A modern Bazi practitioner will probably will hear of this term Qi Sha or translated literally as Seven Killings. Qi Sha carries a very negative connotation at least to some schools of Bazi. It usually being depicted as meaning legal issues, accidents, disasters, death, danger, health issues coming.
I always have half past six enthusiast coming perplexing about Qi Sha. So perhaps I should write something on this blog to clear a little although many probably will still be happy living a little stressed.
Lets Define Qi Sha in the Context of 10 Gods
Qi Sha is the element or God that controls the Day Master and yas the same Yin Yang polarity as the Day Master. So for example for a Jia 甲 Wood day master the Qi Sha element is the Geng 庚 Metal. Another example would be for a Gui 癸 Water day master the Qi Sha element is the Ji 己 Earth.
Where Did Qi Sha come from?
However, this term is relatively new in Bazi as the old days it was called or known as Pian Guan 偏官 or Alternative / Improper / Less Direct Officer. Qi Sha was more commonly found in Zi Wei Dou Shu (Purple Star Astrology) and Qi Men Dun Jia.
However, even in ZWDS, Qi Sha doesnt really mean bad as well. There are the good side of Qi Sha. How did this term creeped into Bazi, I wouldn’t know but perhaps previous teachers or authors has painted a bad picture about Qi Sha and thus over the years it slowly became the norm to associate Qi Sha to seven killings and killings brings an idea of something bad.
Pian Guan 偏官 In BaZi Context
In the Bazi context the more appropriate term is known as Pian Guan. The word 偏 Pian means to lean / to slant / oblique / prejudiced / to deviate / to stray from the intended line. It simply is trying to say that this type of Officer (官）behavior is different from the Appropriate Officer (正官) or some schools calls it Direct Officer.
But what ever it is, we cannot say Zheng Guan is good while Pian Guan is not! This is not real BaZi understanding. Real BaZi knowledge is very different from this type of generalized thinking. Let’s take two examples.
A Favourable Pian Guan
Hillary Clinton while going through her 10 years of Pian Guan starting from 1981. She is a Wu 戊 Day Master and thus her Pian Guan will be the Jia 甲 Wood. During this period she was going through her Jia Yin Luck 甲寅, where the Heavenly stems and Earthly Branch has a Pian Guan! So, what happened to her?
She was named chair of the Arkansas Education Standards Committee in 1983, 1982 to 1988, Clinton was on the board of directors, sometimes as chair, of the New World Foundation, From 1987 to 1991, she was the first chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, She was twice named by The National Law Journal as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America: in 1988 and in 1991, she also held positions on the corporate board of directors of TCBY (1985–92), Wal-Mart Stores (1986–92) and Lafarge (1990–92). Thus is Pian Guan bad? Think again and re-evaluate what you have been learning all these while.
An Unfavourable Pian Guan
Probably you will have heard of the famous Pablo Escobar who was a Yi 乙 Wood day master and was killed during this Luck cycle of Xin Wei 辛未. Xin 辛 is the Pian Guan of Yi Wood.
So like the other 9 gods in the study of Bazi, each god will have their respective good and bad characters and it is the skill of the Bazi practitioner to identify when it is considered a good or unfavorable Pian Guan to the Day Master.
It does not do justice to Pian Guan and literally label him with a bad character but rather having the right knowledge is understanding BaZi is more important if one is serious about picking up this art. Start it RIGHT!