A man went to a Chinese astrologer for a Four Pillars reading.
The astrologer said, “Your day master is weak fire born in winter. Fire and wood are your favourable elements while metal and water are unfavourable.”
The man asked, “Is drinking water bad for me?”
“Well,” the astrologer said, “Everyone must drink water to survive. In your case, you can drink liquor instead as liquor is wood which is good for you.”
“Why is liquor wood?” the man asked.
“Because you can burn it to produce fire,” the astrologer replied with a smile and continued, “this is according to five elements theory.”
The man became a drunkard and died of kidney failure. He even refused to have a kidney transplant because operation is metal which the astrologer advised is bad for him.
The astrologer felt very bad but did not understand what was wrong with his advice. He vowed to find this out and continued to drill deeper into the ox horn hoping that he could see light eventually at the end of the dark tunnel.