’ your BaZi & Zi Wei Dou Shu chart today. This isn’t going to be a technical post, so don’t worry. The reason why I’ve put inverted commas is because there is no way you can change your chart. You are supposed to transcend it.
I’ve noticed some really interesting patterns in the way people approach metaphysics. Whenever I say that their BaZi chart lacks a certain beneficial element, people will always ask “How do I get more of my beneficial element?” However, when it comes to Zi Wei Dou Shu, no one seems to ask “How do I get that star in my Life Sector (命宮)” perhaps it sounds really silly. People usually tend to ask how to get a certain element because they’ve been made to believe that the 5 Elements (Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, Earth) are really referring to the literal, physical thing and all we need to do is to wear a certain colour associated to an element or have one of these elements nearby.
There’s a lot I wish to say here: I’ll try to make it organized and I’m going to make this a very candid post to place emphasis on the sheer absurdity of the myths and false beliefs held by most people. Despite the tone, there’s still a very important underlying message, so do read on.
The Myths That You Have Been Made To Believe
Let’s talk about colours first. You would probably hear the each of the 5 elements are associated with a certain colour. Green is for Wood; Red is for Fire; Brown is For Earth. Fair enough – no arguments with that. But does Water look black or blue to you? I mean, it’s transparent. As for Metal, what kind? Gold, silver or copper? How about mercury – is it ‘watery metal’ or ‘metallic water’? The colours that are assigned to these elements are due to cultural reasons way back in to the Qin (秦) dynasty for topographical reasons. There’s no magic in the colours. Really guys.. Come on… Does water look black to you? And wood technically should be brown – it’s the leaves that are green.
So, can colours change your life? Not in my opinion. If it could, I would have retired by now. The 5 Elements are an abstract way of describing how energy moves and the cycle of life and death – that’s it.
Some people go as far as to say, if you lack Wood in your BaZi, be near trees and touch grass whenever you can. Okay… So if we go with that logic, when Water is bad for my BaZi chart, do I stop drinking water? And I I need Fire in my chart, will my chances of striking the lottery be higher if I pursue a career as a fire eater? Let’s not start imagining the things you have to do with Metal.
Yes, metaphysics is esoteric and mysterious, but behind the shroud there is still a logic and law to it. Making sense of metaphysics is tough enough, the last we could do is to not make it sound so ludicrous. Everything you hear about using colours, be it at home or on the clothes you wear, to change your ‘luck’ or turn your life around, to me, is complete and utter nonsense.
Can Paying For Rituals Change Your BaZi Or Zi Wei Dou Shu Chart?
Most of my clients have done a chart reading before and I’m not the first practitioner they have approached. I know there are people out there offering ‘BaZi changing services’, and for a sum of money (usually in the 5 digits) they can go to a temple and have your BaZi or Zi Wei Dou Shu chart changed into a better one. Now, some questions you might want to ask yourself:
- Can you change an apple tree into an orange tree? What makes you think you can alter the laws of nature just because some monk prayed for you? Wouldn’t the monk just pray for world peace?
- What makes you think the gods, deities, Bodhisattvas or Buddhas will accept your ‘bribe’ consisting of some money, and perhaps some apples, bananas or whatever fruit you happened to get from the market, and change your life just like that? Doesn’t it go against the whole point of preaching karma?
I used to be someone who thought all I had to do was pray and be sincere as I offer some of my spare cash and did my ‘fruitful’ offerings, but I soon realized where I went wrong after digging through books on religion and spirituality when I was going through a rough patch. When you head to a temple to pray, you’re supposed to remind for yourself of the teachings and pray for guidance. It’s not some 1-on-1 exchange where “I give you money and fruits and you give me whatever I want” session. Only you can help yourself. If you think the above examples, especially the one about the bribing the gods are something a young guy like myself made up – it isn’t. I first came upon this example when I was reading a book on Tao Te Ching (道德經) written by Nan Huai-Chin (南懷瑾)。After you read up on him on the Wikipedia, you’ll know what it might be wise to seriously consider the example he gave, and bear in mind he’s a Buddhist master and scholar who knows metaphysics as well.
Now, do you really think paying someone at some unknown temple to pray for your BaZi to be changed can do you good? Is life that simple? If your answer to this is “no”, the next question to think about is whether a feng shui item can achieve this. If even the gods and deities in the temple can’t change your BaZi, what makes you think a crystal dragon or some random feng shui item can turn your life around?
Then comes the question: “How about Prosperity Live Burials (種生基)? It’s feng shui isn’t it?” Do you seriously want to give your fingernail, blood and clothes and put them in a grave while you’re still alive? Anita Mui did this whole ritual, but she still passed on due to cancer at a really young age of 40. Her real life example is a good enough one to make you seriously question the legitimacy of this whole Prosperity Live Burial ritual. I personally don’t buy this nonsense.
I lost count of the number of clients who shared with me the amount of money they’ve spent on feng shui items and pointless rituals, only to realize nothing has changed in their lives.
OK – So Does This Mean I Can’t Change Anything? My Life Sucks And I Die?
No! Please don’t think that way. This is not the first I’m writing this, but I keep saying it over and over again, our ancestors would not spend centuries developing this art just to tell us we can’t do anything about it! There are chapters in the BaZi Chinese classics themselves that write about how one’s BaZi chart is meant to be transcended, but yes, I know you’re asking “how the heck do I transcend it then”?
Sorry, But There Are No Short-Cuts
I think some of my most emotionally charged articles where I touch on such topics are buried deep in the archives. I’ll find time to make them more visible on the website soon. This is really not something new and it’s not the first time I’ve written about it, but it seems like the new clients who come to me didn’t get a chance to read through those articles, so I do try to write refresher articles once in a while.
To put it extremely simply, when I say transcend your BaZi chart, I’m really saying all you have to do is to be self-aware and focus on your own development. Yes, it sounds cliché, but that is really all that’s required of you. There are chapters within the BaZi Chinese classics themselves that emphasize on this, and you can find one in 《三命通會》and it can’t get anymore classical than that book. There is also 《了凡四训》(Liao-Fan’s Four Lessons) written by a Ming dynasty Chinese scholar who transcended his chart. I usually try not to write too much about this topic of transcending because I don’t feel like I’m in the position to ‘preach’ about such things as a very flawed human being myself, but when I do write about the topic, it’s really more as a professional duty. I’ve always felt that being self-aware starts with being comfortable in asking yourself very tough and uncomfortable questions. Let’s take a few aspects of human life for example and these are the two most talked about topics:
Wealth & Career
– Am I really that capable to command a high salary? What does that person with a high salary have that I don’t?
– Do I have what it takes to start a business? Is my business a feasible and sustainable one and do I have a plan for myself if it ever fails?
– Do I have a skill that is in demand and monetizable? When was the last time I learned something new?
– I really want someone to love me, but do I know what it means to love someone first? Do I have that emotional maturity?
– I really want a good partner, what can I do and how would I have to be to attract someone like that into my life?
These are some of the things I had to ask myself when I was at the lowest point in my life. I definitely do not see myself as someone worthy enough to be preaching such things, but I will say I have been through some pretty tough crap in my life and I wish to share my journey with you. If you stumbled upon this post, and you still have no idea what my background is like, please read through my older blog entries, or go to my personal Facebook page under the “About” section and read the “Notes” I’ve written. I am completely open with my past and how it led me to this field.
There Is Really No Such Thing As ‘Luck’ In Chinese Metaphysics
There’s an old article I wrote on what I feel ‘luck’ really is, or rather, there is no such thing as luck. I argued that the word “luck” is a really bad translation for what we commonly use in Chinese metaphysics, which is 運, because “luck” suggests that we don’t have to do anything and something good will just happen to us. My hope for metaphysics is for people to stop thinking this way. 運 was never about good things happening arbitrarily for no reason. There is always a cause and always an effect. The word 運 already suggests movement or action, which is why terms like 運動，運輸 etc exist. It’s more accurate to see 運 or ‘luck’ as an action, which includes thought, rather than a random arbitrary event. I don’t use the word “luck” in my reports anymore the moment I realized how misleading this word is, and have begun to use “elemental phases” instead just to keep things neutral. If I ever use the word “luck”, it will always come with single inverted commas because this word really doesn’t belong in metaphysics in my opinion.
I am one of the more fortunate people whereby my ‘luck’ takes an upturn when I reach 30, but like I said in my blog entry about this whole debate about “luck” – what if our 運 is really about our mindset, attitude and how we engage with the world? I noticed that people with an eventual upturn in their 運 have a very different mindset with those who will never meet this upturn. BaZi was developed based on nature’s laws, and human life is the natural embodiment and physical manifestation of those laws. Your chart basically tells a practitioner whether you will survive, grow and thrive in the environment you are thrown into, or wither, die and decay like the weaker plants or animals we see in nature. When I look at someone’s chart, I am basically able to tell the mettle of this person, and whether he/she will survive and thrive, or eventually wither off and perish.
Inanimate objects in nature don’t have the luxury of choice, and they just take whatever Mother Nature throws at them. If a tree so happens to be planted in an arid environment with no Water, it will die sooner or later – it can’t grow legs and crawl somewhere else with water. We as humans are not inanimate and we are sentient, so we do and will have a choice eventually. I know it’s unfair to say such things especially when one is born into a really challenging environment and it shapes who they are, but at the end of the day we still have to make the right choices so we can have a better life. I wrote in my article on the differences between a good BaZi chart and a bad one that we can only use our background as an excuse for that long – two people can come from a poor, abusive environment, but yet turn out very differently. That being said, I’m not invalidating the suffering people have to go through.
BaZi, Zi Wei Dou Shu & Metaphysics Aren’t Everything
Your astrological chart isn’t everything. There is so much more to life than metaphysics and there are mysteries on how the world works that are still unknown to us. I always tell my clients and friends that their BaZi and astrological chart are not everything. It does describe the unfolding of their lives based on nature’s laws, the beauty of being human is we have free will and we can influence things. Our charts are meant to be transcended and we are not supposed t o be bound by them. It’s not going to be easy transcending your chart, but if you’re not even going to even try, then please don’t ever let anyone hear you complain about your life, especially when they are making the effort to improve theirs. If you were to put a Buddhist spin to this whole debate – we are all here to return some form of debt, so let’s just get on with it and return it, and then focus on living a good life and be happy.
The main message I want to deliver in this post is to stop believing in all the nonsense you see and hear out there. If you want your life to change, you just have to start from within. Of all the things you should do to change your life, believing in all these hogwash is the last thing you should do. In fact, it shouldn’t be in the last position – it shouldn’t even be there. Paying some metaphysics person so that he can pay some monk at a temple isn’t going to help, and neither is erecting a grave for yourself while you’re still alive.
14th Feb’18 Update: Apparently this post was so well received that someone decided to copy it. Check out the blog post here.
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