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Chinese astrology Glossary

Chinese astrology Glossary

Big Luck Cycles
Big Luck Cycles are 10-year cycles, also simply known as Luck Cycles or Luck Pillars. Chinese Astrology, Four Pillars of Destiny or Ba Zi (Eight Characters)

Cardinals (Peach Blossom Stars)

Four Cardinals or Peach Blossoms are Rat, Rabbit, Horse and Rooster, occupying four cardinal directions. Rat is occupying North, Horse is settled in the South, Rabbits is in the East, while Rooster governs West. When Four Cardinals or Peach Blossoms dominate in Four Pillars, they make people charming, attractive and social.

Chinese astrology Four Pillars

Four Pillars Astrology is a form of a traditional Chinese Astrology. This method is about evaluating Destiny and Luck and in Chinese Astrology consultation you can find out not only what makes you who you are, but also what’s the most you can get from life – and how and when you can reach it.

Graveyards (Storage Stars)

Graveyard or Storage refers to the four Earth Branches – Dragon, Goat, Dog and Ox – and represents the end of things. These Branches are complex and each Graveyard Branch stores Qi from both the current and previous season. When Graveyards dominate in the Four Pillars, they make people cautious, practical, hard working and stubborn.

Day Pillar

The Day Pillar is a person’s day of birth, converted into the 60 Jia Zi (Pillars). This is the most basic pillar, as it directly refers to the person; revealing who they are, the psychophysical status of their health and their chances in love and marriage.

Favorable God

This expression usually refers to the most favorable element, regardless of its presence in the chart.

Five types of Luck

Also known as the Five Gods, the five basic types of luck are: Friend, Expression, Wealth, Power and Resource.

(Traveling Horses)
The Four Growths – or Four Traveling Horses – refer to the four Earth Branches that grow the seasonal Qi. Tiger grows Fire, Snake grows Metal and Earth, Monkey grows Water and Pig grows Wood. These Branches are complex and dynamic, and people who have them in their Four Pillars will achieve their goals. Growth Star people are good starters, full of energy, activity and creativity, who take pleasure in their growth.

Happy God

Happy God is the supporting element that produces Favorable God.

Hidden Stems

Hidden Stems are contained within each Earth Branch. Depending on the Branch, it will contain from one to three Hidden Stems. No matter how many Hidden Stems the Branch contains, one of them will always represent the Main Qi, while other two are referred to as Sub Qi.

Hour Pillar

The Hour Pillar is the hour of your birth, converted into 60 Jia Zi (Pillars). The Hour Pillars concern your dreams and hopes – it is the most internal and intimate Pillar.

Luck Cycles

Luck Cycles or Luck Pillars refer to the 10-year rule of a certain Pillar (one of the 60 Jia Zi). Luck Cycles are about external events and things that come TO a person, from the external world. Each Luck Cycle affects every Stem and Branch in an individual’s Four Pillars, in a positive or negative manner.

Month Pillar

The Month Pillar is the solar month of your birth, converted into the 60 Jia Zi (Pillars). This Pillar refers to your parents, siblings and career.

(Day Master)
Self – or Day Master – is the Heavenly Stem of the day you were born. It defines you, describing your basic traits, inclinations, talents and faults, and ultimately serves as a reference point when analyzing the various aspects of your life. It can be weak or strong; moderate or dominating. The Ten Heavenly Stems are: Yang Wood, Yin Wood, Yang Fire, Yin Fire, Yang Earth, Yin Earth, Yang Metal, Yin Metal, Yang Water and Yin Water.

Small Luck Cycles

Small Cycles refer to the influence of the Annual Pillar, that is, the specific year.

Sixty Jia Zi

There are 60 unique combinations of Heavenly Stems and Earth Branches (as 60 Pillars), and these are usually referred as 60 Jia Zi, because they start with Yang Wood Rat Pillar (Jia Zi).

Trivial God

This element doesn’t significantly affect the Self, nor is it very important in Destiny.

Useful God

Useful God is the most important element in one’s life and can sometimes be the difference between success and failure.

Year Pillar

The Year Pillar is the year a person was born, converted into the 60 Jia Zi. The Year Pillar is the most external Pillar in a person’s Four Pillars chart and it refers to early childhood, ancestors and the wider social environment.


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