Thursday, August 28, 2014

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.

1 comment:

  1. Do we need to convert to pacific time when predicting for qui men dun jia?
    Do you know of any classes one can attend to learn more on Chinese Metaphysics and Bazi in California?
    Thank you!