In Chinese culture, fortune is very important, and for many Chinese parents, there’s no more important gift they can give their baby than an auspicious name that will bestow luck on their child for life. To do this, they rely on the Chinese custom of calculating and analyzing the baby’s “Ba Zi” (“Eight Characters), which refers to the Four Pillars of Destiny.
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What is Ba Zi?
The Chinese believe that a baby’s character and destiny is determined when he or she is born by the exact time and date of birth. These dates are the year, month, day and hour, and form the four pillars. In addition, each pillar is represented by two Chinese characters, a Heavenly Stem and an Earthly Branch.
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In addition to the 8 characters, which are considered the static part of the chart that doesn’t change, a Ba Zi chart will also come with the variable luck pillars, which change every ten years as your baby grows.
How do I calculate Ba Zi?
Find out how to calculate and analyse Ba Zi on the next page…