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sent me a link on Teresa Kok’s Chinese New Year greeting video clip. It is a
political satire and some of the issues are more familiar to general Malaysian
folks and the satire is best understood by people who have some familiarity in
Cantonese and Chinese; also one must understand current Malaysian political
I am only
interested in the first part of it as it made use of some astrology ‘stars’. In
order to read the meaning behind it, ‘star’ (星) reads ‘seng’
in Cantonese, it has the same pronunciation as ‘hike’ or ‘rise’ (升).
talk about the type of stars available in Chinese astrology:
have new comers to astrology just hot from the ovens in 2014:
the most devastating stars/hikes are the below:
wonder people say:
upwards now days, only rain falls downwards!”
have a good laugh, and get back to work hard!
are afraid of ghosts. There are basically two types of folks who are not afraid
of ghosts: the first are the Lower Mao Shan Taoists and the other are gamblers.
Mao Shan (下三茅) system works with spirits of the deceased, or
‘ghosts’ for short. Within the Lower Mao Shan School, there are many type of ghost
magic: the notorious 5 ghosts (五鬼混天), the willow kid (柳靈童), the shaman
ghost ritual (沙門練鬼), 5 legionnaires (五營兵) and etc.
speaking, Lower Mao Shan School is a dying art, i.e. you practically can’t find
Lower Mao Shan Taoists now days. So, only gamblers exist these days. If gambling
and money are two main objectives, we cannot pray to Buddha for money as the
Buddha said: everything is ‘empty’, empty and empty. Likewise we cannot pray to
Taoist masters as they said: “By doing nothing, people can do everything.” So
nothing is done indeed.
now are only two options: gods/goddesses and ghosts!
is a Chinese saying that goes:
“It is better to beg
the ghosts than gods.”
is useless to beg the gods and goddesses as they already possess everything
human has to offer. On the other hand, the ghosts have nothing to lose and they
will be happy to enjoy some food offerings and some joss papers in exchange for
their services. It is a win-win deal; why not?
So, if one
is a gambler and one has no Mao Shan background; and yet still want to use our
good brothers (ghosts), I will still list some simple rituals. But my heartiest
advice is not to try as these good brothers are pretty unpredictable.
Ritual 1: Asking the ghost for money (求陰財)
inspired, he/she must first choose a new grave; the grave must be within 49
days of those who died young yet violent. This ritual is best to be performed
alone at night, best if it is a full moon night.
time is right, go to the deceased’s grave with some food offerings, a long
piece of green bamboo, a hammer to strike the bamboo, incense, joss paper and a
pair of white candles.
lighting the candles and incense, arrange the food offerings on the floor and
then strike the bamboo into the grave. The tip of the green bamboo must touch
the top of the coffin cover.
is done, stand in front of the grave again and say out loud what help you
required from the deceased. Wait until the incense and candles are half burnt
then burn the joss papers too.
ghost does appear, do not be afraid for it will not harm the person who performed
variation of this ritual is to pick a new tomb of a woman died in childbirth. In
addition black dog blood is poured into the green bamboo to force the ghost to
comply with the requests.
It is said
that the later ritual is more powerful but the ghost will be difficult to
Ritual 2: Squeezing money from rich deceased (祭陰財)
believe that the rich once kicked the bucket, will still possess certain amount
of fortune (財氣) so if this fortune is not make use of within
49 days, then the fortune will be wasted.
must choose a rich guy’s tomb and that this person must also died of unnatural
offering stuffs as above, but this time there is no need to use the green
bamboo stick. Now one must prepare 5 pieces of color paper each for: green,
red, white, black and yellow. So there all 25 pieces of papers altogether.
paper will subsequently be buried in eastern corner, southern corner, western
corner, northern corner and center.
The idea is
to use the 5 legionnaire armies to gang up against the rich ghost for money.
ritual 1, one has to lay all of the offerings in front of the tomb stone, read
out loud of his/her wish and finally leave the scene without looking back.
ghost may or may not materialize in front of the person, but he/she will visit
the person in his/her dreams. Whatever the case may be, one must tell the ghost
explicitly what he/she wants.
1 and 2 are not suitable now days as most people choose to be cremated and
modern cemeteries are guarded at night. Having said so, we will never know when
we will have such opportunities.
A toman, or giant snakehead is said to be a lelembut's pet.
West, water spirits are called Nymphs or Undines. In Malaysia, there are many types of water spirits and ‘lelembut’ is just one of them. Local folks believe lelembut is same as ‘orang bunian’ in
that they also lead a family life in a village. It is said that a lelembut spirit
looks as if a very pretty maiden holding a toman (giant snakehead) in her arms while
playing beside fresh water lakes. Only a handful of lucky folks can see
lelembut and allowed to enter their village or stay with them.
generally shy away from human civilization. They like to congregate on
wetlands, lakes, rivers and seaside. However, they are not as popular as other
types of spirits as lelembut cannot be kept and control like those of ‘hantu
raya’, ‘polong’ or ‘pelesit’.
dwelling place of lelembut is intruded by mankind, they will move away and
seldom confront the intruders directly. At the place where lelembut stays put,
fishes will be in abundance. Amongst the fishes, it is believed that toman fish
especially large ones are the favorite of lelembut.
The locals said
that experienced anglers who fish at the place controlled by lelembut will go
back empty handed; even though the area is renowned to be abundance with toman
A few years
back I accompanied two angler friends to fish in Kenyer Lake. We were on a boat
rented for one whole day in the hope to catch some toman fish. An adult toman
can grow up to 1m in length and weights around ~20kg or so and it never gives
up without a real struggle. Anglers get the thrill while the toman struggles
for their lives. I am never an angler, actually I was there just to make up the
numbers; my interest then was our next destination: Dungun.
owner was an experience local; he brought us to the western end of the lake and
let us does the fishing while he was minding his own business. While my friends
were fishing from both sides of the boat, I was leaning my back against the aft
of the boat looking towards the bow. I can’t remember how many times I fell
into slumber and how many times I was awoken by the shake of the boat due to
fish pulling fishing lines.
perhaps around 4pm and the surrounding was quite bright. I was half awaken by a
scream, seemed that someone had possibly caught a big fish and by the way the
line was pulled; everyone was certain that it was a big toman. As I moved my
sight from the bow to where the commotion begun; I thought I saw a lady in
white staring at me with seemingly agitated expression. She had wide round eyes,
long straight shoulder length hair, and extremely fair complexion.
in a very soft but sweet voice despite her anger:
“Cukuplah kat tu,
jangan ganggu saudara ku lagi.”
(Enough at this stage
don’t disturb my relatives anymore.)
As soon as
the lady had spoken, a disappointed shout switched my attention to the
commotion. Apparently someone’s line has snapped and the fish just got away.
strange as after the sighting, no one on the boat had caught any fish for the
next two hours until sun set when we called it a day. I am not sure if the
sighting was a lelembut or just my hallucination after sleeping under heat. It
was an interesting mystery for my notebook however.
thought that a Feng Shui sifu must also understand astrology, palmistry and
face reading. This is not really true as there are not many masters of all
trades. Having said so, there are certainly no less fraudulent gurus in the
market. There is a Chinese saying:
(Master of all trades, expert of none.)
The fact is that it is
sufficient by mastering a single type of occult knowledge alone as this already
can make a comfortable living.
Having said so, a Feng Shui
sifu must also have reasonable knowledge in astrology as they are inter related.
Those people who have learnt Flying Star Feng Shui (玄空風水) should also learn the
Purple Star Astrology (紫微斗數) as both systems are related to each other.
Let’s take 8 Characters (八字) for example if a person
is born in winter period, fire element is very important in neutralizing the
winter coldness. So, this type of person should avoid using cold color series
(blue and grey) in his/her bedroom. The bedroom location should ideally not
located at cold direction, namely the north.
I remembered that one of my
rich client, Mr. Foo who stayed in Johor. This gentleman’s 8 characters forbids
water element but he built a large man made tall wall with waterfall besides
other water fountains in the periphery. As if that is not enough, Mr. Foo also constructed
a large fish pond in the center of his living room. I can assure you that you
will definitely be impressed with this 100 square feet mansion.
What happened next was
during the year of metal (庚申); the water element is empowered to the max and Mr. Foo’s business also
dropped to the historical bottom of his career. Apparently, whoever performed
Feng Shui audit on Mr. Foo’s place had overlooked the importance of astrology
living in troubled times with too many things to worry about:
At home, we
worry if our kids are behaving themselves.
we worry that we cannot obtain good marks in exams.
At work, we
worry about our bosses and our work performance report.
festivals, we worry about money and how much to pay parents and in-laws…
just go on and on.
to blame it to our collective bad karma, I offer you below Tibetan mantra taken
from ‘Collected Works of Mipham’.
is specially meant for those people who desire happiness and a calm mind. When
you feel frustrated, despair and your mind is troubled, go out to a place where
you can see the sky: best if you can sit or lying on lawn, stare at the sky and
then recite/sing the below mantra slowly for 7x, 21x, 108x or more:
“TADYATHA: OM TSAMMANYA
recite the above mantra regularly, then you will have a calm mind and free from
It is also
said that this mantra will also bless all of your love ones and that they will
not leave your side. No matter where one goes, he or she will be taken care of,
and that this person will have every success in life.
there are many versions of this mantra, but I am confident the effects and
benefits are as mentioned.
thing, whatever you want to do, never jump off from the window; and please also
don’t get too near the window for I cannot replace your wife or husband!
ways to convert karma is very interesting. To me and according to Confucianism,
we need to go through all of the 5 pillars to purify our current karma. I am no
expert, so let’s just have a light discussion.
It has long
been said in the Chinese community that there are 5 pillars affecting our current
Our fate can be foretold
with palmistry, face reading, astrology and any other fortune telling
techniques. This fate of ours once fixed cannot be changed as it is governed by
our previous karma.
One particular type of palm
is the ‘broken palm’ (斷掌). It is fated that people with this type of palm are persistent, hardworking
and an entrepreneur. This type is traditionally good for men but too strong for
a woman; in yesteryears of course. We all know that things had been changing in
our modern times!
A wise man once said:
“It is only when we know our fate that we will not stand beside a
Thus, it was a scholar’s
responsibility to understand not only his/her fate, but also his/her parents’
as well so as to avoid danger. It is by the deed of taking care of oneself that
prevents our parents from fallen into grief.
2nd Luck (運)
Our luck shows our life
journey during the cycle of times. There is an old saying that goes something
(Having good luck is more important than good
So, good fate is certainly
not enough. For example, if one is cleaver and hardworking, but his/her luck is
not on his/her side and no one wanted to hire this person; then he/she still
starves to death. No matter how well his/her fate is.
Having said so, our luck is
subject to changes with time as we are creating and destroying karma constantly.
For example, the minor lines on our palms will change in time indicating our fate
in current time or near future.
In old days, a scholar must
know his/her parents’ luck and if it is calculated that the parents’ lives are
ending; then he/she shall not travel far for obvious reasons.
3rd Feng Shui (風水)
Feng Shui is a type of
geomancy and it can be subdivided into two branches: the Ying and Yang Feng
Not many people understand
that the original purpose of Feng Shui is not for gaining money, but the art of
Feng Shui is actually meant to look after our parents and our ancestors.
While our parents are
alive, we want them to live comfortably; hence a good Yang Feng Shui. And when
our parents passed away, we want them to rest in peace in Ying Feng Shui.
So, Ying Feng Shui is just
to make sure that our beloved ones will not be disturbed by flood, animals or
4th Education (讀書)
Needless to say, a person
must be educated to make his/her ancestors proud. This is especially true in
ancient China where ordinary folks can only climb up a social ladder through
public exams held by the old dynasties. This fact remains to be true at this
However, time has changed:
there are so many graduates now days with lesser job opportunities; unless
these educated people with a good fate and luck and with silver spoons in their
mouth, they remain helpless.
5th Accumulating merits (積德)
Previous karma can only wear
out but cannot be destroyed, so if we continue to accumulate merits; then good
karma can outweigh the bad ones. There are many ways to accumulate merits:
·Repent, repent and
repent that we are all sinners!
·Donate to the
temples so that the temples can expand to bigger ones.
·Hire monks to perform
deliverance services year after year… though I do wonder how come our ancestors
have so much sin and need deliverance every year…
ghost king paper manikin regardless of costs every year and burn it down in
·And many more…
Just a point to add,
originally according to Confucianism, a scholar should accumulate merits on
behalf of his/her parents so that his parents can have good rebirths. Well,
things have changed since.
According to Confucianism,
we perform the 5 pillar exercises to honor our parents and ancestors. By taking
care of our parents and our ancestors, our blood lines will be looked after by
those spirits and the spirits will help us when in need. And when everything is
in order, our society will prosper.
Having said so, the 5
pillars had been broken and instead of treating them holistically, cunning
modern folks just exploit individual pillar for achieving their selfish gains.