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Mooncake Festival: A Mid – Autumn Festivities that Helps Renew Energies That Is Full of Legends and Myths Except the Real Truth

Published Setyembre 8, 2014 by jptan2012

aMooncake Festival, as it is popularly known here in the Philippines, is actually legally called the Mid – Autumn Festival 中秋節 Zhōngqiū Jié. I guess a lot of people started calling it Mooncake Festival because it is easier to remember it. Mid – Autumn festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese calendar or Lunar calendar. In China, the Mid – Autumn Festival is also called Moon Festival, because it is when the moon may be roundest and possibly nearest to Earth.

The ancient or old Chinese, even before Western science has discovered it, has observed that the movement of the moon has a connection with the changes of the seasons and agricultural abundance or production. This prompted them to believe that the moon is inhabited by Goddess (the sun is inhabited by a God), who is in – charge of food production. To give thanks to the Goddess, they offer food to the moon.

Another myth is about Hou Yi and his wife Chang’e. It is said that Hou Yi a celebrated archer found the elixir of life. Gave this to his wife who doesn’t know that it should not be consumed all at once. She consumed the whole bottle of elixir and floated to the moon. Hou Yi would then offer food to the moon every year so that Chang’e will never go hungry, and because they’re both well loved, other people took on this custom also.

Aside from the ones shared above there are a lot more stories about the Mid – Autumn Festival and to the rise of the moon cake. However, the real truth which is also the most widely accepted true story is that during the 14 century at the time of Yuan Dynasty when Mongols ruled the Han Chinese, mooncakes were used as medium of communication. The Mongols ruled the Chinese then, and there was a strict rule that the Chinese are not allowed to congregate. This is to make revolution harder. Because Chinese giving each other mooncakes during harvest season is a widely accepted tradition, the revolutionary leaders decided to distribute mooncakes with a message inside calling for a revolution on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. The tactic was successful and the Mongols didn’t get wind of the plan. It will go down in history as one of the most bloodless and ‘peaceful’ revolution ancient China, because the Mongols were largely caught unaware thus there was not much fighting that happened.

This day, the paper inside gave way to salted duck egg yolk. It is also said the salted duck egg yolk represent the full moon.mooncake

The last story was largely purged during the time of Mao, to avoid giving the Chinese the idea of revolting against his leadership. To this day, China’s leaders refused to allow that this bit of history are included in their history books. Instead, they encourage the stories of Chang’e and Hou Yi or that there is a Moon Goddess.

Technically speaking the Mid – Autumn Festival or Mooncake Festival has nothing to do with Feng Shui or Taoism or Buddhism, but since Feng Shui experts has since taken on the practice of celebrating the Mid – Autumn Festival for good luck for the several reason. First, the Mid – Autumn Festival will always a few weeks after Hungry Ghost Month, so it is good to refreshed energies by some sort of celebration. Also, getting together for the Mid – Autumn Festival will also create a good chi that will help clean up the negative chi of Hungry Ghost Month.

Thus, Feng Shui experts suggested the start of the Dice Game or Mooncake Game or Mid – Autumn Game (Pua Tiong Chiu). For some Taoist priests, they advice the cleansing of the amulets or images used during the Hungry Ghost month, you do this by putting them on top of a rock salt or encircling them on top of an incense burner while an incense is lighted. I don’t really follow this Mid – Autumn cleansing rituals so much. For me, just celebrating the Mid – Autumn Festival with family is cleansing enough.

However, for those who wore their images Chung Kwei, Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, Kuan Yin, Kuan Kong or their Wish Fulfilling and Buddha’s Blessing Mantra Pendant during the Hungry Ghost month, specially this year and felt they was a lot of negative chi may do so by following the suggested simple rituals in the previous paragraph.

Why Feng Shui Don’t Always Work…

Published Pebrero 3, 2012 by jptan2012

I really haven’t seen a person who has tried Feng Shui who can vehemently claim that Feng Shui doesn’t work. At the very least, they may be doubtful.

Aside from my personal experience and that of my relatives and friends with Feng Shui, one very strong proof that Feng Shui really works is the fact that it has existed for so long. In fact, Mao Tse Tung banned Feng Shui during his reign because he was afraid that his constituents, with the help of Feng Shui, might not succumb to his ruling. But even with the banning of Feng Shui, people still consulted Feng Shui and it has continued to flourish albeit it was done ‘underground’.

If you look at history, China’s civilization is one continuous story of success and power. Never, did China become ‘third world’. The only time it can be considered ‘down’ was during the Japanese occupation of the country, but even then it was never really under total Japanese leadership and let’s face it Japan also practices Feng Shui.

A friend once expressed admiration for China, she noted that after the pyramids, what did really make the Egyptian civilization stand out? Persian civilization is technically dead. In fact, among the old civilizations, China is the only who until this day has continue to flourish. They continue to have something new to be proud off. They have always been one of the leading nations at any given time. I think that can be attributed to Feng Shui.

Another example is Singapore. They’re from a third world to first world country. It is no secret that the leaders of Singapore practices Feng Shui, and when they started making a lot of Feng Shui changes in the country that their economy started to boom. Why else would they have a ‘hidden’ dragon guard their Merlion. Also, why would they have there one dollar made into a design of a Pa Kua and their vehicle tax stickers?

All the examples I’ve given should prove that Feng Shui works, at the very least, it should make you think. However, I will also be the very first person to tell you why there are times that Feng Shui doesn’t seem to work.

In my observation, there are several factors why would it seem that there are times that Feng Shui doesn’t work.

First, EXPECTING SOME MAGIC. Feng Shui is not magic, although sometimes it may deliver an instant result, most of the time one will start to feel some change with a month and when it does it’s not like a miracle it works slowly. I believe the it’s energy needs to accumulate before it works. Just like an antibiotic, you’ll start to feel its effect on your body on the 4th or 5th day. You need to relax and let Feng Shui take its course, don’t rush it.

BECOMING TOO SUPERSTITIOUS. Feng Shui is not superstition, it involves logic and common sense that should be coupled with Feng Shui knowledge. It’s not about having bad luck by taking a bath on a Friday the 13th.

CONSULTING TOO MANY EXPERTS. If you don’t have basic knowledge of Feng Shui, consulting too many experts can create more problems and it might overwhelm you with too many information and thus make you do a Feng Shui blunder. The truth is some Feng Shui experts may have varying recommendations because of the different ‘school of thought’ that they follow. There are several ‘school of thought’ of Feng Shui, and each one may vary a little with the other. Allow me to humbly and with respect site mention Lillian Too and Joey Yap, 2 of the most commercially famous Feng Shui experts in Malaysia. They might agree on the locations of the Flying Stars but they seldom agree on the best way to address the Flying Stars, because they come from two different school of thought. When I studied Feng Shui, I made sure that I studied the different school of thought, and, so far, it has proven to be beneficial. So when choosing an expert, choose one or two, check his approach, study what he or she says, and listen to him/her. Compare notes only on the basic afflictions but do not go into details because there’s bound to be some minor difference.

If consulting too many experts may cause some problems, CONSULTING A HIGH PROFILE ‘EXPERT’ is a bigger problem. I don’t mean to bad mouth anybody and I don’t mean that high profile experts are fake, but there are times that we become to enthralled with people who seem to be very high profile, people who wear a lot of jewelries, and people who seem to ‘uberly’ charming. You need to look beyond the appearance, some of the best Feng Shui experts I’ve met are not famous, except Lillian Too and Joey Yap, they keep a low profile. However, even Lillian Too and Joey Yap tend to give general ‘predictions’, understandably, this is due to desire to reach more audience. Going back to experts who are so ‘flamboyant’, I know of a famous Feng Shui ‘expert’ who caters to showbiz celebrities. Her marketing tactic is really dispensing off a lot of Feng Shui charms for free to the celebrities and she then uses this celebrities as her ‘endorser’. The sad part is that she sells fake stones as Feng Shui charms. Her Feng Shui beads are usually made of plastic, which is really a ‘no-no’ for Feng Shui. Worst, she sells them at a price higher than the real crystals or Feng Shui beads. In fact, just by putting a name of a famous celebrity on her Feng Shui charm she gets to sell them at around Php 10,000.00 while the actual price is only around Php 800.00. I will not question her marketing tactic but I do question her practice of selling fake charms, this might give the person a false sense of security. There are a number of times also when I was consulted by a friend or friends of friends who used to consult her and they’ll tell me that Feng Shui seem not work. The worst I’ve encountered so far is when a company in Laguna consulted her, she made some recommendations, which they followed. Four weeks after 3 of their employees died of heart attack in a span of 2 months. The said company is owned by a friend’s relative, when I went to see their office, I immediately saw the mistake. They upon the advice of Feng Shui ‘expert’ made a really bad ‘poison arrow’ on the health sector of the office. I immediately requested them to vacate that sector and asked them to re-renovate. Unfortunately, the ‘expert’ they consulted is a Feng Shui ‘expert’ who really didn’t have any Feng Shui training but with great marketing skills. So, you see, its important that you be careful as to who you consult. Having said that there are High Profile Feng Shui Experts who are really experts. Net, get to know the expert.

Another reason why Feng Shui fails to work is properly is because you made yourself into a HUMAN COMPASS. Don’t be lazy and make estimation where South or East or West is. Use a compass. It need not be the very expensive Feng Shui any functional and decent compass will do. You need to accurately know where EAST, WEST, NORTH, SOUTH, SOUTHEAST, SOUTHWEST, NORTHEAST, NORTHWEST is. Don’t guess or estimate! A little difference makes a lot of difference.

STRIVING FOR PERFECTION is another Feng Shui no-no. There is no such thing as perfect Feng Shui, that only exists in an ideal world and not in a real world. Try your best to address all concerns but don’t try to be perfect it, sometimes it creates more problems.

DOING A SHORT CUT is also one reason why Feng Shui may seem not to work. I once told a friend to make sure to clean and get a new red ribbon to energize a Feng Shui cure on a afflicted sector. Several months after his problem still exists so I visited his place again. The cure seems to be on the right place, and there is the red ribbon to re-energize the Feng Shui cure. However, during the course of our conversation it turned out that he has used a recycled ribbon and didn’t ‘cleanse’ the Feng Shui cure according to my recommendations. He admitted that he made a short cut and that the ribbon that he used is recycled from a gift. I then instructed to follow the original instructions and don’t make any short cut. He did, and results started to happen.

CLUTTER is one major factor why Feng Shui cures doesn’t work. Feng Shui is not just about the Feng Shui cures or enhancers you put around your house, its about the flow of energy, and too much clutter creates a ‘blockage’ of this energy. So always declutter.

BEING TOO NEGATIVE is another reason why Feng Shui may seem not to work. Negative here can mean that you are putting too much effort too prove that Feng Shui doesn’t work. You don’t have to believe in Feng Shui for it to work, but putting in too much negative thought will also hinder the positive energy that is created by Feng Shui.

Take note of these factors and let Feng Shui work for you.

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