Some people have an unhealthy thirst for power and influence. They then go about life bullying subordinates and those who are below them in the hierarchy.
Then there also those who find purpose in fighting the powerful to help the weak.
And they can go about these “fights” with full conviction, aggression and intensity. Fully believing in their cause… even when defeat is the most likely outcome.
Whether these activities make them heroes or rebels can often be separated by a thin line.
These types of strong-willed personalities often have the sword star (羊刃) in their bazi.
At it’s brightest, the presence of this star in a person’s bazi can indicate that he or she would make a great champion for those who are disadvantaged in life.
However, it also has the potential to be a double-edged sword. Thus, the name.
At it’s worst, it can mean someone who seizes power from immoral and unethical means.
In fact, from people who has this star in their 4 pillars, there tend to be more people who have been negatively affected by it than positively benefited.
Maybe that’s why truly great leaders and politicians only arise once in a blue moon.
Identifying the sword star
To determine whether one has the sword star in the bazi, reference has to be taken from the self-element (day master).
Then refer to the following table.
|Day stem (self-element
Legend of symbols can be found here.
Unlike other symbolic stars, the sword star don’t tend to be more powerful when there are more than one in the bazi.
This means that having one is enough for a person to harness it. Having more can only increase the potential of clashes with other characters in the bazi.
In general, one would only need one sword star to harness it’s positive effects. But negative effects can be compounded by the presence of more than one.
Dynamics with other bazi characters
Sword stars tend to have the best positive effects when a person that has it also has a weak self element, and the star acts in strengthening it.
When the self-element is strong, and the star clashes with it, then it can result in undesirable personal traits such as arrogance, self-centered and scheming.
When this clash is elemental by nature, then it can also lead to bloodshed.
Which pillar this star resides in also has implications according to the associations of the specific pillars.
For example, the earthly branch on the day pillar represents marriage. This means that an unfavorable sword star on the day pillar can indicate a life full of conflicts with the spouse. And when it appears unfavorably on the month pillar, it can mean a person who is disliked by people around him/her.
Should it land on a heavenly void, then the effects can be reversed under the right conditions.