What is Bazi?

November 2, 2019 - Reading time: 2 minutes

BaZi, “八 Ba” means eight and “子 Zi” means character. The eight Chinese characters are derived from the Xia/ HSIA farming calendar which represent the year, month, day, hour and indicates beside of the season’s transition the planetary cycles at given time.

The HSIA calendar has a 60-years cycle and consists of two characters for any given time. The upper characters are called 天干 10 Celestial/ Heavenly Stems and represent the five planets dominance and impact with its polarity on the year, month, day and hour.

The lower characters are called 地支 12 Terrestrial/ Earthly Branches and represent the Earths position in relation to other planets.

The planet Jupiter, which is the biggest planet in our solar system completes its cycle around the sun every twelve years, its magnetic field is about twenty times stronger than Earth's and it’s been believed that it has high impact on our nature. Therefore the “Earthly Branch” of the year or in short the year branch indicates planet Jupiter’s position around the sun.

The Month-Branch indicates the Earths position around the Sun and the transition of seasons. The beginning or completion of the month is not necessarily the first day of the Month.

The Day-Branch indicates the moons position/ phases around the Earth. Apparently the day in month, or in another words, the moon's position around the earth has the highest impact on our nature.

The Hour-Branch indicates the Earth phase rotation on its own axis. Each Chinese Hour consists of two hours; the day is divided into 12 instead of 24 hours.

Chinese call the five closest planets in our solar system “Elements”, namely Wood for Jupiter, Fire for Mars, Earth for Saturn, Metal for Venus and Water for Mercury. Each of the five Planets/Elements has its own polarity, the positive polarity (+) is called Yang and the negative polarity (-) is called Ying.

A plotted Chart from HSIA calendar with the eight characters is also known as “BaZi” Ming Pan (Eight characters of life) or 四柱 Four Pillars of Destiny.


五星 WuXing

November 2, 2019 - Reading time: 9 minutes

The 五星 WuXing (five elements) are the fundamental part of 八字 BaZi (8 Character) also known as 命理 MingLi, the knowledge of life, or 命术 MingShu, the technique of life.

The Five Element Phases can be used to grasp the momentum of forces and properly utilized to improve circumstances for own advantage. Five Elements/Planets/Phases represents as in the table below:

 

Element Wood Fire Earth  Metal Water
Planet
行星 xing xing
Jupiter
木 mù
Mars
火 huǒ
Saturn
土 tǔ
Venus
金 jīn
Mercury
水 shuǐ
Compass
罗盘 luópán
East
东 dōng
South
南 nán
Center
中央 zhōngyāng
West
西方 xīfāng
North
北 běi
Quadrant
象限 xiàngxiàn
Green Dragon
青龍 qīng lóng
 Red Bird
朱雀 zhū què
Yellow Phoenix
黃龍 huáng lóng
White Tiger
白虎 bái hǔ
Turtle-Snake
玄武 xuán wǔ
Seasons
四季 sìjì
Spring
弹簧 tánhuáng
Summer
夏季 xiàjì
Replenishing
补养 bǔyǎng
Autumn
秋季 qiūjì
Winter
冬季 dōngjì
Climates
气候 qìhòu
Windy
有风 yǒu fēng
Heat
热 rè
Damp
潮湿 cháoshī
Dry
干 gàn
Cold
冷 lěng
Stages
阶段 jiēduàn
Birth
分娩 fēnmiǎn
Growth
展 fāzhǎn
Transformation
转型 zhuǎnxíng
Harvest
收成 shōuchéng
Storage
存储 cúnchú
Colors
颜色 yan Se
Green
绿 luu
Red
红 hong
Yellow/Brown
黄 huang
White/Golden
白 bai
Black/Blue
黑蓝 hei Lan
Action
行动 xíngdòng
Crushing
崩 bēng
Exploding
炮 Pào
Crossing
橫 héng
Splitting
劈 pǐ
Drilling
鑽 zūan
Five Virtues
五常 wŭ cháng
Benevolence
仁 rén
Propriety
禮 lĭ
Sincerity
信 xìn
Righteousness
義 yì
Wisdom
智 zhì
Peoples
人们 rénmen
Mongol
蒙 měng
Han
漢 hàn
Manchurian
滿 mǎn
Tibetan
藏 zàng
Turks
回 huí

Anatomy
解剖学 Jiěpōu xué
Yin Organs
 
Liver
肝Gān
Heart
心 Xīn
Spleen
脾 Pí
Lungs
肺 Fèi
Kidneys
腎 Shèn
Yang Organs
 
Gall Bladder
膽 Dǎn
Small Intestine
小肠 Xiǎo Cháng
Stomach
胃 Wèi
Large Intestine
大肠 Dà Cháng
Bladder
胱 Guāng