Archive for May, 2007

Nina Wang decoded

The famously eccentric Hong Kong billionairess Nina Wang intrigued many people during her lifetime. Here was a lady appeared in public with pigtails despite being well in her sixties, and had a decidedly childish nickname ‘Little Sweetie’ (Xiao Tian Tian) and yet seemed to be a shrewd and by all accounts, extremely capable businesswoman running a powerful, sprawling business empire.


In life, we encounter many enigmas and people who are surrounded by a certain mystique or even mythical, larger than life quality. They make for interesting newspaper reading and help fill the gossip columns. We are curious about their odd personality and habits. We’re fascinated by their lives. But often, it’s difficult to separate fact from fiction, what’s real and what’s just pure unsubstantiated gossip. Unless of course, you happen to have their BaZi or Destiny Code!

Previously, I wrote about individuals who were prominent in the public spotlight and whose attributes and characters were well-known. But to show you the power of BaZi, this week, I’m going to share with you the BaZi of an enigma - Nina Wang. By decoding her Destiny Chart, we will be able to see not only where her eccentric personality comes from, but also why is it that her life turned out the way it did.

Wang’s birthday is in the public domain but to procure the time of birth, I had to make a few phone calls to my fellow Feng Shui practitioners in Hong Kong. Now I’m sure most of you would have read about the controversy that followed her death, where she left her fortune to a Feng Shui master. I received many SMSes from my students and clients who were tickled by this revelation. As that is the subject of a legal battle, I will not be talking about that aspect of her life. We’ll instead focus on what her BaZi tells us about her personality and nature, and whether she was just an eccentric and very lucky old lady, or a truly capable business woman hiding behind pigtails!

Counter or Prosper the Husband?

Traditionally, a woman’s BaZi is considered good if it prospers the husband or brings luck to a husband. In Chinese, this is called a BaZi that “Wang Fu Yi Zi” - prospers the husband and benefits the sons (remember, only sons counted in the old days). Nina Wang’s BaZi is rather unique in the sense that it does indeed prosper the husband, but it also counters the husband star! In short, she brings luck to her husband, but she also brings him misfortune.


Wang is a Ji Earth Day Master, born in the month of Rooster (You). Now, this immediately tells us that her marriage will not be a long marriage or a lasting marriage. Rooster (You) is the peak of the Autumn season. Metal is at its strongest and purest. Wood (which is the husband element for Ji Earth) is dead in the season of Autumn. Also, in this chart, there is no true husband star, which is Jia Wood. There is only Yi Wood which, in the study of BaZi and Ten Gods, is the 7 Killings star. This means that the relationship is more orientated on friendship and mutual respect rather than love. According to Wikipedia, Wang and her husband, Teddy, were childhood playmates. They were separated when Teddy moved to Hong Kong with his family but later reunited and eventually married.

What complicates the situation for the marriage further is the fact that the Yi Wood is hidden inside the Goat (Wei) branch. In Advanced BaZi, this Yi Wood is said to be inside the Graveyard (MuFu). Combined with the fact that the husband star is weak and not the true husband star, it means this Ji Earth has no affinity with the husband.

However, this chart is also supportive of the husband star. Although Ji Earth here is born in the Rooster month, it is sitting on the Goat (Wei) which means the Earth Day Master is supported. So she does bring Wealth to her husband, especially in the initial years of the marriage. This is because between the ages of 14-43, she goes through Water luck. Water supports the Wood element, which is her husband star. So the marriage and relationship is very good at the start.

However, the moment she enters her Wood Luck Pillars, problems appear. In the Jia Yin (Wood Tiger) luck pillars, her husband was kidnapped and held for a 33 million dollar ransom. Now, the reason why the husband was unharmed during the first kidnapping attempt is because Jia Yin (Wood Tiger) luck pillar is a very strong Wood Luck Pillar. Imagine a California Redwood. The Xin metal inside the Rooster (You) is like a pen knife trying to cut this great tree. But in 1990, he was kidnapped again. This time, Wang was in the Yi Mao (Wood Rabbit) Luck Pillars. The Xin metal inside the Rooster (You) in her natal chart has no problem cutting the Yi wood inside the Rabbit (Mao). So in 1990, the kidnapping of her husband did not have a positive outcome. The husband element, which is Wood, has been irrevocably damaged and cut away.

After the disappearance of her husband, Wang became embroiled in a protracted legal battle with her father-in-law. In her chart, there is an Ox-Goat (Chou-Wei) clash - the Friends (Bi Jie) star, also represents a woman’s father-in-law. This clash is activated when she enters the Chou pillar at the age of 33. So her father-in-law didn’t just wake-up one day and decide to take her to court. This relationship issue has been bubbling in the background for some time.

Now because this Ji Earth is weak as it is not born in the right season, it can use Friends and Rob Wealth stars, collectively known as the Companion stars. This is because a weak Day Master favours the Companion stars. So although the father-in-law takes her on for the money, ultimately, he will lose it to her because this Day Master can benefit from the Companion stars.

Decoding Eccentricity

In her lifetime, Wang was renown for two things: her eccentricity and parsimony. She was known to eat fast food, and live on HKD3000 a month. The ponytails and her eccentric behaviour can be explained by the Eating God (Shi Shen) structure of her chart. Eating God types are usually eccentric, have odd habits or interests, are very behind the scenes, and typically are frugal (although on their pet habits, they will splash out). Also, the only Resource star in this chart is the Indirect Resource star. The Resource star governs a person’s thinking and typically Indirect Resource indicates odd or unconventional thinking. But to understand the pigtails, Chinese dresses and little girl-like appearance, we must look at the Rooster Rooster is Dui Gua. Dui Gua, in the study of the hexagrams, means young girl. Hence, her penchant for girlish dressing!

She is not however by any accounts, just a kooky old crone. Eating God as a star indicates intelligence and it also produces the Wealth element in this chart. She is definitely a smart lady, capable of making strategic intelligent decisions. Under her, Chinachem evolved from a pharmaceutical business to become a property powerhouse. There is quite a bit of Ji Earth in this chart, which indicates a propensity towards real estate or property development, much like Donald Trump’s chart. But also, her Wealth element is Gui Water - Gui Water indicates wealth that spread and diversifies, hence her move to expand her husband’s company beyond pharmaceuticals, into property.

A late bloomer

Forbes magazine estimated Nina Wang’s wealth at 4.2 billion, making her the richest woman in Asia (and according to Wikipedia, richer than the Queen of England). Wang’s BaZi chart shows that her great wealth only comes late in life or towards the end of her life as the Wealth element, which is Gui Water, only appears on stem at the hour pillar. Notice that it is the Indirect Wealth star that appears - hence, the wealth that Wang will ‘get’ towards the later part of her life is likely to be inherited. This Indirect Wealth star is also very strong as it is sitting on its own resource star and so we know that it is not just a small pension she’s getting, but a seriously hefty chunk of money.

Although Wang took over Chinachem in 1990 after the disappearance of her husband, legally she could not lay claim to the company or her husband’s wealth until he was declared dead (in 1999) and after a lengthy and protracted courtroom battle with her father-in-law over the control of the company and her husband’s fortune. It was only in 2005, at the age of 68, that she was legally given control of her husband’s company, Chinachem and his fortune. Thus, the events of her life, mirrored and reflected that which was in her BaZi.

Within 2 years of securing her fortune, Wang died. Living to the age of 70 would arguably not be considered ‘dying young’ but it certainly seems tragic to pass-on so soon after becoming a wealthy lady. What does Nina Wang’s BaZi tell us about how her wealth affected her life?

Wang’s Day Master is Ji Earth, so Water represents her Wealth. Ji Earth can absorb water, but not too much water; otherwise, the earth will disperse. Imagine a pot of soil. If you gently sprinkle the water over the earth in small quantities, the soil can easily absorb the liquid. But if you pour a bucketful of water right into the pot, the soil will all disperse and be washed away with the water. This is what happens to this Ji Earth Day Master when the Wealth element suddenly becomes very strong. Now, you might be wondering, how does one translate the pictorial image the BaZi gives us, into real life?

In BaZi we have a saying, too much wealth deteriorates the health. This Ji Earth Day Master is weak, being born in Autumn. So it cannot tolerate that much Water ,which is the Wealth element. So when suddenly a great deal of Wealth, health is instantly compromised. In Wang’s case, getting the money would have worsened any illness she had and also explains why she pass-on so soon after winning her money. She would have been better off without the money because in the case of this Ji Earth Day Master, money cannot and does not buy longevity.

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Power of a good date

With the break, I’m absolutely bursting with ideas for my column and I was having a hard time pinning down a topic. So I thought, I’d go with a different concept and offer you some bite-sized snippets of the Feng Shui and Chinese Metaphysical areas I’ve been researching, exploring and working on in the last few months while I’ve been away from writing my column. So treat this week’s column like a Feng Shui smogasboard, a taster of things to come.

It’s all about a good date

While on my break, I’ve been working hard on a book on Date Selection amongst other things. While working on the book, I remembered my own run-in with starting off a venture on the wrong date (yes, believe it or not, we are so busy taking care of our clients needs that we sometimes forget to select a good date for our own activities!). In hindsight of course, it provides for a great example of how date selection matters and what a difference a good date can make.

It was 2006 and I was preparing for my usual recce of the locations for my China Excursion course. The recce included going to Tibet, which I had planned to include in the 2007 Mastery Academy China Excursion. The trip needless to say was an absolute disaster. My team members all had serious altitude sickness of varying forms, and one team member got so sick that he had to be taken to a hospital for water in the lungs, before being immediately flown out of Tibet to Chengdu. Naturally, this year, as I took my students to Tibet for the annual Mastery Academy China Excursion, we took every precaution under the sun to make sure everything would be fine, including selecting a good date! Not only did no one get sick, but the entire group of students had a great time. So, why was one trip so disastrous and the other so smooth sailing? It’s all in the dates.

For my 2006 recce trip to Tibet, we departed on what is regarded in the 12 Day Officer system of date selection as a Balanced Day (Ping Re). This is generally regarded as an acceptable date to commence long-distance travel. However, when the Dong Gong Method, another method of date selection, is considered, then the date that my team and I left for Tibet was actually a bad date because that was a day where a Fire Star was present and travels to the North would be affected by Black Sha Qi. Now, since we flew to Beijing and then onto Chengdu before heading to Lhasa, we were heading North the whole time. However, as I had gone from Hong Kong, I was somewhat less affected than my traveling companions who had traveled from KL. The exact date we landed in Tibet was a Stable Day (Ding Re) according to the 12 Day Officer method but according to the Dong Gong Method, it was an inauspicious day, being afflicted by the Bing Fu illness star, which was exactly what happened!

By contrast, this year, the Mastery Academy team and the students landed in China for the China Excursion on a Stable Day according to the 12 Day Officer system. Furthermore, based on the Dong Gong system, this day had the Heaven and Monthly Virtue Noble stars, the Yellow Spiral, Purple Sandalwood, Heavenly Emperor, Earthly Emperor and Golden Storage Stars. Not only was no one ill, but everyone had a good time and even the weather was fine!

The power of a good date!

China’s great men and their tombs

This year, one of the sites I had selected for my students to audit in China was the tomb of Deng Xiao Peng’s mother. Now you might be wondering - why aren’t we looking at Deng’s own tomb? Well, in Feng Shui, if we want to know why a particular person has achieved great things in their life, we don’t look at their tomb - we look at the tomb of their ancestors. This is because Yin House Feng Shui affects descendants so if we want to know how someone is going to turn out, the answer is to check their parents or grandparent’s tomb.

And certainly, this explains the differing fortunes and destinies of two of China’s greatest leaders: Mao Zedong and Deng Xiao Peng. Mao will always be immortalised in China as a great leader and first ‘modern day Emperor’, whilst Deng, despite being one of the important leaders of the Communist Party of China, never held any official position as head of state.

Mao’s Yin House Feng Shui originates from his grandfather’s tomb whilst Deng’s is drawn from his mother’s tomb. This is already a strong revealing indicator of the different paths the two men will take. In Feng Shui, it is said “Male is Yang, Female is Yin, Father is bones, mother is flesh”. Now, what does this mean?

“Mother is Flesh” refers to the use of Yin Qi, and talents and skills that are gained through experience, observation and through study. “Father is bones” refers to what is already in you at the point of birth. Latent talent or abilities and innate character. So Mao’s leadership skills and charisma were in-born, whilst Deng had to learn the hard way, how to rise to the top.

Between the two tombs, Mao’s grandfather’s tomb, atop a magnificent hill with a North Guardian (Bei Chen Xing) locking in the Water Mouth of the area, is definitely superior to Deng’s mother’s tomb, which is a good but basic Five Petal Lotus Formation. Mao’s grandfather’s tomb has some of typical features of Emperor-creating formations, whilst Deng’s mother’s tomb derives its Qi from the Five Petal Lotus Formation itself. Deng’s power is not just true power, but takes a long time to secure, just like the lotus takes a long time to emerge from the muddy waters. The bloom of the lotus also does not last, just as Deng’s power did not hold sway for long.


Both Deng and Mao’s children did not succeed them to positions of great power and influence. This is because both the burial sites do not have multiple layers of incoming dragons but a single meridian spot. This indicates power to only the immediate descendant, but not lasting power that carries through the generations and can create a dynasty. This is contrast to the tombs of the ancestors of the founders of the Ming and Qing dynasties, where there are extensive incoming Dragons and supporting mountains behind the main spot, indicating lasting power - 12 generations long to be exact.

What makes a person go berserk?

Some of my students were sms-ing me while I was in China, asking me about the BaZi of the young man who went on a rampage in Virginia Tech University in the US. Based on public domain information, I got his birthday and this is the BaZi chart of Cho Seung Hui, the Korean gunman (time not known)


Xin Metal born in Ox (Chou) and Ox is part of the season of Winter. In BaZi, we have a phrase “water and metal too much emotions” and this chart epitomizes that. This young man was emotionally unstable. As he was born in Korea and emigrated to the US, this move further affects his chart negatively since the direction of West is associated with the element of Metal. It would definitely have been better for his mental state probably to remain in Korea, in the East, which is Wood.

Based on the calculation of his luck pillar, he would still be in the Gui Hai luck pillar. This means that his Year Pillar is in a fu yin formation with his luck pillar. A fu yin refers to a sad crying event. His year pillar is not only in a fu yin formation, but there is also a self-punishment between his year pillar, his luck pillar and the annual pillar of 2007. Hence, this person is deeply emotionally affected and unstable this year.

The fu yin also explains his suicide - that is often explained in ancient BaZi literatures like San Ming Tung Hui that a fu yin can bring about sad, self destructive issues or even death. The Year pillar represents a person’s external outlook and also, the feeling of gratitude. When this is affected, the person feels suppressed and disturbed. As the star affected is the Hurting Officer (Shang Guan) star, rebellious, angry and desiring to prove the people around him wrong about their perceptions of him.

Of course, there’s more to this chart, but in keeping with the taster theme, I’m going to keep it short and sweet. In my next article, I’ll be delving into a little more BaZi, specifically that of the famously eccentric Hong Kong billionaires, Nina Wang. In forthcoming articles, I will also be exploring places with interesting Feng Shui in and around Malaysia. So if there is a place or a location(a restaurant, an office, your favourite chicken rice shop) that you’re curious about, Feng Shui-wise, do write in and let me know about it!

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