Doors play an important part in Qi Men Dun Jia. The 8 Doors found in Qi Men are associated with a wide range of possibilities and their presence can be interpreted in many ways.
The 10 Deities, 9 Stars and 10 Stems of Qi Men have enigmatic names. The 8 Doors, by contrast, are named somewhat intuitively. The Open Door, for example, is associated with progress, opportunity and new beginning; the Death Door is associated with death, stagnation and inactivity; and so on.
It is easy to fall into the trap of making superficial analysis and interpretation of the 8 Doors. One must be willing to look further than their names, and consider what the 8 Doors mean in relation to the other components of Qi Men. Depending on the nature of the reading, they could represent personal characteristics or physical objects. All is not always as it appears, especially in Destiny Analysis. Like the 10 Deities, the 8 Doors can produce surprising effects in a Destiny reading.
In Qi Men Dun Jia, the 8 Doors are:
1. Open Door
2. Rest Door
3. Life Door
4. Scenery Door
5. Delusion Door
6. Death Door
7. Fear Door
8. Harm Door
The 8 Doors are spread across the 9 different Palaces in a Qi Men Chart. The 8 Doors are found in a Qi Men Chart on the Door Plate are thought to represent the human conditions and circumstances associated with the Palace in which they appear. For this reason, the Door Plate is also known as the Man Plate or the Earth Realm. This Plate governs human action and strategy on top of the individuals involved in any given activity.
The 8 Doors take their number from the eight possible directions of travel in the physical world. As one chooses a direction in life, one also symbolically walks through one of the 8 Doors.
Like the other components of a Qi Men Chart, the 8 Doors can each be classified as either auspicious or inauspicious – depending on the context. The Open, Rest and Life Doors are usually considered auspicious, while the Delusion and Scenery Doors are neutral, and the Harm, Death and Fear Doors are usually inauspicious.
Generally, anyone would be correct in one’s interpretation about the auspiciousness or inauspiciousness of a Door. It is practical to make assumptions about the Doors for quick readings. With that said, the Doors are subject to the effects of Stars, Deities and the Structures they participate in. Their effects are dependent on their circumstances: unusual circumstances can make an auspicious Door produce inauspicious effects and vice versa.
Let’s briefly consider some examples.
The Life Door is an auspicious Door like the Open Door, but if one’s reading concerns a missing person, then the Life Door suggests that the person in question would not return home – this indicates an inauspicious outcome.
However, if the Useful God was found in a Palace with negative Doors such as the Door of Death, Fear or Harm, then one might guess that the missing person would ultimately have nowhere to go but to return home which is an indication of an auspicious outcome.
The Open Door is usually seen as the most auspicious Door. However, if the Open Door is found in the same Palace as the White Tiger in a Chart for a pregnant woman, it can be considered inauspicious, since in this context it indicates that the woman, may need a caesarean section. Equally, should the Useful God which is a forecast’s point of reference land on an Open Door in any forecast, one’s private information may be revealed to the enemies.
Above example show that auspicious Doors can have negative consequences, this also apply to inauspicious door. For instance, a Death Door, found appear with the Useful God, may prove to be beneficial if the reading is about hunting or fishing. While a Harm Door can help those related to debt collection.
In summary, context is hugely important in Qi Men and no Door is “good” or “bad”. There are many exceptions that one must not regard the 8 Doors as what the name represented.
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