Each year as the energy of the New Year arrives, we evaluate its impact on our spaces using Feng Shui, and on our lives with Chinese Astrology. 4 Pillars, also called BaZi, is the most widely used system of Chinese Astrology. A 4 Pillars chart is read based on the interactions between the 5 elements and the 12 zodiac animal signs to understand our life’s blueprint and to anticipate how timing will impact us. Learn more from Beth Grace, American Academy of Metaphysics.
Contrary to popular belief, astrology is not a fortune telling system that predicts what will happen. Rather, it is like a weather forecast telling us what energetic conditions we will encounter so we can harness this power to shape our lives. The yearly outlook for each person is based on the main elements of the year as well as the energies carried by each zodiac animal sign.
Your chart contains four animal signs giving you four different ways to benefit from the annual zodiac sign energies.
**If you don’t already know your animal signs, click here to look up your chart.
The pillar where each animal sign is located tells you which area of your life will be impacted by its energy:
Year Pillar: Your Living Environment, Social Network
Month Pillar: Career, Parents
Day Pillar: You, Your Body, Your Romantic Relationship
Hour Pillar: Aspirations, Investments, Innermost Self, Children
Years: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Month: January 7 – February 3
Hour: 1 am -3 am
Ox this is your year! The force of the year is with you and you are much more visible so step out from the shadows and show the world what you’ve got to offer! It’s a year when you can expand your audience on social media and get recognition for your hard work. It is also a year to put your creative and artistic talents to use, write that book or article and entertain your inner muse by bringing your creative endeavors to a wider audience. Just use caution and care in the midst of the excitement as you are a bit more prone to accidents and injuries.
Years: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Month: February 4- March 5
Hour: 3 am – 5 am
Tiger you are shining bright this year as one of the four annual nobleman the Sun Star is shining upon you and connecting you with the right people to aid you on your journey to the top. There will be no shortage of opportunities or helpful people to assist you this year but you must be sure to pay it forward by offering your help to others as well. Tiger you are also blessed with one of the best relationship stars this year which can help you create meaningful and lasting bonds, perhaps even true and lasting love or marriage! Remember, you must be seen and noticed so put yourself out there to take advantage of all that this year has to offer you.
Years: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Month: March 6 – April 4
Hour: 5 am – 7 am
Rabbit you have been riding high the last couple of years so this year may feel like a bit of a let down. In general, your immunity is a bit lower and you are more accident prone so you should take it easy and make your health and wellbeing a high priority this year. As the annual energy is not terribly supportive to your sign, take this opportunity to go inward and focus on self cultivation and self reflection. Most importantly, consider your long term goals and plans so you can spring into strategic action when the timing is more favorable.
Years: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Month: April 5 – May 5
Hour: 7 am – 9 am
Dragon you are one of the lucky ones this year as your sign is blessed with the support of the Moon Star which is great for business, financial maters, and especially supportive for entrepreneurial endeavors. This is a great year to launch your business or to make your money work harder for you by revising your financial plans. The moon also brings the help of female nobleman so if you run into challenges this year be sure to ask the women in your life to lend a hand. All of this positive momentum could bring you moments of stress or anxiety but if you slow down and seek out sage advice from those you trust you should have a very positive year.
Years: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Month: May 6 – June 5
Hour: 9 am – 11 am
Snake you will be moving on up this year. You are more visible now and able to find greater recognition for your skills and talents. This recognition can help you elevate your career status which could result in a promotion or pay raise. For those who are self employed this is an important year to put energy into your social media presence and marketing as both could bring you increased sales and possibly even fame. All of this new attention could bring haters or petty people talking behind your back which is more likely to get under your skin than usual as you are more emotionally sensitive this year. In light of challenging people, remember to maintain your integrity and focus on what matters.
Years: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
Month: June 6 – July 6
Hour: 11 am – 1 pm
Horse you get a big sigh of relief as the dramatic clash of last year is now over and you can let the dust settle. With the support of the Month Virtue star any lingering challenges that you are still dealing with will be dissolved in a beneficial way, and you may find that challenges yield blessings in disguise. You will also be assisted by many supportive people as you set a new course this year, just be sure to ask for help when you need it. The Salty Pool star, a lusty influence, adds some fun that can really spice up your love life just be sure to channel it in constructive ways. Remember, all things in moderation including romance, work, and spending!
Years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
Month: July 7 – August 7
Hour: 1 pm – 3 pm
Goat the Ox clashes your sign which brings change. This year you must make changes or something will surely show up to change you. The best way to use the clash is to decide what you would like to change and set it into motion yourself. The good news is that you will have two very powerful stars helping you to navigate your clash year. The Earth Relief star will assist you with making changes in your environment and is great for property changes like moving or renovations. The Month Emptiness star is also working with you to dissipate problems you may encounter through careful management and planning. Just remember without change we don’t grow or expand so use this year to reinvent yourself!
Years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Month: August 8 – September 7
Hour: 3 pm – 5 pm
Monkey after a couple of years with less than stellar luck you will be glad to see the tide is turning as you are one of the four luckiest signs this year. With the Dragon Virtue star in your corner you will be met with swift and powerful assistance to overcome nearly any obstacle and the ability to rectify problems. You are also emboldened by the Emperor Star giving you greater confidence and authority which will yield new opportunities for advancement. What may bring you the most joy this year is the Sky Happiness star which helps you build lasting and meaningful relationships including true love and possibly marriage. Just don’t let the haze of love or success go to your head, pay attention to details and keep track of your belongings which you are a more likely to misplace in the excitement of the year.
Years: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Month: September 8 – October 7
Hour: 5 pm – 7 pm
Rooster you are on a roll and still riding high from the positive energy of last year which is expected to carry through this year to keep your momentum going. If you haven’t already been noticed for your abilities and contribution the presence of the General Star means that you will certainly receive more recognition and the ability to take charge. Don’t rest on your laurels though as you have the Eight Seats star aiding your personal development and continued cultivation which will pay dividends if you invest in yourself. You may also see a boost in income as your finances look great this year and any problems that show up for you this year will be rectified in the best possible way. While most things are looking up for you just take care physically as you are a bit more accident and injury prone this year.
Years: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
Month: October 8 – November 6
Hour: 7 pm – 9 pm
Dog the last couple of years have been rather lackluster but things will take a positive turn for you this year. As one of the four annual nobleman signs you have the Fortune Virtue star bringing powerful mentors and benefactors to assist you and open doors for you. Opportunities to shine and showcase your talents can bring both career advancement and financial gain. The Heavenly Virtue star is clearing the path ahead by removing obstacles and helping you to solve problems along the way. Don’t let your journey to the top be a lonely one, make companionship a high priority this year as well. As long as you are able to fully commit to you goals and relationships it will pay dividends and bring you satisfaction.
Years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Month: November 7 – December 6
Hour: 9 pm – 11 pm
Pig you may be feeling rather blue this year and sad events and circumstances may affect your general wellbeing. With little in the way of energetic support the best thing you can do is get a change of scenery to shift things in your favor. The bright spot in this year is the Sky Horse star which encourages you to get outside of your comfort zone and explore new territory. When you have the courage to see new places and meet new people it can present you with unique opportunities and connections that would not be possible otherwise. By breaking past your boundaries you will gain new insights and perspectives that can change your life for the better in the long term, so get up and get out there!
Years: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Month: December 7 – January 6
Hour: 11 pm -1 am
Rat you have a special relationship with the Ox called the Grand Duke Combination which brings many opportunities to make good connections and form positive relationships. The best way to make the most of this energy is to focus on networking and expand your social circle – as they say it’s all in who you know! The Jade Hall star is bringing opportunities to increase your income and the value of your assets making it an excellent year to invest. The other big investment you should make this year is in yourself as the Intelligence Star will help you to expand your knowledge and skillset which will pay off in the long run. In general, this is a very supportive year for you so make the most of it!
Beth Grace is an internationally recognized Classical Feng Shui and Chinese Metaphysics consultant who has trained with several masters in the U.S.and Asia. In addition to Feng Shui she uses I Ching, BaZi 4 Pillars Chinese Astrology, and Qi Men Dun Jia to provide her clients with insight about their lives their spaces and to help them take advantage of auspicious timing. She also incorporates dowsing in her work for Space Clearing Earth Energies and water location for well sites.