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BaZi FAQ

  1. What is a BaZi analysis?

  2. What is the basis on which BaZi analysis is made?

  3. How can BaZi analysis benefit me as an individual?

  4. Can my BaZi be changed?

  5. What do I get out from a BaZi Consultation?

  6. How often should I do a BaZi analysis?

  7. Who should be asking for a BaZi analysis and when?

  8. Do you provide overseas consultation?

  9. Is the learning and practise of BaZi only restricted to people with special talents?




  1. What is a BaZi analysis?

    The word "BaZi" a direct phonetic translation from two Chinese words that literally means "eight characters". To be more precise, the term refers to the 8 Chinese characters that are symbolic representations of a specific Year, Month, Day and Hour. It is part of a symbolic system that originated in China thousands of years ago.

    BaZi analysis is a form of destiny analysis. When it is done at a personal level, it can delineates the capacity of an individual to make beneficial use of his life potentials and the opportunities available to him/her. "Capacity" here refers to talents, potentials and strengths. These are the endowments an individual is "born with". For instance, some people are naturally good in linguistic skills whereas others are better with mathematical and logical skills. "Opportunity" refers to favourable circumstances that arise as a result of changes in the external environment that occur from time to time, like time-table of events.

    In many ways the analysis is similar in concept to the SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat) analysis, but it is done in the context of an individual's potential, using symbolic tools. Do click on the "What is BaZi?", for more information.

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  2. What is the basis on which BaZi analysis is made?

    BaZi analysis is based on a complex symbolic system. The data input comes from the individual's birth data as calculated from a solar calendar system. The conversion of birth data into symbolic equivalents involves the use of intricate formulas and calculations. The processing and interpretation of the derived symbolic information follows well-established rules of the Yin/Yang principle, 5-Elements Theory and the Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches and is supported by the philosophical reasoning developed from ancient Chinese wisdom. The entire symbolic system is a metaphysical framework that is common to BaZi, Feng Shui, traditional Chinese medicine, etc.

    BaZi is a complex analytical framework. It resembles a major coding system that can be used for decoding the messages encrypted on our birth data. The analytical model has been used for thousands of years and tested through observations and correlations. The BaZi methodology however continues to evolve as ancient wisdom is continually being adapted to the modern context. When used by well-trained and competent analyst, BaZi is an extremely powerful tool for obtaining insights into one's natural character and much more.

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  3. How can BaZi analysis benefit me as an individual?

    You may benefit from one or more ways. Firstly BaZi helps you to create self-awareness by providing a blueprint of your inner self and your psychological tendencies. This enables you to relate your experiences in life to it. It also maps out your life path, your milestones and obstacles in the form of a time line that you may find useful, in the same way as a ship captain would find a weather forecast report useful in planning his voyage.

    At the personal level, BaZi analysis is particularly useful for:

    • Increasing your self awareness

    • Guiding your career choice

    • Timing your investments or business venture

    • Selecting business and romantic partners

    • Taking appropriate action during times of opportunities and challenges

    • Know you're your own aptitudes to aid development

    • Optimizing your interaction with the external environment (in combination with FengShui) in terms of health, wealth, relationships, etc.

    If you are involved in managing an organization, it can also benefit you at a corporate level in terms of:

    • recruitment

    • matching employees with the job

    • identifying potential key appointment holders

    • teamwork analysis

    • human resource management

    • electing auspicious dates for important events

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  4. Can my BaZi be changed?

    No. One's BaZi cannot be changed. This is because the BaZi chart is derived from your birth data, which is your unique identifier. However, this does not mean that your destiny is deterministic in any way. While you cannot change your predestined personality, you have the free will to decide how you want to live your life. For that matter, there might be other people sharing the same birth year, month, day and hour as you, but there is only one of yourself. Remember that you are unique in the way you choose to live your life to its fullest, in the way you want it.

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  5. What do I get out from a BaZi Consultation?

    Quite a lot, in fact. We have already highlighted that you have free will over how you want to fulfill your life potentials. Hence, your intent, your choices and your actions will play a major role in the way you live out your life. A BaZi consultation will furnish you with a lot of information about your self, and an in-depth understanding of why you are the way you are.

    In Xuan Learning, the focus of the Bazi consultation is on providing relevant information that is useful and that empowers you to enrich your life. A general reading provides you with insight on your natural character, career, relationships and health, but we cam probe into any specific area of your life if and when the need arises.

    Once you are familiar with the interpretation of your BaZi profile, you would be in a better position to strategies or position yourself favourably in your external environment. This can be done with the help of Feng Shui analysis. If you are interested, please click on
    "What is Feng Shui?", for more information. In addition, we also have specific Elemental PaintingsTM, paintings that carry specific Yin/Yang emphasis and energy of the Five Elements that supports the individual. Please visit www.elementalpainting.com for more information.

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  6. How often should I do a BaZi analysis?

    As often as your needs determine. The initial analysis is a general one and can be done early at any convenient time. Unless special needs arise, subsequent analysis may be done at yearly intervals. On occasions when you are making major decisions at turning points in your life, it may be useful to do an ad hoc analysis that goes into specific details.

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  7. Who should be asking for a BaZi analysis and when?

    BaZi analysis is appropriate for everyone. After all it is a form of personal planning and a process to help you to know more about yourself, including your hidden talents, abilities, potentials and opportunities. Any time is a good time, but we encourage you to do it early so that you can take advantage of the information and make a head start in life.

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  8. Do you provide overseas consultation?

    Yes, we do. Either face-to-face or telephone consultation (including Skpye or VOIP) can be arranged. In either case, the client needs to pay the additional expenses incurred (including traveling expenses for face-to-face consultation). The arrangement could be booked in advance.

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  9. Is the learning and practise of BaZi only restricted to people with special talents?

    No. Not at all. But having said this, we must admit that BaZi is not an easy discipline to learn and master, particularly for those with limited knowledge of the Chinese language. However, it is a subject that can be taught through carefully structured lessons. For this reason we have, in Xuan Learning, specially organized the subject matter in such way that the basic BaZi theory would be learnt quickly, easily and put into immediate practice by the average learner. We assure you that no special talent is required to do a BaZi analysis.

    You can click on the "Workshop", for information on how we teach. We have moved away from a direct language translation of traditional Chinese theory and texts and instead developed our proprietary methodology - the Personal Elemental ProfileTM which makes learning fun and simple.

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