In Master Henry Fong’s line of work, he does get many questions in different guise but are relating to the same matter. So, the good Master has prepared a series of questions known as Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) about fengshui. This is a compilation of FAQ and answers that is hopefully useful to the readers. In each segment, a different category of questions will be asked and answered.
In this section Master Henry, answers question relating to Chinese Astrology, in particular, Ba Zi (The Eight Characters) and the Chinese Zodiac.
Ba Zi means the Eight Characters. More specifically it refers to the year, month, day and time of birth. In Chinese time-keeping, each of these components are represented by the Heavenly Stem and the Earth Branch. Two characters multiply by the four components of your birthday and time gives you eight characters.
Ba Zi these days commonly refer to the system of Chinese Astrology developed by Zi Ping over a thousand years ago.
In my practice, I use Zi Wei Dou Shui for destiny and luck analysis. Zi Wei is like Ba Zi. It uses a person’s date and time of birth and delivers the same results as Ba Zi. However, the approach is different.
The month before and after the Chinese New Year is an interesting period. You will hear practitioners predicting your luck for the year using your zodiac sign. Have you wonder why some predictions are accurate while others are not. Find out in the following questions and answers.
What can I hope to reveal in a Ba Zi or Zi Wei Reading?
A lot actually but in practice most of the reading will focus on potential and luck in career and wealth, physical and mental health, relationships with parents, sibling, spouse, children, friends, property, migration, and travel. A reading usually starts with lifetime potential.
- Are you blessed with good interpersonal skills or are you awkward to deal with?
- Will you do better as an employee or run your own business?
- Which business sector is more suitable for you?
- Are you physically and mentally fit?
- What kind of health problems are you likely to face?
- How is your relationship with your parent and sibling? With spouse and children?
- Whether you are likely to stay in one place or move around a lot and whether migration is good for you?
- People of which Zodiac signs are favourable to you?
- What is a better house facing direction for you?
These and much more can be gleaned from a Ba Zi chart.
This is usually followed by a reading of your current and the next decade of luck. Again, the focus is primarily on your career and wealth luck, health, relationship luck and travel luck. While the life time potential reading gives you an overall perspective, the decade luck is more time specific.
For example, let’s say that your lifetime potential says that you have the potential to start and run your own business. The decade luck reading will tell you whether this decade is a good period to do so or is it better to wait a few years or until the start of the next decade.
Another example is health. Again, your lifetime luck says that you are predisposed to a respiratory related ailment. Your decade luck will tell you when it is likely to happen to worsen. Knowing in advance, allows you to take the necessary preventive action such as taking helpful supplements, or a course of exercise to strengthen your respiratory system.
The annual and next year luck reading does the same. It tells you about your current year and next year’s luck. For example, if your wealth luck is very strong this year, you could consider more investment options.
Many practitioners dig much deeper into the chart and are able to tell smaller details such as whether your spouse will come from far or near and from which location based on direction e.g. Penang or Kelantan.
For me I do a lot of Feng Shui consulting work and I get the opportunity to collect moving data. I can often predict quite accurately whether my clients will move this year or the next, beginning, middle or end of the year simply by looking at the birth chart. As well as what is likely to happen to the occupants in the months after moving in.
Every year I listen to practitioners talk about my luck for the year based on my Chinese Zodiac. It is not always accurate. Why is this so?
Let me base my explanation on the Zi Wei Dou Shu Chinese astrology system. A person’s luck for a year is dependent on the position of the major stars and the transformation of these stars. It in turn is based on the person’s date and time of birth. Unless we are born on the same date and time, our birth charts are different and so is our luck.
To find out your luck for the year you need a personalized reading.
The predictions that you find in magazines, that you see or hear on Radio and TV are usually derived from your year of birth only i.e. Chinese zodiac sign.
These predictions are based on minor stars that are associated with the year of birth. So, while the minor star may say “bloodletting incident due to metal objects”, the event may be negated because your major stars has a “helpful person” configuration.
Furthermore, the minor stars give an indication but how it manifest may differ. Taking the above bloodletting example, the first thing that comes to mind is getting involved in an accident. However, it could be a dental surgery. Or blood donation. Or slashed by someone. And there are many more variations.
*FAQ section was written by Master Henry Fong, a Feng Shui Consultant based in Kuala Lumpur with over 12-years of experience. The master has been known to have consulted over a thousand residential and commercial properties, in addition, he also provide Destiny and Lucky analysis.