Newsletter No 9: Jul 2012

Praying to the Earthly Gods after renovation

Praying respect to the Earthly Gods before and after renovation:

After the completion of renovation, it is auspicious to thank the Earthly Gods and wish for safety and good luck before moving into the house.

There are many ways to do this:

1) Invite the monks or masters from the temple

2) Engaging qualified Taoist priest

3) DIY prayers

Nowadays, it has been common to DIY the prayers so as to save monies. As such, I would like to share what I would normally do on the auspicious days and time selected by the Master to thank the Earthly Gods after renovation and before moving in.

Items needed:

1) 2 plates of fruits 5 each i.e. Apples, Pears or Bananas

2) 1 "Fa" Cake – Chinese Auspicious Cake

3) Candy peanuts bars and candy biscuits

4) A Pineapple

5) 5 cups of chinese tea

6) 5 glasses of rice wine

7) 5 joss sticks

8) 1 stack of gold incense paper and 1 stack of sliver incense paper

9) 1 pair of chinese candles

10) 1 tin or pot of earth for placing the candles and joss sticks

Prayer after Reno 

Set up the praying in the middle of the living room facing the door or windows. Make use of your compass to understand the direction North, South, East and West. This will likely be the same spot that you have pray for the start of the renovation.

Wash all fruits and place all offerings on red plastics plates, followed by the earth pot and then the wine and lastly the tea which is placed in front of the offerings.

Light up the candles and then the joss sticks. With the joss sticks in hand, make prayers to the East earthly god, next South, next West, next North and lastly back to the Centre each with 3 bows.

Introduce yourself, stating the day that the renovation has completed and pray for good health, wealth and good relationship with the completion of the renovation. Thereafter, you may place the joss sticks in the earth pot.

When the joss sticks reaches the mid, you may offer the incense paper.

After the prayer (i.e. after the joss sticks have burned completely), you may keep the fruits and cakes for consumption while the rest of the offerings to be placed under a tree.

In the next newsletter, we would share the setting of the stove and sink in the kitchen. 



By Hu Wei Hong