My teachers tell me that “Understanding the 10 Gods are vital to open the door” of Chinese Metaphysics, particularly BaZi, Feng Shui, and the ongoing erroneously label of Chinese Astrology.
He is contemplating his “ZZ Top Luck.”
Now at first, when I was looking at the descriptive nature of this function in the BaZi I thought to myself: “Ten Gods? Damn, I thought there was only ONE.”
There are many discussions in the BaZi and Chinese Metaphysics literature that revolve around the subject known as the “Ten Gods.”
Who are the 10 Gods?
For clarification, the 10 Gods are not “Gods” or “gods” (note the little “g”) in the sense we know these beings as spirits or deities. The 10 Gods are not known as ‘spirits’ or ‘demons’ in the pantheon of Chinese Metaphysics. They are not even the Greek kind.
Wait…then why call them…
十大神: The Ten Gods as Variables to Your Personality
There are many documents from ancient China that describe the actions and functions of the Ten Gods. Let’s see what the I-Ching (or Yi Jing), the “Book of Changes” tells us:
“神也者，五行八字 妙萬物而為言者也。易·說卦 ”
“God (or Gods) show and speak through the subtle nature of the Five Phases and the BaZi.”
As we have been going further into the different building blocks of the BaZi, there are certain characteristics of the person’s chart to understand. For example, it is important to understand the influence of the Seasonal Qi in the Earth Branch of the Month Pillar to understand the “support” of your Day Master. While this aspect or “profile” of a person is helpful, upon examination of the many other components that make your BaZi, ACTUALLY UNIQUE , there exist many variables, factors, timelines, pillars, natal configurations, deities, Ten Gods, (or Six Gods and Four Helpers) and who knows what else…oh yeah…and then there are the “Clashes and Smashes”….
All of this seems to complicate things more rather than simplify them.
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Think of the Ten Gods as the variables that are “calculated” in your element, pillar, time line and Day Master. If the Basic Chart of Your Bazi is your index, think of the Ten Gods are the specific page number references found in the Index section of the book.
Ten Gods and Their Personalities
Just like a word in the index of a book can have multiple and cross over pages, your set of Ten Gods, can have multiple and cross over applications.
Who is Jack Cade?
There have been intellectuals, academics, philosophers, consultants, former hair stylists, former bank tellers and other BaZi experts that have extolled the virtues and descriptions of the Ten Gods. The work these men and women have paved before us speaks volumes.
Instead of repeating the same variant of information that has been written before on this subject, I want to provide my own additional unique educational primer for those of us in the West, (particularly the United States of America and Europe), to bring home our understanding of the Ten Gods with things we can more readily relate too. Now this is not to discredit or criticize the work that has been written before about BaZi translation. Remember, the goal for all of us is to understand ourselves better with tools that can be ready to use at our disposal.
“Disposal? That’s a ‘Clown Question’ Bro.”
If we have a better grasp of what we are looking at in the BaZi, with the use of BaZi and other forms of 心算法 (Xin Suan Fa) (the method of Heart Centered Calculation), we are able to understand who we are and who we are with on many levels.
We just can’t leave well enough alone. Poor Don McLean. He writes an amazing song in 1971, that still sends reverberations through the music ethos sphere today…and people are still trying to interpret what he meant.
He did write other songs too. Can you name some?
INSTEAD of RE-interpreting one of my favorite songs, my aim is to illustrate, (on an introductory level), the use and function of the BaZi via the song lyrics of “American Pie.” If you are unfamiliar with the song, click here.
This does not explain the BaZi in it’s entirety. What I want to do is explain the function of the Ten Gods, Great Life Pulse and the BaZi that can be understood using the song “American Pie” as a metaphor in understanding some underpinnings in BaZi and Chinese Metaphysics. I divide the grouping in two sections:  “Lyrics” means the song and  “BaZi” is an association within the BaZi Suan Ming.
Let’s begin with “Li Chun,” (立春) first day of the BaZi calendar. (Not so Fun Fact: Eerily the “Day the Music Died” references the death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. The airplane they were flying crashed and killed the pilot and these musicians on February 3rd, 1959. With time adjustments to Beijing time, one can point out this may very well be our version of “American Li Chun” of that Calendar Year.)
Now on with the Show…
Lyric: A long long time ago
BaZi: Reminds us that the origins of the BaZi and Chinese Metaphysics “stem” back before the Shang Dynasty (c.1600 B.C.E.-1046 B.C.E.)
Lyric: I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
And, I knew if I had my chance that I could make those people dance, and…
Maybe they’d be happy for a while
BaZi: Our Goal in the BaZi Suan Ming is to help people even if it’s just for one decision
Lyric: But, February made me shiver, with every paper I’d deliver
BaZi: The beginning of February, (2nd, 3rd, or 4th) is always the beginning of the REAL Chinese New Year.
Lyric: Bad news on the door step
BaZi: Initial examination of your BaZi chart says you are weak in 1-3 elements.
Lyric: I couldn’t take one more step
BaZi: Now you panic because you have no “Metal” in your chart.
Lyric: I can’t remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride
BaZi: Name the Emperor, name the dynasty
Lyric: Something touched me deep inside the day the music died
BaZi: Realizing there is more to life than where you are in the village, you seek to find the meaning of the universe. Or at least some of it’s secrets. Now, you Enter the BaZi.
Lyric: So, bye bye Miss American Pie
BaZi: The March of Time continues with our life and through the Great Life Pulse.
Lyric: Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
BaZi: Attempted some Feng Shui or BaZi “remedies” you read about on the web or ‘learned’ from a BaZi “expert.” The remedies seemed like a good idea at the time…
Lyric: Them good ol’ boys were drinking whiskey and rye, singing…
This’ll be the day that I die, this’ll be the day that I die
BaZi: The Ten Gods are having a party at your expense. And then they begin to taunt you at your every move.
Lyric: Did you write the Book of Love?
BaZi: You are Looking for the Peach Blossoms
Lyric: And do you have faith in God, above?
BaZi: Remember all the Heavenly Stems, including the Hidden Heavenly Stems
Lyric: If the Bible tells you so
BaZi: Remember the Rules set forth by XuZiPing (許字平) [908-960 CE), and Master Zhong Bao (鍾寶) aka TieBiZi (鐵筆字) aka Master “Iron Brush..” [1908-1976]
Lyric: Now, do you believe in Rock and Roll? Can music save your mortal soul?
BaZi: Remember to count the 12 Qi Phases and to measure the strength of your Day Master.
Lyric: Can you teach me how to dance real slow?
BaZi: Looking for more Peach Blossoms
Lyric: Well, I know that you’re in love with him, ’cause I saw you dancing in the gym
You both kicked off your shoes – man, I dig those rhythm and blues
BaZi: Hmmmm…Love American Style. No Peach Blossom in the Garden today.
Lyric: I was a lonely, teenage broncin’ buck with a pink carnation and a pickup truck,
BaZi: 2nd decade of the Great Life Pulse
Lyric: I knew I was out of luck the day the music died
BaZi: Notice the word “Luck”
Lyric: Now, for ten years we’ve been on our own and moss grows fat on a Rolling Stone..
BaZi: Reminder that the Luck PIllars are represented in sections of ten years
Lyric: That’s not how it used to be
BaZi: Reminder that the decade pillars always change their elements.
Lyric: When the Jester sang for the king and queen in a coat he borrowed from James Dean
BaZi: Know the strength of your “Eating God Star”
Lyric: In a voice that came from you and me
BaZi: Know Your ‘Companion Star”
Lyric: Oh, and while the King was looking down the Jester stole his thorny crown
Bazi: “Rob Wealth Star” weighs in.
Lyric: The courtroom was adjourned – no verdict was returned
BaZi: The Luck Pillar of the Year does not support your fate at this time
Lyric: And, while Lennon read a book on Marx the quartet practiced in the park, and…
We sang dirges in the dark…
BaZi: In the People’s Republic of China, BaZi Suan Ming has been ‘forbidden’ since 1948. It is classified as a “corrupted art.”
Lyric: Now, the halftime air was sweet perfume while the Sergeants played a marching tune
BaZi: In the beginning, it seems like things were going to change in 1948…
Lyric: We all got up to dance, oh, but we never got the chance
BaZi: There were ‘mixed messages‘ sent to the general Chinese population during this time period (circa 1948).
Lyric: ‘Cause the players tried to take the field – the marching band refused to yield
BaZi: Yes, lots of “Marching” involved.
Lyric: Do you recall what was revealed the day the music died?
BaZi: That is the million dollar question.
Lyric: I went down to the sacred store where I’d heard the music years before, but…
The man there said the music wouldn’t play
Lyric: And, in the streets the children screamed, the lover’s cried, and the poets dreamed, Not a word was spoken – the church bells all were broken
BaZi: Shanghai, China, circa 1972.
Lyric: And, the three men I admire most: the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost
BaZi: Heaven Luck, Earth Luck, Human Luck
Lyric: Caught the last train for the coast the day the music died.
BaZi: A reminder that the “Journey to the West” and other stories about Chinese Metaphysics origins continue onward to this day
Lyrics: And, they were singing, bye bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good ol’ boys were drinking whiskey and rye, singing…
This’ll be the day that I die, this’ll be the day that I die
BaZi: Time is all about the Cycles. And in the end, Time is the biggest factor in the BaZi.
The “Grand” Dukes of BaZi