DIY Fortune – Red Divination Blocks and Sticks
ByLauren Mack ,About.com Guide
Going to the temple and tossing red divination blocks is a routineChinese fortune tellingactivity inChina, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and beyond. Tossing the red divination blocks is a way for believersto communicate with the gods about questions they have about life, love, or career.The cashew-shaped blocks are usually made of wood or bamboo. One side of each half-crescent-shaped block is flat and the other side is curved. Each block is called
. The curved side is
(down side) andthe flat side is
(up side).The blocks are typically located next to statues of gods or goddesses in the temple and it does not costanything to use them. Worshippers grab both blocks in their hands, silently state their names, birthdays,addresses, and their questions, and then toss the blocks on the counter. When visiting a temple, it is likelyyou will hear the
of the wooden blocks hitting the wooden or marble countertop.If you do not live near a temple, you can use the red divination blocks at home. Making your owndivination blocks is easy.
What You Need:
1 small block of woodSawRed paint and paintbrushor Red construction paper Scissors
How to Make Red Divination Blocks:
1. Cut a piece of wood or construction paper into two crescent moon shapes.2. If using wood, paint the blocks red. Once they are dry, you can use them to tell your fortune.3. Then, follow these easy steps to get your fortune.Steps for Telling Your Fortune Using Red Divination Blocks:1. Tell the gods your name, birthday, address, and the question you want to ask.2. Ask the question again while throwing the blocks three times. Pay attention to the position of the blocks.
One Yang and One Yin
(one block flat and one block curved): This is considered a positive responsefrom the gods. It is the way of the gods saying ‘yes’ or ‘things will go smoothly.’1