Chinese New Year is is around the corner and Receiving the God of Wealth is a tradition for some of us and how this article that i find is a good reference for any starter.
Based on detailed calculation, this year is a good year to receive the God of Wealth on the first day of Chinese New Year. The God of Wealth this year brings immense wealth and abundance of good fortune.
This year, the God of Wealth is coming from the EAST.
On the first day, the daily Lo Shu number 8 shines in the center of your home. This means that homes facing East or West are very lucky today as they gain the Heaven Star 6 in the East and the Victory Star 1 in the West. Therefore, homes that face East will enjoy plenty of wealth, prosperity, and unexpected career advancements if they invite the God of Wealth to come into their home. Homes that face West gain the luck of being victorious all through the year.
Just because your home does not face East or West does not mean you cannot greet the God of Wealth. All you need is to have an open space in your garden that allows you to face East when you set up the offering table.
THE RECEIVING RITUAL
To receive the God of Wealth, select an auspicious hour according to your animal sign of birth. The table below provides time guides for the welcoming ritual. (Note: for those born in the Year of Dog, you are advised NOT to receive the God of Wealth, as this day is your conflict animal sign day.)
***My Timing to receive the Star of Wealth(E), Star of Nobility(NE) and Star of Happiness(NW) is on 22 January 2023 between 1.00am to 2.59am(1.40am)***
Time: 12am to 1am (Rat Hour)
Auspicious: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Dragon, Snake, & Boar
Inauspicious: Horse, Sheep & Rooster
Time: 11am to 1pm (Horse Hour)
Auspicious: Ox, Tiger, Dragon, Horse, Sheep, & Boar
Inauspicious: Rat, Rabbit, Snake, Rooster & Monkey
Firstly, take a shower. It is important to receive God of Wealth with a clean body and new clothes.
Secondly, use the compass to locate the East direction. Turn your altar table to face the East direction. Place an incense burner in the center of the table. Place all ingredients on a red-colored plate behind the incense burner. Place two sets of three small cups in front of the incense burner. Make two rows. Pour the tea into the first row of cups and white rice wine into the second row of cups. Behind all offerings and incense joss pot, place the image of the Choy San. Make sure that your Choy San is coming from the East.
When you are ready, you can start to receive the God of Wealth at the auspicious time selected.
Light the candles on the altar in your home and turn on all the lights and open all doors and windows. Make three prostrations to the Deities on your altar, then light the candle and 3 large incense sticks on the small table set up outside the house.
The Patriarch of the family should hold 3 large incense sticks and prostrate to the God of Wealth. When making prayers, he should hold the incense stick in both hands and kneel down facing East. He must invite the God of Wealth to come into the house and make the request on behalf of the family members. Then he should place the large incense sticks into the incense burner. Light the medium incense sticks and distribute 3 incense sticks to the rest of your family members. Everyone should pray to the God of Wealth and invite him into the home.
When incense sticks are burnt half way, focus your mind on inviting the God of Wealth into your home. After that, make a toast. Pour 3 cups of tea (about 80%) to the floor. Then, you make the second toast of the wine. Pour 80% of the wine of the 3 cups onto the floor.
Light three incense sticks and hold with both hands. As you do so, visualize the God of Wealth walking in front of you and entering your house bringing your home all kinds of wealth luck. Another member of your family can carry the Choy San with both hands and walk in front of you.
Let the God of Wealth enter your house first before your foot enters your house. Go straight to your altar at home. Place the incense sticks on the incense burner. Now inform the deities on your altar that you have invited in the God of Wealth into your home. Place 3 cups of rice wine as offering to your gods of wealth as well as 3 freshly lit joss sticks. Display the God of Wealth in the East corner of your home for the duration of the 15 days of New Year and on the 16th day, you can place the Choy San in the South corner or facing your main door.
Ingredients to pray to the God of Wealth:
- God of Wealth
- 3pcs of large incense sticks and a pack of medium incense sticks.
- Two sets of 3pcs small size porcelain cup (for tea and white wine)
- One set of red candles
- One “Fatt Gou” cake
- One “Fatt Choi” vegetable
- Five types of fruits
- Mushrooms, Pineapple
- Sweets, “Lian Kou”
- Pot of Gold, Gold Bar, Gold Ingots, I Ching coins
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