September 2007

It is NOT free, but almost free when you consider the
following expenses (based on a 3-day live seminar):

A. # of days with traveling time: 4
Loss of income for 4 days: US$400- 800
B. Airline ticket: US$300- 500
C. Hotel (3- 4 nights): US$ 300- 500
D. Food: US$150- 300

Total expenses before seminar fee: US$1150 to 2100

3 days seminar tuition fee for “Practical Imperial QMDJ”: $1200

So, expenses involved to take a seminar costs as much as or even more than the seminar itself!

With Ken Lai’s Video Homestudy course, the saving in traveling expenses can be used to buy the course. So it is like getting the course for free.

Practical Imperial Qi-Men-Dun-Jia Homestudy course includes:
1. 9+ hour of video: completely menu-driven
2. extensive color cheat sheets and translator rulers
3. Four manuals (total over 400 pages)
4. over 2500 digital pages in PDF format
5. private online discussion group to ask questions
6. one month supply of “optimized QMDJ” charts in 6 major areas

With Ken’s materials, you may learn to use QMDJ in as little as an hour. Eventually you can locate a QMDJ chart and make interpretation in a minute, almost as fast as a PDA or computer.

The course is user-friendly and designed with both idiots and geniuses in mind.

COURSE PRICE: $999 (will be increased to US$1200)

However, if you order before Oct. 15, 2007, you can get it for US$699.

If you mention Ken’s Cyber Cafe when ordering, I’ll throw in a $100 “ADVANCED CASE STUDIES” CD for FREE (while supply lasts).

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Ken Lai

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My niece Sammy was given a female kitten a few weeks ago. She calls it “Mimi”.

One interesting thing about Mimi the kitten is– when it sleeps on a human bed, it sleeps with its back on the bed, that is, it sleeps like a human!

When it sleeps on the floor or on its own bed, it sleeps like a regular cat.

Another strange behavior is: it follows my brother Jimmy all the time or sits next to him if Jimmy is working on his computer.

I asked my brother, “Did you know of any ex-girl friends or female admirers of yours die prematurely?”

“No.” Answered Jimmy.

“Oh, if you had, Mimi may be the reincarnation of your deceased female admirer. But since you don’t have any, then this kitten probably was a woman that has unfinished business with you in your previous life. Since it is not her turn to be your wife in your current life and she does not want to wait, she reincarnates as a cat to be with you.”

“Ha ha ha, when do you become a story-teller?” Asked my brother.

“Make sure you do not tell your wife or she will banish your kitten. You know woman can become jealous even with a kitten.” I told Jimmy.

Well, I don’t know if Jimmy has told his wife the reincarnation story. But yesterday Jimmy told me that his wife bought home a male kitten.

“Jimmy, your wife probably is jealous of you. So she bought home a male kitten and hopefully will follow her around like yours.” I told Jimmy.

“In the worst case scenario, this male cat can distract your female cat admirer and she can regain 100% control of you.” I added.

In terms of 4-Pillars explanation, my brother Jimmy is a strong wu-earth day-master with wu-horse animal sign. Wu-earth likes to have yang-wood to loosen the hard earth. Cat is Yin (tiger) or jia wood. Wu-horse combines with yin-tiger and xu-dog. So there is an affinity built-in here.

My niece Sammy is a weak Wood day-master. Bring in a cat (jia-wood) will help her to become more focused.

So far I have not heard if the male kitten follows my brother or his wife.

In Daoist (Taoist) and Buddhist literature, stories of some deceased reincarnate into animals to get close to their current or previous life love ones are pretty common. This also explains some incredible animal stories of saving their masters or animals with unusually high IQ.

Ken Lai

2007 schedule at http://www.kenlaife
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An out-of-state client of mine was in some sort of mid-life
crisis or depression. Jane (not real name) wanted to
“disappear” from her 2 teens and husband.

She emailed me for “wisdom”.

Damn! It is hard to charge people for “wisdom”.

I told her not to make any hasty decision until I have
checked her 4-pillar chart.

But we got a major problem here: Jane was born in a
war-torn country and does not know her day-of-birth. All
she knows is her animal sign.

There are other ways of doing fortune-reading without a
birthday, like Yi-jing divination method. But 4P is more
personalized and direct method.

How do you do a 4P reading without a birthday?

Today is your lucky day– top 4P secrets for free.

I asked Jane to send me the birthdays of her children and

I read Jane’s fortune through the 4P charts of her husband
and kids.

In her husband’s chart, current year ding-hai is clashing
his day-pillar from stem to branch (ti-ke-di-chong) . Day
stem represents her husband and day branch stands for Jane.

This means either Jane or her husband or both may be or
will be in some serious trouble, sickness, injury or
accident this year.

So I told her to stay put, avoid making major decisions,
and take her hubby along to have medical check up. And of
course, go do some charity works to build up good karma.

She took my advice and tided over her current depression.
She now delivers food to the homeless every weekend.

Sometimes, all people need in critical life situations is just
a little help, a little push or simply someone to talk to.

Ken Lai
2007 schedule at
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Last time I talked about “Half-pillar” and “1-Pillar astrology”. This message is the final part of the series and hopefully will answer the question: should we have MORE or LESS pillars?


Knowledge of 4P is a prerequisite to other branches of Chinese metaphysics, including TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). It is hard to escape away from it if you are into the Chinese Metaphysics.

4-Pillars refers to one’s birthday and time.
There are

Year pillar: represents grandparents/ ancestors
Month pillar: represents parents/siblings
Day pillar: represent self/ spouse
Hour pillar: represent children/ subordinates

Each pillar is represented by a jia-zi or binomials. For example, current year’s jia-zi is ding-hai (fire-pig). The first word “ding” is the stem and the second word “hai” is the branch (I assume you have some basic knowledge of 4P and will not elaborate the basics here).

The most problematic pillar is the hour pillar. Some people do not record or simply forget the hour of birth. There is also a tendency to report a later time than the actual birth time due to excitement or distraction in cleaning up the newborn and mother.

Then the issue of day-light saving time muddies the issue even further.

If the birth time is at the borderline of a Chinese hour (equals to 2 modern hours) or the borderline of two days, the margin of error is even bigger. If the birth time is in between the switching time between 2 solar months, three pillars out of 4 will be incorrect!

The basic 4P chart shows the “promises” or “potentials” of a person– it can be “good’ or “bad” (in terms of good fortune). But it is not final. The final outcome depends on the 10-year luck (10YL) and annual luck (AL) pillars.

Fortunes, misfortunes or major events happen when there are interactions (in terms of nurturing/controlling cycles) between the pillars.

10YL and AL are like two extra chances for you to grab some good luck. Conversely, 10YL and AL can also spoil the good fortune in your original 4P chart.

There is a saying, “Good Yun (luck pillars) is better than good Meng (4P chart)”. It implies good luck periods are more important than a good 4P chart.

In other words, 4-Pillars Astrology actually uses more than 4 pillars. It also uses 10YL and AL pillars. This is a total of SIX pillars (not to mention sometimes we use annual month pillar and even annual day/hour pillars. Then there will be a potential of 9 pillars!)

Some “smart” people try to add another pillar to the 4-Pillar system. The common one is to further differentiated the hour pillar into subdivisions of 10 minutes, 15 minutes and so on, to create a “minute” pillar out of it.

As mentioned before, the hour pillar is problematic due to human reporting errors. Adding another pillar to the system based on a problematic pillar is likely to compound the problem.

Of course, if the hour reported is correct, then there might be some utilization of this “minute pillar”. But it will take a long time to prove it.

One may “outsmarts” the “5-Pillar” crowds by adding the sixth pillar— the “seconds pillar” (and eventually “nano-seconds” pillar if you want to be the King of the 4P Hill.)

However, in science, precision or “parsimony” is preferred. The more variables you add into a model, the less it explains.

An ancient method of adding an “informal pillar” without really adding one is roughly separating the Chinese hour (equal to 2 modern hours) into 3 chunks– beginning, middle and the end. Then assign different outcomes or events accordingly. For example, a famous 4P story about the first emperor of Ming Dynasty, who had worried that people with the same 4P as his might take over his empire. He had located them and was about to chop their heads off.

He had found two other persons with the same 4P as him. One is a very rich merchant in the capital. Another one is a beggar. The emperor was born in the “head” (beginning) of the rooster hour. The rich merchant was born in the body (middle) of the rooster hour and the beggar was born in the ass (end) of the rooster hour.

So, do you think the emperor kill these two fellows?

Another approach is to “draw a gua” (a Yi-jing or Plum Flower or Liu-Ren divination) after doing a 4P reading for further confirmation or predictions. But this becomes mixing another method with 4P analysis (and you pay additional tuition to learn it!)

There are teachers or professional 4P readers secretly add this “gua method” when they read or teach 4P without telling his students or clients. So their students will always wonder, “How does the master do it?” They may think that they are stupid or just need to take more 4P classes with this master.

There are another method to get more “mileage” out of the 4P system by converting the pillars to nayin elements and compare nurturing/controlling relationship relative to the day pillar nayin.

Another similar method is converting the pillars into hexagrams and beating on it further.


As you can see 4-Pillars is actually a 6-pillars system. It gives you 6×6 possible combinations. If you add the 5th pillar. It becomes 7×7 combinations. But if your 5th pillar is based on the hour pillar, it probably creates more problems than it intended to solve.

It is not difficult to add more pillars– minute pillar and down to nano-second pillar. You need to decide if it worths the trouble involved.

Half-pillar astrology is too simplistic with only 12 possible types and can’t explain or predict much.

One-pillar astrology has good potential, but it requires more “brain horse-power” and knowledge on the user.

Standard 4-Pillars has been around over a thousand years and have more literatures and empirical cases available for studying.

Any new “invention” in 4P normally takes hundreds of years to be proven. For example, in the 1960’s, some 4P masters in Taiwan suggested using Winter Solstice as the beginning of the solar year. It somehow explains better in certain case studies. Now is 2007, 40+ years since the idea was introduced, there are still very few people use this technique .

So should we have MORE or LESS pillars? It is up to you (and your pocket book)!

So what should we do? Just stick with whatever you have learned, drill the basics and fundamentals, practice and ignore the marketing hype out there. Whatever “new inventions” or “cool” out there are likely repackaged from less effective old ideas dumped decades ago or will take a few life-times to be proven.

The experience of my 4P students shows that if they have mastered the basics of combinations and clashes and drilled on 4P cases heavily for 3- 6 months, they can become pretty good at 4P and can even teach some basic to intermediate 4P courses in less than a year.

The major problem with most 4P students, including myself (when I was young), are not spending enough time to understand the basics. Instead, we look for shortcuts or “magic bullets” that will make us a 4P expert overnight.

There are many “magic bullets” available for sale– from blind-guy stuff, shen-sha to mainland China’s “New Pai 4P”– all promise top secrets for your dollars.

But students should not bear all the responsibility. it is also due to the lack of books and courses dealing with basics in sufficient details. It is hard to find a good 4P basics book even in Chinese.

Teachers can only guide you to a certain extent. Frequent practicing of 4P readings is the key to learn 4P. Buying or taking new 4P courses is no substitute to doing the actual practices.

4P is easier than Feng Shui in the sense that you don’t need to go out to do it. You simply locate some birthdays of famous people and your friends and practice on your own in the comfort of your own home.

Ken Lai

My last message talks about some people try to “expand” 4-Pillars to more pillars while others try to “shrink” it down to as little as “half” a pillar.


This is the most popular astrology in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan because it is easy to understand. In a way it is similar to the 12 constellations astrology that we read from newspapers.

This method simply uses the birth year animal of a person to make mostly annual and monthly predictions. So it is limited to 12 categories of luck profiles since there are only 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac.

There are variations of this method, such as adding a season to put more complexity into the prediction. This is like adding the birth season into the equation, so it raises its prediction power quite significantly.

Another variation, which is like adding another half-pillar from the back-door– is taking into consideration of the birth year stem. For example, if one were born in ding-hai year (2007), then this person is a fire-pig. So suddenly, not all pig-persons are identical. There are water-pig, wood-pig, earth-pig, metal-pig and fire-pig. This increases the possible variations to 60!

This method drops 3 pillars out of the 4 pillars, taking only the day-pillar as center of reference. It does not look at 10-year and annual luck periods like standard 4P.

One may ask: You need to find out year and month pillar in order to get the day-pillar. Why not look at them at the same time?

There are 60 “jia-zi’ or binomials in the Chinese 60-jia-zi time cycle, so there are 60 types of “variations” that can be cross-tabulated in terms of personalities, family relationships, fates and the like.

It exploits the “12 Life Stages” of 10 stems extensively.

One-Pillar astrology seems to have raise some interests in Taiwan lately.

It is not unusual to see people or teachers recycle old methods or emphasizes like ‘shen-sha’, ‘na-yin’, ‘hexagrams’ and the like to attract new students or buyers. It is like the fashion industry which recycles old designs after 30- 40 years.

What is hot today is likely picked up from historical garbage can and repackaged as top secrets or results from “new researches”.

Well, time for a cup of tea… I will continue next time on more 4+ pillar tricks.

Ken Lai

4-Pillars astrology or Bazi (8-words) utilizes one’s birth date and hour to make predictions on one’s life events and fortune.

Basically 4P uses 5-elements theory, Yi-Jing and statistics to make predictions. What it tells you are just POTENTIALS, POSSIBILITIES and NOT certainties.

Some sensational teachers/ readers make 4P predictions sound as if they will happen for sure.

“You will have a serious accident next year!”

“Your husband will die next year!”

“You will never be able to conceive.”

It is a questionable practice to tell clients as if disaster will strike for sure. Some street level fortune-tellers use this trick to get clients purchase more services or “fixes”.

4P predictions are just “blue print” of one’s life which are subject to changes due to Feng Shui, geography, individual class background, birth place imageries and individual determination and motivation.

The above may explain why there are over 100 babies born per hour in the world with identical 4P charts and yet they experience different life events and fate.

There have been attempts to expand 4-Pillars to 5-Pillars or even more.

There are also attempts to shrink 4-Pillars down to…. half a pillar!

To your surprise, “Half-pillar” actually is the most popular astrology in China.

Well, it is my nap time. I’ll talk about these variations of “Pillars” next time.

Ken Lai

The odds of winning first prize in lottery ONCE is 22.5 million to one.

Yet a New York couple has won lottery twice:

“Adeline and Eugene Angelo won $5 million Thursday after buying the winning ticket in last week’s New York Lotto. In 1996, they won $2.5 million after splitting a $10 million jackpot with three other people….

Eugene Angelo, 81, said he and his wife would share their new fortune with their three sons and their families. Taking the lump-sum payment of $2.5 million, Eugene and Adeline and each of their sons will get about $513,000 before taxes.

Adeline Angelo, 74, a retired medical secretary, said she hoped the new money will “buy us good health and longevity.”
— Associated Press

Many 4P enthusiasts would love to have the 4P charts of this couple. But we could at least do some investigation based on the info presented in this news.

** Wife is 74, so she was born in 1933
gui-you year (water-metal)

** Husband is 81, so he was born in 1926
bing-yin year (fire-wood)

** They have won lotto once in 1996
bing-zi year (fire-water)

** They won again in 2007
ding-hai year (fire-water)

Now you should see some patterns. They hit the jackpot when the year is fire-water in nature. So fire or water is either their wealth element OR it strengthens their day-masters (depending on the strength of their DM).

The 4P chart when they won on Aug. 30, 2007

year: ding-hai (fire-water)
month: wu-shen (earth-metal)
day: bing-shen (fire-metal)
hour: ji-hai (earth-water)

This day is a strong metal-water day. With this info, you can further deduce the possible DM elements of the couple.

Since they hit the jackpot twice, I would speculate that their 4P have lots of wealth elements but with weak DM. Weak DM is able to “suck in” or handle more wealth. Many wealthy tycoons have weak DM.

4P is not just for fortune-telling. It can be used in Feng Shui, date-selection, mate-selection, spying on your competition, ‘destiny forensics’ and more.

The same technique can also be applied on “event” or “accident” explanation using only minimal info like age and date/time of the event/incident occurred.

Ken Lai