Yakudoshi(厄年) – Are you unlucky in 2014?

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Yakudoshi, Unlucky Ages

Yakudoshi/Unlucky Ages

Here in Japan, we have a strong religious belief called « Yakudoshi(厄年) » which means unlucky ages. This year I’m in the middle of  Taiyaku(大厄)Taiyaku is the most terrible age among Yakudoshi.
The above picture shows your Yakudoshi in 2014. As for Yakudoshi, we generally use Wareki(和暦)which is a unique calender originated in Japan, such as Showa(昭和)Heisei(平成).
For your help, here is a Yakudoshi list in 2014 by Anno Domini.

Yakudoshi/Unlucky Ages in 2014
Your Year of Birth
Your would-be-age in 2014 + 1
Male
Maeyaku(前厄) Yakudoshi(厄年)
Honyaku(本厄)
Atoyaku(後厄)
1991
24
1990
25
1989
26
1974
41
1973
42
1972
43
1955
60
1954
61
1953
62
Female
Maeyaku(前厄) Yakudoshi(厄年)
Honyaku(本厄)
Atoyaku(後厄)
1997
18
1996
19
1995
20
1983
32
1982
33
1981
34
1979
36
1978
37
1977
38

☆ Am I in the middle of Yakudoshi this year in 2014?

As you can see the above tables, it depends on your age and gender whether you are in the middle of  Yakudoshi. For example, if you are a male and were born in the red marked year like 1990, 1973, 1954, unfortunately you are in the middle of Yakudoshi in 2014. If you are a female and were born in the red marked year like 1998, 1982, 1978, unfortunately you are in the middle of Yakudoshi in 2014. In another words, this year 2014 is unlucky for you.

You might think « Hey, I was born in 1990. But, I’m not 25. »
As for age, Yakudoshi uses Kazoedoshi(数え年)/East Asian Age reckoning. It’s not difficult.  Just add « +1 » on  « your would-be-age this year« . That’s your Kazoedoshi.
For example,
If you were born on the 10th of January in 1990, you are 24 years old, as of the 12th of January in 2014 and your Kazoedoshi is 25 through this year in 2014.
If you were born on the 10th of May in 1990, you are 23 years old as of the 12th of January in 2014 and your Kazoedoshi is 25 through this year in 2014.

☆ I’m transgender. Which do I choose?

Whichever you want!!  In my opinion, Japanese deities might be open-hearted to transgender. Surely, there was not such technology but some deities wore clothes for opposite gender in Japanese mythology.

However, once you choose, never change!
Like « I already turn into a lady. But, It seems to be unlucky for lady in my age this year. I claim I’m a man! »
If this is your first choice, It’s probably OK. But, you choose men’s destiny. You can never change from now on.

Don’t spoil you!
Japanese deities never forgive you. You would be under divine punishment.

☆ What are these? Maeyaku(前厄), Honyaku(本厄), Atoyaku(後厄) and Taiyaku(大厄)?

Honyaku is the same as Yakudoshi which means something bad will be likely to happen to you this year.
Maeyaku is the previous age of Yakudoshi. It means taking care of yourself for bad omens.
Atoyaku is the upcoming age of Yakudoshi. It means that bad luck will dwindle, but still keep in mind.
Taiyaku is like a boss among Yakudoshi. The worst, most terrible, most horrible luck will come to you.
Taiyaku ages are in yellow-filled cells in the above tables. For men, born in 1973. For ladies, 1982.

I was born in 1973. Yes, I’m in the middle of Taiyaku in 2014.

☆ What will happen to you in Yakudoshi?

  1. Your weak points, especially mind weakness and physical weakness are likely to come out.
  2. Despite your will, calamities will come close to you. Moreover, it will frequently happen. Severe illness, Losing your beloved one, Bankruptcy, Divorce and so on.
  3. You are likely to be stubborn. Your actions are likely to go wrong.  Friction with others.

☆ How do I cope with Yakudoshi?

  1. Don’t push yourself.  Stay calm. Refrain from new challenges, wedding, new job and so on.
  2. Keep in mind to revere deities and respect your ancestors.
  3. Get the benefit of deities and others. Be grateful to them.
  4. Don’t be stubborn. Keep in mind to behave for public benefits.
    Give your service to others as much as you can.
  5. Stop resisting your destiny. Leave your fate in the hands of deities. Just enjoy your troubles.

☆ In closing

Lots of people have a ritual to expel their bad luck.
But, Yakudoshi is a superstition. The point is that you don’t mind.
I’m not going to have a ritual this year, although I’m in the middle of Taiyaku.


I refer to this site(http://dairyujin.com/stb18283/index.html), as for these titles:  « What will happen to you in Yakudoshi? » and « How do I cope with Yakudoshi? »

I’m more grateful to the one who wrote this site than deities.

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7 réponses à “Yakudoshi(厄年) – Are you unlucky in 2014?

  1. I’m okay as well. Japan is so fascinating when it comes to bad lucks and shooing away evil spirits. I love it so much. It’s so fascinating that think new generation doesn’t hinder all these rituals, superstitions, traditions and culture. Good luck in 2014! You gonna need it. 😀

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