I’ve been getting a few questions on how 2016 will be for everyone and thought it might be a good time to talk about what we know as 太岁 a bit. Let me clear up a few misconceptions first:

1) Do you know that even if you 犯太岁 in a certain year, it can actually be a good thing? If you doubt me, drop me an email and I’ll quote the Chinese classic and chapter for you. As mentioned, everything I say in my website and blog can be referenced back to a Chinese classic.

2) 太岁 is not exactly a ‘god’ or deity per se. The Chinese in the olden days have the habit of making an idol out of something especially when it’s important and needs to be explains to people who have no idea what’s going on, just like how animals or Zodiacs were used to represent the different energies the Earthly Branches/地支 holds. Which brings me to the next point which surprises a lot of people…

3) 太岁 is actually a planet! Go find out which one!

4) It is untrue that your year would be horrible the the moment your Zodiac offends the ‘Tai Sui’ or 犯太岁。It’s kind of a sweeping statement unless a full analysis of your BaZi chart is done.

5) Your new ‘luck’ doesn’t kick in on Chinese Lunar New Year. It kicks in on the 4th February every year during 立春。The Solar Calendar is mixed with the Lunar Calendar these days and study behind how planets’ orbit doesn’t seem to matter anymore.

Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s good that we respect these traditions and perhaps use these years when we 犯太岁 to slow down a little a think about our lives and what we wish to do next, but at the same time it shouldn’t ruin your year and make you feel as though you’re just meant to suffer for that particular year. That being said, the TaiSui/太岁 for the year will still indubitably interact with your BaZi chart and the manifestations for the people who fall under the same Zodiac will differ. 

Here are some of the things which are extremely important terms and techniques in interpreting the new year and 太歲’s influence on you, but are never mentioned in the in the ‘forecasts’ you see so often on tabloids or magazines:

1) The different classifications of 太岁 – there are two different kinds. No one ever talks about them and you can only tell it’s significance by plotting out someone’s BaZi chart. 
2) Difference between 当生太岁 and 游行太岁。
3) Interaction between 游行太岁 and 大运。
4) Interaction between 游行太岁 and your Daymaster/日干。

These are just a few of the many layers of analysis of your BaZi chart that’s required to determine if the 太歲 for a particular year will really affect you. Any 冲,克,and even 合 with the 太岁 will have a different kind of manifestation in someone’s life. If you haven’t realize, 太岁 is not exactly some mystical figure. In fact, it still ties back very close to astronomy and the 阴阳五行。For example, for Tigers this year, you will have that they 沖太岁 and at the same time 刑太岁。It sounds horrible for sure at first blush, but it does not mean you are going to be 2x more unlucky than the other Zodiacs that ‘offend’ the 太歲 this year. These terms all come from BaZi – the 冲 part comes from 寅申冲 where 寅 is the stem representing Tiger and 申 is the stem representing Monkey. The 刑太岁 comes from the 寅巳申无恩之刑 that I spoke about in my previous blog post. 

I’m not saying you shouldn’t be careful, but don’t be too paranoid about what you read online or on the tabloids especially when this is a field where you have little knowledge of. If not, you’re going to end up ruining a perfectly good year for yourself. Your BaZi chart really needs to be broken down and analyzed extremely rigorously to determine how the year will be like for you. Just think back about the previous time when you supposedly 犯太岁 and try to remember if the ‘forecasts’ really did apply to your peers who fall under the same birth year or Zodiac. 

I’m not the best person to be saying such things as I have many flaws myself, but if you ask me what’s the best way to avoid all these bad ‘luck’ you’re afraid of meeting, I would suggest starting with these two simple steps: 
1) Meditation. Raise your level of awareness of not just yourself, but your surroundings and people around you.
2) Practice genuine kindness for the sake of kindness itself, not because you want something in return. Karma is not a piggy bank where you can accumulate and expect returns. When you practice kindness, your emotional spectrum widens and you can empathize more and when that happens, not only do you reach a new level of self-awareness, more paths are opened up to you and more people will be there to help you. If you do things expecting something in return, people can tell and it’s a put off.  

A late Chinese scholar also once said that, do not expect to have good luck just because you offered a few bananas or apples to the gods on the altar as they might not exactly be the type to practice favouritism or accept ‘bribery’. 

I’ll end my post here! Do reach out if you have any questions!

-Sean

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