Instantly Know Any Person’s Characters (8) – The Mountain People

We have already seen two types of people who possess earthy characteristics, i.e. Gua 2 and Gua 5 people. Yet, there is another type of earthy people, Gua 8. Although all three Guas have earthy characteristics, they are not all the same.

Gua 8 – The Mountain

The kind of earth that Gua 8 belongs to is like mountain, in contrast to Gua 2 which is like flat ground. So, although both of them are quite inflexible, Gua 2 people tend to be satisfied with the status-quo, while Gua 8 people may the tendencies to achieve goals.


When try to achieve goals, Gua 8 people could set targets to progressively reach to the top, just like climbing mountains. They have goals but they are not greedy. They would not set aggressive targets but reachable goals only.

Similar to Gua 2 and Gua 5 people, Gua 8 people also have good perseverance. You can’t beat a mountain easily. No matter how hard you hit it, the mountain still stands there.

Gua 8 People – Disadvantages

Looks like Gua 8 people are quite good. Do they have bad characteristics? Yes. as they are quite down-to-earth, sometimes they could go overboard and become hardheaded. They could be a little bit too practical and lack flexibility to handle challenges.

Besides, as rigid as the mountain, Gua 8 people may be less able to appreciate other people’s feeling. They could work hard as an employee, but if they want to be a leader, they need to learn how to drive people to excel.

Who are Gua 8 People?

You can look up your birth year in the table below and find your Gua number. Or, if you want to know more about the theory, read my introductory article about 9 Star Ki please.

List of Representing Stars - 1901 to 1960

List of Representing Stars - 1961 to 2020

A point to note: Chinese Astrology regard Spring as the start of a year, and Spring usually begins on 4 February. In other words, if you were born from 1 January to 3 February, you should look up for the previous year when you check the following tables. For example, a person born on 27 January 2001 should be regarded as born in 2000 when determining the Gua number.

Instantly Know Any Person’s Characters (7) – The Soft Metal People

According to Chinese Astrology, everyone is born to belong to one of the nine Flying Stars (Guas). By just knowing the Gua of a person, we could instantly know some of the characteristics of that person. We have learnt how to read the characters of people of Gua 1 to Gua 6 in this series of articles. This time, let us move on to Gua 7.

Gua 7 – Soft Metal

If I need to describe Gua 7 with an element, I would use metal, and in particular soft metal. Gua 7 people has the characteristics of soft metal: ductile, flexible, mobile, fast and outreaching.

Gua 7 people are ductile and flexible. Although both Gua 6 and Gua 7 are metals, they are distinctively different in how they cope with changes. Gua 6 people are like hard metal (e.g. steel beams, giant metal structures) that they could not adapt to new things easily. On the other hand, Gua 7 people are like soft metal, in changing environments they could bend and change shape. This characteristic makes they very good at resisting adverse situations.

Gua 7 people are also mobile, i.e. they tend to move around. They could be good employees if the job requires them to move around, e.g. contact clients at different locations. Gua 7 could also represent transportation, so it is also good for Gua 7 people to be pilots, drivers, etc. or take up jobs that require them to travel or commute frequently.

Gua 7 people can act fast. They are quite smart and can usually come up with solutions to problems easily. They are usually able to reach out to different people and work in a team.

Gua 7 People – Disadvantages

The advantages of Gua 7 people could also be disadvantages. For example, they can act fast but if they put too much emphasis on speed, they may be unable to consider all factors and would make pre-mature decisions.

Besides, with their intelligence and fast action, they may become aggressive and sometimes a bit speculative. If they do not know how to properly manage their finance, this could lead to a big problem.

All in all, Gua 7 people are not bad to work or live with. If you are a Gua 7 person, try to slow down at times when you need to make an important decision.

Who are Gua 7 people?

To find out your Gua number, please read my introductory article about 9 Star Ki. Or, you can find out your Gua number by checking the following tables.

A point to note: Chinese Astrology regard Spring as the start of a year, and Spring usually begins on 4 February. In other words, if you were born from 1 January to 3 February, you should look up for the previous year when you check the following tables. For example, a person born on 27 January 2001 should be regarded as born in 2000 when determining the Gua number.

Feng Shui 2017 (3) – Good Directions in Year of Rooster

Happy Lunar New Year!

In my last two articles about the worst direction and some other bad directions, we have seen too many bad Feng Shui directions for 2017. This time, we shall see some good directions.

You may wonder why this article is published after the Lunar New Year. The fact is, many people are not aware that the Chi of a year does not change right at the first day of the Lunar New Year. According to Feng Shui theories, a year begins on the first day of Spring, which is usually 4 February. In other words, all Feng Shui settings for a new year should only be installed on or after 4 February.

This year, the time of Spring is quite tricky. In many parts of the world, it happens on the 3 February 2017, but in other parts of the world it happens on the 4 February 2017. My advice is you could do all Feng Shui settings on 4 February 2017. It doesnt hurt to start one day late, right? After reading this article, you still have time to prepare for your fortunate year!

Feng Shui 2017

The Most Powerful Feng Shui Direction in 2017

According to Chinese Feng Shui theories, the most powerful Flying Star in the Eighth Yun (Period), which is from 2004 to 2023, is Flying Star 8. This Star occupies East in 2017 Year of Rooster.

For this reason, most Feng Shui masters ask you to put a water fountain or some lucky stuff in this direction. In a way, yes, you could consider East as the luckiest Feng Shui direction in 2017, because the most powerful Flying Star comes to here. The energy here is full.

Just remember, there are always exceptional cases. In some houses, the use of this most powerful Feng Shui Flying Star may lead to bad luck. Why? Becasue it is so powerful! If in this direction there is also a bad Sha (deadly Feng Shui problem), Flying Star 8 would increase the power of the Sha too. It is just like adding fuel to the fire.

So, if you want to leverage the power of Flying Star 8, always consult a local Feng Shui master who could go to your house to check. If not, and you found that you encounter problems in your life, stop placing the Feng Shui stuff in this direction, whatever it may be.

Good Feng Shui Direction for Career / Study in 2017

Flying Star 4 occupies Northeast in 2017 Year of Rooster. If you place your desk here, you may be able to make the most out of this Star.

Again, if you find any problem after doing Feng Shui in this direction, stop immediately.

Good Feng Shui Direction for Relationship in 2017

Lastly, the best direction for love and relationship in 2017 is the centre of your house. Flying Star 1 goes to here. If you are eager to have a boost, place a beautiful vase with some colourful flowers here. Only real flowers count, plastic ones have no power at all. Again, stop doing this if anything undesirable happens, because the Sha that originally exists in the centre of your house, if any, may have bad effect if combined with this Flying Star.

Feng Shui 2017 (2) – Other Bad Directions

Last time, we learnt which is the worst Fung Shui direction in 2017.  This time, let us look at other bad directions in 2017.

Feng Shui 2017

Flying Star 2 – Sickness

Flying Star 5 brings disaster and everything unfortunate, Flying Star 2 is about sickness.  That’s why all Chinese Feng Shui books ask people to avoid if these two Flying Stars are together.

In 2017 Year of Rooster, Flying Star 2 will be located in Northwest.  In other words, if the entrance door, bedroom, kitchen or toilet in your house is located in the Northwest corner, you family members may have a higher chance of having health issues, ranging from more frequent common flu to serious illness or injury.

What not to do: do not hang anything in red or orange colour in this direction.  Avoid all building works as well.

Shui Puo and San Sha

Shui Puo is a direction against the God of the Year.  This is why you should never carry out any building works in this direction.  In 2017, Shui Puo is located in East.

San Sha is another very bad direction.  It literally means “triple killings”.  In fact, it is where the bad energy accumulates in a year, so it is yet another very bad Feng Shui direction.  In 2017, San Sha is also located in East.

See?  East has double troubles.  Although it is still not as bad as South where Flying Star 5 situates, my advice is never do any building works in this direction.  Avoid moving furniture in this corner too.

Tai Shui

Tai Shui is where the God of the Year locates for the whole year.  This is a very important Feng Shui direction.  In 2017, it is located in West.

Again, do not carry out any building works in this direction.  Otherwise, you may get the God of the Year mad and get yourself in deep trouble.

So these are the bad Feng Shui directions in 2017.  Next time, we shall meet the good ones, i.e. the fortunate Feng Shui directions!

Feng Shui 2017 (1) – The Worst Direction

The new year is coming, it’s time to prepare your home or office Feng Shui decorations.  In this Feng Shui 2017 series, I will introduce various good and bad directions, that you need to avoid and make the most out of, in the coming 2017, Year of Rooster.  This time, we shall examine the worst of all directions.

Feng Shui 2017

2017 Worst Feng Shui Direction – South

The worst direction in 2017 is South.  According to Chinese Feng Shui theories, there are nine Flying Stars which would change their locations every year.  The Flying Star that represents bad luck and disaster is Flying Star 5.  This Flying Star will come to South in 2017 the Year of Rooster.

This star is associated with all things bad.  The most important thing to remember is not to increase its power.  Always remember not to carry out any building works in this direction at your home or office.  These include major works such as demolishing a wall, forming an opening on the wall or floor, digging holes on the ground, etc. to minor works such as drilling small holes on the wall for installing a hanger.  The more you carry out works in South in 2017, the more energy and power you give to Flying Star 5.

Besides, try not to put any large red / orange stuff in this direction in the coming year, for example, red carpet, orange picture on the wall or painting the wall in these colours.  Absolutely not.  Flying Star 5 belongs to the earth element, red and orange are the colours of fire.  Placing things in these colours in South in 2017 is like adding fuel to the fire (because fire generates earth according to Chinese Five-element Theory).

What if you need to urgently fix the cracks on the wall?  Can you just ignore the defects and let the house collapse?  Of course not.  In case urgent repair is required, try to carry out the work at other directions first, then gradually extend the work to South.  By doing so, you could have a better beginning, bringing positive energy before the bad effect comes.

Now you know which is the worst Feng Shui direction in 2017 and what not to do in this direction.  Next time, we shall examine other bad Feng Shui directions in 2017.  Stay tuned!

Instantly Know Any Person’s Characters (6)

In the previous five articles, I have examined the characteristics of people of Guas 1 to 5. This time, let’s learn how to instantly tell the characteristics of Gua 6 people.

Gua 6 – Hard Metal

Gua 6 belongs to metal element. While we could further define metal into hard metal and soft metal, Gua 6 is definitely hard. You can imagine hard metal as large piece of steel which is very strong and rigid, while soft metal is similar to the golden rings and bracelets, which are not for building and construction but for collection and decoration.

Instantly Know Any Person's Characters - Gua 6 - Hard Metal

Gua 6 People’s Advantages

Gua 6 people tend to have strong self-confidence. When facing challenges, their persistence could help them get through difficulties. Imagine how a steel column takes on the heavy loading. This ability makes them honest and reliable. They would not change easily.

These people can act fast, they don’t need much time to think.

Gua 6 People’s Disadvantages

Due to the strong and rigid characteristics, Gua 6 people usually are less flexible. They could not easily change the way they do things. They may not be very talkative and easy to communicate with. They tend to believe that they know the world and how things work (but not necessarily).

They usually project the image of strong men and women in the workplace. However, this also means that they care about how people think about them.

With the above characteristics, Gua 6 people are more suitable to work in stable jobs and industries. The volatile trades, such as marketing and investment are definitely good choices (how could you survive in these industries if you are not flexible enough)?

If I am asked to give advice to Gua 6 people, I would suggest them not to insist to be strong. Sometimes we need to change and adapt to the prevailing environment, even if we do not agree with it.

If you don’t know how to find out the Gua number, please read my introductory article about 9 Star Ki. Or, you can find out your Gua number quickly by looking up the following tables.

List of Representing Stars - 1901 to 1960

List of Representing Stars - 1961 to 2020

Instantly Know Any Person’s Characters (5)

This is my fifth article in the “Instantly Know Any Person’s Characters” series under the 9 Star Ki Collection.  This time, we will look at the characters of people of Qua 5.

Wonder who belongs to Gua 5?  You may refer to the tables below, which originally appeared in my introductory article about 9 Star Ki and divination.

List of Representing Stars - 1901 to 1960

List of Representing Stars - 1961 to 2020

Qua 5 – Central Earth

Same as Qua 2, Qua 5 along belongs to the earth element.  In the traditioal Chinese Luo Shu dragram, 5 occupies the central box (palace), that is why we call Qua 5 the central earth.

Qua 5 – Advantages

Qua 5 people are usually hard working.  They tend to believe in working hard in order to achieve good results.  They usually do not mind having to expereience a hard time before getting fruitful result.  If they idntified a target, they could go all the way to achieve it, no matter how hard it could be.

Qua 5 people are usually self-confident.  They believe in yourself and tend to think that they could win in every battle.  So they are not afraid of challenges and enjoy winning in competitions.

Qua 5 – Disadvantages

If the self-confidence and eagerness to win of Qua 5 people are driven to extreme, Qua 5 people may become over-confident and arrogant.

They may be unable to appraise the problems other people face, and insist to think in their own ways.  They may be inflexible when dealing with situations, especially in cases that involve complex interpersonal issues.  In this respect, you may think of Qua 5 people as rigid earth, stone wall or concrete.

Rigid Stone Wall

Because it may be uneasy for them to understand other people, it may be more common for them to be alone even in a large organization.  But sometimes Gua 5 people do not mind being alone.

Due to all the above characteristics, it is not advisable to suggest a Qua 5 person to take part in any risky decision.  For example, even if the stock market is falling, since Qua 5 people are relatively self-confident, they may insist that their judgment is correct and resist to take appropriate actions to cut loss.  You can easily think of a dozen similar situations.


My advice to Gua 5 people is that they really should listen to other people and be more open-mind.  With their good resistance to hardship and eagerness to win, they have the potential to achieve good results.


Instantly Know Any Person’s Characters (4)

We have already seen how to read the personality of people of Gua 1, 2 and 3.  This time, I will show you what are the typical characteristics of Gua 4 people.

Gua 4 – Soft Wood

Similar to Gua 3, Gua 4 also belongs to the wood element.  However, they are quite different.

There are basically two types of vegetation, one is big tall trees, the other one is flowers, grasses and bushes.  The former is very hard and strong wile the latter is soft.  You can see the latter bending as wind blows, but it is rare to see big trees bending under the wind unless it is very strong wind.

Gua 4 Characteristics - Grass

The above difference highlights the characteristics of Gua 4 people.

Gua 4 People’s Advantages

Gua 4 people are like beautiful flowers.  They are usually gentle, soft and liked by many people.  As they resembles the characteristics of soft wood, they usually would not be arrogant but rather polite.

Unlikely Gua 3 people who would persist to achieve their goals, Gua 4 people are less concerned about making achievement.  They usually tend to enjoy spiritual satisfaction.  Earning money is not necessarily their top priority task.

Girls of Gua 4 usually have an aura of elegance.  Boys are usually debonair gentlemen.  They usually like literature, music and arts.  Of course, this certainly depends on the background and education of that particular person.

Gua 4 People’s Dsiadvantages

You could probably guess what “disadvantages” Gua 4 people would have by relating to the differences between hardwood and softwood.  Gua 4 people are usually considered to be lack of persistance.  They tend to accept the reality as it is (consider grasses bending as the wind blows).  It is likely that they may change their ideas easily.

When facing failure, they have less self-confidence to overcome it.  They may be less able to resist pressure.

Because they are usually liked by many people, sometimes they may be too casual in lovelife.

My overall view is that Gua 4 people are generally great.  They would be even better if they could be tougher and upholding their principles more.

If you want to find out which Gua you belong to, you can check out my article that introduces 9 Star Ki.  I have also re-posted below a reference table that you can quickly find out your own Gua.

List of Representing Stars - 1901 to 1960

List of Representing Stars - 1961 to 2020

Next time, we shall examine the common characteristics of Gua 5 people.

Instantly Know Any Person’s Characters (3)

We have come to the third article in this Instantly Know Any Person’s Characters series. This time, we shall look at the personality of people of Gua 3.

Gua 3 – The Big Tree

Flying Star 3 belongs to the Wood element, so as Gua 3. People of Gua 3 more or less have some personal characters that resemble a big and tall tree.

Gua 3 Characteristics - Big Tree

Gua 3 People – The Advantages

Gua 3 people are usually tough and strong They could face challenges without much fear. They are usually proactive, optimistic, bright and self-confident.

Consider a tall green tree standing upright under the sunshine. It can stand the strong wind and the heat of the sun. It could also be a great shelter for other animals. So, you really can count on Gua 3 people for help.

If Gua 3 people find a goal, they would go all the way to achieve it. They could have good concentration. This character could help them to get through troubles.

Gua 3 – The Disadvantages

Same as other Guas, when there are advantages there would be disadvantages. A common problem of Gua 3 people is that they are too eager to win, so while they strive for the best result, chances are they forget what price they need to pay for it. And because they are a trunky big tree, they tend to have less flexibility when dealing with people. This could cost them a lot.

Since Gua 3 people are quite optimistic, they tend to think only the bright side of a thing. While positive thinking is usually regarded as a good thing, extremely positive thinking may make a person not sensitive to potential danger.

Gua 3 people have a tendency to think that they are great and people count on them. However, over-confidence on oneself may be a bad thing.

Finally, if a Gua 3 person is in a low tide period, i.e. having bad luck, he or she could still good. The detachment from reality may prevent him or her from responding to the changing environment.

My overall verdict is that Gua 3 people are lovable but sometimes you just cannot stand their over-confidence. They are hard wood without much flexibility.

Wonder which Gua you are of? No problem. I re-attach the following table, which I firstly posted in my article that introduces the 9 Star Ki system. Just look up this table, find your year of birth and gender, you will see your corresponding Gua.

List of Representing Stars - 1901 to 1960

List of Representing Stars - 1961 to 2020


Instantly Know Any Person’s Character (2)

Last time, we examined how to read the characters of Gua 1 people.  This time, let’s learn about people of Gua 2.

The Nature of Gua 2

Gua 2 belongs to the earth element under the Five-element Theory.  It is also a Yin (陰) element.  To visualize it, you could consider Gua 2 as flat ground.
Instantly Know Any Person's Characters - Gua 2 - Earth

The Characters of Gua 2 People

How would a person be if we consider him or her as a flat ground?  Firstly, the ground supports all the buildings.  So, a person of Gua 2 is usually reliable and trust-worthy.  In the context of family, Gua 2 people should be good father or mother who cares the family (as how the earth nurtures different creatures).
Gua 2 people are usually practical.  Unlike people of Gua 1, they have relatively less creative ideas.  They tend to do things step by step.
The ground could take heavy load, so Gua 2 people usually could stand hard work without much complaint.  They are considerate people.  They also tend to save rather than spend.
On the other hand, if the above advantages were driven to an extreme, they could become drawbacks.  For example, since Gua 2 people do not usually pursue new ideas, they may be too conservative.  And since they tend to save money, they may more likely be misers who are reluctant to spend.
As hard as the ground, Gua 2 people could be stubborn, inflexible and difficult to adapt to new environments.  These characteristics make them less suitable as good leaders.  Even if there is a good chance in front of them, they may be afraid to snag it.
Finally, while we say Gua 2 people usually could survive hard working environment, it could also mean that they suffer while not speaking out.  This is also why Gua 2 people may be good employees in the eyes of employers.

Tips for Gua 2 People

As I always say, there are no good or bad characters.  Although we say there are drawbacks, Gua 2 people could turn them into advantages.  The key is you need to know how to maximize the use of these characteristics to produce favourable results.
Gua 2 people must not forget that they are linked to the earth and ground.  In the context of investment, it means that they have a relatively higher chance of achieving gain by investing in real estates.  This matches the characteristics of Gua 2 people, as they tend to save.  They do not like the volatility of the stock market, so it is good that they save money and invest in real estates.  Certainly, any kind of investment requires good sense, smart decision and luck.  Please do not think that Gua 2 people must always win in the real estate market.
If you cannot remember who are Gua 2 people, please read my Introduction to 9 Star Ki article.  Next time, we shall talk about the characters of Gua 3 people.

Instantly Know Any Person’s Character (1)

In my Introduction to 9 Star Ki article, I have explained that people born in different years have different Guas (卦).  The Gua of a person could be used to do fortune telling.  Do you know the Gua also reflects a person’s character?

In this second series about 9 Star Ki, I shall demonstrate how you can know any person’s character.  All you need to know is his or her year of birth and the gender.  You can re-read my Introduction to 9 Star Ki article to know how to find out a person’s Gua.

From 1 to 9

According to the 9 Star Ki theory, each person has a Gua that represents him or her.  The Gua could be identified by knowing the year of birth of that person.  There are totally nine Guas, you could treat each Gua as a Star.  This is why 9 Star Ki is so named.

If you have learnt 9 Star Ki from other web sites, books or teachers, you may have learnt a system which determines a person’s Gua only by the year of birth.  This system is particularly popular in Japan.

However, the traditional Chinese 9 Star Ki uses both year of birth and the gender.  In a given year, all male born in that year have the same Gua, while all female born in the same year have another Gua.  This reflects the Yin and Yang characteristics of everything on earth.  This is why we should check both the year of birth and gender.

9 Stars with Unique Characters

Each Gua (or Star) has a group of unique characters.  The characters are partly inherited from the Five-element characteristic of the Gua, and partly inherited from the corresponding Ba Gua characteristics.

The Characters of Gua 1

Let’s use the first Gua, 1, as an example.  Gua 1 belongs to water element.  So it inherited the “flowing” characteristic of water.  Water is also considered as flexible and volatile.

Flowing Water - 9 Star Ki - Gua 1

[Photo via See-ming Lee]

In the context of human character, people of Gua 1 are usually clever.  They have flexible minds and could adapt to different environments and new things easily.  They are usually eager to learn and may have many hobbies or interests.  They are usually not stubborn and have good sense to how things work.  They usually love thinking.  They usually could enjoy social life and could make friends easily.

How cool are these characters?  Right.  But there are two sides on a coin.  You have advantages and inevitably disadvantages as well.  Since people of Gua 1 are very flexible and volatile, they usually have less concentration, particularly on things they do not like.  It may be more difficult for them to stay in the same environment for many years without a change.

Besides, friends of a person of Gua 1 may think that this Gua 1 guy always changes his thinking.  There are always new ideas in Gua 1 people’s minds.  However, these new ideas may not necessarily be practical.

As mentioned, Gua 1 people usually can socialize easily.  To an extreme, this could also mean that Gua 1 people may have a relationship easier.  In the eyes of other people, Gua 1 people may be less serious in finding a long-term partner.

Gua 1 people are usually like water.  Unless frozen, water needs a container to form a shape.  Water without a container will flow to everywhere and make no real use.  That’s why, many Gua 1 people has high tendency to rely on other people.  They need advices from other people to consolidate their innovative ideas and guide them through the every-changing environment.

The above are typical characteristics of Gua 1 people.  The list is not exhaustive, nor is it definite.  Human being is shaped by the surrounding environment, educational background, family, peers and personal experience.  If all male born in 1990 have the same characters, it would be a very boring world.  Please make your sensible judgment when appraising people around you using 9 Star Ki.

There are other factors that may affect the weighting of different characteristics that a person manifests.  An example is the month of birth.  We shall examine these factors in the final article in this series, after the overview of the remaining eight Guas in the coming articles.

Stay tuned!

Who are Your Noble People that Give You Luck?

This article is about noble people who give you luck. In Chinese Astrology, there is a theory that people have different types of energy. If you know what kind of energy you need and you can find out people around you who have this kind of energy, you could get support from them and live your life much easier.

To do this, traditionally we need to know your year, month, day and time of birth to calculate the 8 words (or four pillars) of you. This may not be easy because not all people know their birth time. The calculation also involves the correction of solar time which is quite complicated (and beyond the scope of this simple article).

Here, I present to you a simplier way to find out your noble people by knowing your year of birth only. This method is simple, yet quite reliable. If you can memorize the five combinations I am going to introduce, you could quickly find out the noble people of all your relatives and friends in seconds.

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