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Monday, September 3, 2012
Moving Into A New House (喬遷)
Hmm... the above picture is moving house to a new location, not exactly what I meant by "moving into a new house".
I guess one
point in time, we would move into a new house. Some people will move more times
than others. Moving house is a big event for the old Chinese as in old society;
a house may be dwelled for one generation or so, or at least for 10 or 20 years’
period. At present days however, as the price of property keep rising; I think
we are no better off than our forefathers. Once stay put, unless our house loan
is paid in full; we would not be able to move anywhere.
So let us
look into the proper rituals to ensure that we are attuned to our new dwelling.
There are a few steps as with any other Taoist rituals, assuming that your
dream house is already selected:
a.This is the next
important thing only next to obtaining a house of good Feng Shui. There is a
saying: “If you cannot get a house of good Feng Shui, at least a good date for
the sake of your well being.”
definition “Sha” is harmful energy. So this energy must be neutralized before
move in otherwise the new tenants will find no peace. This is normally done by
throwing a mixture of tea leaves, raw rice and salt all over the house. Now the
house is sealed until the move in of the deities and ancestors.
that the house is ready to be dwelled.
deities and ancestor tablets (入神)
a.As a general rule,
before the actual moving of the human; the household deities and ancestor
tablets must go in first. This move must as usual, in accordance with an
a.Now the furniture
and the rest of the household items are moved in.
6.Praying to four
a.Once you are in
your new house, you must perform a ritual to thank the spirits of the four
corners for their acceptance of you and your family as the master of the house.
b.This is a simple
ritual that when you have settled everything, put some food offering at all
four corners, including the center of your house.
c.Now, bring a kettle
to the center of your house and boil some water. Once the water is boiled, add
some tea leaves into the boiling water.
d.At the end of the
praying session, let each of the house members drink some tea. By doing so will
make sure that everyone is blessed and fit to stay in the new environment.
a.Perform a short
offering and prayer in front of your house to thank the local spirits for their
admit the above steps are a little lengthy and troublesome in this modern fast
path society. But if you think of the hardship of owning a new house and you would be able to live a more comfortable life
for the next twenty years or so, then it may be worthwhile to give the rituals