Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ba Men (8 Doors)

The eight (8) doors are named based on the qualities signified when the Yin and Yang, Five Elements and images of Trigrams are placed into the Nine Palaces. The following are the 8 Doors and their attributes:

1. Open (Kai) - is about fresh starts, beginnings, renewal and the creation of new things. It symbolizes the ability to overcome obstacles and challenges. Matters will progress smoothly with minimal hindrances, especially if it involves pioneering endeavors. It also represents new opportunities, an indication for increasing wealth and positive change in career development.

2. Rest (Xiu) - the Rest door represents activities which are recreational in nature or relaxing. it can also symbolize happy activities in general as well as nurturing relationships. Noble people who are helpful and smooth progression in matters are also represented by the Rest door.

3. Life (Sheng) - symbolizes the opportunities for growth and personal development. This in turn directly impacts one's personal wealth or career progression. It signifies abundance in terms of the essential things in life.

4. Harm (Shang) - damage and harm inflicted on another are signified by the Harm door. It indicates the presence of setbacks and obstacles. Unfortunate outcomes in life are also represented by the Harm door.

5. Delusion (Du) - represents the mysterious and unexpected outcomes in life which could include unexpected obstacles and hindrances. It may also imply the lack of opportunities as well as darkness and ill-fortune.

6.  Scenery (Jing) - represent superficiality. It indicates the revealed truth behind matters which are hidden. It may also represent excellence and outstanding achievements.

7. Death (Si) - as its name implies, the Death door represents death and aging. It indicates non-moving or stagnated energies or Qi. It may also represent negative energy and the delay or interruption of progress in one's endeavors.

8. Fear (Jing)- the Fear door implies the presence of fear and suspicion, a mind clouded by anxiety, doubt and stress. Hindrances will be a source of frustration, creating uneasiness in one's mental state.

History and Background of Qi Men Dun Jia

Qi Men Dun Jia was originally devised to help form military strategy and tactics. Liu Ji (1311 - 1375) or Liu Bowen, a great military strategist, is believed to have secured the throne for the Ming emperor by applying Qi Men Dun Jia to his strategic planning. Over the centuries of Chinese history, Zhuge Liang (181 - 234)
was Chancellor of Shu Han during the Three Kingdoms period of China. He is often recognized as the greatest and most accomplished strategist of his era. He was said to use Qi Men Dun Jia to win battles. The most notable of the lot include: Zhuge Liang, Jiang Ziya, Zhang Liang, Liu Bowen, and Mao Zedong. Qi Men Dun Jia grew in popularity and was expanded to include a number of other types of divination, including medical divination, matchmaking, childbirth, travel, personal fortunes, and businesses. The practice of Qi Men Dun Jia is used in countries like Taiwan, Singapore and other countries in Southeast Asia.

Qi Men Dun Jia is based on astronomical observations, and consists of various aspects of Chinese metaphysics, including the doctrines of Yin and Yang, Five Elements, the Eight Trigrams, the Ten Heavenly Stems, and the Twelve Earthly Branches.

The Qi Men Dun Jia is plotted on a 3 x 3 square (8 squares and the center). The symbols rotate around the squares or palaces (9) with each double hour, making a total of 1,080 different configurations of the Qi Men Dun Jia board referred to as Pan. The analyst makes reference to the configuration of the Pan at the time when a question is posted, or for birth times of individuals or businesses. These Ju or situations are recycled four times per year and are divided between Yin and Yang halves of the year. To plot a Qi Men Dun Jia chart, one needs to find out the season. A whole year is divided into 2 seasons: Yang Dun and Yin Dun. Yang Dun starts from Winter Solstice - Summer Solstice and Yin Dun starts from Summer Solstice to Winter Solstice. There are 9 types of each and they are called Ju. Yang Dun has 9 Ju and Yin Dun has 9 Ju. Each Ju is further categorized by Jia Zi hour (each Ju has 60 charts). Thus, Yang Dun will have 540 charts (9 x 60). The same for Yin Dun totaling 1080 charts.


Ju means situations. These situations are recycled four times per year and are divided between Yin and Yang halves of the year. Ju Shu (situation numbers) consists of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. Yang Dun consists of 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1. Yin Dun consists of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. There are 18 Ju or situations in total.


There are four (4) types of Pan Charts: Nian Pan (year); Yue Pan (month); Ri Pan (day); and Shi Pan (hour). With the two kinds of Pan (Li Xiang Pan and Zuo Shan Pan), there is a total of eight (8) Pan charts.

Month Chart
Elements of Qi Men Dun Jia Pan

1. Nine (9) Palaces 8 Trigram Chart

2. Di Pan (Earth Plate)
3. Ten (10) Heavenly Stems
4. Ba Shen (8 Gods)
5. Tian Pan (Heaven Plate)
6. Ren Pan (Man Plate)
7. Yi Ma (Traveling Horse)
8. Kong (Emptiness)

What is Qi Men Dun Jia used for?

Qi Men Dun Jia can be used as divination tools to investigate the past as well as forecast the future. Qi Men Dun Jia can also be used to forecast:
  • current work situation
  • marriage and family matters (e.g., infidelity)
  • wealth luck
  • examination results
  • business success or failure
  • health
  • gambling results
  • weather
  • date selection to insure success
  • destiny reading
A knowledge of this technique would be extremely beneficial and could help guide individuals towards success.

What is Qi Men Dun Jia?

One of the three (3) powerful oracles, Qi Men Dun Jia (QMDJ) is used to divine the big events that occurs such as calamities (e.g., earthquake, hurricanes, etc.) In the past, QMDJ was originally devised to help form military strategy and tactics.

Qi means valuable or holy--it refers to an essence with an esoteric nature

Men refers to a door or gate

Dun means hidden

Jia is related to warfare, which is considered as the most sacred in this method

Qi Men Dun Jia can therefore be interpreted as "Mysterious Doors Hiding Jia" Simply, Qi Men Dun Jia is the plotting of a Qi Map which anticipates the trajectory and the nature of Heaven, Earth, Man, and Spirit Luck at any given moment and time. In order to use this map to change one's fortune, it is necessary to locate the position of Jia within the chart.

Pan - In QMDJ theory, a kind of direction chart called Pan, which is a 3 x 3 square of nine (9) blocks (8 directions and center). In each directional block, one of the eight (8) gates can be found. This information can then be used to predict what will  happen and when a certain activity should take place in order to ensure success.

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It is, however, necessary for one to be familiar with Nine Stars, 8 Doors, 10 Stems, 8 Deities, 24 Mountains and Ba Gua.