Although I can't consider myself a football fan, it seems virtually impossible to escape World Cup fever. Especially after the 'head-butting' incident involving Zinedine Zidane, which dominated the sports pages. Even someone like me, who isn't really that interested in football, was drawn into the storyline that played out following the finals.
The dominant question on many people's minds seemed to be this: Why would an illustrious, talented footballer ruin his curtain call and retirement from the world stage at the most prestigious event in football history, with an ignominious red card for a head-butt? Never mind what was said to Zidane - the Question many sports journalists, fans and non-fans alike were wondering about was: What on earth made him do it?
So, let's take a look at the BaZi AKA Destiny Code of the talismanic Zinedine Zidane, to see if we can understand why he saw red on the Finals Day.
What a person is reluctant to reveal about himself, can always be deciphered from his Destiny Code. A person's BaZi tells us not just who we perceive him to be, but who he really is. The Heavenly Stems, which form the top half of a person's Destiny Code, represent the immediate, the obvious, the surface personality, that which we perceive of the person, when we first meet him. But to truly know what a person is like, we must delve beyond the surface. So, let's take a look at Zidane's Destiny Code.
Zidane's BaZi reveals a formation known as Shang Guan Qi Sha or Hurting Officer controls Seven Killings Formation. This is a formation that is typically found in outstanding martial artists (Bruce Lee's chart for example has a similar formation) and also individuals with unique physical abilities. Since there are not that many martial artists today, this formation is usually applied in the context of sports, since sports is a physical art form. It is this structure that gives Zidane his magic touch with the football. The chart shows two types of Fire formations, indicating that he can strike the ball equally well with both his right and left legs. As his Day Master is seated on a Seven Killing star, this indicates quick reflexes, charisma, as well as the presence of a good 'killer instinct' - hence, his cool and calm demeanour when taking penalties! It also shows that he has strong leadership qualities.
The strong Hurting Officer, which is represented by the element of Bing or Yang Fire, usually marks the individual as one who does not like to be controlled and is impulsive. Hence, it indicates challenges when it comes to playing in a team-based sport like football and problems for coaches in controlling him. Persons with strong Hurting Officers are also highly individualistic, and have strong showmanship skills. In the study of BaZi, Bing Fire is the fire of the sun, and carries with it qualities such as beauty, passion, intensity, brilliance and magnanimity, all which are hallmarks of Zidane's style of play - the little touches, the acrobatic dazzling he-makes-it-look-easy ball-acrobatics he pulls off, and his ability to not only score goals, but assist in goals being scored.
When one has Bing Fire as the Hurting Officer star, the person is typically short-tempered and impulsive. Furthermore, Zidane's Hurting Officer star sits on Yang Ren or Goat Blade, which means it is a very intense, hot and explosive Hurting Officer star. Hence he has been sent off 14 times in his career, including once for stamping on a player during a World Cup match, and on another occasion for head-butting, while playing for his club, Juventus. He also holds the dubious record of being one of the four players to have been sent off in a World Cup Final in the history of the World Cup.
So what made Zidane see red at this World Cup, when he knew that it would be his last international match? This year being the year of Bing Xu or Fire Dog, the Fire is extremely hot. So, his Hurting Officer, which is already extremely strong, becomes excessively strong. When an element is overwhelmingly strong, its negative qualities usually come out or feature prominently. When a Hurting Officer star becomes negative, the person becomes petulant, rebellious and has too much fighting spirit.
Also, the interaction between his current 10 year luck pillar of Geng Xu and the annual pillar of Bing Xu reveals a formation known as Hurting Officer sees Officer (Shang Guan Jian Guan), which denotes chaos, irrational and excessively emotional behaviour, problems with authority, and going against the accepted order of things. In addition, there is also a Harm formation between the Xu (Dog) of the year, the Xu (Dog) in his 10 year luck pillar, and the You (Rooster) in his BaZi. This Harm formation denotes a lack of peace or an inner anger.
His Yi Wood Day Master needs Gui Water to help it grow, and wet Ji Earth, found in the Chou or Ox, to pacify the heat, and enable the Earth to grow. Gui Water is the Resource Star, and also represents the Mother whilst Ji Earth is the Wealth Star, which also represents the wife. Both these elements are important to this Yi Wood Day Master. What exactly was said to him that provoked him remains the subject of debate but from Zidane's BaZi, certainly any insult about his mother or his wife, would probably have triggered his temper, based on his BaZi!
This raises an important point about BaZi that often gets overlooked. In the past, BaZi was designed to reveal fate and destiny. It was unchanged. The path that was laid out was essentially the path that would be walked. Today, we do not perceive BaZi in this way. Destiny is but one of the possible paths a person can walk. Destiny can, to some degree be changed. In the old days, a heart attack was a death sentence. Today, if you know about it early enough, it can be prevented and treated. The power of free will, the advantage of informed choice, and the ability to make an informed decision, means that how a person lives their life, remains in their hands.
What does this mean in the case of Zinedine Zidane? Admittedly, Zidane's BaZi indicates how he would react to a provocation and that his reaction would bring about negative outcomes. But, at that moment, at the 110th minute on that pitch in Berlin, ultimately, Zidane held his destiny, in his own hands - or rather, head.
The Power of the Officer
Despite being sent-off, Zidane was awarded the Golden Ball Award and so far, there seems to be no vilification of him in his home country for what he did. Why?
His current 10 year luck pillar shows strong Officer Luck as a result of the combination between his Yi Wood Day Master, and Geng Metal, so he will still continue to command respect and honour as the Officer represents good status and reputation. This head-butt will not tarnish his reputation substantially, nor detract from his skills and talents. Xu (Dog) is the graveyard for Xin Metal, which is the Seven Killings Star. Seven Killings represents critics, petty people and detractors. These will eventually go away as the year goes on so they will not prove to be a long-term problem. The indications of his chart are that he'll probably get to keep the Golden Ball award as well.
According to Wikipedia, Zidane earned a 6.4 million euros salary at Real Madrid, and in 2005-2006, he earned 8.6 million euros from sponsorship and endorsement deals. This is also in tune with his 10 year luck pillar of Geng Xu, which he entered in 2005. Geng Metal and Yi Wood, which is his day Master, are combining with the Officer. This typically represents strong sponsorship and endorsement opportunities for a sportsman, whilst the Xu (Dog) brings strong Wealth Luck. In this luck pillar, an ambassadorial role for Zidane is ideal and he should also have no problems with endorsements. All he has to do is say yes, and his wealth should be secure until 2015. He will be wise to stay away from coaching or management opportunities as his BaZi indicates he lacks the patience to coach or manage a football team.
Charisma has a Face
It is not uncommon for BaZi practitioners and even Feng Shui practitioners, to rely on face reading or Mian Xiang, as a back-up discipline. There have been times when I have used face-reading for quick or on the spot evaluations of a client's luck, when a BaZi chart was not available. The face, almost always, confirms what we already know from the Destiny Code. So what story does Zidane's face tell?
If you look closely at his face, you will notice that his eyebrows pierce upwards, at the 'head' (the end closer to the centre of the face). In Mian Xiang, these are known as Spear-headed eyebrows and denote individuals who are highly opinionated and quick off the mark. Usually, individuals with Spear-headed eyebrows also have prominent or strong Hurting Officer (Shang Guan) nature.
Zidane has strong, high and outward growing cheekbones - these denote strong leadership and a charismatic nature. He has sharp, pointed eyes which indicate impatience, but an eye for detail, hence his ability to create possibilities on the football field, out of seemingly nothing at all.
In Mian Xiang, each year of a person's life is represented by a single point on the face. The ages of 27-30 are represented by the temples, the life palace or Yin Tang, which is located between the eyebrows, and the Forest, which is the area above the ear. On Zidane's face, all these areas are sunken or the hairline crosses these areas, denoting that these years are less favourable. However, once Zidane entered eyebrow luck, at 31 years old (30 by Western age calculations), his luck clearly took a turn for the better. His eyebrows are clear and charismatic, not too thick and upward growing. Indeed, in 2002, Zidane won the UEFA Champions League Most Valuable Player award, and transferred from Juventus to Real Madrid for a record 66 million euros. At 35, he has just finished eyebrow luck and entered eye luck - which means that whilst his luck will still be good, the best is probably behind him, so his decision to retire is a wise one indeed.