The Big Dipper

The Big Dipper is one of the most easily recognisable asterisms in the night sky, located in the northern constellation Ursa Major, the Great Bear. It actually goes by many different names, among them the Plough, the Great Wagon, Saptarishi, and the Saucepan, although it will be called the Big Dipper hereafter for ease of understanding. It is particularly prominent in the northern sky in the summer, and is one of the first star patterns a budding astronomer will learn to identify.
The Big Dipper is often confused for the constellation Ursa Major itself and its name is used synonymously with the Great Bear. However, the Big Dipper itself is not a constellation. It just happens to be the most visible part of Ursa Major, which is the third largest of all 88 constellations.
The overall Ursa Major constellation is obviously far bigger than the Big Dipper, but the seven stars that mark the tail and hindquarters of the “Great Bear” are the most visible by far, thus the distinction drawn between them and the larger constellation they are part of. The seven brightest stars in Ursa Major that make up the Big Dipper are called: Alkaid (Eta Ursae Majoris), Mizar (Zeta Ursae Majoris), Alioth (Epsilon Ursae Majoris), Megrez (Delta Ursae Majoris), Phecda (Gamma Ursae Majoris), Dubhe (Alpha Ursae Majoris) and Merak (Beta Ursae Majoris). Alkaid, Mizar and Alioth mark the Big Dipper’s handle, and Megrez, Phecda, Dubhe and Merak outline the bowl. All seven are shown in the diagram below.

Big Dipper credit Astronomy Trek

You may find it curious as there are obviously only seven stars in the Big Dipper – the name in Chinese, Bei Dou Qi Xing 北斗七星 after all, clearly suggests so. How can the 9 Stars be derived from this? There are many legends and stories that explain this discrepancy. The most popular ones all involve the goddess Dou Mu 斗姆.

Watch out for next posting about Dou Mu 斗姆.

Introduction and History of Stars in Qi Men Dun Jia

It is widely accepted that timing plays a large part in a person’s successes and failures. We sometimes say that a person was simply “in the right place at the right time”. If a person comes into contact with the right people and the right conditions, they can take the shortest possible route to fortune and glory.
The opposite is also true.
In Chinese Metaphysics, the Heavens dictate the time, the Earth dictates the place and the Man dictates the people who can offer one the keys to victory. When we want to know when there may be opportunities, we must consider and understand the role of The Heaven 天時 and the 9 Stars.
Qi Men Dun Jia itself has many ties to astronomy and celestial bodies, but the 9 Stars make their connection to the night sky explicit. The 9 Stars are derived from celestial bodies found in the Big Dipper, a constellation made up of the brightest stars from the Ursa Major (Great Bear) constellation.

Ursa Major credit Wikipedia

The stars located in this constellation are arguably some of the most culturally important as they feature in many fables and belief systems.
Throughout history, people have noticed and written about this constellation under different names – although most commonly associating it with a bear. Some scholars theorise that this similarity may be based on a common oral tradition which stretches back some 13,000 years. The Big Dipper asterism found in this constellation is so called for its resemblance to a plough or ladle.

The ancient Chinese developed an acute interest in the Big Dipper, referring to its contents as the Seven Stars of the Northern Dipper (Bei Dou Qi Xing 北斗七星). They had practical uses for them, as the movement of the stars helped them ascertain the seasons. Many Chinese spiritual beliefs arose about the stars and their connection to the changing seasons of the Earth. The ancient Chinese worshipped the night sky, believing that gods lived in its infinite volume. They saw the stars of Ursa Major as divine beings.
Like the 10 Deities, the 9 Stars forms a complex history that is tightly intertwined with many aspects of Chinese culture and folk religions. They are featured in many different parts of Chinese Metaphysics, making appearances in Feng Shui, BaZi, and, of course, Qi Men Dun Jia.

Hope that this sharing about the history let you have a better understanding. Let read more about the Big Dipper next.


Fu Yin(伏吟) and Fan Yin(反吟) Chart in QiMen

Fu Yin(伏吟)

Fu Yin chart is when stem are the same or double. A Pure Fu Yin is when the Star and Door are back in their original position. So what does it mean in destiny reading as compare to forecasting vs strategic execution?

Fu Yin in forecasting generally indicates that progress will be slow and that supported actions will be limited, these affects will still, however, be couched within the reading dictated by the stems. Among the Ten Stems, there are Three Nobles and Six Crescents. The Nobles of Yi , Bing , and Ding as well as the stem of Wu are thought to be auspicious and, as such, when a Fu Yin formation falls on one of these stems, the impact will be to slow the progress of otherwise positive events.

When Fu Yin falls on one of the remaining stems, the effect may be to cause complete stagnation or, indeed, to slow the development of more negative events. The final judgment over the specific impact of Fu Yin will need, however, to take into consideration the overall combinations of the Stars, Doors and Deities in that particular Palace, as well as the relationships between the Five Elements and the other Palaces.

While in Destiny Reading, it is actually denote as Pure Energy that we like to see. We can see that what you appear within inside and outside is identical, your thoughts and actions are align. People will not have second thought about you as you are a straightforward person. You can access anything in your chart in a stronger and easy way.

In Strategic Execution, is is consider as a good formation as the energy will be the purest where you can perform meditation or any Qi enhancement activities of sort. At this time, it is suitable for your energy realignments and gain a whole lot of clarity.

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Fan Yin(反吟)

A Fan Yin Chart is different from a Fu Yin chart where the Stars and Doors are totally opposite of the Fu Yin Chart. The stem are the mirror in the opposite direction like a reverse pattern. Take a look at the sample below.

Generally it is considered more inauspicious than Fu Yin. Usually there are uncertainties in the matter being consulted and things might change. The outcome of the divination may come quickly and decisively. Where the impact of the outcome can be substantial or even extreme. It Usually favorable to the guests and unfavorable to the host. For examples, tasks might only be partially completed, trips might be cut short. The speed of events is fast in general, for example a verdict might come swiftly and unexpectedly. Incidents or events tend to occur far away, for example, one lost something far away from home.

In forecasting, when you get Fan Yin Chart (or Gua), there will be changes in matters asked. Matters will progress but not in the ways planned and there are possibility of things becoming good to bad and vice versa. There will be a lot of uncertainties ahead and thread only if you are prepared to face and handle all the adversities.

For Destiny reading, it can mean that the person always do the wrong thing(Door) at a wrong timing(Stars). They are alway either ahead of everyone or lacking behind, resulting doing the right thing at the wrong time when Star Fan Yin or doing the wrong thing at the right time when Door are Fan Yin. They will usually have hard time explaining their focus at that wrong timing but nevertheless, the key for them is to work on the things and make sure they can always be ahead of other and not lack behind.

While in Strategic Execution, you can make use of this formation to change the stagnation situation, creating movement or progress to be really ahead of everyone else.

A Fan Yin chart can be useful and positive if you need the opposite result of the current situation, so sometimes it is not so negative as it seems, you can use fan yin charts for extreme changes.

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Hope that my sharing and understanding of Fu Yin and Fan Yin Chart can help those who still learning QiMen.

Qi Men – The Death Door

Death Door represents death and ageing. It is often associated with negative energy and stagnated Qi. It can have a stifling effect and delay or halt one’s progress and growth. Thus, it is considered an inauspicious Door overall. With that said, death is an essential part of life and the Door fulfils a necessary function. All things must come to an end, nothing and no one lives forever and the Death Door marks the end of a journey. However, since death is also one half of the natural cycle of life, it also signifies the start of a new cycle. As death ends, life begins.

For all the grimness of the Death Door and its morbid connotations, it does not deserve to be feared the way it is; it helps maintain harmony in the Universe and keep things moving. The Door’s effects are far- reaching, for there is nowhere in Heaven and Earth that is safe from its influence. Its touch can be seen in the colours of autumn and the falling leaves.

If the Death Door resides with one of the 3 Nobles, it is beneficial to hunting and good for finding and seeking someone or something.

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Natal Position: The Death Door is an Earth element Door. It originates in the Kun Palace in the southwest.

Representation: Kun itself represents mother, winter, convergence, darkness, concealment and death.

Strengths

As mentioned, the Death Door helps perpetuate the cycle of life and death, fulfilling a necessary function. It is beneficial for executions of punishment. It can also help one better appreciate and connect with their ancestors or carry out religious and spiritual activities. It can help avert negative energies or Sha Qi from propagating and block harmful spirits. Finally, gravediggers and graveyard maintenance are eased by the Death Door.

Weaknesses

The Death Door will hamper one’s growth and career progress and is unsuitable for matters of finance. It can cause financial loss or stagnation.

Because of the Death Door’s obvious connections with death, its effects are unhelpful to those seeking medical treatment because it can reduce the efficacy and prevent recovery. Among the general population, the Death Door drives ageing and all of the ailments associated with it.

Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-autumn Festival (or Zhong Qiu Jie in Mandarin), also known as the Mooncake Festival, falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. It is called the Mid-autumn Festival because the 15th day is the middle of a month, and the eighth lunar month is in the middle of autumn. 

In Singapore, mooncakes, and lanterns are offered for sale as early as a month before the festival. These days, however, it has become more common to give mooncakes as gifts than to eat them during the festival. The custom of offering sacrifices to the moon has been replaced by celebrating the festival with family and friends. Moon-viewing parties are one way to enjoy the occasion, with family and friends sitting in gardens lit by paper lanterns, sipping tea, nibbling on mooncakes, and if so inspired, composing poetry in venerable Tang Dynasty fashion.

Significance

The full moon is considered a symbol of reunion, as such the Mid-autumn Festival is also known as the Reunion Festival. Shaped round like the full moon, mooncakes signify reunion. The Mid-autumn Festival is associated with the moon and “moon appreciation” (shang yue 赏月) celebration, particularly because the moon is at its brightest during this time. The festival also coincides with the end of the autumn harvest, marking the end of the Hungry Ghost Festival, which occurs during the seventh lunar month. The day of the Mid-autumn Festival is traditionally thought to be auspicious for weddings, as the moon goddess is believed to extend conjugal bliss to couples.

History

The festival started more than 2,000 years ago as a post-autumn harvest celebration, which was devoted to thanking the gods. Most scholars believe that the Mid-autumn Festival first appeared during the Song dynasty, derived from the tradition of worshipping the moon. Legends associated with the full moon became attached to this festival. It was during the reign of Emperor Tai (Northern Song dynasty) that the 15th day of the eighth month was designated as mid-autumn’s day.

Origin stories

Among the Chinese, the most popular of all the tales connected with the Mid-autumn Festival is that of Chang-E, also known as the Moon Lady, and her husband Hou Yi. This myth is said to have originated from storytellers in the Tang dynasty (618–907 CE), and even as far back as the time of Emperor Yao (2346 BCE). Another popular story about the Mid-autumn Festival is the moon rabbit.

Hou Yi and Chang-E

Hou Yi – an archer and member of the Imperial Guard – was said to have saved the earth from scorching when he shot down nine of the 10 suns circling the planet. As a reward, he was chosen by the people to be their king but he later became tyrannical. In his possession was the elixir of life, but Chang-E, his wife, stole the elixir and drank it. Chang-E then ascended to the moon and became the Moon Goddess. Hou Yi, on the other hand, was given a cake by the Queen Mother of the Western Paradise (Xi Wang Mu). Upon eating the cake, he was able to withstand heat and was sent to the sun. With a special talisman, he was able to visit Chang-E on the 15th of every month, during the full moon. In another version of the tale, Hou Yi placed the elixir in Chang-E’s care. His disciple, Feng Meng, tried to force Chang-E to give it to him. To prevent this, Chang-E swallowed the elixir and was separated from Hou Yi forever.

Rabbit on the moon

In this tale, Buddha disguised himself as a hungry old man and approached three animals – a fox, a monkey, and a rabbit – for help. The fox caught a fish for him, the monkey brought some fruits, but the rabbit threw itself into the fire, offering itself as meat. In gratitude, Buddha resurrected the rabbit and sent it to the moon to be venerated.

Overthrow of the Mongols

Mooncakes played a major role in the liberation of Yuan China (1206–1341 CE) from the Mongols in the 14th century. Despite a prohibition against large gatherings, rebel leader Zhu Yuan Zhang was able to instigate a rebellion by placing secret messages in mooncakes. The rebellion took place during the Mid-autumn Festival, and the celebration of the festival and eating of mooncakes took on a different meaning thereafter.

Celebrations

The Mid-autumn Festival is held in conjunction with the worship of the God of Heaven. On this night, many houses are illuminated with lanterns, and feasts and dance parties are held on a grand scale. In Chinese tradition and literature, a full moon symbolises completeness and is associated with a family reunion. The month of the festival is a popular time for family gatherings with traditional activities such as “moon viewing” and lantern-carrying. As part of the celebrations, many organizations organise community festivities where senior citizens, children, and adults alike are invited to partake in delicious mooncakes, go for moonlit walks, and watch traditional Chinese performances. Some common performances include Chinese dance, Chinese opera, cross-talk, and puppetry.

Offerings of mooncake and pomelo are made to the moon. Thirteen types of offerings to the moon, signifying the number of months in a full lunar year, are prepared by the female members of the family. Each offering has its own significance. Cosmetics may also be placed on the altar in the belief that it would beautify the user. During the festival, people also admire osmanthus flowers, which are regarded as a symbol of purity and innocence. Osmanthus flowers usually bloom during the festival period.

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Qi Men – The Fear Door

The Fear Door symbolises the presence of fear and suspicion; a force that clouds the mind with anxiety and creates doubt. The Fear Door can cause a great deal of frustration and unease and hamper optimism. It is also associated with arguments and discord. Despite all of this, the Fear Door can produce goodwill. Its effects are not fatal, and it can help one bring others to justice for their wrongdoings.

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Natal Position: Originates in the Dui Palace of the West. It is a Metal element Door, associated with the end of autumn: a time when one can feel the bite of winter and see that plants are preparing to hibernate. Days grow shorter and gloom sets in.

Representation: The youngest daughter, young female, singer or speakers. It is everything associate with mouth, the, and throat. Nature argumentative, entertaining, spoil and joy.

Strengths

Like all of the 8 Doors, the Fear Door’s effects are neither all good nor all bad. It can help apprehend criminals or bring someone who has done wrong to justice. It can help empower one who wishes to give someone a stern warning or even declare an all-out war. It lends a person an intimidating air and ensures that the threats are taken seriously. It can also help one deceive others or fend off attacks.

Weaknesses

Like other Doors which are predominantly seen as inauspicious, the Fear Door should not be used to help one financially. It is also unhelpful to those undergoing medical treatment. It represents worry and anxiety, and may possibly worsen one’s health and vitality, and prevent treatment from working as intended. The young, the elderly and the frail may have the most to fear from the Fear Door.

Qi Men – The Scenery Door

The Scenery Door represents splendour, beauty and quality. It is associated with outstanding achievement and the act of invention. It also symbolises all that is superficial and things that appear important until they are subjected to scrutiny. Its name is a reference to its position in the South Sector. In ancient times, the South of China was warm in summer and renowned for its natural beauty.

The Scenery Door can help one draft legal documents, carry out paperwork or deal with authority. It can bolster one’s reputation and help businesses brand and position themselves properly in their respective markets.

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Natal Position: With Li Palace as the natal and represented by summer in the Fire element, he Yang energy is strong and life on Earth is at its most prosperous.

Representation: It represent the middle daughter, one of beauty and quality who counters the Qian Metal representing her father and clashes with the Kan Water representing her husband. This could simultaneously indicate the benefit of close and harmonious relationships and the calamity that can result from poor ones.

Strengths

The Scenery Door is a moderately auspicious Door. It is most beneficial in professional situations. It can help one conduct public speaking or make a presentation and boost one’s performance in an examination or in a test.

Salespeople will find that the Scenery Door improves their conversion rate and adds to the bottom line. Generally speaking, the Scenery Door can help ensure that one’s voice is heard in the workplace and that the work and ideas they submit, are given due consideration. In politics, the Scenery Door can help a candidate connect properly with their constituents and grow their support base.

The Scenery Door helps one stay organised and be on schedule. It aids in the following of procedure too – so if one must file a report or lodge a complaint, the Scenery Door will ensure that he can do so effectively.

Weaknesses

The Scenery Door is unsuitable for activities involving money. It can introduce risk into one’s financial plans and hinder efforts to gain capital. Travellers should also avoid this Door, as it can cause delays or worse.

If one plans to meet up with a close acquaintance, he may wish to delay his meeting to a time when the Scenery Door is not present, as the acquaintance may not even recognise him.

Qi Men – The Delusion Door

The Delusion Door represents Wood element, the mysterious and the unexpected, including setbacks and disasters. It represents blockage and is also associated with stagnation and a lack of opportunities. It is, in general, an inauspicious Door. Although the Delusion Door is inauspicious, it may help one escape from an existing threat. It is also good for hunting.

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Natal Position: Located in the Xun  Palace of the southeast sector. The Xun Palace represents Wood and Wind.

Representation: The Xun Palace is situated between its “father and mother”, Qian and Kun , torn between both of them. Thus, the Delusion Door – which resides in the Xun Palace – is associated with the aforementioned difficulties.

Strengths

Although the Delusion Door is considered inauspicious overall, it is helpful in a number of situations. For one, it can help people hunt and fish more successfully. It can also help law enforcement personnel apprehend thieves and criminals. Debt collectors may also benefit from the Delusion Door. Since the Delusion Door represents “hiding away”, it also favours solitary activities such as studying and research.

The Delusion Door is associated with secrecy so it is good for transmitting, delivering and receiving confidential information, as well as carrying out covert operations. It is also ideal for enjoying solitary activities such as meditation and practising mindfulness.

Nefarious people may use the Delusion Door to impede others or bring misfortune upon their enemies. It can also help one elude their enemies or avoid capture.

Weaknesses

The Delusion Door is unsuitable for carrying out all wealth-related pursuits. People who plan to travel should also avoid the Delusion Door, as it may derail their travel arrangements or complicate matters. When meeting a friend or family member, the Delusion Door can make it hard for them to recognise you.

Qi Men – The Harm Door

The Harm Door symbolises destruction and harm inflicted by one person upon another. It is associated with setbacks and tragedies. It can hinder one’s travel, expansion and career plans. It can also prevent one from beginning a successful marriage, building something new or carrying out a renovation – with all signs pointing it to be the most inauspicious Door.

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Natal position: In the East, Zhen Palace belongs to the Wood element, which is at its strongest during the spring season.

Representation: The strong people, thunderous weather and movement. This movement refers to the movement towards something undesirable: that is to say that the Harm Door’s effects are always inauspicious.

Note that when the Harm Door resides alongside one of the 3 Nobles, it can produce some positive effects. Specifically, it can help one catch a thief, collect debts and hunt, fish or gamble successfully.

Strengths

As mentioned, the Harm Door is among the most inauspicious of the 8 Doors. With that said, it can help a person in some very specific situations provided that it resides alongside one of the 3 Nobles. It can aid in hunting, fishing, gambling, collecting debt and in initiating legal action against someone else.

Because the Harm Door can produce such misfortunes, it can also help a person exact revenge upon his or her enemies. One must only make use of the Harm Door for this purpose when absolutely necessary. This is because it can produce unexpected collateral damage and it does not have any moral implications when bringing someone else misfortune.

Weaknesses

The Harm Doors effects are almost always unwelcome. It can hinder one’s attempts to start or maintain his or her business. It is unsuitable for marriage, travel and can derail one’s renovation plans or attempt to move houses