Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Importance of Auspicious Timing (based on Vedic Astrology)

In Vedic astrology, the selection of an auspicious timing to start an event is known as Muhurta or electional astrology. Be it a wedding, the signing of a business deal, the opening of a shop or even the birth of a child, can all benefit from Muhurta. What makes Vedic astrology so powerful in this aspect is that from the auspicious timing alone and NOT the natal chart, we can already know the future development of the event. And due to the level of accuracy, we actually have to work the correct timing right down to the minutes within an hour.
A recent example of an inauspicious timing for marriage is that of Selina Jen (任家萱), a member of the Taiwanese girl group S.H.E. Her marriage lasted for 4 years and the divorce was finalized on 27 April 2016. Like most couples, she conveniently chose her birthday on 31 Oct 2011 as their wedding date, disregarding the auspiciousness of the date and time. The wedding event had full media coverage as it was a star-studded event with many well known Taiwanese celebrities on the guest list. It was estimated that there were approximately 1,000 guests (88 tables) and it is one of the biggest Taiwan celebrity weddings. Taiwan’s ex-President Ma Ying-jeou 马英九 was actually there as the witness of their marriage. Unfortunately, even his presence could not save the marriage’s downward spiral there upon. Let’s take a look at the chart of her wedding day and time.
The determinant of the marriage in this chart is the Sun, which is badly placed in the 6th House representing arguments, disputes and ill health. The Sun is also closely afflicted by the functional malefic, Jupiter, sitting across with 3 degrees of influence. Not only that, Jupiter also afflicts five houses away directly the most effective point of the 4th House (representing marriage). On a TV show earlier before their divorce was announced, Selina actually complained about the differences they had and how she felt like a servant at times. Her injuries and emotional turmoil (she was badly burnt in a filming accident) probably took a toll on their relationship as well.
 The 12th House (represents bedroom activities) is not left alone either since malefic Jupiter resides there and brings the absence of bedroom pleasures. Apparently, they slept in separate rooms as Selina had to wear pressure garments to promote healing of her skin.
Another thing we can see from the chart is that the timing does not give affinity with children. Mercury here is the determinant of offspring and it is well-placed in the 7th House but it is very weak in infancy and closely afflicted by another functional malefic, Venus. The scars on most part of her torso probably would not allow her to be pregnant and this is likely to be another reason that leads to the separation eventually.
To compound the problem more, the significator of the husband is Jupiter, which is badly placed in the 12th House (represents foreign lands, imprisonment, hospitalization), meaning the husband needs to travel overseas often. He may even have felt being imprisoned in the relationship.
She was going through Rahu sub-period during the finalization of the divorce, which did not help her at all.
From the Vedic astrological analysis of the date and timing of the wedding day, there is simply no way the marriage can last.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Palmistry Tips: How to tell some one is susceptible to spiritual disturbances

It is believed that people who have a broken head line or an island on the head line, tend to be more susceptible to spiritual disturbances.

Mandi Bunga 冲花凉 (Flowers Bath)

This ritual of showering with flowers have been around for centuries and can cleanse one's aura and boost the luck as well. The ancient Chinese emperors are known to have observed this practice. In SE Asia, the Limau purut (Kaffir Lime) is often added to enhance the spiritual effect. In fact, traditional silat warriors will take this ritual bath to mark the completion of their training. To increase the power, I will also imbue the lime with mantra chants to prepare this bath.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

A Thai Astrology Case Study on Infidelity

When this chart was presented to me, I was being asked if the chart’s owner is an unfaithful man. The wife was depressed over it for many months but she never managed to find any evidence to confront him. However, it was extremely difficult to put it across to her since I see many signs of his infidelity, especially in 2015. Indeed, I feel pity for her as she is unwilling to leave him. First, the ruler of his 5th House (represent children as well as young love), the Moon (2), goes to his 7th house (represents marriage). The implication is that he loves sweet young thing as his choice of spouse, which is not good for long term marriage since his wife will grow old eventually and this will spurs him to look elsewhere. Secondly, the Moon is in trine with Saturn and Rahu, both of which are rulers of the malefic 12th house, bringing separation and loss to the marriage. Finally, the ruler of the 12th House (which also represents carnal pleasures), Uranus, goes to the 7th House (marriage), meaning he is dissatisfied always in his marriage. In 2015, his transiting Self (@) in Virgo conjuncts with Jupiter, which is coming from the 7th House (marriage) and in a weak position. This made his marriage to be rocky, attributing to his debauchery, represented by Rahu which is in the same position as well.

Alvin Chua

Thursday, October 29, 2015

A look at Taiwanese celebrity Sonia Sui’s Marriage using Thai Astrology 用泰国占星术看隋棠的婚姻

Why is her marriage interesting to analyse? It is because 3 famous masters (one from Hong Kong, two from Taiwan) have announced their predictions on her marriage few years ago but none of them were correct. This article will have the details about their predictions:
One of the Masters, Peter So, even claimed that she is destined not to have a husband (无夫命), which is a rather serious comment to make. From what I see of her bazi, her Day Branch is unfavorable and is clashed by the Month Branch, thus marital problems potential really there but not necessarily means no husband.
But ultimately, just like the 3 masters above, we are all making guesses since we do not know the hour of birth and thus the accuracy can be compromised.
Nevertheless, I have tried to work backwards using Thai Astrology from the date of her marriage and childbirth to try to estimate the possible birth hour of herself, in order to come up with a chart to analyze her marriage.

Her Marriage on 10 Jan 2015: Rahu is the ruler of the 7th House, the house of marriage (natal) and it is with @ (Self in transit). This is the first indication of marriage. The second indication is the Mercury, which is the ruler of @ and it is with Venus (represents love matters) in transit.
Her Birth of her son on 29 Aug 2015: The first indication is that Rahu (planet of change) is with @ (Self in transit) and in trine with 5th House (House of Children). The second indication is that Jupiter is the Ruler of the 5th House (natal) which is in Virgo and in conjunction with @.
Her father:  In this chart, Mars is located in the 4th House, the House of Family. For woman, this House also represent her father. Mars symbolises a fierce and strict soldier, very action-driven, and these coincides with her father’s strict discipline on Sonia and her sister. The father forbade them from wearing pants (only skirts) since young and caned them frequently to discipline them. He is fierce and conservative man who makes sure his children does not go astray.
Herself: Her Self is represented by Venus, which is with the Ascendant. It indicates the tendency for a well groomed and artistic person. She will love all form of art, is fashionable, charming and good looking person who tends not to like physical work (like to laze around when not working). These seems to fit her profile quite closely.
Hence, from the events above, I have deduced that Sonia is born between the hours of 0030-0250 on 22 Oct 1980.
So based on this timing, what is the conclusion drawn from the chart about her marriage?
The ruler of the House of Marriage is Rahu and it goes to the 12th House, which is House of Sudden Loss. This would mean that her first marriage will be very difficult and likely to end in divorce due to betrayal. These will bound to happen if she marry at a young age. The only way to reduce the likelihood of divorce is to get married at an older age (after age 30 for women) and fortunately this is what she did, marrying only at the age of 34. It will be even better if the husband is much older than her, which can help reduce the likelihood of disagreement. In conclusion, based on what we can see from her chart, this marriage will be blissful (on the condition that the birth hour deduced is accurate), unlike what Peter So said.

Alvin Chua

Monday, September 21, 2015

Honouring the Departed: A Buddhist Perspective

This sharing may come a bit too late since the Chinese seventh month is over. Nevertheless, I would like to share this excellent booklet that covers in details of the Theravada Buddhists’ concept of merit sharing as well as the offering of food to the departed loved ones. I personally subscribe to the concepts described in it since the author have done in-depth research on the historical aspects and made frequent references to the Pali scriptures to substantiate his points. Hence, the booklet serves well as a blueprint for Buddhists who wants to follow the correct practises, as close as possible to what the Lord Buddha actually taught. It also discourages the burning of paper offerings which has nothing to do with Buddhism proper.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sakyant Experience

我恩师在他年轻的时候曾多次到泰国,寮国等国家寻师觅法。也因此在途中亲身试了很多的经文刺青。身体前后还有双臂到手腕都是sakyant。就因为年纪青 所以什么法门都要尝试。但到了我们徒弟这一代, 师父却完全不赞成任何人去sakyant。当年当他真正明白了法力与它的修法时,他渐渐的不再主张sakyant。所以现在的他出门都是穿长袖上衣和长 , 因为sakyant没什么值得秀的,也不想人家问长问短。
对于这样的说法我也非常同意。只不过我自己本身对刺青情有独钟多年,再加上有些经文和我们的法门有关,结果我还是跑去下了五条经文(Ha Taew)和九塔符(Gao Yord) 

The master who did my tattoos is AJ Krukai, who is said to be from one of the original lineages of the Ha Taew. 

Was it painful? Hell yes cause this is not machine tattooed but countless forceful jabs done manually over an hour or more. But what is really amazing is the blessing ritual at the end of the session where AJ Krukai empowers me and my tattoos. I have always taken it with a pinch of salt when I watched videos of people going into trance during such rituals. However, when I went through it first hand, what I experienced was definitely the most intense spiritual energy I have encountered so far. The first time I felt such energy was more than 10 years ago when one of my meditation teachers uses his energy to guide my energy up my spine during meditation. The second time was when I was undergoing the healing lamp session by my guru, which a strong surge of spiritual energy was passed from my crown right down to my feet. For this time, when AJ Krukai started chanting, I felt the spiritual energy enter through the left and right side of my waist. And it was few times stronger than the two previous encounters. As the energy travels up my body, I began to shake violently with my hands in the wai position. I managed to maintain around 10% control of my body and consciousness as the remaining self was overwhelmed by that energy. If I am to lose control totally, I would have gone into a trance, probably doing some warrior poses. My eyes began to roll up involuntarily once it reaches my head as my body shook like it is going to explode. To sum it up, the whole process felt like someone just touched you with a live power cable. When it all ended, there remains a strange serenity within me that lasted throughout the rest of the day. It was indeed an eye opening and unforgettable experience. I could not help but marvel at the ability of the ancient rishis to have discovered, studied and passed down such spiritual practices (mantras, yantras, etc) since thousands of years ago.

Alvin Chua

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Donating Coffin 施棺

One of the good ways to make merits is to donate coffins to the poor who could not afford a proper funeral service for their departed loved ones. Recently, I read online that it is well-known among the Hong Kongers that their late entertainment mogul, Sir Run Run Shaw, actually donated many coffins during his lifetime and his wealth and long life was attributed to this meritorious act.
Donating coffins is widely practised by the Thais and many Singaporeans have been traveling over there to give their donation via the Thai temples. However, not all of us are able to make the trip just to make the donation. At the same time, not many people is aware that such coffin donation can be done locally. That is why I am sharing this here that the Singapore Buddhist Lodge (居士林) at River Valley actually does take in such coffin donation. Any amount is welcome, which is then consolidated under a fund to help pay for coffin of the deceased who comes from poor and needy families.
Personally, I will try do this few times each year and dedicate the merits to my family as well as the people whom have seek my metaphysics service before.
Do go to their reception counter at level 2 if you wish to donate coffin.
By the way, I have been going to this temple since I was a boy and really looked forward to each trip as there are abundance of free Buddhist books available. In fact, I have found a couple of great books there over the years, some maybe out of print already.

In Taiwan, the practise of donating coffin has been around for many years but much unheard of by Singaporeans as it is further away from us than Thailand. Anyway, the point is that many of the Taiwanese people have claimed that the merits of donating coffins when a family members undergoes major life-threatening surgery is seemingly very effective in ensuring the operation to be successful.

Here is an article of a Thai business woman who has been donating coffins for the past 15 years: