Today in here, Jave will like to share
another Myth on Madam Fu Ren after going through another set of Ancient Records
on Fu De Zheng Shen (福德正神)
aka Earth Deity (土地神).
story goes like that;
Yu Nv Tai Xian (玉女太仙), the Third Daughter of Lord Mountain Tai (泰山仁齊聖帝) aka Dong Yue Da Di (東嶽大帝). Official Title known as Bi Ling Yuan Jun (碧靈元君) and was born in Shang Dynasty (生于商朝) after Empress Dong Yue (东岳淑明坤德皇后) swallowed a gust of Energy
emitted from the Northern Dipper (北斗元氣).
At the age of 3, Yu Nv Tai Xian was able
to assist her Third Brother – Bing Ling Gong (炳靈公), in eliminating the Negative Entities and assist her Sister – Bi
Xia Yuan Jun (碧霞元君), in the
recording of new Born Beings.
At the age of 7, one day, while Yu Nv
Tai Xian was performing her daily Cultivation at the peak of Mountain Tai, Jiu
Tian Xuan Nv (九天玄女) aka The
Immortal Maiden of Ninth Heaven, descended at the Pavilion where Yu Nv Tai Xian
Upon entering into the Pavilion, Jiu
Tian Xuan Nv was attracted by the beauty of this young lady and just as she was
about to speak to Yu Nv Tai Xian, Yu Nv Tai Xian came forward to pay her
respect to Jiu Tian Xuan Nv by calling out her Official Title. Jiu Tian Xuan Nv
was shocked but also delighted to know that Yu Nv Tai Xian was such a brilliant
From then, on every 9th Day
of the Month, Jiu Tian Xuan Nv would descend on the Peak of Mountain Tai to
impart Yu Nv Tai Xian the Spiritual Skills and Prediction Tactics.
By the age of 26, Yu Nv Tai Xian had
mastered most of the Skills that Jiu Tian Xuan Nv imparted her. One day, while
Jiu Tian Xuan Nv was about to advise Yu Nv Tai Xian on her marriage, Yu Nv Tai
Xian cut in the conversation and told Jiu Tian Xuan Nv that she would be
marrying to a Well-known Deity in Zhou Dynasty (周朝).
Knowing that nothing could be hidden
from Yu Nv Tai Xian, Jiu Tian Xuan Nv could only smiled and continued to guide
on her Practising.
On BC 1036, the 2ndYear of
King Zhou Wu (周武王二年) ascending
the Throne, Zhang Fu De was born on the 2nd Day of Lunar 2 Month (張福德生于周武王二年農曆二月初二日).
On BC 928 (周穆王癸己年), 10th Day of Lunar 1 Month (農曆正月初十日), Zhang Fu De passed on with an age of 108, after protecting his
Master’s Granddaughter from being frozen to death. On the Day of Zhang Fu De’s
passing-on, a few characters appeared on the Sky written as Yu Feng Zhang Fu De
Wei Nan Tian Men Fu De Zheng Shen (御封張福德為南天門福德正神), meaning Celestially Bestowed Zhang Fu De as Fu De Zheng Shen.
Upon being summoned to the Celestial
Palace, Zhang Fu De was being appointed to look after the distributing of
Wealth to the Mortals upon requesting. After getting the Imperial Edict, Zhang
Fu De was being positioned at the South Border of the Country.
On the 1st Month of
appointment, Zhang Fu De was not able to get much honouring due to he was still
new to the People staying in the South.
One day, just before 23rd Day
of Lunar 12 Month (農曆臘月廿三日
– Sending Off of Kitchen Deity started in Zhou Dynasty 送灶始于周朝), where People would Send-off Kitchen Deity aka Zao Shen (灶神), a big group of People suddenly
dashed towards the mini Shrine dedicated to Zhang Fu De.
At the point of time, Zao Shen was
waiting for the People to provide him with a good feast of Offerings but
suddenly, everyone was busy running towards a small Shrine at the City Gate.
Zao Shen was puzzled and so, he transformed himself into a Commoner and
followed the People dashing towards the Shrine.
Just the moment that Zao Shen stepped
into the Shrine, he saw all the People kneeling down in front of the Altar and
making request to Zhang Fu De, telling Zhang Fu De that they were too poor to
celebrate the New Year. After every request that the People made, a string of Zhou-coins
(一串周幣) would drop
out from the Stone Incense-holder and landed onto the hand of the Person who
made the request. By looking at it, Zao Shen was shocked and started to get
After returning to his own Mansion, Zao
Shen couldn’t get over with the way that Zhang Fu De had distributed the Wealth
to the People, so he decided to make his way back to the Celestial Palace on
the Evening of 23rd Day to make his report to Jade Emperor of Heaven
this Period, Yu Huang shall be addressed as Tian Di 天帝, meaning Emperor of Heaven. According to some Contexts, Tian Di’s
appearance was being created using the painting of Zhou Wu Wang 周武王).
At the Celestial Meeting, Zao Shen was
quite upset with the behaviour of Zhang Fu De and so, with a lengthy Petition,
Zhang Fu De was being “sued” by Zao Shen.
By going through the Petition, Yu Huang
was shocked by the way of Zhang Fu De’s distribution of Wealth and so, without
any delay, Yu Huang ordered Jin Jia Shen (九天金甲神) to summon Zhang Fu De back for questioning.
On the way back to the Celestial Palace,
Zhang Fu De and Jin Jia Shen pass-by Mountain Tai, just as both of them were
about to enter into the Dong Jiao Tian Men (東角天門) – the Heavenly Gate in the East Corner, Yu Nv Tai Xian and Jiu
Tian Xuan Nv were making their way back to the Celestial Palace for the
With a glance at Yu Nv Tai Xian, Zhang
Fu De was shocked by her look and just as Jin Jia Shen was about to fasten
Zhang Fu De, Jiu Tian Xuan Nv stopped him by doing so and by directing Jin Jia
Shen to a side, Jiu Tian Xuan Nv told him on the fate that connecting the 2 of
them. Upon knowing the fate, Jin Jia Shen had to follow the “instruction” that
being pre-planned by the Heaven.
In the Celestial Palace, Zhang Fu De was
being confronted by Zao Shen for making such a Non-realistic move of distributing
Wealth to any people without checking on their background and reality of the
request. By looking back at Zao Shen, Zhang Fu De was shocked to know that the
way of distribution of Wealth was wrong, since that Yu Huang had appointed him
to take-charge of the Wealth-blessing.
Knowing that Zhang Fu De did it out of
Compassionate, Yu Huang accepted his statements but at the same time, Yu Huang
was worried that Zhang Fu De would make the same mistake again and so, by suggestion,
Yu Huang asked ALL the Deities that arrived in the Celestial Palace to give
Just as Zao Shen was about to speak up,
Lord Dong Yue stepped out from his position and pay his respect to Yu Huang and
suggested that, by getting an “Assistant” for Zhang Fu De, so that the
Assistant could control on the Wealth distributed to the Mortals.
Upon getting the suggestion, Yu Huang
agreed but after consideration, Yu Huang found it ridiculous – if needed
another Assistant to look after the distribution of Wealth, so what for needed
Fu De Zheng Shen?
Knowing that Yu Huang had doubts on the
term Assistant, Lord Dong Yue spoke up again by telling Yu Huang to match-make
a Wife for Zhang Fu De, so that this Lady would be able to “scan” through all
requests before Zhang Fu De distributed out the Wealth.
After Yu Huang got the suggestion, he
was delighted and by looking through all the Deities & Immortals in the
Celestial Palace, who would want to marry to an Old Man like Zhang Fu De? And
so, Yu Huang summoned Yue Lao (月佬星君)
aka the Match-maker forward to check on the Match-making record.
Just as Yue Lao was about to open up his
Record, Yu Nv Tai Xian stepped forward to pay her respect to Yu Huang and
volunteered herself to be married to Zhang Fu De.
At the moment, the whole Celestial
Palace was shocked, cos of Yu Nv Tai Xian’s beauty, how could such a beauty
married to an Old Man?
Lord Dong Yue didn’t make a comment but
standing at one side nodding his head.
By looking at Lord Dong Yue, Yu Huang
somehow had understood the situation and so, without hesitation, Yu Huang
announced the Engagement of Zhang Fu De & Yu Nv Tai Xian as Immortal
Just before Zhang Fu De and Yu Nv Tai
Xian left the Celestial Palace, Yu Huang appointed Yu Nv Tai Xian as Nan Tian
Men Yi Pin Fu De Fu Ren (南天門一品福德夫人) – the First Grade Lady of the Celestial Realm, and given her the
task of “scanning through” all the request before Zhang Fu De distributed out
the Wealth to the Mortals.
Yu Nv Tai Xian accepted the appointment and
left the Celestial Palace and return to the Mortal Realm with Zhang Fu De.
On the way back to the Mortal Realm,
Zhang Fu De was puzzled with the decision that Yu Nv Tai Xian had made and so,
he shyly asked Yu Nv Tai Xian on why she had willingly to marry to him. By
looking back at Zhang Fu De, Yu Nv Tai Xian smiled and replied – cos in near
future, you will be the one that being highly respected by everyone in the
By getting such a reply, Zhang Fu De got
more puzzled but he knew that ALL these were Heavenly Secrets, so from then, he
didn’t ask much. And whenever anyone came to make request, he would direct the
request to his Wife – Madam Fu De, before making any actions.
1 – due to Madam Fu De was being
appointed as the one who controlled the Wealth Distribution, this is why,
People in the Southern China does not like to honour her and claimed that she
2 – due to Zao Shen had somehow accused
wrongly on Zhang Fu De, Fu De Zheng Shen’s Tablet or Shrine in a house, can
never be placed near the Altar of Zao Shen
3 – even though Madam Fu De and Madam
Zao Shen (灶神夫人) are both
Ladies staying under the same roof, both of them do not communicate
4 – Yu Huang knowing that Zao Shen and
Fu De do not get along well and so, Fu De can only be placed outside the House
5 – 10th Day of Lunar 1 Month
was the Immortal-hood Anniversary of Zhang Fu De, this is why, in Taoist
Culture, this is also the Day that Fu De Zheng Shen opened his Wealth-coffer to
distribute Wealth (福德正神開財庫日)
6 – after Zhou Dynasty, the popularity
of Fu De Zheng Shen indeed increased, Yu Nv Tai Xian’s prediction indeed came
true. Till today, Fu De Zheng Shen still can considered as the Top Choice for
Taoists/Chinese in Honouring
Lord of Sun Uprising the Court for Ding You
Rooster Year 2017
According to Taoist Contexts and Chinese
Culture Records, on the 1st Day of Lunar 2 Month (農曆二月初一日) is considered as the Court
Rising Day for Lord of Sun aka Tai Yang Di Jun (太陽帝君).
Some Contexts recorded as 3 Years once, but
some said, Once in every Year.
During the Court Rising Day, Lord of Sun
will be put in-charge of doing Planning & Announcing of the Movements of
All different Stars for the Particular Years (注當年星辰運行之象) and also, to fix the “Brightness” of each Star that link to a Living Being (定全年元辰光明之氣), which later being used
in Prediction Skills that Geomancy or Luck-telling Masters practiced.
Besides that, this is also a Day to gain
the necessary Blessing of Brightness from Lord of Sun to eliminate the “Darkness (除晦)”, “Dampness (去霉)” and “Negative (解厄)” from One’s Surrounding.
In the Past, Taoists & Chinese would
Face South during the Horse Hour (午時), which is equivalent to 11.00Am till 1.00Pm in now’s timing, to pay respect to Lord of
Sun or to so-called Usher him into the Mortal Realm. During the Honouring, do
remember to Recite the Bao Gao aka Praise Incantation of Lord Tai Yang (太陽星君寶誥) – as followed:
Tai Yang Xing Jun Bao Gao (Praise
Zhi Xin Gui Ming Li
Da Luo Tian Shang, Zhu Jing Gong Zhong
Zun Ju Shi Ben Ji Zhi Gao
Ti Qian Chu Zhi
Wei Zheng San Cai Zhi Shang
Yu De Xing Quan, Han Su Shu Yan
Ping Liu Qi Er Xian Ning
Wan Guo Dan Ming Xiao Hui
Jia Liu Long Er Tong Zhi Shi Hua
Si Shan Er Yu Duo Zhi Bing
Zhao Ling He Yi Ding Gong Guo
Zhao Wei Zhi Quan, Gan Ying Zhao Zhang
HaoLing Lei Ting, Xu Chu Xie Zhong
Da Bei Da Yuan, Da Sheng Da Ci
Ri Gong Tai Yang Yu Yi Di Jun
Wei Guang Bu De
Ci Hui Zhu Ri Tian Zun
To honour Lord of Sun is quite simple,
Oneself just needed to prepare 3 sticks of Long Incenses (三柱長壽香), 3 cups of Chinese Tea (三杯清茶), 3 Candles (三盞全天斗燭 - best for 24 Hours) and a
set of Gold Paper (一疊三寶金/壽金) will do.
After the Honouring, just placed the 3
Candles on an Altar or at a High-level Spot and then, burnt off the Paper
In Taoism and Chinese Custom, on the 26th Day of Lunar 1 Month (農曆正月廿六日), is considered as the Day for Heavenly Marshal Zhao Gong Ming (趙公明大天君) aka Deity of Military Wealth, to Open the Three Realms Spiritual Wealth Coffer for All the Beings in the Mortal Realm.
On this Day, Taoists & Chinese will tend to visit Temples that dedicated to Zhao Gong Ming & his Assistants (五路財神) to request for the Blessing of Wealth & Good Lucks and also, Official Personnel will request for Blessing for the Country or Big Society.
For Year 2017, its falls on 22 Feb.
What is the Story behind this Opening of Three Realms Wealth?
According to the Records of All Deities (三教搜神大全), after Zhao Gong Ming was being bestowed by Jade Emperor of Heaven (玉皇大天尊) as the Overall –in-charge of the Wealth for All Beings, he was also being appointed by Heavenly Master Zhang Dao Ling (張祖天師) to oversee All Doubts and Unsolved Issues that are associated with Wealth, etc (調解不平事宜。專治財務糾紛).
From then, since Sui Dynasty (隋朝), Taoists and Chinese had been Honouring Zhao Gong Ming as One of the Major Deities of Wealth and on 26th Day of Lunar 1st Month – which was said to be the Day that Zhao Gong Ming being appointed as the Overall-in-charge, Taoists and Chinese would honoured him, requesting Zhao Gong Ming to “Open” the Wealth Coffer for the Poor or Needy.
So when is the Best timing to pay respect to Heavenly Marshal Zhao Gong Ming?
For some Taoists & Chinese, they tend to start the honouring at Zi/Rat Hour (子時2300 Hours) but some can honoured Zhao Gong Ming at 9.00Am in the Morning till Evening time (best before Sunset).
For Year 2017, the Best Timing is 11.08Am.
So in Singapore, where can we pay respect to Heavenly Marshal Zhao Gong Ming?
新加坡供奉有趙玄壇公的廟宇 Here’re a few recommended Official Temples that oneself can visit:
Sembawang Cai Shen Temple (三巴旺財神廟) at Admiralty Road (in the Main Hall)
Jin Lan Temple (金蘭廟) at KimTian Road Tiong Bahra (at the Side Hall)
Tuas Pek Kong Temple (大士伯公宮) located at 118 Boon Lay Drive
So what are the Offerings that needed to prepare?
開財庫乞財所需供品 Here are the suggested items:
1 - One set of Mandarins (5 quantities 大桔五粒)
2 - One set of Chinese Tea Leaves & Traditional Cookies (Jian He 餞盒糖果一盤)
3 - One set of Cai Shen Incense-paper (optional 財神金)
4 - One set of Cai Shen Robe (in Red Color 紅色財神袍)
5 - One set of Incense (not to short, medium length will be best - more than 48cm 富貴長壽香)
6 - One Huat Kueh (發糕)
7 - Five Ancient Coins or The Five Emperors Coins (五個銅錢或五帝錢)
8 - One Red Packet (一個新紅包)
9 - One set of Red Candles (一對斗燭/紅燭)
After getting ready All the Offerings, visit any of the Temples and place All the Offerings on the Altar that dedicated to Heavenly Marshal Zhao Gong Ming (到達廟宇後﹐將一切供品擺於供案上).
Upon completing the placing of the Offerings, proceed to pay respect to the Main Deities in the Temple and last, proceed to the Altar for Zhao Gong Ming (先敬天地眾神後﹐在向趙玄壇公祈福).
Sincerely light the Long Incense, make 3 Respectful Bows and then kneel in front of the Altar.
Report to Zhao Gong Ming who you are and where you stay and then request for Good Luck & Necessary Blessing from him. (if you know of reciting the Bao Gao (寶誥), then do it before you do your reporting)
After reporting and requesting, stand up and sincerely bow 3 times again and then place the Incenses in the Urn and then step off the Altar area (祈福後﹐行三叩禮即可).
After 15 minutes, retrieved the Paper-offerings and burn them off (一刻鐘後將紙料化送).
Upon completion, return to the Altar, retrieve the Ancient Coins and make 3 rounds above the Burning Incenses, allow the Coins to receive the Blessings and then, keep them in the Red Packet (化寶後﹐回到供案﹐將之前所準備的銅錢放入新紅包中﹐在香爐上過香三巡﹐之後帶回作為”錢母”).