The Four Columns (BAZI)
Chinese Astrology describes someone’s personality with the help of eight astrological character organised in four column. This is called The Four Pillar of Destiny, Four Columns or BAZI (‘Eight Characters’ in Chinese. BA = 8, ZI = Chinese character).
Stems and Branches
In the Four Column (BAZI) each column consists of two signs called the Stem (or Heavenly Stem) and Branch (or Earthly Branch). Stems are the upper signs where the Main Elements can be found and branches the lower ones, represented by the Chinese Animal Signs.
Heavenly Stems will show those characteristics of the personality which are obvious and visible to others and to the person itself as well. Called “Heavenly” because are ”energies which are coming from the heaven”. These are those qualities and characteristics which someone brought from his previous life(s), showing those tasks which an individual will unavoidably meet in this life. The whole life path will be determined by these, without the possibility to change. This is the personality’s crystallised essence.
Earthly Branches are more hidden; these qualities are not always obvious to the person itself nor to others. Branches represents someone individual decisions, hence these can carry the possibility of change.
The meaning of the Four Columns
The Four Columns represents the Hour, Day, Month and Year in someone’s chart. The hour of the birth appears in the first column, the day the second column, the month the third one and the year can be found in the fourth column. These four column can describe a person’s full personality while showing the different areas in someone’s life. Defines very precisely how someone behaves in different situations, with different people and how others will interpret that particular individual.
The Year column is that part of the personality what a person shows to complete strangers. That everyday personality that outsiders recognise. This column will define how those people will see someone who don’t know him at all. Will show their first impression regarding to the person. In a wider sense Year Column will represent the relation with the grandparents, the family karma, the outside world, homeland and the country’s economic situation where the person lives.
The Month column is that face what the individual shows to those ones who are closer to him. This Column represents that side of the personality which will manifests in relation to friends, family, closer acquaintances and colleagues at work. This column also represents someone’s job and career. Determines how someone behaves at workplace, with parents, siblings, friends and family. Heavenly Stem of the Month Column will show the Father and the person’s relation with him and in the Earthly Branch of the Month Column will appear the mother.
The Day Column is the most important Pillar in the Four Column. This represents who someone truly are. In the day column, the Heavenly Stem of the Day, called the Day Master will be that part, which will show the person and his ”true” personality the most significantly. While the other columns will show how someone will behave in different situations the Day Master will be the person itself. The Earthly Branch of the Day Column is the partner. Projects what type of partner someone desires and attracts. In wider sense Earthly Branch of Day column means the home and unconscious qualities.
The Hour Column is the inner self, that inner personality that a person would like to be. This is that part of the personality people like to keep hidden. This Column is the farest from the outside world (represented by the Year Column); shows those secret ambitions and desires that most of the time is not realised by the self. This column also shows the life mission, what someone need to use and develop in himself in order to fulfil his destiny. Hour Column will also show the children, particularly how a person perceives his own children and his relation with them. Shows the employees (in case of a manager or director), clients, patients and all those people who someone takes care of in some sense.