This post is based on 2015 “Grand Duke Talisman charity drive” with updates for 2017.

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.

For 2017, I have added the topic for house violating Grand Duke, the cure is either avoiding activities/ earth-digging or using the Grand Duke talisman in the Grand Duke location.


2015 is Yi-wei or year of wood-ram. Grand Duke for the year is General Tang Jie who was a military officer in Song Dynasty (618- 907).  Tang was born with super physical prowess.  He was humble and respected by local folks.  He had passed the government military officer exam and become a military officer.   

General Tang was ordered to stop the bandit disturbance in the South.  He had neutralized the bandit chief and decapitated 58 bandits.   Local people were no longer under the threat of plunder and killing.  The government had rewarded Tang with higher rank and silver.



Ding-you or year of  fire-rooster can be challenging for people with Gui-mao or Xin-mao 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  Gui-mao or Xin-mao because it means something may happen to you or your spouse.

In addition, besides the year branch, if any of the branch in your Bazi chart has a mao-rabbit, that branch is also clashing Grand Duke.  The effect may be seen from the people and events represented by that branch location.  For example, if you have a mao month branch clash, the effect may happen to daymasters’ parent or sibling.

 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 rooster sign

ROOSTER : years born– 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981,  1993, 2005, 2017  

Symptoms: obstacles, stagnation or running “reverse” instead of forward and not suitable for travels.  Damages in career and wealth luck and relationship.  Rooster also “self-penalizing” itself when runs into rooster year.

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

RABBIT: years born– 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011  

Symptoms: big fluctuations in luck, wealth, career, relationship and health; traffic accident, hurt by metal object, sickness, surgery, losing competitions/wealth, moving, death,  negative romance, quarrels and etc.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Mao-you clash is a powerful clash involving wood and metal battling– negative romance causing serious financial loss or even death or traffic accidents and surgery (injuries by metal).  If your chart has zi-rat, it will get even worse.  If your chart has both zi-rat and wu-horse, pump up your life insurance policy because you have all the 4-cardinal clashes elementszi, wu, mao and you.

 3. “Hai” or “prosecuting” the animal sign of Grand Duke 太岁— people with dog sign

DOGyears born– 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970,  1982, 1994, 2006  

Symptoms: backstabbing at work, bad interpersonal relationship, jealousy from others, emotional problems, success slips away in the last minute and low Feng Shui luck.

 4. Po” or “damaging” the animal sign of Grand Duke 太岁— people with rat sign

RATyears born– 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

Symptoms: interpersonal relationship problems, negative romance, marital problem, backstabbing, skin and nervous system problemsdue to over-confidence and extreme/ radical positions.


1.  House violating Grand Duke

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In 2017 ding-you year, if your house faces You-rooster mountain or W2 (262.5 to 277.5 degree, west) direction, your house is said to be “violating Grand Duke.”  House violating GD will affect the overall luck, health and well-being of the people living inside.  The remedy is either avoiding movements, construction, earth-digging and demolition there or put up a Grand Duke talisman facing W2 direction.  The opposite side of Grand Duke is Year-breaker (Sui-po, E2 or east).  This location should avoid digging and activities too.

Even with the GD talisman, if you need to do construction, you still need to do a date-selection for an auspicious date and start digging on a non-GD direction and finish last on the GD direction.  I have checked through the year of Rooster and compiled a construction calendar with dates that can over-ride the effect of Grand Duke, San-sha and 5-yellow star.  Please look for info in this blog in the near future.

2.  Desk violating Grand Duke 

If your desk or wherever you sit for an extended time faces You-rooster mountain or W2 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 W2 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.

3.  Moving direction violating Grand Duke

If you move to a new house or residence, the relative direction from your old house to the new house is facing W2 grand Duke direction, you are considered “violating GD“.  Remedy will be choosing an auspicious date to move or at the least, choose a different route of traveling, like driving to a different direction in the beginning, take a break for 15 minutes or more and then to the final destination.  This will convert the original GD direction to a non-GD direction. You may carry a GD talisman too.

4Marriage direction violating Grand Duke

If you get married and the relative direction of your new marital residence to the old residence is facing SW2 grand Duke direction,  you are considered “violating GD”.  Remedy will be choosing an auspicious date to move or at the least, choose a different route of traveling, like driving to a different direction in the beginning, take a break for 15 minutes or more and then to the final destination.  This will convert the original GD direction to a non-GD direction.  You may carry a GD talisman too.


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 previous years: your charity donation of US$30 or more to any legitimate local or international charity will get you a specially blessed Grand Duke talisman with your name inscribed (see below for special rate for countries with lower annual income per capita).    Here are some sample charities suggested in the past drives:

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 to calculate the equivalent of US$30 to your local currency)

NOTE:  People from countries with annual personal income per capita income below US$8000.00 can use the “under-employed and unemployed rate.

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 with the following info:
1.  user name:
2.  city
3.  country

Get your Grand Duke Talismans before Feb. 3, 2017 if possible.  Year of Rooster will start on Feb. 3, 2017.  Your individually consecrated digital talisman will be emailed to you in about 2 weeks after receiving your proof of donation.

Thank you for participating in this charity drive.

 Ken Lai