This post is based on last year’s “Grand Duke Talisman charity drive” with uImagepdates for 2013.

The “extra strength” 2012 GD talisman seems to have saved you from the 2012 end of the world event.

If you have read my old message about functions of Grand Duke, you know that there are two Grand Dukes watching over your shoulder, counting the good and bad deeds that you have done and executing rewards and misfortunes accordingly. This is a major rationale that donation to get your Grand Duke talisman.  When your talisman is grounded with a charitable deed, GD is less likely to execute any misfortunes due from your karma account.


2013 is Gui-Si or year of water-snake. Grand Duke for the year is General Xu Dan who was a military officer in Han Dynasty (25- 220 AD). Xu was known for his bravery and generosity.  He had conquered the barbarian tribes and small kingdoms that had plagued the west side of China with an army of volunteers. Over 50 tribes and kingdoms were annexed into the Han Kingdom with Xu‘s help.


Si or year of Snake can be very dangerous for people with Shen (monkey) and Yin (tiger) signs because these signs can form “Yin-Si-Shen 3-penalties”.   People with this penalty usually jinx their close relative to major sickness/ injury or even death.  However,  some people may experience meteoric rise to fame overnight if the 3-penalties elements are favorable in their Bazi chart.  People with Hai or pig sign in their Bazi chart may suffer injuries caused by fire or water.

Here are the four groups of people who need Grand Duke Talismans:

1. “Fu-yin” or same animal sign of Grand Duke 值太岁— people with SNAKE sign

  • BIRTH YEARS: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001
  • SYMPTOMS: obstacles, stagnation or running “reverse” instead of forward and not suitable for travels.

2. “Fan-yin” or “clashing” the animal sign of Grand Duke 冲太岁— people with PIG sign

  • BIRTH YEARS: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
  • SYMPTOMS: big fluctuations in luck, accident, sickness, surgery, losing competitions/ wealth, moving, death, changing job

3. “Hai” or “harming” the animal sign of Grand Duke 害太岁— people with TIGER sign

  • BIRTH YEARS: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
  • SYMPTOMS: backstabbing at work, and success slips away in the last minute

4. “Po” or “breaking” the animal sign of Grand Duke 破太岁— people with MONKEY sign (also penalizing GD)

  • BIRTH YEARS: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004
  • SYMPTOMS: legal problems, accidents, injuries by knife, low luck and personal safety problems


If your house faces Si mountain or SSE direction, you need to put up a Grand Duke talisman facing that direction and avoid construction, earth-digging and demolition there.

If your desk or wherever you sit for an extended time faces Si or SSE direction, you can put up a Grand Duke talisman there for protection.  It is not auspicious to face the Grand Duke direction.  It weakens your competition power in business/career and examinations. 


The offer is: your charity donation of US$30 or more to any legitimate local or international charity will get you a specially blessed Grand Duke talisman. Here are some examples of donations already done:

  • animal protection shelter
  • homeless shelter
  • Save-the-Children
  • children hospital
  • food shelves/soup kitchen
  • and more…..

Donation made to help alleviate an urgent human/ animal need or suffering (e.g., feeding the hungry, tornado victims or homeless) gets you more karma credits than donation to public good or improvement of public life like church/ temple or public radio/TV.

If you are worried about privacy issues and future solicitations– please be assured that I will not email you in the future other than sending a note that your talisman is sent. You will send me NO money. You send your money directly to your favorite local or international charity. You do not even need to pay me postage. You do NOT need to purchase any additional item from me or anyone else. No future solicitation of any type will be sent to you. This offer is for people who have no access to Daoist temples.  Please support your local temple if you have access to one.

If you need more than one Grand Duke Talismans, here is the discount schedule:

  1. one talisman US$30 donation (US$5 if you are unemployed/under-employed)
  2. two talismans US$50 donation ($10 if unemployed /under-employed )
  3. three talismans US$60 donation ($15 if unemployed /under-employed )

(you may go to to calculate the equivalent of US$30 to your local currency)

Talisman that is grounded with a charitable event works more effectively because it has an exchange of one type of energy for protection energy.

All talismans sent are individually purified, bless and stamped with the seal of a major deity. The ritual itself normally has a suggested donation of US$50- 100.

To claim your talismans and application instructions, please forward your donation receipt with the talisman recipient names and address to:

All talisman claims will be sent by First Class mail in USA and air-mail outside USA.

Get your Grand Duke Talismans before Feb. 4, 2013 if possible.

 Ken Lai