The Five Phases of Ba Zi Chinese Astrology - More Than a Beginner’s Intro

A recommended adjunct to the Intro class, any Chinese Astrology or Feng Shui classes.

Scratch beyond the surface of Five Element / Phase knowledge, and understand at greater depth how they apply to personalities, communication, health and decision making in Chinese Astrology. Learn about yourself, understand who you are.

Howard Chen
Howard Chen
Sonia Tan
Sonia Tan

Course Overview

Deepen your knowledge of the Chinese metaphysical concept of the Five Elements / Five Phases - Wǔ Xíng (五行), and understand how it applies to personalities, preferences and health in Bā Zì (八字) Chinese Astrology. Do you know the differences between the Yang Wood and Yin Wood personality types and how excessive or deficient states affect the manifestations of the constitutional self? Do you understand how one’s personality and useful elements react and adapt when there are specific elements interacting with the constitutional self? Learn each of the singular 10 constitutional selves more in-depth. Learn more about the layers and context of how the presence and interactions of the other Wu Xing affects and differentiates how one’s constitutional energetic self presents both internally and externally to the world. Understand how these elements can be used as a tool to understand yourself, your relationships, and your life, including health and lifestyle choices.


PRE-REQUISITES: A) Basic and comfortable knowledge of Wǔ Xíng (五行) Five Element / Phase, and Yin / Yang theory. B) Introduction to Chinese Astrology: An introduction to the basic components of Bā Zì (八字) Chinese Astrology and Fēng Shuǐ 風水 (风水).


  • Contextualize Astrology, Feng Shui, Acupuncture, and Chinese Medicine within the history of Chinese Metaphysics and culture, and with respect to its relationship to each other.

  • Outline the concepts of each of the 10 singular constitutional elemental personalities.

  • Identify the interrelationships of the concepts the Wu Xing - Five Phases and its application to personal energy and interactions.

  • Apply the Wu Xing - Five Phases concepts to basic life examples.

  • Outline the structure of a Ba Zi - Chinese Astrology Birth Chart.


  • 0 hrs - 15 min

    INTRO AND CONTEXT: Introduction, brief history, and review of the San Cai, reasons for the course. Basic history, definitions and examples of San Cai (Three Essences) and Tian-Ren-Di (Heaven-Humans-Earth). Review of Ba Zi chart. Application examples.

  • 15 min - 45 min

    5E/P REVIEW AND TONG GUAN: Dispel old beliefs and knowledge of 5E, differentiate objective from subjective education of the 5E transmitted from other teachers. Review basic 5E cycles. Discussion on translation of Wu Xing. Introduction of Tong Guan.

  • 45 min - 2.25 hrs

    WOOD AND FIRE PHASE PERSONALITIES AND POLARITIES: Descriptions and discussion of Wood and Fire 5 Element/Phase personaltieis, polarities, "strong" vs "weak", with examples.

  • 2.25 hrs - 3.75 hrs

    EARTH AND METAL PHASE PERSONALITIES AND POLARITIES: Descriptions and discussion of Earth and Metal 5 Element/Phase personaltieis, polarities, "strong" vs "weak", with examples.

  • 3.75 hrs - 4.25 hrs

    WATER PHASE PERSONALITIES AND POLARITIES: Descriptions and discussion Water 5 Element/Phase personaltieis, polarities, "strong" vs "weak", with examples.

  • 4.25 hrs - 4.75 hrs

    ELEMENT/PHASE COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS: Comparative analysis review. Rankings/contrast and compare.

  • 4.75 hrs - 5.25 hrs

    ELEMENT/PHASE RELATIONSHIP ANALYSIS: Intro to the 10 God Relationships aka 5 Phases relationship analysis.

  • 5.25 hrs - 5.75 hrs


  • 5.75 hrs - 6 hrs

    Q & A: Questions and discussions.

  • 6 hrs - 6.25 hrs

    REVIEW AND SUMMARY: Summary and review of 5E/P, Ba Zi Birth Charts, its application to relationships, health and lifestyle.


  • Meaghan D. (United States of America)

    After being in clinical practice for 17yrs, studying Feng Shui for 2yrs, and also in the beginning of a multiple year Gan Zhi training - this course (and the Intro course) has been SUPER helpful in organizing the fundamental basics and interactions within such a complex and vast system of knowledge. I wish I could have learned this information decades ago - but also recognize the timing of this knowledge being in alignment for where I am at in life. I'm excited to continue on this path, and highly recommend these courses by Dr. Tan & Chen!!

  • Dexter K. (United States of America)

    Dr. Sonia Tan and Dr. Chen with his ASMR voice are the quintessential teachers for acupuncturists looking to include this ancient medical artform into their practice with humanity. Easy to follow, lots of examples, easy to digest. I cannot wait to learn more from them both.

  • Danit P. (United States of America)

    This course helped me flesh out a fuller view of the 5 phase archetypes, and how to start to perceive them represented in a four column chart.


Howard Chen

Howard Chen, MD, FAAMA, ABOIM, is the founder and director of The Chen Center for Integrative Medicine in Reno, NV, where he treats patients in a membership model using a blended approach of Western and Eastern principles.

Sonia Tan

Dr. Sonia F Tan, DAOM, RAc, RTCMP, licensed since 2006, is a Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (DAOM degree), a Registered Acupuncturist, and a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioner. She is one of few certified Gold Level practitioners of the late Dr. Richard Tehfu Tan.


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  • CEUs:

    Approved By: NCCAOM (6), Standard Certificate (6.25)

    Pending: California [Upon Request]*

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Recorded Seminar

  • Course Length: 6.25 h

  • Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

  • Access Period: Lifetime


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