Fishing With Chinese Astrology (The Four Pillars of Destiny)

“Give a man a fish and he will eat it for one day. Teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime”.

Teach a man how to catch a fish starts with making a fishing rod that comes with a line, hook and bait. As a whole, the rod, line, hook and bait enables you to catch a fish. How good you are in catching a fish or for that matter, how successful you are in life depends on the resources you have.

Metaphorically, the rod represents the support you have, the line represents your strength of character and the hook and bait is your creative output or ability.

We are given the resources in the form of our character and ability. These are two most important trades that we can develop to succeed in life. Our character can be a force for good or evil and from it, we can put our ability to good or bad use. The life we live is borne out of the dynamic interplay between our character and ability. It is a well-known fact that our character and ability is largely determined by our genes. As such, can we choose to live our lives based on our genetic predisposition?

According to Chinese Astrology, the answer is yes! In the field of Chinese Metaphysics, there is a branch of Chinese Astrology known as the Four Pillars of Destiny (Ba Zi) which maps out a person’s life path from cradle to grave. The pillars represent the year, month, day and hour of one’s birth. Within these four pillars, there are the heavenly stems and earthly branches. The stems and branches are composed of the five elements and twelve animal signs.

Our character and ability are read from the four pillars which contain our genetic codes. However, not all the traits we are born with are carved in stone. We can alter some of our inborn traits in the early childhood years through the help and support of our parents. They can shape us into responsible and capable adults through inculcation of good values and provision of sound education. However, this is not within our control and a lot depends on our parents. For this, we live it to fate and the four pillars of destiny, especially the year pillar which represents our childhood. As such, the year pillar is pivotal in terms of our destiny because this is where it begins.

As for the rest of the three pillars, we can rely on free will to pave the path to our success. This is where the fishing expedition starts. We can be given the resources by our parents or we can strive to be resourceful on our own, difficult as it may be but not impossible as validated by many rags to riches stories. Luck also play a part when we meet helpful people along the way. Timing is the other factor that is crucial. This is when we need to take the right action at the right time.

We can choose the pond to catch the fishes and the right time is not when we are hungry. As long as we are opportunistic and ready with our fishing gear, the timing will always work in our favour. In marketing terms, we always provide customers with what they need in order to secure the sales. In this regard, knowing where to fish (the market) and how to formulate the strategy (the hook) and what to offer (the bait) takes resources of the company (the fishing rod), the salesperson’s strength of character in terms of determination and persistency (fishing line) and the salesperson’s creative ability and output (hook and bait).

Here’s a tip. If you want to know what element is good for sale, you just need to look at the fire element in your birth chart. If it is favourable to you and at the right strength, you can be successful in selling. And by analysing the four pillars of destiny in detail, we can tell the character and ability of the person through the elements and the animal signs and whether he or she can catch a fish for life!

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