(187) My name is Lofty Mountain
By Janet Shin
“You were born with the energy of the mountains”
I often start my saju reading with this kind of comment. They sometimes refer to the sun or other times the sea or rain. They vary in accordance with the five elements of one’s birth energy. I know it sounds a little unrealistic in reading destiny and if you knew the meaning of each comparison, you would find it more metaphysical.
However, it provides crucial information about many facets of our lives. It is philosophical as it connotes Oriental teaching about the cosmos. But what I’ve experienced is that it explains a lot about our destiny. If destiny literally delivers a somewhat fatal significance, you may apply this kind of identification to our lifestyle and pursuit of life. In every lecture, I put emphasis on the necessity to adopt saju correctly. This is because it has been regarded as a superstitious or sometimes even omniscient and shamanistic practice. That is actually not correct. If you refer to saju more rationally, you will be able to get many substantive answers when you are in need of specific assistance.
I am often asked to read the saju of global leaders, including national presidential candidates. Their saju comparison reveals insight into their vision and future moves. For example, global dictators have something in common in their day masters, which is derived from their birth day. Most of them were born with the energy of either metal or fire. Both the late Muammar Gaddafi of Libya and Kim Jong-il of North Korea have metal day masters. The metal suggests charismatic leadership and the fire represents the sun. Although they ended their reign by being physically ousted and both died, the metal seems a matter of course day master if we consider that they ruled with iron fists. Kim Jong-un, the hier of Kim Jong-il has a day master of the sun. Naturally, the younger Kim wishes to show the world his power by wielding absolute authority.
On the other hand, many other political leaders in democratic countries, such as Barack Obama of the United States and Nicolas Sarkozy of France have earth day masters. The emerging female presidential runner in South Korea, Park Geun-hye also has an earth day master. As the international situation becomes more complicated, there are various symbolic appearances in global leadership. Lately I see that some leaders have a yin wood day master, not yang wood. The yang wood may make a prominent leader, just like a big tree, but the yin wood day master has seldom been compared to leadership. It used to be a rather sophisticated and fastidious character. Ahn Cheol-soo, another potential presidential candidate in South Korea, who draws considerable public attention, has a yin wood day master.
Among the five elements of the universe, wood, fire, earth, metal and water, the earth provides the transformation of energy from one to another. Fairness is often a predominant quality in an earth person. People with an earth day master are steady and do not move as fast as others but they make up for this with consistency and longevity. They are not overly emotional but are sensitive. They resolve emotional problems in practical and concrete ways. They often seem stubborn and rigid but they respond well to changes. While there are many other methods to comprehend one’s personality using saju theory, it is always meaningful to start reading the fundamental inclination by classification of the five elements.
I remember when I met a friend from Mexico. He is a freelance photographer and life coach. He is into Oriental culture and Chinese teachings such as feng shui, “I Ching” (“Book of Changes”) and saju. And he loved travelling to Asian countries including Korea. When I first met him, I told him that he was born with the qi of mountains in reading his saju. He was astonished to hear the word “mountain”. Then he showed me his business card. On it, his name was printed, Lofty Mountain, or Go San in Korean, or Gao Shan in Chinese. Although he was from Mexico, he has lived in China almost 14 years and he has a Chinese name, as well as his Mexican one. He explained further about himself. He has traveled to various places especially mountain areas, not only as a photographer, but also because he gets great influence there. He feels a certain life energy, or qi, whenever he hikes. He likes Korean mountains in particular, so he visited Bomun Temple in Ganghwa Island in Incheon during this trip. The island is famous for its abundant feng shui energy. That’s the reason why torch relays usually begin by lighting the flame at Mt. Mani on Ganghwa Island.
We continue to share our experiences of saju, feng shui and face and palm readings. The philosophical communication also reaches out to “I Ching,” Oriental medicine and Buddhism. If one has purity in one’s insight of human life and nature, it is not difficult to surmount the barriers of different cultures and languages.
Information: Are you interested in learning more about the ancient Chinese teaching about the “Four Pillars of Destiny?” For further information, visit Janet’s website at www.fourpillarskorea.com, or contact her at 010-5414-7461 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The writer is the president of the Heavenly Garden, a saju research center in Korea, and the author of “Learning Four Pillars.”