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.
[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.