Correction! YP exception, when R = 0

Q: From an amazon.com review: In the instructions it states that when the remainder equals 0, the yearly pillar = (birth year / 60) -3, and on the next page, “simply subtract 3 from the quotient (birth year divided by 60) … But in sample exercise 2 the author goes with the formula YP = R -3 and uses the remainder of 0 instead of using the quotient, which was 33…

A: Hello!

So sorry for your very understandable confusion and thank you for pointing out this error in editing!

In the Yearly Pillar Calculation formula box in chapter 1, the exception rule erroneously simply re-states the regular rule, and thus not clarifying the exception at all …
The incorrect line in the box currently reads:
Where R = 0, BaZi YP = (birth year / 60) – 3
It should read:
When R = 0, BaZi YP = 60 – 3 (in other words, when there is no remainder, the Yearly Pillar will always be 57).

Along the same lines, this error is repeated in the box which summarizes the exception, immediately.

In that box, instead of reading “…subtract 3 from the quotient (birth  year divided by 60)…” it should read:
“…subtract 3 from 60…”
The details of how to work Sample Exercise 2 are correct.
Additionally, the YP summary found at end of the YP section (chapter 1) and in the  Fundamental BaZi Calculation Formulas YP section (appendix) is also not incorrect but is incomplete.
The third bullet point, instead of reading:
When the birth year is divisible by 60, the remainder, R, is 0.
Should read:
When the birth year is divisible by 60, the remainder, R, is 0, and BaZi YP = 60 – 3 (aka 57).


This editing error will be corrected in the e-book version as soon as possible, and in the print version once the second edition is available.

Thank you for your patience – I hope this helps!