How can the teaching of a military strategist and the Chinese art of astrology intertwine?
In terms of basics and applications, both systems have something in common. Both are more than 2,500 years old, but remain timeless in their relevance to modern times. A military strategist like Sun Tzu advocates that one should always be prepared in battle, as is evident from his brilliant mantra -
"Know yourself; know your enemy and your victory will be assured. Know heaven; recognize earth and your victory will be complete."
How does this relate to Chinese astrology? In one of the systems of Chinese astrology, the fate of a person at birth is sealed in a series of pillars known as "The Four Pillars of Fate". Accompanying these four pillars, there are a number of pillars of happiness that represent the life course of a person over 10 annual intervals. Together, these pillars formed the map of our fate, and by reading this map we can predict what fate awaits us in life and see in the same light as Sun Tzu's Art of War that "be warned" must be armed.
According to "The Art of War," the five important virtues that a general must have to be successful in battle are wisdom, courage, sincerity, benevolence, and discipline.
Based on "The Four Pillars of Fate", a person's fate is determined by five important elements, i.e. H. Resource, Self, Output, Wealth and Influence.
The five virtues and five elements reinforce each other as follows:
Influence of discipline
By wisdom we mean that a general should use his resource element, which is his thoughts, intuition, knowledge and experience in developing his strategies. If his resource element is weak, he cannot plan carefully.
Courage means that the general must be strong and brave when it comes to adversity. He must show strength to overcome challenges and obstacles on the battlefield. When his self-element is weak, he tends to be cowardly and risks being caught.
It is genuinely believed that the general should be honest in his communication and be able to convey his message concisely in a warm and convincing manner. If his output element is weak, he lacks persuasiveness and finds it difficult to gain the trust of his men.
By benevolence, the general is viewed as generous with his wealth and willingly shares his spoils of war with his men, taking care of them, and appreciating their efforts and efforts. When his element of prosperity is weak, his men lose confidence in him and feel demoralized to continue fighting.
Through discipline, the general must exert influence on his men through exemplary leadership. He has to be strict with his men so that the orders are carried out consistently and will not hesitate to punish them if his reports fail to do their duty. If his element of influence is weak, his men will not be loyal to him and may rebel against his control.
"So, are you destined to be a five-star general?" Stay in touch for part 2.