The Eight Characters (Bazi)
To derive a person’s Ba Zi, the date and time of birth is expressed in a certain order in terms of the Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches, and then integrate with changes in the Five Elements. This enables us to determine one’s predestined fate and one’s future course of fortune.
The Eight Characters practice involves taking the four pillars of birth - hour, day, month and year – arranging them into the Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches, then combining changes in the five elements, to predict a person’s innate destiny and his future fortune.
The Eight Characters (八字) is one of the most popular and most accessible Chinese Fortune Telling methods. The Eight Characters practice involves taking four components of time, the hour of birth, day, month and year, arranging them into the Four Pillars, and then analyzed against the Day master, the Heavenly Stem for the Day pillar. It is a form of Fortune Telling or Divination that tells one about his or her destiny in life and current situation in order for them to understand themselves better and to plan for a better future from the prediction.
According to ancient Chinese scholars, our destiny IS predetermined at the moment we take our first breath; however, it is NOT set in stone. It is only one of several factors that influence our total life experience. Knowing our destiny provides us with beneficial advantages, like a blueprint for a building; our life's path is merely a plan. Your career, marriage, family, health, finances, life cycles, personal traits and more are projected for your future. Not in some great master plan but in the frequencies created by the relationship between the Earth and the Sun at one's birth. These frequencies change throughout the hours, days, months and years in a cycle. Your destiny is determined by how you respond to these energy cycles. And the good part is, you have the option of changing your response or re-action to potentially detrimental circumstances if you know what the clues are beforehand. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.