Master Your Dragon Year: Ben Ming Nian 2024 Survival Hacks!

Born in 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, or 2012? Congratulations! You’re likely a magnificent Dragon in the Chinese zodiac!

If so, you might be feeling excited about the upcoming Year of the Dragon 2024, which is your ben ming nian, or zodiac year. What is ben ming nian and why is it so important?

Ben ming nian means the same animal year as your birth year, and it occurs every 12 years. According to Chinese astrology, ben ming nian is a crucial turning point in your life cycle, and it can bring you either great fortune or great misfortune, depending on how you handle it.

One of the main challenges of ben ming nian is that you will face Tai Sui, the Grand Duke Jupiter, who is the ruler of the year and the guardian of the zodiac.

This article will teach you some survival hacks for your ben ming nian 2024. You will learn how to dodge bad luck, how to get good luck, and how to use feng shui to balance the bad luck in your ben ming nian.

How to Avoid Bad Luck in Your Ben Ming Nian

One of the best ways to ward off the bad luck in your ben ming nian is to wear something red. Red is a lucky color in Chinese culture, as it symbolizes happiness, prosperity, and vitality. It can also counteract the negative energy of your zodiac sign. You can wear red clothes, accessories, or underwear throughout the year, or especially on important occasions such as your birthday, Lunar New Year, or other festivals. 

However, there is a catch: the red items must be given to you by someone else, preferably by a close relative or friend. If you buy them yourself, they will not have the same effect.

Another way to avoid bad luck in your ben ming nian is to avoid offending the Tai Sui, or the Grand Duke Jupiter. 

The Tai Sui is a powerful deity who governs the fortune and destiny of people. He changes his position every year according to the lunar calendar, and in 2024, he will reside in the southeast direction. 

This means that you should avoid facing or disturbing this direction, as it may anger the Tai Sui and bring you misfortune. For example, you should avoid renovating, digging, or hammering in the southeast corner of your house or office. 

You should also avoid sitting or sleeping with your head pointing to the southeast direction. If you have to face or disturb this direction for some reason, you can wear a Tai Sui amulet or place a Tai Sui plaque in your house or office to appease him.

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How to Attract Good Luck in Your Ben Ming Nian

Besides avoiding bad luck, you can also actively attract good luck in your ben ming nian by doing some positive things. One of them is to donate blood or money to charity.

It is believed that performing good deeds can help you accumulate good karma, and mitigate the negative effects of your ben ming nian. You may consider volunteering for noble causes or helping people in need. The more good deeds you do, the more blessings you are likely to receive.

Another way to attract good luck in your ben ming nian is to travel more often. Traveling can help you broaden your horizons, enrich your experiences, and meet new people. It can also help you escape from the stressful environment and refresh your mind and body. Moreover, traveling can activate your lucky stars and bring you unexpected opportunities and benefits.

 However, you should avoid traveling to the southeast direction, as it may conflict with the Tai Sui. You should also avoid traveling alone or during the ghost month (the seventh lunar month), as it may increase the risk of accidents or mishaps.

How to Use Feng Shui to Counteract the Bad Luck in Your Ben Ming Nian

Feng shui is a Chinese art and science of harmonizing the energy of the environment with the energy of the people. Feng shui can be used to enhance one’s luck, health, wealth, and happiness. 

Feng shui can also be used to counteract the negative effects of Ben Ming Nian. Here are some tips to help you:

Place a Feng Shui Pi Yao (Pi Xiu) statue in the southeast corner of your home or office. This mythical creature can calm Tai Sui and attract wealth and success for you. You can also put a Tai Sui plaque or talisman in the same corner to honor him and seek his blessing.

Stay away from hospitals, funerals, or places with negative energy. These can worsen your bad luck and cause health problems. You should also avoid disputes, arguments, or lawsuits. These can harm your reputation and relationships. Be more tolerant, flexible, and compassionate in your Ben Ming Nian.

Activate your lucky directions and elements based on your personal Kua number. This is a number that is calculated from your birth year and gender. You can find out your Kua number online or consult a Feng Shui expert. For example, if your Kua number is 3, your lucky directions are south, southeast, east, and north. Your lucky element is wood. You can activate these directions and elements by placing plants, green objects, wooden furniture, or water features in these areas.


To sum up, the Year of the Dragon in 2024 will be a special one for you if you were born in 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, or 2012. This is your ben ming nian, or zodiac year. 

It may bring some difficulties due to Tai Sui’s influence, but you can overcome them by following Feng Shui principles, wearing red accessories, and doing good deeds. 

This way, you can turn your ben ming nian into a year of progress and happiness. I wish you all the best on your journey!