One of the events that cannot be missed during the Chinese New Year is the welcoming of the God of Prosperity (CaiShen). It is a cultural significant that has been blended into the practice of FengShui. More importantly is the application of FengShui in receiving Qi during a particular hour of prayer with relation to the altar. Thus, such act of devotion has become a must among the Chinese during the New Year Eve. As the Eve of the Lunar New Year is based on the Lunar calendar, it is significant if such act of devotion is based on the Solar calendar instead which is the arrival of LiChun, February the 4th at 12:32pm. That marks the importance of not having a blind year to begin with.
There are basically 3 steps in receiving the God of Prosperity such as: -
- Identify the House Structure based on the annual Purple White and the locations of the Human Portal. In the application of the 8 Doors, both SanHe and SanYuan methods will differ in its structure. So care has to be taken so that the technique is consistent with the method applied.
- Set up the altar table to receive such Qi, when the 8 Doors open at a specific hour in relation to the House structure.
- Select a time, where it is favorable to commence prayer. The order is the hour must support the structure and the structure must support the Host (You). Follow whichever methods deemed fit in according to your preference be it Buddhism, Daoism or Confucian.
Who is the God of Prosperity? In the genre of Metaphysics, the God of Prosperity is the resemblance of the 3 Nobles, FuLu and Shou, 福祿壽 being the personification of the 3 stars or body of Qi that will have their impact on Earth, comes every LiChun. Besides these stars, there are other stars which may be malignant instead. So, it has become prudent for the informed Chinese to actually practice receiving the God of Prosperity based on a specific hour and day. So a consultation of the Oracle Book, ThongSheng is of paramount important. The art of understanding the book rest on the proficiency of the reader, usually also a Chinese Metaphysics practitioner. His background knowledge in the application of the annual Purple White chart is to enable him to locate the correct placement of the 8 Doors, where the door of Nobility, Growth, Open and Scenery are the portals for the arrivals of the 3 Nobles aka God of Prosperity. With a correct structure and timing, one is able to receive such Qi. This is called receiving the God of Prosperity.
A glimpse on the above annual Purple White chart with its corresponding 8 Doors, we understand that the palace of Xun, Li, Kun, Zhen and Kan are protected. So, we need not worry too much with all the untimely malignant stars that may visit these palaces. So, all the 1 – 9 stars in these protected palaces can be used. Whereas the palaces of Dui, Qian and Gen, would require some fine tuning. There are benevolent stars visiting the palaces of Gen and Qian. Only the palace of Dui having a 7-9 combination may spell disaster, potentially fire disaster. So, make sure that this palace is free of ShaQi within view such as broken mountain, Pylons and gushing rivers. Get a competent master to advise you on how to tap into the favorable 1, 4, 6, 8 and 9 stars for immediate results. You will be fascinated how fast, would the God of Prosperity arrive at your door step especially for punters.
From the same chart, we also see the locations of these 8 doors. There are different ways of arraying the doors be it in the Yin or Yang Dun formations. Some practitioners would base on QiMen 24 seasonal nodes to determine its YinYang arrangement whereas, in the practice of others such as SanYuan QiMen, its YinYang arrangement may be within the 24 mountain configurations or even within its inherent sub-sectors. Remember, it is always the correlation between heaven and earth Qi preferences. These we would leave it to the readers and in summary, Qian palace would see the arrival of the God of Nobility, Kan and Dui palaces would see the arrival of God of Wealth or the God of Happiness, Xun palace with the arrival of the God of Opportunity. Between all these palaces, Dui palace is less favorable.
Knowing where the heavenly stars are within the earthly palaces and the locations of the human doors, the triune of SanCai is formed, thus making the other methods of receiving Qi much easier to apply be it DaGua or QiMen.
To all our QuanYuan fans and friends who wrote in and asked about the Chinese New Year makeover, we hope that our above said explanation sheds some light into the delicate art of receiving the arrival of the God of Prosperity. Drop a note to Lenny if you wish to receive the arrival of the God of Prosperity the Daoist way.
Meanwhile, let us contemplate. If there are Three Nobles visiting your house one day and you can only invite one to come in, who would you invite? The God of Good Luck (Fu) 福, the God or Wealth (Lu) 祿 or the God of Longevity (Shou) 壽?