About Time Already or why you should be studying ba zi with Richard Ashworth in 2014.
“I never fail to be astonished by Richard’s relentless and dedicated quest to unravel the secrets of ba zi. His researches have taken him to many parts of the globe to learn from traditional masters and in turn to share his discoveries with them. Few, if any, Western teachers would surpass his knowledge of this particular field of Chinese traditional culture.” Derek Walters, author of the Complete Guide to Chinese Astrology.
My next starter professional ba zi course Discover the Secrets of the Four Pillars, takes place over four weekends starting January 18th/19th2014. These groups are always made up of interesting, smart and very individual people. Although the material is academic – it’s not rocket science but you’ll need to do your homework – the process itself is often life-changing. Join us if you’d like to change lives for the better; including but not limited to your own. Prior familiarity with feng shui principles is helpful but far from necessary. See my ‘Special offer’ at the end of this.
What is a ba zi?
In his newest movie About Time, Richard Curtis, writer-director of the classic Love Actually, has his time-travelling hero return to the beginning of each completed day and re-live it. This gives him the opportunity to see the choices he makes moment by moment; in relationship, career, family, vocation and so on. Imagine the opportunity to revisit our choices for better or for worse, to see how we got here and gain some knowledge of where we are headed.
The ba zi is a snapshot of the prevailing Elements at our birth. Since the Elements recur cyclically, such a snapshot can be run forward to show glimpses of both likely futures and likely pasts. It can show strengths, weaknesses – even hidden ones – opportunities, preferences and above all choices. These insights may relate to career, relationship, health or other concerns. If we can identify moments of choice it may be that we can un- or re-choose. Imagine that.
The roots of ba zi.
The ba zi has been used in a thousand ways since before the T’ang dynasty. No mediaeval Master would perform a feng shui survey without knowing the ba zi of those within the building. No responsible parent would approve a suitor for his daughter whose ba zi was not compatible, nor any king ally with another ruler if their ba zis did not chime. Learning Four Pillars is a way of knowing people more deeply; your friends, your family, your colleagues, your boss, your rivals, your clients.
Ba zi is also perhaps the most effective method of block-busting and dissolving stuckness there is. Once we see our choices we have power over them. Imagine that.
This is a professional starter course and at its conclusion, the attentive student will be able to draft ba zi in Chinese characters. It’s not actually that hard. You will have met the Ten Gods, the Special Stars and the Life Palaces among other traditional Chinese tropes. After that although ba zi is a life’s study, you will also have at your disposal all the tools required for interpretation.
Richard is probably best known internationally for his traditional yet unique approach to ba zi or the Four Pillars of Destiny. A look at this video of him talking to the Grand Masters at the IFSC in Singapore may give you some idea of what you’re letting yourself in for. http://youtu.be/xFUCJe5UDBo
Special Offer: Sign up & pay in full by 1st October & save £200 on the Early Bird price. The whole course – that’s four weekends plus all the written material – for just £1,000.
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