Four Pillars of Destiny (Bazi)

The Four Pillars of Destiny is known as 'eight characters of birth time', namely Sheng Chen Ba Zi, shortly as Bazi in Pinyin. As an important component of Chinese fortune telling, the 'four pillars' refers to the year, month, day and hour pillars of a birthday in Chinese solar calendar and each pillar has two characters, eight characters (Ba Zi) in total. Two characters in each pair are made up of one character from the Heavenly Stems and one from the Earthly Branches. 

The theory of the Chinese Four Pillars of Destiny is based on Yin Yang and Wu Xing, and the pillars are represented on the basis of the heavenly stems & earthly branches

Year Pillar

– Ten Heavenly Stems and Twelve Earthly branches combines and create a sexagenary cycle (See this chart to find the year pillar. If your birth year is not in the 60-year circle, it can be calculated by extrapolation from the figures.) Here is a quick way to convert a year in western calendar into the one represented by stem and branch. 

Year's Heavenly Stem – Last number of a year will indicate the year's stem
Jia Yi Bing Ding Wu Ji Geng Xin Ren Gui
4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3

Year's Earthly Branch – the reminder (1-11) of the year divided by 12 will indicate the year's branch

Zi Chou Yin Mao Chen Si Wu Wei Shen You Xu Hai
4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 0 1 2 3

Take the year 1985 for example. Last number 5 refers to Yi. 1985 divided by 12 equals an integer 165 with a reminder of 5. Number 5 refers to Chou. So 1985 is Yi Chou year.

Month Pillar

– Month pillar has fixed early branches, lunar January to October represented by Yin, Mao, Chen, Si, Wu, Wei, Shen, You, Xu, Hai, Zi and Chou. The heavenly stem is changing according to the year pillar. In fact, the division of two month branches is usually up to the 24 solar terms. From the Beginning of Spring which regarded as the real start of a year, the branch shifts every two solar terms. The representation by lunar months is only an only an approximation.

Earthly Branches and 12 Months
Branch Zi Chou Yin Mao Chen Si
Lunar Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr.
Solar Daxue-



Branch Wu Wei Shen You Xu Hai
Lunar May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct.
Solar Mangzhou-

Day Pillar

– The recondition to know a day's stem and branch, one should remember the stem and branch of the first day of that year in Chinese lunar calendar. Then, Chinese calendar has bigger and lesser month, respectively having 30 or 29 days. One stem-branch cycle needs 60 days. If the stem and branch of the first day of that lunar month has been known, there is a way to extrapolate any day within the month, by the different extrapolation rules applied to bigger and lesser months. 

Hour Pillar

– Similarly, the heavenly branches of the hour pillar is fixed. Jia hour refers to 23:00-01:00, and so forth. The heavenly stem of each day is up to the stem and branch of the day pillar. 

Earthly Branches of 24 Hours (12 Shi Chen)
Zi Chou Yin Mao Chen Si
23:00-00:59 01:00-02:59 03:00-04:59 05:00-06:59 07:00-08:59 09:00-10:59
Wu Wei Shen You Xu Hai
11:00-12:59 13:00-14:59 15:00-16:59 17:00-18:59 19:00-20:59 21:00-22:59

 Here is the Bazi chart interpretation for an individual born at 18:00, on April 12, 1985 (lunar February 23, 1985) in western calendar for example. Generally, a yellow calendar book is necessary to help find the accurate pillars. Now, it is very easy to find an online Ba Zi calculator. 

Pillars Hour Day Month Year
Heavenly Stems Ding Ding Geng Yi
Wu Xing/Yin Yang Yin Fire Yin Fire Yang Metal Yin Wood
Earthly Branches You Chou Chen Chou
Wu Xing/Yin Yang Yin Metal Yin Earth Yang Earth Yin Earth

It has only eight characters, but the relation of the eight characters is very complicated. According to the Bazi analysis theory, year pillar represents ancestors and parents; month pillar represents brothers and sisters; day stem represents oneself; day branch represent spouse; hour pillar represents offspring. In addition, the heavenly stems have their own characteristics which are related to the Five Elements (Wu Xing). The missing element in a baby's Bazi will be usually added into its name as an action of compensation. Among the ten heavenly stems, there are compatible and opposite relations. While among the earthly branches, the relations are more complex, combination, clash, restriction, harm, etc. Abundant relationships may have accurate explanation on the luck of one self or relatives. 

The ancient people believed that birth time is a kind of Qi (aura, something of spirit). People born in the Wei hour have an aura field of Wei. If the birth time is in Wei hour but closing to Shen, the aura field has changed gradually to that of the Shen hour. The Four Pillars of Destiny was created based on vague time, as the time division in ancient time could not be accurate as it is in modern times. So, are there any errors if calculating the Ba Zi because of the time difference? An individual is unique replying on the combination of time, space and spirit. While the Four Pillars mainly talks about time, occasionally space but non spirit. It is an outcome of Chinese metaphysics which is special, interesting but the accurate is debatable.

- Last modified on Aug. 01, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Four Pillars of Destiny (Bazi)
Asked by Sheng from PHILS. | Jul. 22, 2019 07:17Reply
My birthday is June 22,1975 at 530 pm. Will my marriage last?
Please predict my marriage life and future
Answers (3)
Answered by Annabelle from DENMARK | Jul. 22, 2019 19:34

You should have more confidence about yourself. Actually, you have enough charm. Late 2019 and early 2020 will be the lucky time for you to meet the right person. If the love relationship goes well, you will have a large chance to obtain the everlasting and harmonious marriage life.
Answered by Sheng from PHILS. | Jul. 28, 2019 08:08

Thanks mam. Is my current partner not the right one? We always argue n fight. He is a playboy. What will you suggest mam? I want to separate from him.
Answered by Annabelle | Aug. 01, 2019 23:21

Oh, I see. You need to have a serious talk with him and express your true feelings. If he can correct it, you can keep the relationship with him. If not, you are suggested to start the new life because you deserve better.
Asked by Penny from MALAYSIA | Jul. 21, 2019 22:24Reply
Will I get married and have kids?
Hello: my bazi are as below: 22 May 1986, 1.23pm. I was born in Johor, Malaysia. When will I be able to find a bf, and will I be married and have kids? Thank you
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Answered by Adeline from RUSSIA | Jul. 22, 2019 19:37

Hi, penny, it is suggested to join in more social activities during this period of time. In this way, you may make more friends. Maybe your soul mate is one of them. Of course you will have several kids. Don't worry. Just wait patiently. :)
Asked by Alishia from 미국 | Jul. 14, 2019 20:02Reply
Can i have a successful future
I was born roanoke virginia october 27 2003 at 10:47 pm
Answers (1)
Answered by Eva from GERMANY | Jul. 16, 2019 19:45

Alishia, you are still young. You can definitely have the successful and bright future. During this period of time, it is suggested to learn more things. In this way, you may find a satisfied job easily in the future.
Asked by King from USA | Jun. 17, 2019 14:00Reply
When will my love life begun according to bazi
When could I possibly find a girlfriend or a wife during my lucky pillars
Dob Sept 28 1997 3:20am
Born San Pedro García Garza
Answers (3)
Answered by Peyton from UKRAINE | Jun. 19, 2019 23:00

You are born with Chinese zodiac Ox sign. The prediction shows that your will have some luck in your love relationship. During this period of time, it is suggested to join in more social activities and make more friends. In this way, your soul mate would be one of them.
Answered by King from USA | Jun. 20, 2019 13:10

Will I have success in career and in life general
Answered by Peyton | Jun. 20, 2019 18:22

King, you need to have more confidence about yourself. You actually have outstanding abilities and nice personal charm. Generally speaking, you will have successes in career and life.
Asked by Lyn from UNITED STATES | Jun. 07, 2019 19:08Reply
After staying in California USA (since 2006), my luck and seems to be blocked.
My journey has not been smooth. Often lost my job, interrupted financial/money flow, 2 life-threatening accidents, permanent injuries, health problems abysmal love life.

Birthdate: April 11, 1977, 103AM. I was born at España Manila Philippines. Longitude around 14•N

I used to have and still believe I still have great luck and my transport in life is quite good, in money, studies, endeavors and love. So how do I unblock these things that hinder me so my great luck will flow again in my life and body?

Answers (1)
Answered by Charles from POLAND | Jun. 12, 2019 17:54

First of all, you need to keep a positive attitude towards life. You are right. You actually have the outstanding personal abilities. You should have more confidence about yourself. When facing difficulties, you can also ask help for family members or good friends. Maybe they can provide some necessary help. Everything will be changes into a better stage. Don't worry.
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