What is BaZi? In English term, sometimes BaZi is interpreted as Four Pillars of Destiny. Actually BaZi (八子) literally means Eight Character. Why the English term is Four Pillars? Ancient Chinese noted our date of birth consists of 8 Chinese characters, two for the year, two for the month, two for the day and two for the hour. Tzu Ping, a Chinese person who lived in China about the end of Tang Dynasty and beginning of Sung Dynasty about 1.000 A.D., reorganized the system and put the focus on the day of birth.
This reorganized made the day as the center of analysis, the self element or what we called as Day Master. The Four Pillars of Destiny actually is a logical forecasting system. The system is also used the five elements: metal (金), wood (木), water (水), fire (火) and earth (土).
On the left side image, it is a sample of one of my program that I used to calculate the BaZi of a person. Please ignore the colorisation of red, green and blue, because I just want to give you an introduction of what is BaZi.
BaZi is all about nature. There are 10 Heavenly Stems which are located on top of the row as we can see through the images, ie: 甲乙 (Wood Collection) 丙丁 (Fire Collection) 戊己(Earth Collection) 庚辛(Metal Collection) and 壬癸 (Water Collection). There are 12 Earthly Branches which are located on below of the row, ie: 亥子 (Water Collection), 寅卯 (Wood Collection), 丑辰未戌 (Earth Collection), 申酉 (Metal Collection), and 巳午 (Fire Collection).
All these collection are groups into Yang and Yin, as everything in the world have the Yang and Yin side, you can go through this link if you want to read about The Science of Yin and Yang.
In the example image, the first Pillar from the left (戊辰) is the Hour Pillar, the second Pillar is the Day Pillar, the third Pillar is the Month Pillar, and the fourth Pillar is the Year Pillar.
The tenth Pillar below is the Luck Pillar which is running every ten years.
The Day Master of this person is 己. As 己 is a Yin Earth, which can represent garden earth. As we know, garden earth can absorb everything which can mean this person can easily learn anything either good or bad one. Sometimes we call 己 Earth as an intellectual person and typical sample of Yin Earth Day Master is Barrack Obama, Abraham Lincoln. All Yin Earth people usually are slim. They are also charismatic. They are also many Yin Earth people who are famous scientists and they contributed to humanity, ie. Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud, Leonardo Da Vinci, MichaelAngelo, etc.
This person is surrounded by lots of Earth (戊辰戌) and Fire (丙). A lot of supporting element or same element makes this person a Strong person, as if you are supported by lots of people that are the same with you.
What other characteristic that can you read from this Four Pillars? Well, they are Yang Fire (丙) which can be compared to the Sun. As we know the Sun quality is warm, people with Yang Fire usually are warm-hearted. They are also honest and care to make friends also.
We can compare the Yang Metal (庚) to a weapon or sword, so this person has also a masculine characteristic and possess a leadership qualities also. 戊 as Yang Earth which represents a mountain, can mean that this person is a bit stubborn, why? We cannot move the mountain, and mountain in nature is heavy, firm and a little inflexible.
In a nutshell, we can conclude that this person is charming, intellectual, masculine, possess a leadership qualities, and warm-hearted, with a little bit inflexible.
With Four Pillars of Destiny, we can also know about the health of this person, suitable profession, and so many other things including the future spouse of this person. Well, this is just an introduction, I will write again for another topic on BaZi. I hope you are enjoying this article.