As you know, Traditional BaZi school emphasize Useful God Method. This useful god is not some god that we pray to, it is just an expression of good or auspicious energy.
The new age Bazi or the Contemporary Bazi is much simpler and it is aligned to modern motivation system that string on human common logic. However, logic it is, life is sometimes beyond common logic especially when it comes to the subject of LIFE.
A common tool in contemporary system is profiling. Very much like how a psychological study of human behaviour.
Some students are still confused difference between Traditional Bazi over Contemporary Bazi. Originally there was only 1 but due to marketing and dilution of the knowledge a newer version was born. Let me illustrate based on a real case.
Once a person came to me to learn another subject on Chinese metaphysics but as we spoke it somehow got related to the subject of Bazi. Since this person had learned contemporary Bazi online but still could not understand own Bazi and the destiny, the sense of frustration naturally sets in. After class, I told this person to show me the Bazi so I may guide or give some tips since this person is also my student (not on Bazi subject) and to the benefit of my 2 other Bazi students.
Bazi is one of the major Five Arts in Chinese Metaphysics under the destiny banner. The others are physiognomy, medicine, mountain and divination. The sages of old should be commended for their ingenious creation and bannering the Five Arts as a tool to help us living a more holistic, fulfilling and hopefully a harmonious life.
Destiny – whether it is Bazi or Zi Wei Dou Shu (ZWDS) or any similar arts for providing an overall view of our life mission, capacity and up and downs in our life journeys.
Physiognomy – example, Feng Shui to help us in tapping the right energy from the universe that can benefit our well being like a good health.
Mountain – that includes chi kung and martial art exercise to keep us in healthy and fit condition physically
Medicine – involve the likes of acupuncture, herbal treatment to balance our health, promoting healing in our quest for a healthy body and graceful aging process
And finally, Divination – as a tool to guide us in times where we need to face the unknown and requiring guidance
If we review the Five Arts all as a unit together, you will notice a similarity in the structure of the arts despite different purposes. That is, they share the same basics, philosophy that defines the Chinese culture and the concept of harmony and balance in life.
In modern time, the art has been sub divided into additional components, including utilising divination or destiny art for Feng Shui purposes. And some even promoted a sub system of Date selection/ activation for day to day activities.