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Take Extra Precaution this Hungry Ghost Month of the 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey – Part 2!

Published Agosto 3, 2016 by jptan2012

Today is the start of the Hungry Ghost Month, and I’m sure most of you are aware that this is not a good thing. Hungry Ghost Month, which is the 7th month of the lunar calendar is considered as the worst month of the year. During this time, trading is down, and people avoid going on long trips and undergoing medical procedures. Chinese businessmen also avoid making big changes or making big business decisions during this month of the Hungry Ghost. I have written a lot about the Hungry Ghost Month and it would be good if you read about it if you want to understand more about it.

As mentioned, today is the first day of the ghost month this 2016. It’s peak is on the August 17, so from August 16 to 18 we all need to be careful. But while the hungry ghost month of 2016, unlike in 2014, is not really particularly strong, because of the configurations of the Flying Star the ghost month this year becomes particularly dreaded.

The other day I talked about the first part of what in store and what we should do this Hungry Ghost Month of 2016. As I said, while the Hungry Ghost Month this year is not particularly stronger, unlike that of the year 2014, we should still be a little wary because this year’s ruling star is the black star #2, which is also known as the Illness Star, a star that causes not only Illness but also Accidents.

However, there is more to it. This year’s Hungry Ghost Month also coincides with the fact that the monthly flying star brings to the center, thus making it the ruling star of the month, the most dreaded star of the Flying Star formula which is the #5 Flying Star or the Wu Wang or Five Yellow Star.

The Wu Wang is the most dreaded and is considered as the most dangerous of all stars. It causes different kinds of bad luck like financial problems, family and relationship problems, illness and accidents and a lot more. And as mentioned, this month it lands on the center, making it together with the Illness Star as the ruling star of the month. So aside from the Ox and Tiger, for this month all of us is affected by the effects of this star. This is really bad, and mind you, I don’t really want to sound like I’m a doomsayer but two black stars in the center and coupled with the Hungry Ghost Month, you need not be a Feng Shui expert to know that this is really bad. I’m sure all of you who are familiar with basic Feng Shui knows this to be a dreaded fact.

We all need to be very careful!! We already need to be careful during the Hungry Ghost Month, but coupled with these stars, we really need to be armed with some of the most powerful protection amulets or symbols.

The other day I wrote about the different cures for the Hungry Ghost Month. However, friends and other readers has been bugging as to what should they really wear this month.

If you wish to know more about the cures or amulets mentioned on this article like the Chung Kwei, Vajrapani Ruel, Surangama Mantra Amulet, and Illness Suppression Amulet, please see the links below and read about them by clicking on the particular article you want to read.

One of the most effective cure for the Ghost Month is still the image of Chung Kwei. Please read my post about him by clicking here to understand more about Chung Kwei. The two other powerful cures for the Ghost Month are the Vajrapani Ruel and Surangama Mantra Amulet. However, for people born under the year of the Ox or Tiger it is very important to have both the Chung Kwei and the Vajrapani Ruel or the Surangama Mantra Amulet. Why? This is because Ox and Tiger born people are already predisposed to the negative energies of the year. With the annual Wu Wang residing in the Northeast, and annual Illness Star being the years ruling star, coupled with the monthly Wu Wang being the monthly ruling star and the Hungry Ghost Month joining forces then it is a critical month for all of us but especially for people born under the sign of Ox and Tiger.

It is also very important to wear the Illness Suppression Amulet and the Five Element Pagoda gold pendant. For further protection wearing a Kalachakra pendant made of gold or jade is also very important.

People born under the year of the rat, dog, pig, horse and dragon, should make sure that they have either the Chung Kwei or the Surangama Mantra Amulet with the Five Element Pagoda gold pendant or Kalachakra gold pendant. This is because they are the ones more susceptible to the negative energies of the month.

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.

You can also read the following posts about the Vajrapani Ruel:

You can read my other posts about the Surangama Mantra Amulet by clicking on the link below:

If you want to understand more about the Illness Suppression Amulet you can read the following posts:

  1. Blessing in Disguise: How the Illness Suppression Amulet Saved A Family From An Accident By Causing Some ‘Inconvenience’.
  2. A Reader Shares Her Stories About the Vajrapani Ruel, Illness Suppression Amulet, Buddhism, and Other Things…
  3. Brothers Who Refused to Have the “Illness Suppression Amulet’ Surprisingly Claims to Have Increased Wealth Luck Since Having It: A Personal Testimony of A Reader
  4. A Grandmother Starts Feeling Better Because of the Illness Suppression Amulet: A Personal Testimony of A Reader
  5. Baby’s Illness Cured With The Illness Suppression Amulet: A Personal Testimony of A Reader
  6. Illness Suppression Amulet: A Must Have Anti – Illness and Anti – Accident Amulet for 2016 and Beyond!

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

ATTENTION to All People Born in the Year of the Ox and Tiger and to All Those Who Stays in the Northeast: The Monthly Flying Star #2 Flies into the Northeast and Combine Forces with the #5 Yellow Star!

Published Mayo 6, 2016 by jptan2012

Regular readers of this blog know by now that this might be a challenging ear for people born in the year of the Ox and Tiger as well as people whose office or bedroom is in the Northeast or whose houses or office has a front door facing the Northeast. This is because the #5 Flying Star also known as Wu Wang or Five Yellow Star flows into the Northeast sector, which is also the sector that houses people born in the year of the Ox and Tiger as well as the middle son of each family. Everybody knows that this is the most dreaded star amongst all the flying stars and I suggest that if you are not familiar with the effects of this star, that you read all the other post about the 2016 annual forecast. This star together with the fact that the ruling star this year is the #2 Flying Star also known as the Illness Star, which is a star that brings in not only illness but accidents has put all the above mentioned people in a delicate energy this year. The above-mentioned people being affected by the Wu Wang have become more susceptible to the Illness Star also.

Some of you may know that other than the Annual Flying Stars, we also have the Monthly Flying Stars. The effects of these stars are basically the same but to a lesser degree. As the name implies, the Monthly Flying Stars, changes location every month, and depending on the star, this may temper or worsen your luck if combined with the Annual Flying Star.

Unfortunately, for the 4th Lunar Month (5th Western Month – May) the #2 Flying Star known as the Illness star goes into the Northeast sector. Thus affecting, I repeat, people born under the sign of the Ox and Tiger, all middle sons, people whose office or bedroom are in the Northeast, or people whose main door of their house or office faces the Northeast!

Five Element Pagoda

There are different versions of the 5-Element Pagoda. However, personally the original version and a small one, I believe, is okay and powerful enough to counter the effects of the 5-Yellow Star. As long as it’s made of gold. Also you have to be careful that the pendant is designed properly because a wrong design might make things worse. There is a 5 – Element Pagoda pendant available in the market that looks like a missile. As of today, I know only of two reliable sources of the Five Element Pagoda. One is in Davao, which makes it by order and has very affordable price, and another one is that of Lillian Too.

All of the above mentioned people should take extra care to avoid accidents or if you fall ill no matter how trivial it may seem it is better to see the doctor right away. On top of that, you should be careful financially, because weirdly the sum of Flying Stars #5 and #2 has a weird effect on finances, so be careful with your money, because financial luck or wealth luck or money luck might take a hit also. The strong earth energy in this sector this month (from May 6, 2016 to June 5, 2016) should be suppressed with the metal element. You can do this by wearing more metal or jewelries like gold that has an added Yang energy. It will be so much better if you wear the Five Element Pagoda made in Gold as a pendant. That’s the only known and accepted cure by most Feng Shui experts or Feng Shui consultants to this day.

Vajrapani Ruel

The Vajrapani Ruel looks simple, maybe even rustic, but this simple amulet is packed with a special talisman paper inside, with various ingredients, which includes Namtso Salt, soil, various herbs and plants, crystal, and a relic from a high lama. It’s important to put the ruel inside a amulet holder or something sturdy as to not ruin it. If the cloth had tear which exposes or spill the ingredients inside, the ruel becomes useless. The Vajrapani Ruel itself is only about 1 to 2 inches and it varies from one ruel to another.

The Vajrapani Ruel will surely help, and so try to hold it on your receiving hand and chant OM VAJRAPANI HUM as often as you can this month. If possible, everyday from May 6, 2016 to June 5, 2016. If possible put it in a metal holder to add the metal energy to suppress the earth element brought in by Flying Star #5 and #2.

Wear the Illness Suppression Amulet, which also protects you from accidents. Or wear a Medicine Sutra Amulet, or an image of the Medicine Buddha made of gold. Furthermore, please chant the Medicine Buddha mantra – TADYATHA OM BHEKANDZYE BHEKANDZYE MAHA BHEKANDZYE RADZA SAMUGATE SOHA or recite the Medicine Buddha Sutra everyday. You can download the sutra on this blog by clicking here.

As mentioned wear more jewelries made of metal especially gold. If these jewelries are fashioned with auspicious designs then so much the better.

For this month, if you are an Ox or Tiger or belong to any of the above mentioned affected sector, then it is better to avoid wearing too much crystals. Remember, crystals are predominantly earth element and so one should avoid it. If you really have to wear one, please make sure it’s the golden or silver or bronze rutilated quartz. And the Tanzanite should be fine as long as it’s not worn with other crystals.

Lastly, make donations or give food to the poor or to the stray dogs and cats and even to birds. Do this sincerely. Sincerity is key.

Illness Suppression Amulet2

The Illness Suppression Amulet or Illness Protection Amulet is a special highly consecrated amulet made by my Guru Lama as a cure for the Illness Star a star that also causes accidents. It has the energies of the Medicine Buddha, Namgyalma Buddha, Amitayus Buddha and White Umbrella Goddess. Furthermore, the small black thing you see at the bottom of the glass amulet holder is a Dharma Pill, which is made from a second – class relic of a confirmed holy lama. It also has a small amount of ash from the last Medicine Buddha holy initiation conducted by my Guru Lama, and aside from individual special consecration, the whole amulet was further consecrated under the Tooth Relic of Shakyamuni Buddha.

Again to better understand the 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey it will be good to read all the forecast. I know it is quite long but it is important for you to see the big picture. For the Illness Suppression Amulet you can jump to item number 4.

  1. 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey Feng Shui Forecast Base on Bazi, Flying Stars, and 24 Mountain Stars Formula: An Imbalance Year Filled With A Number of Good Stars (Part 1)
  2. 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey Feng Shui Forecast Base on Bazi, Flying Stats, and 24 Mountain Stars Formula: An Imbalance Year Filled With A Number of Good Stars (Part 2)
  3. 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey 12 Animal Chinese Zodiac Feng Shui Forecast
  4. Illness Suppression Amulet: A Must Have Anti – Illness and Anti – Accident Amulet for 2016 and Beyond.
  5. The Dreadful and Stronger Five Yellow Star of 2016: Other Ways To Curb Its Effects. (Part 1)
  6. The Dreadful and Stronger Five Yellow Star of 2016: Other Ways to Curb Its Effects – Give Until It Hurts! (Part 2)
  7. Should We Put the ‘Salt Water Cure’ at the Center of our House this 2016?
  8. 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey is a Black Year. What Then is a Black Year?
  9. People Born Under the Sign of the Ox and Tiger and People Who Stay in the Northeast Should Constantly Do These Things in 2016!
  10. Managing the Pervasive Illness and Accident Energies of the 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey!
  11. The Energy of the 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey Comes In As Early as January!
  12. Two of the Most Important Cure this 2016!
  13. Heed the Warning Signs and Prevent Them From Happening…
  14. 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey Water and Flower Ritual.
  15. Fifteen Merit Days: A Gift From Heaven to Help Save Us from the Ill Effects of the Year (Part 1)
  16. Fifteen Merit Days: A Gift From Heaven to Help Save Us from the Ill Effects of the Year (Part 2)
  17. Baby’s Illness Cured with the Illness Suppression Amulet: A Personal Testimony of A Reader.
  18. A Grandmother Starts Feeling Better Because of the Illness Suppression Amulet: A Personal Testimony.
  19. Are You Bothered with the Illness and Accidents that has been Happening?
  20. Are We Seeing the Effects of the Illness Star and the Wu Wang?

You can also further read the following about the Illness Star and the Illness Suppression Amulet:

  1. Baby’s Illness Cured with the Illness Suppression Amulet: A Personal Testimony of A Reader.
  2. A Grandmother Starts Feeling Better Because of the Illness Suppression Amulet: A Personal Testimony.
  3. Are You Bothered with the Illness and Accidents that has been Happening?
  4. Are We Seeing the Effects of the Illness Star and the Wu Wang?
  5. Illness Suppression Amulet: A Must Have Anti – Illness and Anti – Accident Amulet for 2016 and Beyond.
  6. People Born Under the Sign of the Ox and Tiger and People Who Stay in the Northeast Should Constantly Do These Things in 2016!
  7. Managing the Pervasive Illness and Accident Energies of the 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey!

You can also read the following posts about the Vajrapani Ruel:

Here are the links of my Medicine Buddha posts. And you will find His mantras and sutras within these posts:

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

 

 

Clarifications on the Post About the 2014 Hungry Ghost Month and Mercury Retrograde

Published Hunyo 20, 2014 by jptan2012

I know that the information shared on this blog the other day about the 2014 Hungry Ghost Month and Mercury Retrograde entitled – WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2014 HUNGRY GHOST MONTH AND MERCURY RETROGRADE – & – PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE ILL EFFECTS OF THE 2014 HUNGRY GHOST MONTH AND MERCURY RETROGRADE – can be a little overwhelming for a lot of you. Almost immediately I was bombarded by literally hundreds of emails, which I really haven’t read. On top of that, there were also an overwhelming number of sms that was sent to me, not to mention several phone calls.

I thought it is only appropriate to clarify something for everybody’s better understanding of the topic.

First, Mercury Retrograde is as mentioned a Western Astrology concept, I’m not an expert and I don’t have mastery of the said topic, however, I know it to be true because:

  1. I know that Western Astrology to be true. Before I dwelt on Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology, Western Astrology was my first interest. My personal bias is that Chinese Astrology is more accurate but it doesn’t change the fact that Western Astrology has some basis.
  2. Mercury Retrograde is a concept that I have read before. In fact, several years back. There are also some famous people who have claimed that they experienced Mercury Retrograde and that it has affected their relationship and work. Some of these people are Ronald Reagan, Cameron Mackintosh, Shirley Maclaine, etc.
  3. The few times I got to meet some reputable Astrologer, this is something that we’ve discussed. And they are all in agreement that this is true.
  4. Particularly this year, when June set in a lot of people have been complaining to me about their relationship problems and communication problems, which prompted me to do more research about this topic.
  5. I believe that it is stronger this year because of several factors that may affect it to become stronger. This is just theory and I didn’t included in the first two article because it is quite difficult for me to substantiate this, but the stronger Hungry Ghost Month this year might be making Mercury Retrograde stronger also.

Second, the stronger Hungry Ghost Month phenomenon is not something new. Although rare it has been known to happen. And it is different from what happened last year, because last year we had a triple whammy, but this year it is simply stronger Hungry Ghost Month that we have to deal with it, and because it is stronger, it also extends itself. As mentioned, I’ve consulted other Feng Shui experts, particularly my teachers; most of them agree that this is indeed the case. However, I would like to clarify that there is one particular Feng Shui expert that said that they (group that she works with) are not sure whether this is an interpretation concern. Meaning, they saw it but they seem to think that this is still subject to further discussion. They are drawing their unclear stand from the ‘Double Negative Theory’; this theory states that in some aspects of Feng Shui a double negative may be a positive sign.

Third, regarding the cures for the 2014 Hungry Ghost Month and Mercury Retrograde, I would like to reiterate that something is still way better than nothing at all.prayer

Lastly, we should not under estimate the power of a prayer. In fact, if you look at the suggested cure, a lot of it is drawing power or protection from Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and sutras (Buddhist holy texts that are considered prayer books) and mantras, which is a form of praying. On top of this, I personally believe is also going to create some form of protection. Do good deeds, help people, help people you know, but more than that help people that you don’t know. Do something that is beyond what is JUST COMFORTABLE. The positive energy created by a very good deed is a very powerful protection, and remember a good deed is not measure by how many people you help or by how much you spent. A good deed is measured by sincerity, the amount of compassion you have, and how much of you was shared.

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

 

Protect Yourself from the Ill Effects of the 2014 Hungry Ghost Month and Mercury Retrograde

Published Hunyo 18, 2014 by jptan2012

In my previous post – WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2014 HUNGRY GHOST MONTH AND MERCURY RETROGRADE, I talked about how the combined effect of the annual and monthly flying stars and of the annual and monthly Bazi or Paht Chee are making this year’s Hungry Ghost Month so much stronger that its effects will be felt 15 days before the first day of the Hungry Ghost month which is on July 27, 2014 up to 15 days after its supposed last day which is August 24, 2014. This phenomenon is made worse with the last Mercury Retrograde periods of the year sandwiching this year’s Hungry Ghost month, leaving us with about 5 challenging months in succession.

Photo uploaded from Google Images

Photo uploaded from Google Images

At the start of the year, a lot of Feng Shui writers and consultants talked about how the first part of the year will show an abundance of luck for most people, and how towards the end of the year it will get depleted. This was obvious on the year’s Paht Chee chart; but nowhere was a definitive explanation of the cause discussed. It is actually only by accident that I came across a possible explanation. I believe the effects of both Mercury Retrograde and the particularly strong Hungry Ghost Month of the year occurring in succession explains why the energy of the year gets depleted towards the end of the year.

As mentioned in my previous blog post, as I wanted to validate my reading of the year’s annual and monthly flying stars and Paht Chee charts especially in relation to the year’s Hungry Ghost Month, I decided to call first my Feng Shui teacher in Hong Kong, and my Guru Lama in Singapore. Both of them confirmed the said phenomenon. After writing the previous blog post, and just before writing this one, I decided to call another Feng Shui teacher from Beijing, China, and he also confirmed the said phenomenon. Lastly, I was also able to discuss the matter with other Feng Shui consultants, who likewise acknowledged the phenomenon. Certain experts, however, are not sure whether they will be discussing it through any of their avenues because of two reasons: (1) they are not sure whether the effects are in fact going to be really bad (this goes into interpretations of the resulting calculations) and (2) if in fact the effects will be very bad, they are not sure whether remedies exist to successfully counter the effects.

In the course of writing this entry, I decided to call another Feng Shui teacher. This particular Feng Shui teacher practices Transcendental Feng Shui, which is also known as Spiritual or Third Dimension Feng Shui. Like the other Feng Shui experts that I consulted, he acknowledges the said phenomenon and like my Guru Lama he believes that we can do something about it.

Before I go into discussing how one can protect oneself from this phenomenon, let me explain that the recommendations below are an aggregation of the different recommendations that I gathered from my Guru Lama, Feng Shui teachers, and a few of my own recommendations based on my own experience. Also, it would be of course best if you follow all the recommendations; and, needless to state, following some is better than following none of them. I would also like to point out that it was a reader who since then has become a good friend, DU, who pointed out this direction of how to remedy this phenomenon.

Always have with you the following:

  1. Kuan Yin pendant, preferably with a sutra.
    This is from my personal collection. The reason I love this pendants so much is because it has a inscription of the Heart Sutra at the back. I wear the smaller one everyday.

    This is from my personal collection. The reason I love this pendants so much is because it has a inscription of the Heart Sutra at the back. I wear the smaller one everyday.

    Back image of the Kuan Yin pendant. This is the reason why I love these pendants is because they have very nicely crafted image of Kuan Yin pouring healing and auspicious from her magical vase, and at the back it has the Heart Sutra. Unfortunately, it is quite difficult to look for this kind of Kuan Yin pendant.

    Back image of the Kuan Yin pendant. This is the reason why I love these pendants is because they have very nicely crafted image of Kuan Yin pouring healing and auspicious from her magical vase, and at the back it has the Heart Sutra.
    Unfortunately, it is quite difficult to look for this kind of Kuan Yin pendant.

  2. Chong Kwei (also spelled as Chung Kwei) or Mahakala (a wrathful image of Avalokitesvara or Kuan Yin) pendant. To be honest I’ve been looking for a Mahakala pendant and I’m unable to find one. For this year, according to my Guru Lama, Mahakala is preferred but no one can deny the efficacy of a Chong Kwei pendant during the Hungry Ghost month. Please take into consideration that he may be partial to Mahakala because he is a Buddhist Lama and Chong Kwei is of a Taoist lineage. Your Chong Kwei should be made of a black stone or gold.

    This is a rare black jade pendant image of Chung Kwei. Was fortunate enough to find one in Beijing, China in a small shop.  Remember in choosing a Chong Kwei or Chung Kwei or Zhung Kwei or Zhong Kwei, always get a something that's made of a black stone or gold. Otherwise, it might not be very effective.

    This is a rare black jade pendant image of Chung Kwei. Was fortunate enough to find one in Beijing, China in a small shop.
    Remember in choosing a Chong Kwei or Chung Kwei or Zhung Kwei or Zhong Kwei, always get a something that’s made of a black stone or gold. Otherwise, it might not be very effective.

  3. Kalachakra pendant, preferably made of gold or jade or clear quartz.
  4. Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva pendant.

    From my personal collection. A rare Red Amber Ksitigarbha.  Unfortunately, it is quite difficult to get a Ksitigarbha pendant unless you're from Malaysia, Hong Kong, or Singapore.

    From my personal collection. A rare Red Amber Ksitigarbha.
    Unfortunately, it is quite difficult to get a Ksitigarbha pendant unless you’re from Malaysia, Hong Kong, or Singapore.

  5. Wear or carry a Prayer Wheel and spin it as often as you can.
  6. Medicine Buddha pendant or simply carry a Medicine Buddha sutra.
  7. Always carry a Four Dharmakaya Relic Mantras or Lama Atisha Amulet with you at all times.

    I decided to put THE FOUR DHARMAKAYA RELIC MANTRAS inside a test tube type glass holder that I bought in The Bead Shop, then I included the incense ash, Pink Himalayan Salt inside before sealing it. Thank you to DU, a reader and friend who took this photo.

    I decided to put THE FOUR DHARMAKAYA RELIC MANTRAS inside a test tube type glass holder that I bought in The Bead Shop, then I included the incense ash, Pink Himalayan Salt inside before sealing it. Thank you to DU, a reader and friend who took this photo.

At home and in the office you should have the following:

  1. Figurine of Kuan Yin.
  2. Figurine of Mahakala or Chong Kwei.

    This is an image of a Mahakala, the wrathful form of Avalokitesvara or Kuan Yin. Wrathful form doesn't mean that they are really angry, it means that they are largely use for protection.  This photo was uploaded from Google images.

    This is an image of a Mahakala, the wrathful form of Avalokitesvara or Kuan Yin. Wrathful form doesn’t mean that they are really angry, it means that they are largely use for protection.
    This photo was uploaded from Google images.

  3. Figurine of Medicine Buddha or Kuan Kong. These two are optional.
  4. Figurine of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva. It may be pretty difficult to get a figurine of Ksitgarbha Bodhisattva. What you can do instead is print his image, laminate it and put it on your altar. If you don’t have an altar, put them where the other images are.

    In looking for an image of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva either as a pendant or a figurine for your home, you will come across with two versions, the one with the 'Amitabha' hat and the one where He is not wearing any hat and shows his bald head. I prefer the one with the hat, because the one where He is bald is usually associated with the spirits of the dead and connotes that he hasn't attain His Buddhahood.

    In looking for an image of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva either as a pendant or a figurine for your home, you will come across with two versions, the one with the ‘Amitabha’ hat and the one where He is not wearing any hat and shows his bald head. I prefer the one with the hat, because the one where He is bald is usually associated with the spirits of the dead and connotes that he hasn’t attain His Buddhahood.

  5. Put Four Dharmakaya Relic Mantras or Lama Atisha Amulet on all the doors and windows of your house that are facing the perimeter of your house (living quarters). If you find it difficult to find these, then the second best option would be to use Kalachakra stickers.
  6. Put a small bowl of rock salt in all the rooms of your house.
  7. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT: FIX ALL THE FENG SHUI ERRORS OF YOUR HOUSE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE THE YIN EFFECTS OF ALL THESE FENG SHUI ERRORS ARE MULTIPLIED.
  8. Play mantras in all the rooms if possible.

 

Do the following ‘rituals’:

  1. From July 12, 2014 to Sept. 8, 2014, chant, DAILY, 10 full malas of OM MANI PADME HUM, 10 full malas of the Medicine Buddha Mantra – TADYATHA OM BHEKANDZYE BHEKANDZYE MAHA BHEKANDZYE RADZA SAMUGATE SOHA, and 100 full malas of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva’s mantra. He has several and you can choose which of the following are you more comfortable with:
    1. OM PRA MANI DANI SOHA
    2. OM AH KSITIGARBHA THALENG HUM
    3. NAMO DI ZHANG WANG PUSA
    4. NAMO KSITIGARBHA BODHISATTVA
  2. Recite both the Wish Fulfilling and Negative Karma Cleansing Mantra.
  3. Do the usual rituals for the Hungry Ghost Month that I’ve written about in the past.
  4. Try to make offerings at the temple or church or give to charity as often as you can.
  5. In reciting the mantra of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, it will be better if you gaze upon his image.
  6. Light some incense and read the following sutras as often as you can – MEDICINE BUDDHA SUTRA and KSITIGARBHA BODHISATTVA SUTRA, which is known as THE SUTRA OF PAST VOWS OF THE EARTH STORE BODHISATTVA. The sutra of the Medicine Buddha is in a blog post that I wrote about Him. Please see link below. If you want a downloadable PDF file of the Sutra of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, please click Earth Store Bodhisattva and KSITIGARBHA BODHISATTVA SUTRA. The two versions are basically the same but slightly differ in the way it was translated. One of the difference is that in one of them Shakyamuni Buddha is simply called Buddha, which is is the more common term in addressing Shakyamuni Buddha is most of the Sutra translations. This is because it is widely accepted that all sutras that we have now are from the time of Shakyamuni Buddha. A sutra is basically a prayer and word of Buddha written in a story or conversation format.
  7. Avoid the usual things that one should avoid during the Hungry Ghost Month.

For the Mercury Retrograde periods (June 7- July 1; October 4 – 25), wear an image of Kuan Kong or Kalachakra, and if possible, wear or carry with you a Prayer Wheel and spin it as often as you can.

Optional for July 12 to Sept. 8 is also to wear the script of the Wish Fulfilling Mantra and the Negative Karma Cleansing Mantra.

There are a lot of things mentioned on this post that for some might be hard to understand. For example what really is Hungry Ghost Month, which I didn’t discuss in detail in these 2 posts about the 2014 Hungry Ghost Month, or about Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, Kuan Yin, four Dharmakaya Relic Mantras, etc. I humbly suggest for you to read some of my previous posts to make you understand things that were discussed here better, or why were such items recommended as a cure.

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.

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What Everyone Needs to Know About the 2014 Hungry Ghost Month and Mercury Retrograde

Published Hunyo 18, 2014 by jptan2012

This is perhaps the most important article that I’ll post on this blog for this year and I thank DU for helping me out with this article. Indeed this is the first time I’ve consulted another Feng Shui enthusiast before posting an article.

Lately, I have been receiving a lot of calls, text messages, and emails from people going through a lot of ‘turmoil’ in their life. A lot of them have something to do with relationships, both personal and professional. Also, a number of these people seem to be going through some form of a low life chi: they have started feeling down, feeling low, battling an inner turmoil, and/or getting depressed! Noticeably, a lot of the concerns have something to do with communications.

Photo uploaded from Google Images

Photo uploaded from Google Images

I believe all the above things I mentioned above are caused by Mercury Retrograde. I’m familiar with the concept of Mercury Retrograde, although it’s a concept of Western Astrology, rather than Feng Shui or Chinese Astrology. I know that whenever Mercury Retrograde occurs, a lot of negative things happen. As I said, I’m only familiar with it but I’m not an expert and do not have mastery of the said topic.

However, based on the site About Astrology, Mercury Retrograde happens 3 to 4 times a year. It is called Mercury Retrograde because the planet Mercury slows down its movement and gives off the illusion that it has stopped moving or has moved backward thus the term “RETROGRADE”.

From what I gather, although there a lot of “negative things” that may happen, Mercury Retrograde is not all bad.

If you wish to understand the concept of Mercury Retrograde better, you can visit the site http://www.astrology.about.com and read for yourself what Mercury Retrograde is all about. For convenience, however, allow me to provide some excerpts from the article written by Molly Hall.

Mercury Madness?:

Mercury is the messenger, and in this time, the delivery is warped or the message gets lost en route. Some people find that their computers go on the fritz or phone lines go down. If you’re at all jittery about it, go ahead and back up your important files.

There can be delays, so give yourself plenty of time to get places. What happens in those down times? Mercury retro is known to be a time of ‘fated’ events — who will you meet? What will be revealed?

A Time-Out:

Mercury retrograde gives us time to catch up with ourselves, and reflect. Something from the past returns in a different form. People, ideas or buried insights that are keys to moving forward, float to the surface. Often it’s felt as a slowed down, contemplative time, and depending on the sign, a chance to go over old ground again, to claim what you missed the first time.

Err on Side of Caution:

There’s a long-held belief that it’s best to avoid making set plans during the Mercury Retrograde. This means holding off on signing contracts, and forming partnerships and alliances. What gets put in writing at this time may turn out to need serious revising after Mercury goes direct. But since tying up loose ends is the domain of retrograde, this type of finalization might fly.

Can you repeat that?:

In our relationships, sometimes we gloss over things that pushed buttons at the time, but which we let slide. What seemed not worth the trouble may reveal itself as a major issue in need of our attention. The Mercury retrograde is a time for review, when the underlying patterns come to light.

Back to the Drawing Board:

Some dreams and goals get lost in the hectic rushing around of daily life. The Mercury Retrograde period can be a rich time of reflection on those longings. This makes it a time for the soul to ponder its destiny. You might look over old journals, review your creative work, muse on serendipities of the past that have pointed you toward your spirit’s calling. It can make the retrograde period a time of solidifying a sense of your personal story and where you’re headed.

What does it mean in each different sign?:

The Mercury retrograde is shaped by the sign through which it is cast. For example, a Mercury retrograde in Cancer turns the mind toward things like family, home and the invisible emotional bonds that connect us. On the other hand, a Mercury retrograde in Aquarius gives it a different spin, with a review of group dynamics, the larger human community, all from a detached perspective.

Making the Most of Mercury Retrograde:

A major cause of stress at Mercury retrograde is frustration from mishaps, things breaking down, computers going black. But if we know it’s cycle, this makes it feel less terminal. If things go pear-shaped, see what’s there to see. Take a break from the usual routine.

Just observe and see what happens, and be open to the past returning for review. If it’s coming back, there’s likely something more to learn or release from it. This can be a good (and productive) time, in its own way.

 

What is clear from the article is that although it can be a challenging time for us, and a local astrologer told me that Mercury Retrograde will definitely affect 30% to 50% of the world’s population in a negative way, depending on how we act on it it can still be a good time for us.

But why am I writing about Mercury Retrograde? Admittedly, I was bothered since it appears that people are really affected by it considering the rather alarming number of emails, text messages, and calls that I’ve received. This in turn prompted me to do more research about it and study its possible relation to Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology, if any.

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Photo Uploaded from Google Images

My research and study about its possible relation to Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology led me to ‘discover’ something else about this year’s Hungry Ghost Month. For regular readers of this blog, chances are you’re familiar with the Hungry Ghost Month because this is a topic that I’ve always written about in the past years. For those who are not familiar with it, please read my posts about them. To put it simply, the Hungry Ghost month, which happens on the 7th lunar month of the year, is a month where the hungry ghosts are released so that they can eat. It is believed to be a very bad and dangerous month and most Chinese will avoid going to hospitals and cemeteries during this month. Most Chinese will also avoid signing contracts, traveling, making major decisions, moving houses, getting medical treatment during the Hungry Ghost Month.

Anyway, what I discovered is that this year’s Hungry Ghost month may unfortunately be a lot worse than is normally the case; and this is saying a lot because the Hungry Ghost month is already bad as it is. Before I discuss more about this discovery, let me just point out certain observations regarding the dates of occurrences of Mercury Retrograde and the Hungry Ghost Month for this year.

The second Mercury Retrograde period started June 7 of this year and it will end on the 1st of July. The third period, and I think the last one for the year, is from October 4 to October 25. This year’s Hungry Ghost Month is from July 27 to August 24. You’ll notice that it has been sandwiched by two Mercury Retrograde periods, leaving at least about a month between the end of the second Mercury Retrograde period and the start of the Hungry Ghost Month and also a month between the end of the Hungry Ghost Month and the beginning of the third Mercury Retrograde period. However, this is where it becomes tricky. As mentioned, it is highly probable that this year’s Hungry Ghost Month is going to be more intense than the normal expected yearly Hungry Ghost month. This means that not only will there be a strong and powerful Hungry Ghost month, but also that its effect will be felt 15 days prior to July 27 and 15 days after August 24! Hence, it would appear that there will be a total of approximately 5 challenging months in succession from the second Mercury Retrograde period until the end of the third Mercury Retrograde period.

Returning to my discovery about this year’s Hungry Ghost Month, it is extremely difficult to write about what causes this phenomenon (of the Month being a particularly intense one) because a lot of it will involve explaining several technical terms about the annual flying stars and the monthly flying stars, as well as their relation to the annual Bazi or Paht Chee, again coupled with the Monthly Bazi or Paht Chee! Needless to say, the resulting calculations got me a little worried. I decided that before I start writing about this and cautioning people about it, I’d get confirmation from my Feng Shui teacher in Hong Kong and my Guru Lama in Singapore.

Both of them confirmed this phenomenon although both claimed that this is rare. In fact, my Guru Lama said that this is only the second time he is encountering this situation and he is 78 years old! From the perspective of those who strictly practice straight Feng Shui, there’s not much one can do about this, but in the practice of the Third Dimension, Transcendence, or Spiritual Feng Shui, there’s something that can be done. This relieved me somewhat since a particularly intense Hungry Ghost Month could multiply the effects of the bad Feng Shui of your house, your bad personal Feng Shui, or any negative chi that is brought about by your karma, Paht Chee, or Feng Shui blunders.

During the Hungry Ghost Month, don’t be surprised if big projects might suddenly go awry. It is highly recommended that you finish 15 days prior to July 27 all critical matters that you have to attend to. Also, it would greatly help if you fix all the Feng Shui errors that you know of in your house. Additionally, all of us must carefully watch our health and be wary about going out in the evening.

I admit that I hesitated to write this post because I don’t want to be scaring people. However, I also wanted people to know about these matters because I believe them to be important. This made me look into possible remedies because without these, there would be not much point to sharing the information. In view of these thoughts, I decided to talk to certain people. This is the first time I consulted several people before posting something. One of them is a reader who bought the Wish Fulfilling and Buddha’s Blessing Mantra Pendant, and has since then become a very good friend. DU, whom I’ve written about, is the person who pointed me to the right direction. My Feng Shui teacher from Hong Kong, who strictly practices straight Feng Shui, felt that there is nothing we can do about this phenomenon. DU refused to believe this and mentioned that mantras should be able to help. This prompted me to call my Guru Lama in Singapore and he did share with me some possible remedies. I consulted people because while the threat of this phenomenon of having an extra strong Hungry Ghost month (sandwiched by 2 Mercury Retrograde periods at that) is I believe a very serious matter, I don’t want to be simply a doomsday prophet.

Again, as I always say, what’s the importance of knowing something if one can’t prevent it from happening or at the very least if one can’t have a remedy against it. While people who are into straight Feng Shui believe that there’s nothing we can do about this, those who practice the Transcendence/Spiritual/Third Dimension of Feng Shui believe that there are some things that we can do to protect us from the ill effects of this phenomenon.

On my next post called PROTECTING OURSELVES FROM THE ILL EFFECTS OF THE 2014 HUNGRY GHOST MONTH AND MERCURY RETROGRADE, you’ll get to read on how we can prepare for the ill effects of the phenomenon mentioned on this particular post.

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