Here we are again. Welcome to a land I call, “DoubtMyself Land.” Have you ever been here? Be prepared because DoubtMyself Land has no Gas, Food or Lodging. What it can prepare you for is a way to leave you questioning and feeling yourself immobilized. Do you every feel that you are stuck and looking for direction? Look no further, to begin your journey I suggest you consult The Almanac of the Soul.
When pressure mounts in your life, we tend to resolve to use the same methods of trying to figure things out. We are adamant when we tell ourselves, “I will not let that happen again” or “Never again” or some other rationalization that calms our own monkey mind. When the proverbial button gets pushed- that says we DEFINITELY will try harder- failure at times, is just around the corner.
Do You Remember Jerry Reed?
Do you know where you are really going? Do you understand the decisions that you make? How do you know you have made the ‘right’ decisions?
Have you ever noticed that when people, friends, relatives or relative strangers have nothing to say the conversation always turns to the weather? “Some weather we are having,” or “It hasn’t gotten cold like this in years,” or “We have not seen this kind of weather in a long time.” Little did they know that they are talking about something that is essential in the Bazi SuanMing: the dynamic relationship between your birth date and the season you are born in. Understanding this dynamic on a deeper level helps you reduce your challenges, worries and helps magnifies potential outcomes in today’s world.
What, you have no worries?
If you have no worries, good for you. Why don’t you go back home, where you live in that van, down by the river and inspire yourself. For the rest of us, let’s see how the Bazi SuanMing works with our speculations on life and love.
There is a category of analysis in the Bazi SuanMIng known as the 12 Life Palaces or Ming Gong 命宮. The reading of the Life Palaces aka the Ming Gong is essential in Bazi SuanMing. The Ming Gong is similar in the sense of identification and naming of each “Palace” within the Zi Wei Do Shou (Purple Star Astrology) system. The majority of the literature translated into English with regards to Bazi Suan Ming resembles a biker bar brawl at a flea market. Things are strewn about. People’s feelings get hurt. Confusion runs amok. At the end of the day, you find your food cart tossed aside for cheap trinkets. Much of the literature compares too many different astrology systems (Western, Vedic and Purple Star to name a few), without going into detail how they are analogous or how they differ. The fact that the word Gong 宮 is used within Chinese metaphysics is a common thing. The analogy ends there. It’s sort of like saying people breathe to speak. It doesn’t mean we all speak the same language. In fact, we speak many languages in the world, (literally and metaphorically) -yet we need to breathe in order to speak. Bazi is like breathing. You use it every day. You just don’t know it until the attention is brought to you. When Bazi, Feng Shui and other lifestyle/metaphysical arts practitioners confuse the many systems of Chinese Metaphysics, I refer them to my favorite Feng Shui and Bazi consultant:
“Purple Star” You Say?
Do you want to know your Destiny? Do you want to know where your potential still has not been developed? Do you think you can do better than you are doing today? Using the Ming Gong 命宮 helps in review of your past and present and future relationships with the world.
Very few of us have the opportunity to witness brilliant people in their prime. (At least in the Bazi Suan Ming world of things.) I know I “have the luck” when events like this occur. I refer to these people as “mad scientist” brilliant. [read: in the loving and kind sort of way of the mad scientist] and I really do mean...brilliant. They are almost ‘monastic’ in their ways. They throw caution to the wind and let the dendrites in their brain form. They are in their craft and they build upon it. In public, most of the time, the Bazi master finds themselves surrounded by a crowd that resembles a paparazzi of sorts-which really defeats the purpose of this artist’s gift(s) to the world. I had the privilege to host Dr. Manfred Kubny, Ph.D., a bonafide Bazi Master. In most Bazi circles, many Asian Bazi masters consider him the #1 non-AsianBazi expert in the world. Dr. Kubny is a trained Sinlogist, and Chinese Classics linguist. He reads and translates Chinese classics. This is his “day job.” By night, he enters the Bazi. He is a professor at a university in Berlin, Germany. He trained for eight years under two Bazi masters in Taiwan in the 1970s and early 1980s. He visited Portland, Oregon recently to teach an advanced seminar on the Bazi SuanMing. My family and I had the opportunity to host him and I got to ‘soak up the Bazi SuanMing.’
Manfred Kubny, Bazi Expert
After Dr. Kubny’s second day here, all I could do was see Bazi table after Bazi table, chart after chart and look at the different classes of clash, combine and destroy elements in a birth chart. It was exhilarating and challenging all at the same time. This is what I learned:
Thanksgiving, that most famous Chinese Metaphysics holiday of the year. I attempt to explain to my foreign friends (read: non-so-called- ‘Americans’) what Thanksgiving holiday was, is and what it will be. They still don’t get it. I don’t blame them. I would be confused too. Due to popular demand by my friends and patients, I am going off the reservation for today’s post and providing several recipes for the holiday meal. So forget your Day Master’s woes and let the feast begin!
These are side dishes.
Creamed Greens with Chestnuts-
Creamed Kale, Chard, Mushrooms studded with Chestnuts
Prep: 40 minutes
If you cannot find the Chestnuts, then Hazelnuts and Mac Nuts will be a great substitute.
Wash all greens, and shake off excess (but not all) water. Heat a large saute pan over high heat, and add kale, collards, 1 teaspoon salt, and wine. Cover, and cook until greens wilt, about 2 minutes, turning occasionally. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, turning greens occasionally, until almost tender, about 15 minutes. Remove cover. Add chard leaves, and cook, turning with tongs, until wilted, about 3 minutes. Transfer greens to a bowl.
Add 4 tablespoons butter to pan, and melt over high heat. Add shallots, garlic, and chard stems, and saute until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in chestnuts, and saute 1 minute. Return greens to pan, stirring to incorporate, and remove from heat.
Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add flour, and whisk to incorporate. Slowly whisk in milk and cream, and bring to a simmer. Simmer, whisking constantly, until sauce thickens slightly and begins to coat the back of a spoon, about 2 minutes. Add nutmeg and red-pepper flakes. Season with salt.
Stir sauce into greens, and cook over medium heat until warmed through. If not serving immediately, let cool completely, then refrigerate. Reheat over low heat before serving.
This is one of the best cookbooks if you can find.
Gluten Free Macadamia Nut Stuffing (Modified)
1/4 cup turkey drippings
1/2 cup onions, chopped
3/4 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup chanterelle mushrooms, sliced
4 cups of gluten free seasoned bread cubes
1 cup of macadamia nuts, chopped
1 cup of turkey stock, (you can use chicken stock if this is sans turkey)
1/2 tsp. of ground sage
1/2 tsp. Hawaii salt (Big Island Hawaiian Alaea (baked Hawaiian Clay) Sea Salt
1/2 tsp. white pepper
Saute mushrooms, onions and celery until tender crisp. Stir in bread crumbs and mac nuts. Add turkey (or chicken stock), beaten eggs, seasonings and fold thoroughly. Place in buttered pan and bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes until heated through. Serves 8.
When I first read El amor en los tiempos del cólera, Love in the Time of Cholera, in 1985, I could not help but be reminded that love, no matter how distant and or how remote it may seem, that somewhere, in the end, love will find a way. To find out more about one of my favorite all time authors click here.
Gracias Sr. Marquez!
Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places
The BaZi Suan Ming, the Life and Destiny Map also known as the Four Pillars of Destiny, can help you understand the nature of love in all relationships. Let me repeat: In all relationships. Have you ever wondered what went awry in a relationship? Have you ever wondered if you are with the right person? Have you ever been looking for love in all the right and wrong places?
Yes Mark McGrath, you too can understand how the BaZi can help you in Love whether you have Cholera or not….