It happens that Bill Gates has the same Four Pillars chart as John Doe. Can we see how the chart fits his life?
In this third article of the series I will employ some technical terms so that it is easier for people who have studied Four Pillars to follow more closely.
When we read a chart, the best way to understand it is to see how the qi moves about in relation to the Day Master. Here in this chart the Day Master is Ren 壬. Since we are talking about the life of a person, it is natural to talk about fame and fortune, intelligence, support, friends and enemies, his character and way of doing things. Well, one path of qi flow is from Yi乙 to Bing 丙 that clashes the Day Master. This path indicates how he uses his talents to create his productions that turns into money pouring onto him. Also note that Yi for Ren Day Master represents performance unrelated to what he learns from traditional education. To understand this path, we have to assess the level of his intelligence and how abundant is the wealth. Yi wood sits right on the storage tank Wei 未 of wood but it is born at Hai 亥 indicating he has great creativity and abundant ideas. This idea turns into products that sell well and it is important to make good use of the money that comes to him in a clash that may be damaging if there is no path to drain it away. The next part of the path is to see how the wealth qi goes down to the three branches Wei 未and Xu 戌. Wei and Xu are the qi of power that provide a path for the surplus wealth qi to go but at the same time these branches contain good source of wealth qi. The more wealth is drained, the more will come to fill the space.
Now power does not appear on any stem in this chart. This indicates that he is a low key leader. The way to run his business is to provide a guideline for his employees to follow his vision of the market trend and the world of tomorrow. There is no need to exercise his power to run the company. It was wise for him to give up the post of CEO to someone he trusts when his company is well established. Instead, he becomes more involved in philanthropic activities and this is the right thing to do when there is too much money. The power in his chart is more inclined to fame rather than the literal sense of power. The fame then turns into support that appears on the hour stem Xin 辛. You can view Xin as his fans. Just count the number of users of his products – Windows, Microsoft Office, etc. The supportive qi then flows to strengthen the Day Master Ren and its root Hai so that he can withstand the potential damage brought by the clash with wealth.
A look at the luck pillars should reveal more. Luck runs from west to south that helped him to develop silent leadership in his school days and then 30 years of tremendous wealth later when luck goes through Wei, Wu and Si. During Gui Wei and Ren Wu, the water meeting Yi to strengthen his production instead of attacking his wealth. He wisely provides people with support to create software that can perform on his platform. This turns potential competitors into partners. Even during the ten years with Ren clashing Bing, the damage is minimal as most of the force exerted by Ren turns into the year stem Yi that in turn strengthens the wealth stem Bing instead of taking it away.
What about the more threatening Xin Si luck pillar? Xin combines with Bing that should also remove his wealth? Well, Xin has to clash against Yi on the Year pillar first before reaching Bing. The clash prevents Bing and Xin from combining and the wealth is intact. However, it indicates that his conservative thinking (Xin being Proper Resource) has a negative effect on his products. In fact, he underestimated the smart phone market and missed the train. However, the impact on his wealth is not too serious as his other products are simply cash cows. With the same reasoning, the intended clash between Si and Hai also does not happen as most of the energy of Si has been used up to strengthen the other three branches minimizing the impact of the clash.
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