I start teaching QMDJ since 2005.  Throughout the years, the most popular question on my Imperial QMDJ courses is:  does your course cover Qi-Men ke-ying (克應) or indicators?

Qi-Menindicators” are defined as the effects and environmental clues aadv_qmdjDVDcvrppearing during the application of QMDJ method.  These indicators are divided into “static indicators” for events that may happen due to QMDJ and “dynamic indicators” for material objects, animals, scenes, colors, people, emotions, activities, weather, walks of life and etc., seen during the QMDJ process.

These indicators are similar for different dimensions of QMDJ though certain patterns can be deduced based on the symbolic contents and elemental nature of individual elements. There are 4 major classes of indicators: 

  • 9-stems indicators
  • 8-gates indicators
  • 9-stars and hour indicators
  • San-qi and palace location indicators

There are more combinations of indicators in terms of different dimensions of QMDJ, like in terms of palace, time, day, season, month and etc.  It can really get out of hand if all indicators from every QMDJ dimension are taken into consideration (not to mention if indicators from the interactions between different dimensions are also considered).  You will have a long list of possible indicators to “justify” your QMDJ application is working.  

These indicators, if seen, are supposedly showing that your QMDJ application is working or in the process of working.  The more indicators you see, the more “powerful” is your QMDJ energy in this application.

Contemporary teachers do not place too much attention for these indicators, largely because many QMDJ indicators or imageries were written for ancient agrarian societies, like horse-drawn carriages and farm animals, which are hard to see in modern societies.  However, some people (especially the “travelling salesmen”  or “Jiang-hu” type) like to emphasize or sensationalize the role played by indicators to make QMDJ sound dramatic and mysterious.

When being questioned about the lack of farm animals in modern cities,  some of these teachers will be proud to proclaim that they have “modernized” these ancient indicators by replacing, for examples, cow or any farm animals into “4-legged animals” and horse-drawn carriages into automobiles.

The energy or qi of a cow (chou, earth in nature) is different from a cat (yin, wood in nature) or a pig (hai, water in nature).  Similarly, the energy imprint of a horse-drawn carriage is different from a car running on petrol.

Are indicators original QMDJ components or redundant additions made by people from later periods?

QMDJ was developed for battlefield situations.  You can determine if  the indicators below will show up in a battlefield with two hostile armies there?

  • Indicators for Kai-gate:  You will see a noble person (helpful people or mentor) or celebration or banquets.
  • Indicators for Ding stem: Pretty woman in colorful dress riding a horse/car in yin day, in red dress in yang day
  • Indicator for Si hour: Fisherman, fishes, soft-shelled turtles, bare-chested and bare-feet person carrying something
  • Indicators for Kan Palace: Person dressed in black, sound of drum; if seeing person/s with colorful dress, then it stands for major wealth coming. 

Anyone with half a brain can figure out that most of these indicators are likely not showing up in battlefield situations.

The truth is— regardless of modernized “substitutes” , when one has a boatload of “indicators”, a few will show up for sure! This is more a psychological boost designed by some later QMDJ revisionists to increase people’s intention energy in the process.

We have been applying QMDJ with minimal or no reference to indicators for years.

Anyway, the Professional version of “Imperial QMDJ 4G” has the most extensive coverage of QM indicators in the English world.   Other versions will have sufficient coverage on this topic.  It is for the “peace of mind” of some students and not really needed.

Ken Lai

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