Company Health & Career Success – A BaZi & ZiWeiDouShu Case Study


Posted On Last updated Apr 22, 2020 | Published on Sep 6, 2017

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I posted a case study, and today I’ve got one which is very relevant to all of us. I’m going to talk about how to assess your career success and trajectory using BaZi and ZiWeiDouShu in this entry, and sort of showcase what these two ancient methods can do. Remember, these methods are developed based on nature’s laws, and laws don’t change, which is why this art is still very much relevant today.

Some context: The chart-holder used to be someone really close to me. For my past clients and close followers of this blog, you may have a vague idea of who this person might be. For the newcomers to my blog, dig around my older posts under the “Personal” category if you’re interested to know my background a little, or head over to my personal Facebook account and read the “Notes” section. I’m very open about my past because I want people to know who they are engaging, and my past is the key reason why I was pushed down this path to learn Chinese metaphysics, BaZi, Feng Shui and what not. I spent a good deal of my late 20s reading anything and everything I could get my hands on regarding Chinese culture and history while I was slowly building my life back up. I wish I still had that luxury of time to read these days!

Anyway, personal sharing aside, let’s get back to the core topic of this entry. The chart below belongs to a female manager working in Lego.


I’m sure everyone saw the news regarding Lego’s layoffs, so the career status and progress of the chart-holder is definitely in question. If you can foresee such events happening in your chart, you stand a much higher chance at career success because you are prepared and you have a back-up plan. Many of my clients come to me when they hit the crossroads, because they are caught off guard by a sudden event their throws their life off course.

Let’s break down the above chart and perform a brief analysis:

  • The beneficial elements of this chart is Fire and Earth. Why? Under 調侯法, adjustment for environmental factors is required and this chart is too cold. Fire is required.
  • Fire also helps to strengthen the Yin Earth (己土) ‘Direct Officer’ (正官) in her chart which plays an important role in remedying the flaws of the chart. Now, you’re asking what are the flaws? Read on.
  • The Yang Water (壬水) Daymaster (日元) is not exactly considered weak. Beginners may be distracted by the two Earth Branches 戌 and 丑, but the question to ask is Water really weak in these two Branches? On top of that, this chart also has a 酉 acting as the source of Water.
  • As the Daymaster is not exactly weak, the ‘Rob Wealth’ (劫財) in the chart starts to become an issue and it needs to be controlled. The ‘Direct Officer’ in the chart is important because it acts as the control required for this ‘Rob Wealth’. Fire is important because it strengthens ‘Direct Officer’, and when it is strengthens, the chart structure upholds and the flaws of the chart are remedied.

You might be asking why I set the chart to 2014. The Fire combination 寅午戌三合火局 forms in 2014, so Fire is at it’s strongest and it was considered a very good year for her. True enough, the chart-holder started work at Lego in 2014, and the career move was considered a huge leap from her previous work place, with a good pay raise and higher title.

If you look closely at the chart, you’ll also realize that 2015 is the transition of her 10-year luck phase (大運), so it begs the question whether the elevated status and income of the chart-holder will remain, and whether her 2014 move to Lego can be deemed a true mark and milestone of career success.

The chart-holder 10-year phase is current in 己酉。Technically speaking it’s not a good 10-year phase, because of the very fact that it’s not a Fire phase which is what her chart needs the most. Despite earning a high salary, this chart is not exactly considered a good one and neither is this considered a fortune life per se. I think many of us measure our success and quality of life by the size of our pay cheque, but that’s a really flawed and incomplete way of looking at life in my opinion. Her high salary comes at the expense of many other things that make a good life sadly.

Being in a negative 10-year phase, there will definitely be some form of a trigger that will hit when the Luck Pillars are aligned in a certain way, and 2017 and 2018 are exactly the trigger years, which is why the good luck from 2014 is short lived and unsustainable. Let’s break down the years for ease of reading:

2017 丁酉年:

  • Earth is drained; Water is strengthened and Fire is harmed.
  • Bottom line, beneficial element is harmed and destructive elements are strengthened. All flaws in the chart are triggered.

2018 戊戌年:

  • Despite being an Earth year, it’s not considered a good year either. Why?
  • 酉戌相害,死火見旺金。
  • Don’t forget 戌 is the ‘Fire Tomb’ and Fire is at it’s weakest. 酉戌相害 and the 丑戌刑 inherent in the chart totally diminishes Fire.
  • Fire represents wealth in her chart, so the above points have huge implications on the chart-holder’s source of wealth and ability to acquire it.

Let’s take a look at her ZiWeiDouShu (紫微斗數) chart now:

The chart is set to 2018. Few things to point out (I’m going to write in both languages to for the benefit of my international readers):

  • 大限事業宮坐本名化忌。The 化忌 star sits in the natal chart’s career palace, meaning the main highlight or challenge during this phase will come from career.
  • 大限事業宮化忌入本命事業宮重大限父母宮。父母宮乃疾厄之遷移宮。父母宮 traditionally represents parents or the father, but it can also represent the trajectory of the company one is working in.
  • 流年事業宮化忌如大限事業宮重本命疾厄宮。Annual palace and 10-year palace represent career gets dragged into the picture, and clashes with the natal chart’s 疾厄宮 which represents company health.
  • 流年事業宮被冲。2018 Palace representing career gets clashed, signifying instability and changes. The inauspicious chart structure gets triggered but this one star – the above 3 pointers are basically describing the ‘set-up’.

If my experience serves me well, this manager will be included in the lay off which is reported to complete at the end of the year, but from the looks of it will probably spill into next year.

During my BaZi consultations, I use both BaZi and ZiWeiDouShu to give the analysis more depth and this case study is a good example of what ZiWeiDouShu can do. The BaZi chart above does point out the source of wealth will be threatened, but it does not tell us why. The ZiWeiDouShu chart can tell us where and how the challenges will come, because each of the 12 Palaces (宮位) represent something – in fact, each Palace can represent up to 12 different things. In this case, because we know the 疾厄宮 is harmed, we can deduce that the source of wealth is threatened because the company is not doing well. Both methods of Chinese astrology has it’s pros and cons. I usually only breakdown the BaZi chart and make it the core of my consultation because it’s easier to understand while I use ZiWeiDouShu to point out which areas to look out for. Unless you are at an intermediate level, ZiWeiDouShu is a lot harder to understand even if I were to break it down step by step for clients, so the consultation will end up feeling more like a lesson which is what I’m trying to prevent.

Anyway, I hope this entry gives you a better understanding of what BaZi and ZiWeiDouShu can do. Remember, metaphysics is not to be seen as a shortcut to life’s problems. Use it for self-awareness, getting insights into your ever changing environment and life planning. If you use metaphysics in a healthy way, success in career, finances and relationships will not be denied to you. I apply my knowledge in metaphysics in everyday life: from buying insurance, to who I hire, and who I would like to work with as business partners.

If you’ve managed to read so far, the chart-holder is my sister. Here’s an exercise for readers who are into Chinese metaphysics and reading chart: If you know a thing or two about chart analysis, you should be able to know a bit about me based on my sister’s chart, and why I mentioned at the beginning that the chart-holder “used to be someone close to me”. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

I hope everyone enjoyed this post, and as always, here’s wishing everyone happiness and good health!


P.S. Always found it funny that my clients whom I don’t even know can trust me so much, but my own family can’t fathom why I have this skill and continue to be my biggest skeptics. Oh well! *Shrugs*


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Written by Sean Chan

Sean Chan is Asia's leading Chinese metaphysics consultant specializing in BaZi, Zi Wei Dou Shu, Qi Men Dun Jia, and Feng Shui. A thought leader in the field, Sean's been featured on Channel NewsAsia, Rice Media, 联合早报, The New York Times Style Magazine and other local media. He blogs regularly about various topics surrounding Chinese metaphysics and aims to educate the public about the field.

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  1. Amy

    I enjoyed reading your post, and I think you have a very good way of explaining Bazi reading. I came across your post because I was wondering if a person will experience the same effects if he or she goes through the same annual chart 60 years from now and you make a good point how neat if we could find someone with our same chart.

    You remind me here how important remembering earth luck when thinking in these terms, since earth luck is part of the Heavenly trinity. A person may go through the same effects when his or her chart meets an annual chart again in 60 years but he or she may live in a different place, have a different level of health, or have different people in their life (amongst other areas). So, a person that develops an illness going through a Ten Year Luck cycle will come under the same stress in about another 60 years.

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