### Finding the Day Master and Animal

In Chinese Astrology the Day column is the most important column in a person’s chart. The Heavenly Stem of the Day, called the Day master is the person itself. Every other element in the Four Column builds upon this Day Master, showing the different structures and favourable or unfavourable directions in the chart, that goes towards building a more complete horoscope analysis.

The Day Element and Animal can be found easily by working out the below few steps:

- First look up the code number for the Year in Table A.
- Then find the code number of the Month from Table B.
- Now add together the code number of the Year and the Month, plus the day of the birth.
- If the year is a leap year (the last two digits of the year can be divided by 4, or see the Leap Years Table below) and the birth date is from March onwards, add 1 more number (for the fact that there are only 29 days in February in leap years).
- If the total of the found number is less than 60 find the Day element and Animal from Table C.
- If the total is more than 60, subtract 60 then find the Day element and Animal from Table C.
- If the total is more than 120, subtract 120 and find the Day element and animal from Table C.

**Example 1**: Day element and Animal for 29 August 1984.

- Find from Table A the code number for 1984. (30)
- From Table B find the code number for August. (32)
- Code number A = 30; code number B = 32; birth day = 29

30 + 32 + 29 = 91.

- 1984 was a leap year so add 1 more.

91 + 1 = 92

- The total is more than 60, so subtract 60.

92 – 60 = 32

- Therefore 29 August 1984 is a
**Yin Wood Sheep**day.

**Example 2**: Day element and animal for 31 December 1989

- Find from Table A the code number for 1989. (57)
- From Table B find the code number for December. (34)
- Code number A = 30; code number B = 32; birth day = 31

57 + 34 + 31 = 122.

- 1989 was not a leap year so no need to add 1 more.
- The total is more than 120, so subtract 120.

122 – 120 = 2

- Therefore 31 December 1989 is a
**Yin Wood Ox**day.

Leap Years 1800 – 2400 | |||||

1804 | 1904 | 2004 | 2104 | 2204 | 2304 |

1808 | 1908 | 2008 | 2108 | 2208 | 2308 |

1812 | 1912 | 2012 | 2112 | 2212 | 2312 |

1816 | 1916 | 2016 | 2116 | 2216 | 2316 |

1820 | 1920 | 2020 | 2120 | 2220 | 2320 |

1824 | 1924 | 2024 | 2124 | 2224 | 2324 |

1828 | 1928 | 2028 | 2128 | 2228 | 2328 |

1832 | 1932 | 2032 | 2132 | 2232 | 2332 |

1836 | 1936 | 2036 | 2136 | 2236 | 2336 |

1840 | 1940 | 2040 | 2140 | 2240 | 2340 |

1844 | 1944 | 2044 | 2144 | 2244 | 2344 |

1848 | 1948 | 2048 | 2148 | 2248 | 2348 |

1852 | 1952 | 2052 | 2152 | 2252 | 2352 |

1856 | 1956 | 2056 | 2156 | 2256 | 2356 |

1860 | 1960 | 2060 | 2160 | 2260 | 2360 |

1864 | 1964 | 2064 | 2164 | 2264 | 2364 |

1868 | 1968 | 2068 | 2168 | 2268 | 2368 |

1872 | 1972 | 2072 | 2172 | 2272 | 2372 |

1876 | 1976 | 2076 | 2176 | 2276 | 2376 |

1880 | 1980 | 2080 | 2180 | 2280 | 2380 |

1884 | 1984 | 2084 | 2184 | 2284 | 2384 |

1888 | 1988 | 2088 | 2188 | 2288 | 2388 |

1892 | 1992 | 2092 | 2192 | 2292 | 2392 |

1896 | 1996 | 2096 | 2196 | 2296 | 2396 |

2000 | 2400 |

What is the formula for the years to know the day master?

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Hi Jet

The formula for the Day Pillar is a bit complicated, that’s why I didn’t included above but here it is:

Day Pillar calculation formula:

DP = R of [(*Y × 5) + (*Y / 4) + 9 + *D + BM + I] / 60

Where R = remainder

Y = last two digits of the year (if year is 1900–1999)

Y = last two digits of the year + 100 (if year is 2000–present)

*Y = Y – 1 if birth month is January or February

*D = the day of birth

BM = the number of “big months” passed, starting in March (Note: “Big months” = all months that have 31 days)

I = 30 if the month is an “even” month (using the Gregorian calendar number system)

I = 0 if the month is an “odd” month (using the Gregorian calendar number system)

You will also need a so called Sexagenary Cycle Chart that I’m happy to send it to you via email as I’m not able to paste it here (please write to mychineseastrology89@gmail.com) as . after you found the R remainder from above calculation you’ll need this chart where you can look for your Day Pillar (Day Master and animal) based on this number.

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Hello!

I’m calculating the day master for a friend and I’m not sure whether I should add a +1 if she belongs to an animal from a leap year even though she was born on a regular year.

Her birthday: 01/03/1989

Thanks!

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Hello Silvia,

No, you shouldn’t add 1, 1989 is not a leap year, you need to add 1 only in case of leap years

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