Pacifying and Enshrining Tai Sui Through the Ritual Use of Offerings
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According to Hsieh Chi Pien Fang Shu, Tai Sui is the deity in charge of the current year who rules over all the deities. There is one Tai Sui that regulates each year based on the Sixty Cycles, therefore there are total of 60 Tai Sui. Each Tai Sui has great power. People respect him highly, and are afraid to offend him because it would cause harm and bad luck to come to them. To avoid offending the Tai Sui of the year, people pacify and enshrine the Tai Sui of the year.
2013 is Gui Si year with the Chinese zodiac sign of Snake. The Tai Sui is Xu Shun. So people born with the zodiac sign of the Pig which clashes with the Year of the Snake are considered to be "offending the Tai Sui." And people born in the Year of the Snake are considered to be "situated at the Tai Sui." Therefore both need to pacify and enshrine Xu Shun, the Tai Sui of the year.
On the morning of Month 1 Day 9, which is Feb 18, 2013, one must fill in their names at the lower left hand corner of the talisman, prepare incense, candles, tea, wine, rice, joy paper or paper money and various entrees for a heavenly offering. Place the talisman on the alter, then recite your name and the date, and ask the Tai Sui of the year to come to them and protect them against evil, expel all inauspicious energy, and bestow blessings upon the entire family so that there will be wealth, success, health and longevity. Burn the joy paper or paper money, then splash the wine on the burning paper money or joy paper. Then the ritual is considered completed.
If one cannot do it on Month 1 Day 9, then they can choose any auspicious day to do the method to ensure safely, success, prosperity and avoid bad luck.
On every full moon, you will need to do the same offering to Tai Sui until Month 12 Day 24, which is January 24, 2014. On that day, you prepare incense, candles, tea, wine, rice, joy paper or paper money and various other things for heavenly offering. Take the talisman down and burn it while reciting your name and give thanks to the Tai Sui for taking care of you and your family for the whole year. Also request the Tai Sui to report all the good deeds that you did to the Jade Emperor.
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