the Jin Dynasty (371 - 420AD) mention the festival, while records from the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907AD) depict the celebration of this date with a grand evening banquet given by Emperor Taizhong.
On a clear night when the sky sparkles with stars, you can see the Milky Way stretching between North and South. On each of its banks there is a bright star. Traditionally one is known as the Cowhand and the other, the Weaver Maid. With each of these bright stars rests a truly beautiful love story that, in China, has been passed down from generation to generation.
Long, long ago, there was an honest and kind-hearted cowhand called Niu Lang. His parents died when he was only a child and he was subsequently driven out of his home by his sister-in-law. He then lived by himself herding cattle and farming. One day, Zhi Nu, also known as the Weaver Maid, observed him from heaven & fell in love with his kind-hearted nature.
She then secretly travelled to earth, befriended and then married him. They lived a simple yet happy life with Niu Lang tending cattle and farming the fields whilst Zhi Nu, wove at home and tended to their two children. Unfortunately, the God of Heaven soon found out what Zhi Nu had done and ordered the Queen Mother of the Western Heavens to bring back the Weaver Maid.
On hearing of his beloved’s situation and with the help of celestial cattle, Niu Lang flew to heaven with his son and daughter. Just as he was about to catch up with his wife, the Queen Mother used one of her gold hairpins, and with one stroke created a river separating the pair on opposite banks leaving them only with their tears.
Their loyalty to love touched the magpies, so tens of thousands built a bridge enabling the Cowhand and Weaver Maid to meet each other. Eventually, the Queen Mother was also moved by their love for one another and allowed them to meet each year on the 7th day of the 7th lunar
This meeting date has long been called “Qi Xi” (Double Seventh). In rural areas some traditional customs for this festival have long been observed. However, the festival customs were lost to modern city dwellers, but, more recently, the legend of the Cowhand and the Weaver Maid has once again touched people’s hearts and is enjoying resurgence in patronage and popularity.
Chinese communities throughout the world celebrate the Double Seventh festival by focusing celebrations on religious rites. Young, unmarried women make offerings such as fruit and lit joss sticks to the night sky and to the two stars representing the Cowhand and Weaver Maid. While the customs for this festival varies according to the different regions, the same hope is cherished by all.
So what we can gleen from this is, regardless of ‘age’, whether ancient times or present day, regardless of location, whether it be China or Australia, irrespective of gender, male or female, we all want our
GREAT LOVE...........as love truly does conquer all. Consequently, we are all interested in ways to enhance our current relationships or increase the chances of attracting that
Symbology can enhance good Feng Shui so objects reflecting the desired outcome, in this case Love,can be placed in the bedroom. From a Feng Shui perspective the way in which we would address this issue is through the positioning of the bedroom.
The effectiveness of your bedroom is dependant on its location in the home, in direct relationship to the year it was built, and impacted on by the exact degree of orientation. All these aspects can only be determined by a Feng Shui consultation. Whilst the correct location of a bedroom can be positive for most, there is an additional influence when you are a single woman seeking a man or the reverse – a single man seeking a woman.
If you’re female and looking for that ‘special someone’, in full knowledge that your bedroom is well located from a Feng Shui perspective and, it happens to be in the East; then there will be more opportunities for meeting men this year.
It is similar for a single man. If your bedroom is already well positioned and it is in the southeast sector of the home; a woman could be close by during 2008.
Juliana Abram; www.fengshuicentre.com.au