It is not unusual that when we read a chart, the hour is missing. One out of four pillars or 25% missing data can change the reading drastically.

There are many “tricks of the trade” in hour pillar reconstruction— from hair ring location, sleep posture, birth order, divination methods like yi-jing or Plum Flower, cell-phone trick (calling God?) or simply doing it the old fashion way— trying all 12 possible hours by matching DM’s (daymaster) major life events, personalities and family relationships.

This is an exercise to do 4P hour pillar reconstruction based on available data.

A hunter was killed by his own dog which accidentally stepped on the trigger of his hunting rifle.

Here is the news:
http://www.newstin. com/sim/us/ 37414720/ en-009-000866003

Here is the obituary and an excerpt of it:
http://www.baytowns lasso?ewcd= b1a0e657be57b41e

Perry Alvin Price, III, 46, of Baytown was born April 7, 1961 in Baytown, Texas to Carol Ann and Perry A. Price, Jr. He passed away January 5, 2008. Perry was preceded in death by his dad.

He is survived by his wife of two and a half years, Kelli “K.C.” Price; his mother Carol Ann Price; two step children, Jessie and Jacob Campbell; his brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Jane Price of Houston; his brother and sister-in-law, Dennis and Nancy Ann Price of Trinity; his sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Gerald Payne of Mont Belvieu; his sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Andy Jacobs of Baytown; nieces and nephews, Stephen, Elizabeth, and Kimberly Price of Houston; Teri Ann Price of Kingsland, Dennis Price II of Kingsland, Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Marshall Price and his wife Sandy of Chesterfield, Michigan, Abigail Price and Shane Moore of Huntsville, Rebekah Price Conner and husband Beau of Huntsville; Garrett and Whitney Payne of Mont Belvieu; Price, Georgeanne, and Trace Jacobs of Baytown; great nieces and nephews, Kelly, Kylie, and Kaden Price of Kingsland; and a multitude of friends and other family members who adored him.

Perry loved the outdoors. He especially loved hunting ducks and geese, trapping wild hogs, and training his dogs. His favorite place to be was out at the lease with his wife and friends. In fact, it was because of this circle of friends that he met his wife, the love of his life and his soul mate. Perry and K.C, as he called her, married on the beach near the lease on June 1, 2005.

I don’t mean to bore you with tedious details. These details provide important clues for the 4P reader to do the hour-pillar reconstruction.

Victim’s 4P chart:
born April 7, 1961
Y: xin-chou
M: ren-chen
D: geng-wu
H: Unknown (estimate: xin-si or ding-hai)

10YL: ding-hai
Annual luck: ding-hai

Date he died:

Y: ding-hai
M: ren-zi
D: jia-chen
H: Unknown


A major question comes to mind is: is this a strong, close to balance or weak DM? A balanced DM is even harder to read.

Then you look at the major events in his life. In this case, death occurred, so current year must be negative for him.

Another way is to look at his family members. In the obituary, we know DM had quite a few siblings and was sociable.

Perry loved the outdoors. He especially loved hunting ducks and geese…” Ducks and geese is you-metal (xin). DM likes hunting them. Sign of weak metal too.

Here we run into a major problem: DM with many siblings is likely to be a strong DM. However, sociable DM is also likely to be a weak DM!

Then the year ding-hai should be negative to DM. We know his 10-year luck is also ding-hai– fu-yin 10-year luck and annual luck. This is the first clue that fire and/ or water may not be favorable to him.

Fu-yin is not always negative. Fan-yin is always negative. In this case, both fu-yin and fan-yin elements are there (see below).

With this info, you need to “plug-in” all the 12 possible Chinese hours to “reconstruct” the hour pillar. This is very labor-intensive if you do not use a 4P chart calculator like the one I have in:

With fire and water being unfavorable, it is a sign of weak DM.

However, this DM had quite a few siblings, the chart should show siblings, so likely the hour pillar should have more peer stars (metal).

We need to find an hour that “gives” more siblings yet DM will remain weak.

After plugging in 12 different possibilities- – xin-si hours looks very possible– xin added one peer star(bi-jian); si adds another hidden one. Si clashes with hai; hai-hai self-penalty (killed by own gun). DM is still weak with xin-si.

When you further look at the day and month of death– jia of jia-chen day clashed with geng DM; zi of ren-zi month clashed with spouse palace (this is almost a “fan-yin to day pillar); then hai-zi-chou (zi from death date; chou from birth year) combine to form strong water-3-meeting; 2-ding fire also “burn” geng DM. All these clashes and penalties could be hard to overcome for a weak DM.

A major clash or fan-yin to Day-pillar may not kill the DM, but with additional clashes and penalties in in other stems and branches will throw the DM out of balance.

Interesting note is that chou is within the Gen trigram. Gen is dog according to yi-jing. So chou can be considered as a dog in DM’s chart. Chou was favorable to weak geng DM (GM likes dog), but it was combined into forming a huge ocean of water during the date of accident (can be perceived as blood); DM’s major artery was shot accidentally triggered by his hunting dog. He was bled to death.

There are lots of imageries hidden in these 2 charts. It will take a long time and space to write it out. I let your imagination take over.

Ken Lai

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