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Introduction to Eight Characters (Chinese Astrology)

Chinese cosmology is a cohesive philosophy that consolidates all aspects of Chinese culture and society. This primer is definitely not a comprehensive treatment of Chinese cosmology. However, it is an introductory guide for Chinese horoscope or the four pillars.

The eight characters are Chinese astrology, this is an introductory book.

Note: When casting a Bazi chart, you must convert your birth time to the sun. You can use this calculator to convert. This is a calculator that you can use to draw Bazi charts for you. It is easy to make mistakes in this process. At some point, I might create a guide on how to draw a Bazi chart. Currently, you can use the tools I linked above.

MING means fate, or luck
Chinese cosmology has the overall concept of “star” or fate/destiny. There are three fate of luck: heaven luck, luck luck and man luck. These are grades that define the possibilities and impossibility of a person’s life.

All three concepts of fate or luck are affected by time:

Heaven’s luck is horoscope how celestial phenomena occurring at a particular time are associated with affairs on Earth and human life;
Earth luck is the art of feng shui, scheduling and positioning. It is the relationship between a person’s self and the direction of life and airflow (vitality or energy);
Men’s luck is how a person understands, respects, and works with their heaven and earth luck.
Wu Xing: Five stages of QI
Every study of fate is indispensable is the “five stars”, which are the five elements (stage, stage, etc.). The five elements are:


Each of the five elements takes the form, the female form and the positive form, giving us a major demonstration of 10 qi. Each of these yin/yang forms governs a season. Each season consists of three animal symbols, which are the earth’s performance of the gas/element controlled by each season. The earth controls the period between each season. see picture 1.

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5 elements in yin/yang

Each element interacts with every other element in several defined relationships. But the most important interaction between elements is the production cycle and the control cycle. Be careful not to assume that the relationship is better than the other. Context is everything. When we discover the flow of the chart, we will understand which relationships are most important to support the process.

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Five elements of production and control cycle

Anatomy of the BAZI map

Eight characters mean eight words. The eight characters in the chart are divided into two groups. Heaven and earthly branches. Heaven is pure gas, and it is the five elements of yin or yang. The ground support is 12 species of animals (see Figure 1).

There are four pillars in your figure chart. Year pillars, month pillars, day pillars and hour pillars.

The pillars of the year are grandparents and extended family members. This is your family background and growth experience.
The monthly pillar represents parents or brothers and sisters and employment.
The Japanese column is self, spouse, and home.
The hour pillar is the child, ambition, career.
There is a dry top at the top of each column and a ground branch at the bottom. Each part of the chart is determined by its pillars and whether it is dry or branched. See Figure 3.

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Sample eight-character map

The two most important parts of the eight-character map are the daily and monthly branches. The sun is called the day long, and the moon branch is the season of birth.

Once the daily report is identified, each of the other elements can be identified.

The daily newspaper (and its yin and yang correspondence) is the self (friend/enemy, companion, audience). It produces output.
The elements of daily newspaper production are output (ideas, ethics, talents, children in female charts). It produces wealth.
The factor that is produced is the wealth (the asset, father, spouse or partner in the man’s chart) that affects it.
The elements of wealth are officials (rights, superiors, partners in spouses or women’s charts, children in male charts). It produces resources.
The elements that officials produce are resources (mother, family support and development, education, and helpfulness). It produces itself.

Identify your traffic

The flow of the Bazi chart is derived from the daily newspaper and the season. Daily newspapers can be rooted in or not rooted in the season. This means that the animals in the ground branches of the moon pillars can be the same or produce elements as the elements in the day pillar.

For example, the length of Yi (Yin Wood) born in the spring (wood season) or winter (water season) is rooted because the seasonal elements in the month match the elements of the day. The Yi people are rooted in the winter because the winter water produces wood. Easy (Yinmu). The Dai (Yinmu) was born in any other season and is not deeply rooted.

Whether the calendar is rooted in the month branch determines the flow of the chart. The process defines which elements are beneficial and which are not good for the chart. This is a complex task that requires an understanding of how stems and branches interact. This is beyond the scope of this primer.

Lucky pillar

The eight-character map and its process determine your natural luck. The annual and 10-year (personal) year luck pillars determine when to support, interrupt or block the process.

Every 10 years, your personal luck pillar will change. Then enter a new time period with a different focus. See Figure 4.

Figure 4

The Dai wooden master was born Mao Chun’s ten-year luck column

Every year the luck pillar changes. It interacts with your Bazi chart and your personal luck pillar to support, destroy or prevent your personal luck pillar from adjusting every 10 years.


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