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Pillars of Destiny or also known as Four Pillars, Eight Characters (ba zi). It is an ancient Chinese Art of Feng Shui Fortune Telling which can reveal lots of information about a person's destiny from a person's date of birth.
Whether a Lunar Calendar or Xia Calendar is used there are basically not much difference when the Lunar Months and Xia Months are the same. However, when there is a difference, the Xia month is often one month off. This means that it does not see certain dates found in the Lunar.
This concept is called the Blind Days or Gray periods. Blind Days are dates which Xia month cannot see when the moon is, but based on the seasons which is as similar to the Solar Calendar where there is fix periods of months. The Lunar Calendar on the other hand follows the revolution of the moon around the earth.
Lunar Calendar - Lunar Calendar is based on the Moon revolution around the earth.
Xia Calendar - Xia Calendar is based on Seasons which is normally fixed on the 3-6 day of each Solar month.
We found the Lunar Calendar to be more accurate from our many research and tests done for those people in the Blind Days or Gray Periods. Thus is used as the base calculation for the reports by Geomancy.Net especially when doing calculations for people found between these Gray periods.
The Pillars of Destiny has to be calculated from the Chinese Calendar and not the Solar Calendar (Western Calendar).
From each of the year, month, day, hour, a heavenly stem and earthly branches are determined. Thus, forming 8 different characters (or 6 characters if hour is missing). This was originally how the the name of this Tool was derived Eight Characters (Ba Zi).
Year This is an example of a Year Pillar, comprising of yi-wei.The character on the top is the heavenly stemThe character on the bottom is the earthly branches
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This comprises of 10 different unique characters and is considered the heavenly spirit of the pillar.
This comprises of 12 different unique character and is considered the earthly spirit of the pillar.
It looks the following with 4 pillars, hour, day, month, year. Normally in Chinese we read it from the Right to Left. Thus, the first pillar is the year pillar which is on the right most column.