Chinese Astrology Signs and Elements

Chinese Astrology Signs and Elements

The Bravery and Courage of the 7 Killings Star in BaZi Birth Charts or 4 Pillars of Destiny

Surfer Garrett McNamara catches what could be the largest wave ever surfed, off the coast of Nazare, Portugal, on Jan. 29. Photo: To Mane / EPA. Posted on Facebook by the Idealist

Think Ambition, Courage, Aggressive, Fearless, Risk-Taker, Leader. The general attributes of the 7 Killing Star can be seen in the image of surfer, Garrett McNamara riding a monstrous 100 foot wave in Portugal on Jan 29, 2013.

In Chinese Astrology or BaZi birth charts, the 7 Killings Star shows the mentality of a person with a Never-Say-Die attitude, the Go-Getter who lives by their own rules. This person has a powerful commanding presence. Heads will turn when they walk into a room. It is because of they exude charisma, authority and ability to be convincing.

The 7 Killings Star loves the challenge as much as they love to win and conquer. They have a  natural ability to gauge risks and a glaringly, apparent ambition that thrives on power.

The 7 Killings Star can thrive living on the Edge.

They are decisive and unemotional in making decisions and are able to make decisions others cannot stomach. Hence, you have the Emperor, the Military Commander, the President, and the CEO. It is the “Axe Man” brought in to implement hard corporate decisions that involve changing people’s lives forever. They are decisions others would easily criticize as they are seen as cruel or heartless. It is the Machiavellian who believes the ends justifies the means.

The quality or strength of the 7 Killings Star is greatly determine by balance of elements in the entire BaZi birth chart. The 7 Killings Star is the one star we like to see “weak” in the chart because of its potential power and destructive qualities. It can make a person intimidating. When we see this Star, we want to see the element that controls it in the chart which helps modulate the behavior. If it is there, the quality of the 7 Killings Star will show its positive qualities. Too strong and without control, it will exhibit its negative qualities.

When a good quality 7 Killings star shows up in a year or luck cycle, people will want to reinvent themselves. They have the courage to tear down whatever no longer serves them and rebuild from scratch. It may be their home, their job, their personality, or even their relationships.

Some may see it as reckless and senseless. Others may see it as adventurous and thrilling.

The presence of the 7 Killings star will make one adverse to hypocrisy. Do not tempt to lie to them or fail to keep a promise. You will hear and feel the judgement of your “errors”. A strong 7 Killings star in a chart tends to attract petty people, gossip and drama.

When the 7 Killings star is imbalanced, you will find a hasty, impulsive person who can display a ballistic temper or explosive emotional behavior. It is difficult to curb their ambition and hence you may see an abuse of power or an out-of-control maverick. One can be a bully and coward at heart. They can be thoughtless and seek to win at all costs regardless of the damage it can cause.

A 7 Killings star can be the cause of health problems if a chart lacks the Resource element. Resource is the health element in a chart. A strong 7 Killings Star coupled with weak Resource element, can make a person subject to health issues as the there is no buffer. Without a buffer, the 7 Killings Star will “attack” one’s health.

There is usually always a solution to imbalances in a chart as the birth chart represents only 1/3 of a person’s life. Feng Shui and personal decision making play a large role in the other 2/3s of person’s life.

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The Lotus Flower Symbolism

The White Lotus symbolizes the transition of the mind into Enlightenment, spiritual perfection and complete mental purity.

The Lotus Flower Symbolism

The Chinese culture embraces the Lotus as a sacred flower. The White Lotus Flower symbolism is the Luck of All Things and the transition of the mind into Enlightenment.

The Lotus epitomizes the purity of the mind and transcendence. Despite the Lotus growing in muddy water, its flowers are exquisite, causing it’s association with immaculate beauty and virginal innocence.

‘In Buddhism, the Lotus flower symbolism means purity of speech, mind and body rising above the waters of desire and attachment. The lotus is one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols. Different colors of lotus are symbolically used to represent aspects of perfection. There are four colors, which are pink, blue, red and white. Red represents the heart–its purity, original nature, compassion, passion, love and other qualities. White symbolizes spiritual perfection and complete mental purity. Pink represents the Buddha


and is the supreme lotus. Blue means wisdom, knowledge and victory over the senses.’ posted by my friend Keeratiwan Kaenthonglang on Facebook.


A lotus pond is viewed as extremely auspicious, but not from the material perspective. Lotus ponds indicate a heightened sense of calm, peace and spiritual enlightenment. In Feng Shui, it as about the pond being a water feature in the correct spot on the exterior of the home.

Two lotus plants characterize pairing, achieving the harmony of one heart. If it bears fruit, it is a good omen the home will receive an abundance of prosperity.


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Water Snake Year 2013

Water Snake Year 201


Gui Si – Yin Water Snake Year
Feb. 3, 2013 (08:14 PST) – Feb. 3, 2014 (14:04 PST)

The Water Snake Year which begins on Feb 4 in the Chinese Solar Calendar. The Chinese Solar Calendar is used for the purposes of Chinese Metaphysics. Feb 10, under the Lunar calendar is the beginning of the Chinese New Year Holiday celebration.

The Year of the Snake, 2013, in the Chinese calendar is characterized by the elements of Yin Water sitting on top of Yang Fire. The Chinese calendar is derived from the 5 elements or the 5 Energy Phases. This comprises the Yin and Yang elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water, totaling 10 elements in total. The Yin and Yang of each element represents opposite polarities.

The birth and destruction cycles of the 5 Energy Phases, governs the inter-relationship between the elements. In this cycle, water is the destructive to fire. As such, the Water Snake is in a conflict relationship because it is in a destructive cycle.

Hidden in the Snake with Yang Fire, is the birth of Yang Metal, which equates to weapons or government. Fire and Metal are also in a conflictual or combustible relationship.

The 5 Elements or 5 Energy Phases

These conflictual relationships may result in an absence of peace. Each animal in the Chinese Astrology has a month like the 12 western astrological signs.

The Snake begins in May in the western calendar. This is when fire energy begins to peak in the summer month of June. Fire rising with hidden metal (weapons) implies changes, transformation on the milder side. And, social unrest, uprisings, and even revolution on the other. Hence, we can anticipate international conflicts,  clashing and a fight over power in 2013. With governments or the military playing an active role.

Gui Si – Yin Water Snake Year
Thanks to Teresa Hwang for posting her article on Facebook.

Disasters and calamities happen all the time in all parts of the World…….as my Sifu/Shifu Master Joseph Yu once said; they can be natural and/or man-made. Chinese metaphysical studies can be utilized for forecasting, but just like the weather, nothing is absolute. Since everything within our Universe is connected, we can make predictions, but the accuracy is dependent upon so many factors, which can be summarized in the following classic stanza from ancient China:
  1. Destiny– Destiny
  2. Fate – Fate
  3. Feng Shui – Feng Shui
  4. Karma / Accumulate good deeds. – Karma/Accumulate good deeds
  5. Education / Studies – Education/Studies
  6. Name – Name
  7. Physiognomy – Physiognomy
  8. Respect for the gods / higher intelligence – Respect for the gods/higher intelligence
  9. Befriend honorable people – Befriend honorable people
  10. Self cultivation – Self cultivation
  11. Good Choice of career and spouse – Good choice of career and spouse
  12. Welcome the auspicious and avoid the inauspicious – Welcome the auspicious and avoid the inauspicious
For Destiny & Fate, we can gather the information from our destiny charts; Feng Shui of course is the study of what is within our environment, and the rest is dependent upon our own choice and action in everyday life, at different points in time and space, in order to make the most of the Balance and Harmony between the San Cai or Three Powers = Heaven, Man and Earth.
For the upcoming Gui Si year – Yin Water sitting on top of Snake – which comprises of Yang Fire, Yang Earth and Yang Metal………will be another year of changes within the different governments, organizations and authorities. Within the home front, that will be the head of the family. The element of Yin Water is not strong in this Snake year, which is likened to a gentle rising mist upon the mountains. Any resulting action and changes will be more profound.
Since the Snake clashes with the Pig in the Four Pillars of Destiny analysis, people who have the Pig in their destiny charts will expect some upheavals in their lives for this year. And for people who were born in the previous Gui Si year (1953), some major changes in life can be mitigated by their own positive action, changes and attitude this year. Of course good Feng Shui in their environment will have a positive impact.
For more detailed look at the effects of the Yin Water Snake on each person, we need to look at the individual’s Four Pillars of Destiny Chart – based on the year, month, day, hour and place of birth, in order to fully analyze the implication upon each individual’s life within this solar year. The most important factor is each individual’s Day Master, the Yang Element present on the day you were born.To find out the Elements in your personal Four Pillars chart, click here:


It is instructive to review major events in the previous Water Snake Year 1953. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was inaugurated President of United States. Joseph Stalin diedGeorgi Malenkov became the Soviet premier; East Berliners rose against Communist rule; quelled by tanks. Egypt became a republic ruled by military junta. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed in Sing Sing prison for espionage. The Korean armistice was signed. Moscow announced explosion of the hydrogen bomb.

It was a year of innovative endeavors and ideas: James Watson and Francis Crick publish their discovery of the molecular model of DNA. Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal reach top of Mt. Everest. James Watson, Francis Crick, and Rosalind Franklin discovered the structure of DNA. Ernest Hemingway won the Pulitzer for The Old Man and the Sea.

Morning Dew

Yin water is the most yin element of the ten elements. It is likened to the morning mist or drizzling rain. Thus the year will exhibit a gentleness, moderation, patience, humility, flexibility and tolerance, especially in the autumn and winter months. Conversely, yin water has the capacity for subterfuge, concealment, deviousness. Like mist, it can penetrate everywhere.

As such, any conflict may be less intense than some Snake years like the 911 attack in 2001 and Pearl Harbor Attack in 1949.

Having awareness, the energy of the year can be harnessed in positive direction. With creativity and intelligence we can see new and innovative ideas, reforms and positive transformation. Or, the energy can be used toward intrigue, secrecy, cheating, terrorist attacks or assassinations. The fire under the water is in an “uprising” process with a hidden metal. This hidden fire is considered mystical, unpredictable and duplicitous.

In Chinese medicine, yin water is related to the kidney, ears and sexual organs. In regards to industry, Fire is related to the entertainment and hospitality industries, sports, marketing, broadcasting and social media. Resulting in a year of romance and prosperity to industries related to glamour, entertainment, hospitality and marketing. In Water Snake year 1953, Playboy magazine hit newsstands. A nude Marilyn Monroe graced the cover.

Resources: Joey Yap, Master Raymond Lo, Infoplease.

The next blog will look at some of the positives in the Water Snake Year.

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Meditation for Transformation

Meditation For Transformation 

Thanks to Blissful Soul for posting Meditation for Transformation on Facebook.

At the heart of every human being or soul there is a spiritual energy, pure, of peace, love, truth and happiness without dependence. Being aware and experiencing this energy provides you with the inner strength necessary for change. Meditation is the method of access in order to allow that energy to come to the surface of your consciousness and in your mind in order to color your thoughts and feelings. In a way very similar to that of a volcano whose melted lava, hot, flows from the centre of the Earth to the surface, we, on meditating, can create volcanoes of power (which emerge in our conscious minds) required for personality transformation.

You can do an exercise, a meditation whereby you choose a habit or ‘sanskar’ that you don’t want, and you will replace it with a characteristic that you would like to incorporate, like a thread, into the cloth of your personality. For example, replace impatience with patience.

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Yin Metal Pig – Pearl From the Sea

Image of Yin Metal Pig – Pearl From The Sea

Yin Metal Pig

Pearl From the Sea

This is the image of the pillar, Xin Hai or the Yin Metal Pig in BaZi, the Chinese Astrology birth charts. The Pig in BaZi is the element of Yang Water or the Ocean.

A person with a Pig in their chart will exhibit the qualities of strong water: Emotional, adaptive, creative, intelligent and articulate. When the Sun is shining and the sea calm, people are attracted to the healing qualities of the environment. The ocean has endless resources and more value, the deeper you go. People come to you.

Yin Metal is associated with a diamond. A Yin Metal person will have the qualities of a diamond. They have a need to sparkle, to attract and be the center of attention. They have the gift of gab and are quite persuasive in speech. Hence Yin Metal is called a Vanity Star. Many celebrities have Yin Metal in their charts.

The Yin Metal Pig person is described as the Pearl From The Sea. This is the Diamond in the Sea, or a Luminescent Pearl. This person is usually very pretty or quite handsome. They usually work in a creative field, are free-lancers or work on their own.

The Yin Metal Pig person is adept at blending their gift of persuasion, creativity and intelligence and charm the audience. Who wouldn’t want to admire and be in the presence of a Luminescent Pearl? Or, even own it if they could?

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