September 2009


There are no commonly agreed translations of 4P terms. Different schools or teachers translate 4P terms according to his/her personal preferences. There are three major rules used in translations:

  1. Literal translations: This simply gives a faithful and very often, horrible (in terms of culture shock) translations of the terms. For examples, “shi-shen” is translated as “eating god”, “qi-sha” becomes “7-killings”, “shang-guan” becomes “hurting officials or officers” and the likes. Problem with literal translations is that it may bias students’ perception towards certain terms as “bad” because it sounds horrible. In reality, every one of the “10 gods” or ‘transformation stars” (my terminology) can be positive or negative depending on the composition of the 4P chart. Another common misconception is the ubiquitous uses of the term “god” in 4P, like “useful god” (yong shen), “enmity god” (chou shen) and the like, making 4P sound “religious” when it is actually more statistical in nature.
  1. Pin-yin translations: This gives a transliteration of the 4P terms like “shi-shen”, “zheng-guan” and etc. It takes some time to get used to these foreign terms. But it is great when you go back to the original Chinese texts or switching teachers/school.
  1. Translation based on interpreted meanings: This translates the 4P terms based on the understanding of the translator. For example, shi-shen and shang-guan are translated as “output” stars. But different people have different understanding of the terms, so the translations can sometimes be confusing and shocking as well. Good translations under this should be “value-free” or NOT “value-laden”. It should also give meanings that are faithful or close to the original meanings of the terms. The translated terms should not influence the perception of the readers and students.
  1. Mixing of all of the above

The following examples are the common translations of 4P’s “10 gods” or “transformation stars”:

4P TERMS: 10 GODS OR TRANSFORMATION STARS TRANSLATIONS

1. Jie-cai 劫财

  • Ken: JC, +peer (“+” stands for polarity “yang”)
  • Others: rob wealth, competitor, unfriendly parallel, contender-star, unfriendly partner

Bi-jian 比肩 

  • Ken: BJ, -peer (“-” stands for polarity “yin”)
  • Others: friend, colleague, unfriendly parallel, friend-star, friendly buddy             

Zheng–cai 正财

  • Ken: ZC, +weatlh
  • Others: direct wealth, income, regular weatlh, proper wealth, main income, expected wealth, wife-star

Pian-cai 偏财

  • Ken: PC, –wealth
  • Others: indirect wealth, wealth, unbecoming wealth, unexpected wealth, unexpected property, windfall star, godsend wealth, unexpected possession

Zheng-yin 正印 

  • Ken: ZY, +resource
  • Others: direct resource, resource/education, proper resource, main funds, proper care, mother-star, willingly nourished

Pian-yin 偏印 

  • Ken: PY, –resource
  • Others: indirect resource, resource/education, unbecoming resource, unexpected funds, unbecoming care, guardian star, unwillingly nourished

Shang-guan

  • Ken: SG, +output
  • Others: hurting officer, intelligence/aspirations, drastic ouput, actor-star, offending-star, harsh output

Shi-shen 食神 

  • Ken: SS, –output
  • Others: eating god, intelligence/aspirations, gracious output, artist-star, food-star, emotional IQ

Zheng-guan 正官 

  • Ken: ZG, +power
  • Others: direct officer, power/status, proper power, discipline, angel star, the obedience

Qi-sha 七杀 

  • Ken: QS, –power
  • Others: 7-killings, power/status, unbecoming power, unbecoming discipline, evil star, the stern

My personal bias is trying to make the translated terms as neutral as possible, so as not influencing the reader’s perception. Each of these 10 “stars” or “gods” can be positive or negative depending on the combination of the natal chart and luck periods.

I do not mean other translations are not as “good” or “horrible” as mine. Translations reflect the worldviews, command of the Chinese language and mental conditions of the translators.

Ken Lai

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A friend told me that he has an eye surgery. Recently I also have problem with my right eye– a big floating particle blurs my vision from time to time.

This friend encourages me to see an eye doctor ASAP. So I called an eye doctor for an appointment. But I can’t get in until 4 weeks later. The doctor is very busy!

Someone has canceled his appointment and I took over this morning. The doctor went through the normal examination like dilating my pupil, checking the cornea and retina… etc. Dr. M found the “floater” inside my eye.

Dr. M is around 60 years old and pretty friendly and casual.

Dr. M found the “floater” inside my eye. Floater is the falling debris inside one’s eye due to the aging of eye tissues.

“You did nothing to create that floater problem. It is simply that you are OLD! Older people have problem like this” The doctor said.

Doctor M is darn honest. This hurts more than me being the culprit!

“Is there any medication to fix this floater problem?”

“No.”

“Do I need any surgery to get rid of it?”

“Surgery is normally not needed, unless the floater bothers you. It normally disintegrates after a month or two.” The doctor replied.

“I’m into astrology. Do you have more patients this year than the average?” I asked the doctor because I suspect there is correlation between a strong earth year (2009) and eye problems.

“I don’t know. I just keep working everyday in the last few weeks.” Doctor M replied. Age must catches up with her too.

So you think astrology has something to do with eye problems?” She curiously asked.

“Yes, I think strong earth energy cause more eye problems.”

 Well, to keep the story short, Dr. M said that I do not need to see her again unless something happen to my eyes and gave me some free eye-drops sample.

 In terms of 4P, current year ji-chou (earth-ox) is a strong earth year and my own chart has a pair of earth (stem and branch) and fire. The strong earth drains my fire. Fire stands for eyes and heart. So I think if one’s chart has weak fire and strong earth and annual luck brings in more earth, one’s eyes may have problem.

 If a chart has a lot of earth already, the likely health issues will be digestive system and skin fro 2009.

Ken Lai

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I have only offered these metal talismans to my “Daoist Talismans” class students in the last 4 years. I got reports about that cars were totaled during accidents but the drivers did not suffer any injury with these metal talismans. There are also reports about protection from fire from the home protection talisman. So they are tested to be working pretty well.

I bought these metal talismans from a Daoist temple in Hong Kong. These talismans were put on the altar of the “Celestial Mother of the Stars” (Dou Mu) in a Grand Duke Hall. Dou Mu is the “boss” of the 60 Grand Dukes (Tai Sui). You may see some incense smoke on these talismans if I do not clean them before sending it out. So these talismans have absorbed the prayers and blessings of people and Daoist priests who had prayed to Dou Mou.

What is the big deal with Dou Mu? Most accidents, injuries, sickness and misfortunes are attributed to one’s annual luck pillar (as in 4-Pillars) or current year’s Grand Duke. So if you have something that has the blessing of Grand Duke’s boss or mother, you may be able to get away from the misfortunes (Pal, it is all about relationship! ).

Why metal and not paper talisman? Most paper talismans last only one year. Metal talismans will last forever– your great-great- great grandson can use it even after a few hundred years. All you need to do is “recharging” it once per year with my simple instructions.

These talismans come in 3 versions:
1. Safe-driving talisman (Hexagon shape, 5 cm diameter)
— a must if you have teenager driver
— if your city has too many crazy drivers
— if your animal sign clashes the current Grand Duke

2. Home-protection talisman  (Hexagon shape, 5 cm diameter)
— protects your home from fire, burglary
— compensate for bad Feng Shui

The front side has a portrait of Immortal Lu (one of the 8 Immortals in Daoism). Back side has a powerful talisman. I’ve enclosed a picture of these talismans.

Although these hexagon-shaped talismans are inscribed with specific purpose, you can still take it out and carry with you when you:
— do Feng Shui audits, for spiritual protection
— go to hospitals
— go to funeral home or cemetery
— haunted places

3. Pendant version talisman (Oval shape, 3.4 cm. diameter w/ red neck string)
— the hexagon talisman may be too bulky, this one is easily to carry around
— general protection purposes

All the metal talismans have been benedicted and empowered by Daoist priests.

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— please specify “safe-driving”,  “home protection” or “pendant
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“30” sounds like “guarantee to survive” in Cantonese.

Be prepared!  People with Ram animal sign need one for this year’s Grand Duke.  People with Monkey animal sign will need one for next year.

Too poor to spare $30? No problem– if you had purchased any correspondence course from me in the last few years, you have already gotten a red talisman card with each course. You can stick that card onto your car windscreen or home windows as protection.

Ken Lai

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Last summer I become an “accidental owner” of a 3-years old black cat. She weighs 15 pounds with a foot-long fluffy tail. I call her “meow-meow“. The follow link is about how I “got stuck” with meow-meow.
http://kenlaifengshui.blogspot.com/2008/07/cats-and-lottery.html

This is not an ordinary feline. She is very gentle– even with bugs! She chases bugs, crickets, and spirders around the house but has never killed any. She gently puts her paw on the bug and feels it and then let it escape. The following link is an account of one episode with a baby cricket.

http://kenlaifengshui.blogspot.com/2008/07/big-black-cat-and-baby-cricket.html
I notice that meow-meow tends to sleeps on certain locations. She sleeps on Feng Shui system’s timely “8-white star” location. “8-white star” is the most auspicious star during Period 8 (2004- 2023).

My house has 3-levels. She just sleeps on the “8-white star” locations of each level! This feline knows Feng Shui. I can rent it out to do Feng Shui for people. Next section is some Feng Shui tips for cat directly from Master Meow-meow.

FENG SHUI FOR CATS
The Chinese zodiac animals do not really include little cats. But it has a big cat– tiger. So we also group cats under the tiger category.

Tiger or “Yin” (in Chinese earthly branch system) is wood in nature. It is represented by trunky plants or trees. Tiger combines with horse (“Wu“) and dog (“Xu“). Tiger also combines with pig (“Hai“). So the directions represented by these animals will be favorable to cats.
If your main door is located in one of the following directions, it will be good for cat-raising and your cat is likely be strong and healthy:
–NE (tiger) direction (esp. NE-east)
–South (Horse) direction
–East (rabbit) direction (wood direction)
–NW (dog) direction (esp. NW-west, NNW)
–North (water direction, nurtures wood)
If your main door does not fall into none of these 5 favorable directions for cat, you can put your cat bed in one of the above directions in your house.
Cat clashes with monkey. Monkey is metal in nature and stands for SW-west direction. The elemental nature of west direction is also metal. So if your main door sits on SW-west or west, your cat may get sick more often. You at least put its bed in one of the 5 good directions listed above.

Cat’s elemental nature is wood. Metal chops wood. Too much metal will hurt the health of your cat. So you should not put too many metal objects around your cat.

Period 8 is current Feng Shui’s time dimension. The ruling star is 8 or Gen trigram. Tiger or “Yin” is part of the Gen trigram (dog is Gen under the Yi-jing system ). So taking good care of a cat means you are taking care of the ruler star 8 or your wealth! Go adopt a cat from your local Animal Humane Society will bring you more good luck during Period 8.

The following link is another blog message about cat.
http://kenlaifengshui.blogspot.com/2008/05/4-pillars-reading-for-cats.html

Ken Lai

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Why some people’s dogs are sick all the time while others are strong and healthy? This may be due to their “dog Feng Shui“.

Dog is one of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals. Under this system, dog is located in NW or the “Xu” mountain of the 24 mountains system in Feng Shui.

The 12 zodiac animals also represent the earthly branch system in Chinese metaphysics and calendar system. Dog or Xu combines with tiger (“Yin“) and horse (“Wu“). It also combines with rabbit (“Mao“). So the directions represented by these animals will be favorable to dog.

If your main door is located in one of the following directions, it will be good for dog-raising and your dog is likely be strong and healthy:

–NE (tiger) direction
–South (Horse) direction
–East (rabbit) direction
–NW (dog) direction

If your main door does not fall into none of these 4 favorable directions for dog, you can put your dog kennel in one of the above directions in your house or yard.

Dog clashes with dragon. Dragon stands for SE direction. So if your main door sits on SE, your dog may get sick more often. You at least put its kennel in one of the 4 good directions listed above.

Dog’s elemental nature is earth. Earth produces metal. Too much metal will drain the health of your dog. So you should not put too many metal objects around your dog and avoid metal kennel.

Period 8 is current Feng Shui’s time dimension. The ruling star is 8 or Gen trigram. Gen also stands for dog in Yi-jing (I-Ching, the Book of Changes). So taking good care of a dog means you are taking care of the ruler star 8 or your wealth! Go adopt a dog from your local Animal Humane Society will bring you more good luck during Period 8.

If you want to understand the logic behind these favorable dog directions, you can check the rules governing heavenly stems and earthly branches OR simply take my “4-Pillars Bootcamp” video correspondence course.

Ken Lai

“Practical Date-Selection Methods (incl. XKDG) w/ 12 hr. video
“Practical Imperial Qi-men-Dun-Jia” w/ 10 hr. video
“Daoist Talismans for Feng Shui & Blessing” v.2 w/ 24 hr video
“Practical Door Feng Shui for Wealth” w/ 3 hr. video
“4-Pillars Forecasting Bootcamp” with 12 hr. video

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