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.

Prediction by Date of Birth – Predicting Your Luck in a Year, Month, Day and Hour

In the last article in this “Prediction by Date of Birth” series, we have seen how you can find out your representing star by checking your date of birth.  The significance of the first day of spring was also introduced to you.  This time, I will move on to introduce how you can predict your luck in a given year and a given month.

Prediction by Date of Birth – Your Yearly Luck

Now you know you have a representing star.  In fact, there is a representing star for any given year.  For example, the representing star of 2015 is “3”.

By knowing this, you can do simple prediction using your own representing star and that of the current year.  We do this by examining the interactions between the five-elements of these two stars.  The basic principle is, if the two five-element characteristics are compatible, this year is good for you.  But if they are not, this may be a bad year.

Prediction by Date of Birth – Your Monthly Luck

Similar to Yearly representing star, there is also a monthly representing star for every month.  The logic is the same, if the monthly star is good for you, that should be a lucky month for you, and vice versa.

The Five-element Theories

So the critical question is, what are the five-element characteristics of the 9 representing stars:

  • Star 1 – Water
  • Star 2 – Earth
  • Star 3 – Wood
  • Star 4 – Wood
  • Star 5 – Earth
  • Star 6 – Metal
  • Star 7 – Metal
  • Star 8 – Earth
  • Star 9 – Fire

Next, you need to know the interactions among these five elements.  These could be described in words, but a picture is certainly better than a thousand words, so I shall use the following diagram instead.  This is a nice diagram I found in Wikipedia.

Fortune-telling, the Simple Way

For example, if your representing star is 2, your five-element characteristic is earth.  Unfortunately, the representing star of 2015 is “3” (wood), which is incompatible with earth.  Therefore, 2015 may be a less fortunate year for you in general.  However, it does not mean that you will have bad luck in all 365 days in this year.  It simply means that you have a relatively higher chance of encountering bad luck in this year.  DO NOT lose your confidence in the future simply because you found that the current year is not good for you.  The 9 Star Ki analysis is not intended to work this way.

The same applies to monthly divination.  The representing star of the seventh Feng Shui month of 2015 is “8”, which belongs to earth.  Since both you and the month are of earth characteristic, this should be a good month for you!

See?  It is not difficult to tell your fortune in a given year and month.  Only if you know how to find out the representing star of any year and any month.  There are a set of complicated formulas behind, but to save your time, I recommend that you go to the following web site, where you can find an online calculator to find out the representing star for any given year and month:

http://www.fourpillars.net/online9Ki.php

Fairly simple, right?  In fact, you can also use the same method to predict your luck in any given day and bi-hourly period.  What you need to do is to find out the representing star of that day or bi-hourly period.

Unfortunately, there is no simple way to find out the representing star of a year or bi-hourly period.  You need to calculate every time you want to find out these stars.  The formula is not very difficult but I certainly would not call it simple.  Being a lazy guy, I choose to copy what’s already been explained in Wikipedia (all credits go to Wikipedia and those who contributed to it):

Daily Flying Star

Daily and bihourly flying stars are usually applied to predict the time of a happening. Daily Flying Stars are governed by,

RULE 1: From the onset of Winter Solstice until Summer Solstice in the following year, the daily stars progress in ascending order (… 7,8,9,1, 2, 3, …). The stars are distributed around the nine palaces following Lo Shu path.

On the very first Yang Wood Rat day or Jia-zi day after Winter Solstice, daily Star 1 presides the center palace.

RULE 2: From the onset of Summer Solstice until the next Winter Solstice, the daily stars progress in a descending order (… 3,2,1,9,8,7,…). The stars are distributed around the nine palaces fleeing Lo Shu path.

On the very first Yang Wood Rat day or Jia-zi day after Summer Solstice, daily Star 9 presides the center palace.

Bihourly Flying Star

Bi-hourly Flying Stars are ruled by,

RULE 1: From the onset of Winter Solstice until Summer Solstice in the following year, the bi-hourly stars are distributed around the nine palaces following Lo Shu path. The stars progress in ascending order every bi-hourly.

On Rat, Rabbit, Horse, and Rooster days, star 1 occupies the center sector at Rat hour (11 pm of previous day – 1 am). On Ox, Dragon, Goat, and Dog days, star 4 occupies the center sector at Rat hour. On Tiger, Snake, Monkey, Pig days, star 7 occupies the center sector at Rat hour.

RULE 2: From the onset of Summer Solstice until next Winter Solstice, the bi-hourly stars are distributed around the nine palaces fleeing Lo Shu path. The stars progress in descending order every bi-hourly.

On Rat, Rabbit, Horse, and Rooster days, star 9 occupies the center sector at Rat hour. On Ox, Dragon, Goat, and Dog days, star 6 occupies the center sector at Rat hour. On Tiger, Snake, Monkey, Pig days, star 3 occupies the center sector at Rat hour.

The reason that I chose not to explain the day and bi-hourly star formula in details is that, besides the formula you also need an almanac which tells you the dates of Winter Solstice and Summer Solstice, as well as the date of the twelve Chinese sodiac signs.  Otherwise, you cannot determine the order of allocating the stars.  And I guess not so many of you would have an almanac in hand that gives these dates.  This kind of almanac is usually used by Feng Shui practitioners only.

Luckily, the technology is so advanced nowadays that we no longer need to own the paper almanac or memorize the formula.  Try to search “9 star ki” or “nine star ki” in the iOS Appstore and Google Play Store, you can find lots of apps that tells you the representing stars of the current day and time.  Some apps can even point you to your daily good directions!  The best of all, some of these apps are free of charge!

Prediction by Date of Birth – The Myth of Year of Birth

In the last article in this prediction by date of birth series, I have introduced how to find out your representing star by referring to your date of birth. Although the representing star changes once a year, you cannot simply find out your representing star by looking at your year of birth. The date of birth also matters.

The Myth of Year of Birth Explained

According to Chinese Feng Shui theories, a year ends on the last day of winter and the following year begins on the following day, i.e. the first day of spring. The first day of spring is NOT equal to the first day of Chinese New Year. This is an interesting fact but unfortunately not many Feng Shui practitioners know it.

prediction by date of birth - spring

Chinese Calendar is a mixture of Yang and Yin calendars. Yang Calender is based on the relative position of the sun and the earth. The Yin Calendar is based on the location of the moon in relation to the earth. The Chinese New Year we usually celebrates is based on the Yin Calendar, this is why some people would call it the Chinese Lunar New Year. This Yin Calendar has been in place for thousands of years.

However, Chinese Feng Shui is related to the flow and cycling of energy. All planets in the solar system, including the earth, is affected by the sun. As for the earth, summer is the hottest season in a year, because during summer the earth is the closest to the sun in a year. On the other hand, it is the coolest in winter because the earth is far away from the sun in its orbit. The four seasons are the “products of the sun”. The kind of energy that Feng Shui examines is that brought by the sun. So, for Feng Shui purpose, we use the relative position of the earth to the sun to determine the time in a year.

Continue reading “Prediction by Date of Birth – The Myth of Year of Birth”

Prediction by Date of Birth – Introduction to 9 Star Ki

The method of prediction by date of birth that I am going to introduce is 9 Star Ki.  Most of you should have heard of its name before, but chances are you don’t know what it actually means.

Some people think 9 Star Ki is a Feng Shui tool, some think it is a destiny analysis tool, but very few people know that it could be used for divinatory purpose to tell the future.

Before learning how the future telling actually works, let us first know the basics.

Prediction by Date of Birth – Lo Shu Square

9 Star Ki is an ancient way of fortune telling that could be traced back to thousand years ago.  It is based on the Lo Shu Square (洛書 in Chinese), a.k.a. Nine Halls Diagram (九宮圖 in Chinese).  There is a story related to this diagram.  It was said that, when a legendary hero, Xia Yu (夏禹 in Chinese), was travelling around the territory to treat flooding, one day a giant turtle emerged from a river.  The shell of the turtle shown the following pattern, which are nine numbers presented in dots linked by lines:

Prediction by Birth Date - Lo Shu Square

If you think about it, you will find that this is actually a magical square.  The sum of all numbers in each row, column or diagonal line is 15.  Since the central number is 5, so the sum of the two numbers in opposite corners or sides must be 10.  How interesting it is!

This Luo Shu Square has been widely used in different aspects of Chinese numerology, including Feng Shui, destiny analysis and future prediction.  In this series of articles related to prediction by date of birth, I will tell you how to utilize Lo Shu Square to do future prediction.

Prediction by Date of Birth – 9 Star Ki

The theory behind 9 Star Ki is exactly Lo Shu Square.  There are nine boxes in the Nine Halls Diagram, each with a number.  You can consider these nine numbers “nine stars”.  Each Star has different characteristics.

According to 9 Star Ki theory, each person is represented by one of these nine Stars, from one to nine.  For example, if you belongs to the Ninth Qua (九命卦 in Chinese), you more or less have some of the characteristics of the Star Nine.

Once your representing Star is known, you know if a particular year, month, date or hour is a lucky one for you, by checking the compatibility of your own Star and the prevailing Star of that particular moment of time.  This is the foundation of 9 Star Ki future prediction.

Since this method of prediction by date of birth is related to your year of birth, basically all you need to know to do the divination is your date of birth and the prevailing Star of the time.

The tables below show the representing Star of people born in different years.  Please note that in the same year, male and female could have different representing stars.

List of Representing Stars - 1901 to 1960

List of Representing Stars - 1961 to 2020

Try to find your representing Star (Gua) by referring to the above table.  Know it and we shall move on to the next lesson of prediction by date of birth in the next article.  See you!

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