This is a more technical explanation of how our analytical process works, for those who are familiar with the method. There are many different ways to interpret Five Elements and therefore we want to add more transparency about our approach.
To analyze a person using the Five Element method we have to combine several layers of information and examine interactions between them. It all starts with Master Element (ME) and its position towards other Five Elements. Furthermore, we have to convert those Five Elements and interactions into tangible, real-life characteristics and events. Below you will find a short guide on our analytical process.
At the time of birth, we receive one kind of energy stamp, a blueprint, based on magnetic field around us at that given moment. In old China, the astrologers observed nature and realized the connection between humans and our environment, so they developed a system with Yin & Yang and Five Elements to decipher that magnetic field. Until now, the Five Element method is offering the most precise map of that field.
The result is a birth chart which consists of four pillars, representing hour, day, month and year of birth. Each pillar consists of Stem on the top, and Branch at the bottom. The Stem is always represented by an Element in its pure form, like Yin Fire, Yang Wood, etc. Branches usually have a combination of Elements within, so, for example, Dragon contains Yang Earth, Yin Water, and Yin Wood.
In total there are over 5 million possible combinations between Stems and Branches; therefore this particular character profiling method offers far more details and insights than any other analysis available on the market today.
A Master Element, or ME, represents a central point of our analysis, and it’s positioned always on top of the day pillar. ME represents the actual person we analyze, while all other Stems and Branches around ME represent people, situations, talents, and challenges which that person might encounter or posses in life.
Master Element’s ability to access and obtain Elements around them is the critical aspect of the analysis. If surrounding is hostile, ME might not perform well. If surrounding is positive and supportive, ME will function better, which will result in a smoother, more prosperous life.
The number of scenarios between ME and surrounding Elements is almost endless; therefore the analyzing process is very sophisticated and often involves a lot of contradictions which needs to be carefully examined.
The strength of Five Elements is derived from the Birth Chart. Five Elements are the primary energies, or universal frequencies, we receive at the time of birth, and which are continually influencing our daily lives. The Five Elements move in cycles, which were first discovered thousands of years ago by Chinese astrologers, who realized that everything in nature is connected and that humans character and life paths are significantly determined by these movements.
This knowledge has been further analyzed and adjusted for our modern life by hundreds of BaZi masters, all over the world. The research is still continuing and most likely will never end due to vast implications and ever-changing energy cycles.
Everything around us can be classified as one of Five Elements and its Yin & Yang variations, including character traits, emotions, professions and so on; therefore an experienced analyzer can read person’s ‘destiny’, character traits, talents, and possible obstacles on their path.
With all that being said, person’s destiny is not carved in stone, each of us still has free will to shape their destiny in their unique ways, but within certain limitations, given by the Five Elements blueprint. During our research we came to the conclusion that roughly 50% of our character is determined by Five Elements, at that particular moment of our birth, the rest is developed through genetics, parents upbringing, postnatal education, surrounding etc.
Character Components are real-life manifestations of Five Elements. We can see them as primary building blocks of our character. They represent our skills, but also people, situations, character traits, life paths, challenges, etc. The real meaning of each Character Component is extensive and sophisticated and can be elaborated upon deeply.
An entirely missing or fragile Character Component is not a good occurrence because it disturbs the flow of the chart. Missing Component puts a person in disadvantage position right from the beginning, but with the right attitude and discipline, a person can overcome it.
A missing or weak Component can be added or ‘fixed’ through Dynamic Chart, more about that in the section below.
Talent Bridge represents a collaboration between two Character Components. Each Character Component doesn’t hold much value on its own, regardless of its strength, unless it’s interacting with other Components. When two Components work together, in harmony and relatively undisturbed by other Components, they can bring exceptional talents and character traits to the person.
While the strength of Character Component shows us the potential, the Talent Bridge shows us actual effectiveness. So even if a particular Component is somewhat weak but able to create a Bridge with other Component, this Component becomes extremely useful and productive.
Each Character Component consists of two Talents, so there are altogether 10 of them. We can imagine Talents as Yin and Yang variations of one particular Component, giving us a more granular look into a person’s character.
Most Charts have on average between 6 and 8 active Talents, but the actual number is not significant. What is crucial is whether those Talents are in optimum performance or not. Talents can also create a Talent Bridge between each other, making them more active and generally more useful.
A strong Talent which is not active or utilized properly by other Talents or Components will react its negative characteristics and create problems for that particular person, and for people around them. It’s extremely important to detect such negative Talents and work on self-discipline to avoid further damage.
Supertalent is a unique chart feature which can provide extraordinary creative capabilities to a person. These abilities are almost always extrovert, like public speaking, acting, singing or dancing. Supertalent can also show up as charisma, making you famous in your social circles and workplace. During our research, we found that most entertainment stars or high-level politicians have these Supertalents in their charts.
Supertalent can show up often as very weak in the charts, but because of its unique properties, it’s able to ‘fix’ an out of balance chart and turn it into something great, therefore their actual strength is irrelevant. We can imagine a Supertalent as a special spice which turns an OK meal into a delicacy.
The Chart we receive at the moment of our birth is called a Static Chart, it remains the same throughout our lives. But to spice things up, the universe also gave us a Dynamic Chart, which is changing every 10 years and it varies from person to person. The Dynamic Chart consists of one additional pillar with Stem and Branch.
This pillar can change the dynamic of our Static Chart completely, for better, and for worse. It can activate hidden Talents, but it can also damage the active ones. This is the reason why our lives fluctuate. We have periods where we are very successful and healthy, and then we have periods where it gets very difficult to move forward without encountering blockages on every corner.
It’s very important to be aware of these periods and prepare yourself for them. By doing so, we can utilize favorable periods much better, and reduce risks and damage during the less favorable times. Dynamic Chart is like a weather forecast, it’s good to know when it’s going to rain or snow so that you can wear appropriate clothes, otherwise, you might get wet and cold. And if the forecast is calling for warm weather and clear sky, it’s time to put those shades on and enjoy the sunshine.
The Qi Balance module is following the Five Element dynamic, but with few adjustments. The Five Elements are divided into Warm and Cold Qi, with Fire and Wood belonging to Warm, and Water and Metal belonging to Cold Qi. Using this dynamic, we can analyze the primary health condition of the person, using the warm/cold and wet/dry method, which can be applied further onto organs and bodily fluids.
This method was, interestingly enough, used also in old Greece, discovered by the great Greek physician, Hippocrates, without knowing anything about the Chinese Five Elements theory and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Although he was on the right track, the future generations of scientists rejected his ideas, so such a method never really took off in the western countries.