As we all know a Bazi chart comprises of 4 pillars. Each pillar is derived from the Year, Month, Day and Hour of birth respectively. And each pillar consists of Heavenly Stem, Earthly Branch and Hidden Stem as follows:-
So what are these Heavenly Stem, Earthly Branch and Hidden Stem represent?
The 10 Heavenly Stems (The Stems)
Based on the five elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water; and their Yin Yang factor comes the 10 Heavenly Stems of:-
Jia (Yang Wood-Tree) and Yi (Yin Wood-Flower)
Bing (Yang Fire-Sun) and Ding (Yin Fire-Candle Flame)
Wu (Yang Earth-Mountain) and Ji (Yin Earth-Soil)
Geng (Yang Metal-Iron) and Xin (Yin Metal-Gold)
Ren (Yang Water-Sea) and Gui (Yin Water-Rain)
The Stems represent the external perceptions of a person in life. They are what the person project for people to see – his character, outlook, matters, events and relationships that are obvious. Or you may call what “Heaven” gives to a person. And it looks real to the outside world. It is like a packaging, what people see on the outside and provides us a glimpse of what’s inside too. The reality is, what’s outside (appearance) may not be exactly what’s inside (the real you). Stems represent appearances and surface outlook. It can also represent opportunities available. A person may look, say, wealthy or hardworking, but is he really? For example, there is a wealth element on the Stem but if that element is not rooted (meaning there is no wealth element in the Branches) or it is not supported by output element, he may look rich but in reality he is not. At the best scenario, there is wealth opportunities for him but whether he makes it, is another story.
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