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The Blog Conundrum

What is Blog in BaZi-Speak?

A couple of readers wrote in to ask me why I classified a blog as Gui Wei 癸未 in my first posting, Blogging, Feng Shui and Fengshuilogy.

Blogs, as most of you know, started as sort of online diaries, and then have somehow become a sort of in-between diary, journal and op-ed column. Some people actually make money from their blogs, and there are companies out there which specialise in blogging software or provide blogging infrastructure services. But how do we define a blog in Metaphysical terms?

This requires a deconstruction exercise wherein the objective is to try and find one of the 60 Jia Zi or Day Pillars, that represents what we are trying to define.

A blog is similar to a website, but is more like a diary.

Web and Internet-related industries or jobs usually are Fire element, as they are electronic in nature. Now, since the Internet is highly visible, and most of the information is free, we can say it has Bing Fire-like qualities. Websites on the other hand, are about the spread and dissemination of information, so in this respect, are more like Ding 丁Fire. Thus, blogs would be Ding Fire. As blogs are thoughts, ramblings, musings or platforms to put forth opinions, the blogger, is Gui  癸 Water as Gui controls Ding. The random nature of blogs (they can be on any topic, they are often sporadically updated, some are serious, others are frivolous) is very close to the concept of Gui Water controlling Ding Fire.

Now, there are six types of Gui Water. So the next step, having derived the elements involved in blogs and blogging, would be to pin down the Jia Zi or Day Pillar which represents blogs and blogging. This is where the BaZi consultants skill in pictoral application of BaZi, comes into play.

In Advanced BaZi, each of the 60 Jia Zi or Day Pillars, can be perceived in pictorial form. This method is essential in enabling the consultant to link objects, places, people, character, businesses and jobs, to the 60 Jia Zi, and thereby, link a person’s affinity to that particular business or industry. The classics of course provide us with some descriptions, but these are limited because well, the world wasn’t as big as it was then! But the pillars themselves, indeed, Metaphysics, is not inherently self-limiting, so it is just a question of consultants learning to apply the principles to new situations.

Now, the pillar Gui Wei comes closest to the concept of a blog. In Gui Wei, the Ding Fire is hidden – it represents something that is unseen. The Internet technically does not exist in tangible form. Gui Water is on top, indicating ideas and thoughts are exposed, as in a blog. Yet this Gui Water is not rooted, indicating the ideas and thoughts are transient in nature. Gui is also erratic, unpredictable and emotional, similar in tone to many blogs.

Classically, Gui Wei is seen as an emotional pillar, representing thoughts, wisdom and ideas on top, with Fire and Wood at the bottom representing passion, spreading ideas, growth, but also a certain fickleness. Yi 乙Wood is regarded in classical BaZi thought as elementally representative of writing, scholarly and academic endeavours ad being twines or roots beneath the ground, are spreading and pervasive. Ji 己Earth represents 10 thousand things, from the mundane to the deeply provocative. Again, all this in my view, captures the essence of blogging and blogs.

In the process, I also considered alternatives like Gui Chou 癸丑 and Ding Wei 丁未. Gui Chou however, was eliminated because it does not contain the element of Fire. Fire is required because Fire represents passion, and in order to be willing to share your thoughts publicly, or at least, write about what you feel, you have to be passionate about it. Also, musings, ramblings, and in some respects, opinions that seek to influence or change ideas (which are what some blogs are about) have a distinctly Ding Fire quality.

For this reason, I also considered Ding Wei as a possible pillar that could describe blogs. Ding Wei has the Ding Fire rooted in the Branch, and also it has the Na Yin of Water. However, as there is no actual Water in the pillar and only in the Na Yin, this means the thoughts are only felt, but not exposed. This is contrary to the situation in a blog, where one’s thoughts, no matter how significant or mundane, appear for public consumption.

To help confirm the viewpoint, sometimes we may look at historical or key events, and use a little reverse engineering. 2003 was the year of Gui Wei and that was the year when Google bought, which arguably could be said to be the year when blogging landed on the mainstream radar. It is also interesting to note that 1999, the year of Ji Mao 己卯, is often seen as a key turning point year for blog usage and blogging.

Those of you who would like to have some fun with deconstruction may want to ponder Amazon, which we would read as  Hai 亥 (aha, but what is on top?) and EBay which is Chou 丑.

Happy Deconstructing!

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