Too Long, Didn’t Read Summary:

  • Career success ultimately depends on the overall quality of your chart – not because a practitioner chose a role for you in your ‘lucky’ industry.
  • Choosing roles and industries using beneficial elements is a modern day rendition of metaphysics which isn’t very useful.
  • It’s more important to have an interest or passion in something rather than obsessing about the elements.
  • Life will naturally push you in the right direction when you have a good chart.

Choosing your career with the help of metaphysics is one those ‘must-dos’ whenever someone gets a consultation. It’s not a topic I’ve addressed in my blog yet but it’s about time I do so. I lost count of the number of times someone asked me “What career is suitable for me?” or “What are my strengths?”

What I’ll be communicating is pretty straight forward so I’ll try to keep this post concise. This post, as with many other posts, is built on the context of one of my earlier posts, which is this one: The Difference Between A Good BaZi Chart And A Bad One. People’s misunderstanding of this field, along with ‘practitioners’ trying to generate content for the sake of it, has led the public to form a rather skewed impression on what metaphysics can or cannot do. Whatever I say in this post is nothing new per se, and it still boils down to what I’ve always been trying to bring across – which is that your chart is but a reflection of nature’s laws, and it charts your growth as a person.

I know a lot of comparison is done between people with good charts and bad charts and it’s an uncomfortable topic. Trust me, it makes me uncomfortable too, but it’s still the best way to put things into perspective for the layman and to address misconceptions. I’d always say it’s important to be cognisant, no matter ho harsh, of the dichotomy that exists.

Now, let’s talk about what role metaphysics can play in our careers. I hope this post addresses most people’s questions on how metaphysics can be used for such matters.

Career Success Ultimately Depends On The Quality Of Your Chart

Our career achievements and how smooth our careers are, at the end of the day, really depends on the quality of our chart. You cannot ‘game’ the chart and expect that your life will turn around just because you chose a career that is supposedly based on your favourable elements. It’s an overly simplistic and linear way of looking at metaphysics and not the application of the theory in my opinion and we haven’t even taken a close look at whether this modern day theory truly stands.

Some people would feel that life is unfair because life gave them a challenging chart, which is why their careers aren’t going well. I’m sure most of us can relate to this feeling and we felt like that at some point in our lives. However, I’m sure my regular readers knowing my philosophy on metaphysics and there comes a point where we need to stop blaming it on life and take some personal responsibility. Continuing to lament on your chart isn’t going to change anything.

Stop thinking that metaphysics is about generating “luck”. This word should have no place in Chinese metaphysics and it’s not the appropriate translation of the word 运 which we see all so often in this field. Good things don’t happen to good people arbitrarily or out of pure randomness and I can’t emphasise this enough.

Perhaps to try to help put things into perspective: As mentioned, metaphysics is a study of nature’s laws after all, and you are a product of nature. Like every other natural phenomenon, the growth of something depends on the environment and innate quality of the subject. It’s very much like your natal chart and your Elemental Phases which practitioners use for a reading. Your natal chart is your innate nature, and your Elemental Phases is like your environment – these two will come together and chart your growth as a human being and I have emphasises this countless times.

People might ask, “But what if we don’t have control of our environment? We can’t choose where we end up and it’s affecting me!” I’d ask you to challenge that assumption. First of all, you do have control of your environment – you just simply need to move somewhere else. However, there are some caveats.

I’ve mentioned this in one of my earlier blog posts (I forgot which one), but if you were to observe an environment where a particular species is thriving (it can be plants or animals), it’s because the weaker ones have already perished. Let’s use a layman scenario for example: If you were to imagine yourself in a field of flowers which are all flourishing, you won’t see any withering ones – at least not for long. In that kind of environment, competition for nutrients and sunlight from the stronger flowers will eventually lead the weaker ones to perish. This natural law applies to us humans as well of course – it’s a cruel but very real way of describing reality but it is the way it is. Many of us find ourselves at the mercy of our environment because of competition, and some of us are fighting for survival in the midst of all these competition, fearing that we might ‘perish’. It is the innately strong and healthy ones who will continue to thrive.

Basically, what I’m saying is: You absolutely must adapt a growth mindset and continue growing. This is the one single thing which separates people with good BaZi or Zi Wei Dou Shu charts from the bad ones. Our charts are not a description of “luck” or random arbitrary events – our charts represent our growth just like everything else you see in nature.

Now, I’m not saying all of us must turn into overly competitive, self-centred people (which some unwise people eventually become). The best environments is where the species thrives together in a safe ecosystem. What I’m basically saying is, at the end of the day, if you want your career to go well, it’s entirely up to you and your resourcefulness and capabilities.

To be fair, there will be times where the environment gets so toxic that it gets to us, but please do remember we are humans, and we have free will. We can still ultimately choose the environment we want to end up in, but of course, you must have what it takes to get there and then continue to survive in a better environment. If not, you’ll end up like that weak plant or organism that eventually loses to competition and perishes. Everyone wants that better paying job at a better company, but many fail to ask themselves if they are even ready for a bigger roles which requires a lot more from them.

There are times where a client with an extremely good natal chart comes to me asking for some career advice, and the chart clearly states that the client is in a bad phase and the problems have triggered. I’m not worried about cases like these because I know that they will be able to find someone better with ease and they will continue to thrive. The rough patch they go through will pass just like how seasons pass. It helps to have a strong natal chart, because it’s your core as a person after all and your natal chart does determine how well you can cope with the tougher phases.

If your natal chart is a challenging one, you’d be at the mercy of your Elemental Phases. Expect your mettle to be tested when you hit a negative phase, but what’s important here is one’s reaction to it. You’ll see a lot of differences in the way a Category 1 person handles his or her life as opposed to a Category 4 person.

Taking Hints From The Charts On Which Career To Choose

People always like to ask me what is the most suitable career for them. There’s nothing wrong asking this of course, but I’d like to clear up a few misconceptions:

Metaphysics cannot tell you exactly what you need to do or which line you should go into. Please remember metaphysics is not everything. Take my own case for example: Someone with the same birthday will not necessarily end up being in the metaphysics field.

Where we eventually end up still very much depends on our life story and where life pushes us and this is something that is beyond metaphysics. Yes, the charts can give us hints on what some of our strengths and natural inclinations are, and we can make a career decision based on that information, but please remember that’s all there is to it.

On that note, I’d also just like to remind everyone that just because you choose a career that supposedly works towards your strengths, it doesn’t mean success is guaranteed. To put things into perspective, just because you are naturally stronger in something – it doesn’t mean you are stronger than others. This “strength” that people like practitioners to identify has no benchmark and it’s only on the own chart-holder’s terms, but if you bring everyone else eyeing for that same pie into the picture, your “strength” may suddenly seem very insignificant.

Let’s use a technical example and I’ll use ZWDS for this:

You may have read that people born under the star 武曲 (wu3 qu3) have a naturally affinity with the financial sector, but that doesn’t mean everyone born under this star will have guaranteed success in finance. Yes, the interest might be there and the chart-holder may be more money-focused, but I’m sure you’ll agree with me that success doesn’t just come from just merely having interest in something – you have to be the best at it. If I were to explain this technically: A star one is born under can be a good position in the chart or it can be in a bad position, and it will manifest differently when it comes to someone’s raw capability. Furthermore, high quality charts also need the chart-holder encounters beneficial stars like 左辅右弼,or positive transformer stars like 化禄。

The Ridiculous Practice Of Coming Up With A Laundry List Of Career Options Based On Elements

A lot of my clients have shared the reports of other practitioners with me and I often see a ridiculous laundry list of career options written in there. I can’t help but to be a bit peeved, because it’s not helpful for the client at all.

I have a few problems with this practice:

  • The practitioner really isn’t offering anything of value. Instead of clearing the misconception or guiding the client into the right way of seeing things by analyzing the chart accurate and objectively, the client is presented with a useless list of career options.
  • You’ll also often see that some of these suggestions conflict with each other. For example, some people might say that the tech industry is a Metal industry, whereas some say it’s Fire. So which is it? And does it really matter?
  • Basically, the root cause is not being addressed, which is the quality of the chart overall.

I realised a lot of the reports and consultations out there really feels more like a superficial lip-service session for the client instead of telling them what’s going on. What’s the point of this really?

If you remember reading my blog post on what makes people wealthy, I listed the charts of a few of my really successful friends. If we were to apply the popular theory of choosing your industry by the elements, my friends would be considered in the wrong industry, but yet, they are extremely successful. So what’s going on here? There’s no doubt that they are undergoing positive phases, and they are also leveraging on their strengths – but the industry they are in really doesn’t matter. Life pushed them towards opening a F&B business, and they committed to the path and are doing extremely well now. I’ve met countless successful people who are in industries that are not associated with what popular theory is suggesting. How do you explain that then?

The bottom line is: The theory of using the elements to choose your suitable industry really isn’t very helpful in my opinion.

There Is No Point Looking At Roles Or Industries When The Foundation Is Weak

I think people know by now that I absolutely detest toxic mindsets and I do have run-ins with clients at times when they don’t seem to ‘get it’. There is really no point at getting a practitioner to propose a list of roles and industries you can consider when the foundation isn’t there, and when I say foundation, it really refers to the intangibles like your character, intelligence, whether you can work well with people etc – basically things that makes someone successful.

As mentioned in the above section, at the end of the day, it’s still the overall chart quality that matters. There’s really no point going into specific industries and what not if the chart has problems.

The people who usually have a major screw up in their lives are the ones who buy the idea that success is guaranteed as long as you are in the field with the right element. Take a very simple example: Let’s say someone’s chart says that he or she has an affinity with finance or a Metal industry, should this person go start a bank then? Or if someone has an affinity with the F&B or media industry, should this person go start a restaurant or a media company? I’m sure we all know that the failure rate of new businesses is extremely high, and having your own business doesn’t always mean a better quality of life.

What I am trying to say here is that, before you think about what industries are associate with what elements, spend this effort asking better, more constructive questions like:

  • What is it that I am interested in and passionate about?
  • Am I committed to being the best at what I do?
  • Do I have the patience, commitment to acquire the knowledge and skills to do well.
  • Am I ready to be patient, and understand that success will take time?

Because if there’s anything I realised from my time giving consultations and observing people, it’s that the people with the best charts are constantly asking themselves constructive questions like these. People with good charts are naturally able to develop themselves to a point where they naturally know where their strengths are – they don’t need someone to tell them such things because they are very self-actualised people.

I mentioned this is one of my really old posts: If you’ve gone through the Chinese classics on BaZi, you’ll often see examples of how your Daymaster needs to be ‘forged’ in order for it’s value to manifest. In order for it to be ‘forged’, it must be strong enough to withstand the process. The value of Metal is brought out by what ‘harms’ it, which is Fire. Likewise, the value of Wood is brought out by Metal. “Harm” is not the best word to use here. We use the word 克 (ke4) in Chinese when two elements clash, but 克 isn’t always a bad thing and it can be very positive in fact.

If this were to translate into real life, it simply means that the people with the challenging charts and lives are those who either stop, or don’t know how to grow. Trials and challenges make them weaker, not wiser.

If You Have A Good Chart, Things Will Fall Into Place Naturally For You

Perhaps it’s a bit harder for everyone to appreciate, but when one’s has a good chart, things really just fall into place for them – and for good reason. It really doesn’t matter which industry or role is tied to which element.

I’ve argued time and again, it’s not about “luck” because this word suggests not having to do anything and good things will happen. The people with the good charts have successful, happy lives not because they are “lucky”, but because they embody what makes one successful. These are the people who have a very clear idea of what they wish to do with their lives and what they wish to achieve, and they have a focus and something they enjoy doing. Career success is only natural.

I’m sure most would agree that, if someone is in their 30s or 40s, and has yet to figure out what their interests, passions or strengths are, then it’s really not about which industries are associated whatever elements anymore.

There is really a lot more to assessing someone’s overall success other than just looking at what elements are associated with which industries. To be honest, I’m not even sure if this theory stands because it’s not how I personally view metaphysics.

Now, for a bit of harsh reality.

No One Can Help You If You Don’t ‘Get It’ 

I know it sounds harsh and perhaps politically incorrect, but if someone were to not ‘get it’, there’s really not much anyone can do for this person. I’m sure we all have that one self-destructive friend whom we feel we can’t get to no matter how we explain things and their lives just gradually spirals out of control. It takes a traumatic event for them to get a chance of shifting their perspective, hopefully, for the better.

I’ve said this countless times: I don’t want anyone to see practitioners as people who can turn people’s lives around. At the end of the day, the change still comes from the chart-holder. Practitioners are normal human beings who just happen to have a special set of knowledge that helps with putting things into perspective, and perspective, sometimes, is everything.

I recently had a case which pretty much infuriated me and it’s been a while since I’ve encountered a toxic client. Everyone knows that when you fill up the application form for a consultation, you’ll receive a really long email telling you how to prepare for a consultation. Not only did this client not bother to read the email out of pure laziness, when I told this client to go through my blog when he has time, this client obviously just skimmed through it for the sake of it without any introspection whatsoever. I was just told to give a solution.

I personally find it unacceptable that someone 7 years older than me can still operate this way:

A bit of context: So this client went to other practitioners who very confidently declared that he is suitable for business, and he eventually started one which didn’t go down too well. The analysis he was given was completely wrong, and like how people make bad decisions listening to annual zodiac forecasts which are complete utter nonsense, this client made the wrong decision and his life was flipped upside down and his career has since been thrown way off course. This client also bought one of the items that were supposed to bring good luck but I guess the person who sold it forgot to charge it with his spiritual energy but did so for the friend (sarcasm intended). This also happens to be one of the perfect examples of why I’m against zodiac forecasts, because people really do end up making the wrong decisions due to what practitioners say, and the nature of our ‘job’ makes it such people are extremely receptive to what we say.

Again, it’s not about your “luck”. This word should never be associate with metaphysics. It’s not that this client was unlucky – he thought too highly of himself and went into business thinking it would make him rich and make his life comfortable. He failed to ask himself exactly what he has to offer and what problem he’s trying to solve. What he did was not being enterprising – it’s being an escapist while lacking common sense. 

I apologise that I include screenshots of my conversations on my blog sometimes. I know some readers are uncomfortable with it and am surprised that I do it, but I’ll always make it a point to cover up the names, even those of practitioners I don’t agree with. It should be rather clear who I don’t agree with by now – I really don’t have to name them.

When I say your natal chart and the phases is go through is really about your mindset, this is the perfect example of it. The kind of questions you ask yourself or others say a lot about your character. I ever had one client who asked me “Do I need to work hard to be rich?” and doesn’t seem to understand that everyone needs to work hard to wealthy. The above is a case of a Category 4 chart, but I took up the case because technically, there’s suppose to be an upturn although it’s going to take a while before this client starts to truly grow as a person despite almost being 40.

Just to be clear (again), especially for the new readers: I don’t put up a different front when I conduct my consultations and I react accordingly to every different situation. I know I’m a service provider but my job here is not to give clients a Singapore Airlines Suites Class flight experience. If the client is nice, I will go out of my way to make sure this client gets the most out of the consultation. If the client is toxic, expect the tone to change.

I’m someone who speaks my mind, so if the tonality of my texts in the screenshots above surprises you, well, welcome to my blog. Would you rather I tell people the right thing in hopes that they can really change for the better? Or tell them that they must get a Citibank credit card because their lucky colour is blue?

Stop thinking that items and charms can magically change your life – only people with the lowest quality charts will think this way. 


Before I end off: I’ve been getting a lot of questions on whether someone’s chart is their karma. In a way, it is. It’s the chart we are born with after all. But for someone like myself to just dismiss all these discussions and misconceptions by declaring metaphysics as “it’s your karma” isn’t exactly the best way to deal with things or address people’s concerns.

Yes, we all have our karma and we are meant to go through certain things. The reason why I write about these topics is so that people can understand what is it that can make the quality of our lives so different. What is it that we are ‘not getting’ or what is it gives someone such an enviable life but we don’t? What is that can make some people thrive despite all the difficulties whereas some people just crumble.

When our ancestors developed the field of metaphysics, they didn’t go into it with the mindset of “Hey man it’s your karma, too bad! Life sucks too bad!” to put it in an oddly crude way. You’ll definitely see the Chinese classics talk about karma (因果) and how metaphysics is a manifestation of it. Our ancestors sought to understand these laws so that people’s lives can improve. It’s important to accept the charts we have, because acceptance has to come first before real, lasting change can.

But using jadeite rings and crystal statues and claiming you can work less for more? Oh god… Don’t get me started.

– Sean

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