BaZi & Leadership: When Your Boss Has A Poor Yin Water Chart

Posted On Last updated Jun 4, 2020 | Published on Jun 4, 2020

There has always been a debate on whether a leader is born or made. In fact, there’s so much debate about it that there are entire curriculums on this topic that are taught in business schools around the world.

I happen to lean towards the “leaders are born” camp but that is the result of the bias I have as a practitioner. Through someone’s BaZi chart, we can assess whether someone has innate leadership abilities. That’s not to say that leaders can’t be made or trained at all, but I personally feel some people are just born with a natural edge when it comes to leadership, inspiring others and bringing out the best in people. There are certain things you just can’t train, just like how you can’t manipulate certain things in phenomena and turn it into something else.

In modern-context, leadership can come in different forms, but the most traditional way of looking a leadership from a BaZi perspective is to look at the Officer ‘God’ (官). The Officer ‘God’ is the one that determines if someone has what they call gui qi (贵气) in Chinese, which literally translates to “an air of nobility”. It is often used to describe someone who just has that aura of leadership and they are able to influence others a lot more effectively than those who don’t fall under this category.

Why Direct & Indirect Officer Charts Had Special Attention

The Officer ‘God’ was of paramount importance in the past because people with a high-quality Officer structure charts faired the best in government and working for the emperor. They are responsible and have a strong moral compass, and their ability to inspire others and bring out the good in others is exactly what a government official needs. The reason why I said leaderships comes in different forms in modern-times is because career and financial success need not come from working for the government like in feudal China and it is not solely dependent on this “air of nobility” anymore. As long as you have a high-quality chart, you stand a good chance of success and it doesn’t matter what your leadership style is like.

The bottom-line is this: You don’t have a Direct or Indirect Officer chart structure to be a good leader. You simply need to have a good chart. The only difference it makes is your style of leadership and the way people perceive you. For all you know, someome may not enjoy having the “air of nobility” around them and would prefer a more light-hearted, fun-loving kind of leadership style. You might find people with Direct Officer charts a bit boring even.

When You Have A Bad Chart And You Still Want To Lead

A very common issue we have these days is bad leaders or managers in the working world. Some of us unfortunately have to work under these people who clearly do not deserve to be in these positions, but for some reason, managed to get there.

I’d just like to take this opportunity to assure everyone that they will not stay in these positions for long, and even if they do, the amount of work and responsibility they have to take up will not be worth it. Imagine having more work and responsibilities, but your subordinates secretly want you to fail. You’re not going to have an easy time.

The above BaZi chart is an example of someone who is in a leadership position but should not be. If we were to go with the extremely sloppy BaZi profiling system by pseudo-practitioners, the chart generated will likely show a high percentage in the Officer ‘god’ category. It doesn’t mean anything. Having Officer ‘gods’ appear in your BaZi chart does not automatically mean you will be a good leader.

The above example is a ‘leader’ whose team has abandoned him and has demonstrated time and again that he is incapable of leading. There is no need to go into the details, and all that needs to be said is that this person only cares about himself and not the team. It’s not difficult to know that it is an extremely low-quality chart:

  • Weak Daymaster with a mix of both Direct and Indirect Officer ‘gods’ appearing.
  • Yin Water is very polluted and putrid.
  • Hardly any beneficial elements appearing in the chart.

It is very easy to classify what kind of chart this is. Granted, this chart does have some redeeming qualities, but it is far from an enviable, top-notch BaZi chart.

Why Noblemen Stars Are So Important For Leadership

There is a reason why you always hear that having “noblemen stars” are important in Chinese metaphysics because these are the stars representing the people who will help you, especially if you are in a position of a leader. For example, using Zi Wei Dou Shu, the Zi Wei (紫微) star represents the emperor and people born under this star are known to have leadership potential. However, the full potential of this star cannot be brought out unless Zi Wei encounters the noblemen stars which represent the emperor’s officials. An emperor without loyal, capable officials is nothing but a puppet emperor with no real power.

I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post that people born under noblemen stars are not lucky – they are simply more likeabe. They know are the ones who know what it means to be human and what it means to have meaningful relationships, not just with those above him or her, but with those below as well.

Using Zi Wei Dou Shu again: Chart holders born under well-positions main stars are only true leaders when their charts are under the influence of Noblemen Stars. They are successful because others are willing to help to him or her become successful, and people are willing to help these leaders because they want their subordinates to be successful too.

Please remember that the prerequisite is for one to be born under a strongly positioned star which people often refer to as the “brightness levels”. Charts with stars under a miao (庙) or wang (旺) position stand the highest chance of being a top-notch chart.

There Is No Point Having A High Title When People Disrespect You

I think the prime example of this would be Donald Trump. He is sitting in one of the most powerful positions in the world, but as far as I can tell, nobody likes him. The only people who seem to like him are the ones who want something from him.

From the perpsective of a practitioner: If you are in a position of leadership and power, my advice is that you had better make sure you deserve to be there, because life has a way of stripping someone from such positions, and when they fall, they hit the ground hard. You really just need to read the news on the business world and politics to understand this.

Why is it so and why do they fall in such glorious fashion? It is because their natal BaZi charts are weak in the first place. They may have got to their positions of power with a stroke of good luck, but the moment they move into a negative 10-year “Luck Pillar”/Elemental Phase, that is when they realize they do not have what it takes.

Remember, at the end of the day, your natal chart still plays a huge part in the overall quality of your life and how smooth or tumultuous it can get. Someone’s 10-year “Luck Pillars”/Elemental Phases hit them a lot harder because their natal charts are weak, whereas someone with a better natal chart won’t even feel it sometimes.

Why? Because at the end of the day, your natal chart is your foundation and who you are as a person. What you put out there will return to you at some point. If you are a bad leader putting up a farce and living in the delusion that you are a good one and that your subordinates owe you something, then hell hath no fury when the tide turns against you.

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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, 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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