Friday, September 10, 2010

The Law of Averages

It’s been 3 months since I’ve updated my blog. Not giving excuses but it has been quite a outstanding year, with lots opportunities realised, which unfortunately takes up all my spare time. Request for reading has increased and I have been able to contribute on a monthly basis to my favourite charity because of the support from bazidiary’s readers. My sincere thanks to those who have given.

I’ve also started to learn feng shui as I feel that action alone is not enough to ‘change’ destiny. It’s timely to understand how the environment and the flow of Qi can play a role in affecting one’s destiny. After all, how things pan out depend on 3 things: destiny, environment, and human action. Just the other day, while having supper, one of my friends mentioned there were actually 5 things, not 3 that determines the ‘success’ of the individual! Destiny and feng shui we already know. The others are KARMA (I treat this as human action), NAME (I presume preserving the family name) and lastly EDUCATION.

Been Asian, obviously we believe the foundation to a better life is a strong fundamental education. Early this year an opportunity to put out foot in Australia open up, and we decided it was time to relocate my son there so that he can experience what we think is a world class education experience. So, we started researching and comparing what contributes to a ‘world’ class education. A few trips down south, multiple interviews with a few schools and browsing through countless websites indexing and benchmarking different schools led me to one very thought provoking perspective.

You see, Australia and Malaysia roughly has the same population. In fact, if you look at syllabus, you’ll find that in Malaysia, students are put through a more rigorous education system. Malaysian kids definitely learn a lot more. There’s this rat race that goes on in the Malaysian school system. Parents who can afford it, pay small fortunes for their kids to go into private and international schools, which when you are actually look at the qualifications of the teachers and principals, you’ll be puzzled how they can actually charge so much. In the Chinese school system, children are drilled in maths and science in all languages, and take home piles of homework on a daily basis. Whereas in Australia, it almost seems that the extracurricular activities take a key place in their early education years. So, how does Australia create so many scientist, musicians, noble prize winners, outstanding sportmen and women with such a education system that most Asians would consider very ‘relaxing’?

I believe the answer lies in the emphasis on the strengths rather than the weakness. In Australia, if you are good in a particular subject, you are given the opportunity to go further into it, whether it is performance arts, science, or sports. It doesn’t matter. You actually can opt out of your regular classes and take these extra classes. In Malaysia, most parents will ensure that you are given more tuition, and emphasis is given to the weak subjects. Think of the output of these 2 actions: one focuses on strengths and the other on weakness. Which system do you think generates average results and which promotes excellence?

The same principle would apply when we look at a bazi chart or feng shui property. I believe it is better (if you have only so much resources) to work the strengths rather than fix the weakness. For, the strengths would hopefully outdo the law of averages.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

What's good for me may not be good for you

It’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog. It’s been a very busy year, thanks to the Geng in the stem of the year. :-) Make hay while the sun shines. But since today’s a Monkey day (where GENG is most prominent), and just got a token donation from a reader, I’m ‘contributing’ another case to the blog. It is interesting to see, how an element that is so vital for me, can be so disastrous for others.

Late last year I was doing a quick analysis for my friend, who was born in the year of the Monkey. In fact, he had 2 monkeys (month and year, too) in his chart. I had cautioned him that 2010 would be a year that he could accident prone. Come February, he had crashed his car into the divider (probably fell asleep on the wheel) and totaled his car. He had a nasty cut on his forehead and was unconscious when pulled out of the car. He asked me later on whether there would be more accidents this year, and my respond was ‘possible.’ Feb was technically the peak as the core element of the Tiger is Wood, and accidents are usually represented by ‘monkey chop wood.’ There are still tiger days. Anyway he just bought a new BMW M3 and gave me a ride in it yesterday, and if you ask me, the probability of an accident has just gone up since he drives like a maniac anyway! Human effort does play a role, too.

A few weeks ago I had read that Gary Coleman had passed away, caused by an accident. Got a little curious and plotted his chart. He’s born in the year as well as the day of the Monkey. Let’s take a look at some of the key events in his life and see if they match my analysis.

From wikipedia we all know that he had suffered from a congenital kidney disease since the childhood, thus resulting in his small stature. He had gone through 2 kidney transplant in 1973 and 1984. Kidney in the chart is represented by the GUI water on in the RAT. You’ll notice that the GUI water is missing from the chart, and the chart is terribly dry, although water in the form on the REN water is present in the monkey. But the REN water does not provide resource to his strong JIA wood located in the month pillar.

Interesting enough, another Bazi enthusiast had written about someone who had died from kidney failure and the day pillar has resemblance to Gary’s day pillar as well.

1973 was a GUI CHOU year, and 1984 was a JIA ZI year where the GUI is the key element in the ZI or RAT.

From a health perspective, I usually take the branch where the resource element is located. In this case (because we don’t know the hour), we see a secondary resource in the YIN (TIGER) branch. The tiger is surrounded (clash) by two monkeys, which tells us that he’s health would be an issue throughout his life. GUI water is also the key source of life for the JIA wood found in the Yin. You can further extrapolate that it was during 1973 and 1984 that he was given another chance to live through the kidney transplant.

Gary was known for his role in Different Strokes. That show aired from 1978 till 1986. Gary was in his Yi Mao and Bing Chen luck pillar. The Rabbit and Dragon does not conflict with any of his 3 known pillars thus resulting in good overall support for his career.

You could also see that post 1996, things started to go on a downhill trend for Gary. He was charged with assault in 1998, filled for bankruptcy in 1999. He continued to have a series of domestic issues 2006 onwards during the WU WU luck pillar. Again the key element of the horse is the ding fire, which weakens the already threatened JIA wood.

Come 2010, the GENG in the stem just makes the GENG in the 2 monkeys stronger. There’s a theory that says that when the same element appears in the stem, and it’s already rooted in the branch, the effects will be 3x as strong. The JIA wood can also resemble the head.

Gary fell and hit his head and suffered serious brain hemorrhage on 26th May, a BING ZI day and was removed from his life support on 28th May, a WU YIN day.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Seizing the Moment

Firstly I must apologize to my readers of this blog for the lack of updates. I’ve never been busier with business matters. Strangely, I felt compelled to write this message this morning based on some of the key messages I’ve tried to put forth in this blog.

If you have followed my articles, you will note that I have identified GENG (Yang Metal) as the most important element that balances my chart – also sometimes known as the Favorite element. 2010 is a Geng Yin (Metal Tiger) year. This month is a Geng Chen (Metal Dragon). One may argue that if it appears on top (stem), the effect is not as great as appearing in the branches (in my case it would be in the monkey), however, if you like it, you like it. Something is better than none! It has been a good month and not to mentioned a year with lots of opportunities so far. Much of the effort that has been initiated has been progressing quite nicely. New accounts, new business, new funding, new product, new market etc. So, what do you do, if you know, that you have a supporting or favorite element coming up? It’s like saying you know that whatever you bet on is going to pay. Ante up! In my case, ante means work harder.
In fact, if I remember right, in the year 2000, Geng Chen (metal dragon), I raised quite a fair bit of money and that was the year when we finally could really grow my company.

In my case, unfortunately (or fortunately) I am not a gambling man. Gambling is fire, and I already have too much fire in my chart. I did however try to ‘test’ my theory in the casino, but I guess, those guys have gurus optimizing their environment support (superb fengshui). So, the next most important thing, is understanding the type of activity that your chart supports. In my case, it’s always metal and water related. It’s about strong finance (metal), support (water), and wisdom (water). Mapping the right elements to the activities I feel is equally important for optimizing your potential.

The next point to note is intensity. If you have the 10 year luck pillar supporting you, you almost cannot go wrong. But if you have the right year, that is great. Look for the right month and target the right day to rip your harvest. I had mentioned this before, if you don’t have a good enough support structure (10 years or even the year), look for smaller harvests, and projects that you can ‘collect’ the rewards faster (months or days).

I have been talking to some friends who understand bazi and obviously agree that environment (fengshui) is another critical aspect of ensuring success. I however want to take it a step further. Sometimes, you can look at a market as the environment. I have never travelled so much in the last year. That had open up a lot of opportunities and ideas. Remember, nobody’s luck is forever bad or good. Each time, we have ‘luck’ behind us, we need to ‘seize the moment’ but if the market is sluggish (takes too long to close a deal because of whatever reasons) and non supportive, I say MOVE. I’m setting up an office in Silicon Valley and believe it’s now or never! I know a lot of readers have asked me this question…should I move and where. I’m moving North West. North represents water, and west metal.

Will I succeed? Stay tuned.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Is Splits on the Cards for Angelina and Brad

Recently, there’s been so much in the online press, on one of Hollywood’s most celebrated couple possible split. Then there’s the news on reconciliation and claims rubbishing the high profile divorce. Let’s take another perspective on their relationship and see if the split is on the cards.

Here are both Angelina’s and Brad’s Bazi charts.

You could see almost immediately why the two couples are attracted together. In Angelina’s chart, you will see her prominent Xin Metal and Bing Fire element. She’s like this gold bar shinning in the bright sunshine. While in Brad’s chart, you see he’s a Yi Wood, lacking fire, and missing metal.

For Angelina, a hot chart requires water. Water for her can mean several things. It is her eating god. This reflects the importance of that element, which represents her creativity in the arts. It’s present in the hour stem, also indicating that she is passionate in this area. You will see metal all over her chart, generally depicting fans and support from people who may want something from her. Metal is also a resource to water, therefore supporting the development here in this career aspect.

From her bio, she did not seem to have a great early childhood and does not have good relationship with her father. Her first luck pillar is Ren Wu (Water Horse). In the horse there’s the ding fire. For a chart that hot, it doesn’t need any more fire. Furthermore, more as a Xin Metal day master, it does not need any more forging. Fine jewelry will go out of shape when fire is present. Also, in her chart, her father is presented by the Jia Wood. Can you imagine a pen knife trying to cut down a tree? Not very effective isn’t it. She probably would do a better job with scrubs or vines (Yi Wood), the exact daymaster of Brad Pitt.

Reading her wiki, you’ll also see certain dark periods of her life. There was a mentioned about a period when she was 14 till 16 where she dreamt about been a funeral director, was constantly dressed in black and was into self mutilation. That was 1989 (Ji Si/Earth Snake), 1990 (Geng Wu/Fire Horse) and 1991 (Xin Wei/Metal Goat). Looking at the prominent elements in those years, you’ll see that they are NOT Angelina’s favorite element. I had mentioned in previous articles that Xin Metal doesn’t like Ji Earth. Xin metal loves to shine and earth covers it up! The Snake, Horse and Goat belong to the summer season. Therefore the chart is hot. For a hot chart, you do not want to see anymore heat. Also, because gui water is so important to Angelina, and earth contaminate water, obviously, thinking was affected. This wasn’t a nice period for her.

It’s important even though we are looking how compatibility factors to actually look at the individual charts separately because you need to determine the ‘effects’ of the element on the individual. Again, I understand and fully support that elements can’t jump from one individual to another, but it doesn’t mean we do not seek those who have those elements. Isn’t that ‘attraction’?

Let’s look at Brad’s chart next. There are 3 Peach Blossom starts (2 Rabbits and 1 Rat). One attractive fellow. He’s a Yi Wood person, born on strong indirect resource, in the presence of Jia wood. The chart is not missing fire, but it is a very minor element found in the spouse palace. The all important fire is again represents the eating God, therefore indicating his creative output as an important activity to seek ‘balance’.

With this type of chart, and the presence of so many attractive stars, how not to be Brad Pitt? However, all you need is the rat (or another peach Blossom star) to appear in time, and trouble will erupt. If you look at Brad’s past, you can read that Brad’s relationship with Angelina started during the filming of Mr. and Mrs Smith. That happened in 2005. 2005 was a Yi You (Wood Rooster) year. The rooster (also a peach blossom star) clashes with the Rabbit and very soon, Brad had divorced with Jennifer Aniston, his wife of 5 years, and 'officiated' his relationship with Angelina.

So, knowing what we already know. Can we predict that a split is eminent? Let’s look what the Metal Tiger and see what it means to both Brad and Angelina.

For Angelina, the Jia wood generally means her Indirect Wealth in her charts gets the support it needs. This possibly means more money. (doesn’t mean she needs it, just that she will have more). Could it also indicate a divorce settlement, as the geng metal in the stem also represents robwealth. I look at lawyers as people who want, and will take something from you but assist you in getting in. The Tiger and Snake form a harm relationship. The Snake is present in the children, spouse, and parents or sibling palace. She is also currently in the the ROSSTER luck pillar which clashes with the Rabbit. The Rooster and Rabbit clash is a peach blossom clash, usually means divorce is in the air. Doesn’t look like good news. By the way, the Bing Fire in Angelina’s chart can also indicate husband, and there are 3. This could mean that she probably will have multiple husbands! Brad is technically (he is characterized as her domestic partner) her 3rd husband. And there is a ‘harm’ to her husband during the metal tiger year.

As for Brad’s chart, you can see the Geng Metal appear in the tiger year. Thetre’s also the Bing Fire in found in the Tiger. This indicates that a ‘reduction’ of ‘attraction’ to Angelina's metal elements as now it appears during the period. Also, in 2011, the stem of the Rabbit Year (another peach blossom year) is Xin Metal. The Geng Metal also means direct officer, which could generally mean possible some legal litigation activities. This Metal (legal) will try to ‘chop’ the important Jia wood. The Jia wood represents the robwealth, which the Yi Wood depends on to reach the sun. Could this mean legal custody for his children?

There seem to be more questions than answers at this juncture. But there’s definitely trouble brewing. Looking ahead, we know that fire periods are not so great for Angelina. If they manage to pull through these difficult times, the next ‘challenging’ period will be 2013, at least for Angelina.

No matter how perfect life seems to be, there will other imperfections that balances 'life' up. God is fair.

NOTE: Was emailed a correction on Angelina's time of birth. The HOUR PILLAR is actually REN CHEN (Water Dragon) because of Daylight Savings Time. The REN represents the HURTING OFFICER, which is a star usually associated to 'actors'.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Cameron Douglas - Does Wealth Corrupt?

I’m on the road again…but this time I in Bandung and Jakarta for several meetings. Got a ‘not so nice’ comment on my last article but decided not to waste my time responding to it. But it did bring out one question, was all this time, money, curiosity, research, analysis about Bazi and Destiny actually worth it. Some of my friends don’t want to know, and some are curious like hell. Really, I only have more questions than answers at this juncture.

I am entrepreneur at heart; I work hard and everything I do, even trying to understand Bazi, is aimed towards being a better entrepreneur. What if you were already born to a wealthy family, and money is not one of your focus in life. Would it make a person ‘directionless’ in life? I stumbled across an article about Cameron Douglas, Michael Douglas son who was arrested last year for drugs possession. The title of the article, Cameron Douglas and the Mystery of Why Wealth Corrupts talks about why people who has so much,still goes out and do silly things and get themselves into lots of trouble.

From a Bazi perspective, I think the person is ‘destined’ to a particular situation, irregardless of whether he or she is born rich or poor. There is some subjectivity involved but generally, from the day you are born, a path is technically set, and you follow it.

Lets look at Cameron’s chart.

There’s very little written on Cameron on wiki other than he is an actor, appeared in 3 films (1997, 2003,and 2005). He was also arrested on 2007 on drug charges, and more recently on 28 July 2009. The last arrest could put him in jail for 10 years if found guilty.

Even from his chart, without the hour pillar, you can already sense trouble. The Rat and Rooster forms a peach blossom destruction, and the Rat and Horse is a clash. All 3 of the known animals are peach blossom charts. All you are waiting for is something to hit from the outside and disaster will strike.

He’s born in the Rat month that represents Indirect Wealth, so money comes easy to him, and probably from his parents. You also see he is sitting on an Rooster which main element is a Xin metal representing the eating god. This usually depicts a person’s love for the performing arts as creativity is represented by the EG and the ‘show off’ part is very Xin Metal.

All the movies came out during his 18 luck pillar Bing Yin (Fire Tiger). The TIGER does not form any conflict with any of the known animals in the year, month or day pillar. We do not know his time of birth. Also, as a weak Ying Earth, both the fire of the SUN, Gui Water (present in the month of birth), promotes growth of wood (which is prominent during this luck pillar). This tells us, when the 10 years luck is supportive, things move very smoothly. I’m sure there were years where he had issues and challenges, but you could almost ensure the outcome was postive when the elements are supportive.

However, things changed when he entered his 28 luck pillar of Ding Mao (Fire Rabbit). This RABBIT, conflicts with the Horse, Rat, and Rooster. Immediately, you know these 10 years are trouble years. Why? The Rabbit and Horse is a desctruction, Rabbit and RAT is an uncivillised punishment, and Rabbit and Rooster is a clashed.

Lets the most recent incident on 28 July 2009. Ji Chou (earth, OX) year, (Xin Wei, Metal Goat) month, ( Jia Xu, Wood Dog) day. Looking at his natal chart, you’ll ntoice the Jia Wood of Direct Officer sitting on top of the RAT. This direct officer can represent authority or the law. So, when the RAT is conflicted, chances are the law is broken. The RAT, gets HARMED with GOAT month. The OX (year) and Horse is a HARM. Also if you read what actually happened, it was the girlfriend who had delivered the drugs to him. The Gui water in the rat, which represents Indirect wealth is the girl friend. However you may choose to read it, this is going to be a tough period.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

When Destiny gets in the way

I got up early this morning to say a little prayer for a friend that is undergoing a major surgery to remove a brain tumor later today. He’s gone through this before several years back (I believe in 2006) but the tumor has come back, and it has to be removed.

I guess what’s bothering me is not the fact that he is going through the surgery at probably the worst time of his life, but probably on the worst day of the year and month. For those who have a tong shu, today is not only ‘destruction day’, it is a monthly and yearly breaker. This month is also an OX month and you’ll see later why the OX isn’t exactly his favorite animal, too. I’m also not crazy about the ‘Xin Wei’ Jia Zi as it was the same type of MONTH that my partner had left us 6 months ago. Just imagine a picture of Xin metal on top of a heap of earth and you know why I don’t like this Jia Zi.

He just entered his 50 luck pillar of Ren Xu (Water Dog) in 2009. If you look at his chart, the DOG, forms a destruction formation with the GOAT, and is also a CLASH with the DRAGON. In 2009, the year of the OX, the HORSE forms a a HARM formation with the OX and clashes with the GOAT. The OX and DRAGON also forms a DESTRUCTION formation. The only line of defense left is the PIG. How not to be concerned? As far as I can track (he’s my neighbor at work) every time something happens to the PIG, something happens to him. Whether it is clients’ issues, accidents, cash flow etc. you name it. Obviously the year of the OX was a lousy year for him. For a person who is quite a successful entrepreneur with a string of achievements, this was horrible year. My only answer I could give was ‘wait for the TIGER year. ‘ Quietly, I knew he had to actually get past the TIGER year, too, as the TIGER and PIG also forms a DESTRUCTION formation. Too many destructions for my liking, and he had to do his surgery on a ‘destruction’ day! He does have one of the best doctors in the world that money can buy, but it also means trying to change the operation date is almost impossible.

I guess knowing all this is one thing. What is really bothering me is that I did try to get him to change the operation dates as subtlety as possible. Problem was religion. He’s a muslim man and Islam doesn’t encourage people tampering with ‘destiny’ and trying to understand ‘luck’ can be interpreted as tampering with ‘destiny.’ A lot of problems in the world today is a result of exerting ones’ belief system on to others and then trying to factually back it up. I practice bazi and fengshui because I believe and I see the results. But I’m not too sure it is right to get other’s to believe, even though it is not a religion in any sense!

Anyway, I know his will power to live is extremely strong as there’s a million other things he wants to accomplish in life and he’s gotten through it once before. I hope you join me in saying a little prayer for him.