We often hear about people who have sometimes found themselves in the “right place at the right time.” In truth, it’s not entirely luck. Putting people “in the right place and at the right time” is the specialty of Qi Men Dun Jia.
A VERY ANCIENT TOOL
Qi Men Dun Jia could be translated as “the mysterious door of the hiding”. This reading refers to the military origins of the ancient Qi Men Dun Jia in which the Jia represents the general, the leader who is hidden and used in a concealed way, acting without being able to identify him.
Qi Men Dun Jia shares a common ground with other aspects of Chinese metaphysics (Feng shui, Ba Zi, …). It draws its roots from the Celestial stems (Jia is the first of these) and the Earthly branches (see the chapter on Ba Zi) and we can find the He Tu, Luo Shu, Yin and Yang, the 5 elements, the nine Palaces, the nine stars, the Eight directions and the Constellations as basic principles. It understands how to deal with energy which is usually associated with feng shui, and astronomical calculations related to Ba Zi or Zi Wei Du Shu.
It is a system that finds the essence of timing (the right moment), by calculating the energy present in the environment during each year, month, day and time using a dedicated grid (a bit like the luo shu, but with a lot more information).
The Qi Men Du Jia is a tool that maps the energy of time – according to 4 categories (year, month, day and time) as in Ba Zi – and space. Originally, it was a tool for war, whose purpose was to predict actions and their outcome. War was an important thing that involved life and death and the ability to predict it was fundamental; from this ability to “know” in which direction to attack, which strategy to adopt, when to withdraw or to fight back, depended on the desired victory. Over the centuries, its practice has evolved to include more down-to-earth forecasts tailored to personal and business realms.
While it was originally a forecasting tool, its evolution allowed it to be used to manipulate space and time. It can therefore be applied specifically to select a particular date and time, in relation to a specific activity and its favorable outcome.
THE STORY OF QI MEN DUN JIA
The story of Qi Men Dun Jia is closely linked to that of China itself.
It was already used during the Warring States period (around 480 BC). It was a tumultuous time, characterized by great social and geopolitical changes; clashes between territorial groups and rival factions were common, each seeking to take over.
Qi Men Dun Jia finds its origin in a story that involves the mythical Yellow Emperor Huang Di (2698 to 2597 BC) (Read History of Taoism). He fought a rebel named Chi You, known for his mastery of Yin and Yang and his ability to summon wind and rain. It was also said that his head was as hard as copper and his arms as strong as iron, which made him virtually invincible.
The yellow emperor did not seem to have the slightest chance against him. Full of despair and frustration the young ruler fled to the mountains. Up there he met the Goddess of the 9 Heavens, who gave him the Qi Men Dun Jia and armed with this new knowledge the Yellow Emperor defeated his enemy.
Like the He Tu or the Luo Shu, the Qi Men Du Jia is the fruit of a revelation, a divine gift offered to men. What is certain is that from this period of the “Warring States” it began to play an increasingly important role in Chinese history; it is thus mentioned in numerous archives and historical narratives, and its use has always brought a strategic military superiority.
It can be said that it helped to unify China and form the country as we know it today.
Qi Men Du Jia has been used for more than 5000 years of history, the very act of pronouncing it’sname necessitated the death penalty: they were indeed very jealously kept secrets; it was part of one of the “6 values” of the emperor, which gives him his status as emperor and son of heaven and gives him his powers; therefore the people who calculated the Qi Men Du Jia for the emperor were confined in the palace under close surveillance.
THE TRUE NATURE OF QI MEN DUN JIA
From an esoteric point of view, the nature of Qi Men Du Jia lies in the words that make it up: Qi means “mystery” and represents the “8 Immortals” Taoist; “Men” represents the “Doors”, these are opportunities that must be seized; “Dun” is “what is hidden” and emphasizes the influence of the Stars (actually the 9 flying stars of Feng shui, but in a more active form); Jia, finally, is associated with the Celestial Stems and shapes the materialized side (manifested in reality) of Qi Men Du Jia.
Qi Men Du Jia is a Polaroid of a moment, linked to a particular request, to make the forces of the Gods, the influences of the Stars (and astrology) coincide in the time and space of the reality of the material world in the form of “good timing”, represented by the doors (which one could also name as chances).
This snapshot can be determined with the hour, day, month, year or major cycles. Most of the time, in practice, we work on a monthly and year-by-year basis for stable things (such as career development); on a daily and hourly scale for unstable things (like the weather).
THE FOUR SCHOOLS
There are 4 major traditional streams in the Qi Men Du Jia:
- Tian Qi Men (“Qi Men of Heaven”), which includes everything related to astrology; there are the bigconcepts of Zi Wei Du Shu (a form of Taoist astrology) and the highest parts of Ba Zi and the Celestial Mandate (another form of Taoist astrology);
- San Yuan Da Gua, is Feng Shui linked to the Yijing, it’s extremely precise and much easier to use than basic Feng Shui… except that you have to know it perfectly in order to use it;
- Xiao Qi Men, Xiao means “small”, this means it’s a simplified Qi Men, which allows us to take a situation and immediately see if it’s “Good” or “Not Good” and to explain – not deeply, but right now the reasons. This is the lightest version of QI Men Dun Jia (yet still very precise) and perfectly understandable by everyone. Moreover, before delving into the deeper revelations of Qi Men Du Jia we always start with the approach of the Xiao Qi Men, which may be enough to answer certain questions.
- Finally, the specialty of our Da Xuan school is the Fa Qi Men – “Fa” being related to the spiritual, which comes from the Gods. It is by far the one we use the most; it’s not the easiest but it’s really accurate in almost every application.
THE EIGHT APPLICATIONS
There are eight important applications of Qi Men Du Jia:
- Xiao Qi Men
Provides a clear view of a situation with an immediate identification of the positives and the dangers and how it can evolve. Each time, the situation is well explained and because of its predictive power, opens a wide range of action.
- The Heavenly Mandate
This Qi Men Dun Jia uses time and space and adds to what we know of Bazi, the opportunities, the chances, the influence of the astrological world, mystic and gods; we then go from 8 characters (Bazion it’s own) to the 27 characters. (see chapter on Bazi).
- The Feng Shui of Qi Men Du Jia
Extremely precise application that will allow us to apprehend time and space on the same level and give something very simple to read … on the condition you know Bazi and Fengshui!
- The Art of War
Once linked to war, it has more to do with business today. It is a way of imposing oneself or finding one’s place in the world or understanding why one has not yet found it. It is used to unlock situations in which you feel “off the wall” or in which you can’t express your birth potential (we know we can do it but it’s just not working). It is the art of war applied at all levels: spiritual, philosophical and of course physical.
- The “Real” Qi Men Du Jia
The study of space and time. It is the one that is drawn in all situations, which will answer all questions whatever they are. It’s like the Xiao Qi Men, but with all the details; it’s a little more complicated, but not difficult. It’s not complex, just an accumulation of simple things that you have to know how to interpret. In the Daxuan school, we have simplifications that lie between the Xiao Qi men (really simple) and this complete (sometimes too much) approach of space and time.
- The Evolution of Wisdom
One way to use astrology and the Gods to practice in the right direction during the “good days”, to get into the “good currents”, to be able to have intensive practice days at the “good times”… It’s extraordinarily effective!
- The Spiritual Qi men
This is a specialty of the Daxuan school in which you have practices directly related to the positioning of all the forces of Qi men: instead of going into the world and imposing one’s training or meditation, we look at the Qi men of the moment (of the day or even the time if one wants to be very precise) and see what is available. It’s really amazing. It’s a big secret at Daxuan School and that’s why you can do incredible things.
- The Magic Qi Men.
This is truly linked to Taoist magic. This Qi men takes into account all of the parts of the Qi Men Du Jia and logically one needs to understand all aspects to access it.
The Qi Men Du Jia is by far one of the most extraordinary teachings of our School and without a doubt one of the most incredible in its realization.
It is an extremely powerful tool that requires the studying with and monitoring of a teacher.
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