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 The custom of offering sacrifices to the moon has been replaced by celebrating the festival with family and friends.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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Qi Men – The Rest Door

The Rest Door is an auspicious Door overall, associated with happy activities and warm, nurturing relationships. It governs recreation and leisure and its effects are relaxing and pleasant. In addition, the Rest Door is known as the Door of Rebirth, associated with the end of winter and the arrival of spring. Nature rests briefly before life returns in the spring, which is why it is known as the Rest Door.

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Natal Position: Original position is the Kan Palace. It is the most Yin of all the Doors

Representation: In the Kan Palace where it originates represents youth and rejuvenation.

The Rest Door is a peace-making and peacekeeping Door. It encourages inner peace, first and foremost. With a calm mind, one can think clearly. Thus, the Rest Door does a lot more than simply help people unwind – it helps one solve problems and innovate, too. It is extremely auspicious for learning, research and academic activities, in part because it aids communication and stimulates discussion.

The Rest Door can bring people together and work towards the greater good. The army can benefit from the Rest Door because it boosts patriotic feelings, aiding their recruitment efforts. It can help one in legal battles and bring an end to conflicts.

Event planners can count on the Rest Door to ensure that gatherings, recitals or galas, proceed without a hitch. On a person level, it can help ensure a smooth progression from a change in one’s circumstances. It can also aid in marriage, renovation and moving houses, among other things.

Because the Rest Door’s effects are so agreeable, it is beneficial in most situations. No Door is all-powerful, however, and this Door is no exception.
Although the Rest Door is associated with conflict resolution, it has little effect on legal and civil proceedings. Jealous lovers or nosey people will gain little from the Rest Door, as it helps protect people’s privacy. It is more difficult than normal to conduct espionage when the Rest Door is present.

Qi Men – The Life Door

The Life Door symbolises opportunity and growth – in a person’s personal and professional life. The Life Door can help bring about improvements to a person’s quality of life and allow him to progress in his career. It is associated with abundance and prosperity, and is considered the most auspicious Door.

The Heavens open at Zi 子, the Earth breaks at Chou 丑, and Man is born at Yin 寅. At the precise moment when the three Yang co-exist in blissful harmony, the Life Door emerges. It allows life to burst into being, revealing its full splendour and beauty in the process.

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Natal Position: Full of grandeur, splendour and bounty, the original palace located at Gen Palace, it represent a gradual increase of Yang energy as life revives following the barren winter months.

Representation: Located in the Gen Palace represents the power of mountains and the boundless energy of young men as they explore the world.

As the most auspicious of all the 8 Doors, the Life Door is beneficial in a wide variety of situations.
It can help in matters of business and finance, providing a boost to trade and commerce. It can also help the unemployed gain employment or propel people towards their career objectives. It may also aid people who seek fame and recognition for their work, bringing their talents to a wider audience. In academia and research, the Life Door can help expedite the process of discovery and enable people to make the breakthroughs that they seek for.

In personal life, the Life Door can help ensure that marriages are harmonious.
The Life Door may also help couples who are trying to conceive. It is also auspicious for travel and migration as well as renovation.

The Life Door is associated with vitality. It protects one’s good health and prolonged exposure to the Life Door can boost longevity. If one is ill, the Life Door can help them find appropriate treatment and further boost its efficacy. Religious people may report that the Life Door helps them gain enlightenment and spiritual insight. Finally, the Life Door may help those who work in agriculture or food production, as it is known to increase yields.

The positive abilities of the Life Door, is so great that almost any activity will benefit under its influence. However, the only situation in which one may not benefit from the Life Door is when planning a funeral. The other activity that will fare poorly with the Life Door is burial.

Qi Men – The Open Door

The Open Door represents fresh starts, new beginnings and renewal. Overall, it is a very auspicious Door for anyone who is about to embark on a new venture or enter a new chapter in life. The Open Door is particularly helpful in the opening of a new business and expanding business operations. Open door is all about career matters. As most people can think of something they are about to begin working on, its effects are beneficial to many. Should the Open Door be fortunate enough to meet with one of the 3 Nobles (Yi 乙, Bing 丙 and Ding 丁), its positive qualities will be amplified.

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Natal Position: Qian Palace in the NorthWest(Yang Positive). In the branch of Hai亥 where Ren壬 and Jia甲reside. And as we know Jia甲 is the leader of the Heavenly stem and water is the leader of 5 elements

Representative: Great Leader and fatherly figure

As mentioned earlier, the Open Door is suitable for new ventures and new beginnings. Entrepreneurs, investors and newlyweds, are among those who may appreciate its effects. It may be wise to schedule a launch or opening ceremony to coincide with the Open Door’s presence to benefit from its auspicious effects. Additionally, it can help ensure that construction and renovation goes according to plan.
The Open Door may be helpful for travellers, as it ensures that they will arrive at their destination safe and sound without delay.
The Open Door has a subtle beneficial effect on learning as well – it can help a person improve the speed and accuracy in accumulating new information. Individuals in the education industry, tutors and teachers, for example, may wish to schedule challenging topics or courses to coincide with its occurrence for maximum impact.

The Open Door is an auspicious Door in almost all contexts but it is not helpful for civil matters.
If one is trying to obtain private or secret information about someone else or perhaps to follow up on a suspicion of betrayal, then this Door will favour the suspect’s privacy and hamper attempts to intrude upon it. The Door is therefore unhelpful for the person who is investigating but helpful for the person who is being spied upon.

Qi Men Dun Jia Doors

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.

I will progressively, deep dive into each door and hope this sharing will help everyone and myself to discover the next layer of QiMen Doors.

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