The Four Pillars of Destiny is an in-depth analysis of one’s personality and destiny, based on date of birth (year, month, day, and hour).
According to ancient Chinese cosmology, the universe and all its components are made up of five basic elements – metal, wood, water, fire and earth. These interacting elements can affect our lives and our destinies. The Four Pillars of Destiny is a special calendar system that associates the time with the elemental influences, and uses the birth date to describe the personality and the fate of a person.
Sample Personality Types Depending on Birth Date
Metal: The people of metal are intuitive, emotional, focused, and confident. They tend to isolate themselves from others or change life partners often. They tend to try to escape problems and dive inward rather than trying to solve their problems. They may seem solid and stubborn, and typically take a tough stance. They don’t let other people in on their feelings, don’t like intimate conversations and don’t seek a crying shoulder. They can be successful in many fields, since metal represents money. They can also encourage others to achieve great success. They are sensitive to injustice and deceit. To succeed, they need to learn to open up and become more flexible.
Water: The people of water are sociable, outgoing, caring, gentle, and receptive. However, they also tend to have excessive anxiety and fear. They are flexible, soft, and diplomatic, and prefer indirect communication. They can be both excellent speakers and a grateful audience. They tend to try to manipulate people using emotional sensitivity, but they are very susceptible to influence also. To succeed, they need to learn to control their emotions, learn to trust their instincts and persevere.
Wood: The people of wood are focused on results. They can transform resources into products and ideas into profits. They are prone to rapid expression of feeling. They are eloquent speakers and interlocutors. Despite a strong character, they are quite vulnerable, as they find it difficult to express their rich emotions for fear of being poorly perceived. They are practical people who are always looking toward the future, and rarely look back. To succeed, they need to avoid striving for imaginary perfection or trying to embrace the boundless.
Fire: The people of fire can calm and soothe you, or explode in emotions. They are fearless and charismatic leaders, who are able to influence others. They may have good acting skills. They are very passionate, cannot be idle for too long, and tend to be impulsive and egocentric. They are creative and innovative, and try to change themselves and their surroundings. The desire to be noticed may lead them to success or create problems. They are poor listeners, and may be too aggressive. To succeed, they need to develop patience.
Earth: People of earth are very fair. They tend to worry about the problems of humankind. They may become workaholics. They are stable and balanced, and tend to slowly achieve any goal. They prefer long-term projects, and don’t like wasting time. They may be suspicious, and are hard to manipulate. They can become excellent managers. They have a sense of purpose, practicality, and perseverance. They are sensitive, but not emotional. They can be stubborn and not versatile in their views. To succeed, they need to learn to be more versatile and less set in their ways.
These characteristics are only the tip of the iceberg in regard to the wealth of information that you can get using the Four Pillars of Destiny. The Four Pillars are a profound tool that can help you understand yourself and others, and use this notion to manage your destiny.
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* Ajahn Brahmali explains cosmology based on Buddhist suttas. And he makes some bold predictions!
Here are some reference suttas as provided by Ajahn Brahmali:
(1) The universe has no discoverable beginning: SN15:3
(2) The aeons of world evolution and dissolution: AN3:58
(3) The calculation of the length of the aeon: AN8:42
(4) The thousand solar systems: AN10:29
(5) The increasing heat from the sun: AN7:66
Buddhist Cosmology | Ajahn Brahmali | Nov 2015