This is a continuation of my previous article on the differences between Bazi and Zi Wei Dou Shu (ZWDS).
It is naturally tougher to do Bazi reading to the level of intricate details a ZWDS reading can offer because Bazi collapses many aspects of human relationships, eg spouse and wealth into 1 element. If we can conceptualise the difference between a collapsible vs a non-collapsible bicycle, we will understand that Bazi works better for convenient and fast reading while ZWDS makes the cut for cumbersome yet powerful reading.
Another difference between the 2 is that Bazi can give us a reasonably accurate (about 70% accuracy) gauge of a person’s character and luck if we have the birth date without the hour of birth. For ZWDS, it will not be possible to come anywhere close to getting a good feel of a person’s character and luck without information on the day and hour of birth.
Due to the above differences, we can also conclude that Bazi is more appropriate for a big-picture review of a person’s luck because is easier and faster to read a Bazi chart. ZWDS is more suitable for reading intricate details including sexual attitudes, how one behaves at home, workplace, during leisure activities etc and informative even to the extent of identifying one’s profession as a prostitute. This is such an intricate level of detail that Bazi practitioners have problem reading. The reason why ZWDS is able to read intricate details of one’s life is because it requires many layers and perspective of analysis and as a result takes a much longer time. As such, Bazi is more useful for spotting a trend, while ZWDS is more appropriate for analysis of the individual events that makes up the trend. We can use the analogy of Bazi being like the radar, more apt for detecting presence while ZWDS is like the X-ray which is more useful for analysing the contents of a present object.
Throughout my practice of both tools, I noted that Bazi has a much higher chance of running into a blind spot when analyzing the destiny of the average Joes. A lot of Bazi teachers and authors use Bazi charts of celebrities like Donald Trump as examples to illustrate the accuracy of their Bazi reading. Well, high profile people like Donald Trump will naturally lead a life of extremes and because Bazi is good for big-picture review, naturally it will be able to identify such extremes in luck. But using a big-picture tool that analyzes the lives of average Joes (who do not go through such extremes) will most certainly run into certain patches of ambiguity.
Bazi shares a lot of the same fundamentals (Yin & Yang theory, 5 Elements theory, Trigram Images, etc) as other Chinese Metaphysics subjects like Fengshui, Chinese Date Selection. ZWDS on the other hand, only sporadically uses these fundamentals but more of its unique fundamentals. As a result, Bazi knowledge is critical as a stepping stone towards mastery of other Chinese Metaphysics subjects while ZWDS knowledge is not as critical. By the same reasoning, Bazi can be used for other aspects including event prediction or divination while ZWDS is strictly a personal destiny reading tool.
The million-dollar question one may ask would be “Is Bazi or ZWDS a better Chinese Astrology Tool?” I will not say one is better than the other but why limit your scope of reading when we can have both? Any Chinese Astrology or Fengshui Practitioner worth his salt should be using both methods instead of one. The destiny analysis becomes crystal clear if we interchange between a big-picture analysis with multiple-level micro analysis.