In the pursuit of happiness, the Chinese has devised a way to decipher the luck of a person. Whether he or she can be lucky for marriage, career, wealth or health depends on the configuration of the heavenly stems and earthly branches.

The heavenly stems display the face value of the person such as their prevailing traits for all to see. Each heavenly stem exhibits the person’s external character.

The earthly branches hold the seeds to a person true character and what is in their mind. Each earthly branch hides the person’s internal character.

Together, the stems and branches form the four pillars of destiny or Ba Zi birth chart.

In order to truly know a person from the inside, we need to look at the hidden stems as well. The motivation of a person or what drives him or her towards a certain action can be uncovered from the hidden stems. In order words, a person’s inner thoughts and motives can be unveiled behind the mask they put on.

Then there is the Day Master which embodies your character and personality. It is YOU. It personifies who you are. Ideally, the Day Master should be well rooted in its own pillar. This is what people calls WYSWYG. What you see is what you get when dealing with such a person whose Day Master is as straight as a tree.

The Day Master is the most important stem in a BaZi birth chart. It is the point of reference for all the stems and branches. It determines the balance of the BaZi birth chart. Whether you are weak or strong, the stems and branches play an interactive role to support or weaken you.

Then there is the season of birth which can make an element strong or weak including the Day Master. It governs the temperature of the BaZi birth chart based on the four seasons – spring, summer, autumn and winter. If you are born in the right season, you are considered as strong. If you are not born in the right season, you are deemed to be weak. But that is only a simplistic way to assess the strength of a Ba Zi birth chart.

The quality of a Ba Zi birth chart does not rest on its strength per se but the interaction of the stems and branches within it. Ultimately, the quality of a Ba Zi birth chart and hence, a person’s life hinges on the clarity and harmony of one’s Day master in relation to the stems and branches.

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Author's Bio: 

I am a freelance consultant in Chinese Metaphysics. I offer readings of a person's Birth Chart based on the Four Pillars of Destiny (Ba Zi) and Feng Shui tips.

I believe a person's luck can be activated by taking the right action at the right time. By making informed decisions through an analysis of his or her birth chart, a person can live a fulfilling life and be happy and successful.

My name is Alvin Yap and I can show you the way to enlightenment.

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