Magic SEA Underground targets to be a catchall for all popular magic rituals across the Southeast Asia regions. Most of the introductory materials are copied from the intranet just to make a point, or translated into English and provided as it is under one roof to ease your reading. This blog materials are for light reading purpose only. By 'underground' means this is a black box blog, no references to original sources will be provided.
with meteorites is a classical Taoist ceremonial exorcism ritual commonly used
when a Taoist is disturbed by stronger demonic force. This is a more powerful exorcism
method as the demon will be showered by meteorite rains and there is nowhere to
hide or escape. The effect is the same as if a human is being caught in a hail
storm in the middle of an open field.
cases, the demons are not harmed but they are spared after they repent for what
they have done. The fact is that no Taoists wanted to kill likely even with
exorcism with meteorites method is quite tedious as there are many steps to
will need to get a sword made of meteorite; though other swords are possible
with lesser power.
A meteorite sword hammered from a piece of raw meteorite.
one must cast a Taoist celestial protective circle and call upon the Goddess
Marichi (斗母，摩利支天母) as below:
The magic circle should be cast while chanting the below mantra to call upon the blessings of Goddess Marichi..
(When demons are at war with gods in the heaven, troubles descend onto
human realm, the one that plying in front of sun and moon, she who independent
military power in the three realms; arrogant and solemn but full with
compassion and willing to save sentient beings. I bow to the thunder god, the
sun god, the moon goddess, the northern star and Marichi.)
Now, the Taoist will take up his meteorite sword and walk
the 7 star steps:
While holding the meteorite sword in both hands and walk the 7 star steps, meteorites fall from the sky and hence destroying any demons inside the magic circle.
For every step the Taoist advances, he/she will imagine that
meteorites fall from the sky. When he/she advances, the meteorites become
bigger and finally area contain inside the magic circle is filled with red hot
According to my master, the spirits will be stoned to death
and if it is not absolutely necessary; this method should not be used.
other magic traditions in this world that a magic circle is cast to provide
protection, a Taoist magic circle is meant to ‘contain’ and to ‘capture’. Basically
there are two types of magic circle in Taoist magic:
The Taoist 28 houses and 5 stars representing Taoist view of our galaxy.
is the circle of constellation which is a representation of the 28 houses (廿八宿). This circle is cast for two reasons,
first in seeking the blessings of the ‘mother of stars’ (斗母) or better known as goddess Marichi
and the constellation (参星拜斗) for the purpose of prolong one’s life and to avert disasters.
reason is to trap demonic forces and hence to annihilate it using the 7 steps
The primordial bagua (先天八卦).
type of circle is called ‘bagua’ (八卦) which is used to trap an army of demons as well as for the Taoist to
escape from the chase of a more powerful spirit when the Taoist failed to
contain the entity he/she wish to destroy.
bagua can be used, a Taoist must be able to visualize the bagua clearly
otherwise the power of his protective circle will be less. When a bagua
assembles, the spirits will be trapped in and when the bagua disassembles; the
spirits too will also be disintegrated.
also has many levels, the one that emits golden red colors is of the highest
level; it is said that this type of bagua can even trap gods and goddesses too.
This is a true case about ‘fierce soul returning’ (凶煞回魂) which happened to a
millionaire household in Ipoh, Perak many years ago. The hero of this story was
a tycoon in tin ore industry but now his descendents have migrated to overseas
as I heard. I will try to recall the story told by my master some time ago...
Let us call this tycoon Mr. Wong. Mr. Wong was around 60
years old then and he had a good family with three sons both married and they were
staying together in Mr. Wong’s bungalow.
Mr. Wong’s father was 90 when he passed away. My master was
called in to arrange for the funeral rites as well as to calculate the soul
returning date and time. After a brief calculation, my master shook his head
and told Mr. Wong that his late father’s soul will return in 9 days time but
her soul will turn into ‘fierce returning’ so care must be taken to prevent
mishaps from happening.
However, Mr. Wong’s eldest son, Robert objected the idea as
he was a faithful Christian and wanted nothing to do with non-Christianity
rituals. So, my master was sent off with a red packet' and some apologies from
Mr. Wong as he didn’t want to have disharmony in his family over the funeral
issues. After all, Mr. Wong wasn’t too superstitious about Taoist rites either.
Three years lapsed, and one afternoon, Mr. Wong suddenly
appeared at my master’s door step without making any appointments. That was odd
as it wasn’t Mr. Wong’s behaviour to stop by a small fortune telling stall
under a huge banyan tree.
Before my master could open his mouth, Mr. Wong started to
throw everything out:
“I should have followed
your advice Master Lu. After my late pa’s funeral we just forgot about
everything you told us; we didn’t even bother to have the soul returning
Nothing happened after
that until the first anniversary of my pa’s death. If you can still remember
that my pa passed away on the 3rd day of 3rd lunar month
and at 3am?”
My master nodded and Mr. Wong continued:
“Right on the same
time of the first anniversary, someone knocked on my main door and my first
daughter-in-law, Elise went to open the door as she thought that was Robert
returning from a business function. But she found no one. So Elise thought
someone has played pranks and forgot about it only to grumble the incident over
No one heeded the
incident until six months passed that Elise suddenly went mad over a small
incident with Robert and in a gust of fury, she grabbed the car key and sped
off. But she didn’t go far as her car rammed into an old tree just outside of
our mansion. Consequently Elise suffered a broken neck and died on her way to
Everyone thought it
was an isolated incident and soon forgot about it and business was as usual.
Now, again on the 2nd
anniversary of my pa’s death, right at 3am in the dead of the night; another
knock was heard at the main door. So happened that my second daughter in law,
Mary went to answer the door and again, there wasn’t a single soul there.
On the same year
before the Chinese New Year, Mary had a sudden heart attack and died on her way
We can only pray after
two consecutive unfortunate incidents…
And as expected, on
the 3rd anniversary of my pa’s passed away, again spot on at 3am,
another knock again heard at the main door. This time, my youngest son, Jason
went to answer the door. Jason was a scientific minded fellow and he wasn’t
superstitious either… Again Jason found no one was there.
And again a few months
later, Jason and his wife was killed in an air crashed somewhere down south…
I have lost 4 family
members in three consecutive years!
That was my story and
can you help?”
My master just kept silence and finally uttered a word:
I supposed nothing matters now. Wonder if thing will change
if no one answers the door? We can only guess…
According to Chinese belief, when a person dies; his/her
soul shall return to his/her house for the last time to visit his/her love
ones. This returning of dead soul is also known as ‘turning of sha’ (转煞). It is believed that the
dead soul will be accompanied by a messenger from hell which is known as ‘god
of sha’ (煞神). This god of sha looks
pretty awful and it is said that it has hands and feet that resembles chicken
If a household forgotten to prepare food offerings to treat the
dead soul and especially the messenger from hell; then this messenger will
torture this poor dead soul.
Taoists believe that a living person has 3 hun (三魂) and 7 po (七魄). When a person dies, his/her 3 'hun' ascend to
heaven and 7 'po' descend in to the earth immediately for a minimum of 9 feet
and a maximum of 18 feet depending on calculation. As soon as the po has
descended to its maximum depth, it will start to come up at a pace of 1 foot
per day. So, if the po has gone 18 feet down, then it will take 18 days to come
back to the surface of the earth.
According to Taoist practice, proper preparation should be
done to receive the returning of soul. This preparation is called ‘receiving
sha’ (接煞). If the duration of soul
returning is short, we call it ‘fierce sha’ (凶煞)
otherwise we call it ‘kind sha’ (善煞).
The night before the soul returning, in the deceased’s
bedroom, the deceased’s clothing should be laid flat on his bed and his head is
substituted by a vase. A table should be placed beside the bed and deceased’s
favourite dishes should be served on this table together with some joss paper
and hell notes. When all of the preparations are done, ashes are spread in the
room periphery to check if the soul and messenger have visited the room. Finally
the bedroom door is shut and no one should be allowed to enter.
For the house that has a chimney, food offerings are also
made beside the fire place as people believe that the messenger of hell will
enter from the chimney. Again, ashes are spread around the foods to check if
there will be any chicken craw prints the next day. However, if the house has
no chimney, then window should be opened for the spirits to enter; otherwise
the room door should be opened instead.
There is also a formula to calculate from which direction
the spirits will come and go too, but I will not disclose it for now for
All of the setups should be left for a day before re-entrance.
If the food stuffs or joss papers or even foot steps are found on ashes; then
it is presumed that the souls have returned for a visit.
There are many true accounts of strange happenings on the
returning of dead souls. I will list some of what I have heard from my pals:
·Albert said he saw half of a burnt down Mercedes
stopped in front of his house the soul returning night of his late grandpa.
·My mom said she saw my late dad returned the
soul returning night but she was so scared and hide behind the main door.
·Simon said he heard sounds of iron chains being
dragged outside of his house and he found signs of things dragging on ashes he
spread on the floor around the food offerings.
Well, I am sure you too have similar experiences; kind to
The Chinese folks like to prepare plenty of foods for our
ancestral spirits, wandering spirits, gods and goddesses during festivals and
no one can deny this. This can be seen in Asia where these folks congregated
that plenty of food stuffs are left on roadsides to rot. While we continue to
lament that how many people on the other side of the world died of starvation;
this unforgivable custom persisted continuously.
Some people say that the food once tasted by spirits cannot
be consumed by the still livings. Well, perhaps this is true as the old folks
say that whoever consumed those foods after being offered to spirits will be
So, should we throw away those goodies instead?
No worries, all the food stuffs only need to be warmed up in
the stove for a while and after that they can be enjoyed by anyone. That's all
to it. That will avoid very bad karma of food wastage. That is provided that believe
the theory of karma.
Another reason for not eating after the fact foods is that
those foods would be tasteless after being ‘eaten’ by the spirits. This is
perhaps true as the spirits only consume the smell of those foods and they
cannot digest physical foods. Personally, I still hate to see good foods wasted
Now while we are still at this topic, let us go through some
of the do’s and don’ts of food offerings in Chinese culture:
·Foods can be offered to spirits before any
festivals but never more than 3 days later. The reason is that if food
offerings are not prepared after 3 days, our ancestor will lament desperately (叹冷气) and leave. This lamentation
is called 'the lament of poverty' (穷气)
and consequently our household will be poor.
·Food should be offered to any deceased whose
spirit tablet is still being worship in a household during his/her birthday.
·It is said that toothless toddlers can ‘see’
those spirits consuming those food offerings. So, to avoid those spirits scare
the toddler, normally old folks will not allow toddlers to be around during
food offering sessions.
·Children died below 12 years need not be offered
with foods as they are still considered as minor. According to another saying
is that if the parents offer foods to their deceased children, then these young
spirits will be reborn into the same family and subsequently meet their same
fates again. So, in order to ‘stop’ this cycle of born and reborn; it is best
to stop offering and hence indirectly tell those young spirits that they are no
longer wanted. This is another way to break the karma of the children.
·However if within a household hold, the spirits
of a young child disturbs its siblings; then food offerings should be made to
pacify this young spirit.
Then and again, the Chinese is a multi-ethnic group, so
customs will differ amongst these ethnics. Even within the same group but with
different geographical locations, the customs will differ too. For example,
Taiwanese Chinese will tend to offer more food than the Chinese in SEA due to
their economic status generally speaking.
I don’t know how many ngai lovers are out there; but this is
not something too new as the golden silk ngai has been cultivated through the
ages amongst the Indochinese hill tribes.
Almost everyone who follows this blog will know that there
are many types of ngai plants: the black, the white tiger, the snake, the
cobra, the malai, the centipede, the fire ngai and etc. Each of the ngai spirit
is good for a particular task.
For example: a malai ngai can fly in the air, harm small
children and causing stomach problems.The snake ngai can harm as well as to cure snake bites, the centipede
ngai can harm, cure snake magic and to cure centipede bites. The list just goes
on and on…
Before I go on, if you plant ngai plants; you will notice
that when you put all of your ngai plants together, some of the weaker ones
will whiter and dies off. This is because the stronger plants will devour other
So, in order to get a ‘super’ ngai known as ‘golden silk’;
one only needs to put at least 5 types of ngai plants together in a corner of
your garden and let them devour each other. The place where you want to put all
your ngai plants should be secured and only be accessed by yourself only. Be
careful as not to let your pets or children to go near the area during this
time. Or any creatures stray into the compound may be eaten alive!
The transformation process will take somewhere between 3
months to a year or so. If all of the plants died off; then you will have to
start the exercise again… that will be very costly and time consuming (it took
around 3 years to train a black ngai). In most cases, only one plant will
survive. In my case, the only plant that survived is my banana plant after a
year or so. Now, I am starting to cultivate my new batch of ngai plants and
hope to produce a new breed of golden silk ngai.
At least once a week, preferably during a Thursday night,
you should go to your ngai garden and meditate in the center for an hour or so
to check the integration process. When finally one plant survives, the plant
can be put in a corner and offered it with incense. Or its rhizome can be
boiled, dried and carry it where ever you go. In that case, there is no
possibility to produce more powerful golden silk ngai in future.
When a golden silk ngai is successfully cultivated, it will
show itself to you in the evening as golden silk flashes. In most cases, you
may only catch a glimpse of this flashing light at the corner of your eyes. Unlike
other ngai spirits, this golden silk ngai is a free intelligent spirit that can
move around, so please set up an altar to prevent it from wandering about.
Since this golden silk ngai is intelligent one, so care must
be taken as not to offend this super ngai or it will devour its master. But if
you really take care of it, then the golden silk will reward you handsomely
with added protection much better than the Phra Ngan.