Ba Zi/Symbolic Stars

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Symbolic Stars[edit]

Day
Stem
Nobleman
Star
Nobleman
Star
Academic
Star
Sword
Star
Sword
Star
Prosperity
Star
Peach
Blossom
Star
H1 E2 E8 E6 E4 E3 E7
H2 E1 E9 E7 E3 E5 E4 E7
H3 E12 E10 E9 E7 E6 E3
H4 E12 E10 E10 E6 E8 E7 E8
H5 E2 E8 E9 E7 E6 E5
H6 E1 E9 E10 E6 E8 E7 E5
H7 E2 E8 E12 E10 E9 E11
H8 E7 E3 E1 E9 E11 E10 E10
H9 E6 E4 E3 E10 E12 E1
H10 E6 E4 E4 E12 E2 E1 E9

Symbolic Stars are activated when they appear in the Luck Pillar or the Year Pillar of a Ba Zi chart. For example, a person with H2 as the Day Heavenly Stem, and E7 on any of his Earthly Branches will have an Academic Star. Similarly, a person with H6 as the Day Heavenly Stem, and E1 and/or E9 on any of his Earthly Branches will have a Nobleman Star.

Nobleman Star[edit]

A person with the Nobleman Star is intelligent, and will get a lot of assistance from people around him.

Academic Star[edit]

A person with the Academic Star is intelligent, and will enjoy tremendous academic success.

Sword Star[edit]

A person with the Sword Star is strong-willed, and will help the weak to fight the powerful.

Prosperity Star[edit]

A person with the Prosperity Star is strong-willed.

Peach Blossom Star[edit]

A person with the Peach Blossom Star is attractive, sexy, seductive and exhibits strong sexual desires. This person also enjoys good social standing.

General Stars[edit]

Day Branch
or
Year Branch
General
Star
Star
of
Arts
Travelling
Horse
Star
Robbing
Star
Death
Star
Flower
of
Romance
E1 E1 E5 E3 E6 E12 E10
E2 E10 E2 E12 E3 E9 E7
E3 E7 E11 E9 E12 E6 E4
E4 E4 E8 E6 E9 E3 E1
E5 E1 E5 E3 E6 E12 E10
E6 E10 E2 E12 E3 E9 E7
E7 E7 E11 E9 E12 E6 E4
E8 E4 E8 E6 E9 E3 E1
E9 E1 E5 E3 E6 E12 E10
E10 E10 E2 E12 E3 E9 E7
E11 E7 E11 E9 E12 E6 E4
E12 E4 E8 E6 E9 E3 E1

The key element of General Stars can be either the Day Branch or the Year Branch. For example, if the Day or Year Branch is E1, and there is an E5 in the Hour Branch, it implies that there is a Star of Arts in the Hour Pillar.

General Star[edit]

This Star symbolizes Wealth, Prosperity, and the probability of a good political career.

Star of Arts[edit]

This Star symbolizes intelligence, and an inclination to be an artist or philosopher. There is also a tendency towards being a loner, a monk or a hermit.

Travelling Horse Star[edit]

This is a good Star, symbolizing overseas working opportunities, travel and migration. However, it has the tendency to destroy other good stars, and aggravate the influence of bad stars.

Robbing Star[edit]

This Star symbolizes as person who is sharp and smart if it is a favorable Star. On the other hand, if it is unfavorable, it implies being robbed, though not necessarily in the literal sense.

Death Star[edit]

This Star symbolizes as person who has courage and ability in planning if it is a favorable Star. On the other hand, if it is unfavorable, it implies being lawsuits and misfortune to one's spouse.

Flower of Romance[edit]

This Star symbolizes "Internal Romance" (a loving relationship between husband and wife, if it appears on the Year or Month Branch. On the other hand, This Star symbolizes "External Romance" (extra-marital affairs) if it appears on the Hour or Day Branch of a person's Ba Zi chart.

Year
of
Birth
Year
of
Birth
Year
of
Birth
Location
of
Flower
of
Romance
E1 E5 E5 West E10
E2 E6 E9 South E7
E3 E7 E10 East E4
E4 E8 E12 North E1

As given in the above table, the "Location of the Flower of Romance" depends on the Year of Birth. For example, for a person born in the Year of Snake (E6), E2 or E9, the favorable direction for activating the Flower of Romance is in the South (E7).

Heavenly Virtue Stars and Monthly Virtue Stars[edit]

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

Month
Branch
Heavenly
Virtue
Star
Monthly
Virtue
Star
E1 E6 H9
E2 H7 H7
E3 H4 H3
E4 E9 H1
E5 H9 H9
E6 H8 H7
E7 E12 H3
E8 H1 H1
E9 H10 H9
E10 E3 H7
E11 H3 H3
E12 H2 H1

Solitary Star and Lonesome Star[edit]

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

Day Branch
or
Year Branch
Solitary
Star
Lonesome
Star
E12 E3 E11
E1 E3 E11
E2 E3 E11
E3 E6 E2
E4 E6 E2
E5 E6 E2
E6 E9 E5
E7 E9 E5
E8 E9 E5
E9 E12 E8
E10 E12 E8
E11 E12 E8

Three Extraordinary Noblemen[edit]

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

Types of
Extraordinary
Noblemen
Hour Day Month Year
Heaven - H1 H5 H7
Earth - H2 H3 H4
Human - H9 H10 H8

Sixty-Year Cycle[edit]

The Sixty-Year Cycle is an infinite cycle, and can be arranged by Earthly Branch (E1-E10) as shown in the table below. An odd-numbered Earthly Branch is always matched with an odd-numbered Heavenly Stem, and an even-numbered Earthly Branch is always matched with an even-numbered Heavenly Stem. For example, a year can have a Stem and Branch combination of H1-E1 or H4-E4, but cannot have a Stem and Branch combination of H1-E2 or H4-E1.

Earthly
Branch
Group
One
Group
Two
Group
Three
Group
Four
Group
Five
E1 H1 H3 H5 H7 H9
E2 H2 H4 H6 H8 H10
E3 H3 H5 H7 H9 H1
E4 H4 H6 H8 H10 H2
E5 H5 H7 H9 H1 H3
E6 H6 H8 H10 H2 H4
E7 H7 H9 H1 H3 H5
E8 H8 H10 H2 H4 H6
E9 H9 H1 H3 H5 H7
E10 H10 H2 H4 H6 H8
E11 H1 H3 H5 H7 H9
E12 H2 H4 H6 H8 H10

Heaven Void[edit]

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

Group: One Two Three Four Five Six
H1 E1 E11 E9 E7 E5 E3
H2 E2 E12 E10 E8 E6 E4
H3 E3 E1 E11 E9 E7 E5
H4 E4 E2 E12 E10 E8 E6
H5 E5 E3 E1 E11 E9 E7
H6 E6 E4 E2 E12 E10 E8
H7 E7 E5 E3 E1 E11 E9
H8 E8 E6 E4 E2 E12 E10
H9 E9 E7 E5 E3 E1 E11
H10 E10 E8 E6 E4 E2 E12
X E11 E9 E7 E5 E3 E1
X E12 E10 E8 E6 E4 E2

The presence of Heaven Void is like a catalyst, and it can moderate or reverse the effect of an auspicious or inauspicious Star. For example, if there is both an auspicious Star and a Heaven Void in a Ba Zi chart, the auspicious Star will be less beneficial. Similarly, if there is both an inauspicious Star and a Heaven Void in a Ba Zi chart, the inauspicious Star will be less harmful.

To determine the presence of the Heaven Void in a Ba Zi chart, look at both the Stem and Branch of the Year Pillar and both the Stem and Branch of the Day Pillar. After this, look at the Earthly Branch of the other pillars to determine whether the Heaven Void is found.

For example, if the Year Pillar is H1-E1 (in Group One), then Heaven Void falls on E11 and E12, so if the Month Branch is E11 or E12, then Heaven Void is located in the Month Pillar. Similarly, if the Day Pillar is H2-E10 (in Group Three), then Heaven Void falls on E7 and E8, so if the Day/Month/Year Branch is E7 or E8, then Heaven Void is located in the Day/Month/Year Pillar respectively.