Destiny Analysis of Juanes

Author: Jerry King
Publish date: January 12, 2012

When I was studying and traveling in South America and Spain, wherever I went, the songs of Juanes (Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez) was heard in bars, restaurants, buses and even at the airports. His songs have captured the hearts of many Latin Americans and Spanish people around the world and it made me wonder what was there in his chart that allowed him to become so successful. In 2005, he was named by Time as one of the world’s 100 most influential people. Below is the Four Pillars chart of Juanes:

Chart Analysis:

Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez, was born on August 9, 1972, the year of the Water Rat, in Medellin, Colombia.  Juanes is a Yang Water self and from a simple point of view, his Water is seen as strong. This is not your typical strong water, so let’s weaken it with wood or earth; that is definitely not the correct interpretation. To look at this chart, an overall picture has to be painted in order to understand the structure of the chart. First of all, you may wonder whether the hour pillar would change this cosmic system; the answer is yes and no. Yes because the hour pillar will affect his chart later in life, at around the age of 55, the hour pillar will play a key role in the flow of the chart. For now, it does not really matter because there is a clearly defined flow in his chart. This chart is a clear cut “Dominant Self” where water rules. In Chinese, it is called “專旺格”. 滴天髓, one of the leading Four Pillars writers from China centuries ago wrote “一清到底有精神.”  Having a pure flow makes one strong, brilliant and energetic. The “Dominant Self” of Juanes’ chart can be seen from the combination between the two Monkeys and the Rat. The Rat itself is a pure water animal, with the Rat (子) and the Monkey (申), they form a water alliance supporting the self. The flaw in his system is the Yang Earth (戊) where it impedes the flow of water from time to time. The best way to get rid of the Yang Earth is to use Metal. Fortunately in his luck cycle, Juanes has a long metal luck cycle that began with the Rooster at the age of 15 and it lasts until his mid-30s, then the water cycle commences and ends at about his mid 50s.

The best elements to use in this chart is definitely water and metal. Dominant selves rely upon resources and the self element to remain dominant. Since the Yang Earth in the month branch impedes on the water flow, using metal would be more beneficial as it reduces the Earth and feeds the Water self. So how can we prove that metal and water are his best elements? Using historical data by analyzing his career and life would be the best way to prove this analysis. Metal symbolizes the voice and music, and it played an important role to his rise to success.

Life and Career

Since I have mentioned that metal is his best element, obviously, pure metal came into his chart at the age of 16. So what happened at the age of 16 for Juanes? He started a metal band in 1988 and released an album in the same year. His band included the likes of Alejandro Sanz and Ricky Martin. He eventually disbanded the group and pursued his own career as a solo artist in 1998. Coincidentally enough, between 1998 to 2002, he was in the Dog (戌) cycle, which has a lot of Yang Earth and Fire in it, as a result, he was quiet during that period within his career. Obviously, the Earth stemmed the tide of his success.

At the age of 30, year 2002, Juanes’ luck cycle moved back into a metal flow where the Yin Metal (辛) came to the forefront. His first solo album, Un dia normal (A Normal Day), was released in 2002 and it coincides with the metal flow of his luck cycle. The album was certified gold in Colombia upon its first day of sales and it remained in the top ten of Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart for 92 weeks. Within the next five years, Juanes established himself as one of the leading singers in Latin America.

Fast forward to 2005, the Year of the Rooster (酉), a year of pure metal. At the 2005 Latin Grammy Awards, he took home three awards for the Best Rock Song “Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor”, Best Rock Solo Album for Mi Sangre, and Best Music Video for “Volverte A Ver”. In that same year, he was invited to Germany at an international gala celebrating the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final Draw event and performed one of his most popular songs, “La Camisa Negra”.  Also in 2005, he was named by Time as one of the world’s 100 most influential people. In 2006, the year of the Dog (戌), he began a year-long sabbatical to spend time with his wife and two daughters. Again, the year of the Dog is characterized as hard Yang Earth with Fire, as a result, his singing career took a one year break.

In 2007, the year of the Pig, and 2008, the year of the Rat, Juanes came back to the forefront as he released a new album titled “La vida…es un ratico”.  On December 11, 2007, the month of the Yang Water Rat, he appeared at a Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway and it was broadcast live to over 100 countries around the world. On November 13, 2008, the year of the Yang Water Rat in the Yin Water Pig month, he swept the Latin Grammys winning all five nominations.


The Four Pillars chart of Juanes is an example of a Dominant Self whereby going with the cosmic flow leads to incredible fame and success. By verifying the historical data of his life, it definitely proves that metal is his most favorable element, if it isn’t, how would he had become successful in singing and playing the guitar? His chart obviously has no bearing on a “balancing act” of the elements. It is important to identify the flow, then determine the chart classification, and define the best elements to utilize. In the case of Juanes, after determining the chart classification and finding the best elements, we can look at his life and career to verify what his leading flow is.