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How to Determine the Year Pillar

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    2024
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Constructing a Bazi, or Four Pillars of Destiny chart, involves two steps: the first is to set up the Four Pillars, and the second is to arrange the Major Cycles. Today, we will learn about setting up the Year Pillar within the Four Pillars.

In our daily lives, we are accustomed to expressing time in terms of year, month, day, and hour. The same applies in Bazi, where each pair of Heavenly Stem and Earthly Branch combination is referred to as a Pillar. The Bazi chart uses the Year Pillar, Month Pillar, Day Pillar, and Hour Pillar to represent these time units.

The Year Pillar is the simplest to determine. The Earthly Branch of the Year Pillar corresponds to the zodiac animal of that year. The relationship between the Earthly Branches and the zodiac animals is common knowledge: Zi (Rat), Chou (Ox), Yin (Tiger), Mao (Rabbit), Chen (Dragon), Si (Snake), Wu (Horse), Wei (Goat), Shen (Monkey), You (Rooster), Xu (Dog), and Hai (Pig). For example, if it is the Year of the Rat, the Earthly Branch is Zi.

If you do not know the zodiac animal for a particular year, there is a way to figure it out. For years before 2000, any year whose last two digits are divisible by 12 has the Earthly Branch Zi, which is the Rat. With this knowledge, we can determine the Earthly Branch for any year from 1900 to 2000 by finding the nearest Rat year and then following the sequence of Earthly Branches.

For example, for the year 1980, the closest year ending in a number divisible by 12 is 1984. Therefore, by reversing the sequence of Earthly Branches from Zi (1984), we can determine that the Earthly Branch for 1980 is Shen.

The year 2000 is the Year of the Dragon. For years after 2000, any year whose last two digits are divisible by 12 has the Earthly Branch Chen, which is the Dragon. With this knowledge, we can determine the Earthly Branch for any year from 2000 to 2100.

For example, for the year 2017, the closest year ending in a number divisible by 12 is 2012. Following the sequence of Earthly Branches from Chen (2012), we determine that the Earthly Branch for 2017 is You, making it the Year of the Rooster.

There are many methods to determine the Heavenly Stem of the Year Pillar, including consulting perpetual calendars, using computers, or finger counting. However, these methods can be inconvenient. I recommend a simple method that doesn’t even require finger counting: Jia corresponds to years ending in the digit 4. We previously learned the sequence of the ten Heavenly Stems, with Jia corresponding to 4. Following this pattern, Yi corresponds to 5, and so on. For example, the year 2018, which ends in 8, corresponds to Wu. Since 2018 is the Year of the Dog, it is a Wu Xu year, making the Year Pillar Wu Xu.

The difficulty in determining the Year Pillar lies in distinguishing the boundary between years. The transition between years is not marked by the Chinese New Year but by the Start of Spring. The day before the Start of Spring is considered the previous year, and the day after is considered the next year. Which year the day of the Start of Spring belongs to depends on the exact time of the solar term transition, which is detailed in perpetual calendars.

For those interested in further information about setting up the Year Pillar, you might find the following resource useful: Finger Counting for Determining the Year Pillar.


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