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Staying Safe Throughout Hungry Ghost Month

We are now firmly in August, the month of the Hungry Ghost, and Chinese around the world make preparations to appease and protect themselves from hungry Spirits that roam the lands for a month! This cosmic phenomenon begins on the 7th lunar month of every year, where the Gates of the Spirit world unleash millions of spirits to roam the world.

In 2014, Hungry Ghost month starts from 27th July - and runs for a month up to 24th August 2014. The Night of the Hungry Ghost where the gates are 100% open, falls on the western Calendar date of 10th August. During this entire month it is advisable to be extra careful especially while you are out at night, or travelling to destinations outside your protected home. It is also VITAL to perform incense appeasement ritual (see below) and strengthen the protective ENERGIES of your home.


Hungry Ghosts are called “hungry” because by their nature they are 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 are very desperate ghosts who 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 feng shui or house feng shui for the year is afflicted and whose “ji oon” or life force is weak. Hence during this Hungry Ghost Month, more than ever, it is so essential to perform incense offerings - perhaps even every night!

The Incense Offering Ritual is a very POWERFUL way to remove obstacles caused by wandering and local spirits of the land. It is done about 2-3 times a week, but during the Hungry Ghost month, it is beneficial to do this every evening or as often as you can. 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.


When billions of wandering spirits roam the earth, the likelihood of accidents, mishaps and robberies increases exponentially. Thus the only way to prevent this from causing you problems is to rely on spiritual protection to avert negative vibes that shroud the earth this month.

This is easily achieved by displaying appropriate house amulets and images of powerful cosmic guardians near entrance areas. If possible, always wear some kind of cosmic protection on your body - i.e. especially amulets that are embellished with specific protective sigils or carry special mantras. Make sure that these the amulets touch your body, as this is what ensures your body does not get hurt.


The White Umbrella Goddess is also known as Ushnisha Sitatapatra – the powerful goddess to completely annihilates spirit harm and black magic. She has a thousand arms that each carry a white parasol, to protect you against a thousand dangers caused by many classes of harmful spirit beings. You can invite her image that has been beautifully glorified on a plaque, or engraved on a Crystal Ball.


This special amulet contains the powerful image of Lord Chung Kwai, the famous Chinese Ghost Catcher. It is believed that spirits shudder with fear and run for cover at the mention of his name or his image, and thus his painting is often displayed prominently near the entrance of businesses and wealthy mansions to protect against harm caused by bad spirits. He is particularly skilled at catching ghosts that bring BETRAYAL, ROBBERY and THEFT; . Thus for this month, clip the Night Safety amulet onto your handbag, or inside your car to guard against this type of spirit harm.


Wear the BHRUM Pendant daily as a protective amulet – this is vital during the hungry ghost month. The syllable BHRUM protects one against untimely death and wards off mishaps and illness brought by bad spirits. This special locket also comes with the Heart Sutra (for removing obstacles in life), the Increasing Jewel Mantra for increasing the power of your wishes for prosperity and happiness and the Four Dharmakaya Relic Mantras for blessing your body and making it sacred.


An easy way to stay protected against mischievous spirits or bad feng shui is to out on sacred scarves that have been empowered with powerful protective mantras. The Dharmachakra Wheel Protrection Scarf has a special amulet that protects you from accidents and dangers caused by spirit harm and is particularly powerful for those who stay out late. If you are travelling, wear the Namgyalma Scarf or the Warrior Shawl to ensure that you are protected while you are not within the confines of your own home.