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HEAVENLY STEMS AND EAHTHLY BHANCHES
HEA VENLY STE1lS (HS) EARTHLY BRANCHES (EB)
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¿ Yi H2 Yin Wood J Chou Ox E2 - Yin Earth
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L 1i Hô - Yin Earth L Si Snake Eô - Yin Fire
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¬ Xin H8 - Yin Metal ± Wci Ram E8 - Yin Earth
Rcn Hº - Yang Water T Shcn Monkey Eº Yang 1etal
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WHAT DETERMI NES OUR DESTI NY?
From the viewpoint of Chinese metaphysics, everything in the Universe follows a set of
rules which determine our fate. The Four Pillars of Destiny is a scientifc tool used by the
Chinese to reveal the cosmic components of each person. This system i s used in conjunction
with the ingenious Hsia CalcnJar (l0.000-)car CalcnJar|, which records the elemental
influences prevailing in our own lives at any moment.
The Hsia CalcnJar helps us to translate our birth data year, month, day and hour of
birth - into our Four Pillars of Destiny (also known as Eight Characters, or ßa Zi in
Chinese). Each pillar yields two elements, Heavenly Stem (HS) on top and Earthly Branches
(EB) below, thereby making up our Eight Characters.
A typical Year Pillar is expressed below:
Year ZÜÜJ (Year of Snake)
H8 ( HcacnyStcm(HS)
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E 6 L EarthIyBranch(EB)
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From the above illustration, we can see that the year 2001 exhibits the infuence of Metal
in the Heavenly Stem and Fire in the Earthly Branch.
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How does destiny analysis work? It all rests on the basic premise that the complementary
forces of Yin and Yang create matter and, by extension, all living things. This matter is
divided into fve primordial elements that make up everything in the universe: Water,
Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal. They infuence everything, including human fortunes. Their
interactions stringently follow two sets of rules known as the Cycle of Birth and the Cycle
of Destruction. Understanding these relationships allows us to decipher our birth data and
unveil our hidden destiny buried within. This is done by reading the Four Pillars in
accordance with these two sets of rules.
This enables you to evaluate a person' s character, appearance, behaviour, family and social
relationships, potential, achievements, health and wealth, etc. It also allows you to pinpoint
when your potential in a particular area of your life will peak, right down to the day! On
top of that, auspicious dates for various social fnctions or events can be selected to enhance
your good fortune or ward off bad luck.
As can be seen, the Four Pillars of Destiny lets us detennine the stengths and weaknesses
in our destiny, and the ups ad downs of our Luck Cycles. We are thus able to tweak our
destiny and manipulate our fortunes to our advatage.
¡uckCycIe
The years of good luck a person enjoys durng his life span is expressed by another set of
pillars known as the Luck Pillars. Our Luck Cycle can be revealed by analysing the
interactions amongst the components of our birth data.
� Each set of Luck Pillar comprises two elements and governs 1 0 years of a person's
� life. The Heavenly Stem covers the first five years of a Luck Pillar while the Earthly
�� Branch covers the period from the sixth to the 1 0th year.
According to Chinese belief, there are fve factors which purort to detennine our fate and
fortune.
(|) Best|ny
Destiny is the inheri tance of, and influence by, conditions already determi ned
at our birth.
(||) Lack
Luck refers to variation in fortune during the different phases of our life. Even a
person blessed with a favourable destiny is subject to ups and downs.
(|||) lengSha|
Good Feng Shui can enhance our Luck Cycle.
(|v) lh||anthrephy
Our virtues and meritorious deeds directed at others and the world at large can improve
our fortune.
(v) Edacat|en
Learing i s a long-term process which betters our li fe chances and contributes
to our wisdom.
Destiny analysi s i s certainly not an easy subject. To unravel a person's fortue requires a
complex study of his date of birth, astrological sign, geographical location and the Five
Elements. In order to acquire a fair mastery of the requisite skills, one has to put i n a great
deal of effort in learing. However, as they are able to cast light on the mystery of life, the
sense of achievement and satisfaction is itself a reward.
YI N AND YANG
Yin and Yang are positive and negative forces that gover the Universe. They have their
own attributes and their own magnetic felds of energy.
In general, Yang (represented by "+") symbolises active, strong, male and positive elements
while Yin (represented by "¯") symbolises passive, weak, female, fragile and negative
elements.
The purpose of dividing elements into Yin and Yang is to distinguish between the stronger
and weaker characters. It is wrong to assume that Yang is better than Yin. Harmony and
balance must be well-maintained between these two integral forces.
For example, Yang Water is ofen compared to water in the sea or ocean whereas Yin
Water usually refers to droplets of moring dew. Yang Wood is ofen compared to a tall
and thick forest tree whereas Yin Wood is likened to tree branches and flower stems.
Diagram Showing Yin and Yang
Yin
Yang
TheTai]i SymboI
The Taiji is actually a sphere and there is no top or bottom. Likewise, the concept of Yin
and Yang illustrates the two sides of a single entity. They are relative and not absolute.
The two small circles indicate that everything in the Universe contains varying degrees of
Yin and Yang. Within Yin, there is a little Yang and within Yang, there is a little Yin.
FIVE ELEMENTS
The terms "Water", "Wood", "Fire", "Earth" and "Metal" refer to phases of natural energy,
but they cannot be interpreted in the narrow sense of their physical characteristics. They
are abstract representations of the cyclic reality of natural energy and the interwoven
relationships of all phenomena.
Each of these fve intangible substances has its own particular characteristics. They are
related to one another through the Cycle of Birth and the Cycle of Destruction. The
constrctive order of natural energy is expressed as the Cycle of Birth and the destructive
order of natural energy is expressed as the Cycle of Destruction.
Cycleof Birth
The Cycle of Birth shows a haronious relationship in which each element gives birth to
another. In this productive cycle, Metal enriches underground Water, which in t nourishes
vegetation to produce Wood. The buring of Wood produces Fire. Fire turs Wood into
ashes to nourish Earth and the nourishing quality of the Earth produces Metal. The generative
cycle of the Five Elements is in a state of harony.
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Before we begin to analyse the relationships in the Four Pillars, we have to lear to erect
the Four Pillars by using the Hsia Calendar.
Let us try to erect the Four Pillars of a male subject, Tom, bor in the Year of Dragon
2000, on 21 July at 1145 hrs.
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• t Step 1: )ear PIllar

In the Four Pillars of Destiny analysis, the frst day of the year in the Hsia Calendar
commences in Spring, usually around 4 or 5 Februar.
For example, Year of Dragon 2000 (see sample on page 16) commences on 4 February at
2032 hrs. If a child is bor before this date, he is considered to be bor in the Year of
Rabbit 1999. Ifhe is bor afer this date, he is considered to be bor in the Year of Dragon
instead.
Since Tom was bor on 21 July 2000, he is considered to be born in the Year of Dragon. _
Refer to the Sample of Hsia Calender on page 16. At the top of the page, we see that Year

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2000 constitutes a pair of elements, H7-E5. These are the Heavenly Stem and Earthly
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Branch elements of his Year Pillar.
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By pennutating your self against the Earthly Branches, you will yield infonnation which
helps to detennine your strengts and weaknesses at birth.
As mentioned, Tom's Self Element is H7. By looking at the chart of the 1 2-stge Life Cycle of
the 1 0 Heavenly Stems on page 50, look up for H7 in the frst row and then look for the Year
Branch E5 in the corresponding column below.
Then, look at the extreme right cell of the same row -we get Nurture. The same method
applies to the Month, Day and Hour Branches.
Te fndings have been tabulated as follows:
H9
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By refering to the chart on te 1 2-stage Life Cycle ofthe 1 0 HS on page 50, we note that
Self H7 reached the Attire stage at E8, Coming-of-Age at E9 and Prosperity Peak at EI 0.
From here, we observe that at E 1 0, Metl is at te strongest stage. Tis will give you a idea of
the strengt of Metal at E8 (Attire).
Altoug Earth E8 prspers in Late Summer season, it gives support to Self Metl H7. However,
in the season ofE8, E9 ad E 1 0, Metal is strongest at E 1 0. By this analysis, we can gauge the
stength of Self Metal H7 at the other three Branches in this destiny.
g�Step6: H|ddenHeaven|yStems|nthelarth|yßranches

Within our Four Pillas are Hidden Heavenly Stems which must be unearthed for an accurate
destiny analysis. Refering to the chart on page 73, we look up the Earthly Branch of
Tom's Year Pillar, E5, and fnd that it constitutes three Hidden Heavenly Stems, namely
H2, H5 and HlO.
Next, look up the Earthly Branch of Tom's Month Pillar, ES, and we fnd the Hidden
Heavenly Stems H2, H6 and H4.
Apply the same sequence to the Day and Hour Pillars. Tom's Hidden Elements in the
Earthly Branches is shown on pg 19.
Step7: lrect|nglackl|||ars
Luck Pillars are derved from the Month Pillar and each Luck Pillar represents the elemental
infuence in a person's life for a period of 10 years. The Heavenly Stem covers the first
fve years whilst the Earthly Branch govers the sixth to 10th years. Let us now proceed to
plot Tom's Luck Pillars.
The frst step is to determine whether the Heavenly Stem of the Year Pillar is Yin or Yang.
Refer to the chart on the inside font cover of this book and look up H7. We get Yang
Metal. Next, determine whether it is a forward or backward sequence. Look at the table
below.
Sao[ect Yearefß|rth Seqaence
For a male subject bor in a Yang year, like Tom, look at his Month Pillar Hl O-ES and
proceed in a forward sequence. Referring to the HS and EB lists on the inside font cover
of this book, we look for Tom's Month Pillar, HI O-ES, and proceed in a forward sequence.
His frst pair of Luck Pillars will thus be HI-E9, the second pair will be H2-El O, the third
pair will be H3-El l and so on. Tom's Luck Cycle has been mapped out on page 19.
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For a male subject bor in a Yag year or a female subject bor in a Yin year, the method of
calculation is the same look up his or her birth date in the ÍxÍuLu/éndurand count in a
forard sequence.
By refering to Tor's dte of birth, which is 21 July, and using te Saple ofHsia Calenda on
page 1 6, start counting forward the number of days fom the date of birth to te frst day of the
following month column, which is 7 August. We get a total of 1 7 days.
Divide 1 7 days by 3 and round it up to the nearest number, which is 5. Therefore, 5 i s
Tor's Commencing Age. The HS of the frt pillar rules Tor's frst fve years from age 5
to 9, the EB of the frst pillar rules his next fve yeas, from age 1 0 to 14, and so on.
Likewise, for a male subject bor in a Yin year or a female subject bor in a Yang year, the
method of calculation is nealy the same except we have to count in a backward sequence.
Let us now assume tat Tor was bor in a Yin yea. By refering to his date of birth, which is 21
July, and using the Sample ofHsia Calend on page 1 6, st counting backwards the nuber of
days fom his date of birth to the frst day ofthe sae month column, which is 7 July. We get a
total of 1 4 days.
Divide 1 4 days by 3 and round it up to the neaest nuber, which is 4. Therefore, 4 is his
Commencing Age.

We will also use the following abbreviated terms in this book:
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Heavenly Ster of the Year Pillar Year Ster
Heavenly Ster ofthe Month Pillar Month Ster
Heavenly Ster of te Day Pilla Day Ster
Heavenly Ste ofthe Hour Pillar Hou Ster
Ealy Branch ofthe Yea Pillar Year Branch
Eahly Branch of the Mont Pillar Mont Branch
Ealy Branch of te Day Pilla Day Branch
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Tor was bor on 2 1 July 2000 at 1 145 hrs. Te Heavenly Ster of his Day Pillar, H7, and
his time of birth, 1 1 45 hrs, intersect at the H9-E7 cell. Thus his Hour Pillar is H9-E7 .
.

• ••

ERECTING HOUR PILLARS FOR THOSE BORN IN THE
HOUR OF RAT (- B)

rmal Category
\EYmple 1: Early Rat 1rl (2400-0100 hrs)

Date of Birth: 16 Februar 1999
JM. 0001 hrs
Hour Day Month Year
HI I
+ Wood
El r
+ Water
H6B
- Earth
E12�
- Water
H
3W
+ Fire
E
3 l
+ Wood
H6B
- Earth
E
49P
- Wood
If a child is bor on 16 February 1999 between the moring hours 0[2400 and 0100 h,the
Hour Pillar mthis case falls under the noral category. Tae the Day Stem H6 to be read against
the hour of bith El , which yields HI -El .

ecial Category
\

mple 2: Night Rat «rl (2300-2359 hrs)
(

DatofBirh: 16 February 1999
JM. 2301 hrs
Hour Day Month Year
H7�
H3W
H6B
+ Fire - Earh
El r E12�
+ Water - Water
H
3W
+ Fire
E
3 l
+ Wood
H6B
- Earth
E49P
- Wood
If a child is bor on the night ofl6 February 1999 between 2300 ad 2359 hrs under the special
category, the step for erecting the Hour Pillar is diferent. In this case, you have to pick the next
Day Stem H7 to be read against the hour of birth E 1, which yields H3 -l 1.
,E�mp|e.

S
bject: Male
Date of Birh:
Time of Birh:
21 July 2000 (Year of Dragon)
1 1 45 hrs
u9
_
Sel
7 Water
h
¹
Þ
7 Metl

§ L5_
7 Fire 7 Eah
H4 T H2 ¿
-Fire - Wood
H6 C H5.
- Earth + Earth
HI0�
- Water
75-79 65-69 55-59
H8 $ H7 Y
H6 i
- Metal + Metal - Earth
80-84 70-74 60-64
E3 J
E2l
1 Wood - Earth
� °
t
Spring
Wood
Four Pi l l ars of Desti ny
Year
u10� u¹ Þ
- Water 7 Metal
Heavenly Stem (HS)
Season
L5
_
L8 ¶
7 Eah
Earthl Branch (B)
- Eah
Attire Nurture 12-stage Life Cycle of the 10 Hh
H2 ¿ H2
Wood Wood
H6 C H5.
Hidden HS in the EB
- Earth + Earth
H4 T HI0 �
-Fire - Water
Luck Cycle
45-49 35-39 25-29 15-19
H5 r H4T H3W H2 c HI I Heavenly
1Earth - Fire 1Fire - Wood + Wood Stems
50-54 40-44 30-34 20-24 10-14
Àg6
EI - Ell J Ell I EIOW E9
I
Earthly
1 Water - Water + Earth - Metal 1Metal Branches
ª t ª
Winter Autumn
Water Metal
»
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Subject: Female
Date of Birth:
Time of Birth:
2 1 July 2000 (Year of Dragon)
1 145 hs
Four Pi l l ars of Desti ny
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+ Ý3I0t

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-Fire
H6B
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H2Z
- Wood
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+ N0I3l
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+ Earh
- Wood
HSD
'Ea
HI0�
- Water
¨ Fire - Fire
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- Water ¨ Water - Earth
ª ª
Winter
Water
aIe ¶
¯ Ý3I0t
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E8¸
¯ Earth
- Wood
H6B
-Ea
H4T
-Fire
49-53
E3
9
¨ Wood
a
¹�
+ N0I3l
E5 �
+ Earth
Wood
HSD
'Ea
HI0�
- Water
Luck Cycle
Hevenl Stem (S)
Earthly Branch (EB)
12-stage Life Cycle of the 10 Hh
Hidden HS in the EB
- Metal
I9-23
ES # ¸ E6 g E7 ¬ Earthly
¨ Earth ¸ -_Eire 7 Fire Branches
ª � mmmm�ª ª ^
Spring
Wood
Summer
Fire
ANALYSI NG YOUR DESTI NY
Now that we have tabulated all the necessary information on page 1 9, let's start analysing!
Se|tE|ement
The Heavenly Stem of the Day Pillar represents Self. In this case, Tom's Self Element is
H7. According to the inside font cover of this book, H7 is Yang Metal, which means that
he i s a Yang Metal person bor in the Year of Dragon.
The remaining seven characters in the Year, Month and Hour Pillars represent hi s
environment, the people i n his life and other aspects li ke money, authority, status,
intelligence, skills, colleagues or fiends, etc.
Seasenetßirth
Looking at the Sample of Hsia Calendar on page 1 6, we see that Tom was bor in Late
Summer (as indicated in the top row of the last column). The Season of Birth is determined
by the Month Branch. In this case, it is Earth E8. Although this Metal H7 person is not
bor in season, he is bor in a supportive season, as by te Cycle of Birth, Earth produces
Metal.
In Late Summer, Earth prospers, Metal is bor, Water dies, Wood is imprisoned and Fire
retreats. We can now confr that he was bor during a strong season of Earth E8, which
gives good support to Metal. Such in-depth analysis will be discussed later on.
Seasonal Cycle of the Five Basi c El ements
Seasen Presper ßern uie lmprisen Retreat
Spnng Wood Fir Ð Meta Water
Samer Fire Ð Met Water Wood
Am Metl Water Wood Fi Ð
Winter Water Wood Fire Ð Me
À
Ð Met Water Wood Fi
Seasons
The two most vital factors affecting a person's destiny are the Self Element and the Season of
Birth. Note that before we evaluate the strength of the Self Element, we need to understand the
interactions amongst the Five Elements. These have been discussed on pages 5 and 6.
Another equally important aspect to note is the seasonal changes affecting the strength of
each element. In fact, the Season of Birth has the greatest impact on the Four Pillars.
Strengthefl|ements
Amongst the other elements in the Four Pillars that give Tom support are Metal H7 and
Earth E5 on the Year Pillar. Self is frther supported by Earth E5 sitting directly under it.
There is no threat fom Fire E7 due to the presence of Earth E5. Fire does not destroy
Metal but, instead, nourishes Earth E5 on the Day Branch. Earth in tum nourishes Metal.
We can conclude that Tom is a Strong Metal person.
Strong Metal needs discharge to restore its balance. As Metal gives birth to Water, H9 and
HI O in the Hour and Month Stem, will be Tom's most favourable elements as they drain
off Metal's excessive strength. Preferably, favourabl e elements should be free from
unfavourable combinations and clashes.
His unfavourable elements are Earth and Metal. Fire destroys Metal but, at the same time,
supports Earth. Fire is therefore neutral to Metal.
Effects of Combinations and Clashes in the Heavenly Stem
+ Water
Being a strong Metal person, Water. H9 and HI O help to release the strong Metal energy.
Since there is no combination or clash in the above Heavenly Stems, proceed to check if
there is any combination or clash in the Earthly Branches.
Combinations and Cl ashes in the Earthl y Branches
Combination
I|re
Self Persecuting Clash
According to the Six Combinations of the Earthly Branches on page 63, E7 and E8 will
combine to for Fire. But the presence of Earth E5 between them blocks the intended
combination, so te combination between E7 and E8 cannot take place. Their status remains
unchanged. By the theory of Self Persecuting Clash on page 64, Earth E5 clashes with E5.
This clash does not afect the status of the Earth element.
H|ddenueaven|yStems(H|ddenl|ements)|nthelarth|yßranches
»+
/ Hidden within the Earthly Branches are Heavenly Stems. The Hidden Elements have to
be opened up and examined for an accurate destiny analysis.
TakeNote!
In this case, there are three Wood H2 hidden in the Earthly Branches of the Year, Month
and Day Pillars. Wood, which is anoter of Tom' s favourable elements, helps to suppress
the strong Earth. Although Wood is weak, it receives support from the Water elements,
H9 and HI O.
learl|||ars
We will attempt to analyse Tom' s Four Pillars, summarised on page 1 9, so that we can
have an overview of how different bits of information fit in.
Let us refer to pages 1 03 and 1 04. Metal gives birth to Water. This means that Self Metal
H7 gives birth to Water, which is present on the Heavenly Stems of the Month and Hour
Pillars. The element which Self produces symboli ses his creativity, intelligence and
aspirations.
Itligence,
Expressive ability
Metal conquers Wood. This means that Self Metal H7 conquers the Wood H2 hidden in
te Year, Month and Day Branches. The element that Self conquers represents his wealth
and spouse. Since there are three Wood H2, hidden in the Earthly Branches, there is a
possibility he may have several clandestine romantic relationships. The element Wood H2
conquered by Self Metal H7 represents his wife.
Fire destroys Metal. Fire E7 in the Hour Branch, the element which conquers Self Metal
H7, symbolises his power and status. Fire E7, sitting below Water H9 on the Hour Pillar,
is being weakened by Water. This indicates that he may be rich but living in low profle.
Ofsg
Earth gives birth to Metal. Here, there are three Earth elements in all, with two E5 and one
E8 on the Earthly Branches. Earth, the element which gives birth to Self Metal H7, represents
his resource and support. Appaently, he has an abundance of strong Earth elements in his
Four Pillars, which is too much for him. Strong Metal rejects Earth. Since Earth represents
his resource and support, this may indicate that he is a confdent and independent person.
Mother'
House of Spouse
The House of Spouse refers to the Day Branch. In this case, it is Earth E5. Since Wood is
his favourable element ad represents his wealth and spouse, he can get very intimate with
women. Unfortunately, the House of Spouse lies in Earth E5, which is his unfavourable
element, indicating that he will not show much concer for his marriage. Probably this is
due to the two additional Wood H2 hidden in E5 and E8 in the Year and Month Pillars,
which indicate extramarital affairs.
Self Metal on the Year Pillar
Being a strong Metal person, Metal is one of his unfavourable elements. Metal H7 on the
Year Pil lar symbolises siblings and fiends. Since Metal is not favourable, he will not be
close to his brothers and sisters.
Luck Cycle
Look at the Earthly Branches of his Luck Pi llars on page 1 9 and then refer to page 57. We
see that his Luck Cycle commences in Autumn with Metal (E9, E I 0 and El l ), and continues
through Winter, with Water (EI 2, EI and E2), and fnally to Spring, with Wood (E3, E4
and E5).
By observing his Luck Cycle, we see that his favourable run of good luck will reign during
EI 2 (from age 40 to 44), EI (from age 50 to 54) and E3 (fom age 70 to 74). For more
information and details of his Luck Cycle, we can open up te Ruling Years within the
Luck Cycle.
For example, when he enters the Luck Pillar ofE 1 2 from age 40 to 44, the Ruling Elements
of those fve years will be as follows:
2043
44
HI O

- Water
E1 2
*
- Water
t
Rul i ng Years of E12
2042 2041 2040 2039
43 42 41 40
H9 H7

H6
i
7 Water 7 Metal - Earth
El l B E9 $ E8
*
7 Earth 7 Metal
LackCycleefE12
!
Lacklm ar
35-39
H4
T
- Fire
40-44
E1 2
*
We can also check which is the best year out ofthe fve years in a particular pillar. In this
case, age 44, with both its Water elements (Hl O-E1 2), will be his most favourable year.
SymbeöcStars
Another area to look at will be the Symbolic Stars. Inforation on Flower of Romance,
Academic Stars and the like is available in chapter 6.
Look at Tom's Four Pilars below.
uear uay Meath Year
Hl O

H7
9
E7
l
E5
1 E5
1

Star of Ars Nobleman
+ Nob|cman
Refer to page 84. Tom's Day Stem is H7, so his Nobleman Star will be E2 or E8. And
indeed, there is a Nobleman Star on the Month Branch, E8. A Nobleman Star signifes
a helpfl star, so in the event of a crisis, Tom will be able to overcome it.
+ StarofArts
To see if our subject has the Star of Arts in hi s l i fe, we have to look at the Earthl y
Branch of either the Day Pi llar or the Year Pi llar, but never both. In thi s case, let
us take his Day Branch, which is E5. Looking at page 86, we see that his Star of Arts
will be E5. He has an E5 on his Year Pillar. In this case, it signifes loneliness in old
age.


HOUSE OF LI FE AND HOUSE OF CONCEPTI ON
On top of the Four Pillars of Destiny, there are two additional pillars which have to be
considered.
+ HouscofIifc(û¡MingGong)
+ HouscofCouccption(®( TaiYuan)
These two additional pillars are usually examined under the following circumstnces:
+ The Self Element is extemely wea.
+ To detennine marriage parers.
+ To detenine the number of children or siblings in a family.
+ To help a person in a critical condition.
+ To assess our acestors' infuence on the Four Pillars.
These applications are usually used in fortune reading and will not be discussed in great
detail here.
House of Life
The House of Life is derived fom the Month and Hour Pillars.
Paul 's Four Pi l l ars of Desti ny
1 V|
-Wood

First, let us uncover the Earthly Branch of the House of Life. Refer to the chart below.
Look up the Month Branch and the Hour Branch.
House of
^ b
Life
ur er
E3 j
1
|

E6 B
I
4
5
6
7
8
El T • 11
E2 . 12
+ If the Mont Branch is E4 tke the number 2
+ If te Hour Branch is E 1 take the number 1 1
+ Adding 2 and 1 1 gives you a total of 1 3
I f the sum (x) of the Month and Hour Branches i s less than 1 4, we use the formula:
1 4 - x
If the sum total (x) is 1 4 and above, we use the formula:
26 - x
In Paul's case, since we get a sum total of 1 3, we use te frst formula.
Take: 1 4 - 1 3 1
Refering to the above chart, we see tat 1 is E3. Thus Paul's Eahly Branch for the House
of Life is E3.
The next step is to derive the Heavenly Stem of the House of Life.

ÍW of
ÎH8F
HoaseofLife
E3
E4
E5
E6
E7
E8
E9
EIO
Ell
E12
EI
E2
HI
H6
H3
m Þ
H4
H5
H6
H7
H8
H9
Hl O
HI
H2
H3
H4
H2 H3 H4
H7 H8 H9
I
H5
m
H7
I
H9
H6 H8 HIO
H7 H9 HI
H8 Hl O H2
H9 HI H3
HIO H2 H4
HI H3 H5
H2 H4 H6
H3 H5 H7
H4 H6 H8
H5 H7 H9
H6 H8 HIO
M0aV0nlÿ
bt0m ul
Muu80 ulLíl0
H5
HIO
HI
H2
H3
H4
H5
H6
H7
H8
H9
Hl O
HI
H2
By referring to Paul's Year Stem, which is H3, and his Earthly Branch of the House of
Life, which is E3, look up the chart above. Here they intersect to yield the Heavenly Stem
of the House of Life. In this case, it is H7.
Thus Paul's completed House of Life will be H7-E3.
Table for Deriving the Earthly Branch of House of Ufe
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E4 .·...·.. L�8

L6 ' L4

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'

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E5 .·.. .·.. .L· L·

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¸

L6 �4



¸ L2 .

...
: E7
.....·.. ¸.. L9 .

L? L5 L L1 L1 ...L�
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L6

.
L4

. L2 ¸ L12..�

L1.

· L8
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L5

'
El2 .... .·..

L4
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..L1 ¸ .¸·¸.. L9
'
.
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L:2 ..L10 ¸· L8

L6
\x)mple:
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Í3uÌ´S l0uS0 0!ÌÍ!0, WhÍCh ÍS lJ.
House of Conception
This method of calculation is derived from the Month Pillar. Take Paul's pillar of H8-E4
as an example. Take the Heavenly Stem H8 and move forward one position and you get
H9. Likewise, taking the Earthly Branch E4, move forward three positions and you get E7.
Menth Genera|lrincip|e
H8¬ Move forward one position
E4
¹
Move forward three positions
The completed House of Conception will be H9-E7.
HeaseefCenceptien
This application is the same for both men and women. The completed set of pillars, together
with the House of Life and House of Conception, will be as follows:
H:
+ Water
E7¬
+ Fire
h"
+ Wood
EI(
+ Water
HI T
+ Wood
EII)
+ Earth
E

+ Fire
1û HLÞVLNLYU1LMU
Heavenly Stems
Symbols
Elements
I
Seasons
T Jia
I
HI Spring
. "-�
Z Yi
H
Spring
���-�
P
Bing H3 Yang Fire
Summer
J
Ding H4 Yin Fire Summer
i

Wu H5 Earth
I
All Seasons
B Ji H6 Yin Earth All Seasons

þ Geng
H7 Yang Metal Autumn
¬
Xin H8 Yin Metal Autumn
: Ren H9 Yang Water Winter
:

Gui HI0 Yin Water Winter
Heavenly Stems illustrate the patter of movement of the Heaven Qi in the Universe
They are each associated with one of the Five Elements: Metal, Water, Wood, Fire ani
Earth. All Five Elements are capable of dynamic interactions which form the force behin·
all lives, activities and changes in the Universe.
Each of the Five Elements has a dualistic nature -� active, representing Yang, the force c
Heaven, and receptive, representing Yin, the force of Earth -resulting in a total of 1
elements. A element of Yin ( - ) or Yang ( + ) attached to each of the Five Elemen­
signifes the relative strength and weightage of each particular element.
HI, H3, H5, H7 and H9 belong to the Yang gender whereas H2, H4, H6, H8 and HIO a
categorised as the Yin gender.
In ancient times, the Chinese used Heavenly Stems to record hours, days, months, years
and space (directions) to explain things that happen in a given period. Ancient Chinese
also used Heavenly Stems to explain the fndamental principles of all maters by charting
the course of human life.
Fi ve Combinati ons of Heavenl y Stems (Normal Transformation)
livc Combinations RcsuIting EIcmcnts
HI Q ¬ H6¸
¬H00O -Lur/h LAK1M
H2( ¬ H7
b
-H00O ¬Mc/ul ðL1AL
H
3T
¬ H8
¬1/rc -Mc/ul HA1LK
H
1 J
¬ H93
-1/rc ¬Hu/cr HÓÜÖ
H5( ¬ HI0 �
¬Lur/h -Hu/cr ÏÎKL
The stems combine like the Rver-Map theory. A Yin ad a Yang Stem combine and undergo a
tnsforation togeter, resultng i a new element.
Combination of stems indicates unity. This is usually a good structure in a set of Four
Pillars.
lhc Vatcr Vood
Clash of the Heavenly Stems by Element
H
¹+
H79
+ Fire + Metal
H

H8=
- Fire - Metal
H79
H1 +
+ Metal + Wood
H8¬ H2,
- Metal - Wood
H1 + H
º1
+ Wood +Earth
H2, H6|
- Wood - Earth
Hº1
H9¹
+ Earth + Water
H6| H10�
- Earth - Water
H9¹ H¹+
+ Water + Fire
H10� H

- Water - Fire
Clashes are due to one element controlling the other and the elements being both Yang or
both Yin. For example, Fire destroys Metal and Metal conquers Wood.

Cl ash of the Heavenly Stems by Opposite Di rection
H7
9
HI T
7 Metal 7 Wood HéxI- JuxI
1$ H2Z
- Metal - Wood HéxI - JuxI
H= H3
P
7 Water 7 Fire 1OrIh - òOÞIh
HIO � H4
T
- Water - Fire 1OrIh - òOÞIh
(H5 J anoH6 B are neutral ±n) I
Such clashes occur because the elements involved are directly opposite each other on the
Luopan. Some clashes are more power
f
l than others.

Heavenly Stem Combinations and Clashes
+ Five HS combinations
+ Fi ve HS clashes
+ Combinations tae precedence over clashes
\
E9mple:

Hour Day Month Year
Clash Combine
� �
� -
Sc(
HI E H7 �
H2Z X
+Wood +Metal -Wood
X X X X
Day Ster H7 combines wit Mont Ster Íto form a resultant Metal element. Uthe meatime,
Day Ster H7 clashes with Hour Ster HI .
As H7 and H2 combine, HI will be released from the clash with H7.
HEAVENLY STEM COMBI NATI ONS
Five Direct Combinations of Heavenly Stems
(ormal Transformation)
In order for the Combinations of Heavenly Stems to tae place, the two stems involved
must be located next to each other without interference fom anoter stem.
I addition, the resultant element must have te same element attbutes as the Month Brach, or
the combination will not take place even tough the two stems involved sit on Earthly Braches
with the same element.
,Ex»mp|e:
��
Hour "Day Month Year
r CembinetefermFire1
Seg
H10 � H5T
- Water ¨ Fanh
F6 c FJ ±
- Fire ¨ Wood
'
X X
Season
F
7 `
F11i
¨ Fire ¨ Far.h
'
'
CembinetefermFin
Day Stem, Earth H5, combines with Hour Stem, Water HI O, to produce Fire. The resultant
Fire is supported by the season Fire E7. The Fire element will be even stronger if there is
aother existing Fire element on te Month or Year Stems.
Muut Uuy ¾uu¡h Y0ut
¸Combine to form Fire ,
5eµ
H°T H¡0�
¯ Eæh
E7¬
¯ IÍtO
- V8|Ot
E
¹
V'
- VOOJ
¸combine to form Wood
`
HJ ±
¯ V8|Ot
Season
E3�
¯ VOOJ

- IItO
E¡2 7
V8|Ot
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L0mOÍÞ3!Í0ÞS 0!!h0 Í03V0ÞÌy b!0mS.
ÍÞ!h0 b03S0Þ 0!ÜÍtü, Ý00dlJ µt0Sµ0tS ÍÞl3tÌybµ1Þg3Þdµ0tmÍ!S!h0C0mOÍÞ3!Í0Þ0!
ÍÍt0Í+ 3ÞdÝ3!0t ÍV!0 !0tm Ý00d.
Jh0C0mOÍÞ3!Í0Þ0!l3tIhÍJ3ÞdÝ3!0tÍl Ut0C0ÍV0S Suµµ0tIU0mÝ00dlJ,ÍÍt0l¯ 3Þd
ÍÍt0Í+, h0ÞC0 ÍÍt0 ÍS !0tm0d.
Muut Uuy ¾uu¡h Y0ut
7 H
¹
HJ¸ H¹
- IItO ¯ V8|Ot - IItO
'
` `
ª
Competing combinatons
|!lhO|Oa|OmOpO88lO|OCOnOlnallOn8anOnglh|OO HOavOnlySlOn8whlCha|OnOxllO
� OaChOlhO|,lhO|Owl|lOO COnpOllngCOnOlnallOn8and8uCha8lluallOnwl||nOl|O8u|lln
lhO!O|nallOnO|anOwO|OnOnl.
"Husband Following Wife" Combination of Heavenly Stems
When one ofthe Heavenly Stems ha Yin stem tat is of te same element a te Mont Brnch
and, at the sae time, sits on a supporting Eathly Branch, thereby forming a new element afer
the combination, we term this te "Husbad Following Wife" Combination.
¸Exµmple:
P�
Hour Day Month Year
Seg
X H7! H2� X
+Metal - Wood
Seaon
X F1 F
¹º¹
X
+Water - Wood
Wood H2 is supported by Wood ton the Month Pillar. Wood E4 is the Season of Birth and
hence Wood is prsperous. With Water E 1 supporing Wood E4, Metal H7 and Wood H2
combine to form Wood instead of Metal. Tis is thus a "Husband Following Wife" Combination
(where Metal Husband, Wood Wife).
¯Ü0Î0Ü0W0gHusband" Combination of Heavenly Stems
When one of the Heavenly Stems has a Yang stem element which is the same as the
Month Branch (Season) and, at the same time, sits on a supporting branch, thereby forming
a new element afer combination, we term this the "Wife Following Husband" category.
Hour Day Month Year
Sc(
X
H3 P H8 X
+ Fire - Metal
Scason
X E7 E6 B X
+ Fire - Fire
Fire H3 is supported by Season of Birth, Fire E6, on the Month Branch. Fire H3 sits on
Fire At the same time, Fire is the controlling element during Summer.
Fire H3 (Husband) and Metal H8 (Wife) combine to form Fire instead of Water.
Summary of Combinations
+ A man whose Four Pillars of Destiny has the Five Direct Combinations (Normal
Transforation) possesses a tough character and will not confor to his wife.
+ A ma whose Fou Pillars of Destiny has the "Husbad Following Wife" Combination will D
henpecked as his wife will be the domineering pa.
+ A man whose Four Pillars of Destiny has the "Wife Following Husband" Combination
possesses a mind of his own and will receive support or help fom his wife.
Heavenly Stem Combinaton Without Forming a New Element
Hour Day Month Year
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X
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Wood H1 intends to combine with Earth H6. By Normal Transformation, the resultant
element is Earth. However, the season is Water E1 2, which does not approve of this
combination. The main crterion for the combination with a resultant element to take place
is that the resultant element must be "bor in Season". That is, the resultant element must
be of the same element as the Month Branch. In this case, the Season of Birth has to be
either E2, E5, E8 or El l .
Since the combination is not approved, no resultant element would materialise and the stats quo
is maintained.
Such a situation is considered a Near Clash by element, with Wood HI conquering Earth H6.
HEAVENLY STEM CLASHES
Clashes occur for the following reasons:
(i) One element is controlling te other
(ii) The elements are all Yin or all Yang
Near Clash
Hour Day Month Year
7
7
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HI E
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7
7
Clashes are severe when they ae near to each other. Month Stem H7 clashes with Day
Stem HI � this is the stongest clash by element. Wood is under attack fom MetaL
Blocked Clash
Hour Day Month Year
Sel
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N
7 7 7 7
Year Stem H7 clashes with Day Stem HI . This clash is less severe than the Near Clash
featd above. Metl is blocked by Month Stem. PBlocked Clash occus when there is another
stem hindering or acting as a "shield" for the "victim".
Distant Clash
Hour Day Month Year
HI E
+ Wood
7
7
Clash
7
7
7
H7 �
+ Metal
7
'ear Stem H7 dashes with Hour Stem HI -thi s is regarded as a Distant Clash and i s the
Neakest among the three clashes. In this case, there is no effect on Wood HI . The clash i s
;eparated by two stems. A Distant Clash occurs when the two conficting elements are far
Ipart fom each other.
fhree Clashes
When three stems are in confict (dash), the stongest element will be in controL
K�mple:
Hour Day Month Year
Clash Clash
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7 H7

H3
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H9
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X X X X
[fWater H9 is the strongest among the stems, it will control Fire H3. As a result Fire H3
wil l not harm Metal H7. However, i f Fire H3 is the strongest, Metal H7 will be threatened
Jy Fire H3 ad Water H9 canot control Metal H7. If Metal H7 is the strongest, then Fire
H3 is subject to suppression by Water H9.

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Clash of Yin and Yang
A clash between two stems i s more severe when both are Yang or both are Yin.
A clash between a Yin and a Yag Stem or a clash between a Yag ad a Yin stem is less severe.
We term such a clash as a Passionate Clash. Norally, the Yin and Yang clash takes place under
the "maried" clash or combination.
Married Clash
Hour Day Month Year
X
X
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HJ
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X
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- Metal
X X
Fire H3 ad Metal H8 are regarded as Yang Fire ad Yin Metl "geting mar ed" ad will evolve
into a resultant element of Water. (Refer to te Five Combinations of the Heavenly Stems.)
Harmonising Two Conficting Stems
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A neutral element i s present in beteen two clashing stems.
Hour Day Month Year
Sel
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Fire H3 is supposed to clash with Metal H7. Due to the presence of Earth H5 in between
the two clashing elements, the clash is neutalised. Fire gives birth to Earth H5 and Earth,
in retr, nourishes Metal, H7.
E�mple.
e presence of a third stem combines with one of the conficting stems and ends up
resolving the clash.
Hour Day Month Year
Clash
1
Cembine
1
- -
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X X X X
Due to the presence of Metal H8, the clash between Fire H3 and Metal H7 is released.
\Ex)mple:
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Fire H3 is supposed to clash with Metal H7 but due to the presence of Water H9 on the
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efective.
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I n the event of a clash, the attacki ng stem itself will be weakened. For example, Yang
(A' Metal H7 attacks Yang Wood H1 . Although Wood is weakened by Metal, Metal itself is
� also parially "injured" i n the clash with Wood.
Adverse Efect of a Clash
In a situation when Wood is pitted against Earth, Wood will control Earth. However, if
Eart is stong while Wood is wea, Wood will be injured during a clash with stong Earth.

Clash ¯
H2, H6¡
- Wood - Earth
F'avourable and Unfavourable Clash
Clashes are not always negative. For example, Water can control and suppress Fire. If Fire is
your ufavourable element, the clash is said to be benefcial and auspicious. On the other hand,
if Fire is favourble i your Four Pilla, ten the clash of Watr ad Fire is regaded as inauspicious.
H9¹
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1 0 HEAVENLY STEMS AND THE HUMAN BODY
Every organ in the body can be classified under the Five Elements. A person would be in
good health if all his interal organs associated with the Five Elements are in a balanced
and harmonious state and interact with one another according to the productive and
destructive order. If an element is excessively strong or weak, it will upset the balance and
sickness will set in.
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1 2-Stage Life Cycle of the 10 Heavenly Stems
in Relation to Destiny Analysis
The chart shows the diferent effects of permutations of the Heavenly Stems against the 1 2
Life Stages. By permutating the Day Stem against the Earthly Branches ofthe Year, Month,
Day and Hour Pillars, the 1 2 Life Stages will reveal the weightage of the strength and
weakness of the elements in your Four Pillars.
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For example, Tom's Self Element is H7 and his Year Branch is E5. Referring to page 50,
go down the H7 column till you see E5, which is the intersection point of H7 and the Life
Stage is Nurture. The Year Pillar is thus in the stage of Nurture. The same method applies
to the Month, Day and Hour Pillars.
Like living beings, the 1 0 Heavenly Sters are also subj ect to life and death. For example,
when a child reaches adulthood, his mother gradually grows old and dies. Likewise, the
cycle of change of the 1 0 Heavenly Stems triggers of and peretuates a chain of ever­
changing events over time.
The gowth and prosperity of the Five Elements are the same as those of all living things
on Earth. When the sun rises, it shines brightly. Its shine intensifes as noon approaches.
When the moon comes out at night, it i s as pure as a young maiden. It gets brighter and
clearer on the 1 5th and 1 6th days of the lunar calendar.
The life cycle ofthe Heavenly Sters has to be read in conjunction with Eahly Branches. It can
forecast what will happn when the Heavenly Sters met the Ealy Braches. Te ever-changng
event on Earth mthe rsult of te lives ad deaths aising fom te combinations ofthe Heavenly
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Di stri buti on of Earth El ement i n Each Season
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The thid and last month of each season is ruled by the Earth element, which is particularly
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factor which readers should be familiar with. As mentioned, we need to understand the
seasonal aspect of the Five Elements. As nature on Earth changes according to the four
seasons, the prosperity and strength of these basic elements also change wit this natural cycle.
A phase is timely when it is in its season of predominace.
According to the ÍxluLu/éndurby Vincent Koh, the frst day of spring is the frst day of
the year and usually falls on 4 or 5 February on the Wester Calendar. The last day of
Winter, when Earth completes its cycle, is the last day of the year.
Duing the months of E3 and E4 in spring, the Wood clement, which sigifies growth, is
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to be the period of growth.
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regarded as the stongest element during this period.
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E 2 J CX
4 Þ
E
7 T Horºc
E 3 �
1igcr M Þ E 6 L 5ndkc
1 "J
Kdbbil
M Þ
E5 k Lrdgon
9 T
Aonkc¸
A Þ
E I 29 !ig
I 0 Ð Kooºlcr
M Þ
E I I R Log
"
�mple:
Rat (E 1 T) and Ox (E2 3) are good fiends. Ox and Ram (E8 *) are enemies. On the arival
of Ram, Lleaves Rat.
`
L 1
Combine
¯`
L Z
Þ Clash
Clash
¯
L ð
N
Related Clashes in the Earthly Branches J�
E I ¹ Kdl M Þ
E I0 Ð Kooºlcr
E 3 �
1gcr
M Þ
E I2 » !ig
E 2 J C
M Þ
E5 k Lrdgon
E 1 "J
Kdbbil
M Þ E
7 T Horºc
E 6 L 5ndkc
% Þ
E9 T
Aonkc¸
E 8± Kdm
% Þ
E I I R Log
H| ERARCHYOF COMB| NAT| ON5&
CLA5HE5OFTHEEARTHLYBRANCHE5
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WÍ!h !h0 m3]0t 0Þ0S 0Þ !0µ 3Þd mÍÞ0t 0Þ0S O0Ì0W.
1.
¸

Seasonal Combination
2.

¿ Three Combinations
`· �#J
Three Persecuting Clashes
4. ;�p Six Clashes
, b. q_¿ Half Combination
6
.
F
#J
Self Persecuting Clash
7
. __ Six Combinations
8.
:

Conficted Clashes
9
. :i Related Clashes
Examples
E3
º
E4 9f ES )
JgO K3OÍ! Lt3g0Þ
E9 J El . ES )
N0m0y K3! Lt3g0Þ
E3
º
E6 g E9 J
JÍg0t bÞ3k0 N0Bk0y
El . E
7 L
K3! Í0tS0
E9 J El . El . ES )
N0Þk0y K3! K3! Lt3g0Þ
E7
L
E7 L
Í0tS0 Í0tS0
El . E
2
3
K3! LX
El . E8 *
K3! K3m
El . EI0 ]
K3!
Seasonal Combi nati on
Hour Day Month Year
X X X X
E>h E4V' FJ±
EI Ot
+ Earth -
Wood
+Wood -
Metal
t ! j
Seasena| Cemb|nat|en
Wood fae S|xC|ashes
+ For Seasonal Combinations, the sequence or placement ofthe Earthly Branches involved
does not pl ay a crucial role in determining the success of the combinations.
+ E3 , E4 and E5 combi ne to form a Wood frame by the pri ncipl e of Seasonal
Combination. Due t o the combination, the season of Wood thus becomes stronger.
+ In accordance with the principle of Six Clashes, El 0 clashes with E4. Since E4 has been
absorbed into the Wood frame, the clash ofE l O i s thwarted and has no efect on E4.
Three Combinati ons
Hour Day Month Year
X
Seµ
X
H9
+ Water
Season
E4
º'
EI E9
1
- Wood
+ Water + Metal
Ingratitude Clash Half Combination
(ater)
X
X
+ By te theory of the Three Combinations of the Earthly Branches by Element, E9, E 1
and E5 combine into a resultant element of Water. Since E5 is not present here, El and E9
form a partial combination of Water. In this case, E 1 is the key player of this combination.
+ Combinations between Earthly Branches also require cerain prerequi sites. For an
Earthly Branch Combination to be successfl, the resultant element must be present in
any of the Heavenly Stems.
+ By the theory of Ingratitude Clash between El and E4, the clash is not valid because the
former take precedence as dictated by the hierarchy of combinations and clashes.
�|e

Three Persecuti ng Cl ashes
Hour Day Month Year
X X X X
Season
E6 ¿ EI Eº
1
EJ
ª
- Fire
7Water 7 Metal 7Wood
4�
ua|t
4�
.�
î
Cemo|oat|eo
oyE|emeot
T
ThreePersecat|ngC|ashes
. I accordance wit the Three Combinations of te Eahly Branches, E9, El and E5 combine
to for a resultant element of Watr. But in tis case, E5 is not present.
. E9 and E ¡ for a partial combination of Water essence. Meanwhile, E9, E3, and E6
meet to form Three Persecuting Clashes, which i s the most severe of all clashes. We
regad such confgurations as "puishment or tortre".
. According Kte hierchy of combinations and clashes, te ßcPesecuting Clashes overide
the Half Combination ofE9 and E ¡ .
Si x Cl ashes
Hour Day Month Year
x x x x
E
7 ¬
EI ± x
E9 4
+ Fire +Water + Metal
SbClashe - Half Combination
t
+ There is only one prerequisite for clashes, that is, the pair of contributing stems must be
next to each other to be efective. Otherwise the clash is deemed usuccessfuL According
to the Tree Combinations of the Earthly Braches by Element, E9, El and E5 combine
to form Water. Since E5 is not present, E l and E9 only form a partial combination.
+ According to the Six Clashes of the Earthly Branches, El also clashes with E7. By the
hierarchy of combinations and clashes, a conict between E7 and El will deter the intnded
Half Combination betweenEl and E9.
+ In tis scenario, we only take into consideration te clash between El and E7.
Hal f Combination
Hour Day Month Year
Sc(
X H7 �
X X
+ Metal
Scason
X E9
$
E8 *
EI -
¬
Metal -
Earth
+ Water

C
onficted Clash
Half Combiation
+ Waccordace wit te theor ofConficting Clashes in te Earty Brnches, E 1 clashes with
E8. As compared to the Three Persecuting Clashes, such a clash is considered a minor clash.
+ By the principle of Three Combinations of the Earthly Branches, El , E5 and E9 form a
resultant substance of Water.
+ Ute absence ofE5, E 1 togeter wit E9 are considered to have fored a partial combination.
The prerequisites for a partial combination to be successfl is that the key player i s the
essence of the combination. In this case, the key player is E 1 .
+ By the hierarchy of combinations and clashes, the intended confict between E8 and E 1
cannot materialise. Since E8 does not clash with E l , E8 in retur supports E9 and, E9
supports E 1 .

• • • •
Six Combinations
Muut Uu¶ ¾uu¡h Y0ut
X X
7 E
7 ¬
²ÍÍt0
X
E2 J
l8h
X
EI ¬
²Ý3!0t
y
Six Combinations
Six Clashes
+ ^CC0tdÍDg!0ü0tuÌ0S0!bÍXL0mOÍÞ3!Í0ÞS,l1ÍÞ!0ÞdS!0C0mOÍÞ0WÍ!hlZ!0!0Dü0lm
0Ì0m0Þ!.Í0t!h0bÍXL0mOÍÞ3!Í0ÞS!0DSuCC0SSDÌ,!h0!W0l3|hÌyÜt3Ch0SIÞV0ÌV0dmuS!
t0SÍd0Þ0X!!0 03Ch0!h0t.
+ Üy!h0!h00ty0!bÍXLÌ3Sh0S,l1CÌ3Sh0SWÍ!hl'. LÌ3Sh0S3t0m0t0S0V0t0Wh0Þü0y3t0
Þ03!003Ch0ü0t.^µµ30Þ!Ìy,!h0CÌ3ShO0!W00Þl Ì 3dl' ÍSO0ÍÞgOÌ0Ck0dOylZ. Í0t!h0
CÌ3Sh!0O00H0C!ÍV0,!h0!W0lmhÌyÜt3Ch0SÍÞV0ÌV0dmuS!t0SÍd0Þ0X!!0 03Ch0!h0t, 3Þd
Í!!h0t0ÍS3Þl3t|hÌyÜt3BChhÍÞd0tÍÞg!h0CÌ3Sh,!h0CÌ3ShÍSÍÞ0H0C!ÍV0.
+ ^CC0tdÍÞg!0ü0hÍ0t3Chy0! C0mOB3!Í0ÞS3dCÌ3Sh0S,C0mOÍÞ3!Í0ÞSLk0µt0C0d0BC00V0t
CÌ3Sh0S,!huS!h0CÌ3ShO0!W00Þl'3ÞdlÌ ÍSÞ0Ì0Þg0t0H0C!ÍV0.
HI DDEN HEAVENLY STEMS I N EARTHLY BRANCHES
E3

Hl
l
H3
W H5 I
Tiger
7 Wood 7 Fire
7 Earth
E4
9P
H2 z
Rabbit
- Wood
E5

H2 z
H5 I
HI O

urageu
- Wood
7 Earth - Water
E6 B
H7
ª
H3 -1
H5 I
Snake
7 Metal
7 Fire
7 Earth
E7
4
H4 H6
B
uerse
- Fire - Earth
L8 ×
H2 z
H6
B H4
Ram
- Wood - Eart
- Fire
E9
T
H5 I
H7 ª
H9
Menkey
+ Earth 7 Metal 7 Water
EIO W
H8
$
Reester
- Metal
LIIÙ
H8
$ H4
T H5 I
ueg - Metal - Fire
7 Earth
LI2 �
H9 :
Hl
l
Pig
7 Water
7 Wood
LI
¬
Hl O

Rat
- Water
L2 ±
H6
B H8
Hl O

Ox
- Ea - Metal
- Water

24SUB-SEASONS (Ji e Qi ) zqm(�
Spring LJ Spring Begins
T
Feb 4, 5
T
Germination
h "
¸ Feb I8, I9
Z L4 Hibernation
·

W
Mar 5, 6
Spring Equinox
T '
¸
Mar 20,2I
J LJ Qing Ming
���
Apr 4, 5
Spring Showers
¬ h

Apr 20, 2¡
Summer 4
B
LÔ Summer Begins
· 5
• May 5, 6
Grain Buds
'
!`
M
May 2I, 22
J L¯ Summer Harvet
f �
• Jun 5, 6
Summer Solstice
5 �
¸Jun 2I, 22
Ô
*
Lð Mild Summer

¹!`T

July 7, 8
Blazing Summer
7
July 22,23
Autumn ¯ LV
¸
Autumn Begins
·T
I
Aug 7, 8
í
Limited Heat
°�T
Aug 23,24
ð White Dew
¸
| H

Sept 7, 8
Autumn Equinox
í'
¸ Sept 23,24
V Cold Dew
Ñ
Oct 8, 9
Frost
@ �

Oct 23, 24
Winter 1 0
*
Ll Z Winter Begins
¯ <
Nov 7, 8
<
Mild Snow
¹!`
Nov 22, 23
l 1 LÌ Heavy Snow
7
Dec 7, 8
Winter Solstice
� �
Dec 2I, 22
l Z ÌZ Slight Cold
¹!`T
Jan 5, 6
Severe Cold
¯ "
Jan 20,2I
Tere are Z+seasonal points i n a yea. Twelve ofthese mak the beginning of the ÌZSol
monts and they ae called Jie (().The other Ì Zare found in the mid months and th<
are called Qi (�) The Lunar year begins on the day called Spring Begins (¿{).
usually fall s on + or J February .

SEASON OF BI RTH ¹ "·`Ý
The table below lists down the various Seasons of Birth and their corresponding Hidden
HS as well as the signifcance.
Li fe Cycl e of Hi dden Heavenl y Stems in the Earthly Branches
bpríng
E3
li
1
E4
9
E5
bumm0r E6 B
J
E7
ES *
Hidden
Heavenly Stems
H5
J
7 Eart
H3 p
7 Fire
Hl l
7 Wood
Hl l
7 Wood
H
Z
- Wood
H
Z
- Wood
HI O �
- Water
H5
J
7 Earth
H5
J
7 Earth
H7
7 Metal
H4
T
- Fire
H6 B
- Earth
H4
T
- Fire
H4
T
- Fire
H2
Z
- Wood
H6 B
- Earth
5 Days
10 Days
15 Days
15 Days
15 Days
7 Days
S Days
15 Days
5 Days
10 Days
15 Days
15 Days
15 Days
7 Days
S Days
15 Days
The frst 5 days of the start of Spring,
+Earth (HS) dominates
During the next 1 0 days, a burst of
+Fire (H3) is experienced
For the next 1 5 days, + Wood (H I )
starts t o grw
The frst 1 5 days of Awakening is
dominated by +Wood ( HI )
The I S days of Spring Equinox i s
dominated by -Wood (H2)
The frst 7 days of Qing Ming see
-Wood (H2) prospering
Over the next 8 days, -Water (HI O)
rules, turing into a Water Pot Storage
Te remaining 1 5 days see +Earth
(HS) dominating
+Earth (HS) dominates the frst 5
days of Summer
For the next 1 0 days +Metal (H7)
experiences growth
During the next 1 5 days, -Fire (H4)
prospers
-Earth (H6) prospers during the frst
1 5 days of the Summer Harvest
-Fire (H4) prospers during the next 1 5
days of the Summer Solstice
For 7 days, starting of Mild Summer,
-Fire (H4) experiences gowth
next
dominates, formg a Wood Pot
The lat 15 days of Blaing Summer
are dominated by -Eart (H6)

Autumn
E9 F
HS m 5 Days
At the beginning of Autumn, +Earth
f
+ Eah
(H5) dominates for 5 days.
H9 • 10 Days
Over the subsequent 1 0 days, + Water
( H9) experiences a growth spurt
15 Days
The remai ning 1 5 days of Fading
Summer see +Metal ( H7) dominating
EI0 1
15 Days
days of Harvest are entirely
+ Metal
+Metal (H7)
H8 15 Days
The next 1 5 days of Autumn Equinox
- Metal
are entirely dominated by -Metal (HS)
El I
H8 7 Days
-Metal (HS) experiences a growth spurt
- Metal
during the frst 7 days of hi bernation
H3 f S Days During the subsequent S days, +Fi re (H3
+ Fire
rules, resulting in a Fire Pot storage
HS m 15 Days
The 1 5 days of approaching Wi nter see
+ Eah
+Earth (H5) dominating
Winter E12 �
Hl
l
15 Days
The 1 5 days of the Dawn of Wi nter are

+ Wood
dominated by +Wood ( HI )
H9 3 15
remaining 1 5 days of Mi l d Wi nter
+ Water
omi nated by +Water (H9)
El
H9 3 30 Days
+Water (H9) continues to domi nate
+ Water
throughout the Wi nter Solstice
E2 .
HI O 3 7 Days
-Water ( HI O) experiences 7 days of
- Water
growth spurt during the Thawing Snow
H8 S Days
-Metal (HS) dominates the next S days,
- Metal
resul ting in a Metal Pot storage
H6 B 15 Days
-Earth (H6) takes 1 5 days to
- Eah
experience a growth spurt
4+

This chart is only applicable to the Season of Birth, which is the Month Branch.

TakeNoteI
Hidden Heavenly Stems in Relation to the Month and Season
The chart on pages 77 and 78 is applied i n relation to the Seaon of Birth. Based on the
average of 30 days in a month, the Hidden Elements within the Earthly Branches rule for
a specifc number of days as shown.
µymp|e.
�Aperson i s bor in the month of E8, which is in Late Summer, when Earth prospers. By
referring to the table on the Season of Birth, the three elements ofE8 ae: Fire H4, followed
by Wood H2 and Earth H6, the main element of Earth E8.
From the chart, by referring to the Season of Birth E8, the frst seven days of the month are
ruled by Fire H4, followed by Wood H2 fom the eighth to the 1 5th days. Finally Earth
H6, the main element of E8, will take over fom the 1 6th day to the last day.
u4j-Fire u2Z -Weeo u6B -Earth
7 uays 8 uays I5uays
So, if a Wood HI person is bor on the 1 1 th day of the month of E8, Wood H2 carries
weight while Fire carried over from Mid Summer season subsides afer the frst seven
days.
In this case, if Wood appears on the stem, H2, the sub-element of E8, will be the root and
we deduce that Wood on the stem has support from the root H2.
Hear uay Menth Year
7 Sel 7 7
HI '
+Wood
Season
7 7 Lè ± 7
- Lanh
H
4 T - Fire (7 Days)
H2 G - Wood (8 Days)
H6 B - Ear (S Days)
Heavenly Stem
Earthly Branch
Sub-element
Sub-element
Main element of E8 *

I South j
YEAR OF THE GRAND DUKE | (§ }
Grand Duke refers to the ruling year. Many people are fearfl of the Grand Duke and
believe that it will be disastrous if they are in confict with it. This is not always true.
�mple:
1 996 (H3-E 1 )is te Year of the Rat. According to the Six Clashes of the Earthly Branches, �
Horse E7 is in confict with Rat E 1 . Tose bor in the Year of Horse are said to be in .
confict with the Grand Duke in 1 996 and it is believed that this will bring bad luck.

¹
COuÛÌC!
However, this is not totally correct. In destiny analysis, we must look at an individual ' s ¹
Four Pillars and not just one aspect of it. In this case, analysis is done based on the Year
Pillar alone and this is insufcient.

_mple:
Hour Day Month Year
H3 P
8cq
H9 H3¬
H5 I×
+Fire
+Earth
+Water +Fire
E5 k E7
l
8cmoa
E7
l
E5 k
+ Earth +Fire
+Earth
+Fire
This is a Yang Earth H5 person bor in the month of E5 when Earth is in season. There is
another Earh E5 on the Hour Branch and four additional Fire to strengthen te Earth. As
a result, this is a strong Earth person. Strong Earth should avoid Fire and additional Earth.
Since there is a surplus of Fire and Earth elements in this destiny, Water is being weakened.
Fortunately, Metal gives birth to Water and thus contributes to the continuit of the Water
supply. Therefore, Water and Metal will be his favourable elements.
In 1 996, which is the Year of Rat El , the Grand Duke clashes with E7 on the Year Branch.
In this case, Water El is also his favourable element. Water is good for releasing the
strong Earth energy in this set of Four Pi llars. Moreover, by the Three Combinations of
the Earthly Branches, El fors a Half Combination with E5, resulting in a transformation
of the Water element. You may also notice that by the Six Clashes theory, E 1 clashes out
E7, his unfavourable element which, in the end, turs out to be in his favour.
[t is clear that being in conflict with the Grand Duke is not necessaily bad.
5YMBOL| C5TAR5V�
f3m0S 0!g00d 3Þd O3d S!3tS 3t0 0ÞÌy !0tmÍÞ0Ì0gy uS0d Oy d0S!ÍÞy 3Þ3ÌyS!S !0 ÍÌÌuS!t3
|h0 Ímµ0t|3ÞC0 0! 3Þd ÍmµÌÍC3!Í0ÞS 3tÍSÍÞg h0m !h0 dÍH0t0Þ! C0mOÍÞ3!Í0ÞS ÍÞ !h0 JG
ÍÍÌÌ3tS 0!L0S!ÍÞy. Jh0y3t0 Þ0! t0Ì3!0d !0 3Þy SµÍtÍ!.
Jh0t03t0C0uÞ!Ì0SSSuCh!0tmSuS0d. ÏÌÌuSU3!0d O0Ì0W3t0S0m00!!h0m0t0Ímµ0t|3Þ!3I
t0ÌÍ3OÌ0 S!3tS C0mm0ÞÌy uS0d ÍÞ d0S!ÍÞy 3Þ3ÌySÍS.
E7 q�
H/ E9 H E3

, E5 ( E
4 ?|
E7 q
H4 W
El 2 *' EI O E7 q
E6 S E3 �
H4 ·
El 2 *
,
El O W EI O W E6 S, E8 : E7 q E8 :
H5 ü
E2 3, E8 : E9 H E7 q
E6 S E5 k
H6 Ç El -
,
E9 H
¸
El O W E6 S, E8 : E7 q
'
E5 k
H7�
E2 . E8: E1 2 * EI O W E9 H El l ¹
H8 Á E7 q
, E3 �

E9 H· El l Ð EI O W El O W
H9 J E6 S, E
4 9P
E3

El - E1 2 � El -
H¡0 � E6 S, E
4 9P Í ?|
EI 2 �, E2 l

l - E9 H
Jh0S0 b!3tS WÍÌÌ 3ÌS0 O0 3C!ÍV3!0d Wh0Þ !h0y 3µµ03t ÍÞ !h0 ÌuCkÍÍÌÌ3t 0t X03t ÍÍÌÌ3t.
!hÍS C3!0g0ty, !h0 k0y Ch3t3C!0t ÍS !h0 L3y b!0m.
\E�mple:
�Aµ0tS0ÞWÍ!hL3yb!0mÍ¡ 3ÞdlÔ0Þ3Þy0!hÍSl3t|hÌyÜt3ÞCh0SWÍÌÌh3V03ÞPC3d0i
b!3t. PÌ!0H3!ÍV0Ìy, 3 ÍJ µ0tS0Þ WÍÌÌm00!3f0OÌ0m3Þ b!3t ÍÞ !h0 y03tS lÌ U3Þd lÌ Z.

Interpretaton
1. Nobleman Star �¿*J
A person with this star is intelligent. He is able to tur an adverse situation into a
favourable one and gets a lot of assistance fom the people around him.
2. Academic Star ,�
A person with this star is intelligent. He will enjoy tremendous achievements in his
academic studies and will be able to Dan adverse situation into a favourable one.
J. Sword Star =9
This is a strong-willed person who helps the weak and fghts the powerfl.
4. Prosperity Star ±±R
A person with this star has a strong will too.
5. Peach Blossom Star U�W
This person enjoys good social status. He is attractive, sexy, seductive and exhibits
strong sexual desires.
• •

In this chart, the key element can be either the Day or the Year Branch.
E5
¹ E3
º
E6 B El 2 f El O
E2 . EI O " E2 E1 2 E3
º
E9
T
E7
'
E3 E7
'
El l . E9
T
E1 2 f E6 E4 !P
E4
�P
E4
!P
E8 * E6 B E9
T
E3
º
El
E5 k
EI
r
E5 ¹
E3 E6 B E1 2 ; El O "
E6 E2 . E1 2 f E3
º
E9
T
E7
'
E7
'
E7
·
El l . E9
T
El 2 f
E6 B E
4 �P
E8 * E4 !P
E8 * E6 B E9
T
E3
º
EI
r
E9
T
EI E5 k E3
º
E6 B E1 2 ; El O
EI O
" El O " E2 E1 2 E3
º
E9
T
E7 '
El l . E7
¬
El l . E9
T
El 2 f E6 E4
!P
E1 2

E4 !P
E8 * E6 B
E9
T
E3
¢
\
E

mple:
,

Ìthe Day or Year Branch is EI and there is an E3 on the Hour Branch, it implies there i
a Travelling Horse Star on the Hour Pillar.
Hoar
X


l
EJ9
i
'

Day
X
X
Trvelling Horse

Moath

Year

X X

X
l
EI
Meet +
Hoar Day Moath Year
X X X X
El
r
EJ
9
¯
¯
= Meet µ
Travel l in:
Horse
Interpretation
1 . General Star A�
A person with this star i s courageous and wi l l have wealth and authority. There i s a
possibility of a good political career.
2. Star of Arts +±
Star of Arts implies intelligence, but this person might be a loner, a monk or a herit.
It also indicates an inclination to be an artist or philosopher.
3. Travelling Horse Star � Q
The Travelling Horse is a good star. It could mea overseas working stints, travel and
migration. However, when i n confrontation with another good star, it would destroy
the other star' s good influence. I f it encounters a bad star, it would aggravate
the damage.
4. Robbing Star ��
The presence of a Robbing Star i mplies that this person is sharp and smart i f the
Robbing Star i s a favourable star. However, if it is unfavourable, it implies being
robbed (though not necessarily literally).
5. Death Star ¡|
A person with this star displays courage and ability in planning. However, when it
becomes an unfavourable star, it implies lawsuit and misfortune to one' s spouse.
6. Flower of Romance m:
If this sta appears on the Year or Month Branch, it is regarded as "Interal Romance"
I :Ef, indicating a loving relationship between husband and wife. If it appears in the
Hour or Day Branch, it is known as "Exteral Romance" )r:E:., indicating extra­
maital affairs.
Activating Your Flower of Ronlance
Every house has a sector where the Flower of Romance lies. The Flower of Romance Ii·
in the following directions in the house:
+ North (EI -)
+ Sout (E7 +)
+ East (E4 gP)
+ West (EI O W)
We can identif our Flower of Romance from our year of birth.
Lecat|enef
Yearefß|rth
l|ewerefRemance
EI - Rat E5 � Dragon E9
T
Monkey West EI O W
E2 3 Ox E6 B Snake E l O W Rooster South E7 +
E3 ± Tiger E7 + Horse El l B Dog East E4 g
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E4 gp Rabbit E8 + Ram El 2 �Pig North EI -
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you are bor in the Year of Rooster, the favourable direction for activating your Flow
of Romance is in the south.
Heavenlv Virtue Star }�and�lonthlv Virtue Star )�

.

These are fortunate stars. A person with a Heavenly Virtue Star will meet benefactors who
come to his help when he is in danger.
In this chart, the key character is the Month Branch.
EI ± E6 H9
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E2 1
H7

H7

E3 H4
T
H3
p
E9
T
Hl
l
E5
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H9
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l
Hl
l
E9
T
HI O H9 ¬
EI O W E3 W
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H7
El l ) H3
p
H3
p
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l

�mple:
�Ia person is bor in the month (season) ofE3 and H4 appears either on the Year, Month,
Day or Hour Stem, he is said to have a Heavenly Vi rtue Star.
Solitary Star and Lonesome Star
A person with these stars look solemn and unfriendly. It may spell doom for his famil}
members. Having a Solitary Star may bring misfortune to his parents whereas a Lonesome
Star may bring misfortune to his spouse.
In this chart, the key element is the Day or Year Branch.
DayorYcar SoIitaryStar LoucsomcStar
Brauch f

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E1 2 j E3 ± E l l }
EI ±
El l }
E2
E3 El l }
E3

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E2 .
E4
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E6 B E2 .
E5
E6 E2 .
E6 B E9
T
E5
E7
¬ E9
T
E5 �
E8 *
E9
T
E5 �
E9
T
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El O
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. . If you have an EI on your Day Branch and an E3 on your Month Branch, you are deemel
to have a Solitary Star.
Three Extraordinary N oblemen � �3 /
There are altogether three categories of noblemen, namely:
1 . Heavenly Nobleman 'J."´
2. Earthly Nobleman t¯"´
3. Human Nobleman ´1¯"´
The arrangement of these stars must be present in the following order, starting from the
Heavenly Stem of the Day Pillar as tabulated below:
Ty
p
es Hear Uay Menth Year
Heaven X

HI
i
H5
0 H7

H2
Z
H3
W

H4
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A person with any of the Three Extraordinary Noblemen is extremely intelligent, gifed in
all areas, knowledgeable, leared and generous. He will have great achievements in life.
No adverse forces can harm him. lfthe three HS ae not in their respective positions and order,
this star is deemed to be less efective.
1
SO-YEAR CYCLE OF THE HEAVENLY STEMS
AND EARTHLY BRANCHES -`· +1d{
The combinations of Heavenly Sters and Earthly Branches are based on the patter (
movement ofQi in our natural surroundings. HI marks the beginning of Heaven Qi, whH
E 1 is the beginning of Earth Qi. Together they form a repetitive and infinite cycle whic
produces 60 different permutations that make up the fow of the Chinese calendar.
HI EI H3 E l HS EI H7 EI H9 EI
T F 0 ¬ � � ¬
H2 E2 H4 E2 H6 E2 H8 E2 HIO E2
¿ 1
T
1 c 1 T � 1
H
3 E
3
H5 E3 H7 E
3
H9 E3 HI E
3
F 7 " � ± 7
J T 7
H4 E4 H6 E4 H8 E4 HI O E4 H2 E4
T + c ^ + ¿
+
HS ES H7 E5 H9 ES HI E5 H
3
ES
0 k ¹ 1 k ! ¹ F k
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c | ¬ ¯ � | ´ ¯ T |
H7 E7 H9 E7 HI E7 H3 E7 HS E7
± 1 ¬ T 1 F 1 0 1
H8 E8 HI O E8 B E8 H4 E8 H6 E8
¬ * ^ 1 ¿ * T 1 c *
H9 E9 HI E9 M E9 H5 E9 H7 E9
1 T T T F T " T ± T
HIO EIO H2 EI O H4 EIO H6 EI O H8 EIO
� H ´ " T A c " = H
HI El l H3 El l HS Ell H7 E l l H9 Ell
T R F ¬ 0 R � ¬ 1 R
H2 E12 H4 E1 2 H6 El2 H8 El 2 HIO El2
¿ � T � c � � � �
The chart featured above represents all 60 possible combinations of the 1 0 Heavenl y Ster
and 1 2 Earthl y Branches.
HEAVEN VOI D 5:
Group One Group “x
HI EI HI El l HI E9 HI E7 HI E5 HI E3
J f J J J J i L J � J J
H2 E2 H2 El 2 H EIO H2 E8 H E6 H2 E4
Z I Z f Z I Z * Z B Z 9
H3 E3 H3 EI H3 El l H3 E9 H3 E5
W J p f W E p $ W �
H4 E4 H4 E2 H4 EI2 H4 EI O H4 E6
T .! T I T f T W T B
H5 E5 H5 E3 H5 EI H5 El l H5 E9 E7
r � J r f J J r J
L
H6 E6 E2 H6 EI 2 H6 EIO H6 E8
C. B I C. f C I C. *
H7 E7 E3 H7 EI H7 Ell H7 E9
� L J � f � E � J
H8 L E4 H8 E2 H8 E12 H8 EIO
9 *
I � ' I
E5 H9 E3 H9 EI H9 Ell
� : E
HIO E6 HI O
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X E
J4
X X X
From the table above, we see that the 60-year Heaven Void Cycle is divided into six
groupings: HI -EI , HI -El l , HI -E9, HI -E7, HI -E5 and HI -E3.
Each group of Heavenly Stems begins with HI and ends with HlO. The last two Earthly
Brnches without the Heavenly Stems fall under the Heaven Void category.
Implications of Heaven Void
The Heaven Void acts like a catalyst. When d inauspicious star or situation meets U
Heaven Void, the situation may be reversed. Similarly, if an auspicious star like tl
Academic Star meets the Heaven Void, then the good qualities of the benign star is taint(
by the Heaven Void. It works both ways.
To check for Heaven Void (HV), look at the Year or Day Pillar and check with the Eath
Branch on the other pillars.
Hour Day Month Year
$e}
H4 T
H9 :
H4 T
H6 B
- Fire
¬Water - Fire - Eah
$eæoo
E8 * E3 E4
9P
EI O "
- Eart ¬Wood - Wood - Metal
ÍP ÍP
By looking at the Year Pillar H6-El O, Heaven Void falls on E3 and E4. Therefore, tI
Heaven Void is located on the Month and Day Pillars as shown.
By looking at the Day Pillar H9-E3, Heaven Void falls on E5 and E6. Since E5 and E6 d
not present on the Pillars, the Day Pillar does not generate any Heaven Void .

1 20 YEARS' BASI C COMPONENTS TABLE
Anlmal ÏarIhl�`
¬lgnS Hr8nch0S
Rat
Water
J
Earth
Metal Water Wood Fire Metal Water Fire
Ox
1901 1913 1925 1937 1961 1973 1997 2009
Tiger
Wood
Water Wood Fir Earth Metal Water Wood Fire Earth Metal
1902 1914 1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998 2010
W
Wood Water Wood Metal Water Wood Fire Earth Metal
Rabbit
1903 1915 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999 2011

N M ±
Dragon
Earth
L
Fire
Snake
J
Fire
Fire Earth Metal Water Wood Fir Earth Metal Water Wood
Horse
1906 1918 1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002 201 4
Å
Earth
Ram
T
Metal . Earth Metal Water Wood Fire Eath Metal Water Wood Fir
Monkey
1908 1920 1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004 2016
W
B Z
Metal Eah Metal Water Wood Earth Metal Water Wood Fire
Rooster
1909 1921 1933 1945 1969 1981 1993 2005 2017
H
� ± 1 M
Dog

Water
Metal Water Wood Fire Earth Metal Water Wood Fire Earth
Pig
1911 1923 1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007 2019
At birth, every individual is assigned an animal sign which Chinese Astrology calls Sheng
Xiao (_�)
.�
\

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a child is born in 1 972, he is a Water Rat (£.:) .


CYCLI C I NTERCTION OF THE FIVE ELEMENTS
Theßeg|aa|agetthe£aergyCa|eadar
The beginning of the generating phase of the upper universal energy system is HI . 1
beginning of the phases of the lower universal energy system is E] . Therefore the enel
of Hl -E l marks the beginning of the frst year of the Yellow Emperor' s Calendar arOl
2698 BC.
The¿+Sah-Seaseas
The names of the 24 periods within the four seasons in relation to the Wester Calen.
are shown on page 76. There are 1 2 months in a year and their length varies from yeaJ
year. Each month is divided into two sub-perods and are refered to as the periods betw�
cl imatic changes or changes in natural phenomena. The 24 sub-season periods are used
ancient farmers in planning for the cultivation of their crops.
lt|||sat|eaetthe60Cyc||cla|versa|£aergylhases
In ancient China, the 60 phases are used as follows:
(i) To mark the 1 2 bi-hourly division of energy in a day
(ii) To mark the days within different 60-day cycles
(iii) To mark the 1 2 months in a year
(iv) To mak years in different 60-year cycles
(v) To know the daily energy vaiations
Within a 6O-year cycle, each year is assigned a name comprising the Heavenly Stem c
the Earthly Branch. Each of these to components is used sequentially. The 60-year cy
begins with HI -E1 and ends with HI O-E1 2, thus completing one 60-year cycle. Toget:
they create a repetitive and infnite cycle.
£asteraaadWesterauem|spheres
The original observations of these cyclic forces took place in China (Easter Hemisphel
The daily natural energy emitted was also determined there. Thus it is appropriate to 1
that geographical location as a standard for determining when these forces came into em
If one agrees then the Wester Hemisphere is about one day late.
EasteraHem|sphere(Ch|na)
3 April 2000: H8 ( E4 gp
4 April 2000: H9 ± E5 ;
WesternHem|sphere(lSA)
2 April 2000: H7 E3
3 April 2000: H8 E4 gp
YEARLY CYCLI C PHASES AND
CORRESPONDI NG WESTERN TERMS
Zed|acS|gns Western Calendar
Aquarius 2 1 Jan to 1 9 Feb
Pisces 20 Feb to 20 Ma
Aries 2 1 Mar to 20 Apr
Taurus 2 1 Apr to 2 1 May
Gemini 22 May to 2 1 Jun
Cancer 22 JUlto 22 Jul
Leo 23 Jul to 22 Aug
Virgo 23 Aug to 22 Sept
Libra 23 Sept to 23 Oct
Scorpio 24 Oct to 2 1 Nov
Sagittari us 22 Nov to 20 Dec
Capricor 2 1 Dec to 20 Jan
DI SCERNI NG THE VARI OUS ASPECTS OF LI FE
FROM THE FOUR PI LLARS OF DESTI NY
Anoter aspect of destiny analysis i s to interpret relationships i n ters of elements.
The Self Element is represented by the Day Stem. The moter is represented by the element th;
gives birth to Self. The father is symbolised by the element that is conquered by Self The�
relationships are the same for both men ad women.
However, the elements representing the spouse and child difer for men ad women. For a H
his wife is symbolised by the element tat his Self conquers and his child is represented by ü
element that destroys his Self.
For a woman, the element that conquers her Self represents her husband while her child :
represented by the element that her Self gives birth to.
Elements also represent diferent aspects oflife. Te element that the Self conquers sybolises
person's wealth. The element which conquers Self represents a person's power, sttus and fam.
The element that the Self gives birth to represents a person's intelligence and expressive abilit:
The element which gives birth to Self represents a person's resource and support. The elemer
same as Self symbolises colleagues, fiends and competitors.
Relationships
Aspects Opposite Same
Between Self Element Relations
and Other Elements
of Life Gender* Gender**
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¹ The Sel Element is Yn but the other element is Yang, or vice versa.
¹¹The Self Element and the other element are both Yn or both Yang.
\�mple:
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, Let us take a Yag Metl person as an example. Ifhe has a Wood element (the element conquered
by his Self) in his Four Pi llars, that represents his wealth, as can be seen mthe frst row of the
tble above. If te Wood element mquestion is also Yag (same gender as his Self Element), then
he will enjoy unexpected wealth, like striking the lottery. If the Wood is Yin (opposite gender
fom his Self Element), he can expect to enjoy direct wealth, say by having a job that pays welL
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Interpretng Elemental Relationships
Elemental relationships refer to relationships that are analysed in terms of the interction
amongst the Five Elements. They difer in their signifcance for men ad women.
We may apply the Cycles of Birth ad Destruction to locate the varous relatonships betwee1
te Self Element and other aspects oflife.
Men
Let us look at a male subject bor on a day when his Day Stem is represented by Wood. B:
defmition he is a Wood person.
The chart below shows the relationships for a Wood man.
WATER I.
Mother
WOOD
SELF
´ METAL
Resource, Support, Authority
Element which gives birth to Self

Offspring
Power, Status, Fame
Element which destroys Self
F1� � � � w�"er
Intelligence, Expressive abilit
Element that Self gives birth to
WOOD
Siblings
Friend, Competitor
Money, Wealth
Element conquered by Self
Vomcu
Let us now look at a woman who is a Wood person. We have to apply the Cycles of Birth and
Destruction to derive the various relationships among the Self Element and oter aspects of life.
The chart below shows the relationships for a Wood woman.
W ATER I
Mother
W
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SEL
_ METAL
Husband
Resource, Support, Authority Power, Status, Fame
Element which gives birth to Self Element which destroys Self ,
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Intelligence, Expressive abilit
Money, Wealth
Element that Self gives birth to WOOD
Element conquered by Self ¸
Sibling
Friend, Competitor
Element same as Self
S
elf OBspnug Husbaud
Metl Woman Water Fire
Wood Woman Fire Metal
Water Woman Wood Earth
Fire Woman Eart Water
Eart Woman Metal Wood
REPRESENTATI ONS OF FAMI LY RELATI ONSHI PS
AT VARI OUS STAGES OF LI FE
uear
Heavenly Stem
Earthly Branch
Old Age
uear
Heavenly Stem
Ey Brch
Ofpring
G\

Stages of Li fe
Menth
Heavenly Stem Heavenly Stem
Eathly Branch Earthly Branch
Middle Age Youth
Fami ly Groupi ngs
Heavenly Stem
Ey Brch
ueaseefSpease
Sel ó Spouse
Menth
Heavenly Stem
EyB
Seasenefßirth
Parents
Heavenly Stem
Earthly Branch
Childhood
Heavenly Stem
Earhly Brch
Grandparents
As a guideline, the Four Pillars represent a person's life cycle. For example, the Year Pillar wi
reflect a peron's life patter from age 1 to I S, the Month Pillar represents age 1 6 to 30, the Da
Pillar represents age 3 1 to 45 and the Hour Pillar represents age 46 to 60. We can also look int
his relationships with his family members. The Yea Pillar represents the gandpaents, te Mont
Pillar represents the parents, the Day Stem represents Self whilst the Day Brach represents tb
spouse. Lastly, the Hour Pillar represents the children.
EVALUATI NG YOUR SELF ELEMENT
By the system of destiny analysis, our moment of birth i s our identity. I t marks the starting
point of l i fe. It provides each individual with a unique identity through which the
composition of his fortune, destiny and HHP life patter can be revealed by interreting
the strengths and weaknesses of the Five Elements as they interact with one another.
As previously mentioned, the two most important factors that affect a set of Four Pillars
are the Self Element at the Day Stem and the Season of Birth at the Month Branch.
First we look at the weightage of the Self Element. Next, an essential aspect we need to
consider is the seasonal strength of the element, as each element is believed to have a
seasonal cycle fom birth to death. The remaining seven elemental aspects are considered
as the surroundings, friends or relatives.
Determining the Strength of the Self Elenlent
Once you are able to calculate the strength of all the elements in the Four Pillars, you can
determine the strength of the Self Element by clustering the other elements into two
groupmgs:
(i) Supporting elements are elements that will give birth to the Self Element or elements
that are the same as the Self Element.
(ii) Opposing or destructive elements are elements that conquer the Self Element, elements
that the Self Element conquers and elements that the Self Element gives birth to.
Too much of any element is not benefcial. A destiny which lacks the most favourable
element is also undesirable. Favourable elements will bring balance and
h
armony. Elements
which intensif the imbalance are considered unfavourable elements.
Se|tE|ementsanoTheirSappertingE|ements

Se|t£|ements Sapperting £|ements
HI E, H2 " E3 J, E4 gp, E5 �, E8 *, EI 2 �
H3 p, H4 T
H5 D, H6 B E2 J, E3 J, E5 �, E6 S, E7 , E8 *, EI l r
H7 ], H8 : E2 J, E6 S, E9 $, EI O g
,
E l l r
H9 t, HI 0 �
What Makes a Good Destiny?
A good set of destiny for both men and women should comply with the following conditions:
(i) A baIauccd atmosphcrc
The basic criterion for a good set of Four Pil lars is that it must not be too " hot" or too
"cold".
+ Those bor in Summer should have Water to cool the strong heat.
+ Tose bor in Winter should have Fire to warm the cold and dampness.
This is what we mean by a balanced atmosphere in our destiny.
(ii)A baIauccofthclivcEIcmcuts
Withi n the Four Pi l lars, the Fi ve Elements should harmoni se wi th one another.
None of the elements should be too strong or too weak. For exampl e, a strong
Wood i s a threat to Earth. Similarly a strong Water is detrimental to a weak Fire.
A person whose Self Element is too strong or too weak will experience exteme good
times or bad times in life. This is because his luck tends to depend upon the infuence
of the elements in the Luck Pi llars, which change in a cycl ical manner over time.
A good set of destiny should have a Self Element that is relatively balanced.
Charactcristics ofa StrougScIf:
+ It is reinforced and nourished by other elements.
+ A person is bor in season, hence strengthening the Self
CharactcrisncsofaVcakScIf:
+ It is threatened or exhausted by the other elements in the Four Pillars.
+ It is weakened by elements that destroy it or elements which it produces.
+ As such, it needs support from elements in the Four Pillars which can nourish it.
(iii)NouufavourabIccIashcs amougthcEightCharactcrs
To determine the strength and weakness of each individual Heavenly Stem and Earthly
Branch, we need to consider all factors affecting the combinations and clashes i n
the Four Pillars. Preferably, the supporting element or most favourable element should
not clash or injure.
Before we scrutinise the Five Elements, we need to take into account the different
kinds of clashes affecting the Four Pillars.
.. Near Clash occurs between two stems which are just beside each other.
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�mple.Year and Month Branches, Month and Day Stems, Day and Hour
, Branches
X X
_NearClash_
u50 uIT
+Earth +Wood
+ Blocked Clash takes place with a stem standing in between two stems and hindering
them from clashing directly.
,E�mple. B|eckeo
.�¯

C|ash

u19 u5 0
u3
l
+Metal +Earth +Fire
H3 is obstructed by H5. As a result, H3 cannot destroy H7 but, instead, gives birth
to H5, which in HH supports H7.
+ Distant Clash occurs when two stems are far apart from each other, for example,
with one on the Year Pillar and the other on the Hour Pillar. A Distant Clash is
considered weak compared to a Near Clash .
•¯¯¯¯DistantClash÷
u19 X X uIT
+Metal +Wood
+ Persecuting Clash involves three stems, with one stem being victimised by two
attacking stems.


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I N
E B E9
T
E2 ) E8 ± EIIµ
+Wood - Fire +Metal - Earth - Earth +Earth
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To check if the Self Element on the Day Stem has any support fom the Earthly Branch,
we need to look out for a similar element or an element that will give birth to it, thus
strengthening its support.
Next, we need to check if there i s any combination among the elements in the Four
Pillars. Certain combinations change their elements when they are combined with
a resulting element. For example, E9, E5 and El combine to form Water. Water is the
resulting element and might have a bearing on the infuence of the three original
elements. It i s important to take note of this when examining the Heavenly Stems and
Earthly Branches in your Four Pillars and Luck Cycle.

Always remember that in a combination, the resulting element takes precedence
over the original elements.
TakeNote|
Defnitions of Favourable and Unfavourable Elements
Firstly, we need to observe if an elemental infuence i s favourable or unfavourable. For
instance, if a person is a weak Fire person, his favouable elements are Wood and Fire. His
unfavourable elements are Water, Metal ad Earth.
Favourable elements are those that bring balance to the elements in a set of Four Pillars.
Unfavourable elements are those that exacerbate the imbalance, making an excessive
element more abundant or a weak element even more feeble. Afer establishing an
individual ' s favourable elements, we can predict when he will encounter good luck or
misfortune by analysing his Luck Pillars.
Harmonising a Strong Element
In general, excessively strong elements need to have their infuence curtailed. If the Self
Element is extremely strong, then the favourable elements are those that help to exhaust
its excessive energy. Unfavourable elements are those that generate more of the Self
Element, thereby increasing its strength.
Harmonising a Weak Element
Weak elements need to be strengthened and enhanced by elements that give birth to or
support the Self Element. Unfavourable elements are those that exhaust or suppress the
Sel f Element.
Emp|e

A Strong Metal Person
uischargint E|ements
Water, Fire, Wood
A Weak Metal Person

SappertingE|ements
Earth, Metal
SELF ELEMENT AND SEASON OF BI RTH
X
X
Yang Wood person born i n Spring
HI i
¬ Wood
X
X
E3
H
¬Wood
H2 �
- Wood
X
This Yang Wood HI person was bor in Early Spring E3 when Wood prospers. Self
Wood HI is supported by Wood H2 on the Year Stem. This Wood person is bor in season
with support on the Year Stem.

If your Day Stem is Wood H1 and you are born in Spring co, this i s considered timely
� because Wood i s predominant i n Spri ng.
TakeNoteI
¬Water
Yi n Wood person born i n Mi d Wi nter
- Wood
X
X
E l ¹
¬Water
X
X
This Yin Wood H2 person was bor in Mid Winter EI , where Water is in season. EI and
H9, both Water elements, are supporting Self. In winter, Wood is damp and cold. The frst
priority is to have Fire. If Water is abundant, Earth can suppress the Strong Water.

Hour
X
E4
9P
- Wood
Yang Wood person born i n Early Autumn
+Wood
X
X
EI O W
- Metal
X
X
The Self Element Yang Wood H I was bor in Early Autumn E I 0 where Metal is in season.
According to the Cycle of Destruction, Metal destroys Wood, therefore the Self Element
is weak. Weak Wood needs the support of Wood and Water. Wood E4 on the Hour Pillar
can support the Self Element. However, by the Six Clashes of the Earthly Branches, Wood
E4 is in confict with Metal E 1 O. As a result the supporting element Wood E4 is weakened.

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X
X
Yang Wood person born i n Late Autumn
Hl E
+Wood
X
Mouth Ycar
Hl E
+Wood
E l l D
+Eath
H2 G
- Wood
X
Self Element Yang Wood HI was bor in Late Autmn El l where Earh is in season. As
Wood is not in season, the Self Element is weak. Weak Wood needs the support of Wood
and Water. HI and H2 on the Year and Month Pillars can support the Self Element.
From these four examples, it is obvious that the Self Element Wood, like all living things,
needs support from germination to growth before it can bear fowers and fruit.
Wood without suppor is just like roses in a fower vase, and will not last more than two
weeks. In oter words, the Heavenly Ster Wood must have support on the Earthly Branch
and the Earthly Branch Wood also needs support fom the Heavenly Ster Wood. This
applies to all HS and EB elements. Therefore, if your Self Element is Wo (HI ,
you are bor in E3, E4, EI or E1 2 season, you are considered a strong Wood person.
Sapperten Earth|yßranch
If the Self Element is not bor in season, the next best support is on the Day Brnch.
reason being that it is the nearest support to the Self Element, followed by the Hou
and fnally the Year Branch, which is the
f
rthest away.
1 .
2.
3.
HearP|||ar
7
E3 J
1 Wood
uayPi||ar
HI
i
1 Wood
E3
1 Wood
Support on Day Branch
uay Pi||ar
HI I
1 Wood
7
Support on Hour Stem
Hearli||ar uayPi||ar
7 HI
i
1 Wood
7 7
Menth P|||ar
7
E3
1 Wood
Support on the Month Branch
DETERMI NE THE STRENGH OF SELF ELEMENT
A weak Self person is totally opposite fom a strong Self person.
A weak Self Element person can fal l under one or all of the fol lowing categories:
+ Not bor in season
+ Weak support on Earthly Branches
+ Weak support on Heavenly Stems
In other words, besides your Self Element, the supporing elements (if any) are too weak.
Note that the strength of the Self Element is not determined by the number of favourabl e
and unfavourable elements.
+ Wood
El l [
+ Earth
+ Wood
EI
+ Water
H4
T
- Fire
E4
9|
Wood
+ Wood
E5
m
+ Earth
+ Self Element Yang Wood HI , bor in Mid Spring E4 when Wood is in season.
+ Yang Water E 1 in the Day Branch supports the Self Element HI .
+ There are two additional Wood HI on the Year Stem and Hour Stem to strengthen the
Self Element.
In short, this Wood person, who was bor in season, enjoys additional support on the
Heavenly Stems. He is thus a strong Wood person.
Harmonising and Balancing Your Self Element
If your Self Element is weak, you have to fnd the element within your Eigt Chaacter
that can strengthen and harmonise your Self Element.

" lf: Weak Fire
+ With abundant Water elements
- Use Wood to absorb Water and give birth to Fire. This is the most ideal support.
- If there is no Wood, use Fire to strengthen Self.
- If there is no Wood and Fire, use Earth to suppress Water.
+ With abundant Metal elements
- Use Fire to support Self and suppress the strong Metal.
- If there is no Fire to support, use Wood to strengthen Fire.
+ With abundant Earth elements
Use Wood to support Self and suppress Earth at the same time.
If there is no Wood, use Fire to strengthen Self or Metal to weaken the Earth, but this
is not a perfect solution .
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Harmoni si ng Two Confl i cti ng El ements
Hour Day Month Ycar
H6 j
Earth
E
1

- Wood
H1 J
¯ Fire
EI0 ¡
¯ Metal
H3 P
+Fire
E
7 ±
+Fife
H1 J
¯ Fire
EI0 ¡
¯ Metal
When two elements ae in connict, use neutral elements to harmonise the clashes.
. This Yin Fire H4 person was bor in Mid Summer E7 when Fire prospers .
. There are three Fire on the Year, Month and Day Stems and one Fire on the Month
Branch against two Metal.
. Fire and Metal are in connict. Fire destroys Metal.
. Earth H6 on the Hour Pillar is the most favourable element for hamonising the connict
between Fire and Metal . By introducing Earth in between Fire and Metal, Fire
gives birth to Earth and Earth to Metal. Harmony is thus maintained by Earth.
. Earth is a favourable element. Unfavourable elements are Wood and Water.
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Water Needed for Excessive Fi re
hear Uay Menth Year
H: H3
p
H3
P
H4
J
+ Water + Fire + Fire - Fire
E5 � E
7 ±
E
7 ±
E2 }
+ + Fire + Fire
H2 H5 HI0 H6 H8 HI0
..
Hidden HS
Element in EB
+ This is a Yang Fire H3 person bor i n Mid Summer E7 when Fire is in season.
+ There are three Fire elements on the Heavenly Stems and two Fi re elements on the
Earthly Branches, so Fire is excessively strong in tis destiny.
+ Strong Fi re needs Water to release the excessive heat. On the Hour Pi llar, H9 is
supported by Hl O, the hidden* Water.
+ Hl O, the hidden "Water", is stored in the Year Branch E2 and Hour Branch E5.
+ Favourable elements include Water, Metal and Earth. Unfavourable elements are Fire
and Wood.
* Refer to Hidden Heavenly Stems in Earthly Branches.
Weak Earth Person i n Need of Support
Hear uay Menth Year
H8
- Metal
E8 ±
Earth
H6¡
Earth
EI2 �
Water
H3P
+ Fire
E3H
+ Wood
HI +
+ Wood
EI j
+ Water
+ This is a Yin Earth H6 person bor in Early Spring E3 when Wood prospers.
+ There are to Wood, HI and E3, and two Water, El and E1 2, in this destiny.
+ Water gives birth to Wood, making Wood extemely strong and weakening the Self
Element, Earth H6. E8 on the Hour Branch, the only root of the Self Element, i s too
weak in Wood season. Moreover, E8 forms a Half Combination with E 1 2 to produce
Wood.
+ Eath is extremely weak duing a stong Wood season. Obviously, this is a weak Earth
person.
+ Weak Eath needs support from Fire H3 on the Month Pillar.
+ Unfavourable elements are Wood and Water. Metal is neutral.

The root of the Self Element shares the same element and i s found in the Earthly
� Branch. In thi s case. the Self Element is Earth. Thus, the Hour Branch E8. which is also
� an Earth, is the root.
Turning from Weak to Strong Earth Desti ny
Hour Day Mouth Ycar
H5 p
+ Earth
E5 #
+ Earth
H6 j
¯ Earth
E6 |
¯ Fire
HI +
+ Wood
EI ¯
+ Water
H5p
+ Earth
EII )
+ Earth
+ This is an Yi n Earth H6 person bor in the Mi d Wi nter season of E! when Water
prospers. Earth, which is being imprisoned in a strong Water season, is considered
weak.
+ Luckily, there are abundant Earth elements rendering support to Self H6. The ruling
season E 1 has a partial combination of E5 on the Hour Branch. However, this partial
transformation to Water i s stil l too weak for strong Earth. Besides, Fire and Wood
are present and further weaken Water.
+ Meanwhile, Wood HI is not a theat to Earth due to the presence of Fire E6 on the Day
Branch. We can conclude that due to the surplus Earth support for Self, the subject
has tured from a weak to a strong Earth person.
+ Favouable elements include Metal ad Water. Unfavourable el ements are Earth and
Fire. Wood is usefl only if Fire is not present.

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Turni ng from Weak to Strong Water Desti ny
Hoar bay Moath Year
H7 0
+ Metal
E9T
+ Metal
HI0 �
¯ Water
EI0 Q
¯ Metal
H
1 J
¯ Fire
E6 L
¯ Fire
HI0 �
¯ Water
E8 ±
¯ Earth
+This is a Yin Water HI O person bor in Early Summer E6 when Fire is dominating.
Water is weak in the Fire season.
+Yin Water HI 0 si ts on E 1 0, a Metal el ement that gives bi rth to Water. E 1 0 i s
strengthened by two Metal elements H7 and E9 on the Hour Pi l l ar. By the Cycle of
Birth theory, Metal gives birth to Water, hence there is a continuity of Water support to
Self
+ Also, with the Half Combination by element between E 1 0 and E6 resulting in a Metal
element, tis frther provides reinforcement to Self Hl O, turing it from a weak into a
strong Water person.
+ Strong Water needs Fire, Wood and Eath. Since there is an absence of Wood element
in this destiny, Earth E8 and Fire E6 will be his favourable elements.

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5trong 5uppoHIng Favourable L|ementS
Hoar 0ay ¼oath Year
H5 R
+ Earth
E9
9
+ Metal
H
1 J
¯ Fire
E
1 9l
¯ Wood
HI T
+ Wood
E3N
+ Wood
H5 0
+ Earth
E5 �
+ Eart
+ This Yin Fire H4 person was bor in Early Spring E3 when Wood prospers.
+ Wood in season gives birth to Fire, thus strengthening Self
+ The Seasonal Combination of E3, E4 and E5 results in the Wood el ement, and
further intensifes Wood HI on the Month Stem. By the Cycle of Birth theory, Wood
gives support to Fire H4.
+
We deduce that this is a strong Fire person with an abundance of Wood support.
+ Metal E9 at the Hour Branch wil l be his favourable element. Metal will control the
abundant Wood elements in this set of Four Pillars.
+ Is Metal strong enough to handle Wood? The answer is Yes. There are two Earth H5
on the Year and Hour Pi l l ars to support Metal E9. We therefore concl ude that
his favourable element Metal E9 is strong enough to handle Wood.

Weak Supporti ng Favourabl e El ements
Hoar bay Moata Year
H5
0
+ Earth
E
3H
+ Wood
H7 ±
+ Metal
EIIþ
+ Earth
H7 ±
+ Metal
E9T
+ Metal
H50
+ Earh
E5 �
+ Earth
. This is a Yang Metal H7 person bor in Early Autumn E9 when Metal is in Season .
. There are four Earth elements to support Sel f Metal H7. By the Cycle of Birth,
Earth gives birth to Metal.
. This is classifed as a strong Metal person with abundant Earth support .
. Wood E3 on the Hour Branch wi l l be his favourabl e element for suppressing
the excessive Earth elements in this destiny .
. Unfortunately, according to the Six Clashes ofthe Earthly Branches, Metal E9 clashes
with Wood E3 . Strong Metal weakens Wood, and as a result his favourable element
Wood E3, is weakened by the clash. Furtherore, there are no other supporting elements
to enhance the weak Wood E3 .
. We thus conclude that in this set of destiny, the favourable element Wood E3 is weak.

DETERM| N| NGTHESTRENGTHOFYOURSELFELEMENT
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A Weak Metal Person
Hear Day Menth Year
Se|f
H
4 J
Fire
EI0 ¶
¯ Metal
H8 \
¯ Metal
E
4

Wood
H
70
+ Metal
E3
H
+ Wood
H8 \
Metal
E6 B
Fire
This is a Yin Metal HS person bor in Early Spring E3. In Spring, by the Seasonal Cycle ofthe
Five Elements, Wood prospers and Earth is the weakest element. Tere is no supporting Wood
element on the Heavenly Stems but there is one E4 on the Day Branch.
Yin Metal HS, being imprisioned, is weak in Spring. Weak Metal needs support like Metal and
Earth. Fortunately, there are two Metal H7 and HS on the Yea and Month Pillars. However,
Metal H7 sits on Wood E3, while Metal HS sits on Fire E6 which is attcking one another. Metal
E l O on the Hour Branch is also under severe attck by Fire H4 on the Hour Stem. Apparently,
the Metal suppport is extemely wea. Based on the Six Clashes, E l O is frther weakened by its
clash with E4 on the Day Branch.
Ana|ys|s
From the above, in spite of the three additional Metal support, we see that Self Yin Metal
HS is relatively weak.
tnfavearao|eE|eæent
His unfavourable elements are Wood and Fire.
lavearao|eE|eæent
Earth and Metal will be his favourable elements.
Se|t
A Strong Metal Person
ueur Day Menth Year
u2 ç
¯ Wood
LI2 �
¯ Water
u8 \
¯ Metal
L8 ×
¯ Earh
uI0 �
¯ Water
LI0 {
¯ Metal
u6 g
Earth
LI0 {
¯ Metal
This Yin Metal H8 person was bor in Mid Autumn E 1 0 when Metal is the most prosperous.
StrengthetSe|t
Metal is deemed to be strongest in Autumn. There are three Metal and two Earth elements
in this set of Four Pillars. By the Cycle of Birth, Earth produces Metal, thus Metal is being
reinforced. This is indeed a strong Metal person.
laveurab|eL|ement
A strong Metal person' s favourable elements are Water, Wood and Fire. There are two
Water elements, HI O and E1 2, in his Four Pillars, which are favourable to him.
Ana|ys|s
Water HI O at the Month Pillar is weakened by Earth H6 on the Year Stem. Since Earth is
a threat to his favourable element Water, Wood is his second most favourable element, as
it could suppress Earth.
lntavearab|eL|ement
In this case, Earth and Metal are detimentaL Fire is neutraL
Se|f
A Strong Water Person
Hoar bay Moath Year
H79
H9 ± H1 J H79
+ Metal +Water - Fire + Metal
EIIp EI I p EI2 � EI ¯
+Earth +Earth - Water +Water
M HI
+ Watcr + Wood
MÎ00PBMb
ÎÎP0PBÍSÎBÎÜ
This is a Yang Water H9 person bor in Early Winter E1 2 when Water is i n season.
During Winter, Water prospers. The presence of the two Water elements, El and E 1 2, frter
strengthens SelfH9, making this destiny damp and cold. This is indeed a stong Water person
who needs Wood, Fire and Earth ad who should shun Metal and Water.
Wood
There i s an absence of Wood in this destiny. However, the hidden Wood HI which is stored in
Water E1 2 is a threat to Earth. Fortunately, there are to Metal H7 to suppress Wood from
threateing Î.
Larth
There are two Earth El l available in the Day Branch and Hour Brach, therby helping to retin
te strong Water.
F|re
Fire helps to keep the Water warm and, at the same time, strengthen Earth to hold the
Water. In this destiny, Fire H4 is regarded as the most favourable element.
Meta|
Metal H7 draws the Earth energy and gives birth to Water. The presence of two Metal H7
on the Year Stem and Hour Stem further strengthens Self H9. Metal i s therefore an
unfavourable element to Self.
Water
Since Water is in season, additional Water is not needed. However, too much Water will
weaken the Earth element.
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A Strong Earh Person
Hoar bay Moata Year
B¿
" Wood
EI2 �
" Water
H6 j
" Earth
E6 L
" Fire
HI0 �
" Water
E6 L
" Fire
H3 P
+Fire
E5 )
+Earth
This Yin Earth H6 person was bor in Early Summer E6 when Fire is in season. Bor in a
supportive season, Earth H6 is hot and dry in summer.
Seasoaofl|re
The season of Fire E6 is strengthened by H3 in the Year Stem. Self H6 is also sitting on
Fire E6. Fire is extremely stong in this destiny. By the Cycle of Birth, Fire gives birth to
Earth, so Earth is d and hard.
lavoarab|eE|emeat
Dry and hot Earth needs Water. There is Water HI O on the Month Pillar. However, the
Water element is weak in Summer. Fortunately, HI O is strengthened by El 2 on the Hour
Branch. Apparently, the favourable element in this set of Four Pillars is Water.
Aaa|ys|s
We deduce that this is a strong Earth person with strong Fire suppor. Favourable elements
are Water and Metal. North and West will be his favourable directions. Although Wood ca help
to rlease the strong Earth energy, it may, at the sae time, strengthen the Fire element which is
not favourable for Ea.

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P Strong Fi re Person
Boar bay Moath Year
H3 P
+Fire
E9
T
+ Metal
H3 P
+Fire
EI IQ
+Earth
H79
+ Metal
EIIQ
+Earh
H9 ±
+Water
E39
+Wood
This Yang Fire H3 person was bor in Late Autumn E l l , when Earth is in season.
Seasoaoflarta
Earth draws the energy of Fire. Therefore, Self Fire H3 is weakened by the Earth season.
By the theory of Three Combinations of the Earthly Branches, E3 and El l form a Half
Combination, resulting in the Fire element. The Season of Birth, Earth El l , which is a Fire Pot,
is fher strengthened by another Fire Pot, El l , on the Day Branch. Together with the support
of Wood E3, the stength ofSelfH3 is frther reinforced. We may conclude that this a stong
Fire person.
FavoarableE|emeat
Earth, Water and Metal are benign elements for this Fire person. Unfavourable elements
are Wood and Fire.
Aaalys|s
Self Fire H3 sitting on Fire Pot El l is frther supported by another Fire H3 on the Hour
Stem. Fire dominates in this destiny. Being a strong Fire person, Water H9 on the Year
Pi llar is the most favourable el ement to him. Water H9 by itself is weak. However, it is
supported by Metal H7 on the Month Stem. Together, H7 and E9 render support to Water
H9, which in tur helps to cool the Fire elements.
Se|f
A Weak Fi re Person
hear Day Menth Year
IW
+ Fire
E
7 ±
+ Fire
H
4 J
Fire
E2 ±
Earth
H70
+ Metal
E5 k
+ Earth
H70
+ Metal
E9 �
+ Metal
Tis is a Yin Fire H4 person bor in Late Sprng E5 when Eath is in season. By the principle of
the Cycle of Birth, Earth gives birth to Metal. There are two Metal H7 on the Heavenly Stems
and one Metl E9 on the Eahly Branches to draw the Fire energy. By the Cycle of Destction,
Fire conquers Metal, thus the energy of Fie H4 is being weakened. We terefore conclude tat
the Self Element Fire is wea.
Ana|ysis
Weak Fire needs te support of Fire and Wood. There is Fire H3 on the Hour Stem, which
is supported by E7 to strengthen the weak Fire. Since this is a weak Fire person, we deduce
that his favourable element is Fire. By the theor of Conflicting Clashes in the Earthly
Branches, Day Branch E2 clashes with Hour Branch E7. This clash weakens E7, the root
ofH3, thereby reducing the support to H3.
lavearao|eE|eæent
Fire and Wood are favourable to this Fire person.
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A Weak Metal Person
Hear uay Menth Year
Se|t
HI0 �
Water
E6B
- Fire
H8
- Metal
E4
H
- Wood
H9 ±
+ Water
E9
T
+ Metal
HI J
+ Wood
E
7 ±
+ Fire
This Yin Metal H8 person was bor in Early Autumn E9 when Metal prospers. He was
bor in season, which gives support to Self.
StrengthetSe|t
Metal is prosperous in Autumn. Although he is bor in season, this does not necessarily
mean that the Self Element Metal is strong. We have to consider the remaining elements
within the Four Pillars. At present, there are only two Metal elements and six unfavourable
elements against the Metal element. Metal, in the process of giving birth to Water, is weakening
its own energy. By the Cycle of Destuction, Metal conquers Wood, thus its energy is also
exhausted. I addition, Fir destoys Metal. Therefore, the energy of Metl is excessively drained
by Water, Wood and Fire. Naturally, Metl is weak.
lavearao|el|ement
Weak Metal needs the support of Earth and Metal.
tntavearao|el|ement
Wood and Fire should be avoided.
Ana|ys|s
There are two Wood, HI and E4, to support the two Fire elements, E6 and E7, attacking
Self Metal H8. According to the Cycle of Destruction, Metal E9 is weakened by Fire E7
on the Year Pillar. Since Water H9 is nearer to SelfH8, it helps to protect Metal fom being
attacked by Fire. In this case, Water is neutral to Metal H8.
Self
LOCAT| NGYOUR MO5T FAVOURABLE ELEMENT5
A Yang Water Person
Hour Day Month Year
HS I
7 lMh
7

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7
H3 W
7 ÏItC
E12 �
Ý3!Ct
7
7
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0!hCt CÌCmCÞ!S WI!hIÞ !hC Ï0utÍI!13tS.
LÌC3tÌy, l3t!h3ÞuÏItC3tCÍ3V0ut3DÌC CÌCmCÞ!S. Ý00uC3ÞSuµµ0t!!hCmuChÞCCuCuÏItC.
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µ0IÞ!.
Favourable Element
Ý00u, ÏItC 3Þul3t!h3tC Í3V0ut3DlC.
Unfavourable Element
NC!3Ì 3Þu Ý3!Ct3tC!0DC 3V0IuCu WhCtC µ0SSIDlC.
Se|t
A Yi n Fi re Person
ueur Day Menth Year
H7 l
+Metal
El T
+Water
H4 T
¯ Fire
E4 9
¯ Wood
HlO �
¯ Water
E4 9
¯ Wood
H4 T
¯ Fire
E4 9l
¯ Wood
This is a Yin Fire H4 person bor in Mid Spring E4, when Wood is in season. There are
three Wood and two Fire in this destiny. Wood nourishes Fire, thus this is considered a
strong Fire person. Strong Fire needs Metal, Earth and Water to discharge its strong energy.
Meta|
Metal is essential for releasing the strong Fire energy. By the Cycle of Destruction, Fire
conquers Metal. Metal can also suppress the strong and excessive Wood fom feeding the
Fire.
Water
Water HI 0 can cool the heat of Fire but it also reduces the Metal energy on the Hour Piar.
Meanwhile, Water also nourishes the strong Wood, thus Water performs multiple
f
nctions
in this destiny.
At the Hour Pillar, Water El sitting below Metal H7 is drawing on the Metal energy and
giving support to Wood E4. In this case, Water is therefore neutral to Fire.
laveurab|e l|ement
From the above analysis, we conclude that Metal is the most favourable element to reduce
the strong Fire and suppress the abundance of Wood. However, Eath, which is not present
in this set of destiny, is also one of the favourable elements needed as Earth gives birth to
Metal.
lntaveurab|el|ement
Fire and Wood are not favourable.
Se|f
P Yang Wood Person
Hear bay Meath Year
H70
+Metal
E
7 ±
+ Fire
HI |
+ Wood
E
3 ±
+ Wood
H9 ±
+ Water
E3 ±
+ Wood
H9 ±
+ Water
E5k
+Earth
This Yang Wood H I person was. bor in Early Spring E3 when Wood prospers. He was
thus bor in season. Self Wood HI is strengthened by the two Wood E3 in the Earthly
Branches. It is further supported by another two Water elements, H9, on the Heavenly
Stems. The overall rating for the Self Element is considered strong.
Meta|
By the Cycle of Destruction, Metal H7 can trm the strong Wood, but Earth E5 is too far
and too weak to support Metal H7. Metal is also weakened by Water H9 and Fire E7. In
addition, Metal is a source of support to Water and so is not favourable for strong Wood.
F|re
By the Cycle of Birth, Wood gives birth to Fire, thereby releasing its own strong Wood
energy.
Favearab|el|emeat
Fire can reduce and harmonise the energy of stong Wood.
lafavearab|e l|emeat
Water strengthens the strong Wood element and suppresses the favourable Fire element.
Metal gives birth to Water, which in ÞHgives birth to Wood, so Metal is also not favourable.
Se|f
P Yi n Metal Person
Hoar bay Moath Year
H1 J
Fire
EI0 #
Metal
H8 \
- Metl
E8 ±
¯ Earth
H50
+ Earth
EI I þ
+ Earth
B�
+ Fire
EI I þ
+ Eath
This is a Yin Metal H8 person bor in Late Autmn E l l in the ninth Lunar month when
Eah is prosperous and in control.
LarthaadMeta|
By the Cycle of Birth, Earth produces Metal. There are three Earth on the Earthly Branches
and one Earth on the Heavenly Stems, all of which support Self. Metal El O on the Hour
Pillar acts U the root of Self H8. As a result, this is a strong Metal person with abundant
support.
Aaa|ys|s
Water and Wood are absent in this set of Four Pillars. The two Fire elements, H3 and H4,
can help to suppress the excessive strong Metal but are not the most ideal due to the
presence of Earth.
lavoarab|eL|emeat
Strong Metal needs to release i ts excessive energy. Water and Wood are highly
recommended in this set of F our Pillars.
tafavoarab|e L|emeat
Being a stong Metal person, Earth and Metal are to be avoided in this destiny.
Em|e

Se|f
P Yang Water Person
Hoar bay Moath Year
H1 J
¯ Fire
E8 ±
¯ Earth
H9 ±
+ Water
E9
T
+ Metal
H5 û
+ Earth
E
7 ±
+ Fire
H5 û
+ Earth
E3 ¼
+ Wood
This Yang Water H9 person was bor in Mid Summer E7 when Fire is in control. According
to the Cycle of Birth, Fire nouishes Earth. There are two Earth H5 and one Fire H4
present on the Heavenly Stems. Self Element Water H9 is weak due to the attack from the
strong Fire and Earth elements.
Aaa|ys|s
Weak Water needs support from Metal and Water. Metal E9 on the Day Branch gives
support to Self. By the theory of Six Clashes of the Eathly Branches, E3 clashes with E9.
As a result, the support E9 renders to H9 is weakened.
lafavoarab|e E|emeat
Unfavourable elements are Earth and Fire.
FAVOURABLE AND UNFAVOURABLE ELEMENTS
It is important that a set of destiny be well balanced. It must neither be too strong nor too
weak. If the Self Element is too weak it requires support. Similarly, if it i s too strong, it
needs a neutral element to balance it. Favourabl e elements are those that help to balance
the Four Pillars whilst unfavourable elements are those that frther destabilise the Four
Pillars. For example, a weak Wood person will need Water (favourable element), while a
strong Fire person will avoid Wood (unfavourable element).
The Four Pillars of Destiny can be divided into two different categories:
. Normal Categor
. Special Category
Normal Category
There are a total of 1 0 categories in the Noral Category.
NermatCategeryFermatieas

Month Branch Gender Category
The element that conquers Self Opposite Zheng Guan Ge +)

Same

Qi Sha Ge
L�I²

2. The element that gives birth to Self Opposite Zheng Yin Ge
'¨I²

Same

Pian Yin Ge í'¨I²
I 3
The element that Self conquers Opposite Zheng Cai Ge ¨¹I²
Same Pian Cai Ge
"�'�
1 4
The element that Self gives birth to Opposite Shang Guan Ge
I7T
Same Shi Shen Ge
�i"I²

¹"1I²
5. The element similar to Self Opposite Jie Cai Ge

Same Jian Lu Ge
��1I²

A simple way to deterine a category is by looking at the Season of Birth in relation to the
Self For all the categories, we have to convert the Month Branch into its corresponding
Hidden HS elements in order to analyse its relationship with the Self Te only exception
is the Jian Lu Ge category, which requires us to look up the 1 2-Stage Life Cycle of the 1 0
Heavenly Stems on page 50. Where the Self intersects with the Coming-of-Age row, we
get the element needed for comparison with the Self.
ZHENG GUAN GE . 1VAND QI SHA GE -�V
A person bor in the ZhengGuanGeor Q|ShaGecategory is one who is bor in a
month when his Month Branch conquers Self.
A Zheng Guan Ge whereby el ement that conquers Sel f is favourabl e
ueur Day Menth Year
Sel
Hl f HI f Hl O � H6
+Wood +Woo - Water - Earth
Season
El � E3 El O W E4
9P
+Water +Wood - Metal - Wood
(H8 *, ¯ Metal)
This Yang Wood HI person was bor in the month of E 1 0, which is the season of Metal.
Yin Metal E I 0 conquers Yang Wood HI . This person is not bor in season. Nevertheless,
the Self Element HI is supported by three additional Wood and two Water. As a result, HI
turs from wea to strong Wood.
Strong Wood needs discharge. Favourable elements for strong Wood will be Metal, Earth
and Fire. The abundance of Wood in the Four Pillars is not favourable to a strong Wood
person. The best and most desirable clement for suppressing Wood is Metal. In this destiny,
Metal E 1 0 will be the most favourable element, followed by Earth H6, which can support
Metal EI O in suppressing Wood. Unfavourable elements will be Wood and Water.
To analyse Normal Category formations, we have to convert the Month Branch into
its corresponding Hidden HS Elements in order to analyse its relationship with Self.
,Ex}mp|e.
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ZHENG GUAN GE J T�
P Zheng Guan Ge whereby el ement conquered by Sel f is favourabl e
Hoar bay Moath Year
$e}
H8 * H8 $ H6 B H6 B
- Metal - Metal - Earth - Earth
$ecsoo
E4 9n
ElO " E6 B E2 3
- Wood - Metal - Fire - Earth
(H3 p, ' Fire)
(H5 |,'Ea
)
(H7 �, ' Metal)
This Yi Metal H8 person was bor in the month of E6, when Fire reigns. Metal H8 is
weak as Fire conquers MetaL Besides Fire there is only one Wood that will work against
Metal. At tis point it seems that Metal is weak.
Further analysis shows that there are three Earth and two additional Metal which will lend
support to Self H8. As a result, H8 turs fom weak to stong Metal. Stong Metal needs
discharge.
The most favourable element for preventing Earth fom frher nourishing the already
stong Metal is Wood E4 at the Hour Branch. However, E4 is under strong attack fom
EI O on the Day Branch. By te theory of Six Clashes, EI O clashes with E4. Therefore, the
next most favourable element will be Water, which can support Wood and can also act as
a buffer for Wood against the attack fom Metal EI O.
It i s good to have Water and Wood present simultaneously. Unfortunately, there is an
absence of Water in this destiny, even in the Hidden Heavenly Stems.
Unfavourable element is Earth.
P Zheng Guan Ge whereby el ement that supports Sel f is favourabl e
Hoar bay Moath Year
H6 i
- Earth
E4
9P
- Wood
$cq
H7 ±
+Metal
E3
+Wood
Hl T H8
+Wood - Metal
$cesoa
E7 E6 L
+Fire - Fire
(H4 T, - Fire)
(H6 - Ear)
This is a Yang Metal H7 person bor in the Mid Summer season ofE7, which is dominated
by strong Fire. Metal dies in Fire season. There is one additional Fire and three Wood to
support Fire against Metal H7. Due to the strong attack by Fire, Metal is being weakened.
Weak Metal needs support. Earth H6 on the Hour Stem is the most favourable element for
enhancing Metal. According to the Cycle of Birth, Earth generates Metal and can also
prevent Fire from atacking Metal.
Unfavourable elements include Fire and Wood.
µx,mp|e.
.��
A Zheng Guan Ge whereby el ement that Sel f gives bi rth to i s favourable
Hoar bay Moath Year
H4
T
- Fire
E2 l
- Earth
$eq
H7 �
+Metl
E5 �
+Earth
H7 � Hl q
+ Metal +Wood
$eesoa
E7
C
E3
+Fire + Wood
(H4 - Fie)
(H6 B, ¯ Ear!)
This is a Yang Metal H7 person bor in the month of Fire E7. Metal is weak in Fire season.
Although this person is not bor in season there is one additional Metal and two Earth to
support Self. Moreover, E2 and E5 are damp Earth which receive support fom Fire to
nourish Metal. As a result, Fire is no longer a threat to Metal. From the above we can
conclude that this is a strong Metl person.
Strong Metal needs discharge. Water i s a favourabl e element. Metal generates Water and
Water nourishes Wood to feed Fire. Fire in tur gives birth to Earth and Earth to Metal.
With Water, the Five Elements in this destiny are harmonised.
Unfavourable elements are Metal and Earth.
A Zheng Guan Ge whereby a favourabl e element i s same as Self
Hear Uay Mentb Vear
H5
|
+ Earth
E3 f

+ Wood
$eq
H7

+ Metal
E3
³
+ Wood
H7

Hl T
+ Metal + Wood
$easoa
E7 E3
=
+ Fire + Wood
(H4 T, - Fire)
(H6 B, ¯ Eah)
This is a Yang Metal H7 person bor in the month of Fire E7. In Mid Summer season, Fire
conquers Metal, therefore Metal is weakened. Besides Fire, there are four Wood which
frther weakened Metal. As a result this is a weak Metal person. Weak Metal needs support
fom Metal and Earth.
Since there are too many Wood elements in this destiny, the most favourable element will
be Metal H7 on the Month Stem. Meanwhile, Earth can also nourish Metal. Therefore, the
next favourable element will be Earth H5 on the Hour Stem, which is supportive towards
Metal.
A weak Metal person's unfavourable element will be Wood. Since Water nourishes Wood,
it is also unfavourable to Metal. Water cannot control Fire due to the presence of Wood. In
this case, Fire E7 is not a threat to weak Metal as long as Earth H5 is present, for Earth can
act as a buffer against Fire. In conclusion, we deduce that the most unfavourable element
will be Wood.
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\E�'ample:
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Q| 5HA GE1��
P Qi Sha Ge whereby element that conquers Self is favourable
Hour Day Month Year
8eq
ÍÌ 3 Í! H Í'

ÍJ
0
¯ ÝOOd ¯ ÝOOd ¯ N0!3Ì ¯ l3t!h
8ecsoo
l Ì ¬ lJ
º
lV
T
lJ
º
¯ Ý3!0t ¯ ÝOOd ¯ N0!3Ì ¯ ÝOOd
(H7 �, ! Metal)
(H5 [, ! Earth)
(H9 ! Water)
JhÍSÍS3 X3Þg ÝOOdÍÌ µ0tSOÞ OOH ÍÞ l3t̸ Pu0mÞ Wh0ÞN0!3Ì lV dOmÍÞ3!0S. ÝOOd
ÍS W03k ÍÞN0!3Ì S03SOÞ.
Jh0t03t0 !ht00 3ddÍ!ÍOÞ3Ì ÝOOd 3ÞdOÞ0 Ý3!0t!O SuµµOt! b0ÌÍ ÍÌ . PS 3t0SuÌ!, ÍÌ !uHS
hOmW03k !O SUOÞg ÝOOd. b!tOÞg ÝOOd Þ00dS dÍSCh3tg0 !O m3ÍÞ!3ÍÞ Í!SO3Ì3ÞC0. bÍÞC0
!h0t0 30 3OuÞd3Þ! ÝOOd0Ì0m0Þ!S ÍÞ !hÍS S0!OÍÍOutÍÍÌÌ3tS, !h0mOS!Í3VOut3OÌ0 0Ì0m0Þ!
ÍOt Suµµt0SSÍÞg!h0 S!tOÞg ÝOOd WÍÌÌO0 N0!3Ì lV.
\ÞÍ3VOut3OÌ00Ì0m0Þ!S 3t0 ÝOOd3Þd Ý3!0t.

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A Qi Sha Ge whereby el ement that Self conquers i s favourable
Hear Day Menth Year
$eµ
H5 D HG
HI 0 � HI T
+ Earth - Wood - Water + Wood
$easoa
El ( E1 2 5 El O W E3
+ Water - Water - Metal + Wood
(H8 ,, · Metal)
This is a Yin Wood H person bor in the Mid Autumn season ofE 1 0 when Metal prospers.
Wood is weak in Metal season. Apart fom the Season of Birth EI 0, there is only one
Earth H5 on the Hour Stem that is a threat to Wood. On the other hand, Self H2 has two
additional Wood and tree Water to support it. Moreover the strong Water also weakens
the Metal threat against Wood. As a result, H2 turs from weak to strong Wood.
Stong Wood needs discharge to maintain harmony. Since Earth can suppress Water, Earth
will be te most favourable element. The next most favourable element will be Fire.
Unfavourabl e elements are Wood and Water.
µx)mple.
.��
P Qi Sha Ge whereby el ement that supports Sel f i s favourabl e
Hoar bay Moath Year
$eq
H8
q
H4 Hl l ul0

- Metal - Fire +Wood - Water
$emoa
El 2 5 E 1 2 5 E1 E1 2 5
- Water - Water +Water - Water
(RiO �, ¯ Water)
This is a Yin Fire H4 person bor in the month of Water El when water is deemed
prosperous. Fire is weak in Mid Winter season. We note that there are four additional
Water and one Metal which are hostile towards Fire H4. As a result, this is a weak Fire
person.
Weak Fire needs support. Wood HI on the Month Stem is the most favourable element for
Fire. Although Earth can suppress Water, it is not desirable due to the presence of Metal
¡õ, which will drain Fire.
Unfavourable elements are Water ad Metal. Based on the Cycle of Birth, Metal produces
Water and when Water is excessive, it will extinguish Fire.
A Qi Sha Ge whereby el ement same as Self i s favourabl e
Bear uay Menth Year
$eq
HS p H2 z H8
*
HS p
+ Earh - Wood - Metal + Earth
$easoa
E3
=
E8 * El O
t
ES J
+ Wood - Earth - Metal + Earth
(H8 - Metl)
This is a Yin Wood H2 person bor in the month of Metal El O. Wood is weak in Mid
Autumn season. There is one additional Metal and four Earth to suppor Metal El O. Due
to the abundant support, the ruling season Metal El O is extemely strong, which frther
weaens Wood H2.
Fortunately, Wood E3 at the Hour Brach can help to suppress the abundant Earth element.
Therefore, Wood is the most favourable element for supporting Self.
Although Water ca nourish Wood, it cannot resist the stong Earth. Water is only helpfl
if it works hand in hand with Wood.
Metal and Earth are detrimental as they add to the excessive strength and upset the balance
of the confguration.
P Qi Sha Ge whereby el ement that Sel f gi ves bi rth to i s favourabl e
Hoar bay Moath Year
$eq
HI E H3
p
HI 0 � H5
0
+ Wood + Fire - Water + Earth
$eesoa
E7 E7
¬
EI 2 � E9
T
+ Fire + Fire - Water + Metal
(H9 ¹,+ Water)
(H 1 5, + Wood)
This i s a Yang Fire H3 person bor in the month of Water E1 2. Fire is weak in Winter
season. Water HI 0 on the Month Stem is kept uder control by Earth H5 on the Yea Stem
and, therefore, is not a theat to Self.
Self is supported by two additional Fire E7 and one Wood HI , turing SelfH3 from weak
to strong Fire.
Earth H5, the element that Self gives birth to, is the most favourable element. Earth nourishes
Metal, which then gives continuous support to Water in order to suppress the strong Fire.
Unfavourable elements are Fire and Wood.
ZHENG CAl GE JJ�
A person bor in the Zheng Cai Gecategory is one who is bor in a month where Self
conquers the Month Branch.
P Zheng Cai Ge whereby el ement that conquers Self i s favourable
Boar bay Month Year
$cq
H3 p
H7 � H5
l H7 �
+ Fire + Metal + Earth + Metal
$cesoo
E5 E3
±
E4

E9
T
+ Earth + Wood - Wood + Metal
(H2 z, ¯ Wood)
This Yang Metal H7 person was bor in the month of Wood E4. Being imprisoned, Metal
is weak in Mid Spring season.
However, H7 is supported by two additional Metal and two Earth. With their support Self
H7 turs from weak to strong Metal. If Self is extremely strong, it i s necessary to suppress
or release its excessive strength.
Fire is favourable while Wood acts as a back-up for Fire.
Unfavourabl e elements are Metal and Earth
P Zheng Cai Ge whereby el ement that gi ves bi rh to Self is favourabl e
Hoar bay Month Year
$cq
H3 �
H6 B HI 0 5 HI 0 5
¬Fire - Earth - Water - Water
$cesoa
&
E3

E8 * E1 2 � E1 2 �
+Wood - Earth - Water - Water
(H9 + Water)
(HI I, + Wood)
This Yin Earth H6 person was bor in the month of Water E1 2_ Being imprisoned, Earth is
weak in Early Winter- Apart from te Month Branch, there are three additional Water in
the Year and Month Pillars. The presence of Water also strengthens Wood E3, which
frther weakens Eart.
The fnal evaluation is that this is a weak Earth person who needs support. Fire H3 on the
Hour Ster will be his favourable element as Fire gives birth to Earth.
Unfavourable elements will be Water and Metal.
A Zheng Cai Ge whereby el ement that Self gi ves bi rh to is favourabl e
Hear Day Menth Year
$eq
H5
D
H8 \ HI I H5
D
+ Earth - Metal + Wood + Earth
$easoa
El l B El D I E3 ± E9
T
+ Earth - Metal + Wood + Metal
(HI ', + Wood)
(3 p, + Fire)
(H5 I, + Ea)
This Yin Metal H8 person was bor i the month of Wood E3. Being imprisoned, Metal is
weak in Ealy Spring season. However, Self H8 is supported by two additional Metal and
three Earth elements. As a result, this person ts from a weak Metal person into a strong
one due to the abundant support.
Strong Metal needs discharge. Though there is Wood HI on the Month Branch, the most
favouable element will be Water. Metal produces Water and this will help to exhaust the
strong Metal energy. Water also supports Wood, the next favourable element.
Unfavourable elements will be Metal and Earth.
PI AN CAl GE 1 J �
P|aaCa|Gecategory is one where a person is bor in the month where Self conquers the
Month Branch.
P Pi an Cai Ge whereby el ement that Sel f conquers i s favourabl e
Hoar bay Moath Year
8eq
H l � H2 Z H8 $ Hl �
+ Wood - Wood - Metal + Wood
8eesoa
El ¸ E4
!P
E8 * E3

+ Water - Wood - Earth + Wood
(H6 B, ¯ Fm)
(H2 z., - Wood)
(H4 T, ¯ Fire)
This is a Yin Wood H2 person bor in the month of E8, a Late Summer season, when
Earth is strong. Self Wood H2 is supported by the Wood elements on the Year, Day ad
Hour Pillars. Though not bor in season, the abundant support makes this a strong Wood
person.
Metal H8, which is one of the favourable elements, can help to trim the abundant wood
support. However, Metal H8 is too weak in Late Summer. Therefore, the most favourable
element will be Earth E8, the element that Self conquers. Earth also acts as a back-up for
Metal to contol the strong Wood.
Unfavourable elements will be Fire, Wood and Water.

��
A Pi an Cai Ge whereby Self i s strong and
the el ement whi ch conquers Self i s favourabl e
Hear Day Menth Year
$eq
H5
D
H2 l H2 l H8 \
+ Eath - Wood - Wood - Metal
$eason
E3
l
E4
9P E8 * EI O W
+ Wood - Wood - Earth - Metal
(H6 c, - Ea)
(H2 6, - Wood)
(H4 T, - Fire)
This Yin Wood H2 person was bor in the month of Earh E8 in Late Sumer season.
Self H2 sits on Wood E4 and is frther supported by Wood H2 on the Month Stem and
Wood E3 on the Hour Branch. With te support of these three Wood elements, we deduce
that this is a strong Wood person.
Strong Wood needs Metal and Earth to suppress its energy. Between the two, Metal is the
better choice as it can tim the excessive Wood.
Unfavourable elements will be Wood and Water.
G

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|

P Pi an Cai Ge whereby el ement that gives bi rth to Sel f i s favourabl e
Hoar bay Moath Year
$eq
H5 "
Hl O � H7
3
H6
6
+ Earth - Water + Metal - Eath
$eesoo
E7
L
E6 L E7
L
E2 1
¬Fire - Fire +
Fire - Earth
(H4 T, - Fire) (H1 O �
,
- Water)
(H6 - Earth) (H6 L · Earth)
(H8 ¬·- Metal)
This is a Yin Water HI D person bor in the month of Fire E7. Water is weak in Mid
Summer season. There are two additional Fire and three Earth that frther weaken Water.
As a result, this is a weak Water person. Weak Water needs support.
The most favourabl e element to support Water Hl O will be Metal H7 on the Month Stem.
ÌD accordance with the Cycle of Birth, Metal produces Water. Though Metal H7 is under
pressure from the strong Fire E7, there is a hidden Metal H8, stored on the Year Branch
E2, which i s the root of Metal H7.
Unfavourable elements will be Fire and Wood.
,E�ample.
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A Pi an Cai Ge whereby el ement same as Sel f is favourabl e
uear Day Menth Year
Sel
H5 D Hl T H9 £ H5
D
+Earth +Wood +Water +Earth
Season
E5 * E3
M
El l p E5 *
+Earth +Wood +Eah +Earh
(H5 í, + Eah)
(H8 ", ¯ Metal)
(H4 - Fire)
This Yang Wood HI person was bor in the month of Eah E l l . Wood HI is weak in Late
Autumn. There is a abundance of Earth infuence which is not favourable to Wood. Based
on the Cycle of Destruction, Wood conquers Earth, thus exhausting its energy. Therefore,
the subject is a weak Wood person.
Weak Wood HI needs support. Although Water nourishes Wood, it is under tremendous
attack fom Earth. Therefore, the most favourable element will be Wood E3 sitting directly
below Self In addition, Water H9 is nearest to Self and can act as a back-up for Wood E3.
Unfavourable elements will be Earth and Fire. Metal is only good when Water i s present.
Without Water, Metal will harm Wood.


A Pi an Cai Ge whereby el ement that Self gives bi rth to is favourabl e
Heur uay Wenth Year
Sel
Hl O � H7 � Hl l H5
D
- Water 7 Metal 7 Wood 7 Earth
Season
E8 ± E9 $ E3 ± E9
T
Earth 7 Metal 7 Wood +Metal
(HI f, + Wood)
(H3 p, +Fie)
(H5 I, + Eah)
This is a Yang Metal H7 person bor in the Early Spring season of Wood E3. Sel f Metal
H7 is supported by two additional Metal E9 and two Earth elements, E8 and H5. Though
not bor in season, with suffcient support, this person has tured from weak to stong
Metal.
Strong Metal needs release. Although both Wood and Water are present, ideally Water
will be the most favourable element. Water drains the strong Metal ad, at the same time,
supports Wood.
Unfavourable elements will be Metal and Earth .

ZHENG YI N GE Jtp � AND PI AN YI N GE �tp �
ZheagYiaGeand riaaYiaGecategories are those where a person is bor in a month
when the Month element gives birth to Self
¸L�ample:
��
A Zheng Yin Ge whereby el ement si mil ar to Self is favourabl e
Heur Day Weath Year
Sel
H9 = H8 - H9 = H5 r
+ Water - Metal + Water + Earth
Season
E7
T
El 2 * El l Ð E7
T
+ Fire - Water + Earth + Fire
(H5 D, + Eah)
(H8 *, ¯ Metal)
(H4 T
,
¯ Fire)
This is a Yin Metal H8 person bor in the Late Autumn season of Earth El l when Earth is
in control. The presence of three Water elements and two Fire elements poses a threat to
Metal H8.
In this destiny, the only support comes from El l and H5. Earth can exhaust the energy of
Fire and, at the same time, suppress the excessive Water fom draining Metal. Without
Earth, Metal will be under great pressure from Water and Fire. This is thus a weak Metal
person whose most favourable element is Earth.
Unfavourable elements will be Wood, Water and Fire.

ZHENG YI N GE - '¦V
The ZhengYinGecategory is one where a person is bor in a season that gives birth to
Self, and where Self and Month Branch are both Yang or both Yin.
,E

amp|e.
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A Zheng Yi n Ge whereby el ement that conquers Sel f is favourabl e
Heur uay Menth Year
Sel
H7
~
H2 Z H2 Z HI i
7 Metal - Wood - Wood 7 Wood
Season
E5 * E2 3 E1 2 � E3 ý
7 Earth - Eart - Water 7 Wood
(H9 +Water)
(HI I _ +Wood)
This is a Yin Wood H2 person bor in the month ofE 1 2, Ealy Winter season, when Water
is prosperous. Based on the Cycle of Birth, Water supports Wood. In addition, Self H2 is
fher supported by three additional Wood. Under the abundant Wood influence, this is
thus a strong Wood person.
Strong Wood needs discharge. Metal H7 on the Hour Stem will be the most favourable
element for suppressing the excessive Wood in this category. Earth, the next favourable
element, provides continuous support to Metal for releasing the strong Wood energy.
Unfavourable elements will be Wood and Water.
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P Zheng Yi n Ge whereby el ement that
Self conquers is the most favourabl e el ement
Hoar bay Moath Year
8eq
H5 0 H8 $ HI J H9 d
+ Earth - Metal + Wood + Water
8eesoa
El l ) El O ¡ E5 �
El l )
+ Earth - Metal + Earth + Earth
(H5 [, + Fmh)
(H2 Z, - Wood)
(HI O ;, - Water)
This is a Yin Metal H8 person bor in the month ofE5, Late Spring season, when Earth is
prosperous. According to the Cycle of Birth, Earth supports Metal. This person is therefore
bor in a supporting season. Besides receiving support fom the season, there are three
additional Earth plus one Metal sitting below Self. As a result this is a very stong Metal
person. Strong Metal needs discharge.
Since there is an abundance of Earth, the most favourable element in this category wi ll be
Wood HI on the Month Stem. Water, the next most favourable element, can support Wood
and also release the strong Metal energy.
Unfavourable elements will be Earth and MetaL
P Zheng Yi n Ge whereby element same as Self i s favourabl e
Hear bay Meath Year
H7 �
+ Metal
E3 ±
+ Wood
8eq
H8 *
- Metal
E4
"|
- Wood
HI J
+ Wood
8eesoa
E1 1 )
+ Earth
(H5 �, + Ea)
(H8 =,� Metal)
(H4 T, - Fire)
HI J
+ Wood
E3
+ Wood
This is a Yin Metal H8 person bor in the month of El l , Late Autumn season, when Earth
is prosperous. We can say that this person is bor in a supporting season with Earth giving
support to Metal H8. However, the fve Wood elements pose a threat to Earth El l , which
is is unable to support Metal. According to the Cycle of Destruction, Metal conquers
Wood, thus Wood' s energy is being drained. As a result, Yin Metal H8 turs weak.
Weak Metal needs support. Metal H7 on the Hour Stem will be the most favourable element
as it helps to prevent the strong Wood elements fom attacking Earth El l . Meanwhile,
Earth El l , his next favourable element, will act as a backup for MetaL
Favourable elements are Metal and Earth. Unfavourable elements will be Wood and Water.
A Zheng Yi n Ge whereby el ement that Self gi ves bi rth to is favourabl e
uear uay Menth Year
$eq
H5
D
H8 H7
ª
H7
ª
+ Earth - Metal + Metal + Metal
$easoa
El E4
9P
E5 J E5
J
+ Water - Wood + Earth + Earth
(H5 I, + Ea)
(H2 Z, ¯ Wood)
(H1 O �, ¯ Water)
This is a Yin Metal H8 person bor in the month ofE5, Late Spring season, when Earth is
prosperous. The ruling season of Earth E5 supports Self Metal H8. Due to the presence of
two additional Metal and three Earth giving support in the Four Pillars, Metal H8 is frther
reinforced, turing the subject into a strong Metal person.
A strong Metal person needs discharge. Since the Metal infuence is strong, the most ideal
element will be Water. Water El drains Metal and, at the same time, strengthens Wood
E4. Without the presence of Water, Wood will be under attack from the strong Metal .
Unfavourable elements will be Metal, Earth and Fire.

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PI AN YI N GE � fp �
A person bor in the riaaYiaGecategory is one who is bor in a season that gives birth
to Self, where Self is Yang and Month Branch is Yang or Self is Yin and Month Branch is
Yin.
A Pi an Yi n Ge whereby el ement that gives bi rth to Self is favourabl e
ueur uay Meath Year
Sel
H7 � H G H5 I
H7 �
+ Metal - Wood + Earth + Metal
Season
E5 ,
E2 1 El - E9
T
+ Eath - Earth 7 Water + Metal
(H2 ¿ ¯ Wood) (HI O �, ¯ Water)
(H5 f
,
+Eah)
(HI O �, ¯ Water)
This is a Yin Wood H2 person bor in the month of El , Mid Winter season, when Water
is prosperous. According to the Cycle of Birth, Water supports Wood. However, there are
three Metal and three Earth that are pressurising Wood. Although bor in Water season,
Wood is weak in this category. Weak Wood needs support.
Water is a favourable element, followed by the hidden Wood element H2 which is stored
in Earth E5.
Unfavourable elements will be Metal and Earth.

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A Pi an Yi n Ge whereby el ement conquered by Self is favourabl e
Heur uay Menth Year
Sel
H4
T
H5 J Hl O � H3
W
- Fire + Earth - Water + Fire
Season
E6 B El l B E6 B E9 $
- Fire + Earth - Fire + Metal
(H3 W, +Fire)
(H5 f,
+Eah)
(H7 m, +Metal)
This is a Yang Earth H5 person bor in the month of E6, Early Summer season, when Fire
is strong. Fire gives birth to Earth. Apart from the Season of Birth, there are three additional
Fire and one more Earth supporting Self, thus turing this into a strong Earth person. The
strong Earth infuence needs discharge to restore its balance.
Water will be the most favourable element as it cools the heat of strong Fire. It also dampens
Earth to nourish Metal so that Water is sustained.
Unfavourable elements will be Earth and Fire.
P Pi an Yi n Ge whereby el ement that conquers Sel f i s favourabl e
Hoar bay Moath Year
$eq
H5 !
Hl O � HI O � HI T
+ Earth - Water - Water + Wood
$eesoa
E7
'
E1 2 5 El O J El ¬
+ Fire - Water - Metal + Water
(H8 *, ¯ Metal)
This i s a Yin Water HI O person bor in the month of El O, Mid Autumn season, when
Metal is strong. Metal supports Water. Moreover, there are three additional Water rendering
support to Self HI O, turing this into a stong Water person.
Strong Water needs discharge. Earth HS on the Hour Stem will be the most favourable
element for suppressing the excessive Water element. Fire E7 at the Hour Branch helps
Earth HS to maintain its stamina.
Unfavourable elements will be Water and Metal.
A Pi an Yi n Ge whereby el ement same as Sel f is favourable
ueur uay Menth Year
Sel
HI O 5 H2 HI E H5
D
- Water - Wood +Wood +Earth
Season
E8 * E2 EI - El l �
- Earth - Earth +Water +Earth
(HlO �, ¯ Water)
This is a Yin Wood H2 person bor in the month of EI , Mid Winter season, when Water
is prosperous. Based on the Cycle of Birth, Wood receives support fom Water.
However, we observe that there are four Earth el ements in the Heavenly Stems and Earthly
Branches which are against Water EI , therefore Wood will be the most favourable element
for restraining the strong Earth from conquering Water.
Though there are two Wood and two Water elements against four Earth, Selfis still relatively
weak in this case.
Wood HI on te Month Stem will be the most favourable element for Self Apart from
strengthening Self, Wood HI also helps to suppress the strong Earth from attacking Water.
Water is his next favourable element.
Antagonistic elements will be Earth and Fire.
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A Pi an Yi n Ge whereby el ement that Sel f gi ves bi rh to i s favourabl e
uear uay Meath Year
Sel
H4
T
HI O H8 * HI 0 9
- Fire - Water - Metal - Water
Season
E6 B E4 gp EI O W EI 2 �
- Fire - Wood - Metal - Water
(H8 *, ¯ Metl)
This is a Yin Water HI O person bor in the month of El O, Mid Autumn season, when
Metal is strong. The season is reinforced by Metal H8 on the Month Stem.
Self HI O receives support fom the Metal season. In addition, there are two additional
Water on the Year Pilla which frther strengthen Self, making tis a stong Water person.
Strong Water needs discharge.
Wood E4 on the Day Branch is a favourable element. Wood, the element that Self produces,
also helps to nourish the Wealth (Fire) element, which is another favourable element for
strong Water.
Unfavourable elements are Water and Metal.
JIAN LU GE �i�
A person bor i n the !iaaLuGecategory i s one bor i n a season where the Month Branch
is similar to Self and is ofthe same gender. Among all categories, this one has the strongest
Season of Birth. However, it is not necessary that this will be a strong person. The
surrounding infuences have to be taken into account. At times, Self could also HH from
strong to weak.
A Ji an Lu Ge whereby el ement same as Sel f is favourabl e
ueur Day Menth Year
Sel
H5
D
HI i H5
D H7 �
+ Earth + Wood + Earth + Metal
Season
E5 * El l B E3 ý E l l B
+ Earth + Earth + Wood + Earth
(HI f, + Wood )
(H3 �,+ Fie)
(H5 f
,
+ Eah)
This is a Yang Wood HI person bor in the month of Early Spring E3. By referring to the
I 2-Stage Life Cycle of the 1 0 HS, Self HI intersects with Month Branch E3 at Coming-of­
Age (Jian Lu). Apart fom E3, the fve Wealth (Earth) elements and one Power (Metal)
element present are all antagonistic towards Wood. Though bor in season, in this case,
the presence of abundant Earth weakens Wood. In conclusion, this is a weak Wood person.
Weak Wood needs support.
Wood E3 on the Month Branch is a favourable element for strengthening Self HI . Water
will be the most favourable element for suppporting Wood.
Unfavourable elements are Earth, Fire and Metal.

Take Note|
The only exception for Jian Lu Ge category requires us to look at the 1 2-Stage Life
Cycle of the 1 0 HS by permutating the Day Stem against the Month Branch.
A Ji an Lu Ge whereby Wealth el ement conquered by Sel f i s favourabl e
Bear bay Meath Year
8eq
Hl l Hl l
+ Wood + Wood
E l l j E9
T
+ Earth + Metal
Hl l
+ Wood
8eesoa
E3
+ Wood
(HI l, + Wood)
(H3 IR,+ Fire)
(H5 P,+ Eah)
H5 0
+ Earth
E3
+ Wood
This is a Yang Wood HI person bor in the month of E3, Early Spring season, when
Wood is strong. By referring to the I 2-Stage Life Cycle of the 1 0 HS, Self H 1 intersects
with Month Branch E3 at Coming-of-Age (Jian Lu). There are four additional Wood
supporting Self, making this a stong Wood person. Strong Wood needs discharge. Earth
H5 on the Year Stem will be the most favourable element. Fire will be the next favourable
element as it can strengthen Earth and also drain the excessive Wood energy.
Although Metl E9 is another favourable element, it cannot withstand the strong Wood. It
is best to have both Earth and Metal arriving at the same time during the Luck Cycle.
Unfavourable elements are Wood and Water .

JI E CAl GE ¤f1�
!|eCa|Gecategory is quite similar to !|aaLaGecategory except that the Month Branch
and Self are similar elements of a diferent gender.
A Jie Cai Ge whereby element same as Sel f i s favourabl e
ueur Day Menth Year
Sel
H5 J
HI � H6 B H7 �
7 Earth 7 Wood - Earth 7 Metal
Season
E5 � E5 E
9P
E9 $
7 Earth 7 Eath - Wood 7 Metal
(H2 Z, ¯ Wood )
This Yang Wood HI person was bor in the month of E4, Mid Sprng season, where
Wood E4 is similar to Self Wood HI but is of a diferent gender.
There are four Earth supporting two Metal against Wood. Under this condition, Wood
trs weak and needs support.
Wood E4 on the Month Branch will be the most favourable element. Water will be the
next best element for weak Wood.
Unfavourable elements are Earth and Metal.
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A Ji e Cai Ge whereby Power el ement that conquers Self i s favourable
Hear uay Menth Year
$eq
H3
p H7 � H2 6 H2 6
+ Fire + Metal - Wood - Wood
$easoa
El l J E3 � El O W El O W
+ Earth + Wood - Metal - Metal
(H8 - Metl)
This Yang Metl H7 person was bor in the month of El O, Mid Autun season. Yang
Metal H7, bor in Yin Metal EIO season, falls under the Jie Cai Ge category. Apart fom
the Season of Birth El O, H7 also enjoys support fom one additional Metal and one Earth
at the Year Pillar. As a result, this is considered a stong Metal person.
Favourable el ement is Fire H3 on the Hour Stem. Fire H3 receives support from Wood E3.
With the support of Wood, Fire can suppress the stong Metal.
Unfavourable elements are Metal and Earth.

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SHI SHEN GE ?¬¼
ShiSheaGecategor is one where a person is bor in a season (month) where its element
is bor by Self. The Self ad Month Branch should be of the same gender, that is, both are
Yin or both are Yang. If the Self and Month Branch are of opposite gender, it is a Shaag
GaaaGecategory.
P Shi Shen Ge whereby el ement that Self gives bi rth to is favourabl e
Hoar bay Moath Year
8eq
H9 ± HI O � H2 Z HI 0 �
+ Water - Water - Wood - Water
8eesoa
El EI O W E4 9P
E6 B
+ Water - Metal - Wood - Fire
(H2 2., ¯ Wood)
This is a Yin Water HI O person bor i the month ofE4, Mid Spring season, when Wood
is strong. Though not bom in season, there are three additional Water and one Metal to
support Self Hl O, turing this person from weak to strong Water. Strong Water needs
release.
Wood is a favourable element. It not only helps to absorb the strong Water and, at the
same time, gives birth to Fire, which is another desirable element.
Unfavourable elements are Water and Metal.
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A Shi Shen Ge whereby el ement that Sel f conquers i s favourabl e
ueur uay Menth Year
Sel
H8 - H7
º
H6 B H8
- Metal 7 Metal - Earth - Metal
Seaon
E6 B E3 E1 2 � El O
- Fire 7 Wood - Water - Metal
(H9 :, +Water)
(HI I, + Wood)
This is a Yang Metal H7 person bor in the month of E 1 2, Early Winter season, when
Water is in contoL Water drains MetL Though this person is not bor in a supporting
season, there are three additional Metal and one Earth supporting Self, thus turing this
into a strong Metal person. Fire is not a threat to Metal due to the presence of Earth.
Stong Metal needs discharge. Wood E3 on the Day Branch will be the most favourable
element in this set of Four Pillars.
Unfavourable elements will be Metal ad Earth.
A Shi Shen Ge whereby element that conquers Self i s favourabl e
Hear Day Menth Year
$eq
Hl O � Hl f H6 B Hl f
- Water + Wood - Earth + Wood
$easoa
El O " E3 9 E6 B E3
- Metal + Wood - Fire + Wood
(H3 W, + Fire)
(H5 J, + Ea)
(H7 �, + Metl)
This is a Yang Wood HI person bor in the month ofE6, Early Summer season, when Fire
is prosperous. Wood is in a state of reteat during the Early Summer season.
Though not bor in a supporting season, Self HI enjoys support from three additional
Wood and one Water, thus turing this into a strong Wood person. Strong Wood needs
discharge. Since there is a abundance of Wood infuence, Metal will be the most favourable
element to suppress Wood. Earth i s the next most ideal element since it nourishes MetaL
Unfavourable elements are Wood and Water.
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A Shi Shen Ge whereby el ement that gives bi rh to Self i s favourable
ueur Day Menth Year
Sel
H3 p H7 � H6 a H8 -
7 Fire 7 Metal - Earth - Metal
Season
El T El T E1 2 * E1 2 *
7 Water 7 Water - Water - Water
(H9 :, +Water)
(HI H, +Wood)
This is a Yang Metal H7 person bor in the month of E1 2, Early Winter season, when
Water is prosperous. There are altogether four Water elements in this destiny. Apparently,
Metal is weak under the assault of Water, thus turing the subject into a weak Metal
person.
Earth H6 on the Month Stem will be the most favourable element as Earth supports Metal.
Earth H6 receives continuous support from Fire H3 on the Hour Stem.
Water is regarded as an unfavourable element. As Metal receives support from Water,
Metal is deemed unfavourable too.



P Shi Shen Ge whereby el ement same as Self i s favourabl e
uear Day Menth Year
Sel
H5 0 H2 H5 0 H5 0
+ Earth - Wood + Earth + Earth
Season
E3 ± E8 * E7
'
E5 *
+ Wood - Earth + Fire + Earth
(H4 T. - Fire) (H4 - Fire) (HI O �
,
- Water)
(H2 z
,
- Wood) (H6 - Eath) (H2 z
,
- Wood)
(H6 e
,
- E) (H5 J, + Ea)
This is a Yin Wood H2 person bor in the month of E7, Mid Summer season, when Fire
dominates. Wood is at the stage of reteat in the Fire season. Apat from Fire, there are five
Earth threatening Wood H2.
SelfH2 sits on E8, which has a hidden Wood H2 stored inside. Unfortunately, E7 combines
with E8 to form Fire. This transformation weakens the hidden Wood H2 in E8.
Water HI O is contained in the pot of E5. However, Water HI O is unable to nourish Wood
due to the heavy load of Earth.
In this case, the most reliable supporting element will be Wood E3 on the Hour Branch. E3
will act as a root for Self H2 and, in addition, help to suppress the abudat Earth. Water
is the next supportive element for Wood.
Unfavourable elements include Fire and Earth. Metal is usefl provided Water is present.

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SHANG GUAN
GE
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P Shang Guan Ge whereby el ement that Self gives bi rth to i s favourabl e
uear uay Menth Year
Sel
H4
T
H3
P
H2 Z H3
P
- Fire + Fire - Wood + Fire
Season
E3 ± E9 $ E8 * E5 J
+ Wood 7 Metal - Earth 7 Earth
(H6 L, - Ear)
(H2 - Wood)
(H4 T, - Fire)
This i s a Yang Fire H3 person bor in the mont ofES, Late Summer season, when Earth
has strenghtened. Though not bor in season, tere are two additional Fire and two Wood
supporting Self As a result, the subject becomes a strong Fire person. Strong Fire needs
discharge. Earth and Metal are ideal elements for a strong Fire. However, Earth will be the
most favourable element to buffer the strong Fire against Metal, the Wealth element.
Since Fire is abundant and hot, it is ideal to have some Water to cool the Earth.
Unfavourable elements are Fire and Wood.
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A Shang Guan Ge whereby el ement that Sel f conquers i s favourabl e
Hoar bay Moath Year
$eq
H7 � H3
l
H8 $ HI E
+Metal +Fire - Metal +Wood
$eesoa
E3
±
E3
*
E8 * E3
±
+Wood +Wood - Earth +Wood
(H6 c, ¯ Ea)
(H2 G, ¯ Wood)
(H4 T, ¯ Fire)
This is a Yang Fire H3 person bor in the month of E8, Late Summer season, when Earth
is strenghtened. There are four Wood to support Fire, making this a strong Fire person.
Since there is an abundance of Wood, Metal will be the most favourable element to release
the excessive Wood energy. In this case, Metl is supported by Earth E8.
Unfavourable elements are Fire and Wood. Though Water can cool the heat of Fire, it is
not ideal due to the presence of Wood, which will be nourished by Water.
P Shang Guan Ge whereby el ement that conquers Self is favourabl e
Hoar bay Moath Year
$cq
H4 T
H8 * H4 T H7
l
- Fire - Metal - Fire + Metal
$cesoa
E1 0 W El O W E1 2 * E3
- Metl - Metal - Water + Wood
(H9 :, + Water)
(HI 1, + Wood)
This is a Yin Metal H8 person bor in the month ofE1 2, Early Winter season, when Water
is prosperous. Though not bor in season, there are three additional Metal, turing this
person from weak to strong Metal. Strong Metal needs discharge.
Fire will be the most favourable element to counter the excessive MetaL Fire is also
supported by Wood, another favourable element for strong Metal.
Unfavourable elements are Metal and Earth.
A Shang Guan Ge whereby el ement that gives bi rth to Self is favourabl e
uear Day Menth Vear
$eq
H8 Hl q H9 H2 Z
- Metl + Wood + Water - Wood
$easoa
E8 * El l ï E7
l
El O g
- Earth + Earth + Fire - Metal
(H4 T, - Fire)
(H6 D, - Ea)
This is a Yang Wood HI person bor in the month ofE7, Mid Summer season, when Fire
is strong. Wood HI is surounded by stong Earth and Metal, resulting in a weak Wood
person in need of support.
Water H9 will be the most favouable element. It can fend off the attack from Metal.
Water also cools the war ad hard Summer Ea that is detrimental to Wood.
Unfavourable elements will be Metal ad Eath.
P Shang Guan Ge whereby el ement same as Self is favourabl e
Hoar bay Moath Year
8eq
H7
m
H8 * H2 Z Hl f
+Metal - Metal - Wood +Wood
8eesoa
E3 El O " E1 2 � E3 ±
+ Wood - Metal - Water +Wood
(H9 + Water)
(HI H, + Wood)
This is a Yin Metal H8 person bor in the month ofE1 2, Early Winter season, when Water
is strong. Water is the product of Metal and also strenghtens the four Wood that are
threatening Metal. This i s thus a weak Metal person.
Metal El O on the Day Branch will be his most favourable element. With the assistance of
Metal, Wood can be kept under control.
Though Earth is aother favourable element that supports Metal, it is unable to sustain the
attack from strong Wood. As for Fire, it is weak in the Water season.
Unfavourble elements are Wood and Water .
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WOOD DOMI NANT CATEGORY
Cr|tena:
. Self Element: Yang Wood HI or Yin Wood H2
. Season of Birth: E3, E4 or ES; E4, E8 and E1 2
. There i s no Metal to destroy Wood
. Earthly Branches can form Three Combinations of the Earthly Branches by Season
(E3 + E4 + ES) or by Element (E4 + E8 + E12)


ueur uay Menth Year
Sel
H2 z. Hl l H2 z. Hl O ¥
- Wood + Wood - Wood - Water
Season
E1 2 * E3
H
E4
9n
E4
9P
- Water + Wood - Wood - Wood
(H2 G, ¯ Wood)
This is a Yang Wood HI person bor in the month ofE4, Mid Spring season, when Wood
is dominating. Apart from Self HI , there are fve additional Wood elements suppporting
Self.
The presence of two Water elements, Hl O and E1 2, nourishes Wood, thus intensifing the
strength of Wood. In this set of Four Pillars, there is no Metal to control Wood or Earth to
suppresss the Water.
Favourable element is Water. Unfavourable element will be Eah and Metal.
hear uay Menth Year
$eq
H2 Z HI I H4 T HI I
- Wood + Wood - Fire + Wood
$easaa
EI 2 5 E3 E4 !D
E3 �
- Water + Wood - Wood + Wood
(H Z, - Wood)
This is a Yang Wood HI person bor in te Mid Spring season ofE4 when Wood is dominating.
Apart from SelfH 1 , there are five Wood elements which give support to Self In accordance
with the Six Combinations, E1 2 combines with E3 to form a resultant Wood Element.
Within the Four Pillars, there is no Metal to suppress the strong Wood. I this case, this destiny
falls under the Wood Dominant category.
Favourable elements are Wood and Fire. Unfavourable element will be Metal.

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Meta| Water Wo Ðre Earth
FI RE DOMI NANT CATEGORY
Criteria.
+ Self Element: Yang Fire H3 or Yin Fire H4
+ Season of Birth: E6 or E7
+ Branches consi st of Three Combinations of the Earthl y Branches by Season
(E6 + E7 + E8) or by Element (E3 + E7 + El l )
+ Abundant Fire element
+ An absence of Power (Water) or Wealth (Metal) elements; Earth is acceptable, but
preferably damp Earth (E2 or E5)
Heur uay Menth Year
Sel
Hl
E
H3
p Hl
E
H3
p
+ Wood + Fire + Wood + Fire
Season
E7
¬
E3
º
E7
¬
E7
¬
+ Fire + Wood + Fire + Fire
(H4 T, - Fire)
(H6 S, ¯ Earh)
This is a Yang Fire H3 person bor in the month ofE7, Mid Summer season, when Fire is
dominating. There is excessive Fire in the Four Pillars. Due to the Half Combination ofE3
and E7, a Fire fame which frther strengthens Self is formed. Since there is no Metal to
suppress the Wood or Water to attack the Fire, this destiny falls under Fire Dominant category.
Favourable elements will be Wood and Fire. Unfavourable elements include Metal and
Water.
Heur uay Menth Year
Sel
HI f H3 1 H8 H2 z.
+ Wood + Fire - Metal - Wood
Season
E7
L
E7 E6 B E8 *
+ Fire + Fire - Fire - Earth
(H3 W, + Fire)
(H5 D, + Eart)
(H7 �
,
+ Metal)
This is a Yag Fire ¡person bor in te mont ofE6, Early Summer season when Fir is stong.
In this case, Metal H8 combines with Fire H3 to form Fire. We categorise this as a "Wife
Following Husband" Combination. This is beause Fir is in seaon and te Seasonal Combination
ofE6, E7 and E8 forms a Fire frame. In addition, there ae two Wood to support Fire. This
frther exacerbates the problem of excessive Fire. Within the Fou Pillars, there is an absence of
Water to contol te stong Fire. Metal is also not available to supprss Wood fom feeding Fire.
In this destiny, Fire dominates. We classif this as a Fire Dominat category. As such, the
favourable element will be Fire and Wood. Unfavourable elements are Water and Metal.
Meta| Water Wm F|re Larth
EARTH DOMI NANT CATEGORY
Cr|ter|a.
+ Self Element: Yang Earth HS or Yin Earth H6
+ Season of Birth: E2, ES, E8 or E l l
+ Mininiu ofthree Eath elements on the Earty Branches
+ Absence of Wood
Hoar bay Moath Year
$eq
H5 f H6 H6 HS f
+ Earth - Earth - Earth + Earth
$ecsoa
ES � E6 B E8 * E5 �
+ Earth - Fire - Earth + Earth
(H6 c, ¯ Fm)
(H¿ ¯ Wood)
(
4 - Fire)
Tis is a Yin ÎH6 prson Dmin the month ofE8, Lt Summer season when Eath dominates.
There are excessive Earth elements on the Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches. Wood is not
present in the Four Pillars. As a result, Earh is dominating in this set ofF our Pillars. In this case,
it falls under the Earth Dominat category.
Favourable clements are Earth and Fire. Unfavourable elements arc Wood and Water.
Whenever Water appear in the Luck Cycle, it will bring bad luck and calamit. On te arrival of
Wood, the prsence of Fire is necessary to bufer Earth against Wood, failing which it will ü
hostile.
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Hoar bay Moath Year
8cq
H3
P H5 0 H5 0
H6 B
+Fire +Earth +Earth - Earth
8cesoa
E5 k
E5 Í
E5 �
El O W
+Earth +Eart +Earth - Metal
(H5 D, + Fmh)
(HZ, - Wood)
(HI O �, - Water)
This is a Yang Earth H5 person bor in the month ofE5, Late Spring season when Earth is in
control. There is an abundace of Eath infuence on the Heavenly Sters ad Earthly Branches.
Fire supports Earth while Metal helps to release the strong Earth energy. However, we observe
that Wood is not present to control Earth.
Iathis case, Earth becomes the dominat element in this category. Metal acts as a release for
strong
_
- Favourable elements ae
_
¿ Fire and Meta. Wood is an unfavourable element.
Metal Water Wood Fire Eanh
ML1ÞL ÜOMINÞN1LÞ1LGOHY
Criteria:
+ Self Element: Yang Metal H7 or Yin Metal H8
+ Season of Birth: E9 or E 1 0
+ There is a Three Combinations of the Earthly Branches by Season (E9 + E 1 0 + El l ) or by
Element (E2 + E6 + E 1 0)
+ There is no Fire present to contol Metal.

,��
Hour Day Month Year
Sey
H2 z H7

H8
:
H5 ¹
- Wood + Metal - Metal + Earth
Season
El O
!f
El l B El O
!f
E9
1
- Metal + Earth - Metal + Metl
(H8 :, - Metl)
This is a Yang Metal H7 person bor in the month of El O, Mid Autumn, when Metal
thrives. Earthly Branches E9, El O and El l combine by season to form a Metal frame.
In accordance with the Five Combiations of the HS, H2 combines with H7 to for Metal, thus
Metal is abundant i n this destiny. There is no Fire to control the excessive Metal. Obviously
Metal dominates in this set ofF our Pillas, which falls under the Metal Dominant category.
In this case, Metal and Eart ae favourable while Fire is unfavourable.
Hoar bay Moath Year
8eq
H6 i H8 * H8 H5 ¨
- Earth - Metal - Metal + Earth
8eesoa
E2 3 E6 B EI O W E9
T
- Earth - Fire - Metal + Metal
(H8 - Metl)
This is a Yin Metal H8 person bor in the month ofEl O, Mid Autumn season, when Metal
prospers.
Based on the Three Combinations, Fire E6 combines with Earth E2 and Metal E 1 0 to form
Metal. On the Day Ster, H8 is frther supported by Earth H5 and Earth H6 on the Year and
Hour Pilla respectively.
With these support and transformation, Metal becomes abundant and dominates in this set
of Four Pillars. There is no Fire to control Metal. In tis case, this destiny falls under the
Metal Dominant category.
Unfavourable elements are Fire and Wood.

��
Meta| Water Wood Fire Earth
WATLH DOMlNANT CATLUOHY
Criteria:
. Self Element: Yang Water H9 or Yin Water H 1 0
. Season of Birth: E 1 2; E 1 ; E5; E9 or presence of Seasonal Combination
(E1 2 + EI + E2)
. H5, H6, E8 and El l are not present in te Four Pillars

\Example:
.�,-'
Hour Day Month Year
Sel
H
7
u
H9
:
H9
:
H9
:
+ Metal + Water + Water + Water
Season
El - E5
1
EI -- E9 $
+ Water + Eath + Water + Metal
(HlO �, Water)
This i s a Yang Water H9 person bor in the month ofEI , Mid Winter season when Water
thives.
Apart fom the Season of Birth, there ae tree additional Water to support Self According to
the principle of the Three Combinations, E5 and E9 j oin E I to for Water. Above that, there is
one Metal H7 on the Heavenly Stems that gives birth to Water. Water dominates in this set of
Four Pillas, which falls under the Water Domnant category.
Favourable elements are Metal and Water. Unfavourable elements are Earth and Fire.
Beur Day Wenth Year
Sel
H7 � H9 H8 $ H9 ::
+Metal +Water - Metal +Water
Season
E1 T El E1 2 � E9 $
+Water +Water - Water +Metal
(H9 3, +Water)
(HI E, +Wood)
This i s a Yang Water H9 person bor in the month ofE1 2, Mid Winter season when Water
prospers.
In tis set of Fou Pillars, there are four additional Watr which fer stengthen Self. Metal E9
not only supports Water but, at the same tme, also forms a Half Combination with E 1 to produce
Water. The presence of two additional Metal, H8 and H7, on the Mont and Hou Stems frter
strengthens Water.
I this case Water is abundt and dominates i this set of Four Pillars. It therefore falls under the
Water Dominat category.
Favourable elements are Metl and Water. Unfavourable elements will be Fire ad Eah.
Meta| Water Weeo F|re Ear0
FOLLOW THE LEADER CATEGORY
Follow the Leader categor is one where Self is so weak that there is no way to establish
equilibrium. Teefore you have Rsuccumb yourselfto the stongest leading element.
Cr|ter|atoqaalify.
. Self Element is extremely weak and enjoys no support at all
. Fou Pillars ae fll of unfavourble element
. Absence of elements that can suppress the unfavourable elements
. Abundat leading elements
. Leading element is the strongest of the Five Elements
. There must not be any resource in the pillars.

Leadi ng elements are elements that are present i n the greatest number i n the Four
... Pi l l ars.
Take Note|
FOLLOW THE STRONGEST ELEMENT CATEGORY
ueur uay Menth Year
HI E
+ Wood
EI T
+ Water
HI E
+ Wood
EI
+ Water
HI O �
¯ Water
E4 !D
¯ Wood
H9
+ Water
El
+ Water
Self Element Wood HI was bor in the season ofE4 when Wood dominates. There are fve
Water elements to support the three Wood elements.
Wood is the strongest in this destiny because it is nourished by Water. Under such
circumstances, the subject has no choice but to follow the leading element Wood.
Wood and Water are favourable elements.
Metal and Earth disrupt Wood ad Water and thus are unfavourable elements.
Weeo
FOLLOW THE ELEMENT THAT
SELF CONQUERS CATEGORY
Heur Day Menth . Year
H2
6
- Wood
E6
B
- Fire
H9
+ Water
E7
+ Fire
H3 p
+ Fire
E7 °
+ Fire
H4
T
- Fire
E6
B
- Fire
In this case, the Self Element is Water H9 bor i n Mid Summer season when Fire i s in control.
Water H9 lacks support fom the Heavenly Stems and Eartly Braches.
Apart fom SelfH9, there is no other supporting element for Water. Instead, there are abundant
Fire elements which act against Self. As such, this weak Water person has no alterative but to
succumb to the strong Fire and thus, falls uder the F oHow te Leader category.
Te leadig element is Fire, which is a favouable eleent, while Water ad Metl, which support
Self are unfavourable elements.
ri:-
(_mple:
FOLLOW THE ELEMENT THAT
CONQUERS SELF CATEGORY
Hour Day Month Year
H
4 T
. Fire
H9 :
+Water
E5 �
+Earth
H6 B
- Eath
E8 *
- Earth
H5 0
+Earth
El l Ð
+Eath
Self Element Water H9, bor in the Late Summer season ofE8, receives no support fom the
Heavenly Stems and Early Brnches.
Since there is dabundace of Ea elements witin te Four Pilla, Îis te leading element.
The intention ofH4 to combine with H9 to form Wood is not approved by the season. As a
result, Water has no choice but to give way to te strong Earth. In this case, this destiny falls
under te Follow the Leader categor.
Since Earth is favourable, Watr and Wood, which are in confict wit Eart, are unfavourable.
Folow me!
Eanh
FOLLOW THE ELEMENT THAT
SELF GIVES BI RTH TO CATEGORY
Hour Day Month Year
H8 $
- Metal
EI O W
- Metal
H5 0
+Earth
E9
T
+Metl
H8
- Metl
El O W
- Metal
HI O �
- Water
El O
- Metl
This is a Yang Earth H5 person bor in the month ofEl O when Metal is in season. There are
abundant Metal elements on the Branches and Stems but there is no Fire to support Eart.
Water HI 0 is unable to combine with H5 due to objection from te season. As such, it turs
hostile towads Earth. In this case, Earth is too weak and has no choice but to follow the strong
Metal. Eath has to follow te element tat Self gives birt to.
Favourable elements will be Metal and Water. Unfavourable elements will be Fire and Earth.
Folow me!
Metal
FOLLOW THROUGH CATEGORY
This is a situation where te support is bstrong that Self can ot succumb to te pressure but has
to look for paallel support.
Hoæ Day Moath Year
Hi f
+Wood
E5 )
+ Earth
H4
T
- Fire
EI 2 �
- Water
Hi f
+Wood
E3
+ Wood
HI O �
- Water
E4

- Wood
This is a Yin Fire H4 person bor in the Ealy Spring ofE3 when Wood prospers. The Seasonal
Combination ofE3, |ad E5 tsform into a resultt Wood element which frther strngtens
Self
With two additional Wood on the Heavenly Ster, Self Fire H4 is overwhelmed by the strong
Wood energy.
Water HI O on the Year Stem nourishes Wood to feed Fire. Based on the Six Combinations,
Water E 1 2 combines with Wood E3 to for Wood. There is an absence of Me tal to control the
strong Wood in this set ofF our Pillars.
Dsuch a situation, Fire will D"choked" by the excessive supply of Woo. In this case, it cannot
succumb to te leader Wood but instead looks for parallel Fire elements to release the pressure
of strong Wood. Fire will be the most favourable element under the Follow Through Category.
CANNOT FOLLOW THE LEADER CATEGORY
Hour Day Month Year
H3 {
+ Fire
E9
T
+ Metal
H3 {
+ Fire
E9
T
+ Metal
H7 �
+ Metal
E9
T
+ Metal
H5
l
+ Earth
E3
+ Wood
This is a Yang Fire H3 person bor in the month ofE9, Early Autum season when Metal
prospers. In Autumn, Fire is weak and is imprsoned. Wood E3 is supposed to give support to
Fire H3 but is under heavy attack from the strong Metal. If not for Fire H3 on the Hour Stem
supporting the weak Self, this destiny would have come under te Follow the Leader category.
Note that to qualif for the Follow the Leader category, there should not be any support for Self
ad there should Dno element that acts against te leading element. Dthis case, the presence of
Fire H3 on the Hour Stem prevents this destny fom falling into the Follow the Leader category.
Therefore, it should be analysed as a normal category.
Fire and Wood are favourable elements, while Metal and Earth ae unfavourable.
Hour
H2
_
- Wood
E6
_
- Fi re
Prospcrity
Pcak
H7 l
' Metal
H3 P
+ Fire
HS 1
' Earth
77
H5 1
+ Earth
82
EIIE
+ Earth
°
Autumn
Metal

67
H6 B
- Earth
72
E12�
- Water
º
Day
8cq
H4
¸
- Fi re
E¡0
@
- Metal
Birth
H8 *
- Metal
57
H7
»
+ Metal
62
EI ±
+ Water
Winter
Water
A SI NGLE WOMAN
Four Pi l l ars of Desti ny
Mouth Ycar
H3

H9
_
+ Fi re + Water
8cesoa E3±
E7
T
+ Wood
+ Fi re
Comiug-
Dcath
ol-Agc
H4 T HI '
Fire ' Wood
H6 i H3 P
- Earth ' Fire
HS 1
' Earth
Luck Cycl e
47
H8 $
- Metal
52
, E2J
¸ ¯ Earth
°
37

27
H9 :

HI0 �
+ Water - Water
42

32
E3 J

E4 9f
+ Wood - Wood
Spring
Wood
HcavculyStcm(HS)
EarthIyBrauch(EB)
¡ilcCycIcolthcI0HS
Hidden HS i n the ÎÜ
i
17
H1 1
+Wood
22
E5 �
+ Earth
°
7
H2l.
¸ - Wood
12
E6 B
- Fire
°
Summer
Firc
Agc
Heavenly
Stem
Agc

Earthly
Branch

H
I
H4 H3 H9
- Wood - Fire +Fire +Water

E6 EIO E7 E3
- Fire

- Metal +Fire +Wood
Se|t
This woman, with Self Element Yin Fire H4, was bor in Mid Summer E7, when Fire i s
deemed to be prosperous. Another Fire H3 on the Month Stem
f
rther supports Self
Fire E6 on the Hour Pillar has two supporting Wood elements, E3 and H2, on the Year and
Hour Pillars. By the Cycle of Birth theory, Wood produces Fire, which frther strengthens
the Fire element
Frm the above analysis, we may conclude that this is an excessively strong Fire person.
Since Fire is too strong, it is necessary to suppress or release its excessive stength with
suitable elements. Water will suppress the strong Fire while Eah and Metal will also help
to exhaust te excessive Fire energy.
WaterH9
Water H9 at the Year Stem, which is her favourable element, is too weak to suppress the
strong Fire. This is because Water is imprisoned in Mid Summer. Water, the element that
conquers Self, represents her boyfiend or spouse.
Meta| EIO
In a strong Fire season, Water i s weak, hence i t needs the support of Metal EI O at the Day
Branch. By the Cycle of Birth, Metal gives birth to Water. Metal EI 0 exists in the House
of Spouse, sitting below Self. E3 combines with E7 to form a Half Combination of Fire
element which frther weakens MetaL
Metal is very weak in a strong Fire season. Moreover, Metal is surrounded by three
threatening Fire elements, H3, E6 and E7, thereby weakening even more quickly. Metal is
thus too weak to nourish Water H9.
Weed
Wood is the greatest enemy in this destiny because it intensifes Fire and, at the same time,
draws upon the energy of Water and weakens Metal. Wood represents sickness in this
destiny.
Year 1999

.
E4
.
- Wood
Earth
H2
- Wood
E6
- Fire
H4
- Fire

E¡0
- Metal
B H9
+ Fire + Water
E7 E3
+ Fire + Wood
Luck Pilar
37-41
H9
' Water
42-46
E3
' Wood
Earth is the most favourable element for strengthening MetaL It helps to release the strong
Fire energy ad, in addition, gives birth to Metal so that it can supplement the weak Water
H9.
Hiddcu Earth EIcmcut
Unfortunately there is no Earth element in the Eight Characters, except for hidden ones.
Earth H5 is hidden in the Year Branch E3 and the Hour Branch E6. Earth H6 is hidden in
the Month Branch E7. However, in Mid Summer, the Earth element is hard and dry and is
unable to produce good Metal.
lavourabIc EIcmcut
Her favourable elements will be Water and Metal. Earth is neutral. Unfavourable elements
are Fire ad Wood.
LuckCycIc
On entering the Luck Pi ll ar of Water H9 (age 37 to 41 ), although Water can help to control
the strong Fire, it is not as good as Metal. Moreover, there is Wood H2 on the Hour Stem
to absorb the coming Water.
Year of Rabbit 1 999 is ruled by Yin Earth H6 and Yin Wood E4. By the Cycle of Birth,
Wood gives birth to Fire, which frther intensifes the Fire element in this destiny. By
referring to the chart on page 86, we see that Rabbit E4 is a Flower of Romance for her
Year Branch E3 in 1 999.
By the Six Clashes of the Earthly Branches, E4 clashes with El O, leading to a clash in the
House of Marriage. Any romance will not yield positive result.
VcaIth
Metal, the element which Self conquers, represents the money aspects of a Fire person.
The presence of Metal El O on the Day Pillar indicates that she will have money. However,
being bor in Mid Summer season, Metal is weak. Weak Metal needs support from Metal
and Earth. Therefore her fnances will improve when she enters the periods of Earth and
Metal in her Luck Cycle.
uz u4 u3 u9
- Wood - Fire +Fire +Water
L6 LI0 L
¹ L3
- Fire - Metal +Fire +Wood
Marriage
The element H9 which conquers Self represents her husband. We can see that there is only
one Water element H9 in this destiny. Water is weak during Summer. On the surface,
Metal El O can support Water H9. Unfortunately, due to the presence of a strong Fire,
Metal is too weak to support Water. Her chances of romance will only blossom when she
enters the period of Metal H8 (age 47 to 5 1 ) in her Luck Pillar.
Summary
Year of Rabbit 1 999 is not a favourable year for romance. If she marries before H8, her
marriage life will not be blissful .
TRC| NGYOURLUCKCYCLE
Four Pi l l ars of Desti ny
Hour Day Month Year
HIO � 8eq
HIO �
- Water H3
W
I
- Metal - Water
I
Heavenly Stem (HS)
+ Fire
E6
B
E3
Ji
I
8easoa
!
E6
B
i
- Fire + Wood EIO g - Fire
Earthly Branch (EB)

- Metal

I
Coming-
Birth

Death

Coming-

Life Cycle of the 10 HS

of-Age
H5 L
+ Earh
H3 P
+ Fire
H7 m
+ Metal
72
¸ HIO �
:
- Water

77
E2 .
:
- Earth
Winter
Water
62
H5 L
+ Earh
H3 P
+ Fire
HI l
+ Wood

52
...
H8 *

- Metal

of-Age
H5 L
+ Earth
H3 P
+ Fire
H7 m
+ Metal
Luck Cycle
42

32

22

I
Hidden HS in the ED
i
12 2

Age
H6
D
HI '
I
H2 Z H3

H4 T • H5
J
H7
Y i Heavenly
+ Wood - Wood + Fire i - Fire + Eah
i
- Eah + Metal I
Stem
67

57

47
E3
]

E4 91 I E5 �
+ Wood - Wood I + Earth
wmwm
Spring
Wood
i
37
E6
B
- Fir
°
i
27
.
E7
l
!
+ Fire
Summer
Fire
I
i
17
E8
*
- Earth
1
7
E9 J
. + Meta1
Autumn
Metal
i
Age
Eahly
Branch
i

i

i
I

i
H¡0
Í
HJ

H8 H¡0

- WaIcr
¬
Ítrc

- McIal - WaIcr

Lb

LJ L¡0 Lb

- Ítrc

¬ Wood
.
- McIal - Ítrc
Se|f
This is a Yang Fire H3 person bor in Mid Autumn El O. His Season of Birth, Metal El O,
is strong and supported by H8 on the Month Stem.
Self Element Fire H3 sits on Wood E3 which, according to the Cycle of Birth, nourishes
Fire, thus strengthening Self Furthermore, the presence of two Fire elements, E6, on the
Year and Hour Branches, frther reinforces the Fire element. As such, we conclude that
this is a strong Fire person. Wood and Fire are not favourable to him.
Water
Being a strong Fire person, his favourable elements are Metal and Water. Fortunately, the
presence of Water in the Year and Hour Pillars helps to contain the strong Fire energy.
Meta|
Metal, which is conquered by Self Fire H3, represents his fnancial status. Water HI O can
prevent Fire E6 fom "robbing" him of his wealth.

H¡0

HJ H8 H¡0
- WaIcr +Í|rc - McIal - WaIcr

Lb LJ L¡0 Lb

- Í|rc + Wood - McIal - Í|rc
¡arth
Although Earth supports Metal, it can also weaken Water. Therefore, Earth is neutral to
him.
Luck CycIc
Upon entering his frst Luck Pi llar of Metal (age 2 to 1 1 ), he has a comfortabl e childhood.
Subsequently, with the arrval of Earth on his second and third Luck Pillars reigning from
H6-E8 (age 1 2 to 2 1 ) to H5 (age 22 to 26), there are few major changes since Earth is
neutral in his Four Pillars.
On entering Fire H4-E6 on the fourth Luck Pillar and H3 on the ffth Luck Pillar, Fire,
which is his unfavourabl e element, is strengthened and Water is weakened. Life gets rough
during this period.
Good luck is restored on entering E5, reason being that E5 is te Water Pot for Water H 1 0.
In addition, Earth E5, by Six Combinations with EIO, gives birth to Metal, a favourable
element for Self.
It is advisable to slow down and retire on entering the Wood Pill ars reigning from H2-
E4 to HI -E3, since Wood is his unfavourable element and will intensify the Fire element.
However, having a strong set of Four Pillars, Wood will not bring him much adversity.
Hour Day
HS I
Sel
+ Earth H6 B
- Earth
ES f E4
9
+ Earth - Wod
Ageing Sickness
HIO � H2 ¿
- Water - Wood
H5 I
+ Earth
H2 ¿
- Wood
�.........
78 68 58
H2 Z H3 P H4 T
- Wood + Fire - Fire
83 73 63
EIO W El l 1 E12 �
- Metal + Earth - Water
°
Autumn
Metal
.
°
SUDDEN DEATH
Four Pi l l ars of Desti ny
Month Year
HI0 � H8*
- Water - Metal Heavenly Stem (HS)
Season
E6 B
E6 B - Fire
Earthly Branch (EB)
- Fire
Prosperit Prosperity
..... :ycle of the 1 0 HS
Peak Peak
H5 I H5 I
+ Earth + Earth
H3 p H3 p
Hidden HS in the EB
+ Fire + Fire
H7 � H7 �
+ Metal + Metal
Luck Cycl e
48 38 28 18 8 Age
H5
J.
H6i H7
� H8 $ H9 :
Heavenly
+ Earth - Eath + Metal - Metal + Water
Stem
53 43 33 23 13 Age
El r
+ Water
E2 ± E3 9

E4 9
- Earth ¸+ Wood - Wood
E5 �
Eahly
+ Eath Branch
Winter
Water
° °
Spring
Wood
°

H5 H6 H¡0 H8
+Earth - Earth - Water - Metal
E5 E4 E6 E6
+Earth - Wood

- Fire - Fire
ScIf
This is a Male subject with Self Earth H6 who was bor in Early Summer E6, when Fire is
in season. There is another Fire E6 on the Year Branch and two Earth elements on the
Hour Pillar to provide Self with additional support.
According to the Cycle of Birth, Fire supports Earth. He is therefore a strong Earth person
who needs an outlet to release his excessive energy. Favourable elements for a strong
Earth person are Metal and Water. The other two elements, Fire and Earth, are his bane as
they generate a stronger Earth element, creating a greater imbalance in his destiny.
Year 1989 ÍBWÊ
B5 B6 BI0 B8
+ Earth - Earth - Water - Metal
H6
- Earh
4-W
H
+L
E6
- Fire
E5 E4 E6 E6
+ Earth - Wood - Fire - Fire
âJ-J7

+ Wæ
Water
There i s a Water HlO element at the Month Stem to counteract the strong Fire.
Meta|
According to the Cycle of Birth, Metal supports Water, therefore Water enjoys continuit.
Metal H8 on the Year Stem also helps to discharge the strong Earth energy.
Weeo
Altough Wood can suppress Earth, it can also nourish his unfavourable element, Fire.
Wood i s therefore neutral in this set of Four Pillars.
LuekCye|e
Since Fire and Earth elements are not in his favour, he has to be mindfl when he enters
the Luck Pillar ofH5 at the age of 48. The reigning Earth will conquer Water, which is his
favourable element. By the theory of Five Combinations of the Heavenly Stems, Earth H5
combines with Water HI 0 to form Fire, which is detrimental to him because it destroys his
favourable element, Metal. At the same Luck Pillar in 1 989, H6-E6, which i s Fire and
Earth, his unfavourable elements are dominating.
In the month of E6, Fire prospers and the combination between H5 and Hl O frther
stengthens the aggressive Fire element. As a result, both his favourable elements, Water
and Metal, are critically weakened.
On the day of E6, a Fire day, he colIapsed and died of a heart attack halfay through a
game of golf.
Hour
H3
P
+Fire
ES

+Earth
Attire
HI0 �
- Water
HS I
' Earth

H2 Z
- Wood
76 66
H7
9
H6
B
7 Metal - Eath
81 71
E7
l
E6
B
+Fire - Fire
° °
Summer
Fir

Day
8cq
HS
J
+Earth
Ell
J
+Earth
Grave
HS I
' Earth
H4 T
- Fire
H8 $
- Metal
56
H5
J

7 Earth
61
E5

7 Earth
MARRIAGE WOES
Four Pi l l ars of Desti ny
Month

Year
H9
:
HI0

+Water - Water
8ccsoa E4
9
P
Ell
J

- Wood
+Earth
Grave Death
HS I H2 Z
' Earth - Wood
H4 T
- Fire
H8 $

- Metal
Luck Cycl e
46
H4
T
- Fire
51
E4
9
- Wood
Spring
Wood

36 26
H3

HZ
7 Fire - Wood
41 31
E3
i
E2 3
7 Wood - Earth
° ª
Heavenly Stem (HS)
Earthly Branch (EB)
Life Cycle of the 10 HS
Hidden HS in the ÎÜ

16 6 Age
H1
E
H10

Heavenly
+Wood - Water Stem
21
E1 �
• 7 Water
Winter
Water
11 Age
E12

Earthly
- Water Branch
°
H3 H5
+ Fire 1 Earth
bÍX Ciashes
E5 " • Ell
+ Earth 1 Eath
|

House of Spouse
Se|t
H9 HIO
+ Water - Water
Ell E4
+ Earth - Wood
+
Cembtn�

l|re
æ
Spouse
This is a Yang Earth HS woman bor in the Late Autumn season of E 1 1 , with supporting
Earth elements ES and El l on the Hour and Day Branches. We classif her as a strong
Earth person. Fire H3 at the Hour Stem generates multiple Earth elements, thus making
Earth excessively strong.
Since there are excessive Earth elements in her Four Pillars, Metal, Water and Wood
infuences are favourable to her. Her ufavourable elements are Fire and Earth, both of
which will feed the excessive Earth energy.
Speuse
Wood E4, the element that conquers Self, represents her spouse. Since Wood is her
favourable element, her husbad will be supportive. The compatibility of a couple does
not necessarily signif a good relationship that lasts forever. A third part may appear to
wreck the relationship due to the elemental changes in the Luck Pillas ad yearly infuence.
By the Six Combinations of the Earthly Branches, E4 combines with El l to form Fire,
indicating her husband may get involved i n an extramarital affair. By looking at the House
of Spouse El l at the Day Brach, we see that, by the Six Clashes of the Earthly Branches,
El l clashes with ES, indicating that her marriage life is not blissfl.
luekCye|e
From her Luck Pillas, we see that the Wood element fourishes
f
om age 1 6 to 20. Since
her mariage is headed for complications, it is advisable to get maried only in the next
Wood period, H2, beginning at the age of26.

.

Hour Day
H5 D 8cq
+ Earth
H1 H
+ Wood
E5 k E7
l
+ Earth + Fi re
Ageing Death
HIO � H6 i
- Water - Earth
HS O H4 T
' Earth - Fire
H2 ¿
- Wood
71

61 51
HI H HI0

H9
:
+ Wood - Water + Water
76 66 56
E5
R
E4 .
!l
: E3
J
+ Earth - Wood +Wood
¬¬¬"
Spring
Wood

DIVORCE
Four Pi l l ars of Desti ny
Month Year
H
3
P H8
$
+ Fire - Metal
8cesoa

E12

E9
1
- Water
+ Metal

Repose

Birth and
Growth
H9

HI H
' Water ' Wood
H7 E H9 :
' Metal ' Water
HS O

' Earth
Luck Cycl e
41 31 21
H8
$
H7

H6
e
.
- Metal
¦
+ Metal - Earth
46 36 26
E2
1
EI
T
E12

- Earth + Water - Water
"
Wi nter
Water
Heavenly Stem (HS)
Earthly Branch (EB)

Life Cycle of the 10 HS
'

Hidden HS in the ÎÜ
1 1 1
H5
1
H4
T
+ Earth - Fire
16 6
E11

EI0
W
+ Earth - Metal
"
Autumn
Metal
Age
Heavenly
Ster
Age
Earthl y
Branch

Year 1 999
H6
- Eah
E4
- Wood
Se|t
HS
+ Earth
ES
+ Earth
( Bl 0 �,¯ WaIc|}
(Bª�,-lm)
(B2¿, ¯ WoOd}
HI
+ Wood
E
¹
+ Fire
(B6 - Löh)
(B4 - lìrc}

H3 H8 Luck Pil ar
+ Fire - Metal
E9 EIz
+ Metal - Water
(B9J,+WaIc|} ( Bl ¯,-Wood}
(B79,-McIal} (B9 J,-WaIc|}
(Bª �,+lm)
This is a woman with Self Yang Wood HI who was bor in Early Autumn E9, when Metal
is deemed prosperous. The additional Metal H8 on the Year Stem and the two Eah elements
H5 and E5, on the Hour Pil lar act against Self Wood HI . Wood is further weakened by
two Fire elements, H3 and E7, on the Month and Day Pillars.
lavearab|eE|ement
With so many elements pited against Wood, it i s obvious that this lady i s a weak Wood
person in need of supporting elements. Thus Wood and Water will be her favourable
elements. Water E1 2 will be her most favourable element as Water nourishes Wood. We
observe that there are three hidden Water H9 ad Hl O stored in E9, E1 2 and E5 that can
support Wood. H2, which is the Hidden Heavenly Stem stored in E5, is the root for HI .
tntavearab|eE|ement
Her unfavourable elements are Metal, Earth ad Fire. All these elements weaken Wood.
In addition, Earth also weakens Water. For a Wood woman, her spouse is represented by
Metal, the element that conquers Self. Therefore, her spouse i s represented by E9 on the
Month Branch. We note that Metal i s one of her unfavourable elements. In this situation,
it is advisable for her to get maried only when Wood turs strong.
laekCye|e
We can see that when she entered the period ofE1 2 in her third Luck Pillar from age 26 to
30, she entered the Luck Cycle of Water, her favourable element. That was her 'mariageable
period' . In 1 999, the Year of Rabbit, the ruling elements were H6-E4. By the theory of
Three Combinations of the Earthly Branches (E4+E8+E1 2), Wood E4 formed a Half
Combination with Water E1 2, transforming into a Wood element and thus strengthening
her romance. True enough, she maried her Prince Charming that year.
tntavearab|eLaekr|||ars
On entering the period of H7 at the age of 3 1 , Metal, which is her unfavourabl e element,
became a threat to her. By the theory of Six Clashes of the Earthly Branches, E6, the ruling
Earthly Branch of Year of the Snake 2001 , clashed with her favourable element Water
Ycar J00¡
I
¡uck¡iüar

H5 MÍ H3 Mð
J !-J5

H8
'Earth ' Wood ' Fire - Metal H`
Mctal
I
' Mctal

E5 E7 E9 El2

Jô-40
'Earth + Fire ' Metal - Water
J
I

.
' Watcr
E1 2. As a result, Wood was weakened by the clash. Her mariage tured sour, and finally
ended up in divorce.
From the above, we observe that her next propitious period will be Water El , from age 36
to 40. She just might fnd a new partner during that auspicious period.
TERMI NAL I LLNESS
Four Pi l l ars of Desti ny
• •
Hour Day Month Year
HI T 5eg
H3
º H2
Z
+ Wood
H8
$
+ Fi re - Wood
- Metal
E7
L
EIO
W
5euson E8
*
+ Fire - Metal Ell ) - Earth
+ Earth
Sickness
Coming-
Attire Ageing
of-Age
H6 c H8 * H5 ¹ H4 T
- Earth - Metal ' Earth - Fire
H4 T H4 T H6 B
- Fire - Fire - Earth
H8 * H2 Z
- Metal - Wood
Luck Cycl e
74 64 54 44 34 24
HI
I
Hl0

H9 ± H8
$
H7
Y
H6 (
¯ Wood - Water + Water - Metal + Metal - Earth
79 69 59 49 39 29
L
E7
B
E6 E5

E4
9
E3 ±
E2 J
+ Fi re - Fi re + Earth - Wood + Wood - Earth
aaa " ¬¬
º
Summer
Fire
Spring
Wood
Heavenly Stem (HS)
Earthly Branch (EB)
Life Cycle of the 10 HS
Hidden HS in the ÎÜ
14 4

Age

H5
r
H4
T
eavenly

+ Earth
19
El
-
+ Water
Winter
Water
- Fire Stem
9 Age
E12

Earthly
- Water
Branch
"
Luck Pillar
uI u8 u3 H2
34-38
+ Wood - Metal + Fire - Wood
H7
+ Metal
E
¹
EI0 EII E8
39-43
+ Fire - Metal + Earth - Earth
E3
+ Wood
Se|t
This is a Yin Metal lady bor in the Late Autumn season of El l when Earth is prosperous.
At frst glance, it might seem that she i s a strong Metal person because she has two Earth,
E8 and E l l , lending support on the Year and Month Branches. There is also another Metal
E 1 0 giving support on the Day Branch.
Seasen
By the Three Combinations of the Earthly Branches (E3+E7+E 1 1 ), a Half Combination of
Fire is formed due to the presence of Fire E7 at the Hour Branch and Earth El l at the
Month Branch. Fire H3 on the Month Stem also strengthens the Six Combinations of E7
and E8. The presence of two Wood elements on the Year and Hour Pillars frther strengthens
the Fire element. All this transformation raises the heat of Fire against Metal, leaving only
El O on the Day Branch to support Self H8. The Cycle of Destrction states that Fire
conquers Metal, hence weakening Self As a result, she tured from a strong to a weak
Metal person.
laveurab|eE|ement
In this case, Water is her frst choice for cooling the intense heat generated by the strong
Fire. Earth will be the next favourable element for protecting Metal. According to the
Cycle of Birth, Fire nourishes Earth and Earth in tum produces Metal. However, she has to
be mindfl upon the arrival of Earth as it will weaken Water. Ideally, Earth should go hand
in hand with Metal.
tntaveurab|eElement
Since Fire is already in excess, both Fire and Wood are detrimental to her as Wood supports
Fire.
LuekCyele
Since Wood and Fire are a threat to her, any presence of these two elements will cause
imbalance and health problems may arise. Looking at her entire Luck Cycle, we see that it
moves from Water to Wood to Fire. On entering her fourth Luck Pillar H7-E3, the
unfavourable Wood E3 rled fom age 39 to age 43. By the Three Combinations of the
Year 1998
H5
+ Earh
E3
+ Wood
HI H8
+ Wood - Metal
E
7
EI0
+ Fire - Metal
Luck Pl
H3 H
4-8
+ Fire - Wood
H8
- Met
EII E8
49-53
+ Earth - Eath
E4
- Wo
Earthly Branches, this Wood E3 combined with the Month Branch Ei l and Hour Brch
E7 to jointly transform into Fire. The intensity of the Fire during this period caused her
health to deteriorate rapidly.
In the Year of Tiger 1 998, she entered the next luck period of Metal H8, which duplicated
Self H8 and competed to combine with H3 on the Month Stem. This competition afected
the Five Direct Combinations of the Heavenly Stems of H3 with H8 with the intention of
forming Water, causing Fire H3 to tum hostile.
Looking at the ÍxÍu Lu/éndur, the ruling elements for 1 998 constituted the elements H5
and E3. Yang Earth H5 posed a threat to Water, which i s her favourable element. Also, by
the Three Combinations of the Earthly Branches, E3 combined with E7 at the Hour Branch
and El l at the Month Branch to form Fire, causing an imbalance in her Four Pillars. Her
health condition frther deteriorated.
The Year of Rabbit 1 999 was represented by H6-E4. By the Six Clashes of the Earthly Y0at !
Branches, E4 clashed with EI O at the Day Branch, which is her only support. This clash
Mf
-
§
al
aggravated her health condition. She was diagnosed with cancer in 1 999 and had to undergo
§
g
medical treatment.
æ
¾0
By the Six Clashes of the Earthly Branches, in the Year of Dragon 2000, E5 clashed with
E l i on the Month Branch. She died that very year.
Year2000 MenthBranch
H79
L5 �
< C|ash :
ACTIVATI NG THE ACADEMI C STAR
Hour Day
H6 B Sel
- Earth
H9 £
+ Water
EI 0 W El
- Metal + Water
Bath
Prosperity
Peak
H8 $ HlO �
- Metal - Water
73 63 53
H2 Z HI J HI0 �
- Wood + Wood - Water
78
E8 *
- Earth
°
68
E7 L
+ Fire
Summer
Fire
58
E6 B
- Fire
°
Four Pi l lars of Desti ny
Month Year
H4 H7 !
- Fire + Metal
Season
El l
E12 + Earth
- Water
Coming-
Attire
of-Age
Hl l H5 I
³ Wood +La
H9 x H4 T
+ Water - Fire
Luck Cycl e
43
H9 £
+ Water
48
E5 J
+ Earth
Î
33
H8 $
- Metal
38
E4 9P
- Wood
Spring
Wood
23
H7 !
+ Metal
28
E3 9
+Wood
"
Heavenly Stem (HS)
Earthly Branch (EB)
Life Cycle of the 10 HS
Hidden HS in the EB
13
H6 B
- Earth
18
E2 1
- Eath
Î

3

HS D
+ Earth

8
El r
+ Water .
"
Winter
Water
Age
Heavenly
Stem
Age
Earthly
Branch
H6 H9

H4 H7

- Eath + Water - Fire +Metal

EI0 E¡

EI2 E¡ ¡

- Metal +Water

- Water + Earth
Jonathan was pursing his Master' s degree and would l ike to know whether Feng Shui can
enhance his academic stdies, so he came to consult me.
ScIf
Jonathan is a Yang Water H9 person bor in Early Winter E1 2 when Water is prosperous.
Self H9 is supported by Water E Ì on the Day Branch. With two additional Metal, H7 on
the Year Stem and EI O on the Hour Brach, generating Water, he is a strong Water person.
lavourabIcEIcmcut
Since Jonathan is surrounded by Water elements, Firc will be his frst choice for keeping
warm and Wood is his next favourable element as it can drain the strong Water energy
from his destiny.
Year 1998
H5
+ Earh
E3
+ Wood
LuckCycIc
H6 H9

- Earth + Water
EI0 EI
- Metal + Water
H4
- Fire

EI2
- Water

H7
+ Metal
EII

+ 1D
Luck Pil ar
23-27
H7
+ Metl
28-32
E3
+ Wood
He will enjoy good luck when he enters the Luck Pillars of Wood and Fire. Note that his
Luck Cycle moves from Water to Wood and lastly to Fire.
During the period of E3 in his third Luck Pilla, age 28 to 32, he enters the elemental
infuence of Wood, which is his favourable element. In the Year of Tiger 1 998, he signed
up for a part-time couse to pursue his Master' s degee. By referring to the Symbolic Stars
chart on page 84, we can locate his Academic Star. Since his Day Stem is H9, ifhe meets
E3, his Academic Star, he should excel in his academic studies. Presently, he is in the
Luck Pillar of E3.
EIcmcutaI Trausformatiou
By the Six Combinations of the Earthly Branches, the rling element E3 in the year 1 998
formed a favourable Wood frame with the Month Branch E1 2. By the Three Combinations
of the Earthly Branches (E3+E7+El l ), E3 combined with El l on the Year Brach to form
a Half Combination of Fire, which is an added advantage as both Wood and Fire are his
favourable elements.
lcugShui
At that time, I suggested pl acing his stdy table in the East sector of his study room and
also told him to tum on his table l amp to activate his Academic Star. In 2000, he called me
to announce the good news: he was attending his convocation in Australia.
ACTIVITATI NG THE FLOWER OF ROMANCE
Four Pi l l ars of Desti ny
Hour Day Month Year
H5
D
8
" H9 ± H1
l

+ Earth H6
i
+ Water + Wood Heavenly Stem (HS)
- Earth

E5

E12
*
I
8eesoa E3
w
+ Earth - Water E9 H + Wood
Earthly Branch (EB)
+ Metal
Ageing Conception Bath Death Life Cycle of the I0 HS
H2 ¿ H9 : H5 Þ HI F
f
----: Wood + Water + Earth + Wood
H5 Þ HI 1 H7 0 H3 �
Hidden HS in the ÎÜ
' Earth + Wood + Metal ' Fire
HI O �

H9 H5 D

- Water ' Water

' Eath
Luck Cycl e
66 56 46 36 16 6 Age
H2 H3
W
H4
T
H5
1
H7

H8
$
Heavenly
+ Wood - W + Fi re - Fire + Earth + Metal - Metal
Stem
81 71 51 41 31 21 1 1 Age
E1 ´ E2
1
E
3 E4 9
11
E5
*
E6
B
E7
L
E8 *
Earthly
+ Water - Eath . + Wood - Wood + Earth - Fi re + Fire - Earth
Branch
. -`


`
´
• •
Year 1999
H6
- Earh
E4
Wood
H5
+ Earth
E5
+ Earth
H6
-
Earth
E12
- Water
H9 Hl
Luck Pilar
+ Water + Wood
E9 E3
+ Metal + Wood
Mary is a Yin Earth H6 person bor in the month E9 when Metal is stong. Earth retreats
in the strong Metal season. In addition, there are two Wood supported by two Water,
which spells trouble for Earth. Although there are two supporting Earth at the Hour Pillar,
Earth i s still weak in general. Being a weak Earth person, Fire and Earth will be her
favourable elements. Wood, the element that conquers Self Earth H6, symbolises her spouse.
Eart can only withstand Wood when it is strengthened. When she enters her Luck Cycle
H6
-
E6, Earth is reinforced. This is the ideal period to activate her Flower of Romance.
Meantime, being bor in the Year of Tiger, her Fl ower of Romance is in the East E4
sector, as shown on page 88.
Below are the various ways of activating the Flower of Romance:
+ Place the bed in the East sector of the bedroom.
+ Sleep with the head of the bed facing East.
+ Place a red fower vase with red roses in it. Red represents Fire, which is her favourable
element.
At the age of 26, in the Year of Rabbit, she found her Mr. Right.
BANKRUPTCY
Four Pi l l ars of Desti ny
Hour Day Month Year

H¡ T
5eg
H9 À HI0

+ Wood
H5
I
+ Water - Water
Heavenly Stem (HS)
+ Earth

E3
¼

E9 H 5euson E6 B
+ Wood + Metal Ell
J
- Fi re
Earthly Branch (EB)
+ Earth

Birth Coming-
• and Growth
Sickness Grave
of-Age
Life Cycle of the 10 HS
H5 L H9 ¯

H5 ¹× H5 L
' Eath ' Water ' Earth ' Earth

H3 W H7 8 H4 T H3 W
Hidden HS in the ÎÜ
' Fire ' Metal - Fire ' Fire
Hl f H5 L H8 $ H7 8
' Wood ' Earth - Metal ' Metal
Luck Cycle
75 65 55 45 35
H1 H H2
Z
H3
P
H4
T
H5
I
+ Wood - Wood + Fire - Fire . + Earth
80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 Age
E
3
¼
E4
91
E5

E6 B E7 E8
*
E9
Earthly
- Wood + Earth - Fire + Fire - Earth + Metal - Metal Branch
ª
^ ^ ª ^ ^
Spring Summer Autumn
Wood Fire Metal
HI H5
I
H9 HIO

+ Wood + Earth + Water - Water

E3 E9 Ell E6

+ Wood + Metal + Earth - Fire
. |
In a normal category, if you are a weak Earth person, your favourable elements will be
Fire and Earth. Therefore, when you enter your Luck Pilars of Earth and Fire, you will
enjoy harmony and prosperity. However, this is not always the case. Here is a case in
point.
Look at the Four Pillars above. This is a Yang Earth man bor on the 1 7th day of El l , in
Late Autumn season when Earth is prosperous. Though bor in season, Earth is under
great pressure from two Wood and two Water elements. According to the Cycle of
Destruction, Fire E6 on the Year Branch, his favourable element, is suppressed by Water
and is thus too weak to nourish Earth.
Clashes of the Earthly Branches
Fire E6 is being weakened due to the presence of the Three Persecuting Clashes in the
Earthly Branches (E3+E6+E9). As a result, Fire E6 is under threat, leaving behind Earth
E l l to support Self Earth H5. However, Earth E l l is also under attack from Wood HI on
the Hour Stem. Therefore, all his support is extremely weak.
Favourable Element
This is obviously a weak Earth person. Therefore, his favourable elements will be Earth
and Fire.
Unfavourable Element
Weak Earth should avoid Wood and Water elements.
Though Metal drains the Earth energy, it can also suppress Wood at the same time.
Therefore, Metal is a neutral party here.
Luck Cycle
Taking his ffh Luck Pillar H4-E6 fom age 45 to 54, let us see how his luck patter fows.
During H4, from age 45 to 49, he enters the Luck Cycle of Fire, which is supposed to be in
his favour but not in this case. This is due to the presence of a hidden threat.
Year 2000 Luck Pill ar
H! H5 H9 H!0 45-49

+ Wood + Earth + Water - Water M+
' Metl

- Fire

E
3 E9 Ell
50-54
' Earh
.
+ Wood + Metal + Earth
E6
- Fire
Hiddcn Thrcat
What i s a hidden threat? Ahidden threat is a situation where the arrival of a favourable
element combines with an existing stem and results i n an unfavourable element, thereby
becomi ng a threat to Self.
Our male subject entered the period of H4 from age 45 to 49, Fire was supposed to be his
favourable element during this period. By the Cycle of Birth, Fire supports weak Earth.
However, due to the presence ofH9 on the Month Stem, H4 was absorbed and, in accordance
with the Five Direct Combinations, combined with H9 to transfor into a Wood frame.
The appearance of a Wood fame is a threat to weak Earth beause Wood suppresses Earth.
Bankruptcy
During this perod, only Earth El l on the Month Branch was lef to support the enfeebled
Earth. In the meantime, Fire E6 on the Year Branch was already very weak due to the
Three Persecuting Clashes (E3+E6+E9). The Year of Dragon 2000 was a year of Yang
Earth E5. By the theory of the Six Clashes of the Earthly Branches, Earth E5, which was
supposed to be his favourabl e element, clashed with El l . That means in 2000, all his
supporting elements col lapsed, leaving him under the merciless attack from Wood. His
money and other assets were exhausted, and he ended up having legal entanglements with
his bank and creditors. Eventually, he was forced into bankruptcy.
From the above, we can see that, sometimes, a favourable element can be transformed into
an unfavourable element and become a threat. In addition, a favourable element may also
clash with and damage an existing supporting element.
CHART FOR HEAVENLY STEM COMBI NATI ONS AND CLASHES
H. b. HI i H2 ç H3 p H4 ¯ H5 0 H6 ¡ H7 ) HS · H9 3 HI0 �
HI
qi Clash S Cor Clash
Elemenl Earth Directicn
H2 ¿
Clash S Cor Clash
Element Metal Dircct:on
H3 I
Clash S Cor Clash
Element Waler Ðireeticn
H4 ¯
Clash S Cor Clash
ElemenL Wood Dircc:ion
H5 0
Clash Clash S Cor
Element Element Fire
H6 c
S Cor Clash Clash
Earth E|cment Element
H7 �
Clash S Com Clash
Direction MetaJ Element
HS ¯
Clash S Cor Clash
Direction Water Element
H9 ¨
Clash S Cor Clash
Direction Wood Element
RI0 § Clash S Cor Clash
Direction FlTe Element
CHART FOR EARTHLY BRANCH COMBI NATIONS AND CLASHES
bca8onaÍ
E3+E4+ES E6+E7+ES E9+EIO+Ell E12+ E1+E2
LomDÎuatíons
Spring Summer ^u!umD Winter
_ ×
Wood Fire Metal Water = ×
Three
Combinations
E12+E4+ES E3+E7+Ell E6+EIO+E2 E9+E1+ES
_ ×
Wood Fire Nc¡aÍ Water
= m
Front Half
Combinations
E12+E4 E3+E7 E6+EIO E9+EI
M�
Wood Fire Nc|aÍ Water
Rear Half
Combinations
E4+ES E7+Ell EIO+E2 E1+ES
M+�
Wood Fire Nc|a| Waler
Six
Combinations
E1+E2 E3+E12 E4+Ell ES+EIO E6+E9 E7+ES
7 G
)arth Wood Fire Metal Water Fire
3 Persecuting
Partial
E3-E6 E2-Ell
Persecuting
Clashes
E3-E6-E9 E2-ES-Ell
Clash
E6-E9 ES-E2
E*J
+ kI
E9-E3 Ell-ES
Six Clashes
7·�
EI-E7 E2-ES E3-E9 E4-ElO ES-Ell E6-E12
EI-E4
ES-ES E7-E7 ElO-ElO E12-E12
Clashes Ingratitude
Self LÍash Self L|ash Self LÍash Self Clash
f1
C|ash
**
d*I 0*I 0kI ü*l
Related Clash
M M
EI-EIO E3-E12 E2-ES E4-E7 E6-E9 ES-Ell
ConficteClash
M &
EI-ES E2-E7 E3-E6 E4-ES E9-E12 EIOEll

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