Common Misconceptions in BaZi

Posted On Last updated May 14, 2020 | Published on Jan 23, 2016

Hi everyone! Apologies for missing out on the blog post last week! This week, I’ll be touching on the topic of common misconceptions of BaZi quickly. I’ve come across a lot of hobbyists who have misconceptions in BaZi and the way they analyze a chart. Most of these misconceptions were formed as a result of the lack of understanding of the theory behind BaZi, or choosing to go into the study of BaZi by picking on bits of information all over the internet.

Here are some of the most common misconceptions that I hear which I’d like to point out:

1) A strong Daymaster equates to a good chart. This is certainly not true as BaZi emphasizes balance or what we call 中和为贵。Of course, there are certain special conditions where an extremely strong Daymaster needs to be strengthened even further but those kinds of charts is extremely rare. There are a lot of cases where a strong Daymaster leads to the downfall of the person.

2) A weak Daymaster equates to a bad chart. 80% of the BaZi charts in the world fall under a weak Daymaster, but that doesn’t mean the person does not have a chance to be wealthy and successful. You have to take into account the Luck Phases (大运流年) to determine the quality of the chart.

3) Having a 七殺 in your chart automatically means your chart is bad. A lot of people are familiar with what 七殺 is. Although the name of this ‘god’ suggests it to be something negative, there are several cases where 七殺 can be used for the chart holder’s benefit. A lot of successful people have 七殺 in their chart.

4) Seeing 正官,正财 or 正印 automatically means your chart is good. This is not necessarily true. You have to determine what the structure of your chart is and what makes it special or shine. Once you identified the structure of the chart, you need to encounter the beneficial elements during your different Luck Phases to bring out the best in your chart. There are times where seeing these favourable ‘gods’ such as 正官,正财 and 正印 can break down what makes the chart special and bring down the overall quality of the chart.

These are a few of the most common misconceptions that I constantly hear from my clients and from forums. If you have any questions, feel free to comment on the post or post on my Facebook page at here.

Looking forward to hearing from everyone!


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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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