Four Pillars of Destiny (Ba Zi)

What is Four Pillars of Destiny?

Although largely unfamiliar to the Western world, Ba Zi (Four Pillars of Destiny) has been used for centuries by the Chinese to predict one’s fortune based upon birth data, including the year, month, day, and hour of birth. In ancient Chinese cosmology, the Universe and everything within it is composed of five basic elements – Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. These elements are the basic components of all matter in the Universe, including our lives and destiny, and they constantly interact with one another. Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 1.36.08 PM

To understand the relation between human fortune and the Universe, the Chinese invented a calendar that — in addition to marking the passing of time — also indicates the elemental influences which prevail at a particular time. Hence, one can translate any point in time to the Chinese calendar and then be able to realize the elemental influences associated with that particular time. In other words, expressing one’s birth date in terms of the Chinese calendar provides us with important elemental information about the person. From this, we can glean insights into the person’s destiny, including one’s personality, potentials, relationships, and money, marriage, and health prospects. 

This knowledge facilitates our ability to understand ourselves and others, and it helps to provide a deep insight into a myriad of problems that we face on a daily basis. This allows us to make better decisions, particularly as it relates to choosing the right time to make changes in our life.