Happy Mid- Autumn Festival !

blackmooncakeThe legend behind the Mid Autumn Festival varies but they all surround a handsome couple: Chang Er and Hou-yi. Hou Yi is the ancient hero who, under the order of the gods, shot down 9 of the 10 Suns that suddenly appeared in the skies causing disasters and chaos on Earth. After Hou Yi successfully completed his task, he met a beautiful young lady named Chang Er and the pair fell in love very quickly and got married.

The gods were very pleased with Hou Yi and rewarded him with an elixir of life so the he and his beautiful wife could have immortality. However, an evil man found out about the elixir, murdered Hou Yi and forced Chang Er to give up the elixir. Chang Er was devastated by her husband’s death and retaliated by drinking all of it. It is said that, after drinking the elixir, she became so light that she floated away into the skies towards the Moon. The Moon is known as “Moon Palace” by the Chinese and is described as a cold and lonely place. Chang Er chooses to live there because it is the closest to Earth, where she lived with Hou Yi. Legend has it that those who witnessed Chang Er floating to the Moon noted that she was most beautiful on this night. Subsequently she became known as the Moon Goddess who will bestow blessings and beauty on those who worship her. As a tradition, new toiletries and cosmetics are placed together with other offerings on the altar for her blessings on this night.

Celebrating Mid- Autumn festival, or the Moon cake festival, is still very popular today. Food that is synonymous with the Mid-Autumn festival is such as “Moon cakes” and pomelos. Traditional Moon cakes were filled with lotus seed paste and egg yolk only but today the filling in the moon cake can vary and the cake comes in all shapes and sizes. Pomelos are fruits that are harvested in Autumn in some parts of China and thus symbolize plenty and abundance.

It is a tradition to gift your friends, employer, clients and relatives moon cakes just before Mid Autumn festival. Reunion dinners or family gatherings are organized. In ancient times, dinners were served on the balcony, patio or in the open where people could recite poetry and gaze at the moon. It is an exciting time for children because, as part of the tradition, they are given lanterns to carry and play with in the neighbourhood.

Winter Solstice 2013

Winter Solstice is a big event for many cultures.   In ancient China, this day means that  farmers could lay down their tools and return home to their families. A feast would be prepared to mark the occasion.  A special dessert made of a sweet soup with Glutinous Balls is prepared and everyone is expected to have a bowl of this soup; known as Tang Yuan. This is also the day that they add a year to your age.

Today, I found an interesting article about Winter Solstice 2013, which is tomorrow (22nd December).
Let’s see what they say :

http://www.space.com/24014-winter-solstice-sun-movement-explained.html

Happy Winter Solstice!

Ran my Intuitive Tarot Workshop at Basic Essence today!

I started doing the Tarot since 1986, bought my first deck in Australia; since then it has become such a passion that in 2001 I started doing professional readings. At public events; like bazaars and shopping fairs I used to be such a novelty; I remember one time this child asked her daddy what was I doing, his reply was ” she thinks she is a Chinese gypsy!” Not that  it made any sense to the 5 year old child but I thought it was an interesting remark.

Throughout the past 12 years, there have been many requests for me to teach Tarot Workshops, somehow I didn’t get the calling to do so until this  year. In September 2013, I ran my very first Intuitive Tarot Workshop at the Reiki Centre in Joo Chiat. I had 5 participants, 4 ladies and 1 gentleman.  It was an intense yet fun afternoon enjoy by all.

On 30th November 2013, I ran my second Intuitive Tarot Workshop at Basic Essence located at Cluny Court; again I have 5 participants; 4 ladies and 1 gentleman.

My Level 1 Workshop Manual

My Level 1 Workshop Manual

This is the previous packing for Mythic Tarot, sold in Canada. The book and card set sold in Singapore now has a totally different packing.

This is the previous packing for Mythic Tarot, sold in Canada.
The book and card set sold in Singapore now has a totally different packing.

My very first set of  Tarot Deck is the Mythic Tarot by Juliet Sharman-Burke and Liz Greene.

Getting ready to start the workshop.  I have several decks with me just to give the participants a chance to see different sets of cards. I also have a deck of Doreen Virtue's cards with me : The Mermaids Deck

Getting ready to start the workshop. I have several decks with me just to give the participants a chance to see different sets of cards.
I also have a deck of Doreen Virtue’s cards with me : The Mermaids Deck

At the end of the workshop, we had a group picture taken:

Me and my students from the Intuitive Tarot Workshop

Me and my students from the Intuitive Tarot Workshop

DSCF1077At the end of the workshop, each of them went home with a certificate of participation!

I am looking forward to running my next workshop in February 2014!

Stay tune!

With BlessingsMaster  Clarice Chan

It is Thanksgiving weekend!

I have been to quite a few Thanksgiving dinner parties over the years and usually the evening is free and easy; we also get to eat the first turkey dinner of the season!

This year’s Thanksgiving have been special, I get to spend it with about 20 people; some I know very well and there are those I met for the first time.

Our host Tim, Randy and Ze worked for 6 hours to cook that Turkey !

Thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving feast!

Thanksgiving feast!

We have Turkey of course!

We have Turkey of course!

A little history on how Thanksgiving begun in USA.

A little history on how Thanksgiving begun in USA.

It all about harvest!

It all about harvest, peace and celebrations!

Similar to the Chinese, the Americans have a tradition of Reunion Dinner too!

Similar to the Chinese, the Americans have a tradition of Reunion Dinner too!

So I now know how  Thanksgiving came about and I am thankful for that!

Happy Thanksgiving!

With Blessings,Master Clarice Chan

Living with higher consiousness- the 6th dimension

I am often intrigue but the concept of living in a higher dimension that we care in.

I find this article extremely calming  and hope that it helpful to those who wish to find peace.

http://www.universalspiritualview.com/sixthdimensional.htm

With Blessings

Clarice

Your Fortune in 2014 – On sale now!

MPHPoster2014Check out the gift promotion only at MPH bookstores in Singapore!

This year’s release offers a sneak preview into how the year of Yang Wood Horse will affect or benefit you and offers remedies that will help to make it your most auspicious year yet. You’ll learn:

*  Your personal zodiac’s relationship with The Grand Duke Jupiter of 2014

*Customs & traditions related to Chinese New Year

*Auspicious times to schedule your activities during the Lunar New Year

*Auspicious dates for the commencement of business in 2014

*  Auspicious dates for seeking blessings.

* Understand the impact that the Annual Flying Stars have on you and your premises

* Tradition of the White Tiger Festival

* Overview of your personal zodiac sign for 2014.

* Month-by-month zodiac sign predictions

Your Lunar Zodiac sign and the 5 Elements

Updating my Website

Hi all

My website http://www.claricegvchan.com has been hacked again. It has taken over a couple of weeks to get it back online. Fortunately not too much damage.

I am doing some updating to the site so do check back for more updates!

 

Clarice