The Story of the Kitchen God

If, for some reason, you missed New Year’s you have one more chance to celebrate. Chinese New Year falls each year on the New Moon between January 19th and February 23rd and this year it’s happening on January 23rd. It’s a great day for clearing out the clutter of the last year, setting your intentions for the new year and doing activities to bring luck, love, fortune and good health.

There’s a story connected to one of the Chinese New Year’s traditions. It’s said that a rich farmer named Zhang left his devoted wife for a young and greedy mistress. Soon the excessive indulgences of Zhang and the mistress exhausted all his wealth. Seeing he had no more money the mistress left him and Zhang became a homeless begger. He wandered through his village so weak from starvation that one day he collapsed in front of a small house. When he awoke hours later in the garden there was a feast before him. He ate and days passed and every morning he woke to the most wonderful food in front of him. Now feeling nourished and healthy again and feeling such gratitude he wanted to thank his benefactor and so he snuck into the kitchen of the small house. There he recognized his wife and he was so ashamed he jumped into the hearth and fire. His wife tried in vain to douse the flames but Zhang’s ashes flew up to the heavens.

It is said that this tale was told to the Jade Emperor who declared that Zhang would be “the kitchen god”. Many Chinese families have a paper image of the kitchen god in their kitchen. A week or so before Chinese New Year they smear honey on the lips of the kitchen god so he will give a good report of them. They burn the image to send his spirit to heaven. And then on New Year’s eve they hang a new image of the kitchen god to watch over the cooking and household budget for the year.

If you would like to read about what 2012 Year of the Water Dragon has in store for you my eBook is on Amazon.


About Donna Stellhorn

Donna Stellhorn is an Astrologer and Feng Shui Expert with more than 20 years’ experience. She wrote a monthly column on Feng Shui for the newspaper, The Light, for 8 years. (Just to clarify; a newspaper is a blog they used to print on paper and throw on your porch). Donna's first Feng Shui book was published in Europe in 1996. Since then she has written 12 books, including Feng Shui Form and the best-selling booklet Sage and Smudge: Clearing Your Personal Space. Her annual Chinese Astrology series, which includes Chinese Astrology 2017 Year of the Fire Rooster, is the third best-selling Chinese Astrology series in the World. Her upcoming book, Plate Size Matters, combines Feng Shui with weight loss where she describes how she used Feng Shui techniques to lose 35 pounds and keep it off. This book will be available in 2017. She has been heard on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory and been seen on NECN’s New England Dream House. She spoke at the Women of Wisdom conference in Seattle and the prestigious Build Boston Architectural Conference three years in a row. In 2016 she lectured at Western Digital, Syneron, Brion Jeannette Architecture, and the Marriott Corporation. In 2018 she will be speaking at the United Astrology Conference in Chicago. She is a Feng Shui Red Ribbon Professional and on the board of the International Feng Shui Guild. She is a board member of NCGR—San Diego. Donna Stellhorn successfully combines a variety of metaphysical tools and practical skills in her coaching business. She is very interested in helping her clients grow spiritually and financially and she loves to motivate people with positive ideas. She has logged more than 20,000 hours of consultations with Astrology and Feng Shui clients. Donna is a geek girl at heart. She built her own websites in HTML, she is active on social media and has a popular YouTube channel, Little known fact about Donna: She has done stand-up comedy on stages in California and Arizona and actually got a few laughs. Donna currently lives in Orange County, California with her standard poodle Giles.
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