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Nina Wang decoded

Sunday, May 20, 2007
By: Joey Yap

The famously eccentric Hong Kong billionairess Nina Wang intrigued many people during her lifetime. Here was a lady appeared in public with pigtails despite being well in her sixties, and had a decidedly childish nickname 'Little Sweetie' (Xiao Tian Tian) and yet seemed to be a shrewd and by all accounts, extremely capable businesswoman running a powerful, sprawling business empire.


In life, we encounter many enigmas and people who are surrounded by a certain mystique or even mythical, larger than life quality. They make for interesting newspaper reading and help fill the gossip columns. We are curious about their odd personality and habits. We're fascinated by their lives. But often, it's difficult to separate fact from fiction, what's real and what's just pure unsubstantiated gossip. Unless of course, you happen to have their BaZi or Destiny Code!

Previously, I wrote about individuals who were prominent in the public spotlight and whose attributes and characters were well-known. But to show you the power of BaZi, this week, I'm going to share with you the BaZi of an enigma - Nina Wang. By decoding her Destiny Chart, we will be able to see not only where her eccentric personality comes from, but also why is it that her life turned out the way it did.

Wang's birthday is in the public domain but to procure the time of birth, I had to make a few phone calls to my fellow Feng Shui practitioners in Hong Kong. Now I'm sure most of you would have read about the controversy that followed her death, where she left her fortune to a Feng Shui master. I received many SMSes from my students and clients who were tickled by this revelation. As that is the subject of a legal battle, I will not be talking about that aspect of her life. We'll instead focus on what her BaZi tells us about her personality and nature, and whether she was just an eccentric and very lucky old lady, or a truly capable business woman hiding behind pigtails!

Counter or Prosper the Husband?

Traditionally, a woman's BaZi is considered good if it prospers the husband or brings luck to a husband. In Chinese, this is called a BaZi that "Wang Fu Yi Zi" - prospers the husband and benefits the sons (remember, only sons counted in the old days). Nina Wang's BaZi is rather unique in the sense that it does indeed prosper the husband, but it also counters the husband star! In short, she brings luck to her husband, but she also brings him misfortune.


Wang is a Ji Earth Day Master, born in the month of Rooster (You). Now, this immediately tells us that her marriage will not be a long marriage or a lasting marriage. Rooster (You) is the peak of the Autumn season. Metal is at its strongest and purest. Wood (which is the husband element for Ji Earth) is dead in the season of Autumn. Also, in this chart, there is no true husband star, which is Jia Wood. There is only Yi Wood which, in the study of BaZi and Ten Gods, is the 7 Killings star. This means that the relationship is more orientated on friendship and mutual respect rather than love. According to Wikipedia, Wang and her husband, Teddy, were childhood playmates. They were separated when Teddy moved to Hong Kong with his family but later reunited and eventually married.

What complicates the situation for the marriage further is the fact that the Yi Wood is hidden inside the Goat (Wei) branch. In Advanced BaZi, this Yi Wood is said to be inside the Graveyard (MuFu). Combined with the fact that the husband star is weak and not the true husband star, it means this Ji Earth has no affinity with the husband.

However, this chart is also supportive of the husband star. Although Ji Earth here is born in the Rooster month, it is sitting on the Goat (Wei) which means the Earth Day Master is supported. So she does bring Wealth to her husband, especially in the initial years of the marriage. This is because between the ages of 14-43, she goes through Water luck. Water supports the Wood element, which is her husband star. So the marriage and relationship is very good at the start.

However, the moment she enters her Wood Luck Pillars, problems appear. In the Jia Yin (Wood Tiger) luck pillars, her husband was kidnapped and held for a 33 million dollar ransom. Now, the reason why the husband was unharmed during the first kidnapping attempt is because Jia Yin (Wood Tiger) luck pillar is a very strong Wood Luck Pillar. Imagine a California Redwood. The Xin metal inside the Rooster (You) is like a pen knife trying to cut this great tree. But in 1990, he was kidnapped again. This time, Wang was in the Yi Mao (Wood Rabbit) Luck Pillars. The Xin metal inside the Rooster (You) in her natal chart has no problem cutting the Yi wood inside the Rabbit (Mao). So in 1990, the kidnapping of her husband did not have a positive outcome. The husband element, which is Wood, has been irrevocably damaged and cut away.

After the disappearance of her husband, Wang became embroiled in a protracted legal battle with her father-in-law. In her chart, there is an Ox-Goat (Chou-Wei) clash - the Friends (Bi Jie) star, also represents a woman's father-in-law. This clash is activated when she enters the Chou pillar at the age of 33. So her father-in-law didn't just wake-up one day and decide to take her to court. This relationship issue has been bubbling in the background for some time.

Now because this Ji Earth is weak as it is not born in the right season, it can use Friends and Rob Wealth stars, collectively known as the Companion stars. This is because a weak Day Master favours the Companion stars. So although the father-in-law takes her on for the money, ultimately, he will lose it to her because this Day Master can benefit from the Companion stars.

Decoding Eccentricity

In her lifetime, Wang was renown for two things: her eccentricity and parsimony. She was known to eat fast food, and live on HKD3000 a month. The ponytails and her eccentric behaviour can be explained by the Eating God (Shi Shen) structure of her chart. Eating God types are usually eccentric, have odd habits or interests, are very behind the scenes, and typically are frugal (although on their pet habits, they will splash out). Also, the only Resource star in this chart is the Indirect Resource star. The Resource star governs a person's thinking and typically Indirect Resource indicates odd or unconventional thinking. But to understand the pigtails, Chinese dresses and little girl-like appearance, we must look at the Rooster Rooster is Dui Gua. Dui Gua, in the study of the hexagrams, means young girl. Hence, her penchant for girlish dressing!

She is not however by any accounts, just a kooky old crone. Eating God as a star indicates intelligence and it also produces the Wealth element in this chart. She is definitely a smart lady, capable of making strategic intelligent decisions. Under her, Chinachem evolved from a pharmaceutical business to become a property powerhouse. There is quite a bit of Ji Earth in this chart, which indicates a propensity towards real estate or property development, much like Donald Trump's chart. But also, her Wealth element is Gui Water - Gui Water indicates wealth that spread and diversifies, hence her move to expand her husband's company beyond pharmaceuticals, into property.

A late bloomer

Forbes magazine estimated Nina Wang's wealth at 4.2 billion, making her the richest woman in Asia (and according to Wikipedia, richer than the Queen of England). Wang's BaZi chart shows that her great wealth only comes late in life or towards the end of her life as the Wealth element, which is Gui Water, only appears on stem at the hour pillar. Notice that it is the Indirect Wealth star that appears - hence, the wealth that Wang will 'get' towards the later part of her life is likely to be inherited. This Indirect Wealth star is also very strong as it is sitting on its own resource star and so we know that it is not just a small pension she's getting, but a seriously hefty chunk of money.

Although Wang took over Chinachem in 1990 after the disappearance of her husband, legally she could not lay claim to the company or her husband's wealth until he was declared dead (in 1999) and after a lengthy and protracted courtroom battle with her father-in-law over the control of the company and her husband's fortune. It was only in 2005, at the age of 68, that she was legally given control of her husband's company, Chinachem and his fortune. Thus, the events of her life, mirrored and reflected that which was in her BaZi.

Within 2 years of securing her fortune, Wang died. Living to the age of 70 would arguably not be considered 'dying young' but it certainly seems tragic to pass-on so soon after becoming a wealthy lady. What does Nina Wang's BaZi tell us about how her wealth affected her life?

Wang's Day Master is Ji Earth, so Water represents her Wealth. Ji Earth can absorb water, but not too much water; otherwise, the earth will disperse. Imagine a pot of soil. If you gently sprinkle the water over the earth in small quantities, the soil can easily absorb the liquid. But if you pour a bucketful of water right into the pot, the soil will all disperse and be washed away with the water. This is what happens to this Ji Earth Day Master when the Wealth element suddenly becomes very strong. Now, you might be wondering, how does one translate the pictorial image the BaZi gives us, into real life?

In BaZi we have a saying, too much wealth deteriorates the health. This Ji Earth Day Master is weak, being born in Autumn. So it cannot tolerate that much Water ,which is the Wealth element. So when suddenly a great deal of Wealth, health is instantly compromised. In Wang's case, getting the money would have worsened any illness she had and also explains why she pass-on so soon after winning her money. She would have been better off without the money because in the case of this Ji Earth Day Master, money cannot and does not buy longevity.

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