The engines of the first generation commercial vehicles were started with manually rotating a metal lever several times, exerting much strength over the process. Cars these days have evolved into a push button ignition system requiring just the touch of a finger. A driver used to need to complete a series of processes, like stepping on the clutch, engaging the gear, stepping on the accelerator, releasing the hand brake and the clutch before the car could move forward. If he did not execute these processes smoothly enough, the engine could stall. Today, with a push button ignition and auto gear system, all we need is to push the gear lever into the Drive position and step lightly on the accelerator, the car moves steadily ahead. This development has brought much convenience to the end users.
From this example of the evolution of vehicles, have we not thought about how the Ancient Chinese Five-Arts should also be revamped?
I have been studying and researching on the arts of Qi Men Feng Shui; summarizing the experiences of my predecessors, I strongly feel that as contemporary Feng Shui practitioners, we should study the ways of simplifying the methods of changing luck, for self benefit as well as the benefit of others.
Similar to the principle of vehicle evolution, we should allow this ancient wisdom to be practiced with ease and simplicity, and to popularize it’s usage for the benefit of the general public.
We are thankful for these ancient traditions and cultural heritage, which inspire our wisdom, and open up a continuous source and steady flow of wealth and health. The ancient society was unlike ours today with well developed technology; they did not have the luxury of scientific equipment to take precise astronomical and magnetic field measurements of the environment. The art of Feng Shui arose out of need; it is an accumulation and result of ancient elite wisdom over time, not the effort of any single person, but the combined effort of countless number of wise men over many thousands of years. Its invention was to aid the people in general. It should be easy in principles and applications. If it had been complicated and incomprehensible, it would have defeated its original purpose. Thus Feng Shui as a traditional art should be easy to learn and master.
Legend has it that Qi Men Dun Jia was taught to the Yellow Emperor more than 4600 years ago by a deity,九天玄女 (Jiu Tian Xuan Nu) for use in battle. These ancient records we inherit now are filled with patterns which restrict the learners’ complete understanding and usage. I have been studying the art of Shi Jia Qi Men Dun Jia since 1985, through these years of research and practical experience, I discovered that Shi Jia Qi Men Dun Jia is really not as complicated as it was thought to be.
In its study, it is important to absorb and digest the essence theories and discard the dispensable framework theories. We can then apply with ease and simplicity, and arrive at a judgment swiftly.
Next, I will illustrate through various case studies how Shi Jia Qi Men Dun Jia can be applied through practical and easy methods. The simplified version of Shi Jia Qi Men Dun Jia divination method is able to derive at a judgment within minutes of opening the Qi Men chart.
Case Study 1, on 1 September 2012, in the Shi Jia Qi Men beginner’s class conducted in Singapore, one student, Ms Wang, asked about her marriage. We could immediately derive at her current marital condition from the Qi Men chart that had been opened.
Date and Time : 1 September 2012, 15.06 hour, Saturday
Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches of the day: 壬辰年 戊申月 乙丑日 甲申时
Yin (阴) Dun #1, Zhi Fu (值符) Tian Ren (天任) in Palace 8, Zhi Shi (值使) Sheng Men (生门) in Palace 8
1.First we must look at the Yong Shen (用神) that represents marriage, Liu He (六和) which is in Palace Dui 7 (兑7宫). There is Jing Men (惊门) that represents disputes and arguments. Tian Zhu (天柱) represents disputes and failures. These two could also represent legal matters, meaning Ms Wang’s marriage is experiencing some disputes that need to be resolved with a lawsuit.
2.Let’s look at the Day Heavenly Stem that represents Ms Wang, Yi (乙) which is in Palace Kun 2 (坤2宫), which is empty or Kong (空), meaning Ms Wang has 30% of energy now or her luck is low. Palace Kun 2 has Si Men (死门) meaning Ms Wang is go through a period of bad luck. Tian Rui (天芮) in the same palace means Ms Wang is experiencing a lot of problems now.
3.Geng (庚) is the corresponding spouse representation of Yi (乙), in Palace Gen 8 (艮8宫) with a Horse Star, meaning Ms Wang’s husband has intention to leave.
4.Yi (乙) that represents Ms Wang is in Palace Kun 2 (坤2宫) whereas Geng (庚) that represents her husband is in Palace Gen 8 (艮8宫), these two positions are in direct conflict with each other, meaning their problems are serious. On top of this, one is in internal pan, the other in external pan, meaning they have signs of separation.
5.From the 4 points above, we can conclude that Ms Wang’s current marriage is not smooth and needs to be settled with a lawsuit. Ms Wang feedback on the spot that they are preparing their divorce suit with their respective lawyers.
Date and Time : 25 September 2012, 16.00 hour in Sheng Yi Da Aluminium Industry Limited Company, Da Shi Pai Town, Dong Guan City, Guangzhou, China, using Shi Jia Qi Men to evaluate the Feng Shui of this company.
Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches of the day: 壬辰年 己酉月 己丑日 壬申时
Yin (阴) Dun #4, Zhi Fu (值符) Tian Fu (天辅) in Palace 9, Zhi Shi (值使) Du Men (杜门) in Palace 5
When applying Shi Jia Qi Men Dun Jia to evaluate Feng Shui, we must first determine the appropriate Yong Shen (用神) for the Feng Shui structure. In this case study, it is a factory sitting on North and facing South, with manufacturing as its main activity. Thus, we will use South as the Yong Shen (用神) for this factory. Also, in Shi Jia Qi Men, the appropriate Yong Shen (用神) for Feng Shui evaluation is the Hour Heavenly Stem.
1.From the Qi Men Chart that was opened, let’s look at the Hour Heavenly Stem which represents the Feng Shui of the factory, Ren (壬) that is in Kun 2 Palace (坤2宫). Du Men (杜门) is in the same Palace, meaning the factory faces difficulty in its operations; unable to move forward nor backward.
2.Palace Li 9 (离9宫) represents the Feng Shui facing of the factory. There are Shang Men (伤门) and Zhi Fu (值符) in the same palace, meaning the Boss has been hurt. The Heaven Plate Heavenly Stem (天盘天干) in Li 9 Palace is Wu (戊), this means the Boss is very worried over money matters, thus the Feng Shui facing of this factory is a serious problem.
3.Kai Men (开门) represents the factory and is in Gen 8 Palace (艮8 宫). Liu He (六和) is in the same palace, meaning the factory is a multi-partnership venture. With Tian Peng star (天蓬星) in the same palace is an indication that the factory is in the red now.
4.From the above 3 observations, the Feng Shui of this factory needs to be adjusted.
Case Study 3, In a Qi Men Bazi workshop on 16 September 2012, a student, Mr Sun, asked if an interview date he had selected using the knowledge he had acquired was auspicious.
Date and Time : 23 September 2012, 13.30 hour, Sunday
Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches of the day:壬辰年 己酉月 丁亥日 丁未时
Yin (阴) Dun #1, Zhi Fu (值符) Tian Xin (天心) in Palace 4, Zhi Shi (值使) Kai Men (开门) in Palace 3
In selecting an interview date, it is important to ensure the representation of the Interviewer, Tian Fu Star (天辅星), is in producing or agreeable position with the Day Heavenly Stem. These two must not be in conflicting or destructive positions, and the Day Heavenly Stem must not be empty or Kong (空). The Hour Heavenly Stem representing the matter asked must not be empty too.
From the date selected by Mr Sun, we can see that the Day Heavenly Stem and the Hour Heavenly Stem are both Ding (丁) and both are in Qian 6 Palace (乾6宫). Tian Fu Star (天辅星) representing academia and interviewer is in the same palace, thus it is considered as auspicious and the interview should be smooth sailing. In reply to Mr Sun, this date can be used for his interview.
Mr Sun called on 27 September to say that his has past his interview.
Case Study 4, A woman’s Bazi was evaluated by 4 separate masters, all concluded that she would die of illness in 2012. A friend asked me to evaluate her Bazi based on Shi Jia Qi Men method.
Woman’s Bazi : 9 September 1970, 00.00 hour
Date and Time: 9 September 1970, 00.30 hour, Wednesday
Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches of the day: 庚戌年 乙酉月 壬辰日 庚子时
Yin (阴) Dun #6, Zhi Fu (值符) Tian Chong (天冲) in Palace 4, Zhi Shi (值使) Shang Men (伤门) in Palace 6
When evaluating Bazi using Shi Jia Qi Men, it is important to look at the Earth Plate (地盘) and Heaven Plate (天盘) of the Day Heavenly Stem. Now we would like to check if this woman would indeed die of illness in 2012. Tian Rui Star (天芮星) in Qi Men Chart represents illness and is in Dui 7 Palace (兑7宫), which is in the same palace as the Heaven Plate of the Day Heavenly Stem. This is an indication that there is an easy tendency for this woman to encounter health problem in the right side of her breast and lung. However, having Sheng Men (生门) in the same palace means the illness is not fatal and whatever health issue that might surface could be cured. In conclusion, she will not die of illness in 2012 Ren Chen (壬辰) year.
A filial son anxiously enquired about his mother’s health condition and if she could overcome her health crisis.
Date and Time : 24 October 2012, 11.28 hour
Lunar Calendar : Ren Chen Year (壬辰年) Ninth Month ( 九月) Tenth Day (初十日) Noon 午时
Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches of the day: 壬辰 庚戌 戊午 戊午
The Hour Heavenly Stem is in Kan 1 Palace (坎1宫), Sheng Men (生门) is in the same palace, indicating the illness is not serious and that she would overcome her health crisis. In the same palace there is also Teng She (滕蛇), meaning in worst case scenario she would be worried over her illness.
On the 27th of the month when we would come to Dui 7 Palace (兑7宫), Kai Men (开门), Tian Xin Star (天心星) and Liu He (六和) are in the same palace, this is an indication of Divine assistance. Liu He (六和) is an auspicious God, Kai Men (开门) is auspicious, so is Tian Xin (天心) that represents doctor, thus we can conclude the mother would be able to sail through her crisis smoothly. It was understood later that the mother was discharged from hospital on 27th.
We can see from the above case studies that it can be swift and simple to arrive at a conclusion using Shi Jia Qi Men method to judge a matter. Further, Qi Men Dun Jia can be applied to foretell or study every matter. Therefore, we should all work together, put in effort in studying and researching Qi Men Dun Jia to restore it to its original simple, fast and accurate state of principles, and allow this ancient Chinese traditional culture to be embraced by the world and to be of service to the general public.