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Ba Zi

4 Pillars 10 Gods

Contents
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Symbolic Stars

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Symbolic Stars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1.1.1

Nobleman Star . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1.1.2

Academic Star . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1.1.3

Sword Star . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1.1.4

Prosperity Star . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1.1.5

Peach Blossom Star . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

General Stars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1.2.1

General Star . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1.2.2

Talent Star . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1.2.3

Travelling Horse Star . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1.2.4

Robbing Star . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1.2.5

Death Star . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1.2.6

Flower of Romance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Heavenly Virtue Stars and Monthly Virtue Stars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1.4

Solitary Star and Lonesome Star . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1.5

Three Extraordinary Noblemen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Sixty-Year Cycle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1.7

Heaven Void . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Heavenly Stems

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Heavenly Stems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2.2

Heavenly Stem Combinations and Clashes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Earthly Branches

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Earthly Branches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

3.2

Earthly Branch Interactions (Combinations and Clashes) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

3.3

Hierarchy of Earthly Branch Interactions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

3.4

Prerequisites For Interactions To Be Successful . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

3.5

Hidden Heavenly Stems in Earthly Branches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

3.6

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Hsia Calendar

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Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

5.2

Purpose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Seasons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

5.4

Years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1900s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1910s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1920s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1930s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1940s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1950s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1960s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1970s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1980s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

5.4.10 1990s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

5.4.11 2000s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

5.4.12 2010s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

5.4.13 2020s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

5.4.14 2030s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

5.4.15 2040s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Hour Pillar

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6.1

Hour Pillar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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6.2

Hour Pillar Listed For Every Day Heavenly Stem (HS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Luck Pillar

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7.1

Luck Pillar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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7.2

Heavenly Stem of the Year Pillar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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7.3

Earthly Branch of the Month Pillar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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7.4

Starting Age of the First Luck Pillar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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7.5

List of Luck Pillars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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7.5.1

In A Forward Direction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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7.5.2

In A Reverse Direction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Life Cycle

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12-Stage Life Cycle Of The Self Element . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Hidden Stems

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Hidden Stems in Earthly Branches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

10 Aspects Of Life
10.1 Aspects Of Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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10.2 Male Elemental Relationships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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10.2.1 For a man with a Self element of Metal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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10.2.2 For a man with a Self element of Wood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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10.2.3 For a man with a Self element of Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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10.2.4 For a man with a Self element of Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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10.2.5 For a man with a Self element of Earth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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10.3 Female Elemental Relationships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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10.3.1 For a woman with a Self element of Metal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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10.3.2 For a woman with a Self element of Wood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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10.3.3 For a woman with a Self element of Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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10.3.4 For a woman with a Self element of Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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10.3.5 For a woman with a Self element of Earth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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10.4 Representations of Family Relationships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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10.4.1 Stages of Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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10.4.2 Family Groupings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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12 Date Selection

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12.1 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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12.1.1 Column Headings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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12.2 Years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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12.2.1 Date Selection By Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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12.3 Abbreviations, Signs And Symbols Used . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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12.3.1 Brackets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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12.3.2 Prosperity Stars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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12.3.3 Year Asset or Storage Star . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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12.3.4 Heavenly Doctor (

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12.3.5 The Earthly Branch Of The Personal Year Pillar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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12.3.6 Clashes ( ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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12.3.7 Three Killings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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12.3.8 Extinction Star (

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12.3.10 Four Separating Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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12.3.11 Four Extinct Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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12.4 Relationships of Heavenly Stems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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12.4.1 Combinations of Heavenly Stems ( ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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12.4.2 Clashes of Heavenly Stems ( ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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12.5 Relationships of Earthly Branches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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12.3.9 No Wealth Days (

12.5.1 6 Combinations of Earthly Branches (

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12.5.2 3 Harmony Combinations of Earthly Branches (


12.5.3 6 Clashes of Earthly Branches (

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12.6 The 12 Day Ocers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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13 List Of Ba Zi

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14 House of Life

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14.1 House of Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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14.1.1 Earthly Branch (EB) of the House of Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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14.1.2 Heavenly Stem (HS) of the House of Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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15 House of Conception
15.1 House of Conception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
16 Kua Number

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16.1 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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16.2 Favorable Directions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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16.2.1 Favorable Directions Of The West Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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16.2.2 Favorable Directions Of The East Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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16.2.3 Names of Directions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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16.3 1920s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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16.4 1930s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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16.5 1940s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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16.6 1950s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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16.7 1960s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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16.8 1970s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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16.9 1980s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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16.101990s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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16.112000s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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16.122010s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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16.132020s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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16.142030s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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16.152040s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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17 120-Year Basic Components Table

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18 Seasonal Cycle

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18.1 Seasonal Cycle of the Five Elements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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18.2 Text and image sources, contributors, and licenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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18.2.1 Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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18.2.2 Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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18.2.3 Content license . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Chapter 1

Symbolic Stars
Ba Zi | Heavenly Stems | Earthly Branches | Hsia Calendar 1.2 General Stars
(Xia Calendar) | Hour Pillar | Luck Pillar | Life Cycle |
Hidden Stems | Seasonal Cycle | Symbolic Stars | Aspects The key element of General Stars can be either the Day
Of Life | Date Selection | List Of Ba Zi
Branch or the Year Branch. For example, if the Day or
Year Branch is E1, and there is an E5 in the Hour Branch,
it implies that there is a Star of Arts in the Hour Pillar.

1.1 Symbolic Stars

1.2.1 General Star

Symbolic Stars are activated when they appear in the


Luck Pillar or the Year Pillar of a Ba Zi chart. For exThis Star symbolizes Wealth, Prosperity, and the probaample, a person with H2 as the Day Heavenly Stem, and
bility of a good political career.
E7 on any of his Earthly Branches will have an Academic
Star. Similarly, a person with H6 as the Day Heavenly
Stem, and E1 and/or E9 on any of his Earthly Branches 1.2.2 Talent Star
will have a Nobleman Star.
This Star symbolizes unique ideas, talent, skill, art, music, design and aesthetics of a talented person. Also can
1.1.1 Nobleman Star
mean smart, philosophy, metaphysics, religion, knowledge, psychic nature. Life can live up to its highest poA person with the Nobleman Star is intelligent, and will tential to reach the goal. There is also a tendency towards
get a lot of assistance from people around him.
being a loner, a monk or a hermit.

1.1.2

Academic Star

1.2.3 Travelling Horse Star

A person with the Academic Star is intelligent, and will This is a good Star, symbolizing overseas working opporenjoy tremendous academic success.
tunities, travel and migration. However, it has the tendency to destroy other good stars, and aggravate the inuence of bad stars.

1.1.3

Sword Star

A person with the Sword Star is strong-willed, and will 1.2.4 Robbing Star
help the weak to ght the powerful.
This Star symbolizes as person who is sharp and smart if
it is a favorable Star. On the other hand, if it is unfavor1.1.4 Prosperity Star
able, it implies being robbed, though not necessarily in
the literal sense.
A person with the Prosperity Star is strong-willed.

1.1.5

1.2.5 Death Star

Peach Blossom Star

This Star symbolizes as person who has courage and abilA person with the Peach Blossom Star is attractive, sexy, ity in planning if it is a favorable Star. On the other hand,
seductive and exhibits strong sexual desires. This person if it is unfavorable, it implies being lawsuits and misfortune to ones spouse.
also enjoys good social standing.
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1.2.6

CHAPTER 1. SYMBOLIC STARS

Flower of Romance

1.6 Sixty-Year Cycle

The Sixty-Year Cycle is an innite cycle, and can be arranged by Earthly Branch (E1-E10) as shown in the table below. An odd-numbered Earthly Branch is always
matched with an odd-numbered Heavenly Stem, and an
even-numbered Earthly Branch is always matched with
an even-numbered Heavenly Stem. For example, a year
can have a Stem and Branch combination of H1-E1 or
As given in the above table, the "Location of the Flower
H4-E4, but cannot have a Stem and Branch combination
of Romance" depends on the Year of Birth. For example,
of H1-E2 or H4-E1.
for a person born in the Year of Snake (E6), E2 or E9, the
favorable direction for activating the Flower of Romance
is in the South (E7).
This Star symbolizes Internal Romance (a loving relationship between husband and wife, if it appears on the
Year or Month Branch. On the other hand, This Star symbolizes External Romance (extra-marital aairs) if it
appears on the Hour or Day Branch of a persons Ba Zi
chart.

1.7 Heaven Void

1.3 Heavenly Virtue Stars and


Monthly Virtue Stars

When the above Sixty-Year Cycle is arranged by Heavenly Stems (H1 to H10), six groups of Earthly Branches
appear, as given in the following table. The Heaven Void
consists of the bottom two rows, where are no Heavenly
Stems to match the Earthly Branches, as indicated by "X".

Heavenly Virtue Stars and Monthly Virtue Stars are auspicious Stars, and they imply the help of benefactors when
a person is in danger. For example, if a person has a
Month Branch of E2, and H7 appears in any of the four
Heavenly Stems, then the person has a Heavenly Virtue
Star.

The presence of Heaven Void is like a catalyst, and it can


moderate or reverse the eect of an auspicious or inauspicious Star. For example, if there is both an auspicious
Star and a Heaven Void in a Ba Zi chart, the auspicious
Star will be less benecial. Similarly, if there is both an
inauspicious Star and a Heaven Void in a Ba Zi chart, the
inauspicious Star will be less harmful.

1.4 Solitary Star and Lonesome


Star
A person with a Solitary or Lonesome Star may appear
solemn and unfriendly. It symbolizes doom for family members; a Solitary Star symbolizes misfortune to
parents, and a Lonesome Star symbolizes misfortune to
spouse. For example, a person with E2 in a Day Branch
or a Year Branch, plus a E3 in any other Earthly Branch
is deemed to have a Solitary Star.

1.5 Three Extraordinary Noblemen


The Three Extraordinary Noblemen are the Heaven,
Earth and Human Extraordinary Noblemen. These Stars
symbolize a person who is extremely intelligent, gifted in
many areas, knowledgeable, learned and generous. He
will have great achievements, and no adverse forces can
cause him harm. If the Heavenly Stems are not in the
order shown in the table below, these Stars are less eective.

To determine the presence of the Heaven Void in a Ba


Zi chart, look at both the Stem and Branch of the Year
Pillar and both the Stem and Branch of the Day Pillar.
After this, look at the Earthly Branch of the other pillars
to determine whether the Heaven Void is found.
For example, if the Year Pillar is H1-E1 (in Group One),
then Heaven Void falls on E11 and E12, so if the Month
Branch is E11 or E12, then Heaven Void is located in the
Month Pillar. Similarly, if the Day Pillar is H2-E10 (in
Group Three), then Heaven Void falls on E7 and E8, so
if the Day/Month/Year Branch is E7 or E8, then Heaven
Void is located in the Day/Month/Year Pillar respectively.

Chapter 2

Heavenly Stems
Ba Zi | Heavenly Stems | Earthly Branches | Hsia Calendar
(Xia Calendar) | Hour Pillar | Luck Pillar | Life Cycle |
Hidden Stems | Seasonal Cycle | Symbolic Stars | Aspects
Of Life | Date Selection | List Of Ba Zi

2.1 Heavenly Stems


There are ten Heavenly Stems (represented by the
acronyms H or HS) used in the construction of the
Four Pillars of Ba Zi (
), a method of Chinese Divination based on a persons date and time of birth. For
example, both the acronyms HS1 and H1 represent
the rst Heavenly Stem, namely "Jia" (Yang Wood), as
shown in the tables below.

2.2 Heavenly Stem Combinations


and Clashes
Notes:
1. In the above table, 5Com means the 5 Combinations of two adjacent Heavenly Stems. These combinations result in a good structure of a persons Ba
Zi
2. Clash means that the Heavenly Stems clash with
each other in the Ba Zi, when they are next to each
other. Clashes will result in a poor structure of a
persons Ba Zi.
3. If there is a Clash of two adjacent Stems, as well
as a Combination with another Stem, the Clash will
not occur, as Combinations take precedence over
Clashes.

Chapter 3

Earthly Branches
3.2 Earthly Branch Interactions
(Combinations and Clashes)

Ba Zi | Heavenly Stems | Earthly Branches | Hsia Calendar


(Xia Calendar) | Hour Pillar | Luck Pillar | Life Cycle |
Hidden Stems | Seasonal Cycle | Symbolic Stars | Aspects
Of Life | Date Selection | List Of Ba Zi

In the table below, combinations and clashes refer to the


type of interactions between two or more of the four
Earthly Branches (the hour, day, month and year earthly
branches) found in a persons Ba Zi chart.

3.1 Earthly Branches

Combinations refer to auspicious interactions, and


clashes are inauspicious interactions. For example,
in Row 1, combination(E3,E4,E5) means that if the
branches E3, E4 and E5 are found in a persons Ba Zi
chart, it is an auspicious sign. On the other hand,
clash(E1,E7) in Row 7 means that if the branches E1
and E7 are found in a Ba Zi chart, it is an indication of
an inauspicious chart.

There are twelve Earthly Branches (represented by the


acronyms E or EB) used in the construction of the
Four Pillars of Ba Zi (
). For example, both the
acronyms EB1 and E1 represent the rst Earthly
Branch, namely "Rat" (Yang Water), as shown in the
tables below.
Notes:

Combinations may result in a new element being formed


in a chart. For example, combination(E12,E4,E8) in
Row2 will result in the formation of the new element
"Wood", as indicated in the table below.

1. The Chinese terms used for the animal mnemonics


are not words used for the animals themselves. For
example, the Chinese word for Rat is " " and not
" ". Similarly, the word for Horse is " " and never
" ", as shown in the table above. The animal signs
are therefore used purely as a memory aid, and carry
no inherent meaning. In other words, the physical or
mental characteristics of a person cannot be inferred
from the animal sign under which he/she is born. For
example, it cannot be inferred that a person born under the Ox sign is strong, or that a person born under
the Tiger sign is ferocious. Such facile inferences
are invalid.

3.3 Hierarchy of Earthly Branch


Interactions
The following is the hierarchy of Earthly Branch interactions, ranked in descending order of importance. For example, Seasonal Combination is more important, and
will override Three Combinations, which in turn will
override Three Persecuting Clashes.
1. Seasonal Combination

2. In translating the Earthly Branch from Chinese to English, only one word is used, although the Chinese
terms could be translated into English in more than
one way. For example, the Chinese term for Goat
could equally mean ram or sheep in English, the
term for Rat could also be translated as mouse,
and the word for Metal is sometimes translated as
Gold, as the same Chinese character is used for
both. In addition, the term Five Elements could be
translated literally, and perhaps more accurately, as
"Five Movements".

2. Three Combinations
3. Three Persecuting Clashes
4. Six Clashes
5. Half Combination
6. Self Persecuting Clash
7. Six Combinations
8. Conicted Clashes
4

3.6. REFERENCES
9. Related Clashes

5
The "+" sign in the table below represents Yang, and the
"-" sign represents Yin. For example, "+Wood denotes
Yang Wood, and "-Water denotes Yin Water.

3.4 Prerequisites For Interactions


To Be Successful
3.6 References
The prerequisites for interactions to be successful are:
1. Three Combinations: For a front-half or rear-half
combination to be successful, the resultant element
(Water, Earth, Fire, Wood, or Metal) must be
present in any one or more of the Heavenly Stems
of the Ba Zi chart. For example, a half-combination
of E1 (Yang Water) and E9 (Yang Metal) will result in the Water element. If the Water element is
found in any of the four Heavenly Stems, then this
half-combination will be eective (the branches E1
and E9 need not be next (adjacent) to each other in
the Ba Zi chart for the combination to be successful). Conversely, a combination of E1 and E9 will
not be successful if the element Water is not found
in any of the four Heavenly Stems of a persons Ba
Zi chart.
2. Six Clashes: For a Six Clash to be eective, the
pair of contributing branches must be next (adjacent) to each other in a Ba Zi chart. For example, the clash of E7 and E1 will be eective if E7
is on the Hour Earth Branch and E1 is on the Day
Earth Branch. On the other hand, the clash of E7
and E1 will not be eective if E7 is on the Hour
Earth Branch and E1 is on the Month or Year Earth
Branch.
3. Six Combinations: For a Six Combination to be
eective, the pair of contributing branches must be
next (adjacent) to each other in a Ba Zi chart. For
example, the combination of E2 and E1 will be effective if E2 is on the Hour Earth Branch and E1
is on the Day Earth Branch. On the other hand, the
combination of E2 and E1 will not be eective if E2
is on the Hour Earth Branch and E1 is on the Month
or Year Earth Branch.
4. Seasonal Combinations: For a Seasonal Combination to be eective, the three contributing branches
need not be next (adjacent) to each other in a Ba Zi
chart.

3.5 Hidden Heavenly Stems in


Earthly Branches
For every Earthly Branch, one or more Hidden Heavenly
Stems may be found. In the evaluation of a Ba Zi chart,
both the Earthly Branches and Hidden Heavenly Stems
are taken into account.

1. http://www.math.nus.edu.sg/aslaksen/
gem-projects/hm/0203-1-44-heavenly_secrets/
heavenly_secrets.pdf

Chapter 4

Hsia Calendar
Ba Zi | Heavenly Stems | Earthly Branches | Hsia Calendar
(Xia Calendar) | Hour Pillar | Luck Pillar | Life Cycle |
Hidden Stems | Seasonal Cycle | Symbolic Stars | Aspects
Of Life | Date Selection | List Of Ba Zi

Chapter 5

Hsia Calendar
5.1 Introduction

1901
1902

The Hsia Calendar ( ) is also known as the Ten Thousand Year Calendar (
). Unlike the Chinese Lunar
Calendar, the Hsia Calendar is a Chinese solar sexagenary calendar system, based on a cycle of 60-years.

1903
1904
1905
1906

5.2 Purpose

1907
For a given date and time of birth, the Hsia Calendar is
1908
used to obtain the Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches
with which to construct the Four Pillars of Destiny ( )
1909
of a person. The Four Pillars of Destiny are also known as
the Ba Zi ( ), literally the Eight Characters of a persons
birth. In ancient China, one use of this form of divination 5.4.2 1910s
was to select a suitable marriage partner.
1910
The Four Pillars of Destiny are the Year Pillar, the Month
Pillar, the Day Pillar and the Hour Pillar. Each Pillar is
made up of two components, namely the Heavenly Stem
and the Earthly Branch, both of which are read from the
Hsia Calendar.

1911
1912
1913

The Hsia Calendar is also used in various types of Feng


Shui, or Chinese Geomancy, such as the Flying Star Feng
Shui.

1914
1915
1916

5.3 Seasons

1917
1918

There are twelve Seasons (SS) used in the Hsia Calendar.


These are based on the relative position of the sun.

1919

5.4.3 1920s

5.4 Years

1920

The following is a list of Gregorian calendar years represented in the Hsia Calendar system:

1921
1922

5.4.1

1900s

1923

1900

1924
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1925
1926
1927
1928
1929

5.4.6 1950s
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955

5.4.4

1930s

1930
1931
1932
1933
1934
1935
1936

1956
1957
1958
1959

5.4.7 1960s
1960
1961
1962
1963

1937

1964

1938

1965

1939

5.4.5

1940s

1966
1967
1968
1969

1940
1941
1942
1943

5.4.8 1970s
1970
1971
1972

1944

1973

1945

1974

1946
1947

1975
1976
1977

1948

1978

1949

1979

5.4. YEARS

5.4.9

1980s

5.4.12 2010s

1980

2010

1981

2011

1982

2012

1983

2013

1984

2014

1985

2015

1986

2016

1987

2017

1988

2018

1989

2019

5.4.10

1990s

5.4.13 2020s

1990

2020

1991

2021

1992

2022

1993

2023

1994

2024

1995

2025

1996

2026

1997

2027

1998

2028

1999

2029

5.4.11

2000s

5.4.14 2030s

2000

2030

2001

2031

2002

2032

2003

2033

2004

2034

2005

2035

2006

2036

2007

2037

2008

2038

2009

2039

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5.4.15

CHAPTER 5. HSIA CALENDAR

2040s

2040
2041
2042
2043
2044
2045
2046
2047
2048

5.5 References
Joey Yap, The Ten Thousand Year Calendar - Your
Denitive Reference For Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology, JY Books Sdn Bhd; 3rd edition (2004).
ISBN: 9834076150
Vincent Koh, Hsia Calendar: 1924-2024, Asiapac
Books (1998). ISBN: 981229077X

Chapter 6

Hour Pillar
Ba Zi | Heavenly Stems | Earthly Branches | Hsia Calendar
(Xia Calendar) | Hour Pillar | Luck Pillar | Life Cycle |
Hidden Stems | Seasonal Cycle | Symbolic Stars | Aspects
Of Life | Date Selection | List Of Ba Zi

6.1 Hour Pillar


The Hour Pillar is used in the construction of the Four
Pillars of Ba Zi (
), a method of Chinese Divination
based on a persons date and time of birth:
The Heavenly Stem of the Hour Pillar is obtained
from the intersection of the column (Heavenly Stem
of Day Pillar) and the row (Time of Birth). For example, for a person born between 5pm-7pm, with a
Heavenly Stem of the Day Pillar of H3, the Heavenly
Stem of the Hour Pillar will be H4.
The Earthly Branch of the Hour Pillar is obtained
from the last column (Earthly Branch of Hour Pillar)
of the above chart. For example, if the Heavenly
Stem of Day Pillar is H3 and the time of birth is
6.23pm, then the Hour Pillar is H4, E10.

6.2 Hour Pillar Listed For Every


Day Heavenly Stem (HS)
1. Hour Pillar For Day HS1
2. Hour Pillar For Day HS2
3. Hour Pillar For Day HS3
4. Hour Pillar For Day HS4
5. Hour Pillar For Day HS5
6. Hour Pillar For Day HS6
7. Hour Pillar For Day HS7
8. Hour Pillar For Day HS8
9. Hour Pillar For Day HS9
10. Hour Pillar For Day HS10

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Chapter 7

Luck Pillar
Ba Zi | Heavenly Stems | Earthly Branches | Hsia Calendar Luck Pillar. The starting age of the Luck Pillar is based
(Xia Calendar) | Hour Pillar | Luck Pillar | Life Cycle | on the date of birth in the Hsia Calendar. The following
Hidden Stems | Seasonal Cycle | Symbolic Stars | Aspects variables are used to derive the Luck Pillar:
Of Life | Date Selection | List Of Ba Zi
1. The gender of the person

7.1 Luck Pillar

2. The Yin or Yang of the Heavenly Stem of the year


of birth

The Luck Pillar ( , Ta Yun) of a persons Ba Zi chart


gives an indication of a persons luck in periods of 10
years each. The Luck Pillar is plotted based on the following:

3. The Monthly Pillar of the Ba Zi of the person


4. The number of days to the preceding or following
Hsia Season, from the date of birth
There are two possibilities, (A) and (B), as given below:

7.2 Heavenly Stem of the Year Pillar

(A)

For a male born in a Yang year (that is, the Heavenly Stem
of the Year Pillar is Yang), the method is to look up his
date of birth in the Hsia Calendar, count forward, and
7.3 Earthly Branch of the Month obtain the number of days from his date of birth to the
next Hsia Season, where Early Spring is represented by 1,
Pillar
Mid Spring by 2, Late Spring by 3, ... etc. For example,
if Joe is born on 28th August 2000 (where the Monthly
There are 12 Earthly Branches as follows:
Pillar is HS1 and EB9), then the rst day of the following
Using the Monthly Pillar of a Ba Zi chart, the rst luck Hsia Season is 7th Sep 2000, and the number of days is
pillar will be the next Stem & Branch of the above charts, 10.
in either the forward or reverse cycle.
The starting age will be 10 divided by 3, rounded to the
nearest integer, which is 3. The Heavenly Stem of Joes
rst ve years will be from 3 to 7, and the Earthly Branch
of his next ve years will be from age 8 to age 12. The
Luck Cycle or Luck Pillar is plotted from right to left, as
the age increases, beginning from the next (in increasing
Similarly, if a female is born in a Yang year (or a male
order) Heavenly Stem and Earthly Branch of his Monthly
born in a Yin year), her luck will follow the reverse cyPillar.
cle, and her rst Luck Pillar will be HS7 and EB5, if her
The above calculation also applies for a female born in a
Monthly Pillar is HS8 and EB6.
Yin year.
For example, a male born in a Yang year (or a female
born in a Yin year) will follow the forward cycle, and if
his Month Pillar is HS8 and EB6, then his rst Luck Pillar
will be HS9 and EB7.

7.4 Starting Age of the First Luck


Pillar

The Luck Cycle : H2-E10, Age 3, Forward


(B)

However, for a male born in a Yin year, or a female born


in a Yang year, the counting is in a backward sequence.
Each Luck Pillar lasts 10 years. The rst ve years are The counting starts from the date of birth backwards to
covered by a Heavenly Stem, and the next ve years by an the preceding Hsia Season. For example, if Joe is born
Earthly Branch, and this is repeated for each subsequent in a Yin year, the counting will start from 28th August
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7.5. LIST OF LUCK PILLARS


2000 backwards to 6th August 2000, giving a total of 22
days. In this case, the starting age will be 22 divided by 3,
which is 7 (rounded to the nearest integer). The Heavenly
Stem of Joes rst ve years will be from 7 to 11, and the
Earthly Branch of his next ve years will be from age 12
to age 16.
The Luck Cycle or Luck Pillar is plotted from right to left,
as the age increases, beginning from the next (in decreasing order, since Joe is a male born in a Yin year) Heavenly
Stem and Earthly Branch of his Monthly Pillar.
The Luck Cycle : H10-E8, Age 7, Reverse

7.5 List of Luck Pillars


7.5.1

In A Forward Direction

7.5.2

In A Reverse Direction

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Chapter 8

Life Cycle
Ba Zi | Heavenly Stems | Earthly Branches | Hsia Calendar
(Xia Calendar) | Hour Pillar | Luck Pillar | Life Cycle |
Hidden Stems | Seasonal Cycle | Symbolic Stars | Aspects
Of Life | Date Selection | List Of Ba Zi

8.1 12-Stage Life Cycle Of The Self


Element
The Self Element is the Heavenly Stem of the Day Pillar.
The Self Element is combined with the Earthly Branch
of each of the Pillars (Year, Month, Day, Hour), and the
intersection of these gives the Life Stage as depicted in
the chart below:
For example, if the Month Pillar is H3~E4, then the Self
Element is H3. If the Year Pillar is H10~E1, then the Life
Stage for the Year Pillar is H3~E1, and from the above
table, it is depicted as Conception which is bestowed
with a Weak status. This process of obtaining the Life
Stage is then repeated for each of the four pillars.

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Chapter 9

Hidden Stems
Ba Zi | Heavenly Stems | Earthly Branches | Hsia Calendar
(Xia Calendar) | Hour Pillar | Luck Pillar | Life Cycle |
Hidden Stems | Seasonal Cycle | Symbolic Stars | Aspects
Of Life | Date Selection | List Of Ba Zi

9.1 Hidden Stems


Branches

in

Earthly

Each Earthly Branch in the four Pillars will have one or


more Hidden Heavenly Stems.
For example, if the Earthly Branch of the Month Pillar
is E11, then the Hidden Heavenly Stems are H4, H5 and
H8 for the Month Pillar. If the Earthly Branch of the Day
Pillar is E10, then the Hidden Heavenly Stem is H8 for
the Day Pillar.

15

Chapter 10

Aspects Of Life
Ba Zi | Heavenly Stems | Earthly Branches | Hsia Calendar
(Xia Calendar) | Hour Pillar | Luck Pillar | Life Cycle |
Hidden Stems | Seasonal Cycle | Symbolic Stars | Aspects
Of Life | Date Selection | List Of Ba Zi

10.2 Male Elemental Relationships

10.2.1 For a man with a Self element of


Metal

10.2.2 For a man with a Self element of


Wood

10.2.3 For a man with a Self element of


Water

10.2.4 For a man with a Self element of


Fire

10.1 Aspects Of Life

The columns Opposite Gender" and Same Gender" refer to the Yin or Yang of the Self element as compared to
the Yin or Yang of the other element, such as the Wealth
element. Gender here refers to Yin or Yang, not male or
female.
For example, for a man with a Self element of Yang
Metal, his element of Direct Wealth will be Yin Wood,
and his element of Unexpected Wealth will be Yang
Wood.

10.2.5 For a man with a Self element of


Earth

10.3 Female Elemental Relationships

For a man with a Self element of Yin Metal, his element


of Direct Wealth will be Yang Wood, and his element of
Unexpected Wealth will be Yin Wood.
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10.4. REPRESENTATIONS OF FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

10.3.1

For a woman with a Self element of


Metal

10.3.2

For a woman with a Self element of


Wood

10.3.3

For a woman with a Self element of


Water

10.3.4

For a woman with a Self element of


Fire

10.3.5

For a woman with a Self element of


Earth

10.4 Representations of Family Relationships


10.4.1

Stages of Life

10.4.2

Family Groupings

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Chapter 11

Date Selection
Ba Zi | Heavenly Stems | Earthly Branches | Hsia Calendar
(Xia Calendar) | Hour Pillar | Luck Pillar | Life Cycle |
Hidden Stems | Seasonal Cycle | Symbolic Stars | Aspects
Of Life | Date Selection | List Of Ba Zi

18

Chapter 12

Date Selection
12.1 Introduction
In Chinese divination, the selection of an auspicious date
is based on the Hsia Calendar. Auspicious dates are selected for marriages, job applications, business transactions, signing of agreements and other important events.
The general strategy to select a good or auspicious day is
to follow these steps:

ets, then putting them into existing columns in the tables,


with the understanding that all signs/symbols have meaning only within the context of the date (row) itself. In
other words, these signs/symbols within brackets can be
put under any other column without altering their meanings.

12.2 Years

1. For a particular period (week/month/year), rst


strike o the days that are generally inauspicious, The following is a list of Gregorian calendar years that
such as [Danger] or Three Killings days.
may be used for the selection of auspicious dates in the
Hsia Calendar system:
2. By comparing with a persons Ba Zi, strike o those
days that are personally inauspicious, such as Extinction Star (pX-) days.

12.2.1 Date Selection By Year

3. After narrowing down the search, the remaining


days are probably usable if not auspicious. Select the 12.3 Abbreviations,
Signs And
remaining days that auspicious, such as [Success] or
Symbols Used
Good Asset days, and/or those that are personally
advantageous, such as Combination (pGC-) and/or
Heavenly Doctor (pGH-) days.
The use of abbreviations, signs and symbols is to minimise the size of the date selection calendar, whilst facilitating understanding without bloat.

12.1.1

Column Headings

The signs/symbols (Three Killings, Good Asset, Success, 12.3.1 Brackets


etc) that indicate whether a day is auspicious or inauspicious may appear under any Column Heading (Year,
1. [] - Square Brackets are used to indicate eects that
Month, Day, Season, etc) in a table for convenience of
are solely dependent on the date itself, and are inderepresentation only. As a calendar with listings by date,
pendent of a persons Ba Zi. Within square brackets,
all signs/symbols refer to the day itself, and may not incapital letters are acronyms for the Pillar and Stem
dicate any relationship whatsoever with the column
/ Branch of the Date. For example, MH refers to
under which it appears. For example, the personal Exthe Month Heavenly Stem of the Date, and YE
tinction Stars are put into the Season column for converefers to the Year Earthly Branch of the Date.
nience only, as it makes the table more compact; the Ex2. () - Round Brackets are used to indicate eects that
tinction Stars do not have any relationship with the Seaare dependent on BOTH the date and a persons Ba
son. If an Extinction Star is to be put into a column that
Zi. Within round brackets, the small letter p imrepresents a persons Ba Zi, namely one of the 10 Heavplies that the eect is personal to a persons Ba
enly Stems, an additional 10 columns will have to be inZi. The other small letters are acronyms for the Pilcluded, making the table unwieldy. This problem will be
lar and Stem / Branch of a persons Ba Zi chart. For
compounded if the same logic is applied to the Earthly
example, mh refers to the Month Heavenly Stem,
Branches, and 12 additional columns will need to be inand de refers to the Day Earthly Branch of a percluded. Column proliferation is avoided by simply ensons Ba Zi.
closing the signs/symbols within round or square brack19

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CHAPTER 12. DATE SELECTION

The use of square and round brackets, together with the Earthly Branch of the Year, resulting in an inauspicious
use of capital and small letters, are designed to help a day.
reader to rapidly decipher and understand the usefulness
of a day in date selection.
Clashes With The Month

12.3.2

Prosperity Stars

XM-" : These inauspicious days, also known as Month


Breaker days, are days where the Earthly Branch of the
Month clashes with the Earthly Branch of the Day. For
example XM-9 means that the Earthly Branch of the
Day is 9 (representing Monkey), and this clashes with the
Earthly Branch of the Month, resulting in a bad day.

GPS-" represents a Good Prosperity Star, and is an auspicious day for investments. For any particular Date, the
Properity Star is computed using the Heavenly Stem of
the Year and the Earthly Branch of the Day. For example, GPS-DE5 means there is a Prosperity Star on that
day, where the Day Earthly Branch has a value of 5 (rep12.3.7
resenting Dragon).

Three Killings

X3-" : These inauspicious days are known as Yearly


Three Killings Days, and represent the clash of the Element of the Day with the 5-Element Structure of the Year.
GA-" represents Good Asset (Year Asset or Storage For example, X3-Wood means the clash of the Day ElStar) days. For example, [GA-DE2] represents a Year ement of Metal against the Wood Structure of the Year.
Asset Day, with a Day Earthly Branch of 2 (representing These are inauspicious days.
Ox).
There are four frames (structures) of the Three Harmony

12.3.3

Year Asset or Storage Star

Combination of the 12 Earthly Branches:

12.3.4

Heavenly Doctor (

pGH-" are days of the Personal Good Heavenly Doctor,


when the Month Earthly Branch (the Earthly Branch of
the Month of Birth in a persons Ba Zi), combines with
the Heavenly Doctor Star in the Day Earthly Branch (the
Earthly Branch of the Day in the respective Date). For
example, pGH-me12 represents an auspicious date for
a person whose Ba Zi has a Month Earthly Branch with a
value of 12 (representing Pig).

12.3.5

The Earthly Branch Of The Personal Year Pillar

1. Water Structure - consisting of Dragon (E5), Monkey (E9) and Rat (E1). The Water Structure clashes
with all Fire Elements, namely Snake, Horse and
Goat (E6, E7, E8).
2. Wood Structure - consisting of Goat (E8), Pig (E12)
and Rabbit (E4). The Wood Structure clases with all
Metal Elements, namely Monkey, Rooster and Dog
(E9, E10, E11).
3. Fire Structure - consisting of Dog (E11), Tiger (E3)
and Horse (E7). The Fire Structure clashes with all
Water Elements, namely Pig, Rat and Ox (E12, E1,
E2).

pGC-ye1 (2, 3,... 12) : This is the Personal Good Com4. Metal Structure - consisting of Snake (E6), Ox (E2)
bination day for someone with an Earthly Branch of 1 (2,
and Rooster (E10). The Metal Structure clashes
3,... 12) in a Ba Zis Year Pillar. It indicates that the
with all Wood Elements, namely Tiger, Rabbit and
combination between the Earthly Branch of the Day (for
Dragon (E3, E4, E5).
the respective Date) and the Earthly Branch of Year (in
a persons Ba Zi) is auspicious. For example, pGC-ye6
For example, on 1st Jan 2012, the year is a Rabbit Year,
is an auspicious day for a person whose Ba Zi has a Year
and this belongs to the Wood Structure. All days with
Pillar where the Earthly Branch is 6 (representing Snake).
Metal in its Earthly Branch will clash with the year Wood
Structure. 1st Jan 2012 has an Earthly Branch of 10
(Rooster - Yin Metal) and this clashes with the Wood
12.3.6 Clashes ( )
Structure. The 3 Killings [X3-Wood] is indicated for this
day.
Clashes With The Year
X4-" : These are the Three Killings Days of the Month,
XY-" : These inauspicious days, also known as Year and represent the clash of the Element of the Day with
Breaker days, are days where the Earthly Branch of the the 5-Element Structure of the Month. These are inausYear clashes with the Earthly Branch of the Day. For picious days. For example, [X4-Metal] means that the
example XY-10 means that the Earthly Branch of the Day Earthly Branch clashes with the Metal Structure of
Day is 10 (representing Rooster), and this clashes with the the Month Earthly Branch.

12.5. RELATIONSHIPS OF EARTHLY BRANCHES

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The Three Killings Days are obtained from the following 12.4.1 Combinations of Heavenly Stems
table, by comparing the Earthly Branch of the Year or
( )
Month against the Earthly Branch of the Day:
1. Yang Wood combines with Yin Earth

12.3.8

Extinction Star (

2. Yin Wood combines with Yang Metal

pX-" : This is known as the Extinction Star Day when


the Qi in a persons Ba Zi is old and worn out. For example pX-dh8 represents an Extinction Star Day for a
person whose Ba Zi has a value of 8 (representing Xin Yin Metal) in his Day Heavenly Stem (also known as the
Heavenly Stem of the Day Pillar), and this represents an
inauspicious day for the person.

12.3.9

No Wealth Days (

4. Yin Fire combines with Yang Water


5. Yang Earth combines with Yin Water

12.4.2 Clashes of Heavenly Stems ( )


1. Yang Wood clashes with Yang Metal

XX-10Bad : These very inauspicious days are known


as the No Wealth Days, the Big Disaster Days or Ten Ferocious Days. These are generally inauspicious days for
everybody.

12.3.10

3. Yang Fire combines with Yin Metal

Four Separating Days

These four days are best avoided for important matters.


They are March 20, June 20, September 22 and December 21. The Four Separating Days are one day before:
1. Spring Equinox
2. Summer Solstice

2. Yin Wood clashes with Yin Metal


3. Yang Fire clashes with Yang Water
4. Yin Fire clashes with Yin Water

12.5 Relationships
Branches

of

Earthly

Earthly Branches have relationships with each other. The


positive relationships are known as combinations, and the
negative relationships as clashes. Combinations result in
auspicious days, and clashes result in inauspicious days.

3. Autumn Equinox

12.5.1 6 Combinations
Branches ( )

4. Winter Solstice

12.3.11

of

Earthly

Four Extinct Days

12.5.2 3 Harmony Combinations


Earthly Branches ( )
These four days should not be used for important matters.
They are February 3, May 5, August 8 and November 7.
12.5.3
The Four Extinct Days are one day before:

6 Clashes of Earthly Branches (

of
)

12.6 The 12 Day Ocers

1. Coming of Spring
2. Coming of Summer Solstice

The 12 Day Ocers (


) refer to the 12 types of
Qi or energies that may exist in that day. These generic
energies are common to everybody on that day.

3. Coming of Autumn Equinox


4. Coming of Winter Solstice

12.4 Relationships
Stems

of

Heavenly

Heavenly Stems have relationships with each other. The


positive relationships are known as combinations, and the
negative relationships as clashes. Combinations result in
auspicious days, and clashes result in inauspicious days.

1. Establish ( ) - suitable for getting engaged/marriage proposal, starting a new job/school


term, business transactions, medical treatments.
NOT for funerals.
2. Remove ( ) - suitable for cleansing activities, ending a relationship, dieting, medical excisions, demolition or repair works. NOT for marriage, adoption,
ocial openings, starting a new job, travel.

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3. Full ( ) - suitable for bountiful outcomes e.g. oical openings, house-warming party, install new
equipment.
NOT for marriage, legal settlements/lawsuits, starting a new job.
4. Balance ( ) - suitable for outcomes that are
favourable for both parties (win-win) e.g. marriage,
travels, situations where one needs to balance against
a more dominating power. NOT for lawsuits.
5. Stable ( ) - suitable for activities with lasting eects
(long-term) e.g. marriage. NOT for projects to be
completed quickly, jobs with no prospects.
6. Initiate ( ) - suitable for activities that commence
something (new beginnings). NOT for travel and
moving house. Not a superior day.
7. Destruction ( ) - suitable for destroying something
e.g. building demolition.
8. Danger ( ) - to be generally AVOIDED.
9. Success ( ) - MOST auspicious, POSITIVE and has
MULTIPLIER eect. Suitable for all activities that
require positive outcomes e.g. marriages, move into
new house, start construction. NOT for lawsuits.
10. Receive ( ) - suitable to attain something/rewards.
NOT for medical treatments or visiting the sick.
11. Open ( ) - suitable for oce opening, housewarming, starting work, marriage, starting a new
job/school. NOT for groudbreaking.
12. Close ( ) - to be AVOIDED for activities of significance.

CHAPTER 12. DATE SELECTION

Chapter 13

List Of Ba Zi
Ba Zi | Heavenly Stems | Earthly Branches | Hsia Calendar
(Xia Calendar) | Hour Pillar | Luck Pillar | Life Cycle |
Hidden Stems | Seasonal Cycle | Symbolic Stars | Aspects
Of Life | Date Selection | List Of Ba Zi
The following links to the Ba Zi (8-characters) based on
the hour, day, month and year of birth. The Luck Pillars
are also included.

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Chapter 14

House of Life
Ba Zi | Heavenly Stems | Earthly Branches | Hsia Calendar
(Xia Calendar) | Hour Pillar | Luck Pillar | Life Cycle |
Hidden Stems | Seasonal Cycle | Symbolic Stars | Aspects
Of Life | Date Selection | List Of Ba Zi

14.1 House of Life


14.1.1

Earthly Branch (EB) of the House


of Life

The Earthly Branch (EB) of the House of Life is found at


the intersection of the Earthly Branch (EB) of the Month
of Birth (in the Monthly Pillar) and the Earthly Branch
(EB) of the Hour of Birth (in the Hourly Pillar).

14.1.2

Heavenly Stem (HS) of the House of


Life

The Heavenly Stem (HS) of the House of Life is found at


the intersection of the Heavenly Stem (HS) of the Year of
Birth (in the Yearly Pillar) and the Earthly Branch (EB)
of the House of Life.

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Chapter 15

House of Conception
Ba Zi | Heavenly Stems | Earthly Branches | Hsia Calendar
(Xia Calendar) | Hour Pillar | Luck Pillar | Life Cycle |
Hidden Stems | Seasonal Cycle | Symbolic Stars | Aspects
Of Life | Date Selection | List Of Ba Zi

15.1 House of Conception

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Chapter 16

Kua Number
Ba Zi | Heavenly Stems | Earthly Branches | Hsia Calendar 16.2.3 Names of Directions
(Xia Calendar) | Hour Pillar | Luck Pillar | Life Cycle |
Hidden Stems | Seasonal Cycle | Symbolic Stars | Aspects In the above table, the top four are considered good directions, and the bottom four as unfavorable directions.
Of Life | Date Selection | List Of Ba Zi

16.3 1920s

16.1 Introduction
The Kua number of a person is determined by his/her year
of birth in the Chinese Hsia calendar. For example, if a
male is born between 5th Feb 1928 and 3rd Feb 1929,
then his Kua number is 7. A female born in the same
period will have a Kua number of 6. The Kua number
is used in ancient Chinese divination and Feng Shui or
Chinese geomancy.

16.4 1930s
16.5 1940s
16.6 1950s
16.7 1960s

16.2 Favorable Directions

16.8 1970s

The Kua number can be depicted in a magic square


(where the sum of any 3 numbers whether horizontally,
vertically or diagonally is always equal to 15) and is used
in Ba Zi divination to indicate the good or favorable directions of a person born with this Kua number.

16.2.1

Favorable Directions Of The West


Group

Kua numbers 2,5,6,7 and 8 belong to the West Group,


and the good or favorable directions of people born with
these Kua numbers are West, South-West, North-West and
North-East.

16.2.2

16.9 1980s
16.10 1990s
16.11 2000s
16.12 2010s
16.13 2020s
16.14 2030s

Favorable Directions Of The East 16.15


Group

Kua numbers 1,3,4,9 belong to the East Group, and the


good or favorable directions of people born with these
Kua numbers are North, South, East and South-East.
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2040s

Chapter 17

120-Year Basic Components Table


Ba Zi | Heavenly Stems | Earthly Branches | Hsia Calendar
(Xia Calendar) | Hour Pillar | Luck Pillar | Life Cycle |
Hidden Stems | Seasonal Cycle | Symbolic Stars | Aspects
Of Life | Date Selection | List Of Ba Zi
The 120-Year Basic Components Table spans the years
1912 to 2031. The basic 60-year cycle that is repeated
endlessly may be taken as starting from 1924 to 1983.
Each year is given a name, consisting of the name of the
Heavenly Stem followed by the name of the (Animal Sign
of the) Earthly Branch. For example, 1983 is known
as the Wood Rat ( ) year, and 1983 as the Water
Pig ( ) year. For simplicity, the complete name is frequently not used, and is shortened to Year of the Rat or
Year of the Pig respectively. In the table below, E is
the acronym for Earthly Branch and H is the acronym
for Heavenly Stem.

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Chapter 18

Seasonal Cycle
Ba Zi | Heavenly Stems | Earthly Branches | Hsia Calendar
(Xia Calendar) | Hour Pillar | Luck Pillar | Life Cycle |
Hidden Stems | Seasonal Cycle | Symbolic Stars | Aspects
Of Life | Date Selection | List Of Ba Zi

18.1 Seasonal Cycle of the Five Elements


The Season of Birth has the greatest impact on the Ba
Zi. For example, if a person is born in Spring, then
Wood prospers, Fire is born, Earth dies, Metal is imprisoned, and Water retreats. The term All Seasons refer
to the last month (the third month) of every Season, when
Earth prospers, as Earth is the transition element between
any two Seasons. For example, when Metal (Autumn)
changes to Water (Winter) the transition element is Earth.

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18.2. TEXT AND IMAGE SOURCES, CONTRIBUTORS, AND LICENSES

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18.2.2

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18.2.3

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