The Hungry Ghost Festival
The Chinese customs trust that the time of the year when the Hungry Ghosts are unleashed from ‘’Hell” can be extremely threatening to those on Earth. We are being urged to be particularly careful during the night time this month. It is important to stay vigilant to where you drive, be cautious when strolling on bustling walkways and when using any type of travel. Individuals have to practice vigilance to steer clear of adversities brought upon by interference in the chi energy during this month and one method would be to accept more yang than yin energy. A simple method to kick start this action is by donning brighter colours rather than dull and gloomy ones.
Here are 8 Feng Shui items/figures that can give additional shielding against the Hungry Ghosts:
The general Kuan Ti was eventually recognized as ‘Kwan Kung’, the most well-known general in the Chinese history, which gave him the God of War Title. Other than combat power, Kwan Kung is also known as the God of Wealth, as he can attract wealth especially when there is competition involved. With these two powers, he is perhaps the most useful Taoist deity to keep in a home. It is important to place his image or statue facing the front door, so that spirits will be too frightened to enter the house. Therefore, the fiercer the look on the statue, the better.
In Chinese Mythology, the deity known as the ghost catcher is called ‘Zhong Kui’. This is because his image is scary enough to chase any wandering spirits away. He offers strong protection from harmful energy when placed in a home, therefore it is important to place a statue of him in the living room. He is often shown with bats, a symbol of great happiness and abundant good fortune.
The Universal Cosmic Tortoise is a plague that contains powerful talismans and it is especially well known in Tibet and Nepal. It is believed to protect homes from negative energy and wandering spirits, especially if placed in an elevated place in the house.
Fu Dogs a.k.a Chinese Guardian Lions often come in pairs and are placed in an elevated position on both sides of the main gate or door of a home or office. These mythical creatures have the ability to ward off evil spirits and protect the place. The male should be placed on the left side of the door, while the female should be placed on the right. However, the placement does not take away their power.
The elliptical coin also known as the ‘Tian Bao Di Bao Coin’ is used for protection. On one side, the coin depicts a pair of crossed swords to ward off negative energies and evil forces. On the flip side, it has a tortoise which symbolizes longevity.
The Seven Star Sword magical sword, known in Chinese as “Pi Hsieh” which means “sword that wards of evil”, was used by Taoist priests in ancient China. It was a potent protector against the killing breath (“shar chi”) which often brought all things bad. Therefore, it is important to display this item in your home or office to chase away bad energy.
The Hum pendant is believed to represent the foundation of all mantras and prayers that exist. Wear the pendant at your heart to keep you from harm that might approach from the 8 directions of the compass plus those above and below. If you feel you might be in jeopardy, chant quietly “Hum Hum Hum Hum.
Na Zha is one of Heaven’s most powerful deities and he is known for his power to spit fire and overcome demons and ghosts, which is especially useful during the Hungry Ghost month. It is best to position his statue near your home’s front door.