Friday, 26 June 2015

乙未羊年五十三代張洪任天師真人得聖誕吉慶 Manifestation Anniversary of 53rd Heavenly Master Zhang Hong Ren 2015



乙未羊年五十三代張洪任天師真人得聖誕吉慶
Manifestation Anniversary of 53rd Heavenly Master Zhang Hong Ren 2015

五十三代天師真人張洪任﹐字漢基,翊辰次子﹐生于明天啟四年農曆五月十三日﹐幼即好學而通各別秘笈。

清順治八年(西元一六五一年)襲爵,十二年入覲清世祖皇帝﹐當時正當皇帝駕幸南海子而授召見。相見之時﹐皇帝詢及歷代宗系,才被以世家稱之。皇帝命光祿寺設宴,以禮部堂官陪侍,又命工部覓宅,以靈祐宮察院地居之,敕免本戶及上清宮各色徭役。

時外藩有妖為害,聞於朝,命驅除之,遣法員高惟泰、揚幼芬出塞刻治立應,諸部落咸感其神,因之崇信道法不衰,聞居樂情詩酒,陶然自得,鑿西化園池沼,養性於其中,輒自成感。

清康熙六年丁未(西元一六六七年),微恙而化,壽年四十三歲﹐時子尚未週,命弟洪偕掌教事,誥贈光祿大夫﹐在其位達十六年.

On this coming 13th Day of Lunar 05 Month, it will be the Manifestation Anniversary of the 53rd  Generation Heavenly Master Zhang Hong Ren.

In Year 2015, it falls on 28 Jun, a Sunday.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

乙未羊年接財神吉慶日 Overall In-charge Deity of Wealth Descending Day for Yi Wei Goat Year 2015


乙未羊年接財神吉慶日
Overall In-charge Deity of Wealth Descending Day for Yi Wei Goat Year 2015

On the 5th Day of Lunar 1st Month (農曆正月初五日為道教正統接財神之日), also known as Ge Kai Day (也稱為隔開日) or means that the Day to Retrieve or Remove the Lunar New Year Offerings from the Deities Altar.

For Year 2015, it falls on 23 Feb, a Monday.

For more info, please proceed to this link (相關資料﹐請前往以下連接):

http://javewutaoismplace.blogspot.sg/2008/02/lunar-year-customs-5th-day-of-lunar-new_3945.html

And besides that, in Taoist & Chinese Culture, it is also known as the Descending Day or the Reporting Day for the Overall-In-charge Deity of Wealth to the Mortal Realm to Inspect and also to distribute the necessary Wealth Blessing for the Mortals for the next 12 Lunar Months.

So who are the 24 Deities of Wealth (道教督財廿四值年財神名單)?

In the following are All the Titles of them:

Deity of Prosperity 福神
Deity of Fortune祿神
Deity of Longevity壽神
Deity of Happiness喜神
Wealth Deity- Fan Li財神(范蠡)
The Academically Deity of Wealth – Bi Gan文財神(比干)
The Militarically Deity of Wealth武財神
The Superior Deity of Wealth正財神
The Subordinary Deity of Wealth 偏財神
The Joyous Deity of Wealth 樂財神
The Richgrowing Deity of Wealth富財神 (沈萬三)
The Intellectual Deity of Wealth智財神
The Benefactory Deity of Wealth貴財神
The Wealth Gathering Deity of Wealth聚寶財神
The Luck Increasing Deity of Wealth添喜財神
The Luck Obtaining Deity of Wealth結喜財神
The Career Deity of Wealth祿元財神
The Recording Deity of Wealth計元財神
The Auspicious Astronomic Deity of Wealth 黃道財神
The Ordering of Wealth; Deity of Wealth司令財神
The Requesting of Wealth; Deity of Wealth難得財神 (福德夫人)
The Mysterical Deity of Wealth點金財神
The Found & Gone Deity of Wealth流泗財神 (楊泗大將軍)
The Three Realms In-charge Deity of Wealth三界赦財神

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

上供春飯迎新春 Spring Rice Preparation














上供春飯迎新春 Spring Rice Preparation

在準備春飯(飯春)時﹐幾項事宜須注意﹐一切如下﹕

While Preparing the Spring Rice, there are a few steps to be aware of;

1 – 飯熟後﹐不能攪拌﹐只能取最上層的熟米飯作為春飯﹐取意﹕人上人。(01)

After the Rice is cooked, only scooped the Top Layer to make Spring Rice (Pic 01)

2 – 飯入碗﹐不可擠壓﹐只能輕輕鋪開以便飯粒顆顆分明﹐取意﹕明是非。(02)

Using a Clean Bowl to make Spring Rice, never push the Rice hard into the Bowl (Pic 02)

3 – 飯落外﹐不可丟棄﹐只能自己吃掉避免浪費寶貴食物﹐取意﹕懂珍惜。(02)

If any rice will to drop out, have to consume it and not to waste it.

4 – 飯添花﹐不可傾斜﹐只能將春花插正以示人正福有春﹐取意﹕添錦花。(03)

After placing the rice into the Bowl, place the Spring Flower first and remember to put it straight-up and not bent (Pic 03)

5 – 飯加棗﹐不可隱藏﹐只能將紅棗對乘放入春化左右邊﹐取意﹕早得貴。(04)

Only after placing the Spring Flower, then add in Red Dates. Do not press the Dates into the rice, allowed at least half the Dates to be seen (Pic 04)

6 – 飯上供﹐不可冷卻﹐只能乘燙熱之時與吉紅一起上供﹐取意﹕紅利豐。(05.1/.2)

After the Spring Rice is ready to place on the Altar, it must be presented to the Deities together with Ji-hong, a type of Traditional soft-candles (Pic 5.1/5.2)


Monday, 16 February 2015

甲午馬年除夕辭歲迎新春 Bidding Farewell to the Old Lunar Jia Wu Horse Year 2015


甲午馬年除夕辭歲迎新春
Bidding Farewell to the Old Lunar Jia Wu Horse Year 2015

除舊迎新來辭歲。
展望明春更得發。

又即將到一年最後一天了﹐如果你還未答謝天恩及向仙真及祖先們禮敬﹐請記得在除夕前完成哦。

在除夕當天﹐也請記得在下午未時前舉行辭歲哦。

有祭祀祖先的同道好友們﹐記得在除夕當天下午5點前完成。

在此先祝賀大家﹕

新春萬象添新意。
百花齊放多福氣。
甲午舊年換新禧。
乙未富足官祿晉。

Ci Sui literally known as the Bidding Farewell to the Old Lunar Year while preparing for the Ushering in of the New Lunar Year and usually this is conducted on the Eve of Lunar New Year.

Besides Bidding Farewell to the Old Lunar Year, this is also the Final Round to Thank the Deities and to show our Gratitude to them for the Blessing for the Old Lunar Year and make new Request for the necessary Blessing for the upcoming Lunar New Year.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

甲午馬年灶君返天簡介 Sending Off of Kitchen Deity for Jia Wu Horse Year 2015




甲午馬年灶君返天簡介  Sending Off of Kitchen Deity for Jia Wu Horse Year 2015

Its again the Period for Sending back Zao Jun (灶君) aka Kitchen Deity to the Celestial Realm for the Reporting of the whole Year's Credits & Debits of the Mortals.

In the following are 2 links to the more detailed Introduction posted in the past years:

http://javewutaoismplace.blogspot.sg/2009/01/sending-off-of-kitchen-deity-for-wu-zi_6704.html


Sweet Potato Horse for Kitchen Deity (番薯馬送灶君):


 In the following its the list of Good Timing for Sending off of Kitchen Deities for the 3 Days
 (三日吉時送灶列表):

23rd Day (臘月廿三) 11 Feb 2015
0500 – 0659 (卯時)
0900 – 1059 (巳時)
1100 – 1259 (午時)
1300 – 1459 (未時)
1500 – 1659 (申時)

24th Day (臘月廿四) 12 Feb 2015
0300 – 0459 (寅時)
0500 – 0659 (卯時)
0900 – 1059 (巳時)
1100 – 1259 (午時)
1300 – 1459 (未時)
1500 – 1659 (申時)

25th Day (臘月廿五) 13 Feb 2015
0100 – 0259 (丑時)
0700 – 0859 (辰時)
0900 – 1059 (巳時)
1100 – 1259 (午時)
1300 – 1459 (未時)
1500 – 1659 (申時)

註﹕每年的廿五日送灶﹐其吉時必然會比前兩天多。
PS: Auspicious Timing on 25th Day will usually be more than the 2 other Days.

Additional Info 多知一點點:

Star of Kitchen Deity Vesta (天文學中的灶神星)

In Taoism and Chinese Culture, we have been talking about Kitchen Deity (灶君) for Thousands of Years, but in fact, a lot of Taoists and Chinese do not know that in our Universe, there is a Star dedicated to him.

This Star in Astrometry is known as Vesta (灶神星).

Vesta, the name of the Roman Goddess of Heart & Hearth, whenever she present, it will represent Fire and this is how, Vesta was being depicted as the Overall In-charge of Kitchen/Food in Taoism & Chinese Culture.

 In the Universe, Vesta is situated in near to Pluto (冥王星) and Ceres (穀神星) which in Taoism, Ceres is the Star that look after all the Growth and Harvesting of Plantations & Crops.

According to Astrology Study, Vesta shall be of 10 – 20 Hundred Million Years old and the distance from Vesta to Earth is about 117 Million Mile (approx of 188 Million Km).

For those who are interested in knowing more on Vesta and the linkage with Roman Mythology, it will be great that you all can go indepth in the research.

甲午馬年冬季九天司祿貴人下降 Deity of Prosperity Distributing Blessing for Lunar New Year 2015


甲午馬年冬季九天司祿貴人下降
Deity of Prosperity Distributing Blessing for Lunar New Year 2015

甲午馬年冬季九天司祿貴人下降日

九天司祿貴人將於臘月十六日寅時至未時下降賜福祿。

有作生意者請以三色水果﹐五色穀類供之。

有誠必佑﹐無須強求。

三無量。
大捨心。

Deity of Prosperity will be descending into the Mortal Realm for Distributing of Blessing for Businesses, Career and Academic on the 16th Day of Lunar 12 Month at 0300 – 1500 Hours.

For those who are doing business, please do prepare 3 sets of Fruits and 5 Color grains to offer.

May All of you be blessed.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

乙未歲始立春日 Ushering in the Spring - Li Chun Day 2015


A Year is about to End and a New Year is around the corner to allow us to usher in.

Time flashes like Lighting. Now we are already in Year 2015 and for Lunar Year will be Yi Wei Goat Year (乙未羊年).
 
So what is Li Chun Day?

A lot of people might not know that, actually our Lunar New Year will start on Li Chun Day or Lunar New Year will only be consider as Officially Arrived only after Li Chun Day.

Li Chun Day is a day to mark the start of a New Lunar Year and also, to mark the Arrival of the Spring Season.

Usually after Li Chun Day, most of the plants will start to grow again, snow will slowly cease and accumulated-ice will start to melt, etc.

So how to know when is Li Chun Day?

According to the Ancient Calculation, Li Chun Day will be within 49days after Dong Zhi (冬至) aka Winter Solstice or +/- 9 days from Lunar New Year (except for special Lunar Calendar Year).

In Solar Calendar (陽曆), usually Li Chun Day will fall within 3rd, 4th or 5th of every February.

For Year 2015, it falls on 04 Feb, a Wednesday (甲午馬農曆臘月十六日), starts at 1209 Hr (午時).

So what are the events that will happen on Li Chun Day?

In the past, on Li Chun Day, Emperor would led the Officers of the Imperial Court to the Eastern Field (東郊 out from the Capital City) to usher the Spring or Deity of Spring (迎春神), this represent the Spring Deity was there to perform his task, etc.

As for commoners, they would visit Temples to pay respect to Deities for blessing for the New Year.

Some Folks Organisations would organize Traditional performances, Lion Dances, Guessing-games, etc.

For the modern day now, due to works, education, etc, a lot of such Traditional Dates/Festivals are being forgotten. This is indeed a pity sad thing.

Besides the above mentioned Events, Li Chun Day is also a Day to usher in Lord Tai Sui of the New Lunar Year (值年太歲星君).

For those who are being affected by the Confliction of Lord Tai Sui, Oneself or the Family can visit Old Temples with Proper Altar set-up dedicating to Lord Tai Sui to pay their respect. After the paying respect to Lord Tai Sui, everything will be fine and if Oneself is Sincere & Upright, that Year will usually turn out Good & Peaceful.

So when is the Best Timing to visit Temple to pay respect to Lord Tai Sui?

For those who are Not working, you can start to visit Temple to honour Lord Tai Sui after Li Chun Day (next day), for those who are working, then you can choose to visit the Temple on Weekends, but remember to do it before the Lunar New Year arrives.

Last of All, an Advise for ALL. For those who are able to visit 3 Temples on Li Chun Day, it will be Great. This action is to eliminate ALL un-necessary Negative Energies that have pestered Oneself for the past 1 Year. As for those who cant make it, Family Members or Friends can assist in paying respect to the Deities on-behalf of them.

For those who needed to Replenish their Spiritual Coffer (消災改運添補庫), Li Chun Day is also a Good Day to perform this Ceremony.

相關資訊  More info on Li Chun Day:

立春點燈  Lighting Blessing Lamp on Li Chun Day -


立春開春習俗之咬春 Li Chun consuming of Spring Roll


立春開春旺財法 Multiplying the Wealth on Li Chun Day




道在屎溺 Where is Dao? In the feces




世間之﹐何為污穢﹖

係屎﹖
係尿﹖
係陰天葵﹖
係陽華精﹖

其實都不是。

真正污穢的是[人心]

相信大家從小到大都有聽過﹕女子天葵來的時候最髒﹐最污穢﹐若有人沾之﹐必受晦氣。

女子月事來真的污穢嗎﹖大家是否有好好的思考過﹐女子會來月事﹐可是上天[製造]出來的﹐如果真的污穢﹐那為何上天還如此玩弄世人呢﹖

再來﹐那個人不是由母親所誕下﹖有那個人不是由母親[子宮]孕化而出﹖如果真的要算污穢﹐我們每個人皆比[溝渠]還髒。

試想﹐天地造人﹐必有其緣由﹐無須我們這些[蟻民]自作聰明﹐另加烏有之[罪名]在任何生靈之上。

只要大家把自己修好﹐紀律習好就好﹐不然的話﹐只會現實我們都是最沒智慧的[無品靈]

以下分享我們道教祖師莊子的一段有趣對話﹕

道在屎溺

比喻道之無所不在。

【出處】:《莊子·知北遊》:“東郭子問於莊子曰:‘所謂道,惡乎在?’莊子曰:‘無所不在。’東郭子曰:‘期而後可。’莊子曰:‘在螻蟻。’曰:‘何其下耶?’曰:‘在稊稗。’……曰:‘何其愈甚耶?’曰:‘在屎溺。’東郭子不應。”

【例子】:以道眼觀一切物,物物平等,本無大小塹久貴賤善惡之殊。莊生知之,故曰~,每下愈況。


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

乙未羊年安奉當年太歲星君 Paying Respect to Lord Tai Sui Of Yi Wei Goat Year 2015


乙未羊年生肖運程之犯衝刑太歲表 
Chinese Zodiacs Luck in Yi Wei Goat Year 2015 - Conflicts with Lord Tai Sui

Its again the period for Jave Wu to do the analysis of the Luck for the various Chinese Zodiacs for the Year of Goat (2015) aka Yi Wei Goat Year (乙未羊年), Taoist Calendar Year 7203 (道曆七千二百零三年) & Lunar Calendar aka Huang Li Year 4712 (黃曆四千七百十二年).

Huang Li aka Lunar Calendar was founded accordingly to the founding year by Yellow Emperor aka Huang Di (軒轅黃帝).

As for Taoist Calendar, many Taoists or People had been using the same calculation method as Lunar Calendar which is not very accurate. In here, Jave will like to use this opportunity to correct it back. According to records, Taoist Calendar should follow the founding year when the oldest painting of Nv Wa (女媧蛇身畫軸) was founded, which was 7203 years ago.

Ok, direct to the topic:

For Yi Wei Goat Year, the following Chinese Zodiacs will have some minor issues with Lord Tai Sui General Yang Xian. In Official Taoist Records in Southern & Northern Period, the Tai Sui of Yi Wei Goat Year was known as Long Bi Hong. The version that we are using now is from Qing Dynasty, which have got a lot of mistakes that have yet to be clarify or change. (乙未羊年當年太歲楊仙將軍又作楊賢/楊建。真正名諱為龍畢鴻 – 記載於” 南北朝六十甲子太歲名錄”, 目前所用的為清朝版本):

Direct Front-facing (Direct Conflict) with Lord Tai Sui of Yi Wei Goat Year:
Goat (正犯太歲: 羊)

Lunar Age involved (農曆虛歲): 13, 25, 37, 49, 61, 73, 85, 97

Direct Back-facing (In-direct Conflict) with Lord Tai Sui of Yi Wei Goat Year:
Cow (正沖太歲: 牛)

Lunar Age involved (農曆虛歲): 19, 31, 43, 55, 67, 79, 91

Adjacent Left-facing (Major-side Conflict) with Lord Tai Sui of Yi Wei Goat Year:
Dragon (偏沖太歲: 龍)

Lunar Age involved (農曆虛歲): 16, 28, 40, 52, 64, 76, 88

Adjacent Right-facing (Minor-side Conflict) with Lord Tai Sui of Yi Wei Goat Year:
Dog (刑沖太歲: 狗)

Lunar Age involved (農曆虛歲): 22, 34, 46, 58, 70, 82, 94

For age Below or Of 12 & Above or Of 99 wont be affected by the Conflicts or Issue-facing with Lord Tai Sui, so for those who have kids and elders of this Age-group, please do not worry so much (童生不越虛歲十二﹐老者虛歲欲百﹐皆不與太歲犯衝刑。).

For those who are Affected and needed the Assistance from Long Shan Men in getting the Spiritual Petition (安奉太歲疏文), please feel free to contact me at javecxwu@gmail.com or PM me.

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乙未羊年安奉當年太歲星君
Paying Respect to Lord Tai Sui Of Yi Wei Goat Year 2015

Dear All,

After Dong Zhi aka Winter Solstice of Year 2014, all Paying of Gratitude to Lord Tai Sui of Jia Wu Horse Year (民間一般通常在冬至之前答謝該年當值太歲星君) will end (for those who miss this, usually will do it before 16th Day of Lunar 12 Month of the Year or the Day for Thanksgiving Ceremony (如若有人無法在冬至前答謝﹐可在歲末答謝神恩時或尾牙答謝該年當值太歲星君) or before 24th Day of Lunar 12 Month 或者在臘月廿四日前答謝也可).

何時為安奉新年當值太歲星君 So when is the Best timing or Accurate Day to pay respect to General Xu Dan?

真正安奉當值太歲星君為立春日。

According to Chinese Custom & Taoist Practice Records, the Best & Accurate Day to pay respect to a the Lord Tai Sui of the New Lunar Year starts on Li Chun Day - which means that, the Initial Starts of the Spring Season (a lot of people may think that the 1st Day of Lunar 1 Month is the start of a New Lunar Year, but actually is not, if we are to go according to the Old Ancient Calendar, Li Chun shall be the actual day of the arrival of Spring Season).

So when is Li Chun Day for Yi Wei Goat Year?

Li Chun Day for Yi Wei Goat Year falls on 16th Day of Lunar 12 Month of Jia Wu Horse Year (甲午馬年臘月十六日), 04 Feb 2015, after 12:09hr (Horse Hour 午時).

Read more on Li Chun Day 立春相關簡介:

http://javewutaoismplace.blogspot.sg/2012/02/brief-introduction-on-li-chun-day-2012_2481.html

Lighting of Blessing Lanterns on Li Chun Day 立春點平安燈簡介:

http://javewutaoismplace.blogspot.sg/2010/02/lighting-of-blessing-lantern-on-li-chun_293.html

So what are the Offerings that needed to prepare?

Usually the Temples that dedicate Altars to Lord Tai Sui will have set of offerings prepared for Devotees, but if you needed to get extra shares, here are the suggested items:

1 - One set of Mandarins (5 quantities 大吉)

2 - One set of Chinese Tea Leaves & Traditional Cookies (Jian He 餞盒)

3 - One set of Lord Tai Sui Incense-paper (optional 太歲金)

4 - One set of Lord Tai Sui Robe (in Blue Color 藍色太歲袍)

5 - One set of Lord Tai Sui Talisman (optional, beware that, only choose the Taoism one, not those mix with other Religions Wordings/Charms on it 正統道教太歲符)

6 - One set of Incense (not to short, medium length will be best - more than 48cm 富貴長命香)

7 - An Ang Bao with an amount of S$1.20 or S$12.00 (for Yi Wei Goat Year, there are only 12 Lunar Months)

8 - A Spiritual Petition to report on the name, age, DOB and address of the person who paying respect to Lord Tai Sui (some Temples will prepare for the devotees, if not, can always look for any Taoist Spiritual People for one 安奉太歲疏文)

For more info on the Honouring Offerings, you may wish to the following link for references:

http://javewutaoismplace.blogspot.sg/2010/02/long-shan-men-honouring-of-lord-tai_7653.html

PS: For those who need the Spiritual Petition, please PM or email Jave Wu at javecxwu@gmail.com

Protection & Blessing Items for Oneself

Recently, many People had approached me for the enquiry of what Items to be bought in-order to do Self-protection for the Conflict-issue against the Lord Tai Sui.

安奉當值太歲星君所需供品/物件 Here are a few items that oneself can get:

1) Wu Di Qian aka The Five Emperors Coin (五帝錢)

Pls refer to link 五帝錢簡介: http://javewutaoismplace.blogspot.sg/2007/12/wu-di-qian-aka-five-ancient-coins-of_2302.html

2) Wooden Pendant (木制墜子)

For example, Wooden Ru Yi Pendant (木如意)

3) Golden Jewelry (金飾)

4) Tai Sui Coin (太歲錢)

5) A Copy of Lord Tai Sui Praise Incantation (太歲寶誥)

Remember, the Tai Sui Incantation must be written by oneself, do not ask anyone to do the copying or writing on behalf of you. This Incantation can be written or copy after 24th Day of Lunar 12 Month.

The Incantation can be found in (太歲寶誥資料):

http://javewutaoismplace.blogspot.sg/2007/09/pictures-of-lord-tai-sui_9423.html

Copy it on a Red or Yellow Paper with the dimension of 10cm by 10cm.

After complete writing, on the Day of Paying Respect to Lord Tai Sui, bring it along and then before burning off the Paper Offerings, bring out the Mantra and bring it on top of the Urn, go 3 rounds on top of the Incense Fume and then keep it in the Wallet.

Whenever Oneself feels uneasy or frustrated, take it out and recite once, the Issues that you faced will somehow be solved.

Last of All, wish everyone after paying respect to General Xu Dan, All necessary blessings will be bestowed to you and your family.

Wu Liang Shou 無量壽
Wu Liang Fu 無量福
Wu Liang Guang 無量光