This post is based on 2017 “Grand Duke Talisman charity drive” with updates for 2018.

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.

Like last year, 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.


2018gd2018 is Wu-xu or year of earth-dog. Grand Duke for the year is General Jiang Wu who was a military officer in 16th century Ming DynastyJiang had passed his Imperial military officer exam in 1622 and became an officer renowned for neutralizing banditry.  In 1642, he was ordered to rescue the embattled and besieged national army in Kaifeng City of Henan Province.  General Jiang had refused to retreat when cohort armies were defeated and escaped.  He had kept on fighting and terminating many bandit soldiers until he himself was killed.  He was awarded “róng lù dà fū” (榮祿大夫, similar to western knighthood) posthumously which was inheritable by his descendants.



Wu-xu or year of earth-dog can be challenging for people with Jia-chen and/or Ren-chen pillar in their Bazi charts because these pillars “fan-yin” or “battle” with both the stem and branch of 2018 Grand Duke. It is especially serious if your day-pillar is Jia-chen or Ren-chen because it means something may happen to you or your spouse.

5 out of 12 animal signs have “violated” Grand Duke because dog sign forms 3-penalities with ram and ox.  Dog also clashes dragon and “prosecutes” rooster.

In addition, besides the year branch, if any branch in your Bazi chart has a chen-dragon, 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 chen month branch clash, the effect may happen to daymasters’ parent or sibling.

In general, “clashing Grand Duke” is the most serious violation.   This means people with dragon animal sign should be more cautious this year.

If fortunately or unfortunately, you chart somehow has a xu-chou-wei (dog-ox-ram) 3-penalties, the outcome could be positive or disastrous depending if earth element is favorable or unfavorable to your chart.

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

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

  • DOG (years born: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970,  1982, 1994, 2006, 2018)
  • Symptoms: obstacles, stagnation or running “reverse” instead of forward and not suitable for travels; overspending, digestive sickness, headache, sleeping problem, traffic/ crashing injuries, prone to divorce or separation, money quarrels, do not partnership or offer loans to people;  Damages in career and wealth luck and relationship.   

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

  • DRAGON (years born: 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976,  1988, 2000, 2012)
  • Symptoms: big fluctuations and changes in luck, wealth, career, relationship and health; traffic accident, sickness like liver, eyes, intestine and stomach, surgery, may be pregnant, losing competitions/wealth, moving, death,  negative romance, quarrels and etc.

SPECIAL NOTE:  If your were born in a dragon day or dragon hour, you are also clashing Grand Duke for 2018!

3.  “Hai” or “prosecuting” the animal sign of Grand Duke 害太岁– people with rooster sign

  • ROOSTER (years born: 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981,  1993, 2005, 2017) 
  • Symptoms: better luck than 2017; backstabbing at work, bad interpersonal relationship, marital disharmony,  jinxing close relatives (esp. older ones, spouse and children),  jealousy from others and minor health problems   

4.  “Xing” or “penalizing” the animal sign of Grand Duke 刑太岁—- people with ox sign 

  • OX (years born: 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973,  1985, 1997, 2009)
  • Symptoms:  conflicts, backstabbing, injury, financial disagreements, lawsuits, scares, be careful with friends, romance problem and negative peach blossoms.

5.  “Po” or “damaging”  (also penalizing) the animal sign of Grand Duke 破太岁—- people with ram sign 

  • RAM (years born: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015) 
  • Symptoms:  busy for trivial things, consuming/ losing wealth, minor health problems, negative romance, marital problem, backstabbing, prone to missing articles and obstacles in work.


1.  House violating Grand Duke


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In 2018 wu-xu year, if your house faces xu-dog mountain or NW1 (292.5 to 307.5 degree, ) 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 NW1 direction.  The opposite side of Grand Duke is Year-breaker (Sui-po, SE1).  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.

2.  Desk violating Grand Duke

If your desk or wherever you sit for an extended time faces Xu-dog mountain or NW1 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 NW1 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 NW1 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. 

4.  Marriage direction violating Grand Duke

If you get married and the relative direction of your new marital residence to the old residence is facing NW1 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:

  • homeless shelter
  • Save-the-Children (
  • UNICEF (United Nation Children’s Fund)
  • Smile Train (
  • children hospital
  • food shelves/soup kitchen
  • Red Cross
  • animal shelter/ humane society
  • Doctors without border (

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. gender (sex): 
  3. city:
  4. country:

    Get your Grand Duke Talismans before Feb. 3, 2018 if possible.  Year of Dog will start on Feb. 4, 2018 (5:30 am).  Your individually consecrated digital talisman will be emailed to you in about 1 week after receiving your proof of donation.

    Thank you for participating in this charity drive.

    Ken Lai