Tomorrow marks the 15th day Fulll Moon of the 7th Lunar month and is the start of the Mid-Year Festival (中元节zhōng yuán jié) otherwise also more commonly known as the Chinese Ghost Month. Traditionally the sufferings of ancestors are appeased by making offerings of food and incense at the ancestral shrine or home altar.
According to Taoism, Shan-Yuan (first period of the year) Festival is on the 15th lunar day of the first lunar month, which is the Lantern Festival. Chung-Yuan (middle period of the year) Festival is on the 15th lunar day of the 7th lunar month. Xia-Yuan (last period of the year) Festival is on the 15th lunar day of the 10th lunar month. The 7th lunar day of the 7th lunar month also happens to be the Chinese Valentine Day. There are many inauspicious taboos in the 7th lunar month. Most Chinese will avoid getting married in the Ghost Month.
Some common taboos during the Chinese Ghost Month.
Don’t purchase new home
Don’t move into new house
Don’t hang clothes outside during the night
Don’t open an umbrella indoors
Don’t swim during the night
Don’t camp outdoors during the night
Don’t use the mirror at midnight
Don’t whistle on the quiet street at night
Don’t pick up coins or unique items off the street
Don’t peel apple and light up white candle in the front of mirror
Don’t do surgery of any kind
Don’t insert chopsticks into the rice in a bowl.
- from http://chinesenewyearday.com
Now whether you subscribe to the above is up to personal beliefs, especially if one is neither a practicing Taoist nor of Chinese descent. But my advice is to respect the unknown. Stranger things had happened.
Here’s wishing all my readers, friends and clients are very blessed Vesak in 2014 and I would like to share a small section of the Kamala Sutra on this auspicious day:
“Now, Kalamas, don’t go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, ‘This contemplative is our teacher.’ When you know for yourselves that, ‘These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness’ — then you should enter & remain in them.”
Many of you would find the above more familar by its more common (but incorrect) internet version: Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who say it, unless it agrees with your own reason and common sense. [Especially funny feng shui practices that is unexplainable, has no basis or logic to it.]
Today is 4th February 2014. This is the first day of the Wood Horse according to the feng shui year. It is known as Li Chun (立春) or the Beginning of Spring. It is also the start of the feng shui year. On this day the Snake “hands” over his duties over to the Horse for his turn on the one-year roster.
Have you changed or updated your house feng shui yet, notably the Northwest and East sectors?
Also it is also good if you can deposit some money (amount not important) into your bank account/s to bring yourself some wealth luck for 2014. You have until 11pm (your own local time) to do so because after 11pm it will be considered the 2nd day of Spring already.
This year we are offering a new life analysis method based on the time-tested Bazi study of 60 Jia-Zi. So what is this 60 Jia-Zi?
In advanced Bazi, the Jia-Zi (a combination of the Heavenly Stem and Earthly Branch) forms one of the 4 Pillars of a person’s Chinese astrological birth chart and normally the Day Pillar is used. In turn this Day Pillar is perceived as an image to determine multiple things like objects, events, industries, businesses, people, places and even individual characters. And because there are actually 60 of such combinations, it makes a person’s Jia-Zi, which is based on the date of birth, highly personal and individualistic unlike the 12 Astrological Animal Signs or the 12 Zodiac signs commonly used in the west that uses the year of birth to determine outcome.
A personal Jia-Zi is used to assess person’s inner most character and personality and from there establish what the year will bring in various areas of his or her life like career, relationships, health and of course, wealth.
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On 31st January 2014, all Chinese everywhere celebrates the Chinese New Year and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my readers, old and new a very Auspicious Chinese New Year!!
And for good measure, on the first day of Chinese New Year if you want to begin on a lucky note that will last all throughout the year, you might want to do the following:
1) During the hours between 11pm (of 30th Jan) to 3m and 7am to 1pm, after leaving the house, head East to “meet” the God of Nobility and receive his blessings;
2) Alternatively, heading West or North during the same timings above is also auspicious;
3) Avoid, if possible, heading in the directions of Southeast or South, especially during the hours of 1pm to 5pm or 11pm to 1am (of 1st Feb). If where you needed to go to happens to be in the Southeast or South, it is better to head East first before heading to your destination;
4) The hours of 3am to 7am, too are not suitable for heading out or for traveling.
Hope with this everyone can have a prosperous and very auspicious 2014! Huat ah!
Every Chinese New Year, millions of Chinese all over the world will welcome The God of Wealth into their homes or offices. This year is no difference but only with a caveat.
The God of Wealth will arrive from the Southon 31st Januarybetween 1am to 3am for the year of the Wood Horse.
But this year, we have a problem as the Tai Sui (aka Grand Duke Jupiter) is also arriving from the South although technically only after a couple of days later on 4th February at 6.03am.
Personally, my recommendation is to welcome the God of Nobility 贵神 arriving from the East between 1am to 3am instead of the God of Wealth.
To welcome the God of nobility, all you have to do is to open all East-facing windows or doors during the auspicious hours stated. That’s all there is to it unless you choose to follow the Taoist-religious route with all the praying and offerings.
For added good measure, if you can go out of your house and walk south during the listed timings, so much the better. This is an option if you happen to not have any east-facing windows or doors.
Please note: People born in the year of the Monkey should not be the one doing the welcoming.
According to Taoist traditions, the stately old gentleman you see playing a zither above is the picture of the current Grand Duke or Tai Sui for the year 2014, otherwise also known as the year of the Wood Horse. His name is Zhang Ci (章词) and he is one of 60 heavenly generals who takes turns every year to govern the affairs of matters pertaining to the Earth realm by decree of the Jade Emperor. Traditionally, many Chinese all over the world will go to the temples during the 31st of Jan to the 28th of Feb 2014 and offer prayers to “pacify” the current Tai Sui-in-office, particularly those whose astrological animal signs is in conflict with him, or rather the astrological animal sign the year represents, so that for the rest of the year he will not send them trials and challenges but to grant peace and good fortune instead.
Most Chinese will know that there are 4 astrological animal signs that will suffer the “wrath” of the Tai Sui and have “bad luck” throughout the year but no one ever tells you WHERE THE CHALLENGES ARE COMING FROM! So who are the ones who should pay attention in 2014 and what to watch for?
HORSE （值太岁）: This year, Horse people need to pay attention to what they are doing as most of problems and challenges they encounter seems be self-inflicted or through self-sabotage, whether knowingly or unknowingly.
RAT （冲太岁）: This year, Rat people will experience a less-than-comfortable roller coaster ride but the good news is they will see challenges coming before it hits them, if they only pay attention.
RABBIT （破太岁）: This year, Rabbit people will face situations that they may be pushed into corners or do things they would not normally do, like against better judgement, getting into damaging relationships and picking up harmful behaviours.
OX （害太岁）: This year, Ox people need to be more careful and be on their toes with everything they do and the people they deal with, as the challenges will come at a direction that’s least expected.
(challenges read: trouble)
This year’s Tai Sui is located in the SOUTH sector between 172-187 degrees from the center of the property so in order to prevent “disturbing” the Tai Sui energies within your house and/or office, it is a good idea to avoid all forms of renovation, moving large furniture around, drilling of walls and especially breaking of ground in that area. This also applies to the immediate areas OUTSIDE your house or office.
Note: The above are but very general guidelines and have not taken into consideration the rest of your personal birth chart so kindly take the above as a warning and not as a rule. Also you may find that in some websites people will substitute the Ox with a Rooster.