January 2015

This post is based on last year’s “Grand Duke Talisman charity drive” with updates for 2015.

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. Another rationale for donation is the exchange of energy– using a charitable deed in exchange of protection energy from Grand Duke.

2015 is Yi-wei or year of wood-ram. Grand Duke for the year is General Yang Xian who was a military officer in Song Dynasty (960- 1279).  Yang was interested in alchemy and metaphysics since his childhood.  He had traveled and lived as a hermit in various holy mountains.  A government official Master Zhu had invited Yang to stay in his home for a few years.  Yang could predict future very accurately.  One day, after a banquet, Yang suddenly told Zhu that he will leave the earth. Yang had died later without any sickness.  

Two years later, on his way to the capital, Zhu ran into Yang suddenly.  They had chatted like old acquaintances.  Zhu had inquired about what had happened, but Yang did not answer.  later, Zhu had returned to his hometown and went to check Yang’s tomb.  He had opened the tomb and found the tomb was empty.

Yi-wei or year of  wood-ram can be challenging for people with Ji-chou or xin-chou pillar in their Bazi charts because these pillars “fan-yin” or “battle” with both the stem and branch of the Grand Duke.  It is especially serious if your day-pillar is  Ji-chou or xin-chou pillar because it means something may happen to you or your spouse.

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 RAM sign
Birth years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003
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 OX sign
Birth years: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
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 RAT sign
Birth years: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
Symptoms: backstabbing at work, and success slips away in the last minute

4. “Xing” or “penalizing” the animal sign of Grand Duke 太岁– people with DOG sign 
Birth years: 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
Symptoms: legal problems, accidents, injuries by knife, disloyalty from lover, subordinates, coworkers and friends (penalty of ingratitude)

If your house faces Wei mountain or SW1 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 Wei mountain or SW1 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. However, if you arrange your seat so that SW1 will be at your back (and put a Grand Duke talisman there), you will get Grand Duke as support and is good for competition and business.

This year we use digital delivery of Grand Duke Talismans because “snail mail” is slow and prone to losses.  Ken Lai will create a GD Talisman with user name, city and country imprinted, bless and “activate” individually on screen digitally.  This unique activated GD file will be emailed to you.  You can print as many copies as you want (but for one unique-named person only).  In this way, you can replace soiled or damaged talismans.  You can carry one talisman in your wallet and post one in your home and/or office for Feng Shui remedy.  You get more “mileage” from a single donation this way. 

The offer is the same as last year: 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:

  • homeless shelter
  • Save-the-Children (http://www.savethechildren.org)
  • UNICEF (United Nation Children’s Fund)
  • Smile Train (www.smiletrain.org)
  • children hospital
  • food shelves/soup kitchen
  • Red Cross
  • animal shelter/ humane society

Donation made to help alleviate an urgent human/ animal need or suffering (e.g., feeding the hungry, tornado/ typhoon victims or homeless) gets you more karma credits than donation for 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. You will send me NO money. You send your money directly to your favorite local or international charity.  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:
 –one talisman US$30 donation (US$5 if you are unemployed/under-employed)
 –two talismans US$50 donation ($10 if unemployed /under-employed )
 –three talismans US$60 donation ($15 if unemployed /under-employed )
(you may go to http://www.xe.com 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.

To claim your talismans and application instructions, please forward your donation receipt with the talisman recipient names and address to kenlai88@yahoo.com with the following info:

1.  user name:
2.  city
3.  country
4.  printer info:  color?   black and white?
5.  paper size used:  eg.  Letter, A4, etc

Get your Grand Duke Talismans before Feb. 4, 2015 if possible.

Thank you for participating in this drive.

 Ken Lai

 email: kenlai88@yahoo.com

Yi-wei or year of Wood Ram will start in a few weeks.  You may want to fix the regions that will become “dangerous” to fix or dig after Feb.3, 2015 now.

This year I make things “visual” by putting the locations of Grand Duke, Sui Po and San Sha directly on the 24 mountains template with the annual star chart for the Year of Ram.  2015_fs

Annual chart is based on Purple White Method which holds that 1, 6, 8 and 9-star locations are auspicious. 2-black sickness and 5-yellow disaster star locations are inauspicious.  

Therefore, for current year, Southeast sector with 2-black sickness star is the second inauspicious.  West sector with 5-yellow disaster star is the most inauspicious, especially one of the San Sha is also there.  

Tai Sui or Grand Duke sits on Wei mountain or SW1 and Sui Po or Year Breaker in Chou mountain or NE1.  You definitely do not want movements and especially “moving earth” (digging or construction) in these regions.  

If the annual star chart of your house has 2-sickness star in the SE, you need to put metal or coin-solution cure there, especially if you have a door there. Same scenario and remedies and precautions if you have a 5-yellow disaster star in the west sector of your house. 

Minimal Feng Shui” is to fix only 2-5, 5-5, and 9-5 star combinations in regions with activities. Also keep these areas clean and no piles of clutters or garbage (because this becomes the “form” to activate the bad stars).  You don’t need to put up remedies or Feng Shui monsters in all 9-palaces of your house, especially in region of no activity like storage room and guest room.


Grand Duke is at Wei mountain (SW1) — minimize movements and avoid construction or digging. If your house is facing Wei mountain , your house is said to be “Chong” or clashing Grand Duke. You may want to put a Grand Duke Talisman there for protection or at least minimize movements there. It will help your competitive power if you sit with your back facing Grand Duke (but NOT yourself facing GD!)

Sui Po or year-breaker is at Chou mountain (NE1)– avoid construction or digging.

San Sha or 3-killings are at Shen (SW3), You (W2) and Xu (NW1) mountains — avoid construction or digging.  You may face San Sha locations but not sit on these locations with your back facing them.

5-yellow disaster star at Dui palace (W)- avoid construction or digging and movements. San Sha sits in Dui palace with 5-yellow– definitely be very careful when you do constructions and movement here!

Yang nobleman sign for this year is Shen (monkey).  Yin nobleman is Zi (rat).

You need to do a good date-selection if you need to do construction in any of the above locations (mountains/ palace) or better doing it before end of the current year (horse year).

People with ox and ram zodiac sign should avoid seeing putting corpse in coffin or burial for this year.

Happy New Year! 

Ken Lai

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