The tradition of praying for the 2023 deadline is highly regarded in many Vietnamese households. It serves as a means to ward off bad luck and ensure a prosperous year ahead. Usually conducted in temples and pagodas, the star offering ceremony can also be performed at home. In this article, we will provide you with the most comprehensive and detailed guidance on how to pray for the 2023 deadline.
Why is the Star Offering Ceremony Significant?
The star offering ceremony is rooted in the belief that each person has a star of destiny, known as Cuu God. Cuu God is associated with the twelve points of the five elements, with each star representing a distinct element. Based on lunar age, each year is influenced by a particular star. It is worth noting that 9 stars continuously rotate and return every 9 years.
Among these stars, half are considered good, while the other half are regarded as bad. According to tradition, if you encounter a lucky star in a given year, it’s essential to celebrate and receive its blessings. Conversely, if you come across a bad star, performing the Star Offering Ritual can neutralize its negative effects and shield you from misfortune. While not everyone believes in this practice, the saying “there is sacredness in tolerance” holds sway, prompting many to make offerings to the stars at the beginning of each year.
Which Birth Year Faces the 2023 Deadline?
As previously mentioned, astrology assigns each person one of nine stars each year. These stars include three good stars: Thai Yin, Thai Duong, Moc Duc; three bad stars: Ke Do, La Hau, Thai Bach; and three average stars: Tho Tu, Van Hanh, Thuy Dieu. To determine which years will face the bad stars Ke Do, La Hau, and Thai Bach, refer to the table below:
Birth Years Associated with the Stars in 2023 for Men
Birth Years Associated with the Stars in 2023 for Women
How to Perform the 2023 Deadline Prayers
The process of praying to meet the 2023 deadline is simple. All you need is a bundle of incense, a tray of five fruits, candles, and cold water. Arrange the candles and lights in the shape of a star, facing the direction ruled by the specific star.
According to tradition, the appearance of the 9 stars is fixed on certain days of the month. Hence, if you wish to neutralize bad luck, you can perform monthly rituals at home, temples, or pagodas. Purchase star offerings, including incense, flowers, fruits, wine, votive money, betel nut, salt, and rice. After the ceremony, be sure to return the gold coins with pedigrees intact. Here’s an example of a commonly used prayer format:
Namo Amitabha Buddha. Namo Amitabha Buddha. I bow to the heavens of the nine directions, the Buddhas of the ten directions, the Buddhas of the ten directions. Namo Hieu Thien supremely respected God Kim Quyet Ngoc Hoang. I bow to Trung Thien, the God of the North Pole, Horoscope, Truong Sinh Dai. I bow to Mr. Ta Nam Cao Luc Ty Duyen Tho Tinh Quan. I bow respectfully to Duc Huu Bac Dau, who holds the rank of Tinh Quan. I bow respectfully before the God of Heaven, the guardian of Lahou Duc Tinh Quan. I bow to Duc Thuong Thanh Ban Manh Nguyen Than Chan Quan. My trustee(s) is:…………………….. Today is…………. Month:…………. Year:…………….. I sincerely offer the ceremony, fragrant camellia flowers, and burning incense sticks to establish spiritual communication at (address)…………. I make offerings to the stars, seeking relief from the decree of La Hau. I pray for your acceptance of the silver festival to bless and protect us, to eliminate bad luck, and to enable us to encounter all things good, while avoiding evil. May our families be peaceful, happy, and prosperous. As a faithful child, I sincerely adore and seek protection and support before the honorable court. Namo Amitabha Buddha. Namo Amitabha Buddha. Namo Amitabha Buddha.
Through this article, we hope that you have gained insights into how to perform prayers to meet the 2023 deadline at home. If you want to delve deeper into this topic, please leave a comment below our article.
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