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Take Extra Precaution this Hungry Ghost Month of the 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey!

Published Agosto 1, 2016 by jptan2012

Every year, I write about the Hungry Ghost Month, because this is really one of the more important and dreaded festivals in the Chinese calendar. One of the worst Ghost Month we have seen was last 2014, last year was not so bad, but this year, we have to take precaution only because the ruling star of the year is a black star #2 Flying Star, which is also known as the Illness Star. Regular readers of this blog would already be familiar that the Illness Star is a star that causes not only illness but accidents also.

Technically speaking this year’s Hungry Ghost Month is not any stronger than usual, unlike what we had last 2014. However, base on the Flying Star Formula, the ruling star of the year is the black star #2 Flying Star, which as mentioned is the Illness Star (a star that causes both Illness and Accidents), this creates some trouble for all of us.

The effects of the Illness Star coupled with the already dreaded effects of the Hungry Ghost Month will make things worse. The Hungry Ghost Month will make the effects of the #2 Flying Star or Illness Star even stronger, so it is imperative that you wore your Illness Suppression Amulet or Medicine Buddha Prayer Wheel. However, the Illness Suppression Amulet has the added benefit of other consecrated power of other Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. You can read it by reading the post called – ILLNESS SUPPRESSION AMULET: A MUST HAVE ANTI – ILLNESS AND ANTI – ACCIDENT AMULET FOR 2016 AND BEYOND!

But, of course, on top of that we still need to worry about the effects of the Dreaded Hungry Ghost Month. I have written so many articles about it, and all you have to do is click on the category KUWENTO NG HUNGRY GHOST MONTH or here to read through all the articles I have written about it.

To protect yourself from the Hungry Ghost Month, it is important that you wear your Chung Kwei. Chung Kwei is a Taoist God, which is regarded as the only effective protector for the ill effects of the Hungry Ghost Month. However, the Vajrapani Ruel and Kalachakra Pendant made of gold should also work also.

If you wish to know more about Chung Kwei you can read the following posts:

 

 

For those born in the year of the Ox and Tiger, and those whose office or bed room or door faces Northeast, you should also take extra careful, because the aside from the #2 Flying Star, you are also severely affected by the Wu Wang or the Five Yellow Star. This is one of the most dangerous star one can encounter, and with the Hungry Ghost Month, things are definitely not looking so well. Thus it is important for people born under the year of the Ox and Tiger and whose bedroom or office or door faces the Northeast to wear the Five Element Pagoda pendant made in gold, Chung Kwei, plus the Vajrapani Ruel or Kalachakra Pendant made in gold also or the Surangama Mantra Amulet. Of course, to help protect oneself from the Illness Star, you should also have the Illness Suppression Amulet.

Before I end this post, you should know that the Hungry Ghost Month this year runs for 30 days, and starts on August 3, 2016. It’s peak, which is the Hungry Ghost Festival is on the 17th, so the most dangerous time is on the eve of August 17, until August 18.

If you wish to know more about the Hungry Ghost Month, please read all the other articles by clicking here.

Or read the following:

TO UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT THE HUNGRY GHOST MONTH, HUNGRY GHOSTS, IT’S EFFECTS, RITUALS AND PROTECTION READ THE FOLLOWING HUNGRY GHOSTS SERIES:

YOU MAY WISH TO READ THE FOLLOWING ALSO:

OR YOU CAN CLICK ON THE CATEGORY – KUWENTO TUNGKOL SA HUNGRY GHOST MONTH.

 

For questions, comments and suggestions, please email sanaakosirickylee@gmail.com

 

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The Dreaded Hungry Ghost Month

Published Hulyo 17, 2012 by jptan2012

One of the most famous Chinese festivals, other than Chinese New Year and Moon Cake Festival, is the Hungry Ghost Festival, which also happens to be one of the most dreaded festival and month of the Chinese.

The Hungry Ghost Festival happens on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month, however, unlike the other festivals, like the Chinese New Year wherein the changing of the Flying Stars happens on a specified time and date, the preparation and effect of the Hungry Ghost Month, as the term indicates, lasts for a month. It actually starts on the first day of the 7th lunar month, peaks on the 15th day, which is the Hungry Ghost Festival, and ends on the last day of the 7th lunar month.

Every year, if you follow the Gregorian/Western calendar, the Hungry Ghost Month lands on different dates. Sometimes, it starts in July and ends in August, or starts in August and ends in September. But it always cuts across August of the Gregorian calendar. For this year (2012), the Hungry Ghost Month starts on August 17 and ends on September 15. The peak is on August 30, 2012, which is the date of the Hungry Ghost Festival.

But what is the Hungry Ghost Festival or Hungry Ghost Month?

Hungry Ghost Month is actually simply called Ghost Month (鬼月, Guǐ Yuè) in Chinese, the word Hungry is added in the words Ghost Months to clarify the nature of the ghosts that best characterized this season…they’re HUNGRY!

During this month, it is believed that the King of Hell opens the gate of hell to release and allow the spirits in hell or ghosts to be free and roam our world. It is believed that the hungry ghosts will visit families and other humans, thus it is said that there’d be more paranormal and ghostly manifestation during this month. Furthermore, hungry ghosts will also look for victims that they can bring with them to hell, and thus there’d be more accidents, more than that because of the strong yin and negative energy of this season, business becomes bad and it is highly advisable that one shouldn’t sign any contract, move to a new house, get operated on during the entire Hungry Ghost Month.

Why are they considered hungry?

Buddhism and Taoism both have a slightly different version of the Hungry Ghost. For Buddhism, Hungry Ghost is in one of the Six Realms of Existence, and they are simply a form of existence. However, for Taoism, Hungry Ghosts are (1) spirits of people who have not yet gone through a reincarnation and are largely forgotten by their descendants, (2) spirits of really bad people and they’re currently being punished, (3) spirits of really sad people who died of a violent death or suicide, (4) lost spirits who harbored so much yin energy or yin feelings while they were sill living.

They’re hungry because they are unable to get food from their living love ones because their violent or yin dominant death has blocked their connection with their loved ones, they don’t have any love ones on earth, or simply they have been forgotten. It is said that a deceased love one will have connection with us for a few more years, and depending on how we treat their spirits they may enter the samsara (cycle of life) immediately or go to hell as an hungry ghost. It is also said that ghost still needs sustenance in the other existence, and they get it from us in the form of offerings. These people not receiving any are then thrown into the pit of hell and become hungry ghosts.

Since most of these ghosts lived a negative life or died a violent death, many of them still harbor ill feelings towards their fate, so when they’re released they also try to do us harm. Thus all of us need to be extra careful.

TO UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT THE HUNGRY GHOST MONTH, HUNGRY GHOSTS, IT’S EFFECTS, RITUALS AND PROTECTION READ THE FOLLOWING HUNGRY GHOSTS SERIES:

YOU MAY WISH TO READ THE FOLLOWING ALSO:

OR YOU CAN CLICK ON THE CATEGORY – KUWENTO TUNGKOL SA HUNGRY GHOST MONTH.

For questions, comments and suggestions, please email sanaakosirickylee@gmail.com

 

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