BaZi is commonly used for destiny analysis. In reality, BaZi has a much wider application. It can also be a tool to help you know yourself better. Knowing your own BaZi can help in the following ways.
BaZi can help you know your potentials by revealing your fate (½t) or affinity. In layman term, fate is simply chance or opportunity (¾÷·|). When the BaZi shows the presence of certain element, it indicates the presence of certain fate (or affinity). When this element is strong and favorable, the fate would be strong. A strong fate indicates better opportunity and hence better potential. For example, when a BaZi shows the presence of strong favorable wealth element, it indicates wealth opportunity and hence wealth potential.
BaZi can help you know your strengths and weaknesses by revealing your favorable and unfavorable potentials. Simply knowing your potentials is not good enough because not all potentials are favorable. It is important to know which potentials are favorable (³ß) and which potentials are unfavorable (§Ò). Only favorable potentials are true potentials. For example, when a BaZi indicates strong wealth potential but the element representing wealth potential is unfavorable, it indicates that the wealth potential may lead to financial difficulty and loss.
BaZi can help you know your risks in career, marriage, wealth, etc. Knowing your risks would make you more conscious in managing yourself through appropriate and precautionary actions. For example, when your BaZi shows a strong weakening of a certain element. This indicates that things associate with this element may be at risk. For example, if the element representing the Spouse Star is severely weakened, it indicates that you may have marriage risk.
BaZi can help you to know your destined path to success. For example, when your BaZi shows a strong Day Master, your destined path to success is via the route of talent or performance (i.e. Output Star). This means your success begins with talent. It is through talent that you achieve wealth and power. People in this category include actors, sportmen, etc. People in this category often have to excel in a certain field in order to achieve success.
When your BaZi shows a weak Day Master, your destined path to success is different. Your route to success is via knowledge and cultivating support from noble people and friends. People with weak Day Master are better off leaverging the support and actions of others. People in this category include sales people, relationship managers, leaders, etc. People in this category achieve success through team effort.