I told her, "it's depends..."
She said: "What do you mean by depends? All you need to do is to look at my bazi and let me know what is my strong and weak elements. From there you can find out what is my favourable elements."
She continue to plot her bazi using her iPhone using Zi Ping method, show me the 4-Pillars (or 8-Characters, hence it is called bazi) and asked me to derive.
I said: "Firstly, even I use Zi Ping method, I don't use strong or weak to derive. Secondly, I am using Qi Men Dun Jia to derive and it's all depends on what are you looking for. A favourable element for Wealth might be different from favourable element for Health. So, what do you want?"
She was dumbfolded. So, I continue to plot her Bazi chart using Qi Men Dun Jia and continue to explain to her what is her potential sickness, her wealth sector is and associated element. I also advised her on her favourable element to lighten the sickness that she has. She also asked whether she has the pre-heaven luck to learn Chinese Meta-Physics. I told her yes. She ended up taking Master Ye's Bazi class instead.
So, you must be wondering why I am writing this. This is to show you what the differences between two bazi systems. Please note that readers are advised not to follow what I am going to outline here blindly as it is better to consult a bazi Qi Men Dun Jia practitioner to get the correct prescription.
Zi Ping BaziIn Zi Ping Bazi, you first plot out the 4-Pillars or 8-Characters chart, which was derived from the Year, Month, Day and Hour based on Chinese Solar Calendar. It will look like this:
Next you find out whether your Day Master is Strong or Weak. There are a few schools of thoughts here but I am not going to describe further as I don't want to start a war between different types of derivation. In addition, the 10-year luck pillar is derived to calculate the good and bad luck based on Strong or Weak Day Master. Therefore, the favourable and unfavourable elements are fixed.
Qi Men Dun Jia BaziIn Qi Men Dun Jia Bazi, the person chart is plotted using the same way as Zi Ping Bazi where the 4-Pillars or 8-Characters are derived from the Year, Month, Day and Hour. In addition, the Qi Men Dun Jia chart is plotted as well. For example:
From here we can derive the person:
- Academic achievement
- Career luck
- Relationship luck
- Direct Wealth luck
- Indirect Wealth luck
- Potential health issue
- Relationship of the person with his/her parents, siblings, spouse, offspring, marriage/relationship (3rd party etc)
- Annual luck
- Potential calamity
So, what is favourable element in the Qi Men Dun Jia Bazi?
Using the chart above as example (btw, this is Whitney Houston's Qi Men Dun Jia Bazi chart), her Wealth element is Earth. This is because Sheng Men is at Gen 8 Palace, which is Earth. However, Earth is also her bad element as Si Men is at Kun 2 Palace, which is Earth also. So, a Qi Men Dun Jia Bazi practitioner will have to prescribe different type of Qi Men Dun Jia Fengshui remedy based on this information.
If she wants to enhance her career, the Yong Shen (Useful God) for career is Kai Men and her Kai Men is at Qian 6 Palace. White will be good for her career.
However, the "favourable element" has to take into consideration of yearly Tai Sui etc. So, it is dynamic depending on the chart and the cycle you are in.
In Qi Men Dun Jia Fengshui we prescribe specific remedy for specific needs. As such, there is no the one and only "favourable" or "unfavourable elements" in Qi Men Dun Jia. All are derived based on your needs at that particular point in time - coincide with the theory of Heaven, Man and Earth.