In 2020, the Rat, Horse, Rabbit, Goat and Rooster are said to offend the Tai Sui or Grand Duke of Jupiter, said feng shui master Louis Loh.
“Offending the Tai Sui means one’s energy field is affected by the unstable energy of Jupiter, ” he said. The affected zodiacs, it is said, will suffer misfortune and bad luck.
Tai Sui's impact on certain zodiac signs will cause them to be emotionally unstable and easily to enter into disputes with others. Thus, one should restrain oneself and control one’s temper to avoid making any wrong decisions.
Traditionally, before Chinese New Year, people would go to the temple to worship and appease Tai Sui regardless of whether their zodiac signs are affected or not. Some would go to the temples where the Tai Sui spirit is worshipped after Lichun or Beginning of Spring (Feb 4). After that, they would burn joss papers to pray for a smoother year ahead.
One can also worship the Tai Sui spirit at home. You need a piece of red paper written with the name of the Tai Sui spirit of the year (General Lu Mi, for this year), incense and joss papers. Pray with sincerity for yourself and your family; the result will be the same as praying at the temple.
You do not have to worship the Tai Sui spirit to deflect its negative influence. Buddhists can go to the temple to chant and give alms. Regardless of your faith, you can pray according to your religion for a peaceful year.
Tai Sui for the year
The Tai Sui is said to be the spirit that rules over all happenings in the mortal realm. In all, there are 60 Tai Sui spirits, and every year there will be one ruling Tai Sui. The Tai Sui are associated with 60 mandarin-generals who lived from the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD) to the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644).
Loh said the association with the mandarin-generals was to make it easier to remember the yearly Tai Sui and to commemorate their contributions and achievements.
For 2020, the Tai Sui is General Lu Mi. He was a scholar from Kunshan (present day Jiangsu province, China) who lived during the Ming Dynasty. He was also the local officer of the Sui County (today’s Anhui province).
To protect his people, Lu Mi volunteered to be enlisted in the army to pacify the infuriated imperial officer when not many men enlisted.
When Lu Mi died, his people wept profusely. During his funeral, it rained heavily but the people still attended his funeral out of love and respect for the man who had protected them.
After his death, Lu Mi was deified and eventually became one of the 60 Tai Sui spirits (all deified men).
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