What factors determine our basic elements, and why are they important?
A person's basic elements are derived from a combination of three factors: the 8 characters you are born with (the time and date of your birth, etc), the 5 elements of your hou tien, and the degree to which your consciousness or personality is open or closed. Depending on your elements, you will have problems. Western astrology is similar to this concept of elements. They are important because we need to clear away weaknesses we have. When you understand your problems and interests, you will know which direction to follow in life. In this way, you can become stable. Most people don't know what their problems are.
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