As the month of August draws nearer, we would like to remind our readers to begin necessary preparations for the Hungry Ghost Month! This is the time of the year where the Gates of the Spirit World, both Heaven and Hell unleash host of spirits to roam the Earth.
During this lunar month, Chinese practitioners around the world spend the month offering rituals and feasts to appease these spirits who are said to rise from the lower realms to roam the earth. It is believed that the day of the Hungry Ghost, which falls on the 15th night of the 7th month, is when the gates of Heaven and Hell is opened up completely, releasing billions of spirits to freely visit those in the human realm.
This year, Hungry Ghost month starts from the end of July – and runs between the 31st July to the 28th August 2011. The Night of the Hungry Ghost where the gates are 100% open,falls on the western Calendar date of 14th August.
|We would like to remind our readers that during the period, it is advisable to be extra careful when you are out at night, taking extra care when you drive out late at night or when travelling to destinations outside your protected home. It is also VITAL to perform incense appeasement ritual (see below) and strengthen your protective ENERGIES|
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HUNGRY GHOSTS...
Hungry Ghosts are called “hungry” because by their nature theyare unable to satisfy their hunger or thirst through eating ordinary food or water. To be fed, they are only able to smell the smoke of incense and the aroma of food – and so naturally they become really happy and appeased when incense or other special food items are burned and offered to them. These very desperate ghosts are trapped in between realms; they are constantly suffering from extreme deprivation - so when left unappeased it’s not surprising that they start to cause mischief to those whose chi energy levels are on the low side – for example, those whose astrological fengshuior house fengshui for the year is afflicted and whose “jioon” or life force is weak. Hence during this Hungry Ghost Month, more than ever,it is so essential to perform incense offerings for these poor spirits – perhaps even every night!
|Incense Offering Ritual
The Incense Offering Ritual is a very POWERFUL way to remove obstacles caused by wandering and local spirits of the land. It is normally done about 2-3 times a week, but during the Hungry Ghost month, it is beneficial to do this every evening. The best time for this is around dusk, just after sunset. Light up sweet smelling incense (like kemenyen or sandalwood) and chant this special incense offering mantra as you walk clockwise around your rooms and outside your home while holding your incense burner:
After completing the walk-about your home, dedicate all the incense and offerings to the holy beings, dakinis, angels, spiritual protectors, local landlords, and wandering spirits around you and request that they look after you instead of harm you. Let the incense burn till it has finished burning. In addition to incense rituals, it is a good idea to strengthen the protective energies of the home during this month. Read our article on "6 Ways to Stay Protected During the Hungry Ghost Month"