Feng Shui and the Kitchen God

The Kitchen God is often depicted with his wife, even though the stories about the Kitchen God are not the stories of a happy marriage. Still, the Kitchen God is an important deity with many old customs built around its worship. (c) traditions.cultural-china.com

The kitchen god is important in classical feng shui applications. Very important. If you have friends who grew up in a traditional Chinese household, they can probably tell you a story or two about the family use of the Kitchen God.

Usually depicted on paper (you will find out soon why); the Kitchen God, or the Stove Master, is someone to be respected and feared. Why? Because at the end of each year the Kitchen God goes to heaven to report about family's good and bad deeds.



As you can guess by the sound of it, this energy belongs more to a folk belief/religion, rather than an actual feng shui cure that you can implement in your kitchen. However, so are the three legged toads, the Chi Lins or the Pi Yao that have become popular feng shui cures.

So, let's get familiar with the energy of the Kitchen God (Zao Jun) and then you can decide if this is a symbol you want to welcome into your own kitchen.

There are several stories about the Kitchen God, that, honestly, make you wonder about the connection with the kitchen energy. Most of them have to do with the complexity of husband-wife relationship, as well as the healing energy of forgiveness and pity/compassion.

In one of the stories Zao Jun leaves his wife for a younger woman (to later be punished by gods with blindness, then have his vision restored by his former wife's forgiveness). According to another popular story, the Kitchen God sells his wife, then later finds himself a servant in her home.

Again, her pity and compassion brings him help, but he overlooks it. He realizes his mistake and decides to kill himself.

Not very sweet stories, really. The most memorable character is actually the wife who forgives and offers help; so I would say there should definitely be the Kitchen Goddess, not the Kitchen God!

Well, at least in most images he is depicted with his wife. So, these are the stories, very much in brief. The kitchen being the heart of the home, it probably makes sense to have a deity with human experience in the often very complex art of marriage.

Now, either we like the stories or not, for some reason the Kitchen God is really important and considered to bring protection to the family. The image of the Kitchen God usually comes in paper form and is placed on the family altar in the kitchen.

Throughout the year the Kitchen God is being offered food and incense, and then just before the Chinese New Year, the paper with his image is burned and he goes to heaven. The old Kitchen God is replaced by a new one on the first day of the New Year. All fresh and new, he is ready to witness and record family dynamics throughout the year for a later report in heaven. He is very vigilant, thus, of course, feared.

So, what do you think, would you have this symbol/energy in your kitchen? As with most old stories, it is always worth looking deeper, to filter through the many content levels in order to access the essence of the story, or the learning contained in it.

On a deeper level, it makes sense to have a protective energy around the kitchen stove/the hearth, as this is where the family nourishment comes from.

The hearth is sacred in all cultures, and so is the energy of its modern replacement - your kitchen stove.

Kitchen God or not, there are several logical feng shui guidelines for the kitchen stove, all focused on keeping its energy protected and strong. Being vigilant about keeping good feng shui energy in your kitchen is always an excellent idea. Learn how to do that with easy feng shui tips and there might be no need to bribe then burn a Kitchen God for it.

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